January - "Defining You in 2022"
How you Adapt, Navigate, Embrace, Connect Virtually in 2022 will define you.
This is not 2020-too or a remake of that year, or even 2021, it is
a new year, a new era, a time to champion your change based on what you
have learned about survival and adaption in the last few years.
Adaption and Navigation are our new superpowers I explain in this interview.
The pandemic has caused us to
question why and where we have large buildings. What can be done
remotely, shifts our original purpose for the building’s
“collaboration, communication, community,” forcing us into an online
anywhere, anytime, cyber world where everything is done differently.
And about the next new; Whatever that is, I use navigation rules to
suggest how we navigate the unknown.
What have 50 years in the industry
taught me? The more I learn the less I know, but “Adaptation” is our
survival superpower. According to Darwin’s Origin of Species, it is not
the most intellectual of the species that survives; it is not the
strongest that survives, but the species that survives is the one that
is able best to adapt and adjust to the changing environment in which
it finds itself. The adaptation process is a critical part of cognitive
development. Through assimilation and accommodation, people are able to
take in new information, form new ideas or change existing ones, and
adopt new behaviors that make them better prepared to deal with the
world around them.
The building automation industry has
seen growth changes, not so rapid yet significant. Today, we are at the
cusp of a “perfect storm” of smart systems innovations and software-led
Marc has written this insightful article - 21 Lessons Learned During the Pandemic in 2021
It was a year that forced us to reconsider assumptions and expectations
for our lives, the way we conducted business, and the way we
communicated with each other.
I think we all can safely say that 2021 was most interesting indeed. It
was a year that forced us to reconsider assumptions and expectations
for our lives, the way we conducted business, and the way we
communicated with each other. We continued to blaze fresh trails in our
lives and find work that felt right and sustainable amid the ongoing
pandemic. We redefined the way relationships look with family, friends.
We modernized our views on work separation and decentralization; we
embraced different ways to do our jobs, we updated the ways in which we
made and distributed our products, and yes, we incorporated innovative
ways to manage and operate our buildings. And, without any doubt, we
Scott writes; 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.
How will this change “Vetting Vegas” - AHRExpo Vegas first F2F major event of 2022?
we Adapt, Navigate, Embrace, Connect in Vegas in 2022 will
define you. This evolutionary event is poised to change the industry no matter what happens.
We are all carefully examining actually "Vetting Vegas" the return of
our industry's largest event. Cancellation in 2021 Chicago created a
great hole in the industry that needs to be filled. Their theme
is "Ready to Rock"
This is your opportunity to interact 1:1 with the latest innovations and the people that are inventing them.
Anto provides this big picture perpective "The Road to System of (Building) Systems"
I am anticipating 2022 with great enthusiasm. I feel that a great deal
of clarity has emerged on many fronts for the smart building industry,
though not quite on all fronts yet. Let’s work to clarify things in
So, how do we make buildings smarter?
The key here is to simplify, and for this, I find biomimicry an amazing tool to find solutions.
most complex entity in the universe, where everything is a snowflake,
and there is no integrator is the natural world. Specifically us,
animals, have spent the last few hundred million years figuring out how
to efficiently live with each other. Darwin explains that we survived
because of our ability to adapt to change.
rather than thinking of the systems in a building as static as the
steel and concrete of a building, we have to look at them as flexible
to change as we animals are in our environment.
A great summary with predictions and best wishes
from the team at Monday Live! a catalyst to identify, discuss and clarify relative topics that help drive buildings to be smarter
Nicolas writes, That most of the things that is happening, and will happen, is all about power to the people. Decentralisation. Interoperability.
moving away from the current data dark ages and into a more information
renaissance. And that the people working in the metaverse space have
more in common with the interoperability heroes in the smart building
space than the existing giants dominating it.
It’s not so much how we react to things. As it is how we act once we are being confronted with something we do not know about.
More here Top 10 tech trends that will shape the coming decade, according to McKinsey
We’ll experience more
technological progress in the coming decade than we did in the
preceding 100 years put together, says McKinsey.
And 10 tech trends will dominate this shifting landscape.
Reach out and touch someone
Bill Lydon who I have known forever since 1970, is an InTech
contributing editor provides this great advice on keeping connecting
The lack of informal interaction due
to virtual symposiums and events has led me to think about the 1970s
AT&T advertising slogan, “Reach out and touch someone,” encouraging
people to make long distance calls to friends and family. This campaign
was highly successful, touching a fundamental need for human
interaction not always possible at a distance.
Feeling the sense of loss of
face-to-face events for several months, I started making a conscious
effort to reach out and connect with people using emails, LinkedIn
messages, ISA Connect, and phone calls to say hello, how are you doing,
and what’s happening? The reception to these efforts has been very
good, because I think people feel the same need to connect. Phone calls
particularly have been well appreciated, with many resulting in
serendipitous conversations about meaningful challenges and solutions.
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