Smart Building technology isn't being adopted at the pace expected. Why aren't more property owners getting off the sidelines? Chicago Bulls Basketball star Michael Jordan inspired a lot of sports watchers to become sports Do-ers in the 1980s and 90s. And, of course, there were the 'Sneaks.' Can tech-firm smart building All Stars be as motivating? … Continue reading CoRE Tech’s Silicon Valley Message: ‘Just Do It.’
Few data centers expect any deceleration in the speed and volume of data they must handle. Rather, it is a constant matter of asking “Where should our next 100 servers be placed?” Among the variables to consider are heat generation, power requirement with proper load balancing, network bandwidth and network security. In certain co-location scenarios, … Continue reading Data Centers Reach Toward Operational Excellence Guided by Predictive Analytics
Hype is just a natural and necessary ingredient in the life cycle of any technology. So says the IT Research firm Gartner Group, and it has been producing yearly Hype Cycle curves for about 20 years. In his book Leadership B.S., Jeffrey Pfeffer, Stanford Professor, writes that the ability to hype, a.k.a. to lie, is one of the traits that makes … Continue reading Of Pitchforks and Haystacks
by Simon Troup, Head of Data Services, OpenSensors.io Expect the early adopters of ‘enchanted’ buildings to be our employers. The World Green Building Council estimates that we spend 10% of our costs on facilities management and 90% on executing our business. You don’t have to be an accountant to realise a 1% improvement in productivity trumps … Continue reading For Gourmet Tenant Experiences, Mix Sensor Data and an Open Tech Stack
Last month, Toby Considine closed his column with an invitation to meet him in Northern California in mid-September, where he was speaking at the TechIntersection conference. I seized that opportunity to interview Toby on the topic of Semantic Spaces and the Buildings IoT. Some of Toby’s authority on this subject stems from his work since … Continue reading Semantic Spaces: Where Everything is in a Name
by Greg Shank, Principal, Altura Associates Does the next phase in building controls have to take on the dynamic of Betamax vs. VHS or Android vs. iOS? First, let’s acknowledge that commercial buildings are a different beast than the consumer marketplace, so analogies to video equipment and smartphones are limited. The goal of this little exercise … Continue reading Building Controls Beyond Protocol Wars
from Alper Uzmezler, BASSG Projects Those who have studied the dynamics of technology markets over the decades hold that in times of rapid technology innovation and market growth, a company with a dominant product offering does well not to attempt to meet every customer need by itself. The better long-term strategy is to develop a strong partner … Continue reading Vibrant Ecosystem Ups the Value of a Building’s IoT Platform
On June 17th the Industrial Internet Consortium, with companies like Cisco, Intel, GE and IBM at the core, formally released its IoT Reference Architecture Document, making it available for complementary download. When I wrote about the first public showcasing of the reference model at the IoT World Forum in Chicago in October, the resulting BuildingContext post was … Continue reading Buildings IoT Industry Gives Industrial Internet Consortium Something to Reference
Has support for standardization efforts like BACnet and Project Haystack naming/tagging taxonomy grown to the point that it is providing a pathway for data-driven building operations technologies across the Chasm? It feels like our industry is moving into a higher gear. So to think through the shifting momentum, I took out my Crossing the Chasm … Continue reading Across the Chasm?
Realcomm/IBcon 2015 happened last week, and the phrase that captured this moment in commercial building operations was ‘uncomfortable excitement.’ The preconference Cybersecurity Forum pounded home themes of threat awareness and security tech. To quote speaker Marty Edwards, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) “Everything I see here terrifies me. Everything is getting connected to everything. … Continue reading Realcomm 2015: Feel Secure in Your Discomfort and Excitement. It Means You’re Listening.