“Standardizing the Internet of Things” by Jim Sinopoli

By now, we all know the basics of the Internet of Things (IoT).   Everything will be connected to every other thing using the internet. The “things” that will be connected are embedded computing devices with special purpose programming for a single application (heart monitoring implants, biochip transponders on animals, smart thermostat systems etc.), systems and … Continue reading “Standardizing the Internet of Things” by Jim Sinopoli

“How Personal IoT Propels BAS Industry” by Ken Sinclair

The rapid deployment of personal IoT is putting pressure on our industry, because our clients expect the features they now have in their hands, pockets and on their body as wearables (watches and glasses) to play nicely with all that has been done before. Our aging building automation systems (BAS) are straining under the pressure to keep … Continue reading “How Personal IoT Propels BAS Industry” by Ken Sinclair

“The Cutting-Edge of IoT” by Therese Sullivan

The Internet of Things World Forum just presented its new IoT Reference Model, recognizing familiar building automation brands as leading in the category of Edge Computing. What are the important takeaways for commercial buildings automation? ‘Edge Software’ is the name the model gives to any module that has evolved to configure, address and directly process … Continue reading “The Cutting-Edge of IoT” by Therese Sullivan

“Coil Crime Scene Investigation” by Dean Taylor & Jim Lee

  Operational forensics is the practice of using building automation system data and data analytics to determine the sequence of events leading up to an incident and to determine root cause. Imagine walking into your facility on a Monday morning to find water covering the floor.  Water damage is everywhere – mechanical rooms, laboratories and … Continue reading “Coil Crime Scene Investigation” by Dean Taylor & Jim Lee

Building Automation and Analytics — Already at the Cutting-Edge of IoT

The Internet of Things World Forum just presented its new IoT Reference Model, recognizing familiar building automation brands as already leading in the category of Edge Computing. So, how does the IoT really change the future of commercial building operations? There were a number of Internet of Things (IoT) community gatherings held this October — … Continue reading Building Automation and Analytics — Already at the Cutting-Edge of IoT

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

Quiz Time: Is IoT a Bubble about to Burst? IBM and Cisco Reply

In August, the Gartner Group released its yearly Hype Cycle report and graphic that plots its estimation of where emerging technologies are in terms of market expectations and technical and business realities. Notably, the Internet of Things was placed at the Peak of Inflated Expectations, positioned to fall into the Trough of Disillusionment. This week in … Continue reading Quiz Time: Is IoT a Bubble about to Burst? IBM and Cisco Reply

Enthusiasm for IoT-Big Data Bling Dampened by Big Brother Concerns

    Two interesting conversations on Linkedin concerned Big Data doubts. The October Manager's Choice discussion on the page of England's Chartered Institute of Building Service Engineers (CIBSE) was started by Mike Barker who solicited thoughts about how modern buildings should accommodate "the fancy andro-appleo-bling that we will be wearing."  He pointed to inspiration from both the October automatedbuildings.com article … Continue reading Enthusiasm for IoT-Big Data Bling Dampened by Big Brother Concerns

Buildings and Big Data – The Book

This just-published book is an expertly-selected sample of the collaborative building science work that has happened to date. It provides a foundational text for accelerated forward motion now.  Authors Barney L. Capehart, PhD, CEM Professor Emeritus, University of Florida, and Michael R. Brambley, Staff Scientist in Energy Technology Development at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) brought the A-team together … Continue reading Buildings and Big Data – The Book

Four New Ways to Scan Your Whole Building for Energy Waste

Looking at any system from a high-level and as a whole is usually the best way to get to know its key drivers. Individual buildings and portfolios of buildings are no different. While the idea of a quick and remote data analysis to assess energy performance of whole buildings is alluring, actually extracting information for business … Continue reading Four New Ways to Scan Your Whole Building for Energy Waste