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|IoT is dead. Long live IoT!
I can confidently say that IoT is dead on arrival. And it almost always has been.
Especially, when it comes to building automation.
Nicolas Waern - Digital Twin Specialist https://twitter.com/BuildWhisperer
recently been speaking about Building Automation and IoT at a Smart Building
conference in Barcelona I can confidently say that IoT is dead on arrival. And
it almost always has been. Especially, when it comes to building automation.
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two major events that made me realize that the whole IoT movement has not been
working well during the last decade.
1. We have access to more information
each day on the actual internet but it is not guaranteed to enable people get
insights, and take action on anything else they already are doing. And the
access to data, and possibly information is not a receipt for making people
smarter. Just getting stuff to the “internet” or connected doesn’t seem to cut it.
And who says that it’s reliable or not on its own?
2. Alarms. All systems have them. And
all technicians have turned off notifications once or twice or in the hundreds.
Just by getting stuff connected, and monitored doesn’t mean that problems get
solved, especially when context is missing, and the information gets stuck in a
The world exists in silos and domains and most people, and companies tend to operate in the same domain they always have been. Which is not bad on its own. But from a holistic perspective it’s not necessarily great since we have a lot of challenges communicating across domains. From a people perspective and from a system perspective.
Box: i. The need for interdisciplinary communication and understandable
sociotechnological dialogue, IoT Congress, Barcelona
been promises and promises. Bullish numbers about the billions of IoT sensors
that should have been out there by now. The bankruptcy of Sigfox, lost packages
of star networks and several LPWan tech which is not bi-directional, nor
real-time enough. However we also have interesting LoRaWAN deployments at scale
and the Things Network creating some global movements.
though great things are happening with Telco tech such as CAT-M1, NB-IoT, 5G,
Network slicing or anything else related to the actual technology aspects. It
doesn’t matter much if we don’t get the impact we need. Because guess what,
it’s not (only) about the technology. At least it shouldn’t be that much. It is
about…the Impact we can get from utilizing modern tools in the right order.
Together with people, and possibly advanced analytics.
However, today most companies are starting off with the wrong end. It’s not about the holistic impact that we need. It’s not even the silo-intended impact that we start with all the time.
impact of Internet of Things fail to materialize because of a failed understand
on how to translate data into impact across domains, and at scale.
are not the best way of translating insights across systems and people of all
ages and domains
private and public, are tied to their hierarchy, processes, culture, people,
and systems and their existing decision making processes
takes a lot of time between each step and it’s not certain that companies
can usually only lead to insight within a vertical, not across domains
being generated does not always result in people taking action
not always that projects have a clear definition of what Impact is intended
lessons learned at any stage. In a lot of cases it’s not a must that the impact
is followed up, leading to zero additional data for the next project and just a
rinse and repeat.
people are using IoT to get more data and try to use dashboards and siloed
interfaces to turn data to information. However, the insight that is being
created is often not easily translated into insight for other domains. Which
means that it jumps back to the being purely data seen from another domain’s
perspective. Not leading to insight, nor leading to action or the impact
What if we start with the Impact first and then work our way back? This is nothing new and is part of the 5 WHY’s that Toyota introduced. And also at the core of the Benefits realization framework which I have written about before.
we could illustrate it in a way that is also tied to the Data to Impact loop?
And just by
putting this in writing I changed the order and also the name to align with
what I mean. I have been calling it the Data to Impact loop for years now. But
I will start to refer to it more as a circular model and as a Impact to Data
loop. What if we started with the impact we need, across all domains. And then
work back in understand the actions we need to take. Asking a series of
1. What is the impact we are after?
For most private companies, as well as public this is written in a strategic document depicting their five year plan. Or the simplest way of looking at it, save money, make more money, find new revenue streams. And today also aligning with the Triple Bottom Line where ESG reporting, sustainable ways of working is a must for people, wallet, and planet.
2. What are the action(s) we need to
take to get there and whom do we need to involve?
3. In order to get to action, what
insight do the stakeholders need in order to take necessary action?
4. Where is the information today, and
how can it be turned into insight in one domain, as well as across domains?
5. Do we have the data today, and how
can we turn it into information in one domain, as well as across any domain that
also can pass the test of time?
And how do we get all of this done as fast as
possible? Preferably using modern tools to help us in understanding the impact
decisions will have ahead of time. So that we can ask a data fabric of what the
best course of action will be, and for it to tell us that these steps are the
way to go. And that the information can be communicated across domains at the
speed of latency.
Where the data necessary is followed by a
Digital Thread across to the Impact that we need.
I believe we need to go back to the future and assess the impact we are after
from a holistic perspective. To not only stare at the energy savings but take
into account the whole lifecycle, the building itself, and all of its
stakeholders. Not necessarily to be responsible for everything, but
understanding that the data and information in one vertical desperately needs
to be turned into insight for others. And those others can be other systems,
and other people that spans different ages as well as location on a global
building automation industry is starting to become more and more connected. But
it’s still not democratized and for many it is not the easiest to go in and
create value for others. We have the tools to create robust, useful, and
attractive buildings for all. And by leveraging the tools and technologies in
the BB-cycle, with the right processes and people, we can create impact exponentially
faster, and more sustainable than any time in history.
nothing gets changed, nothing will change. It’s as simple as that. And if you
want to change before you must, feel free to reach out!
How do I
know all of this? Because it’s my job to know what the future will do in a
week, a month, a year from now. And if you want to create the future before
everyone else? Reach out to me and we’ll make it happen!
CEO, Founder and Digital Twin Specialist at WINNIIO Consulting
Nicolas Waern is the CEO, Strategy &
Innovation Leader, and a Digital Twin Implementation Specialist at the
consulting firm WINNIIO. He is a firm believer that the
Real Estate Industry needs more of a lifecycle focus where we need to go Beyond
Buildings and come back with an understanding what tools and technology we
could use. And to solve the jobs to be done, together, with an open mindset.
working with leaders in several industries to understand how they can succeed
in the age of AI. Predicting what the world will do in a week, a month, a year
from now and to best utilize strategies and solutions that pass the test of
time. He does this through a Digitalization- on Demand approach for anyone that
needs to change before they have to.
Nicolas is also a Podcast Creator & Newsletter Editor for Beyond Buildings
Thought Leader regarding Smart Buildings & Building Automation for AutomatedBuildings
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