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Creating Interactions in Building Automation
We must "Create Interactions" worthy of our visibility and strive to better understand how to interact with the powerful presentations of our information.
Wiki defines Interaction design very well -- "embedding information technology into the ambient social complexities of the physical world."
Interactivity, however, is not limited to technological systems. It can also apply to other types of non-electronic products and services, and even organizations. Also, people have been interacting with each other as long as humans have been a species. Therefore, interaction design can be applied to the development of all solutions (or offerings), such as services and events. Those who design these offerings have, typically, performed interaction design inherently without naming it as such.
Got all that?
"Embedding information technology into the ambient social complexities of the physical world."
That is where we are in our evolution. Our Building Automation Industry
has risen from the total obscurity of a boiler room and being installed
by the sub trade of a sub trade to becoming a very visible industry.
Now we must "Create Interactions" worthy of our visibility and strive to better understand how to interact with the powerful presentations of our information.
Measure and Visualize Energy Consumption
In this article; Economic and Workplace Efficiency from Intelligent Building Energy Management Systems - Peter M. Tarca, General Manager, Intelligent Buildings Business Unit, PeopleCube
Peter provides this insight;
Helping Building Occupants in More Ways Than One
From this article Plugging into Automation
Plug-loads typically comprises one quarter to one third of a commercial building’s electricity consumption.
Annette Bellafiore, LEED AP, Communications & Marketing Manager, ThinkEco, Inc. states that;
In this article Pushing Alarms Beyond the Building Walls
Adding a monitoring, alarm, and notification system on top of your building automation system
Dane Overfield, Process Data Analysis, Calculation, and Alarm Notification, Exele states;
Automation systems have allowed people to control and monitor their data and alarms from within the physical environment that is being monitored. Although these systems have worked well, users’ appetite for data and information has increased with the widespread use of mobile devices and platforms and the availability of non-automation data on these devices. “I can see the current weather and get weather updates on my phone, why not my automation data and alarms”. At first glance, the proposed solution may be to open up the data and alarms to mobile users. Yet mirroring the vast amount of information available in the automation system to mobile and remote users may not be the best approach. The goal is not only to allow users to see current information, but to inform them of upsets or abnormal behaviours at the time of the event. The benefit of the proper solution is to direct the right data to the right people so they can make the required decisions.
These are but a few examples of some of the interaction we must create with the “O’s”
Occupants, Owners, Operational teams and yes even the general public
and beyond, that we now refer to as “Oh! Others”, While doing all
this we must also fight the last big ‘O’ the obscurity of our past. We
truly live in interesting times.
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