The Edge. The New Smart Building Mindset
The past several years has demonstrated that device connections to buildings continue on an upward climb, delivering undeniable value to building owners, operators and now occupants alike. The rate of change can be attributed not only to diverse technologies but also changes driven by connectivity, the value of data, increased business outcomes and expectations. For most, it is no longer a matter of “should we?” but “why aren’t we and when will we?”
With the connection of more devices and crunching more data than ever before, we are moving towards an Edge environment. The Edge is contributing to a significant shift in the way we are connecting, acquiring information, interacting with it, and making decisions. It is enabling us to expand our reach to a new range of equipment and devices to deliver operational value and relevant outcomes. In fact, it is said by 2022 that close to 75% of all data will need analysis and action at the Edge.
What is the Edge? Simply put, it is a means to connect, collect, process data and take actions at the sensor, controller, equipment levels-the device level-rather than in the Cloud, at the Enterprise or remote data center. It is the ability to execute applications traditionally associated with the enterprise or middleware at a place where we can process and analyze data closer to or at the source itself and where it is most needed—the device.
Placing connectivity, computing and storage in close proximity to the devices creating the data make it possible to analyze data in real-time, delivering faster answers to important questions and faster action.
With more devices at the Edge comes more data that has the potential to provide enhanced insights into how we manage and operate facilities. We cannot require that all this data be transported to a Cloud or Enterprise before we can begin to derive value from it. Software functions and applications need to reside at every level of the architecture from the “Edge” (on an equipment system or in an electrical closet) - to the building level - where data from multiple smaller nodes can be aggregated and analyzed, to the portfolio level where data and analysis occur at the server or cloud level.
The Edge movement is being driven by several things including:
- The breadth of connectivity options now available
- Data volume
- Insufficient bandwidth
- New and the number of applications ( (as devices become more intelligent, software and apps are playing a bigger role)
- Real-time data requirements
- Power and smartness of hardware (more powerful, more capacity, higher levels of data processing, increased storage capabilities)
- Open–open systems
- Flattening of the building architecture
The adoption of Edge technologies within our facilities enables us to expand to a wider variety of applications. When it comes to benefit and value delivery, the Edge delivers on speed, latency reduction, scalability, security, network bandwidth conservation, reduced operational costs, more data that has the potential to provide enhanced insights and data sovereignty.
The Edge is becoming an integral part of many organizations building operational strategies. Building owners and operators are looking for faster, real-time analysis of the massive volumes of data produced by equipment systems and devices to improve operational decision-making. It can now be said that the data produced from a device is now more valuable than the cost of the device. We are connecting more devices and crunching more data more quickly than ever before. Adoption of Edge technologies ensures a much greater degree of flexibility for the future integration of new systems and applications into the smart building, as well as reducing operational costs and the implementation of time and overall complexity of building architectures.
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Top GLOBAL INNOVATIONS Impacting Commercial and Corporate Real Estate - 12/12/2019
2020 will likely be another year of great innovations for the Commercial and Corporate Real Estate industry. With a multitude of new companies and ideas being funded by an insatiable appetite of investors, the traditional workflows and processes of Real Estate are challenged daily. Add to this a desire by the established marketplace to also innovate and the pressure of change increases. This webinar will bring together some of the industry’s most prolific prognosticators who will discuss and debate the state of innovation in our industry. For those firms that are leaning into the change brought about by technology this is a perfect opportunity to hear about the leading solutions, case studies and best practices.
Founder of Realcomm Conference Group, an education organization that produces Realcomm, IBcon and CoRE Tech, the world's leading conferences on technology, automated business solutions, intelligent buildings and energy efficiency for the commercial and corporate real estate industry. As CEO, Jim interacts with some of the largest companies globally pertaining to some of the most advanced and progressive next generation real estate projects under development.
Jeff Chulick is the Technology and Innovation Leader for EY Real Estate Services. He leads a global team of professionals focused on the identification, innovation, design and realization of technology solutions that greatly enhance the workplace experience. His areas of focus include digital strategy, smart workplace, IoT, visual communications, workplace management, physical access and audio/visual technology. Jeff has over 20 years of enabling workplace strategies and delivering innovative solutions for EY and external clients across many different industries.
Marc is a pioneer in leading the Intelligent/Smart Buildings and M2M movements pushing the industry forward and has contributed to transforming and changing the Intelligent Buildings and M2M (now IoT) industries. As Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for Lynxspring Marc leads corporate and product marketing, strategy, brand management, public relations and communications that support the company’s strategic and growth initiatives.
Craig Stevenson is President of AUROS Group, a technology company based in Pittsburgh, PA. He is widely known for his role in establishing Pittsburgh as a leader in "Evidence-based Performance" for the built environment. Evidence-based Performance uses technology to bridge the gap between "hoping" a building is performing as designed to "knowing" a building is meeting its performance goals. He is credentialed in virtually all known building performance standards. As a result, Craig focuses solely on owner's performance requirements for their building(s).
John Dulin is a 30-year global telecom and enterprise executive and has held senior positions in product management, marketing and sales in the areas of fiber optics, wireless and new technology development. Currently with Corning, John is focused on introducing its fiber optic and wireless innovations to the commercial real estate market.
As Chief Innovation Officer, Jeff Clark leads the development and delivery of new offerings at RF Connect, properly positioning the company and our clients for the critical trends of technology convergence that define our era in telecommunications. Since joining RF Connect in 2016, he has introduced our software-defined wide area mesh network that provides industry-leading monitoring and LTE transport connectivity for RF Connect’s clients nationwide. Jeff also champions RF Connect’s bold entry into the private LTE segment.