The IoT: Yesterday’s Predictions Vs. Today’s Reality

Here’s a look at some of the key predictions we at Forbes Technology Council initially had for a fully connected world, the reality we are dealing with today and how businesses can best prepare for the IoT’s continued evolution.

The biggest obstacle is the complexity of technologies, standards, silos and legacy systems. IoT requires interoperability and co-operations in eco-systems to be able to deliver on the expectations.

Stakeholders need to work together to realize the benefits of smart buildings –

Future smart cities and buildings could bring several benefits to life, such as reducing waste, driving power efficiencies and enhancing resources, but it also comes with some challenges, with security issues being the most significant.

IoT interoperability is necessary, both when it comes to legacy technology already in operation in buildings and cities and all the new IoT technologies flooding the market.

The problem with many solutions is that they are complete vertical solutions with everything from sensors to the end-user application. That solves a need in a simple way, but without any thought on the bigger picture of future needs and re-use of infrastructure and data. Complete vendor and data lock-in.

5 major challenges hurting the smart building sector in 2019 –

We speak to Terrill Laughton, VP and GM of Energy Optimization and Connected Equipment at Johnson Controls to get his views on what’s hurting smart buildings growth.

“Historically, building management operations and services have been siloed. HVAC, security solutions, energy use, and infrastructure solutions, services and maintenance have been separate entities, each with different monitoring, maintenance, and management. The data gathered from these systems similarly has not been used to its fullest potential due to the unavailability of technology capable of synthesizing data from all of these systems in one place.”

This is where Yggio comes in. By adding Yggio integration on top of all existing building systems you can integrate everything and feed your BMS with minimum risk. No change-out, just add Yggio.

Updates to Zigbee, Z-Wave work toward smarter protocols –

When it comes to smart homes and wireless standards, Zigbee and Z-Wave are two of the most widely used in the market. Both have benefits over more common wireless standards like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and each have their own unique benefits when compared to each other.

Updates in the Zigbee and Z-Wave standards are aiming to make adoption of smart home device easier and more seamless.

This is both good and bad news. Good, that there, in the end, might be a common standard. Bad, that it’s still far in the future. Also good that the market has started realizing this and put requirements on compatibility.

If you already today want to benefit from both eco-systems, Yggio provides seamless integration.

BIoT Building Internet of Things integration –

Security systems, building automation systems, energy control, and lighting systems have all advanced rapidly in recent years. However, despite claims of these disparate systems being integrated to work seamlessly with each other, there has not been much progress due to lack of a common communication standard, says Memoori.

We say: If we are to wait for a common communication standard that is adopted by all vendors we will have to wait for quite some time. We cannot foresee the merge or replacement of e.g. Z-Wave, Zigbee, LoRa, WiFi, Bluetooth, etc, since they all have their different strengths and use cases.

The solution is in-stead integration of all these standards into a common API and data model. Adding an abstraction layer between the services and applications on top and the underlying technologies installed in the building. Very much like how modern computers can work with any printer manufacturer. The application can print without knowing how the printer works.

This is the purpose and strength of our IoT integration platform Yggio for Smart Buildings and Cities.

Digital koll på kontoret

En intressant blogpost från Vasakronan:

– Med den nya teknologin går det att knyta ihop information och data från många olika system. Det blir enklare att analysera, förstå och visualisera. Till exempel hur mycket energi man gör av med på ett våningsplan, hur mycket koldioxid som släppts ut eller hur mycket avfall som sorteras, säger Christoffer Börjesson, Chief Digital Officer, på Fastighetsägarna Sverige.

Den nya tekniken skapar också möjlighet att ta fram en mängd nya digitala tjänster.

– Jämför fastigheten med mobilen. Från början gjorde du det grundläggande, det vill säga ringde. Sedan kom den smarta telefonen med utvecklade plattformar och appar som innebar en mängd funktioner som förenklade vår tillvaro, säger Christoffer Börjesson och fortsätter:

– Om den traditionella fastigheten motsvarade den gamla mobilen, går vi nu mot en smart fastighet där nya system, applikationer och tjänster kan adderas. Det kan exempelvis handla om att boka och låsa upp rum, styra inpassering och få bättre koll på vilka som ska ha tillträde till lokalen.

Men allt detta kräver att gamla som nya system i fastigheten kan kopplas ihop, dvs någon form av integration av både dataflöden och styr- och regler. Att byta ut gammal teknik blir både kostsamt och inneffektivt, och att bara ansluta nya system till den smarta byggnaden ger begränsade möjligheter. Med Sensatives öppna integrationsplattform Yggio kan hela fastigheten kopplas ihop, både inom fastigheten och mellan fastigheter, vilket leder till risk- och kostnadsminimering i digitaliseringsarbetet.

8 ways smart tech is transforming commercial buildings

Smart technologies are introduced in many ways into buildings and the real estate business. This article highlights quite a few interesting projects.

However, on what technology and suppliers should you bet your money? How do you take the first steps with minimum risk?

Buildings are already technology-rich, with control systems for power, heating, ventilation, security, and so on. Most often these systems are completely separated from each other with locked in silos of data. The trick is to take all the data and re-utilize it in new ways to gain optimization and financial advantages.

Sensatives Yggio platform integrates all these vertical silos into a new horizontal platform, opening up all data, both historical and live real time. No need to invest in new hardware or control systems. One common API to the building and all it’s legacy systems, minimizing the risk of “going smart”.