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EMAIL INTERVIEW – Mike Marston and Ken Sinclair
Mike Marston, Co-Owner of EasyIO Holdings Pte Ltd.
Sinclair: What is the Direction of EasyIO?
Sinclair: Where do you see M2M technology going in the future?
Sinclair: How is M2M different from BMS?
is about buildings while M2M (machine to machine) is how we can get
devices intelligent, small and low cost enough so that they can
actually talk to each other and act on their own. It’s a little bit
like people, in a way, if we encourage people to talk to each other,
work together and share things they are able to make decisions
themselves and do not need to go to a supervisor to make things work,
like with BMS that needs a supervisor on top of it because it is not
powerful enough and does not have a free framework inside.
So what we do with M2M we go from device to device and from a cluster of devices we go directly to the End device. This will be in the market for mainly metering and for small buildings or multiple small buildings. For multiple large buildings you inevitably will end up connecting a supervisor or server.”
Sinclair: Where are your main markets and will this change in the future?
I just see the market growing. The market we are in is, obviously, the
BMS market but it is not our main focus, our main focus is small
buildings where currently, I would say, 70 to 80% of those buildings
are not connected to an amplified system so that they can be analyzed,
monitored and measured or benchmarked. The reason for that is; cost!
Our direction is to reduce costs and we do that by having a shorter development cycle to getting products to market.”
Sinclair: We heard about the Beast, why is called that?
Marston: We wanted to fill the gap between a Jace and the
controller. The FG controller does not replace the 30P at all. The 30P
is great, very low at cost and very efficient but sometimes it does not
have the power that it needs to bridge that gap of a Jace and an IO
device. The big difference is that the FG controller has graphics on
board and HTML-5 so you can actually work from an Ipad or something
In the US they call the FG ‘ The Beast’. The reason why it’s called ‘the Beast’ is that the FG is the first controller that has two processors and it has an extra SD cart under the hood, which means that we can store histories for up to 10 years! That is unheard of in our industry.”
Sinclair: How can Systemview influence the dashboard possibilities for end-users?
key here is; it’s all about simplicity! There are a lot of tools on the
market that are very good but you have to be a software programmer to
use them. They have their place in the market. At the large enterprise
level they have a staff of people who can do that.
most people who want to look at energy, at performance, are mainly
non-technical people. They might know how to use a smartphone, Ipad or
android and a dashboard like Systemview, which is very user friendly,
can have these people look at their energy usage and monitor and
influence them. People can see the performance of one building or many,
without spending a lot of money, set environmental and energy targets
and are able to benchmark this performance with a tool like Sytemview.
The nice thing is that EasyIO will go direct to Systemview, directly through the Internet without any additional devices or difficult protocols.
For logging it is great. I want to look for abnormal behaviour, what happens now and what happened before and if it is different. Systemview will do that nicely!
Sinclair: What makes the guys at Systemhouse so motivated?
Thank you Mike,
was great talking to you.
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