Buildings Learn To Talk

121129_Registry_2013_Q1_2056It’s one of those winter days in the Bay Area where winds and a downpour are going to make that sprint from the parking lot to your office building a wet mess. If only the adjacent parking garage had any spaces. Lucky for you, you’re on speaking terms with the building. Yes, the building. It tells you that there are two spaces unfilled and one of them is near the fourth-level elevator. That “conversation” is not science fiction. And that isn’t all that a “smart” building might tell its tenants and owners.

“There are a couple of trends we see in the industry,” said David Marks (pictured), chief executive officer of Teecom, an Oakland-based technology systems research, strategy, design and engineering firm that has worked on real estate projects from hospitals to corporate headquarters.

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