Building Automation and Analytics — Already at the Cutting-Edge of IoT

The Internet of Things World Forum just presented its new IoT Reference Model, recognizing familiar building automation brands as already leading in the category of Edge Computing. So, how does the IoT really change the future of commercial building operations? There were a number of Internet of Things (IoT) community gatherings held this October — … Continue reading Building Automation and Analytics — Already at the Cutting-Edge of IoT

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