New Era of IoT-Enabled Retail Launched

The Smart Mall, as realized by Taubman Properties under the technical direction of CIO/CTO Michael Osment, is a particularly advanced variety of the Intelligent Building. “Connectivity is not an afterthought in the design of a Smart Mall. It is the driver,” explained Osment when interviewed by Realcomm’s Jim Young today. Taubman's new $315M mall in Sarasota was … Continue reading New Era of IoT-Enabled Retail Launched

Open Software Architecture Demo’d by UC Cal’s openBAS

One big lesson from the last few decades in building automation system (BAS) technology is that proprietary and closed systems create barriers to innovation. Many system integrators and building owners who lived through this period felt the sting of this lesson profoundly when they were stymied in their efforts to use information technology to improve energy efficiency and … Continue reading Open Software Architecture Demo’d by UC Cal’s openBAS

How do you Spell IoT for Smart Buildings?

All the Big IT companies are running campaigns touting their role in the coming Internet of Things (IoT) computing era. A common vision is that software, particularly mobile apps, will reign supreme over embedded systems-on-a-chip, sensors, wireless communications and other components making more of the physical world digitally addressable thus bringing greater productivity, health, comfort … Continue reading How do you Spell IoT for Smart Buildings?

Almost Viral – McKenney’s Eglin Story

How high is the bar in my chosen niche, storytelling for buildings professionals? Spreading word through their highly fragmented industries and markets is hard. So winning pick-up by more than a handful of cross-discipline hub-influencers is 'viral'. Recently, McKenney’s, a well-established building systems integration and contracting firm out of Atlanta, achieved that goal with its story … Continue reading Almost Viral – McKenney’s Eglin Story

Applying Whole-Building Thinking to Content Strategy

My introduction to the buildings industry began in 2007 when I led the awareness campaign for the IDeAs Z-squared facility, one of the USA's first net zero energy buildings. I was schooled in whole building design principles and the integrated design process from American Institute of Architecture Fellows from EHDD Architecture and Integral Group. Basically, this process involves thinking about … Continue reading Applying Whole-Building Thinking to Content Strategy