What are IoT partner value chains trying to conjure up? They want Cortana, Alexa or Siri in our walls telling us everything that needs attention in our buildings. Physical security industry points out our future. John Leech [CC0], via Wikimedia CommonsCharles Dickens was right. One of the best ways to tell a story is to … Continue reading Shaking Value Chains and Channeling New Voices in Building Automation
This year’s Intelligent Buildings conference by Realcomm was again a hotbed of information exchange and business dealings for all the professions involved in smart buildings, smart cities and smart energy projects. IT/OT convergence, security of networks and data, as well as technology disruption were big themes, as they have been in past years. My biggest … Continue reading Highlights from Realcomm-IBcon 2017
The power of data to bring transparency, greater security, fairer market competition and rapid change to buildings was the main theme at Haystack Connect in Tampa in early May. Advancements in contributing technologies like wireless connectivity, edge computing, analytics, machine learning, etc. were well covered in the IoT Architecture Symposium that ran during the IoT World Conference in Santa Clara in the middle of the month.
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