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Sonny Hashmi: GSA Eyes ‘Internet of Things’ to Manage Building Space

Sonny Hashmi
Sonny Hashmi

The General Services Administration has been experimenting with a network of sensors in its Washington-based building as the agency seeks to reduce real estate costs and improve its space management work, the Washington Post reported Sunday.

Mohana Ravindranath writes the agency also plans to implement the “Internet of Things” system in other federal agency buildings across the nation.

Sonny Hashmi, GSA’s chief technology officer and chief information officer, told the Post the agency is seeing improvements in how it manages space by using the networked sensors.

“We are also seeing the parts of the buildings that are historically underutilized,” he told the publication.

Building managers work to change settings in certain parts of the building using data stored in an Integrated Building Systems-built software application, according to the report.

Ravindranath writes GSA also began using the IBM-developed GSA Link tool in June to track data from sensors.

Frank Santella, GSA senior director of facilities management, told the Post that GSA is still reviewing the program before it decides whether to invest in an Internet of Things setup.

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