For almost a decade, many have been working on the convergence of building automation systems and information technology. There is without doubt a great deal of information locked up in building systems that could, if used correctly provide huge benefit to building owners in improvements of efficiencies and flexibility, much needed in today's demanding business environment.
The use of cloud computing for the collection, management and analysis of real time and historical building data is now becoming a valuable possibility. But what is involved in making this happen? Who and how do we collect data, how do we ensure quality of data through its life-cycle and how should this data be analyzed and turn into useful and actionable information. This track is focused to address these important questions.
Cloud Computing is the latest technology trend in the IT market. Today, popular cloud services include Netflix, Google Docs, Windows Live, Flickr, Facebook, and MobileMe, to name just a few. Even Microsoft's 'To the cloud!' TV commercials are part of a recent trend to market cloud computing to consumers.
The primary advantage of cloud computing is the significantly lower cost required for data processing services when compared with the older model of establishing and maintaining software and its associated hardware on an internal system. The use of a cloud system removes the need for the potentially large capital and operating costs associated with purchasing or leasing such software and hardware and shifts the costs to a usage-based model. This can also substantially simplify a company’s software and hardware structure and the associated costs. Cloud computing allows companies to better control the capex and opex associated with non-core activities.
After a brief overview of Cloud Computing basics, this session discusses the benefits and advantages of using Cloud Computing for Smart Grid, Energy and BAS applications.
Ken Sinclair - Leader
Anno Scholten - Moderator
Robert Wallace - Panelist
Building Clouds, LLC
John Petze - Panelist
Josh Patterson - Panelist
Sr Solutions Architect
Cary Stronach - Panelist
The convergence of traditional IT technologies built to manage data and the “rest of the world” has been going on for some time and it continues to accelerate. For many of us the results of this convergence are becoming a common and ubiquitous part of our everyday lifestyle. For example take that so called “smart phone” you have. Is it a phone? Is it a personal computer? Is it an energy resource management system if connected to an BMS/EMS?
In the massively interconnected world of today, the problem space of an application can span many different organizational areas both internal and external to the building. Each has its own specific technology, process, organization, terminology, etc., but the lifeblood of the application is the data used to enable its capabilities. As data passes through these areas it has a common life cycle from creation to destruction, but the adjectives that describe it change from area to area. This session will explore a data centric viewpoint of intelligent systems referred to as the data life cycle which includes specific application concepts as well as how to securely navigate the varying terrain.
James Tillett - Moderator
Roberto Piacentini - Panelist
Technology Program Manager, Global Energy Segment
David Mollerstuen - Panelist
Alan Greenberg - Panelist
Bryan Owen - Panelist
Cyber Security Manager
Just a few short years ago our major focus was to be able to get data out of the automation systems and smart devices in our buildings. IP-based connectivity and the improved communications features of today’s systems deliver on that need providing access to operational data via a number of standard mechanisms. Contained within this operational data are the keys to better building performance – trends, correlations, exceptions, deviations, equipment faults, opportunities to enhance operations, and information to justify and validate investments in energy saving measures. But how do we find what matters in all of that data? The rapidly advancing field of analytics is the key to turning the data from our smart systems into actionable intelligence. This session will help attendees understand:
- What we mean by the term analytics in respect to buildings, energy and equipment systems
- How analytics are applied and deliver value
- Perspectives from analytics applications in the IT world
- How the new open source "Project-Haystack" will help the industry move forward with analytics of building systems data
John Petze - Moderator
Jim Lee - Panelist
Roman Stanek - Panelist
Dave Watson - Panelist
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Jim Hanna - Panelist