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
Investment dollars to transform commercial building energy wasters into high performers are there, but won’t be tapped until bankers are confident in the measurement and verification of savings. The Paris Climate Agreement is “the beginning of the end of the fossil-fuel era,” according to one negotiator, Marcelo Mena Carrasco of Chile. I just hope it’s … Continue reading Way Forward from Paris is Via Automated M&V for Commercial Building Energy Efficiency
The route to Smart Building success may be just around the next turn. Here are six emerging go-to-market strategies for Smart Building technology as identified by Anno Sholten of Connexx Energy.
Few data centers expect any deceleration in the speed and volume of data they must handle. Rather, it is a constant matter of asking “Where should our next 100 servers be placed?” Among the variables to consider are heat generation, power requirement with proper load balancing, network bandwidth and network security. In certain co-location scenarios, … Continue reading Data Centers Reach Toward Operational Excellence Guided by Predictive Analytics
Hype is just a natural and necessary ingredient in the life cycle of any technology. So says the IT Research firm Gartner Group, and it has been producing yearly Hype Cycle curves for about 20 years. In his book Leadership B.S., Jeffrey Pfeffer, Stanford Professor, writes that the ability to hype, a.k.a. to lie, is one of the traits that makes … Continue reading Of Pitchforks and Haystacks
The building automation and controls industry sits at the nexus of a building’s solar arrays and its microgrid, as well as at the seat of its transactive energy potential with neighboring microgrids. Automation and control frameworks built upon open architectures have emerged as clear winners among building owners because they allow data to be pulled … Continue reading Navigating the New Landscape of Energy Efficiency, Renewables and Microgrids
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