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I love technology. For the ones that have read my previous articles,
I think that’s quite evident. Building automation, as we know it is
becoming more and more digitized. IT/OT and soon IoT convergence where Facility IT and security is high on the agenda. I see real-life use cases with edge applications from Siemens, and well thought out articles
from the likes of Zach Netsov at CC. Smarter technology and Open APIs
are becoming the norm, and there is the trickle up-economy that is
slowly taking place. All of the technologies and mindsets below will
find their way into the building automation arena. And there’s an equal
amount of things happening with Asset Management, Digital-first Real Estate banking and the #Proptech scene in general.
Technology is great, but it’s the outcomes and how it will influence people and the planet that are of utmost importance.
the future be built on a RIP and replace approach or a combination of
existing systems and wireless solutions? And what could be different
aspects of a wireless solution?
Where does wireless fit into all of this?
The introduction to IoT article
that I wrote almost one year ago also delves into the realm of wireless
as well as the Internet of things and connected systems and devices.
am also in the middle of a “wireless-first” approach for a digital twin
company here in Sweden, where we discuss how to start and what
solutions should be offered to companies as “packages.”
BB-cycle depicts a grim future where it will take 5-10 years to get a
wireless first mentality to reach widespread adoption. But the ones who
can start now will definitely have an advantage over others if they
play their cards right.
Going Wireless first depends on a myriad of underlying assumptions on what and where to use wireless. Where one of the most important aspects is if there’s a business case around it describing what challenge should be solved and what benefits are supposed to be derived.
Here are just some of the different things to consider.
Reliability, scalability in a BACnet/Mesh format
During a great conversation with Reza Alaghehband at Envio Systems,
showcasing their brilliant looking software suite, I could hear that
the hardest part is getting 100% reliable wireless communication. They
are working with some great vendors, but the challenge has definitely
been there since… forever. And this is something which I have heard a
lot from other players as well.
of the technology so far lose data at times, and the only way anyone
has ever been able to get anything to work reliably is through
hardwired connections. I think there are about five technologies that
could provide the same results for a fraction of the costs of wired
solutions. I’ve heard good things about all five and seen great things
from one of them, Conectrics.
have an ultra-scalable wireless networking infrastructure that allows
self-installation and no maintenance of real-time wireless sensor
networks. Togetherwhen I was acting CEO of Go-IoT,
we created the BACnet/Mesh solution. Which basically was
auto-deployment of wireless mesh sensors that could be seen
instantaneously as BACnet objects and devices, through BACnet/WS.
allowed for rapid scaling and easy integration to any application,
including any Cloud infrastructure as well, with direct integration to
Azure IoT platform and the likes.
One of the biggest problems right now seems to be that everyone wants you to use cloud API connectors. And what I’ve heard from several companies is that most startups and people don’t realize it costs millions of dollars to architect and maintain clouds. You cannot maintain an API based on a 1-time hardware revenue; you need a SaaS. And you cannot stack SaaS on top of SaaS or the cost is too high for the customer because 50% of the SaaS will always overlap, you are maintaining 2 clouds for 1. So the API always breaks, and we never get the data. The model of putting the data on the edge is critical. Because it is the only way to scale.
Edge, scalability and the future of a wireless backbone
means that you have to have a completely virtual system. Endpoint
agnostic to hardware and software. Basically, something that is
virtualized, distributed, decentralized, non-existent, that could add
to existing BMS systems in the entire world. Something totally
wireless! Invisible! Works at the speed of light and can drive grid
interactive buildings in a wireless way.
Here, we only have a handful of players in the world right now.
of the challenges with Bluetooth mesh, Zigbee Mesh and other smart home
stuff is that it’s not scalable to 50 000+ devices. In a commercial
setting, most technologies are not scalable enough, with major security
flaws, and they cannot be totally updated over the air. The one's
building platforms on top of these technologies could be in for a world
of hurt when wireless really hits the fan, and the demands for quality
data will increase from all sides.
Calibrating for the 2020 vision with Wireless Mess technology is something that I see will happen more and more.
There are still many questions that need to be answered and probably even more questions that need to be asked.
But above all, we need to fail fast, learn fast and get things done!
Panel discussions at AHR Expo
Since there are so many questions, it’s a good thing that there will be education sessions at the AHR Expo next year and other exciting talks.
I’ll be partaking in two sessions.
Steve Jones, Managing Partner at The S4 Group, Inc
Jason Houck, Hepta Systems, IoT Warez & CIO and Founder at EntroCIM
Troy Harvey, CEO at PassiveLogic
? Open for suggestion.
? Open for suggestion.
not yet set, but there will most likely be an open forum about
everything that is going on, enabling the audience to interact with the
amazing panellists above,
There are still two more spots to be taken, and I’d love for a real estate owner to come on board if possible. If you have someone that you know of, please let me know!
The Building Whisperer
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