BTL Mark: Resolve interoperability issues & increase buyer confidence
An Ongoing Mission to Explore New Smart Building Opportunities
Cochrane Supply & Engineering
temperature control contractors continue to trend towards systems
integrators, they quickly find they are not providing graphical user
interfaces—no, they are providing a platform with enterprise connected
data streams that allow for the IoT-customized services that building
owners are looking for. The relationship between the building control
data and the owner has just hit warp drive and with these advancements,
the IoT applications for the modern building are ready to take for a
So what the heck am I talking about? Well, with the master systems integrator’s capabilities of digitally connecting HVAC, electrical, security, life safety, authentication, data lakes, mobile apps, cloud apps, ERP, work order management, you name it, they probably want to connect to it. When they start to mix that tech together, they can create magic. For instance the ability to spot someone outside the building, authenticate them, automatically open the door, set the office temp to a personally desired temp and light level on their work app, automatically log in for network use, notify the manager that the employee is on prem... and that’s all done before they walk through the door. (WARP SPEED INITIATED!!!)
So what are the common building blocks for a building control system platform and how do they work together to accomplish the impossible within budget??? Here is my take on it.
these new expectations, large companies are jumping into the game
thirsty to find tech solutions for these modern challenges. So
that’s why the #2 building block is so important:
you got it, right? You sold it, they budgeted it, designed it in
your head and you will be a hero if you pull it off… and then they say
how are you going to work this into our construction, IT and
maintenance departments? Hmmmm good question... Here’s the
OT network design becomes the blueprint for how the platform plugs
together, but we still need one more building block to complete our
mission: the doer!
As we are stuck in a rut hoping for
economic recovery, let us not go backwards on our tech journey.
Our buildings need us to make them more relevant and to get occupants
back. We are well suited for the challenge and now is the time to use
tech to provide new experiences with huge value within these buildings
to help them get back to capacity. The building blocks are
already out there, we just need to connect the dots.
It's our ongoing mission to explore strange new smart building opportunities. To seek out new capabilities and new efficiencies. To boldly go where no integrator has gone before!
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