Event Recap: The Internet of Things

On November 14, SMPS Fort Worth hosted The Internet of Things (IoT) at the Petroleum Club. IoT is the network of physical devices, vehicles, and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity which enable these objects to collect and exchange data. Speakers included:

Bob Allan – The Siemon Company

Ron Chandler – Guidepost Solutions

Scott Armstrong – Gensler

Here is an outline of what their presentations covered:

Bob on ConvergeIT solutions

  •         Past

o   Each system in a building run over separate cables (i.e. Lighting, HVAC, security, BMS)

  •         Current

o   With Zone topology each system can be run over the same cable for network & power

  •         Benefits of running all the building over one cable

o   Lower cost of install, maintenance, cooling, electric

o   Easier to manage

o   Detailed reports on the building based off network usage

o   No Vampire power loss

o   Control while not in the building of these systems of computer networks

Ron on Cyber

  •         Systems on the network

o   Opens facility to cyber-attacks if network is not protected

o   Opens cloud services (ability to connect to systems outside the building)

  •         Prevention

o   Set up written policy and procedures for all to follow

o   Train employees

o   Set regular cyber assessments to check for breaches

Scott on Architectural

  •         Growth of internet

o   Today 22.9B devices on the internet

o   By 2020 50.1B expected devices to be on the internet

  •         Worldwide building consumption

o   42% electricity

o   71% operational cost

o   2nd largest expense on income statement for real estate

  •         Where we are today

o   Data Collection

o   Data Synthesis

o   Data Empowerment

  •         What this means for the built environment

o   Enhanced experiences

o   Health & wellness

o   Agile resource management

o   High-visibility space management


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