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|The BAS Race to Space
The race is on for Cloud Building Control. Let's not kid ourselves, as we know, on-prem BAS will continue to be the solution for many sensitive building types, but the majority of systems we provide in the next years will be cloud based.
The year is ????... I walk into an office building, with
a new Building Automation System (BAS) that resides in an off prem server... no
controllers on site... just smart devices on an operational technology network
securely connected to an offsite cloud which the owner and tenants use for
everything as it relates to their personal relationship with the building.
The vision, which was a dream, can now be a reality.
race is on for Cloud Building Control. Let's not kid ourselves, as we know,
on-prem BAS will continue to be the solution for many sensitive building types,
but the majority of systems we provide in the next years will be cloud based.
better understand the concept, let’s look at the typical smart home system and
how it is wired together. The devices (thermostats, cameras, door locks,
sensors) all have IP with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and secret sauce wireless
communication capabilities. They use an internet connection to enable a cloud
that aggregates the data back into an app the tenant uses for monitoring and
control. Using the cloud as the main control system, the system can be easily
updated with new features and capabilities for the home without installing any
new equipment on site. Value starts to become exponential as these systems
mature and add more capabilities to control your home every year. The tenants
start to evolve their home system to meet their lifestyle and start to
accomplish new goals in saving energy or making your home a better place to
live. Because there are so many cloud based smart home products, integration
between your home systems is just a couple clicks away. People love this new
capability, and the Smart Home business has become huge!!!
what about large buildings utilizing cloud control?
used to be too hard and too expensive. Most devices are serial with limited
bandwidth and added costly IP gateways. Securing an internet connection was not
common in BAS and required IT departments help, many old thinking end users
demand everything on-prem and on their managed networks to lower the risk of
invasion by a foreign foe. But with the advent of OT network products in BAS, a
large number of IT experts joining the industry and equipment/BAS manufacturers
introducing IP-based devices for every application, it is now possible for a
full IP cloud-controlled design that is cost effective with benefits for the
owner and occupants that can soon start to rival Smart Home features allowing
lifestyles many are looking for from these properties.
we go…. I am not the first person in this space to realize this and I cannot
keep track of the number of companies developing cloud capabilities. All the
puzzle pieces are now on the table for the first time. And the question is, who
and when will someone finish the puzzle so we can start to evolve into this new
way of thinking?
1 Sucked…… BAS already has too many clouds available to the
industry. No offense to those providers, but creating graphic interfaces for
internet browsers fed from gateways DOES NOT COUNT, even if it has analytics,
FDD, advanced efficiency algorithms, super cool realistic equipment views and
is fed from an off-prem server. WHY? because it brings no new value to the
owner or tenants. It is the same dish served with a little extra sauce, an
added spice or 2... i.e., BORING!!!
2 Learning what the Internet is for? ….. yes it is for
sharing data & control, but that is not all. The internet is the
integration superhighway for devices to talk to each other, clouds, apps,
people and touch every aspect of our lives if we so choose. Once all is
connected securely, there is no stopping the creativity when it comes to
developing a better relationship between the building and the individual.
instance, we at Cochrane Supply are doing research on the use of Augment
Reality to improve facility control.
enable this capability, we are mixing a Niagara cloud-based BAS with Microsoft
HoloLens2 and some Cochrane Tech Service Magic (software development) to create
x-ray vision, digital twin capability for mechanical equipment with real-time
data overlay for technicians for working in their mechanical rooms or remote.
Why? Because Mike Mitchell, CTO, thought we could. Mike and the entire team are
always looking for ways to help our customers improve their delivered services
and solutions. So, what have we learned? A TON, and much more to come as we
deploy our first pilot projects to get real world application feedback of
whether it brings true value or not, or how can it? We have an
interesting year ahead….. In the Race to Space, our Augmented Reality
development is like a weather balloon getting close to the outer atmosphere and
as we have developed new capabilities, it opened our eyes to how much more our
industry is capable of and how far we can actually go.
now I wait patiently for the next developments from our industry, with an eye
on the moon and the stars.
to 2022. Now put on your space helmet, Mission Control, we are go…… launch sequence
more from Scott and other panelists of industry thought leaders during the
free education sessions hosted during next month’s 2021 AHR Expo, Jan-31
through Feb-2 in Las Vegas, NV. Schedule below:
January-31 | 9:30a – 10:30a | Navigating to Smarter Sustainable BAS (Rm N239)
January-31 | 11:00a – 12:00p | BAS has gone IP! (Rm N239)
February-1 | 9:00a – 10:30a | MSI Best Practices (Rm N239)
February-1 | 5:00p – 6:00p | BAS Technology Trends (Rm N239)
more info on the AHR Expo Education Sessions visit: https://ahr22.mapyourshow.com/8_0/sessions/#/
2022 Las Vegas AHR Expo Educational Sessions
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