Planon: Who should own the Building Internet of Things?


With traditional FM systems now creating vast amounts of data, when should IT get involved? Who should own the Internet of Things? How should we assign control and responsibility for these new kinds of building equipment and systems? Are we facing a new period of clashes over the information itself? How do we address questions of legality, ethics, privacy and security that until now have not been part of the equation?

Evolving roles to keep up with the IoT

To begin with, we must keep in mind that building equipment and systems are only a subset of the Internet of Things, a phenomenon that includes all manner of personal and corporate property. For example, we have watched as our cars have transformed from simply mechanical tools of transportation into, essentially mobile computing devices that monitor their own performance, alert us of maintenance needs, and so much more. In adapting to this change, an element of an auto mechanic’s role has evolved into that of a computer technician…

So what of the assets themselves? As elevators become vertical circulation control systems and generators develop the ability to order their own fuel, they are in many ways becoming highly specialised computers. Elevators and generators will still need the typical maintenance protocols for their mechanical and operational characteristics, but now that same team will require new skills to maintain the computing aspects as well…

[Admin: This post is related to the 07.21.16 post about bringing value to IoT, and the 06.09.16 post about categorizing IoT “things” as “assets”.]

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[Admin: As a thought-provoking counterpoint, while IoT continues to struggle with smart homes, driverless vehicles, and security attacks, I explored the deeper and darker technopolitical possibilities of a technocratic IoT.]

Possibility of a global technocratic IoT?

Since the United States gave up its direct oversight of ICANN on 30 September 2016, it’s no longer so remote to imagine a scenario where a communist country is tempted to push its own authoritarian policy across the Internet through the more-corruptible “multi-stakeholder” ICANN model. Or launch DDoS attacks with massive Mirai-infected botnets powered by IoT cameras, televisions, even refrigerators

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ValuD: The year 2016 in review


As we close out 2016, it’s exciting to look back and see the tremendous growth we’ve had this past year. From launching MobilD, the latest in IBM TRIRIGA mobility, to expanding our offerings with Maximo and the Internet of Things, we have strengthened our presence across the industry. Each milestone has been a part of ValuD’s long-term vision to expand our offerings beyond IBM TRIRIGA as we continue our journey to become the premier IBM partner offering IWMS, EAM and IoT solutions…

As we enter into 2017, we share our highlights from the past year:

The investment in Motors@Work: We began the year by venturing into the Internet of Things (IoT) – one of the hottest areas in the industry today. ValuD invested in Motors@Work LLC, a pioneer in motor and pump-driven system energy optimization and has provided product development, marketing and sales services.  Motors@Work™ is a multi-tenant, SaaS solution that leverages Department of Energy best practices and patent-pending technology to optimize motors and pumps performance and helps customers save up to 30% in energy costs.  With our December release, we have greatly increased the capabilities of the solution, including pre-built integrations with Maximo and the IBM Bluemix / Watson IoT platform…

We launched MobilD (Mobility Delivered), which was designed exclusively for IBM TRIRIGA. Developed by our in-house engineers at ValuD, MobilD bridges the gap between field work and desktop use with features like Self-Service Requests, Approvals and Work Order Management. We have already successfully deployed our mobility solution and welcome the opportunity to set up demos for you or your clients…

The growth of our educational offerings: ValuD has had an exceptional year with our educational initiatives with clients taking advantage of our training breadth. Some notable training clients include Pfizer, Johns Hopkins University-Applied Physics Lab, Flextronics, and Microsoft. Our new Lease Accounting course is in high demand. The two-day course is geared towards Lease Administrators and Lease Accountants who want to better understand and use the system given the new FASB standards. ValuD is looking forward to continuing its reputation in 2017 as the IBM TRIRIGA Training Academy with exciting new offerings on the horizon…

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What are Siemens’ strategies for real estate decarbonisation?


Reducing the carbon footprint of buildings and enhancing sustainability are fast becoming business critical issues for institutional real estate investors. But in order to implement an effective green strategy to lower one’s carbon footprint, having access to detailed building performance data and analytics is vital. Siemens is able to achieve this to help investors enhance the value of their real estate portfolios…

Towards low carbon real estate

On average, energy consumption accounts for 40% of the lifecycle costs of buildings. For those wishing to optimise their real estate and demonstrate green credentials, and compliance with global standards, such as Europe’s Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) and LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design), commonly used in the US, Siemens is able to plot a path to greater transparency and performance…

The power of big data

To connect buildings and foster smart buildings, in February 2016, the Siemens Buildings Technologies Division partnered with IBM to maximise the potential of connected buildings and the data they create to empower real estate owners and operators to drive business results and meet building-related KPI’s. As a result, Siemens develops integral solutions with IBM‘s software suites Maximo (asset management) and TRIRIGA (workplace management) and envisages use cases to apply Watson IoT analytics. A cognitive building can anticipate, respond, and adapt…

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[Admin: As a thought-provoking counterpoint, the following piece reveals a mathematical flaw in current climate models that are supposed to predict the rate of global warming for every doubling of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the air.]

Carbon scare is over?

In December 2016, Lord Christopher Monckton reveals a breaking discovery which may prove the entire “climate change” scare is based on faulty mathematics. At the “Global-Warming; an Inconvenient Lie” conference in Phoenix, AZ, Lord Monckton covers in-depth the mathematical discovery his team has made and announces that these findings have been submitted for proper peer review…

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[Admin: At time index 3:29, the 4.5 K value is highlighted. But looking at Lord Monckton’s London presentation from September 2016, the 2.2 K should be highlighted instead. Basically, the flaw was taking the mid-value of T (at 3.0 K) on the y-axis, instead of taking the mid-value of F (at 0.485) on the x-axis. That’s what he means by “the wrong end of the curve” or the wrong axis. So by using the F of 0.485, the curve gives a much lower T of 2.2 K. Then 2.2 K should be highlighted.]

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EnOcean Alliance and IBM partner to standardize solutions for IoT


The EnOcean Alliance is a consortium of more than 400 companies which standardize and develop intelligent building solutions integrating energy harvesting wireless technology. Together, IBM and the EnOcean Alliance will bring sensors to the cloud and develop self-powered solutions as a standard for the Internet of Things.

EnOcean-based sensors and devices operate large numbers of IoT devices efficiently and supply reliable data to IoT systems. Furthermore, the EnOcean Alliance offers the benefit of a broad, proven ecosystem of interoperable energy harvesting wireless sensor solutions, which are available for intelligent buildings worldwide. These solutions help optimize the utilization of buildings, create new service models and make buildings more flexible, more energy-efficient and altogether more cost-effective…

In close collaboration, the EnOcean Alliance and IBM define and expand standards for self-powered solutions for the IoT. Together, both partners standardize the EnOcean to IP interface and simplify the usage of applications in the IoT. This, for example, allows the integration of energy-harvesting wireless technology into the IBM Watson IoT Platform to conduct predictive and real-time analysis of facilities. These solutions can be used in various cases from asset management, ambient assisted living projects, insurance or hotel and campus projects, giving maintenance-free wireless switches and sensors based on EnOcean technology…

[Admin: This post is related to the 10.18.16 post about EnOcean’s Dolphin energy harvesting wireless modules.]

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IBM TRIRIGA Connector for Watson Analytics overview


Here’s an overview and demo of the IBM TRIRIGA Connector for Watson Analytics, which lets business professionals easily integrate their TRIRIGA building data directly into Watson Analytics. Presented by Paul Lacey, Offering Manager for IBM TRIRIGA.

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EnOcean launches Dolphin energy harvesting wireless modules


EnOcean, the world’s leading developer of energy harvesting wireless technology, will offer its energy harvesting wireless modules and white label products under the new brand name “Dolphin – Self-powered IoT by EnOcean” in the future…

The battery-free Internet of Things

The Dolphin modules use the energy harvesting principle, in which energy is obtained from the surroundings, to supply self-powered wireless sensor networks. As a special feature, the technology includes miniaturized energy converters that convert motion, light or temperature differences into electrical energy. Together with an efficient energy management system, the energy harvesting technology facilitates communication between maintenance-free IoT devices based on a variety of wireless standards, such as EnOcean, ZigBee and BLE. The solutions are used in building automation, smart homes, LED light control systems as well as industrial applications…

Smart solutions for the Internet of Things

The development of a solution for the IoT sector is one example of the successful collaboration between companies in the EnOcean ecosystem that rely on the EnOcean wireless standard: Together with its partners, element14, Digital Concepts and IBM, EnOcean has launched a certified kit called “Intelligent Building – Self-powered IoT Solution” with batteryless EnOcean-based wireless sensors. The kit’s Enterprise Edition for the real estate business provides easy connection to the IBM Watson IoT platform as well as IBM‘s Bluemix service and TRIRIGA facility management software for securely networking and managing devices, analyzing data and using cognitive services…

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ValuD: Interview with Motors@Work


As “going green” becomes not only a trend but a necessity in our world today, it’s important we talk about energy conservation. Industrial consumption accounts for at least 42% of the global electricity consumption and a significant portion of that is wasted. With one third of such industrial consumption being used by electric motors, it goes without saying that energy conservation in electric motors is a must have. And that is exactly where Rod Ellsworth and his team at Motors@Work(TM) come into the picture…

VC: Good to know that Motors@Work(TM) has earned the trust and confidence of its clients! You recently announced that Motors@Work(TM) will be available as a SaaS solution in IBM Bluemix. Are there any specific reasons for you to choose IBM Bluemix as your Platform as a Service (PaaS) provider?

RE: Well, there are quite a few reasons for us to choose IBM Bluemix as our PaaS partner. For one, IBM currently happens to be one of the leading PaaS providers in the market today and is also the market leader in the Asset Performance Management sector. The way we look at it, Motors@Work(TM) energy intelligence has value on its own but our customers will get the extended benefit when our energy intelligence data is combined with historical data and live data streams from connected devices, sensors, and other IBM Watson IoT hub components. Moreover, the systematic integration of Motors@Work(TM) with Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) Applications will provide seamless business process integration for non-conformity mitigation and energy improvement opportunity execution. Additionally, this partnership will enable us to integrate our application with IBM’s Maximo Asset Management and TRIRIGA RE/FM applications, which again would be beneficial to our clients. We feel that this will be a win-win relationship for us as well as for our clients…

[Admin: This post is related to the 02.18.16 post about the ValuD partnership with Motors@Work.]

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