Simon's new smart mall of the future

Simon Property Group is working on the smart mall of the future and is installing a variety of solutions to boost energy efficiency, improve parking facilities and gather data.

Simon is partnering with GE and its Current energy-efficient solutions to add intelligent LEDs, electric vehicle charging stations and demand response systems to shift and optimize electricity use. Once installed, the solutions are projected to save Simon 50 to 75 percent in energy costs.

Deployments will soon begin at Westchester Mall in White Plains, New York, as well as the Castleton Square Mall near Simon's headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana, where Simon and Current are also collaborating on an intelligent parking lot. Here, data gathered from sensors is analyzed by GE's industrial strength Predix platform to help Simon take a smarter approach to parking lot management, according to the company.

The parking lot sensors are helping measure the effectiveness of snow removal, and future applications could include helping to direct shoppers to open parking spots, alerting mall management about disabled vehicles or highlighting unusual traffic patterns.

"We are always inspired by how innovative customers use our intelligent infrastructure to digitize their environments and solve unique problems," said John Gordon, chief digital officer of Current. "The team at Simon realizes they can make huge gains in efficiencies today while building a digital backbone that will pay dividends for their operations, tenants and customers into the future."

Mall operators have been installing new digital solutions to improve the shopping experience, including the installation of beacons, new mobile applications and interactive mall maps.

For more:
- see this Simon Property Group press release

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