Shaking Value Chains and Channeling New Voices in Building Automation

What are IoT partner value chains trying to conjure up? They want Cortana, Alexa or Siri in our walls telling us everything that needs attention in our buildings. Physical security industry points out our future. John Leech [CC0], via Wikimedia CommonsCharles Dickens was right. One of the best ways to tell a story is to … Continue reading Shaking Value Chains and Channeling New Voices in Building Automation

Learned at AHR Expo 2018: The Open, Intelligent Edge of Building Automation

Scott Cochrane, president and CEO of Cochrane Supply & Engineering, addressed a full room at an AHRExpo Education Session on Monday January 22nd, 2018. He talked about how new ways of operating within the controls & automation business were emerging as the PC client/server era, transformed into the Cloud era, which is now giving way … Continue reading Learned at AHR Expo 2018: The Open, Intelligent Edge of Building Automation

Your Buildings’ 21st Century Edge

One way to gain perspective on disruptive technologies is to look backward to see forward. Tony Seba, an instructor in Entrepreneurship, Disruption and Clean Energy at Stanford’s Continuing Studies Program, does this with these early 20th-Century Easter Parade images. The images suggest that the vehicle market went from almost all horse-driven to almost all motor-driven in just 13 … Continue reading Your Buildings’ 21st Century Edge

Will DevOps Culture Come to Smart Buildings?

If software is eating the world, then software development operations should be of consuming interest to everyone—particularly to stakeholders in Smart Buildings and other Smart Systems. We should have already learned the lesson that you need to start product development from the perspective of end-users—building owners, facilities staff and occupants. The last generation of building … Continue reading Will DevOps Culture Come to Smart Buildings?

Vendor Lock-in of Your Data Could Happen Again: Protocol Wars are Moving from Cable to Cloud

Smart Building Owners should remain vigilant in the battle against vendor lock-in of their building data. “Take back the Internet!” is the Net Neutrality movement’s rallying cry against big telecom and cable companies. “Take back your life!“ say digital privacy advocates in warning against the online advertising industry. “Take back your enterprise!” is how the … Continue reading Vendor Lock-in of Your Data Could Happen Again: Protocol Wars are Moving from Cable to Cloud