The Many Faces of BAS Convergence in the Age of IIoT

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015 3:33 pm PST


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The problem with fragmentation of automation technology within buildings is that it slows innovation, which has serious implications for everyone from BAS providers and specifiers to building owners and the tenants of the buildings.

One of the most prominent themes of this year’s AHR Expo in Chicago was convergence in building automation systems.

We asked Sohrab Modi, Chief Technology Officer of Echelon Corp., a leader in IIoT device connectivity, to talk about the different types of convergence that anyone involved in BAS should be aware of in this age of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

Sinclair:  What’s the significance of the IIoT part of the equation to your view of BAS convergence?

Modi:  At a high level, the Internet of Things (IoT) is about the convergence of previously disparate systems, technologies and devices. The Industrial IoT, or IIoT, applies to industrial and commercial applications that include not only building automation, but also things like industrial automation, lighting, commercial transportation, smart cards, test and measurement, and the energy grid.

The IIoT is distinct from the Consumer or Human IoT, which encompasses applications such as Nest home thermostats and FitBit personal health monitoring devices. If you want to find out more about the distinct markets for the Consumer and Industrial IoT, Moor Insights & Strategy has published some white papers on this topic.

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