IoT Uprising or IoT Revolution? Taming Unruly Data at Scale

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The Internet of Things (IoT) – a movement to digitize the engineered physical world – is changing how companies manage their assets and conduct business. As the IoT transformation takes place and new sources of information emerge, organizations are trying to harness these newly formed data pipelines. Just as the agricultural and industrial revolutions of centuries past transitioned society to new processes and production methods, the IoT revolution is reshaping how information is produced, distributed, and analyzed. To properly channel the transformative power of this revolution, we need ways to gather and analyze IoT data properly. However, this is much more easily said than done.

Man vs Machine (Learning): The Problem with One-Time Audits

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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” The WHO’s definition of health recognizes that health is more than just the measurement of illness, but should reflect the general well-being of each system that makes up the whole. Buildings are a lot like humans in this respect …

Ten (thousand) reasons to be alarmed about alerts

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The prospect sounds beguilingly attractive: a slickly-designed window pops up on your smartphone, alerting you to some critical piece of equipment that needs your immediate attention. Or does it? In most cases, that’s your job to figure it out. You’ll most likely have to trudge over to said piece of equipment to investigate. With some experience, knowing that this is just a false alarm, you may just shake your head, mutter something and …

If (My Building) Only Had a Brain

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Pause for a second and think about all of the buildings you were in yesterday, this week, and this month. Were you in an office building? Restaurant? Retail store? Theater? Hotel? Museum? Grocery store?

Now consider all of the other people (each of whom is a moving heat generator, oxygen consumer and carbon dioxide emitter*) that entered and exited those buildings yesterday, this week, and this month. How about this year? Consider the varied outdoor conditions of all four seasons. Or even the varied conditions throughout a single day – with the sun, clouds, wind, humidity, precipitation, all constantly changing …

Believe your connected system is “smart”? Think again.

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The projected growth of the Internet of Things would have made Carl Sagan proud: “billions and billions” of devices and sensors, capable of communicating via the Internet. It is exciting to consider the benefits of being able to remotely communicate with each of these sensors and get access to important data. Benefits can range from improving operation of elevators or large air conditioning equipment, to ensuring wind turbines or solar farms in a remote area operate safely with no down time.

Merely connecting sensors to create a network only constitutes a nervous system. But are these connected systems “smart”? …