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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ValuD recognized on Inc. 5000 list for a second straight year


Inc. magazine today ranked ValuD Consulting #1078 on its 35th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. ValuD’s ranking improved from the last year‘s ranking of #1455. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment — independent small businesses…

In the last 18 months, ValuD has opened a new training center, released a mobility application (MobilD), invested and partnered with a leading Internet of Things (IoT) provider (Motors@Work), expanded its global reach and continues to add additional headcount to the already impressive team. This has resulted in ValuD being the fastest growing specialized IWMS solution provider for the past two years…

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ValuD: Mobilizing IBM TRIRIGA with the MobilD solution


Mobile applications give the end user the advantage of accessing crucial information at his or her fingertips. With an “anywhere, everywhere” work style available at the touch of a screen, data management and efficiency increases exponentially, resulting in cost savings for the organization.

With its comprehensive range of features and solutions, IBM TRIRIGA offers a robust IWMS platform which leverages on IBM’s strength in Internet of Things (IoT) and big data analytics. It’s no wonder then that IBM and its partners have been developing mobile solutions surrounding TRIRIGA… Unfortunately, many of these products work more like an extension of the desktop version of TRIRIGA rather than as a standalone mobile application.

Our team at ValuD has come up with a solution which seeks to plug these issues and bridge the gap between field work and desktop use in IBM TRIRIGA. Developed on Xamarin and Azure open-source platforms, MobilD: Mobility Delivered aspires to be a one-stop solution for all mobile RE/FM challenges… MobilD lets the end users, comprising of requesters, supervisors, approvers and technicians, to have access (as per their appropriate access level) to various activities including:

  • Creation, tracking, approval or escalation of service requests
  • Plan and manage specific work tasks
  • Add parts, resources and equipment to a work task
  • Attach documents, images and/or audio files to a work task
  • Enter, manage or view time entry logs.

With such extending capabilities, MobilD certainly has the potential to turn out to be the answer that the industry has been looking for. If you want to learn more about our mobile offering, download the e-brochure here [PDF]. Or watch our video.

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[Admin: This post is related to the 06.08.16 post about finding the definitive mobile solution for TRIRIGA.]

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