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
Like kids set loose in a roomful of legos, IoT product developers around the world are making brand new things to connect to the Internet out of smartphone components and open source software stacks. Makers are taking advantage of the supply chain built by the mobile computing industry. They have low-cost compute devices like Arduino … Continue reading IoT Makers in Legoland
Last month I wrote about how open source communities are fertile ground for launching new companies and about how they spurn any software that seeks to trap data into proprietary silos. Two pieces of news over the last weeks prove those points. The latest news is that GE Current just acquired Daintree Networks for $77M.Daintree’s … Continue reading Putting a Value on open, standards-based BAS
In covering the growing power of the open source/open data movement in commercial buildings, I learned about VizLore and its Software-Defined Network (SDN) approach. SDN is an open programming model that is foundational for new Platform as a Service (PaaS) IoT applications like VizLore’s. VizLore soft sensors and analytics derive insight and value from … Continue reading VizLore Interview: How Will the IoT Create More Intelligent Buildings?
Darren Wright, a Director at Arup, has released a video stream of his presentation on the history and future of the controls industry on youtube. It’s a very on-point statement on the topic from the viewpoint of an experienced building commissioning expert. His understanding of the development of control automation goes all the way back … Continue reading ‘Death of Controls Industry’ as Explained by Darren Wright of Arup
Smart Building technology isn't being adopted at the pace expected. Why aren't more property owners getting off the sidelines? Chicago Bulls Basketball star Michael Jordan inspired a lot of sports watchers to become sports Do-ers in the 1980s and 90s. And, of course, there were the 'Sneaks.' Can tech-firm smart building All Stars be as motivating? … Continue reading CoRE Tech’s Silicon Valley Message: ‘Just Do It.’
Eric Stromquist and Ken Smyers of ControlTrends.org invited me onto their ControlTalk NOW show last week, ending November 8, 2015. What fun! We talk I0T Stacks! What are they? Who has them? Why are they needed now? How does Project Haystack fit in? They even threw in the question "What is Google's (now Alphabet's) Nest up … Continue reading Talking Smack about the Building IoT Stack