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Building IoT (BIoT)
The value of Building IoT will only be realized if organizations can understand and leverage the data they produce.
In December 2014, I wrote a piece titled, “I’ll have IoT with That Please”. The piece talked about how there was a lot of discussion on what IoT means and how it impacts and relates to the world of commercial real estate and buildings. Back then I said that IoT is an important aspect to the overall ecosystem within commercial real estate and has and will continue to play a key role in how we interact, collaborate, operate, manage and “smarten up” our buildings. IoT is emerging as the third wave in the evolution of intelligent buildings.
Here we are eight months later and the discussions and this "third wave in the evolution of intelligent buildings" continues. We have seen existing and new building automation devices running our protocols within their particular domains and interoperating with one another; we are experiencing an increase in edge applications; we are taking data and making it self-describing and standardized; we are making data ready to be used and put in context with building operations and presented to the right persons at the right time to enable timely decision-making.
In keeping with this wave, I recently came across the following
Internet of Things Reference Model published by the IoT World Forum and
believe it applies directly to Building IoT.
This model breaks down into seven functional levels the variety of
technologies and actions that, all combined, comprise Building IoT:
Devices are connected and send and receive data interacting with the
Network where the data is transmitted, normalized, and filtered using
Edge Computing before landing in Data storage / Databases accessible by
Applications which process it and provide it to people who will act and
collaborate. The IoT Reference Model emphasizes the Edge what is
expected to happen at the ‘Thing’ level.
So as we continue riding this third wave of Building IoT, there are certain drivers helping us steer through the twists and turns. Here are some:
So what is the relationship between buildings, IoT and BIoT? It is not
about the number of devices or connectivity. It is about delivering
business relevant outcomes and value that drives BIoT. In a built
environment scenario, the business value is driven by the secured
interoperability of related connected systems, devices and things and
making the data contained within them self-describing that enable the
seamless integration across multiple applications to improve
operations, reduce costs and maximize occupant experiences. The value
of Building IoT will only be realized if organizations can understand
and leverage the data they produce. By creating value from the data
generated from Building IoT, companies can improve operations, reduce
costs, and enable valuable customer experiences.
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