Buildings IoT Industry Gives Industrial Internet Consortium Something to Reference

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

GSA Researcher Sparks Discussion About Tridium and What ‘Open’ Means

Don’t expect a yes/no, black/white, right/wrong answer to the question ‘Do you think Tridium's Niagara AX platform is the sole source for creating a true open system?’ when posed to experienced system integrators. But, you can expect to learn a lot. I definitely recommend reading over the answers given to John Beadle, MBA, Building Services Specialist … Continue reading GSA Researcher Sparks Discussion About Tridium and What ‘Open’ Means

Taps Open for Energy Efficiency Retrofits

And its up to System Integrators, Equipment Operators and Facilities Managers to Make the New Financing Models based on Energy Savings Work. In recent weeks, there has been a wave of announcements about new models for energy efficiency retrofit financing.  Schneider Electric’s Chris Hummel cites four reasons that energy efficiency financing is back. But, it’s not … Continue reading Taps Open for Energy Efficiency Retrofits

Sound Bites, Surprises and Solid Advice from the Smart Building Integrator Summit (SBIS) at IBcon 2014

  Big-brand tech companies and Rock Star-caliber personalities in real estate management and data security came calling on the buildings industry at the Smart Building Integrator Summit (SBIS) on June 17th, the day before IBcon 2014 opened in Las Vegas. Their common message was that open-architected, interoperable building automation systems (BAS) are at the nucleus of the next phase of … Continue reading Sound Bites, Surprises and Solid Advice from the Smart Building Integrator Summit (SBIS) at IBcon 2014

Nobody Wants to Be Left Hanging By Their Carrier — That’s Whatsapp

A recent ski day reveals the power of WhatsApp accessed on a Gigabyte-speed, Enterprise-Owned Wi-Fi network, as well as the significant impact 802.11n/ac will have on the wireless infrastructure choices of building owners. Like everyone else, I was surprised by Facebook's purchase of WhatsApp yesterday for $19 Billion. But, I did have a foreshadowing experience last … Continue reading Nobody Wants to Be Left Hanging By Their Carrier — That’s Whatsapp

Google Bought Nest to Catch Up in the Contextual O/S Race

Last month I felt secure in describing Nest as a company comfortably traveling  along in Apple’s orbit. I even linked to Matt Turck’s November TechCrunch article “Battle for the Connected Home”, wherein he suggests that Nest — a Lilliputian among Gullivers  — needed to be acquired by Apple before it was crushed.  Today we see that … Continue reading Google Bought Nest to Catch Up in the Contextual O/S Race