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Middleware Needs Standardization to Hold Smart Buildings Together | Propmodo

In the physical world, hundreds of sensors are collecting data throughout every floor of smart buildings. In the digital world, building engineers and AI-power intelligence are analyzing and leveraging that data to produce actionable optimization. Bridging the gap between those two processes is proving to be one of the biggest challenges for smart buildings. The way that it is done is through a connective piece of software called middleware. In order to make sure the never-ending flow of data can get where it needs to go, middleware standardization is needed.

Sensative’s Yggio is the solution for this problem until there is ONE global standard for all IoT (that will never happen!)

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MQTT & the Horizontal Approach to Managing Smart Buildings

MQTT is increasingly being described as a more modern & cloud-centric method of integration than BACnet & could become a main IoT protocols

Sensative’s analysis:

Very good article, but unfortunately it is over-simplified. MQTT is one enabler, but it cannot be used as a generic mechanism in IoT. There are simply too many standards and too little bandwidth to run MQTT everywhere.

IoT is about LoRaWAN, Narrow-Band IoT, Z-wave, SigFox, ZigBee, BLE, and hundreds more. It’s about mesh networks. It’s about reusing existing investments in BACnet, Modbus, CAN, Wireless M-bus, etc.

Horizontal architecture is the only way forward, and MQTT is an important enabler for this. But, it does not solve all the challenges.

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How IoT can help the retail market recover

[…] with same and next day delivery, or live access to available stock, it is perhaps unsurprising that a majority of customers will favour online retailers due to the efficiency and seamlessness of the experience. Therefore, brick-and-mortar stores need to find a way to emulate this digital dynamic and personalised experiences in-store.

The retail market was already struggling, and with the impact of Covid, it has become time for change. We believe that personalizing the retail experience and adapting it to customer patterns will keep physical stores open for many years to come.

One way to bring customers safely back to stores is to use IoT sensors as people counters. Together with AXIS Communications, we offer a people counter package for stores. The package includes AXIS’ IoT cameras with onboard software for people counting, running on Sensative’s Yggio platform for data collection and visualization. With such a package, it becomes easy for stores to monitor visitors and display the number in real-time for everyone to see.

To further improve the experience, our customers can use sensors to monitor retail customers’ behavioral patterns in their stores, such as monitoring dressing rooms with presence sensors or seeing where they stop for extended periods, what products are most visited, and more using cameras and analytic algorithms. This type of behavioral data is paramount when laying the foundation for an optimized customer experience in-store. With the further aid of apps and tablets, the personalization of the customer experience has few limits.

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Smarta fastigheter med AI

Castellum drar nytta av AI-teknik och maskininlärning. I samarbete med Combitech bygger de en lösning för att effektivisera underhållet av deras fastigheter.

Vi levererar all IoT-data för Castellum, i samarbete med bland annat vår partner Combitech som i sin tur gör bra saker för Castellum i form av datalake och AI. Läs mer om detta i Combitechs artikel.

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What Will Replace Building Management Systems?

Heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are dominated by a small group of large corporations (Carrier, Goodman, Rheem, Trane, York, Lennox, and Nordyne) who collectively control over 90 percent of the U.S. market. These companies use the same generic terms to describe their operating systems, building management system (BMS) or alternatively building automation system (BAS). While these systems can be good at energy optimization and comfort control, HVAC accounts for just 40 percent of a standard commercial building’s total energy use, leaving a big gap to fill.

But the important thing is that it changes the focus of the building system to the entire building in a way that does not revolve around just heating and cooling. This shift is made possible by two shifts in technology.

At Sensative, we call it Digitalization infrastructure Management System – DiMS, and our Yggio DiMS is not only limited to Buildings. It enables Smart Buildings, Cities, Homes, Agriculture, Ships, to list a few…

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Predictive Maintenance Market: From Niche Topic to High ROI Application

Predictive maintenance has clearly evolved from the rather static condition-monitoring approach. It has become a viable IoT application that is delivering overwhelmingly positive ROI. Several technological developments have contributed to the rapid market expansion—notably, a simplified process of connecting IoT assets, major advancements in cloud services, and improvements in the accessibility of machine learning (ML)/data science frameworks.

Sensative provides the integration part in this digitalization journey. IoT Analytics call it “Intelligent data mesh” in the graph above. We call it Yggio – Digitalization Infrastructure Management System (DiMS).

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COVID Can Drive Trend Towards Smart Building Integration

The COVID-19 pandemic has fueled the drivers and weakened the barriers to the integration of various smart building systems.

“While managing multiple systems from different vendors can be an operations headache, these different systems create another problem – siloed data sources – meaning devices and sensors in different systems can’t talk to each other… But they want to! By layering in the right software and connecting the right devices, data from your building can be extracted to provide the very insights necessary to make their workplaces safe, and to make them trusted..”

The right software is spelled YGGIO by Sensative. Yggio connects to any building system and BMS, as well as adds any new IoT technology. Everything under ONE API. Yggio – the leading Digitalization Infrastructure Management System (DiMS), turning siloed solutions into an integrated Smart Building software stack.

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The 7 Most Demanded IoT System Integration Services

In short Seven focus areas are currently in high demand for IoT system integration and professional services.

The focus areas of today are further downstream in the value chain (mostly in the solution design and implementation stages) than in years past.

Due to strong demand, many technology vendors are building out their own integration capabilities.

Why it matters? Companies offering IoT system integration services need to address these high-demand areas.

Companies implementing IoT projects may need outside help in some areas to ensure success. The shifting IoT system integration value chain Of the companies that hire system integrators, 78% do so because they

This is highly interesting since Sensative offers THE MOST CAPABLE open IoT integration platform on the market, Yggio 🙂

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Unmanageable Smart Building Complexity is Holding Back Progress

Tesla vehicles have far more digital devices and software than a traditional vehicle. Teslas are almost like the smart buildings of the automotive world, except they have been widely accepted by users leading to a healthy 30-40% increase in sales year-over-year. To overcome the interoperability issues faced in their vehicles, Tesla integrated all devices and hardware around a single central software architecture, giving the firm an almost seamless ability to update software and optimize vehicle performance. There are limits to the Tesla – smart building comparison, of course, but also important lessons to learn.

Sensative Yggio – turning buildings into Teslas

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Could mass IoT deployment be key driver of sustainability? 

Report sets out to explore the impact that new and emerging technologies will have on electricity, fuel and water usage, CO2 emissions, and e-waste.

Sustainability and economical reasons go hand in hand when investing in IoT.

“The report finds that IoT-enabled solutions like HVAC systems and building automation generate sustainability benefits regardless of whether they are deployed in a consumer or enterprise context and will be the most impactful electricity saving applications (along with smart electricity grid operations). Net energy consumers include commercial-based IoT solutions such as CCTV, AV equipment, and personal assistance robots.

It also identifies the most impactful IoT solution in terms of fuel savings will be road fleet management of vehicles and delivery vans, accounting for roughly 37 percent of fuel saved by IoT solutions of all kinds. Emerging technologies with the greatest impact on resource consumption are processing-intensive and deployed to ensure compliance or data optimization.”

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Seeing the Matrix | Propmodo

Data analytics is the next frontier in the built world. How to leverage massive amounts of data to better understand our new reality is the property industry’s great challenge over the next five years. In order to be able to make our buildings more efficient, facility managers must learn how to read The Matrix.

Sensative says; “think big, start small, scale fast”. Or, know and understand that the buildings already produce lots of data. Connect those systems wherever possible, don’t change them. Use Yggio integration software for that task. Connect Yggio to your existing internal systems and see the flow of data that you actually already have. This is the first small step.

The second step is to add new wireless and battery-driven IoT technology and sensors to generate new data that you now realize that you are missing to improve the performance of your buildings and business.

There is no need for a big bang system upgrade. Take it in small and controlled steps, focusing on the bigger picture and becoming more future-proof. Otherwise, you will risk ending up with a new big bang upgrade in just a few years. This is how fast the proptech is developing. Buildings stand for 50-100 years or more. Building tech might be completely antiquated in 5-10 years’ time.

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Is the Path to the Digital Twin Future of Buildings Paved By APIs?

Digital twin platforms should provide an open Application Programming Interface (API) that allows any system to interact with the master Digital Twin.

Sensative’s view on this. You shouldn’t settle for a multi-twin-multi-domain-multi-supplier situation, that is just making the old school siloed systems even worse. A supplier that provides the whole end-to-end solution for a specific problem (sensor – data – storage – analytics – Twin) should actually not even be considered as a supplier if it isn’t built for data sharing from the bottom up.

“Multiple digital twins acting in unison will be complex and inevitably too complex for straightforward integration. Multiple digital twins need the tools to bring all their information together to create a “digital master” and then manage any changes to that digital master for all systems and user processes. “. This means integration on top of all twins. Why shouldn’t the “master twin” be the complete twin, making the rest of the half-baked twins obsolete?

Integration should be done very much closer to the data source so that you have ONE unified data stream to your master digital twin, disregarding IoT or legacy tech, standards, or other data sources. This is what horizontal real-time integration is all about. This is what Yggio is all about.

Integrating Digital Twins should mean that they share data sources, not that you need to create a master super twin (a twin of twins). Think about redundant data, or latency issues when twins are used for control, not only documentation.

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