More Pub/Sub Middleware Choices for the Industrial Internet of Things

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

Pub/Sub Communications — Social, Simple, Tried-and-True

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

The Direction is toward Open Standards for M2M and IoT

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 Are Eyeing Building Automation as their next M2M Vertical

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

A Question of Gravity: Who Owns the Future of Smart Buildings and Cities?

“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?

What is Content Marketing?

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?