The technology industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity is driven by the increasing awareness of the importance of indoor air quality and environmental conditions on health and productivity, stringent regulations, as well as growing focus on sustainability, and growing importance of technologies such as IoT sensors, data analytics, and advanced  heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. In the last three years alone, there have been over 4.1 million patents filed and granted in the technology industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Automated home in technology: building environment monitoringBuy the report here.

According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which uses over 1.5 million patents to analyze innovation intensity for the technology industry, there are 190+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.

Building environment monitoring is a key innovation area in automated home

Building environment monitoring encompasses gathering and assessing data pertaining to the surrounding conditions within a structure. This encompasses parameters like temperature, gas concentrations, humidity, air quality, and other environmental elements that influence the well-being, safety, and contentment of occupants in the building. Such monitoring systems are instrumental in identifying potential risks, enhancing energy conservation, and offering immediate feedback on the state of the environment within a building.

GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, there are 130+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established technology companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of building environment monitoring.

Key players in building environment monitoring – a disruptive innovation in the technology industry

‘Application diversity’ measures the number of applications identified for each patent. It broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.   

‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of countries each patent is registered in. It reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.  

Patent volumes related to building environment monitoring

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Newcastle City Council 4 Unlock Company Profile
Gree Electric Appliances 6 Unlock Company Profile
Midea Group 5 Unlock Company Profile
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China 4 Unlock Company Profile
Gurunavi 4 Unlock Company Profile
Motorola Solutions 5 Unlock Company Profile
NIKE 73 Unlock Company Profile
Toyota Motor 8 Unlock Company Profile
Siemens 5 Unlock Company Profile
Haier Group 5 Unlock Company Profile
Alibaba Group 11 Unlock Company Profile
State Grid Corporation of China 18 Unlock Company Profile
SAP 4 Unlock Company Profile
F. Hoffmann-La Roche 5 Unlock Company Profile
Sony Group 4 Unlock Company Profile
Nippon Telegraph and Telephone 4 Unlock Company Profile
IBM 11 Unlock Company Profile
Honeywell International 13 Unlock Company Profile
China General Nuclear Power 6 Unlock Company Profile
Toshiba 6 Unlock Company Profile
NEC 4 Unlock Company Profile
Intel 9 Unlock Company Profile
China Mobile Communications Group 5 Unlock Company Profile
OPTiM 4 Unlock Company Profile
Chengdu Qinchuan Internet of Things Technology 19 Unlock Company Profile
Medcaptain Medical Technologies 6 Unlock Company Profile
MyOmega Systems 10 Unlock Company Profile
Datakwip 8 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Among the companies innovating in building environment monitoring, Chengdu Qinchuan Internet of Things Technology is one of the leading patents filers. The company’s patents are aimed at describing a method for managing traffic scheduling in a smart city. This involves retrieving traffic data from a designated area within the current time frame, encompassing details like vehicle speeds on specific roads. Predictions are then made about potential congestion areas in the forthcoming time period based on this data. The system further evaluates if a change in the traffic scheduling strategy is warranted, considering the traffic data from these projected congestion areas in the upcoming time. If a switch is deemed necessary, the initial traffic scheduling strategy is then substituted with a second one. The other prominent patent filers in the space include Honeywell and MyOmega Systems.

In terms of application diversity, MyOmega Systems leads the pack, while SAP and Motorola Solutions stood in second and third positions, respectively. By means of geographic reach, Intel held the top position, followed by Datakwip and Gurunavi. 

Building environment monitoring tracks factors like air quality, temperature, humidity, and occupancy levels, it ensures optimal conditions for occupants. This is crucial for environments like offices, hospitals, and schools, where well-being is paramount. Building environment monitoring systems can swiftly detect potential hazards, optimize energy usage, and provide real-time insights for prompt responses. Overall, it contributes to creating safe, sustainable, and comfortable indoor environments, ultimately enhancing the well-being and productivity of occupants.

To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the technology industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Automated Home.

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GlobalData’s Patent Analytics tracks patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Textual analysis and official patent classifications are used to group patents into key thematic areas and link them to specific companies across the world’s largest industries.