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EMAIL INTERVIEW – Nicolas Waern and Ken Sinclair
"The Building Whisperer" - Making buildings talk to people
Sinclair: Hey Nicolas! How have you been since AHR? How’s Corona treating you?
Waern: Well, not too bad to be honest, considering the global turmoil. The whole family’s been stuck in quarantine now for about 12 days. It’s been a lot of monopoly, watching Pokemon and also recording some meetings for my new podcast. Not only waking up to wireless ways and thinking about The Smart City-future day and night but even letting others know what we talk about!
Yeah, I saw that! You and Captain Planet, James Dice, hitting it off.
Well done! What is the podcast about?
Waern: The podcast with James was a great
discussion between him and me about our past, what we think about the
future and the whole idea of decoupling hardware and software. James is
a titan in the industry, and I appreciate what he is doing with his
The overall idea with the recordings is
to spread as much knowledge as possible to the ones that need it the
most. I guess similar to the intent with www.automatedbuildings.com and
My idea with my future “podcast” is
about giving WINNIIO customers, my network, and everyone else a
transparent view of my weekly conversations. (Sign
Just this week has been engaging with
new customers coming in and existing customers phasing out.
Can you give us some examples?
Waern: Absolutely! I managed to record about 5
“podcasts” last week with companies and people that I work with/are
interested in. Here are some examples:
Connected strategy for the leading Digital Twin company in Sweden, Zynka Group and their Digital Buildings approach, on how to get data out and in, of buildings. It’s a strategy for data collection from the buildings that have intelligence (BAS/BMS) that don’t have any intelligence, as well as a connected approach for new construction focusing on future-proofing the industry as much as possible.
i. Zynka Group and Digital Buildings knowledge capital turned into Digital Buildings Platform thinking
Teaser – these guys know what they are
talking about. The next step
after monitoring is when bi-directionality takes place in an open,
secure, future-proof way to get to those cognitive buildings of the
future. Something which I can help with for sure.
I see that you are making the most of your time in quarantine, very
interesting! I understand that there is a lot of Digital Twins there.
Isn’t that just a buzz-word?
Waern: Great question. I think everything
sounds like a buzz-word if you don’t
have a good understanding of the benefits, limitations and current
status of said buzz-word.
I think that the True Digital Twin will take a decade to reach global market penetration. It’s not so much about the technology as it is ways of working that need changing. The TRUE part is a Digital Twin for the entire lifecycle that won’t die. Readers can read more here about my thinking as well as Leading players in the industry.
If we go back to the trusted tool of the
BB-cycle, we can see that it’s
indeed a long way to industry mainstream adoption. Data shows that this
will most likely correlate with more IT-intensive organizations coming
into the building automation industry, as well as a younger work-force,
demanding new ways of working.
But as the article states, everything is possible right now. And I’m glad that companies are reaching out to me to get it done!
The BB-Cycle – Building Buzz Breakdown
iii. The Building
Buzz Cycle - "The BB-Cycle" - breaking down all
the building buzz in the industry
Sinclair: I can see that you are busy. I guess this is why we are not getting an article from you for March? What do you have for us in April?
Waern: Yes, I’ve been trying hard to help companies that are busy focusing on their core, to get the most of what the world has to offer as a sounding board for everything future-oriented. Most companies act reactively, waiting for vendor products to hit the market. This is great for the “main-streamers” but not the ones that want to innovate and become digital champions. That’s where I want to help out, in turning knowledge into wisdom in an action-oriented way.
thinking that the May-article will focus on the ways to get to a
smarter industry. And for that, I need to read the latest of
www.automatedbuildings.com, which I haven’t done after the AHR expo.
Both the April article and even more so in May will hopefully have more bullet points than text, and I’m going to try to keep it very streamlined and action-oriented with practical advice more than anything. My recent connections and already recorded podcast guests, Go-to-Engineer John Sullivan, and Veri Smart City Expert Anthony Veri Jr will help frame that article with their immense amount of knowledge into adjacent industries.
I hope that both the April issue as well as the May issue will be the best ones yet and they will hopefully give some practical advice on the way to a future-proof building automation industry!
Sinclair: Thanks a lot for this, Nicolas! Any final words?
As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to me on Linkedin if there’s
anything on your mind, and you want to do the right things, as well as
doing things right!
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