The team at KGS Buildings makes a compelling case for a modeling approach to whole-building energy assessment that also supports a continuous and connected process as you move up and down through a building system hierarchy. Diagnosing a detected anomaly, for example, can require examining operational efficiency of the HVAC system as a whole, then a … Continue reading Diagnosing Energy Performance Up and Down the Building System Hierarchy
Altura Pioneers Building Performance Commissioning Guided by Operational-Data-Based Diagnostics The Connected Building Commissioning (CBCx) process of Energy Engineering services firm, Altura Associates, exemplifies yet another approach to whole-building/whole-portfolio energy assessment. This involves on-site connection to the building management system (BMS) to extract realtime data from thousands of measured HVAC, water and lighting points and feeding … Continue reading For Energy Analytics, Skip Big Data. Start With Right Data
Microsoft Azure ML Designed to Attract More Machine Learning Development Partners: First Use Case is by OSIsoft at Carnegie Mellon Microsoft recently demonstrated a special Azure ML cloud service that provides a browser-based interface for authoring the machine learning algorithms that power predictive analytics, such as Smart Building operational analytics. The interface is easy enough for non-data scientists … Continue reading Microsoft Azure ML – New Support for Building Predictive Analytics
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?
Now that most modern buildings are equipped with IP-based networks utilizing Ethernet, IEEE 802.11 and other popular wired and wireless protocols, achieving network connectivity among diverse building system components – digital thermostats, lights, cameras and other security ID technologies – is not today's challenge. However, connectivity is not interoperable data sharing. A defining feature of … Continue reading More Pub/Sub Middleware Choices for the Industrial Internet of Things
Notifications are becoming a core buildings automation technology, as explored in my last post about the MQTT messaging protocol, as well as earlier when discussing contextual mobile operating systems. Pub/sub is a routing style designed for broadcasting out notifications one-to-many, listening for responses back from unknown sources, and compensating for the sometimes intermittent service of wireless networks. The same underlying publisher/subscriber … Continue reading Pub/Sub Communications — Social, Simple, Tried-and-True
When you take a close look at today’s news-making connected car, connected health, connected home, and other so-called Internet-of-Things solutions, it’s clear that the ‘Internet of Things’ is actually a misnomer. Things are not actually communicating on the TCP/IP-defined Internet; they are messaging each other on mobile M2M networks. To a large degree, the job of keeping the … Continue reading The Direction is toward Open Standards for M2M and IoT
Mobile Network Operators (MNO) see building automation as a growth area for their businesses. Building operators are being pitched a multitude of cloud apps accessed by mobile devices for energy management, lighting control, physical security, etc. MNO’s are going to play a role in delivering these applications, but how central are MNO product and service … Continue reading Mobile Network Operators Are Eyeing Building Automation as their next M2M Vertical
“Where is the center of gravity?” The question gave everyone pause at a recent Smarter Cities roundtable discussion held by the Silicon Valley Forum. It contained the embedded metaphor that clouds of data are amassing around our existing buildings and cities forming a vortex-like swirl of innovation opportunities. When sufficient gravitational force is present, there … Continue reading A Question of Gravity: Who Owns the Future of Smart Buildings and Cities?
Marketing Automation platform vendor Marketo puts it this way: "Content marketing is the practice of creating relevant and compelling content in a consistent fashion to a targeted buyer, focusing on all stages of the buying process, from brand awareness through to brand evangelism." Marketo, Hubspot, Act-On—they are all freely sharing advice on content because it's the fuel … Continue reading What is Content Marketing?