How Cal openBAS Project is Realizing Buildings IoT: VIDEO

The local news team at KTVU interviewed Therese Peffer of the California Institute for Energy and Environment, University of California, on the Cal openBAS project. The video does a great job of explaining the challenge of getting devices — lights, sensors and HVAC-tied thermostats — to work together. There is $1.5 million in grant money from the U.S. Department … Continue reading How Cal openBAS Project is Realizing Buildings IoT: VIDEO

A Tale of Two Battles: Or the Building Automation-ization of Consumer IoT

Headlines this month alerted the building automation and controls community to two battles set to rock our world: EPA Energy Star’s ‘Battle of the Buildings’ and the IT Industry’s “Battle of the Internet of Things (IoT) Standards.”  Participants in the first battle are open to leveraging any new IoT concepts that might serve to save energy. … Continue reading A Tale of Two Battles: Or the Building Automation-ization of Consumer IoT

New Work: Interactive Timeline for Automated Buildings

Click here, then click Continue to explore 15 years of thought-leadership in the Automated Buildings industry: Here's a just-completed BuildingContext.me project. It started when I read Ken Sinclair's - automatedbuildings.com's March Obix review and was pointed back to dinosaur bones: Writing in 2002, Eric Craton and Dave Robin of Automated Logic described a path that is still ahead of us. My … Continue reading New Work: Interactive Timeline for Automated Buildings

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

Is ‘Finding Stuff’ the Killer App that Will Drive IoT adoption in Buildings?

We just took one big step toward the Sensor Web—a concept that combines sensors, Geographical Information Science (GIS) and mobile telecom’s location-based services (LBS). The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) just approved the OGC Sensor Model Language (SensorML) 2.0 Encoding Standard.  Now all sensors ("things that measure"), actuators ("things that act"), and processors ("things that calculate") have … Continue reading Is ‘Finding Stuff’ the Killer App that Will Drive IoT adoption in Buildings?

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