Ken Sinclair’s Automated Buildings May Theme “Our Open IoT Centric Future,” Acquisition Impacts, and Open, Cheap, & Sexy Lighting Report

Ken_Sinclair_PhotoKen Sinclair’s editorial in May’s Automated Buildings has a few Paul Revere like messages in the first two paragraphs. The first being that four relatively large control companies were bought recently, and the efficacious assimilation of their technologies will allow for much larger and more successful market penetration in the Building Automation arena from non-traditional directions. The synergy spotlight is on lighting industry powerhouses Acuity and GE — to see if they can get their multi-IoT wheels rolling. The second warning is the sheer speed in which LED lighting is being deployed with open, cheap, and sexy offerings. Like Ken suggests, we better get on board this IoT Centric solution train… before it runs us over.

From Ken Sinclair’s editorial “Our Open IoT Centric Future.”

“The times they are a changing with the transfer of ownership of our two largest Canadian independent control companies Delta Controls & DISTECH plus European LOYTEC Electronics GmbH and Australian Daintree Networks. That is a lot of global change happening in the last few months. All the companies have strong presences and are leaders using open protocols while working towards IoT Centric solutions see the linked press releases.

The purchase of our advertiser Distech by Acuity Brands, a North American market leader and one of the world’s leading providers of lighting solutions, and the purchase of networked building startup Daintree Networks by GE shows the powerful directional shift to the lighting industry with new financial clout. The times they are a changing rapidly, I have seen the light, rendered in controllable color connected to Open and IoT is the direction of our future.

We just returned from the San Diego Light Fair and CABA Intelligent Buildings & Digital Home Forum, both events were great eye openers depicting our need to adapt to Our Open IoT Centric Future now. I have written a quick review of the Light Fair event but you will be reading about the observed changes for months to come in our online magazine. Amazing control of the new source LED lighting is evolving rapidly, and equals and in some areas even exceeds what our open BACnet industry has achieved. The new ability of color control is sexy and provides a strong link to personal preferences and increased productivity and an amazing ability to display products and all our interfacing tasks.” Click here to continue reading.

May Articles:

To Be A System Integrator, Paul Oswald, CBRE|ESI

Buildings Industry Workforce, Brian Turner, Controlco

Business Optimization, Hector Hernandez, CUBE-USA

What’s Up with the Internet of Things? Derek Schou, Contemporary Controls

Open Source is the New Marketing- Part 2, Therese Sullivan, BuildingContext Ltd

Harmonization Smart Grid and Smart Building, Allan McHale, Memoori

Advanced IoT Systems, Morgan Lang, SWEENEY

Plug-and-Play LED Lighting, Tom Quinn, Lunera

The Last 100 Feet Wirelessly, Gary Sorkin, Pacific Communication Group

Business Side to Cyber Security, Marc Petock, Lynxspring & Connexx Energy

A Legoland for the IoT Maker, Therese Sullivan, BuildingContext Ltd

Overly Alarmed by Alarm Management? Jim Sinopoli, Smart Buildings LLC

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