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

Haystack and IoT World Tread Common Ground

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.

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

Climate Action, Digitalization and the Opportunity to Reenergize the Buildings Industry

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