Microsoft creates digital twin of new Singapore HQ

Microsoft has unveiled a digital twin of its new regional headquarters in Singapore.

Created in collaboration with Bentley Systems and Schneider Electric, Microsoft claims that it offers “a living blueprint for the future of smart buildings”.

Ricky Kapur from Microsoft’s Asia Pacific division said: “The workplace of the future is about embracing innovation into the very fabric of our space, so that we create multiple touchpoints of connectivity, are intentionally inclusive and accessible, while being very mindful of sustainability and the environment.

“At Frasers Tower we worked closely with Bentley Systems and Schneider Electric to implement sensors and telemetry to create a connected workplace, that allows us to adjust the space based on usage, therefore improving energy efficiency.”

At the new offices, data is collected using a mix of 179 bluetooth ‘beacons’ in meeting rooms and 900 sensors for lighting, air quality and temperature. A Schneider Electric platform generates nearly 2100 data points that are connected to the cloud on Microsoft Azure.

The sensors enable monitoring of facilities usage, energy and utilities and optimize space utilization, air conditioning and lighting adjustments.

“Smart sensors allow us to collect meaningful data in real time, which enables us to optimize various aspects of our spaces, making them more comfortable, while reducing energy consumption in a sustainable and economical manner,” said Damien Dhellemmes of Schneider Electric.

He said the partnership with Microsoft “offers a real model on how connected devices combined with contextualized sensor processing can deliver smart building systems that do not intrude on the privacy of individuals, and can be applied beyond offices, to buildings, malls and even homes of the future”.

Kaushik Chakraborty, vice president for Asia South at Bentley Systems, said that digital twins “are redefining how we manage infrastructure, from individual equipment installations to large facilities and entire cities”.

“While smart buildings were developed to better manage energy consumption, we have come to realize additional strategic roles of dynamically allocating space, increasing utilization, reducing costs, improving competitiveness, and enhancing collaboration and productivity.”