Brains for buildings, packaged in a smart briefcase

Berkeley Engineering, October 2, 2017 – Building-in-a-Briefcase is an easy-to-assemble kit to help building managers decrease overall energy usage. UC Berkeley researchers, including CITRIS Director Costas Spanos, have created this miniature system, which gathers ambient data via WiFi technology rather than radio waves. The device comes with a plug-in router and eight battery-powered sensors capable of measuring temperature, humidity, ambient visible light, and motion.

Described as “trivially” easy to deploy, Building-in-a-Briefcase makes energy-efficiency more attainable than ever before. The project has been funded by the Republic of Singapore’s National Research Foundation, and has already resulted in some 60 briefcases being deployed in government, commercial and school buildings across Singapore.

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