Tridium showed the Niagara community what it means to be the leader of the band at Niagara Summit ‘18 in New Orleans. The band and community just keeps growing as Niagara gains fans among those seeking open connectivity for systems and devices. Over 1000 Niagara developers, programmers, building engineers, end users and executives were gathered, … Continue reading Niagara Summit 2018 – Playing All the Right Notes
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. Charles Dickens was right. One of the best ways to tell a story is to channel different voices for past, … Continue reading Shaking Value Chains and Channeling New Voices in Building Automation
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
This year’s Intelligent Buildings conference by Realcomm was again a hotbed of information exchange and business dealings for all the professions involved in smart buildings, smart cities and smart energy projects. IT/OT convergence, security of networks and data, as well as technology disruption were big themes, as they have been in past years. My biggest … Continue reading Highlights from Realcomm-IBcon 2017
The power of data to bring transparency, greater security, fairer market competition and rapid change to buildings was the main theme at Haystack Connect in Tampa in early May. Advancements in contributing technologies like wireless connectivity, edge computing, analytics, machine learning, etc. were well covered in the IoT Architecture Symposium that ran during the IoT World Conference in Santa Clara in the middle of the month.
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?
One of the most re-watched episodes of the comedy series Seinfeld is ‘The Label Maker’ when Elaine’s gift to a friend at Christmas was re-gifted to Jerry before the Superbowl. True, a thing for tagging other things was not a fun or romantic gift in 1995. And, perhaps Bryan Cranston’s fictional dentist didn’t get it. … Continue reading Appreciating How Metadata Makes AI Possible
Climate laws and agreements are being enacted, and big building technology companies like Siemens are positioning to come out heroes It has been an eventful few weeks for Climate Action watchers. From tree-huggers to eager capitalists, there are a lot of people happy to see moves that will curtail fossil fuel burning. California signed SB32 … Continue reading Climate Action, Digitalization and the Opportunity to Reenergize the Buildings Industry
Like kids set loose in a roomful of legos, IoT product developers around the world are making brand new things to connect to the Internet out of smartphone components and open source software stacks. Makers are taking advantage of the supply chain built by the mobile computing industry. They have low-cost compute devices like Arduino … Continue reading IoT Makers in Legoland
Last month I wrote about how open source communities are fertile ground for launching new companies and about how they spurn any software that seeks to trap data into proprietary silos. Two pieces of news over the last weeks prove those points. The latest news is that GE Current just acquired Daintree Networks for $77M.Daintree’s … Continue reading Putting a Value on open, standards-based BAS