Toronto Metropolitan University Smart City Partnership

Toronto Metropolitan University Smart City Partnership

The buildings and buildings construction sectors combined are responsible for almost one-third of total global final energy consumption and nearly 15% of direct CO2 emissions. Despite the fact that the world is actively working on reducing carbon emissions, 2019 saw the highest ever recorded emissions from the building sector, according to the UN, which found that CO2 emissions from the operation of buildings increased to around 10 GtCO2, or 28% of total global energy-related CO2 emissions.

Progressive organisations looking to do their bit for the environment – and, of course, to improve their bottom line, have started looking at how technology can help them make their buildings smarter and more efficient. Industry leaders FuseForward and Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) have taken it a step further, partnering to take new technologies to market.

FuseForward and Toronto Metropolitan University have been working on smart building systems and infrastructure together since 2016. Together, they are creating a smart campus using smart mobility, smart buildings, smart infrastructure and sensor fusion and digital twins. The goal of the smart campus project is to optimize TMU’s campus by using predictive analytics, as well as sensors and monitors, to improve environmental performance and reduce traffic congestion and energy costs while still being open for the development of smart buildings.

FuseForward designed a smart campus platform that has allowed TMU to achieve these goals.  The platform ingests and stores 500,000 data records daily and helps researchers gain better visibility into campus buildings while driving energy efficiency.

In addition, TMU and FuseForward have designed a digital twin of one of the campus buildings, serving as a 3D visual representation of structured data from the building. Through the digital twin, TMU building managers have a real-time picture of equipment and spaces in the building while they simulate scenarios such as the impact of shutting down utilities. Eventually, Toronto Metropolitan University will use the digital twin as a small-scale model of a smart city.

Find out more about how FuseForward and Toronto Metropolitan University are taking smart city technology to the next level


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