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Are You - IoT Ready?  #RUIoTReady

AHRExpo 2018 Chicago Preview Issue

The catchphrase, R U - IoT Ready? has raised some interesting questions and responses such as, What is IoT? Why should I care? and What does "Ready" really mean?

What is IoT? I will use this simple definition of IoT from Webopedia

The Internet of Things refers to the ever-growing network of physical objects that feature an IP address for Internet connectivity, and the communication that occurs between these objects and other Internet-enabled devices and systems. I will add to this definition "for Human-Centric Solutions."

More definitions here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_of_things

Why should I care? 
In this last month's article Change Agents Impacting Building & Facility Management - Marc Petock, provides this wisdom,  IoT continues as a game changer; it is changing what we are delivering---how, when and where. However, realizing its potential starts with understanding the value and contribution it brings.  IoT is as much about behavioral changes and business opportunity, not just technology. We need to operate and manage buildings based on outcomes, not output.  IoT is not the objective of this transformation but the platform upon which to connect, collect and analyze data so we can measure and validate these outcomes. Building owners and operators should not “buy” IoT; they should purchase solutions to specific problems where IoT components are part of a solution.

What does "Ready" mean? Being ready is being able to discuss the merits of IoT and apply them to our applications for human-centric solutions. 

When I originally created the catchphrase, I thought the question was focused on our traditional smart automated building industry but now have come to understand it is not just our industry that needs to be IoT ready. Those who are the reason for our human-centric solutions need to be part of the discussion, education, and solution and made IoT ready. This process of developing inclusive solutions requires us all to think more like app developers creating our human-centric solutions as discussed earlier in this column.

As an industry, we need to stop the waste of time in this creation of them and us; we are all in this together it is not a war, it is a love-in "for Human-Centric Solutions."

Our opportunity is 2B IoT-Ready and uses our combined knowledge of what we know and what we do not know to gracefully and purposefully connect humans to our large inventory of existing soulless buildings.

Please read my complete column about #RUIoTReady

In asking the R U Ready question, we have received an amazing response from many industry experts helping better define what IoT Ready might mean, turning our December AHREXpo preview issue into an evolutionary discussion before most of us meet in Chicago.

We have added these December articles and interviews from our presenters at our education sessions Brad, Scott, Anto, Therese, Jason, John, and Marc, to Required Reading for AHRExpo Chicago

If you wish to hear more of what these folks have to say and have an opportunity to discuss in person, please join our free sessions.

All of our articles and interviews highlight what we have learned and the importance of the industries "BACnet Brick" and rapidly evolving/growing Project Haystack open source initiative and what might be needed to achieve an IoT open future. These evolving new products Making a Truly Open Controller and Anka Labs's AnkaDOS built around the highly successful Haystack semantic model embeds the Sedona control engine, SkySpark analytics engine, and the Visualytik graphical UI. all are harbingers of our open IoT future.

These four offerings below provide great insight into the evolving complexities.

A Perspective on the IoT for Buildings  As the community of professionals, service companies, engineers, and vendors that serve building owners, we should be doing all we can to clarify and simplify these topics and reduce the noise around IoT technologies for buildings. - John Petze, Co-Founder, Partner, SkyFoundry

What IoT Really Means - and What it Doesn't - David Fisher, President, PolarSoft Inc.  Let's take the time to speak thoughtfully about the problems, and benefits, and draw sharp distinctions between what is actual vs. what is possible but not yet here.

"Open Source Finally ArrivesIt’s this need to marry the new with the old that is the driver of a lot of innovation. So I think we should be ready to embrace the messiness as we stumble our way to better buildings. - Brad White and SES Team, SES Consulting Inc.

IoT tech will win the race to smart buildings  IoT tech for smart buildings is evolving rapidly; much more quickly than traditional controls industry products. - Steve Raschke, CEO Candi  Smart buildings by definition require a growing set of varied products and services. This gives IoT-based solutions the scalable advantage. Fragmentation has been a problem, but two important developments now make it easier to choose and deploy IoT-based smart building solutions. 

I agree with John, David, Brad, and Steve although our open future will be built on the strong underpinning of BACnet Bricks cobbled together with hay stackable open source and shellacked with IoT veneer, our industry will be as it always has been a "Messy Mosaic."

Control Solutions, Inc I hope the catchphrase "R U - IoT Ready" sends a wake-up call to you and your people that propels you on your journey into our rapidly evolving IoT future. You can better define what the words IoT mean to you, but you cannot ignore your need for readiness.

The next few months including the discussions in our education sessions and the back rooms of Chicago will lead me in June to the long bright days at https://nordicsmartbuilding.fi Helsinki. This journey is very exciting and feels very much like the birth of DDC depicted in my Smart Building Automation Evolution timeline column.

For me, it is an amazing rush to ride "Today's IoT Wave of Change" which is much bigger and much more all-encompassing than the DDC wave that washed me into this industry.

As always this new issue is an amazing collection of great articles, columns, reviews, new products, interviews and of course the steady stream of news depicting our rapid evolutionary journey to being  "IoT Ready."

Tell all our sponsors you saw their ads on the AutomatedBuildings.com website and thank them for supporting your free access to evolving Automated Building Industry information. Click on their ads and view their valuable products and services. Please review all Our Sponsors.

The news just keeps flowing thru our website, and RSS feeds daily, and of course, the only way to find what you are looking for in the vast quantity of information on our site is with our site search engine http://www.automatedbuildings.com/search/sitesearch.htm

As always lots of new products, plus be sure to check our event calendar to see the number of events we have in our future.


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