Ken and I first noticed the controls Industry was in a renaissance period in Paris, at the EASYIO global conference. Sitting at a side walk cafe, drinking cafe au lait, discussing what we had seen and heard from the participants at the event,it became apparent that the smart building controls world as we had known it was changing and would never be the same. [Read more…]
With all the conversation about the 3-30-300 metrics and Ken Sinclair’s thoughts on the humanization of buildings and the new ways occupants and buildings will interact, it was interesting when I came across this article from the team at Blue Ridge Technologies (published in the recent edition of the BACnet International Journal). I think you will find the article gives testament to the theories Ken and the rest of the smart buildings control community have been discussing, and hopefully will give you ideas on how to capitalize on this emerging trend.
ControlTrends learned about Sentient Buildings at the Realcomm20/IBcon Conference Live Product Launchpad. Sentient Buildings provides Cloud-Connected Controls and Gateways for Building Monitoring and Control Systems — transforming the built environment delivering real-time “building awareness” through the application of IoT technologies connected to smart controls and gateways reporting to cloud platforms. Sentient Buildings systems imbue a building with active intelligence radically changing how energy is used, comfort is managed, and overall system health is maintained.
If ControlTrends’ Young Gun, Alper Üzmezler, managing partner at BASSG, is correct with his theory that the way DDC software is done today is redundant — costly and inefficient, and if he can deliver the promises of Project Sandstar, then the smart building controls world as we know it — is getting ready to change forever.
What Sandstar allows — is for independent Direct Digital Controls to merge Sedona with Haystack — into a seamless whole, which according to Alper, means you would eliminate the need for each individual manufacturer’s software. If this works, the implications as a minimum, would represent a similar effect to Elon Musk’s electric car, and might be as revolutionary as the computer replacing the typewriter. [Read more…]
Ken Smyers, digs in at RealComm|IBcon and talks with the team at Lucid about how their products will add to the great product portfolio Acuity Brands already has like DG Logik and Distech. Lucid provides a data and analytics platform to make data-driven decisions to improve building efficiency and drive energy conservation and savings. Its SaaS-based BuildingOS platform enables owners, operators, and occupants to gain powerful insights into the operations of their buildings, providing the ability to make them more efficient and improve the performance of the people and businesses utilizing these strategic assets.
The EIPR-V routers have supported the OpenVPN client functionality to provide secure remote access using the RemoteVPN service. The newly released EIGR routers support this functionality but also can be configured to as an OpenVPN server. Setting up an OpenVPN server on your own is not a trivial task. It involves setting up a root certificate authority and generating certificates and keys for the OpenVPN server and for each client device that intends to connect to this server. The EIGR-V allows you to do all this easily via its built-in webpages on the router itself and without the need to download any software to generate these certificates or keys.
The EIGR-V in the server mode can support up to 15 EIPR-V/EIGR-V routers in the client mode. Up to 15 PC clients (or any device with OpenVPN functionality like Tablets/phones) can be connected to the OpenVPN server. This setup can provide secure remote access to the IP devices on the LAN side of the EIPR-V/EIGR-V OpenVPN client routers. Each device can be accessed with a specific IP address and there is no additional requirement to setup NAT or Port Forwarding on the client routers. Furthermore, the OpenVPN client devices only require internet access – there is no requirement for a static public IP address. The only requirement for a Public IP is for the OpenVPN server router. The OpenVPN server router itself can be connected behind an existing firewall/router with a public IP and have the OpenVPN port forwarded to it.
The EIGR-V OpenVPN server also has additional ability to setup access control. Each PC client can be configured to communicate with 1 or more router clients independent of each other. With its ease of installation and flexibility, the EIGR-V is an ideal setup for troubleshooting and diagnostics for remote access at multiple remote locations.
Ken and I have seen companies like Intel, Dell, Google and others showing up more and more at meetings like RealComm Ibcon and have wondered how they will affect the smart buildings controls world as we know it. We have gone back and forth wondering if the players from Silicon Valley had nefarious motives that would leave the players in the ControlTrends community as road kill, or if they were coming to play nice and work with the existing smart building controls players.
On this video, Ken does a little detective work at the 2018 RealComm Ibcon conference and investigates how Microsoft is stepping into our world. Nice job Ken!
One of the really cool things about ControlTrends, is that we get to go to great conferences like Real Comm IBcon and talk with insightful people like Jim Young and Ken Sinclair. We get to see trends unfold and are hopefully able to convey these to the ControlTrends Community in such a way that our insights can prepare you for the next turn in the road and the next opportunity.
Well listen up, because putting great controls and analytics in a building are not going to be enough. It is going to be about the experience that the building creates, and the smart building controls professionals that understand this and how to deliver it will thrive — in what we are calling the humanization of the smart building. That’s right, your building and its inhabitants will no longer be thought of as two separate entities, but as one living, breathing thing.
As Ken Sinclair says in his July Article Building Emotion:
“Emotion” is the noun used to describe the creation and depiction of a mindful interactive relationship that conveys the conversation between the inhabitants and their physical building. It is a virtual identity, a feeling, a learning. an interactive piece, a virtual brick, and mortar that hosts the buildings’ emotion. “Building” is the verb or noun that modifies it.”
As usual, Ken has his finger on the changing pulse of the smart building controls world. But, how do you go from a concept and a need to actually making it real and tangible in the modern day smart building? How do you go from traditional space utilization to creating a unique “space experience”?
To get the answer to these questions we caught up with Juile Minor, from Cohn Reznick, at the 2018 Real Comm IBcon show in Las Vegas. Cohn Reznick has been the go to advisory resource that helps clients maximize their real estate assets. Julie and her team specialize in space utilization that allow physical spaces to become more than just a place to go to work, but to enhance the experience of work. And who do you think will lease more office space, the one that is selling an experience or the one that is just leasing square footage?
As a smart building controls providers, we must be aware of these trends and pay attention to people like Ken Sincalir and Julie Miner if we want to stay relevant.
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This just in:
Kele has acquired MIControls, Inc., co-located in Seattle and Portland, OR.
According to Kele President and CEO Richard Campbell: “This strategic move enables us to serve our customers in the Western United States better and faster by locating products closer to you. Nothing changes in how you do business with us today. We will be working through the integration with MIControls in the coming months. You can expect the same great service you already receive from Kele but with even faster delivery once the integration is complete.
We look forward to expanding our service to you with the best products, services, and support from our Memphis, Boston, Seattle, and Portland locations!”