Episode 248: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for Week Ending December 17, 2017 features Ken Sinclair, owner and editor of Automated Buildings, who continues his query into IoT and the building automation industry. Be sure to cast your votes for the 2017 ControlTrends Awards! Use the voting link below. [Read more…]
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In his November edition of Automated Buildings, Ken Sinclair introduces the concept of Lygometry, a process of quantifying things you know that you don’t know, and his collection of “A” words, the six words we need to embrace and make part of the IoT journey we all are on. Plus, Ken Sinclair’s and Therese Sullivan’s amazing “Time line Smart Building Automation Evolution with over 100 events linking 1000’s articles of history.” Keep reading! Rewards are great! Many critically important insights from some of the sharpest minds in the HVAC and BAS industry.
Also, be sure to make your plans now to attend Ken Sinclair’s education sessions at 2018 AHR in Chicago: The Future of Building Automation-“Data at the Open Intelligent Edge,” A panel discussion, “Growing the Open Intelligent Edge,” A panel discussion, “Are Master System Integrators Becoming the New Building Data Architects?,” and A panel discussion, “How will we create value from our new found edge data and bring it back to the hive to discover new ways of providing comfort, health, satisfaction in our buildings?”
More Great November Articles:
“BAS’s – Inclusive Open Data-driven Reinvention,” Ken Sinclair, AutomatedBuildings.com
Why do you need an MSI? Shayne Taker, Optigo Networks
Change Agents, Marc Petock, Lynxspring & Connexx Energy
Building Automation Control Software, Nadia Adnan, Cube Management Software
The DDC is Dead, Long Live DDC! Anto Budiardjo, Fractional Entrepreneur
What Really Matters in the Modern Workplace, James McHale, Memoori
The Data Strategy, Jim Sinopoli PE, Smart Buildings LLC
Episode 242: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast and PodCast for week ending October 15, 2017, features our interview with Ken Sinclair, owner and editor, Automated Buildings. Ken is a true catalyst and harbinger of change, which he believes will involve our full embrace of IoT. EasyIO releases their FW wireless series challenge; Tridium introduces Niagara Cloud Backup Service and Asset Manager and publishes a White Paper on Niagara in the Industrial IoT; Lynxspring Exchange 2017 Initiatives updates; Siemens’ Ingenuity for Life video; KMC Genius Summit 2018 Hosted at The Langham Luxury Hotel in Chicago, IL, January 18-20, 2018; Acuity Brands Atrius Navigator SDK video; Kele acquires distributor Control Consultants Inc.; Schneider Electric Helping JA World Student Leaders; Optergy’s leadership role in BMS for small buildings; Blue Ridge Technologies’ Completing the BAS – Unify HVAC and Lighting Controls webinar; Honeywell’s President and CEO, Darius Adamczyk, announces portfolio changes ahead; and Stromquist’s Tim Chamblee explains chiller surge.
Introducing Niagara Cloud Backup as a Service and Asset Manager now available. Tridium’s latest advancement means you can protect the enterprise from losing valuable Niagara station and configuration data, and manage your Niagara licenses from one online location. Introducing Niagara Cloud, a growing suite of services that can help you leverage the Internet of Things in new and powerful ways.
New Lynxspring Edge-to-Enterprise Business Initiatives Announced at the 2017 Lynxspring Exchange and Technology Showcase. Lynxspring, Inc., a premier developer and provider of open, IP solutions for building automation, energy management, IoT, equipment control and device-to-enterprise integration, made several new announcements today at the 2017 Lynxspring Exchange and Technology Showcase Conference being held October 1st – 3rd at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Siemens — Ingenuity for Life Creates Perfect Places. Something drives us every day to make buildings better With people spending about 90 percent of their lives indoors, there is no place where we spend more time in our life. So buildings are far more than just four walls. They are the places where we learn the most important lessons in life, where we encounter the personalities that inspire us, where the best of our ideas are born. Buildings are the places where we spend time with the people we love. And at the end of it all: They are our homes – and there is no place in the world that feels so special to us.
KMC Genius Summit 2018 Hosted at The Langham Luxury Hotel in Chicago, IL, January 18-20, 2018. KMC is proud to present the 2018 KMC Genius Summit, hosted at The Langham Luxury Hotel in Chicago, IL. We’re bringing together our best partners for two days of world-class training sessions and in-depth technical product training. Not to mention evenings of fun and new networking opportunities! Attending the KMC Genius Summit will open your eyes to new possibilities and potentially revolutionize the way you do business.
Acuity Brands Atrius Navigator Indoor Positioning and Location-based Platform Service Software Development Kit (SDK). Atrius Navigator platform service Software Development Kit (SDK) unlocks location-based (LBS) and indoor positioning services (IPS) within mobile applications. Acquiring data from your Atrius Sensory Network, Atrius Navigator delivers precise, cost-effective indoor positioning solutions, enabling applications that redefine customer journeys and enhance business operations.
Kele, Inc. Completes Acquisition of Control Consultants, Inc. MEMPHIS, Tenn. and BOSTON – Kele, Inc. (Kele) announced today the acquisition of Control Consultants, Inc. (CCI). This strategic combination highlights each company’s long-term commitment to providing industry leading products and solutions to its customers. The combined entity will operate as separate brands, but will leverage the strengths each bring.
ControlTalk NOW interview with Ken Sinclair, owner and editor of Automated Buildings. Ken is a catalyst and harbinger, whose goal is to inform his readers of the future of building automation. Ken reviews the highlights of his October, 2017 Theme: “People-Powered Transformation, which is another stellar assemblage of industry expertise, insight, and a host of significant interviews and articles. Ken’s editorial message is emphatic and crystal clear: Embrace the change that is coming! Make your plans now! to attend Ken Sinclair’s education sessions at 2018 AHR in Chicago.
Schneider-Electric Helping Junior Achievement Prepare Today’s Students to Lead Tomorrow’s World. As a non-profit organization, Junior Achievement depends on help and donations from corporations. To assist the organization, Schneider Electric® and C-Tech Controls donated an intelligent building management system, with installation, for the three Junior Achievement Biztown locations in Tennessee: Nashville, Memphis, and Knoxville.
Product Updates, Vital Links, and Latest News from EasyIO’s SK Foo. Hi all! It has been busy for us since the launching of our new products, our wireless range of controller FW series, our server spec FS32 and also our small little green module which converts one Analogue output to two Digital Output the FR-02. Since launching we received overwhelming response from customers and also our partners. We keep improving adding more features to these range of products.
Saving Time is Saving Money with Optergy BMS! Installing building management systems in small buildings can be very cost effective. For end-users it’s easy to imagine a building you know that often leaves lights or HVAC on when the system really should not be running, it’s not hard to see that small buildings can pile up huge bills. In fact much of the buildings load (~70%) can be controlled simply and economically. Visit Optergy today!
Project Haystack Organization Publishes Fall 2017 Issue of Connections Magazine. RICHMOND, VIRGINIA, October 09, 2017 — The Project Haystack Organization (www.project-haystack.org), a collaborative community addressing the challenge of utilizing semantic modeling and tagging to streamline the interchange of data among different systems, devices, equipment and software applications, today announced they have published the third issue of their Connections Magazine.
Looking for New Business Opportunities with Tridium — Check this out! You are a skilled systems integrator, and if you are like most, it seems like things are starting to slow down a bit or have just gotten more competitive, either way, there is a space that you can take you skills to that is less crowded. This IIot update, just in from the team at Niagara is worth checking out.
How California Title 24 and the other State Energy Codes Effect You and System Design. As a teacher of mine use to say, “nothing is obvious to the uninformed”. And when getting informed is free and the best of the best is teaching you, it is a time to take action and register now for something that is or will be effecting the smart buildings control pro, which is how lighting control is being changed by California Title 24. Visit Blue Ridge Technologies Unified Lighting..
Honeywell Announces Planned Portfolio Changes. A message from Darius Adamczyk, Honeywell President and CEO. Dear Colleague: Today, we announced several important planned changes to our portfolio that will position the Company for sustainable organic sales growth and margin expansion within a more focused set of end markets. You can read the details about these changes – including our intention to spin off our Homes product portfolio and ADI global distribution business as well as our Transportation Systems business into two stand-alone, publicly-traded companies – in this morning’s press release and in our presentation to investors.
Pro Tech Tip: Understanding Chiller Surge. Join, Stromquist & Company’s, master trainer and control pro, Tim Chamblee,as he walks us through chiller surge. Tim teaches you what you need to know about chiller surge, and how to protect your chillers. Tim, with over 40 years in the HVAC service and controls business offers practical tech tips and training, reach out to him directly at email@example.com, or call him at 1-800-241-9471 to find out about his training classes, or to buy York Chiller parts. Stromquist & Company is a stocking distributor of York chiller parts and would love to help provide these parts when you have a need.
New Tridium white paper from Tridium chief architect Kevin T. Smith now available. Much has been written about the game-changing IoT. Network-connected devices and their capabilities have become a disruptive force in the business world.
Adding network connectivity to any “thing” adds tremendous value, but also brings potential risks to an organization. Cybersecurity should be a concern for everyone.
Learn about developing a strategy to defend against cyber threats in the new white paper, Cybersecurity and the IoT—Threats, Best Practices and Lessons Learned by Tridium chief architect Kevin T. Smith.
The market for the Internet of Things (IoT) is continuing to grow at a phenomenal pace. According to research from the International Data Corporation released early in 2017, the IoT market will reach $1.29 trillion by 2020.
1 IHS Markit forecasts that the IoT market will grow from what was an installed base of 15.4 billion devices in 2015 to 75.4 billion devices in 2025.
2 Other market research firms are releasing similar staggering statistics, and while estimates vary, all parties agree: network-connected devices and their capabilities are and will continue to be a disruptive force in the way that everyone does business.
But 15 years ago—long before anyone had ever heard of the IoT—Tridium developed the Niagara Framework, a general-purpose, open and extensible software framework built for the purpose of connecting, managing and controlling any device over computer networks.
A general-purpose IoT framework that allows integrators to connect and control devices, regardless of protocol and manufacturer, Niagara has changed the way that organizations do business, putting the “smarts” in smart buildings and data centers, providing significant cost savings and capabilities. Over the years, this experience has given us much insight into the areas of device connectivity and control, automation, analytics and cybersecurity.
Cybersecurity should be a concern for any user or owner of connected devices. In our fastpaced world of ever-changing technology, the cyberthreat landscape continues to evolve at an alarming rate. With recent cybersecurity incidents showing unprecedented growth in the frequency, scale and sophistication of advanced cyberattacks, combined with the number of high-profile data breaches and hacks hitting the front pages of newspapers on an almost weekly basis, it should not be a surprise that most organizations are taking a newfound interest in protecting the systems on their networks.
Regarding the IoT, adding network connectivity to any “thing” can certainly provide great value, but it also brings along with this connectivity potential risks related to network security. In the past few years, we have seen web cameras, baby monitors, smart refrigerators and even cars electronically hacked. We have seen an alarming rise in data breaches costing organizations billions of dollars. We have seen the rise of security and privacy concerns related to smart devices. We have seen an alarming rise in malware threats infecting computers and smart devices. We have seen the increase of hacker-friendly tools and websites that allow
Adding network connectivity to any “thing” can certainly provide great value, but it also brings along with this connectivity potential risks related to network security
2 bad actors to search for, discover and exploit Internet-connected devices. Specific to the IoT market, we saw the largest distributed denialof-service attack of its kind in October 2016, when an estimated hundreds of thousands of IoT devices were attacked, infected with a virus and used in a coordinated effort to attack domain name system (DNS) servers, effectively bringing down a significant portion of the Internet.
A successful cybersecurity program encompasses far more than simply an approach that is asset-focused or revolves around only technology. A more holistic, defense-in-depth security approach is needed — one that involves people, processes and technology.
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Episode 235: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings PodCast for week ending August 13, 2017 features two insightful interviews with Marc Petock, Lynxspring’s Chief Communications Officer & Vice President, Marketing, and Aaron Gorka, Innovation Manager for ANT Technologies. Check out ACI’s European Smart Homes 2017; ControlTrends Discovers Monnit Wireless Sensors at Realcomm|IBcon 2017; Belimo’s Correcting Low Delta T Webinar: Internet of Things (IoT); Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017; The Dark Web Goes Corporate; NIST Cybersecurity for IoT Program; and Therese Sullivan: Appreciating How Metadata Makes Artificial Intelligence Possible.
Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017 Introduced by Senators Mark Warner, Cory Gardner, Ron Wyden, and Steve Daines. On August 1, 2017, the U.S. Government took a significant “lead by example” step forward in the battle of Internet of Things (IoT) security. Chief among the vendor commitments — that must be made to the U.S.Government: That their IoT devices are patchable; that the devices don’t contain known vulnerabilities; and that the devices don’t contain hard-coded passwords.
ACI’s European Smart Homes 2017 will be taking place in London, UK, on 25th & 26th of October 2017.Join European Smart Homes 2017 conference on 25th & 26th October in London, UK and hear John Hutchins’ presentation entitled “Smart Homes and Utility Customer Experience – exploring the link between smart homes, connected devices and better customer experience for utility customers.”
The Dark Web Goes Corporate, by Josh Fruhlinger, CSO. By Josh Fruhlinger, CSO. The “dark web” is a phrase strikes an ominous tone, conveying an impression of a marketplace where anything is for sale: hacking tools, weapons, drugs, child pornography, even freelance assassination services. And according to experts we spoke to, all of that’s still true. But something has changed in the way the dark web does business. If there was a time when venturing online to buy these illegal items was like taking your life in your hands in a dark alley, today the experience in quite different.
ControlTrends Discovers Monnit Wireless Sensors at Realcomm|IBcon 2017. One of the really cool things about covering shows like Realcomm|IBcon is that we quite often get first looks at new vendors and technologies. Although wireless sensors are not new to Smart Buildings, Monnit’s approach and product offering are. Check this video out to see why. Monnit remote monitoring systems can be setup in just a few minutes and our intuitive interface makes managing your system a snap, and Mommit’s optimized RF communications platform provides superior wireless range for covering large areas.
Ken’s Calendar: Belimo’s Correcting Low Delta T Webinar, Wednesday, August 23 at 1:00 PM EDT. Chilled water provided from a utility plant is commonly used in a building’s HVAC system in lieu of installing chillers. This results in lower return water temperatures which decreases the efficiency of the entire chilled water system resulting in the condition known as “Low ∆T Syndrome.” In this webinar we will review the design of a district chilled water system and discuss a study of a building where “Low ∆T Syndrome” was corrected at the point of water to air heat transfer.
NIST Cybersecurity for IoT Program (20.8 Billion Connected Devices in Use by 2020). Though each of us, in our own way and at our speed, has willingly or unwillingly, become more acclimated and accepted the rapid proliferation of IoT devices connecting us to the data bases in the clouds, it is still a challenge to fully comprehend the impact this hatching reality will have on our personal lives and professional careers — and we probably should know a lot more. Among the many sources of valuable insight and guidance available to ControlTrends Community, the NIST’s Cybersecurity for the Internet of Things is certainly one of the best.
Therese Sullivan: Appreciating How Metadata Makes Artificial Intelligence Possible. Therese Sullivan, editor of BuildingContext.me, and our ControlTrends’ eyes and ears from Silicon Valley, takes us on a data journey that begins at the ethereal origins of Artificial Intelligence (Dartmouth, 1956) and delivers us to metadata and Project Haystack — introducing some of the label makers in between.
ControlTalk NOW’s first interview is with industry veteran Marc Petock, Lynxspring‘s Chief Communications Officer & Vice President, Marketing. Marc first updates the ControlTrends Community on the 2017 Lynxspring Exchange, which is open to everybody. This will be the best Exchange ever. Everything is good: Location (Scottsdale, AZ); Speakers (Roberta Gamble, Frost & Sullivan; Tom Schircliff and Rob Murchinson, Intelligent Buildings; and Mark Jewell, Selling Energy); can’t miss technology and product updates, and an all-star cast of Vendor-Sponsors. Marc also addresses Cyber Security, Edge Controllers, and the 2017 ControlTrends Awards.
ControlTalk NOW’s second interview is with Aaron Gorka, Innovation Manager for ANT Technologies, who extends the ControlTrends Community a special offer with Ant Technologies. ANT Technologies software portfolio is designed to make contractors more profitable. Aaron grew up in the contracting world — working with his father in a family business environment. He knows the business and financial challenges firsthand. ANT Technologies has the curated software tools: Management of Projects, Service Tools, and Tenant Energy Billing — that will make contractors more efficient and, more profitable. Click here to find your local CGNA distributor and take advantage of Aaron’s special ControlTrends offer that he made during the podcast.
On August 1, 2017, the U.S. Government took a significant “lead by example” step forward in the battle of Internet of Things (IoT) security. Chief among the vendor commitments — that must be made to the U.S.Government: That their IoT devices are patchable; that the devices don’t contain known vulnerabilities; and that the devices don’t contain hard-coded passwords.
While ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) devices and the data they transmit present enormous benefits to consumers, the relative insecurity of many devices presents enormous challenges.
Thus far, there has been a significant market failure in the security of these devices.
Sometimes shipped with factory-set, hard-coded passwords and oftentimes unable to be updated or patched, IoT devices can represent a weak point in a network’s security, leaving the rest of the network vulnerable to attack. Additionally, the sheer number of IoT devices – expected to exceed 20 billion devices by 2020 – has enabled bad actors to launch devastating Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. This legislation is aimed at addressing the market failure by establishing minimum security requirements for federal procurements of connected devices.The legislation requires vendor commitments:
§ That their IoT devices are patchable.
§ That the devices don’t contain known vulnerabilities.
• If a vendor identifies vulnerabilities, it must disclose them to an agency, with an explanation of why the device can be considered secure notwithstanding the vulnerability and a description of any compensating controls employed to limit the exploitability/impact of the vulnerability.
• Based on this information, an agency CIO could issue a waiver to purchase the device.
§ That the devices rely on standard protocols.
• Outside experts emphasize the importance of having the vendor disclose what network protocols are in use, for instance to assist Department of Homeland Security (DHS)’s Einstein program.
§ That the devices don’t contain hard-coded passwords.
Recognizing that it may be infeasible for certain devices to meet those requirements, and in consideration of network-based technologies that can help manage risks from insecure devices:
§ Agencies may ask the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for permission to purchase non-compliant devices if they can demonstrate that certain compensating controls have been employed.
§ The legislation empowers OMB, working with National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and industry, to specify particular measures (such as network segmentation, use of gateways, utilization of operating system containers and microservices) for agencies to employ. While the legislation establishes modest new device security requirements, it offers flexibility to agencies to waive these requirements in the event that:
§ Agencies employ their own equivalent, or more rigorous, device security requirements; or
§ Industry develops third-party device certification standards that provide equivalent, or more rigorous, device security requirements (as determined by NIST).
The legislation directs the DHS National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) to:
§ Work with industry to develop coordinated disclosure guidelines for vendors selling IoT to the US government, which vendors would then adopt, allowing researchers to uncover vulnerabilities in those products and responsibly share them with the vendor, without fear of liability under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) or Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).
• Vulnerabilities found and reported to vendors must be patched (or devices must be replaced) in a timely manner.
The legislation requires that agencies maintain an inventory of IoT devices in use.
§ Requires OMB to submit a report to Congress after 5 years on effectiveness of guidelines and any recommendations for updates.
The legislation allows OMB to waive, in whole or in part, any of the requirements after 5 years.
We might suppose that it was the relentless rays of disruptive IoT light recently shone on our industry, that inspired Ken Sinclair, owner and editor of Automated Buildings, to rewrite his Automated Buildings’ mission statement, entitled: “Be the Catalysis/Harbinger of the IoT Future of Building Automation.” Yet, the real focus of the AB’s January, 2017 edition is the concept that people are still our greatest asset, not technology. As Ken reminds us, “We need to focus instead on our only assets, our people who have all been through several technology shifts in their life. They have seen hardware evaporate into software and become data in the IoT cloud or processes acted on at the edge.”
More excerpts from Ken Sinclair’s editorial: “I have been sensing some, Oh no! the IoT sky/cloud is falling on us. It hit me on the head, so I know it must be so, – says Chicken Little. It is so heavy we all shall be crushed or displaced or outsourced. (Big smile.) So I felt the necessity of pushing the focus back on the people of our industry, our only true assets, and putting them on the watch for Foxey Loxey in our new year of incredible opportunities 2017. Happy New Year!
The Internet of Things, “IoT” transformations are bringing significant industry disruptions.
Disruption is good because it causes our assets to be employed to review our core values, our reason for being, and adapt to change for survival. These are things that only the people of our industry can do; our existing technologies can not help and have the potential of becoming liabilities.
Our industry, as all industries are inundated with the movement to the cloud and the self-learning edge, IoT is in our face everywhere. In lieu of the necessary action of how we might repurpose our only assets, our people, we focus on our existing technologies, their high cost, missing functionality, and the lack of speed an IoT connection of our aging technologies and outdated procedures.”
More great January Articles:
Smart Building Trends for 2017, Christine Boles, Intel
What the IoT Means For Controls Contracting, Hector Hernandez, CUBE-USA
Darwin and the Dynamism of an Open Source, Therese Sullivan, BuildingContext Ltd
Lessons from the FDD Trenches, Brad White, SES Consulting Inc.
The Machines Take Over the Buildings, Jim Sinopoli, Smart Buildings LLC
Tagging – What’s That Got to Do With My Building? Kevin Binnie
Data and Building Automation, Marc Petock, Lynxspring & Connexx Energy
Transforming Green Buildings into Living Buildings, Subrata Bhattacharya & Ankur Thareja, Johnson Controls, India
A look at the BACnet User Group in New England, Svetlana Lyons, Cimetrics
Two Effective IoT Protocols and How They Work, Kudzai Manditereza
The Future of Smart Buildings, James McHale, Memoori
Meet Kevin Smith. After 25 years in the government cyber security sector, Kevin moved to the private sector when he joined Tridium in 2014. Kevin has been overseeing cyber security for Niagara and is now Tridium’s chief architect.
In his pivotal role, Kevin helps serve as a focal point for Niagara architecture and Tridium’s deeper expansion into the Internet of Things, and is helping Tridium push forward with the goal of moving from the edge to the cloud.
Bringing Niagara into the future
Like the start of most every software engineer’s journey from the era, Kevin Smith’s began with the 8-bit Commodore VIC-20 home computer. And before long, he found himself glued to the screen, teaching himself how to code.
“I was eleven years old and just fascinated by how you could write a computer program and make things move around and make sounds, and I did that for a while before I quickly maxed out the capabilities of that computer,” Smith says.
The VIC-20 laid the groundwork for a nearly 25-year career that took Smith deep into the government cyber security sector, building software solutions in Java and other languages to help agencies in the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community securely share and protect information. Looking to join the private sector (and having known CTO John Sublett since college), Smith came to Tridium in October 2014.
Originally in charge of cyber security for Niagara, today he serves as the company’s chief architect, viewed as a focal point for Niagara architecture and Tridium’s deeper expansion into the Internet of Things, as the company pushes forward with the goal of moving from the edge to the cloud.
“At Tridium, we’re not just focusing on Niagara itself. We’re building solutions for the cloud, for edge devices, for enterprise security, for analytics,” the 46-year-old says.
“Part of my job is technology leadership and looking at where we want to take Niagara in the future. The Internet of Things is really the area Tridium has been in for the whole time, before the Internet of Things was a thing.”
Internet of Things
“Our leadership team has a great vision for this company,” he says, “and part of my job is to figure out strategically where and how we focus on technology as we move into the future.”
Prior to his arrival, Smith’s career had been entirely as a government contractor, building mission-critical software to help secure information-sharing capabilities for the U.S. government. Given the initial duty to ramp up Niagara security, Smith dove in at Tridium by reviewing the state of the Niagara Framework® in anticipation of Niagara 4’s 2015 launch. Niagara 4 was a complete overhaul to the framework, built on open web standards and a mission to become a core technology running the global Internet of Things.
Click here for the rest of the interview.
As if the tale of disruptive technology couldn’t become any more difficult for the HVAC old guard to cope with (or ignore), AutomatedBuildings.com owner/editor, Ken Sinclair, has placed next-gen petri dishes under his December microscope, and examined outloud, both the potence of the virual strain and its carrier, now poised at the periphery of the host HVAC industry body, and their inevitable impact. Ken may be very close to yelling Eureka and I told you so! Yet, we’ve barely got the gist of the 3/30/300 metric and enhancing the User Experience. By now, everybody has added “UX” to their customer satisfaction surveys, right? But hold on a minute, as Paul Oswald, Managing Director, CBRE|ESI, very appropriately mentions, this is still a horse and cart scenario. If you’re not going to fix the buildings or replace the bad equipment, what’s the point of making bad buildings and bad stuff, smart — and paying to analyze that data? Perhaps, the first focus should remain on the cake, not the IoT icing. Lots of smart information in this December edition of AutomatedBuildings!
Thanks Ken, for such a succinct summary: “Future automation will be a full embrace of IoT. Systems will be smarter, self learning, edgy, innovative, and sophisticated. They will automatically configure and integrate new equipment so they can optimize themselves, self-manage and self-heal while reinventing purposeful, productive, desirable buildings and accommodations.”
Excerpt from Ken’s editorial: “It has been an amazing year of change. I am overwhelmed by the number of balls I have thrown in the air. AutomatedBuildings does not create change but is a catalysis and harbinger of change. It has been a time when the industry has wanted to shoot us as the messenger but is now coming to the realization and confirmation that IoT is for sure the future of Building Automation.” Cllck here for rest of editorial.
More Great Reads: December Articles
Smart Buildings Enter a New Year, Therese Sullivan, BuildingContext Ltd
Ready for the Future of IoT in Buildings? Don Kasper, Ecorithm
Big Building Data Brings New Opportunities, Will Coleman, Lucid
Analytics – What Problem Are We Trying To Solve? Paul Oswald, CBRE|ESI
Is the Cloud Safe? Kevin Binnie, CopperTree Analytics
Pump Your Project Haystack Tags and Data Up, Travis Reno, Lynxspring
Haystack Connect 2017, John Petze, Project-Haystack.org
The “Swiss Army Knife” For Building Automation, Nils-Gunnar Fritz, MBS GmbH
Energy Efficiency Education Dashboards® (EEED), Jessica Johnson, QA Graphics
The Age of Perfect Information, Glen Allmendinger, Harbor Research, Inc.
BMS And IP Converge For Smart Buildings, James McHale, Memoori
Maximizing Human Comfort, Brad White, SES Consulting Inc.
What Building Owners Want, Jim Sinopoli, Smart Buildings LLC