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
In covering the growing power of the open source/open data movement in commercial buildings, I learned about VizLore and its Software-Defined Network (SDN) approach. SDN is an open programming model that is foundational for new Platform as a Service (PaaS) IoT applications like VizLore’s. VizLore soft sensors and analytics derive insight and value from … Continue reading VizLore Interview: How Will the IoT Create More Intelligent Buildings?
I hope you’ve seen the new Project-Haystack Connections ezine for Spring 2016. Here’s a link. Project-Haystack is certainly growing in strength as an open-source software organization as it advances the technology of semantic tagging and data modeling for smart devices, buildings, energy systems and the general Internet of Things. The new zine was launched with the mindset … Continue reading Selling to Developers: Open Source is the New Marketing
At the beginning of the 19th Century, it was one thing for a President in Washington, DC, or a financier in New York to think about the riches and adventures that could be had by riding the continental waterways from St. Louis to the Pacific, but, it was quite another thing to jump in a … Continue reading Facing the IoT’s Greatest Challenge: Wringing Value from All that Data
Is this generation of tech innovation just fluff? Media site TechCrunch.com published a plea from Senior Editor Matt Burns for the Tech world to pay some attention to the crisis of contaminated water in Flint, Michigan: “Let’s fix this. Let’s use the tools that allow us to deliver booze on demand and the tools that let … Continue reading Social Media Tech: Fluff and Foundational at the Same Time
Investment dollars to transform commercial building energy wasters into high performers are there, but won’t be tapped until bankers are confident in the measurement and verification of savings. The Paris Climate Agreement is “the beginning of the end of the fossil-fuel era,” according to one negotiator, Marcelo Mena Carrasco of Chile. I just hope it’s … Continue reading Way Forward from Paris is Via Automated M&V for Commercial Building Energy Efficiency
The route to Smart Building success may be just around the next turn. Here are six emerging go-to-market strategies for Smart Building technology as identified by Anno Sholten of Connexx Energy.
Eric Stromquist and Ken Smyers of ControlTrends.org invited me onto their ControlTalk NOW show last week, ending November 8, 2015. What fun! We talk I0T Stacks! What are they? Who has them? Why are they needed now? How does Project Haystack fit in? They even threw in the question "What is Google's (now Alphabet's) Nest up … Continue reading Talking Smack about the Building IoT Stack
Now is the right moment to consider the ballot for the 2015 ControlTrends Awards. The nomination phase is underway. Only the top five or six nominees in each category will be placed on the final voting ballot in December. So make your vote count by taking a few minutes to complete a ballot. There have been so many great … Continue reading Vote Now for Your Control Industry Favorites