Our Covid-ized Future Reality
Will it be Real? or Augmented & Artificially Intelligent? or a Covid-ized Hybrid?
Founder, Owner, Publisher AutomatedBuildings.com
Our 2021 future reality can not help but reflect the year 2020 when we were "COVID-ized".
You know I love playing with new words. This one just crossed my desk and describes well what just happened to us all.
Thousands of researchers dropped whatever intellectual puzzles had
previously consumed their curiosity and began working on the pandemic
instead. In mere months, science became thoroughly COVID-ized. Source How Science Beat the Virus And what it lost in the process ED YONG JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2021 ISSUE
Understanding that we as a industry have been Covid-ized is important to grasp what our future reality holds,
This article provides great insight,
Welcome to 2021, the year of healing with innovation
I have been thinking about how 2020 has been a nightmare for all of us
unifying us into an alternate reality and grounding us to rethink how
we live, and what our daily actions and social interactions mean -
In 2021, as part of the healing
process, first we get to stop and breathe in hope. We see the hope of a
vaccine which will free us of the pandemic. We will still have the
bruises of behavior change from being quarantined indoors for most of
the year. We still will have travel restrictions and so much work to do
to get the whole world vaccinated. If we pause and look around,
we can see the data from connected devices and cameras and a huge
deluge of data from our new behaviour of doing everything online. There
is even going to be more data about the distribution of vaccines and
who is getting vaccinated and when different parts of the world reaches
the critical mass of vaccinated people required to stop the pandemic.
There is going to be healthcare data and AI segmenting people to show
who should get the vaccine first. There is going to be supply chain
data, fraud prevention data and AI forecasting and prediction to follow
We saw a generation of kids who
adopted mobile first with the advent of smart phone apps. Now we will
see a new generation of kids who know to engage with AI with computer
screens all around them. As we resume our mobility to go back to bring
life to buildings, we are not the same people who hurriedly left the
What does this mean for us as humans? It means that we have moved closer to co-exist with machines and AI albeit unknowingly.
More shared thoughts here, https://harborresearch.com/future-perfect-2021-and-beyond/?
This phenomenon is not just about the
impacts of technology on people, business, and societies. It’s also
about the impacts of people, businesses and societies on technology
development. Networks and information technology’s most profound
potential lies in its ability to connect billions upon billions of
smart things and people in a way that will stretch the boundaries of
today’s business and social systems, and create the potential to change
the way we work, learn, innovate and entertain.
So, rather than focusing on “point”
technology trends, we are highlighting what we like to call “emerging
research themes” that examine the many reciprocal impacts that are
occurring between and among technologies, people and society.
More here, https://harborresearch.com/getting-to-the-promised-land-of-digital-innovation/?
To stay competitive, OEMs will need
to sustain momentum in their core business while developing new digital
and Smart Systems capabilities and solutions. The assumption that the
primary role of an equipment manufacturer is only about sustaining
their core product business no longer works. OEMs need to think about
new growth businesses in a manner that transcends their core products
When traditional business practices
and company culture inhibit an organization’s ability to adopt new
innovations, or when traditional operating models constrain the ability
to develop new technical skills and capabilities, that is when an OEM
needs to seriously consider alternative innovation modes and
non-traditional organizational maneuvers.
A Year in The Life of a Building — The Turbulent Story of 2020 published: December 17th, 2020 Memoori
The beginning of 2020 seems like a long time ago. While COVID-19 was
already starting to make an impact in China and neighboring countries,
for the rest of the world it was just another January. In the smart
building industry, we were talking about Amazon, Apple, and Google
asserting their dominance over the smart home with an open standard,
and highlighting the need to introduce the concept of embodied carbon
to stop prematurely demolishing our buildings. In the smart city space,
we were discussing BIM/GIS digital twins and the potential of
biomorphic urbanism. And, in the workplace, somewhat ironically, we
were talking about how we could develop the office environment to cater
to an aging workforce. It was the beginning of a new decade but it was
just another year.
“With office densification rates increasing across the world, combined
with evidence of poor space utilization and the expectations of
occupants for more human and productive environments, the need for
workspace management platforms to provide better insight into the
repurposing of current workplaces has never been so urgent,” explained
our Q1 report on occupancy analytics and location-based services.
Little did we know that occupancy analytics would soon shift from
emerging productivity technology to become critical to survival for any
commercial building hoping to maintain optimum performance in the
unprecedented year ahead.
More related input from Chris
Irwin, VP of Sales EMEA, J2 Innovations https://www.j2inn.com/media-centre/j2-innovations-predictions-2021?
“The COVID crisis is accelerating building portfolio operators’
realisation that they need to be able to remotely manage their
buildings more effectively, so the need for easier and more secure
connectivity technologies will increase. The climate crisis is
accelerating the transition to greener technologies, both in terms of
renewable energy generation and a focus on reducing the carbon
emissions from existing buildings by optimising the way they are
controlled. In many buildings, the need to increase air change rates to
reduce the risk of COVID transmission, has temporarily been prioritised
over energy efficiency. But once the immediate crisis has passed, the
HVAC industry will deepen its commitment to developing more advanced
ways of maintaining good indoor air quality, while simultaneously
minimising energy use. Air ionisation and mechanical heat recovery
solutions are therefore likely to grow in popularity.” says Chris
Irwin, VP of Sales EMEA, J2 Innovations
How the internet of things can help create a better new normal
The pandemic has been a brutal stress test for many businesses.
Embracing digital transformation through the internet of things can
help build a better future
The office buildings of the near future will have to be reimagined to
cater for a new normal. They will be smarter, more flexible and,
crucially, Covid-secure. At the centre of this shift will be the
internet of things (IoT) – body-temperature monitoring and people
counting, monitoring air quality and energy consumption, and powered by
a network of smart, connected devices that will help governments and
businesses not only track Covid-19, but also make smarter decisions
about transport and office infrastructure. And, as we work together to
create a new normal, these IoT solutions will also help us hit zero
carbon emissions targets.
This all builds on our last chapter Out of In...novation Innovation begets innovation and what comes out of amazing innovation is something beyond our imagination
This is a great example of how our industry's go to events were Covid-ized
INTERVIEW – with Jim Young and Scott Cochrane
Jim Young and the Realcomm team have inspired our
industry for many years, showing us the latest and greatest in
tech presentations from a wide variety of top thought leaders.
Their platform has allowed countless industry
relationships and helped drive the changes our
industry needed to help us move forward with new innovative ways
Jim, on the journey your team went through to host such a huge event
during the pandemic, when did it become clear this was going to be
something completely different?
We put the brakes on Miami in the first couple weeks of March. The
Realcomm | IBcon conference went from Miami in June to Miami in
September. But then we still couldn’t get the Miami people to
lean in to what we wanted to do and the convention center was still
being used as a COVID hospital. So once that happened, we said we have
to go someplace that’s leaning in and we started looking at Arizona,
and got it narrowed down to two hotels and completed a site visit. Then
the governor and mayor of Phoenix weren’t seeing eye to eye and there
was a great deal of political contention. We couldn’t get agreement
between the two political forces that we could hold an event, and at
that time we were expecting about 250-300 people. We then had to pivot
to Texas, which was very open for business.
We looked at San Antonio and Dallas
and then Texas blew up with cases and the optics of announcing an event
in Texas would have been terrible. So then we had to pivot toward a
politically-neutral state that had low COVID impact, and we looked at
Colorado. They had good numbers. But by then, it was very apparent we
weren’t going to have 200-300 people, we’d just have a small group of
professionals who were going to be the studio audience and the
speakers. We knew we had to get people back in buildings to preserve
the economy. This was substantiated by a bartender I met at the event.
She shared with me that she used to work eight events every two days…
our event was the eighth one she had worked since March. She was so
thankful, she said she was barely hanging on. I reached in my pocket,
and gave her a bigger tip.
Interview ends with
Cochrane: So at the end of the day, the real estate industry is thinking it’ll be summer of next year before we see a transition?
Young: It’ll start to be a “we’ll see” first
quarter. The doors are open; the buildings are open. But nobody is
coming into them. The tenants are still paying their rent. The
conversation that’s creeping in more and more in the last month has
been okay. People have now learned to work from home; they like the
office but they also like working from home. Post-COVID, how many
people will want to get on the highway to drive two hours in downtown
L.A. to get to the office? There are some that will never go back. One
company recently surveyed their employees and 95% said they will never
want to go back to the standard five days in the office. There’s this
middle population that will want both—they’ll want the office as the
place to go but they’ll also want more flexibility to work from home.
So what will the office look like post-COVID? Time will tell…
Almost all events in 2020 were covit-ized. Our largest
industry event https://www.ahrexpo.com/ which http://automatedbuildings.com/ normally provides
several education sessions for was canceled for 2021. The
2022 AHR Expo is headed to Las Vegas. This has left a large physical and
emotional hole in the industry not to mention the devastating financial
hit to ASHRAE and show event team.
The shift to online learning has the older demographic re-training
themselves with mediums that they are not familiar with, which levels
the playing field with the younger folks who know the medium well but
not the industry. The message is we need to grown our industry younger
rapidly together. We have as much or more to learn than the younger
folks we are trying to attract.
We started the discussion here Online Education Anywhere - 'Edge-You-Cation'
Our education has moved from centralized gatherings to our online edge.
This is all moving a warp speed. Ken Sinclair AUG 27, 2020
Another new word Covid-nerdy, OK I am. So
incredibly Covid-nerdy Ken Sinclair! Thanks for sharing. This
modeling fills a big hole in knowledge for infection control. FaTIMA - The web-based tool Fate and Transport of Indoor
Microbiological Aerosols (FaTIMA) allows for the determination of the
indoor fate of microbiological aerosols associated with ventilation,
filtration, deposition and inactivation mechanisms.
This is a feel good movement below by Johnson and The MKE Tech Hub
Coalition inviting area companies, nonprofit organizations and schools
to demonstrate a commitment to local talent development by spending an
hour mentoring students on the future of work in a digital economy
and/or to do a tech related activity during Computer Science Week:
Johnson Controls mentors students on the future of work in a digital economy
During the hour, students learned about the history of Johnson Controls
and founder Warren Johnson's original patent for the thermostat. They
also were introduced to an animation called “Mr. BAS,” who shared his
thoughts about building automation systems. The fifth graders showed
their creativity by designing their own “smart bedrooms” and building
3D models of Johnson Controls vans.
As an industry we all need to reach out to the younger of all ages to
improve, no, actually create knowledge of the existences and the
excitement of our industry. We need to re-brand industry as a new
exciting Industry that todays' gamers want to job craft into their
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