Innovations in Comfort, Efficiency, and Safety Solutions.
Founder, Owner, Publisher AutomatedBuildings.com
am pleased with your toleration of my bending of the English
language to make a few edgy points with our chapter on "Edge-You-Cation".
That discussion plus the next chapter "Edge-ifcation" fits well with
the book about our digital transformation we are all drafting together
on the pages of the connected contractor.
Folks have joined in
with their own words in addition to "Edge-You-Cation"
and "Edge-ification," noting these words are nothing short of
"punderful"...big smile. Identifying with the word twist, one of my
favorites was "Edge-You-Caution," Yes, that
is a good one and well worth pondering. Here is another one I
enjoyed "So I have been EDGE'em-ecating myself in my own way" People
like to have fun with words just like me. This article just posted EDGE-YOU-CATION: The Never Ending Story (Part 2)
shows we have created a cult.
This next chapter of
the virtual book of our digital transformation deals with "Edge-ifcation";
the murky muddled middle to the Edge to add simplicity, clarity, and
redefined purpose, while changing our perspectives to the advantages of
world looked at from the edge instead of the middle.
In the age-old
centralize or de-centralize? It seems the new edge generation of
technology is answering the question. There is no doubt that the
traditional middle of our people pleasing processes has become murky,
and muddled even to those that have created them.
We are drowning in data we need to deal with it at the edge while doing
all our self-learning and create our simplified Artificial Intelligence
at the edge and then throw the data
article from our contributing editor Marc Petock talks about
one of the transitions of the evolving change in
"Middleware." Middleware is the software that acts as a bridge between
an operating system
or database and applications, especially on a network. The
Middleware is my
"murky muddled middle" and with Edge-ifcation is moving to Edge, Cloud,
and Distributed Environments (DCE). DCE uses the
client/server model. Using DCE, application users can use applications
and data at remote servers. Application programmers need not be aware
of where their programs will run or where the data will be located.
Give the article a read,
New Dialogue in Smart Buildings
Petock, Chief Communications Officer, Vice President, Marketing,
most have embraced the fact that technology is the game changer and is
the cornerstone of operating buildings as an economic model. As the
technology surrounding engineering design and energy management systems
have evolved, so has the dialogue around smart buildings. Driven by
digital transformation and a change in value propositions; changes in
the role of facilities are shifting to create healthy, safe and
A few years ago, the dialogue focused on energy, efficiency and lower operating costs.
So, what about now? What is the dialogue and conversations that are making their presence felt within our buildings and workplaces? How has it changed?
The following is a then vs. now comparison outlining how the dialogue has changed.
While I am sure additional items may be added, this presents some of the important evolution that has occurred in the industry.
Is now the time to really focus on the Edge? ARC Advisory Group,
the leading technology research and advisory firm for industry and
infrastructure, asks if it is time to really focus on the Edge.
Edge computing and analytics are increasingly being located close to the machines and data sources. As the digitization of industrial systems proceeds, so does analysis, decision-making, and control being physically distributed among edge devices, edge servers, the network, the cloud, and connected systems, as appropriate
Our contributing editor Brad White
shares his thoughts and provides direction on how we must achieve an
extremely flexible natural sense of agency in an invisible
Elevating Smart Building Design to Create Attractive Spaces - In the digital era, we need to rethink what brings people together in spaces. - Brad White, P.Eng, MASc, President, SES Consulting Inc.
what kind of smart building solutions might be attractive
occupants? It may be snazzy that the heat or lights come on in my
office when I scan my badge at the entrance, but that is probably not
enough by itself to convince me to make an hour long commute into the
office if I don’t have to. Having an app that tells me at a glance that
my teammates are also going to be in the office and everyone is free
for lunch, that very well could be enough to get me to make the trip.
But once I’m at the office, I might decide to stay longer if my heat
and lights are where I want them without having to think about it too
much. Along these lines, it will be crucial that the user experience of
the occupants is paramount when it comes to designing these solutions. While
there may be lots of complicated stuff going on in the background, 99%
of that should be invisible to the users
(yes, that was a subtle plug for my favorite podcast). If your
technology can do that, then it will be successful. I believe this will
be driven by well designed, minimalist apps and systems that
incorporate features like voice activation with natural language
processing. When it comes to comfort, for example, users don’t want to
have to think too much about why they’re uncomfortable. Is space temp
too low? Air flow too high? Are the windows drafty? If occupants have
to think too much about why they’re uncomfortable, then you already
have a problem on your hands. Systems should be able to deduce
occupants’ issues largely and respond appropriately, with the
complexity being handled behind the scenes, invisible to the occupant.
“Alexa, make me happy.”
As technology for supporting remote working becomes more advanced, there may be a day when the “virtual” office can offer the same employee experience as a physical one. I think that day is still a long way off. There remains considerable value in the physical office space, and the right space really can make employees happier and more productive. But achieving this will require paying close attention to what attracts your employees to the office and designing with the employee experience in mind. Otherwise, it’s going to be increasingly hard to convince people to get up off their couch, change out of our sweatpants and head into the office.
For more discussion
on the future of smart building solutions, please
join us at AHR Expo this coming January in Atlanta under the topic
“Next Generation HVAC Controls: Open Hardware – Open Software.”
we start the dialog with people as the controlled variable on the
edge we find conflicting thoughts from
even our own creators of our new space.
The sense of agency
(SA), or sense of control, is the subjective awareness of initiating,
executing, and controlling one's own volitional actions in the
world. In social science, an agency is the capacity of individuals
to act independently and to make their own free choices.
Light switches and
manual thermostats give us a sense of agency and
control for our office space. A simple operable
window is a pleasure. Options are simply open or closed. No app
"Alexa, provide me a choice"
It interesting how
quickly our discussions about edge-ifcation of our physical devices
using new edge technology has turned to the social science of our new
controlled variable, the housed people of our buildings.
Here is some
on how Amazon Voice interface to almost everything is now a
cost-effective interface that closes the loop on complex tasks while
providing a simple sense of agency.
Connect Your Devices
to Alexa Reach and Delight More Customers https://developer.amazon.com/alexa/connected-devices
this Podcast, you can gain some insight into Google's thoughts about
designing digital wellbeing.
Digital Wellbeing with Scott Jenson https://digitalmindfulness.net/scott-jenson/
a User Interface designer and strategic planner with over 20 years
experience of working with some of the biggest companies in the world,
Scott focuses on bringing to life Google’s digital wellbeing vision.
This is a fascinating conversation in which you’ll get insight on the
reasons why people feel obligated to answer their phones, why
engagement metrics are only part of the story when designing for
digital wellbeing, and the various ways Google is working at the
operating system level to create digital wellbeing for everyone.
Resources Mentioned in the Podcast
Mobile HCI Conference HCI (human-computer interaction) is the study of how people interact with computers and to what extent computers are or are not developed for successful interaction with human beings. A significant number of major corporations and academic institutions now study HCI.
The Search for
JOMO: New Research on Digital Wellbeing
Toward “JOMO”: the joy of missing out and the freedom of disconnecting
Android: Wind Down
Google Digital Wellbeing
Google ‘Shush’ Gesture
As you can see from the above discussions, Designing Digital Wellbeing Edge-ifcation to simplify the middle is a complex task but when well done correctly can create the necessary simplified connected sense of agency.
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