A small, covert team of engineers at Microsoft turned one of the largest corporate campuses in the world into a “smart campus” achieving energy and operational savings. By applying an “Internet of Things meets Big Data” approach, the team refined a data-driven software solution that is slashing the cost of operating the campus’ 125 buildings. The software, which is saving Microsoft millions of dollars, has been so successful that the company and its partners are now helping building managers across the world deploy the same solution. And with commercial buildings consuming an estimated 40 percent of the world’s total energy, the potential is huge.
Darrell Smith is the Director of Worldwide Energy and Sustainability for Microsoft’s Real Estate and Facilities group. Darrell oversees the energy strategy, sustainability programs and reporting for Microsoft’s Real Estate portfolio consisting of over 30 million square feet and 560 sites around the world. A key program Darrell is focused on is using software to turn “big data” from the building systems across the portfolio to drive energy efficiency at City scale. Darrell has 17 years of industry experience in Facility Management, Data Center Operations, Energy Management, and Manufacturing Engineering.