I woke up this Saturday morning in Toronto and thought, ‘Man what a long cold winter.’ I also thought of my “To do List” and a bright spot was the arrival of my new Nest Learning Thermostat.
Now everyone in the Cisco Toronto office knows I have a passion for thermostats. Maybe it is my electrical engineering upbringing, my energy management focus, or maybe my past tenures with General Electric and Honeywell. Who knows?
But this Nest learning thermostat has really got me thinking. It has a clean design, is simple to install, easy to program, wireless, adaptive to my preferences, internet enabled and even application cloud accessible! Don’t believe me? Check out this video highlighting the capabilities!
This internet-centric device is just one more tip of the multiple spears that are piercing, driving, pushing and pulling building systems and the construction industry forward.
The Home Stat, which is consumer-facing like the smart phone, is just one more resonating touch point for Cisco’s vision entitled the Internet of Everything (IoE).
At Cisco we see a push towards all things becoming intelligent, empowered, internet enabled and connected – like the Nest Learning thermostat.
The explosion of diverse devices is impacting our lives in the areas of entertainment, retail, finance, healthcare, education, transportation and even in the slow-moving, siloed and proprietary commercial construction Industry.
As a member of Cisco’s Business Transformation and Smart Connect Community (BTX + S/CC) team, we are seeing a massive transformation in the architectures, engineering and constructors (AEC) community. We are seeing the move from independent design to integrated design. We are witnessing a change from individual thinking to collaborative team problem solving.
Now, we’re sitting at the table, very early, with key development stakeholders (AEC) . By being early, we have the opportunity to review traditional designs and propose new differentiating business value in the areas of: capital expenditures (CAPEX), operational expenditure (OPEX), total cost of ownership (TCO) and Customer Experience.
New commercial value is being driven by the IP connection of traditional base building systems including:
- HVAC – “Thermostat”
- Lighting – “LED lamps”
- Physical Security – “Camera and entry fobs”
- Metering – “ home hydro meters”
The adoption of IP connection is being accelerated by network convergence both in the wired and wireless space. Think of the entire planet driving on one high speed autobahn. Converging disparate building systems onto one corporate enterprise network is creating new opportunities in the way we design, operate and interface with next generation ‘High Performance Buildings’.
Convergence and IoE for some is foreign and scary. For others it is a no brainer. For the construction industry it is a guiding light.
On this gloomy late winter day, I sit in the kitchen enjoying my coffee and look forward to the coming of spring.
I also look forward to my next blog, which will focus on a number of progressive commercial and education projects across the Canadian landscape where convergence and IoE are being embraced.
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