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
A big challenge inherent in driving the huge and diverse industry of building design, construction and operations towards open standards involves finding consensus among the various official standards organizations, sub-committee groups and open-source communities working on the same problem from different angles. If you can get the players to the table, there is great value … Continue reading BAS Industry Collaborates On Semantics
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
KMC 2018 Genius Summit in January featured Captain Mike Abrashoff author of It's Your Ship. The story of how he took the USS Benfold from a worst to a best performer resonates for the KMC Controls community, who want to deploy IoT technology to do the same for existing buildings.
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
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.
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
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
As a Silicon Valley local, I was asked multiple times during last week’s Realcomm/IBcon conference in San Jose whether I was a fan of HBO’s Silicon Valley TV series. Of course, I am! Anyone following the show knows that the latter part of the Season 3 storyline hinges on the right metric to gauge the … Continue reading Recapping Realcomm/IBcon 2016