Building Management

How IoT is Lowering the Cost of Operations for Smart Buildings

A recently released report from industry analyst Verdantix titled ‘Schneider Electric Innovates To Lower Cost Of Smart Buildings’ describes development streams the company is leading to help facility managers improve… Read more »

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How to Successfully Leverage IoT; It’s Not Technology

Our future: technology convergence and IoT There is a lot of talk about the convergence of Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT), and how the Internet of Things (IoT) will reshape… Read more »

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BEMS Technology: A Digital Hub at the Center of Everything

The first post in this series examined the trend toward smarter buildings. It also discussed how more intelligent structures make occupants happier and more productive. Smarter and more capable systems… Read more »

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The Fog: Direct VS Indirect Edge Computing

“Fog computing” has received an increased amount of attention in the IoT & IIoT communities. I briefly reviewed the Fog in “IoT & the Pervasive Nature of Fast Data & Apache… Read more »

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Sustainable Comfort: How Hilton Gives Its Guests More by Using Less

Some people assume that sustainability and efficiency require sacrifice. In other words, using less means going without. However, energy and resource savings, and sacrifice don’t belong in the same sentence…. Read more »

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Connecting the Buildings of Tomorrow to Efficiency

By 2050, over 2.5 billion people will move to cities (United Nations, World Urbanization Prospects: 2014 Revision). To accommodate urbanisation, our cities must become smarter and more efficient. How?  We… Read more »

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BEMS: Market Intro and Overview

Buildings are getting smarter. In this series, I’ll look at that, focusing on three key themes of technology, software and innovation. First, though, in this post I’ll examine overall market… Read more »

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IoT: The Four Pillars of Opportunity

Recently I had the opportunity to present at 2016 IoT Solutions World Congress in Barcelona. During my keynote presentation “Leading in IoT with Innovation at Every Level” I discussed how the… Read more »

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Mobile Notifications Simplify Multi-Site Security Management

Facility managers and security operations staff are often bombarded with calls for from multiple tenants, across several sites, but traditionally they had no insight or control on the spot.  Now… Read more »

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But Wait, There’s More: Benefits of Cloud-Based Security Solutions

Billy Mays was probably the most famous infomercial star ever, but Ed Valenti — hawker of the Ginsu knife — is said to have coined the phrase: “But wait, there’s… Read more »

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How Electrical Contractors Can Benefit From BIM Now

In previous posts we presented an introduction to Building Information Modeling (BIM), how it has brought building and facility projects into the computer age, and what it has to do… Read more »

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Demand Response is Bigger than You Think

If you’ve been in the Demand Response Business since, oh, 2000 or so, it seems old hat. Never mind that Telecom deregulation took decades to deliver on its promises or… Read more »

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Wireless technology is changing the playing field for building owners. That’s cool.

Wireless technology drives devices that we use every day – our smart phones, tablets, laptops, GPS, and more. How cool is that for us? Wireless technology can also mean better… Read more »

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IT Key Enabler for Smart Cities at Schneider Electric “Power to the Cloud” Dubai Event

Issues that concern Middle Eastern CIOs, from private cloud adoption and data center outsourcing, to disaster recovery, security, new data center builds and existing facility upgrades are amongst the high… Read more »

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Connecting the Buildings of Tomorrow to Efficiency

By 2050, over 2.5 billion people will move to cities (United Nations, World Urbanization Prospects: 2014 Revision). To accommodate urbanisation, our cities must become smarter and more efficient. How?  We… Read more »

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Money talks. Are you listening?

We listen attentively when it comes to our personal investments – negotiating the purchase price of our homes, choosing retirement accounts, or waiting for a big sale. For most people,… Read more »

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Your Hospital’s Survival Depends on the Ability to Signal and Adjust

For the human body to develop properly and stay healthy, many processes must work together at many different levels – from organs to cells to genes. Cells are constantly receiving… Read more »

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Internet of Things: The Next Step in the Smart Grid Evolution?

There’s been a lot of news regarding how the Internet of Things will change everything.  From products like connected thermostats to connected cars and refrigerators, it seems that the Internet… Read more »

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Bringing Buildings up to ‘Internet of Things’ Speed

This is the fifth post in the Better Buildings Challenge Blog Series. A mere five years ago, the Internet of Things (IoT) was still just a trendy buzzword associated with a futuristic… Read more »

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WEBCAST: Pinpoints Key Facts about the Secure Power Opportunity

In a new audio webcast presentation, Carsten Baumann, a consulting engineering specialist with Schneider Electric, raises two salient points about Secure Power for industry and infrastructure. As moderator for the… Read more »

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Energy efficiency is in our DNA

This blog series is about the Energy Action Program through which Schneider Electric has reduced its energy consumption by 9.2% since 2011. The blog series will focus on the energy… Read more »

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Finally! A Simple Guide to Understanding Open Protocols in Building Automation

Understanding Communication Protocols Is Like The Tower of Babel You probably know the story of the Tower of Babel. The people tried to build a structure that would reach the… Read more »

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Saving energy can save the bottom line

Energy prices are escalating, dependency is increasing and energy sources are becoming scarcer. The same phenomenon is occurring with electricity, natural gas, propane, steam and all other energy sources for… Read more »

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Secure Power Beyond the Data Center

In today’s digital world, when we think about problems around power interruptions, the systems that are top of mind for many of us are information technology (IT) systems, meaning everything… Read more »

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Better Sustainability with BEMS – a Building Energy Management System

What do Germany’s Siemens, Korea’s LG Electronics, and America’s Abbott Laboratories have in common? All are identified as industry group leaders in the latest Dow Jones Sustainability Indices. This is… Read more »

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3 Easy Steps to add Flexibility to Process Pressure Measurement

Everything matters in marketing. The needs and wants of users from Energy, Buildings, and Industrial domains show similar trends. Though they differ in the business landscape, all users are looking to add flexibility to their… Read more »

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Why the Internet of Things will be at the heart of smart city transformation

The smart cities movement is absolutely trying to change our world for the better. Great visionary goals are being set at both at city and national level—like India announcing its… Read more »

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Advice for cutting building energy consumption

Take a walk down your nearest city street and pick a building. Any building. Chances are that the building you’re looking at has a problem with its energy consumption. If… Read more »

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Money talks. Are you listening?

We listen attentively when it comes to our personal investments – negotiating the purchase price of our homes, choosing retirement accounts, or waiting for a big sale. For most people,… Read more »

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Electric Vehicles & Energy Management

I recently had an opportunity to drive a Nissan Leaf for a period of four days. I was struck by how easy it was to incorporate into my usual habits…and… Read more »

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