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Month: April 2016

Breaking the Silos in Building IOT ?>

Breaking the Silos in Building IOT

Today’s building automation systems are silos, using their own sensors and controls. Why should an occupancy sensor in a room help control only the lights? One of the major advantages of having intelligent sensors is their ability to talk to each other. Are we using this capability intelligently to optimize all the systems in the building? Today, the clear answer is no. Today’s buildings have quite a few systems in place for specific purposes. HVAC systems control heating and cooling…

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Smart Buildings = Context aware buildings? ?>

Smart Buildings = Context aware buildings?

Will the smart buildings be aware of what is going on with the occupants, should it? For example, should it know, what they are doing, what their preferences are? Contextual and Situational awareness are key technical pillars of a smart building. Situational awareness is more about the perception and understanding of environmental elements, both internal and external to the building. While it is not phrased as “situational awareness”, most of the smart building solutions today include aspects of situational awareness,…

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Transformation of Custodial Service, a necessity? ?>

Transformation of Custodial Service, a necessity?

There is about 87.4 billion sq ft of commercial space in the US which requires the attention of custodial service providers every day. That number is rapidly growing as new construction increases. Today the custodial staff have to walk around and check garbage bins, paper rolls in that space even if that doesn’t require their attention. If an individual covers approximately 2.5 sq ft / stride, the collective steps by the American custodial staff is about 33.6 Billion. The part…

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