Delos, IBM to advance healthy indoor environments

New York-based information technology company IBM (NYSE: IBM) is collaborating with New York City-based wellness real estate and technology firm Delos Living to adopt IBM Cloud and cognitive technologies to speed the discovery of new insights in health and wellness and their connections to the design of indoor spaces.

Designed to be a multi-year collaboration, Delos will leverage Watson and data analytics services through IBM Bluemix, IBM´s cloud platform, to create cognitive applications that probe the connections between human health and indoor environments in which we live and work. Watson´s work will draw from the terabytes of research data being generated from Delos Labs, Well Living Lab and Delos Applied Research units.

Through apps, co-developed by IBM, Delos expects to realize insights to not only improve the design, construction and management of indoor space, but to identify the potential return on investment that can be achieved by building healthier living and working environments.

The Well Living Lab, a collaboration between Delos and Mayo Clinic, is a lab that simulates a wide variety of real-world indoor environments — including homes and offices — to enable scientists and researchers to study the many important effects of indoor light, thermal comfort, acoustics, air quality, and more on the health and well-being of building occupants.

In addition to the medical histories of study subjects, researchers capture data from thousands of sensors embedded throughout the Well Living Lab, in the furniture, on the walls and ceilings, as well biometric data from state of the art wearables. In addition, the Lab collects information from numerous surveys and questionnaires from the subjects.

To analyze all this data, Delos and IBM developers, working out of the New York site of IBM´s Bluemix Garage network, are developing cloud apps made possible by the cognitive capabilities of Watson, including Watson Emotion Analysis.

First experiments are under way involving simulations in the built environment that affect stress and productivity for office workers. IBM is working with the Well Living Lab to develop an advanced data analytics platform to parse sensor and IoT data for health and wellness insights. Leveraging this power, Well Living Lab researchers and scientists will have fast access to insights that can be used to create spaces that promote improved human performance and wellness.

As the pioneer of Wellness Real Estate, Delos is transforming our homes, offices, schools, and other indoor environments by placing health and wellness at the center of design and construction decisions. Delos helps create spaces that actively contribute to human health, performance and well-being by marrying the best innovations in technology, health, science, and real estate. The Delos platform includes programming, consulting, research, and an array of innovative, built-in amenities that research suggests may improve occupant well-being.

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