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The "Edge of Change"

By Ken Sinclair

This month’s article deals with three major changes that are occurring in our industry. 

1. The edge of building emotion

2. Changing collaborative connection communities

3. Edge-ifcation in the era of connection   

Please join in the discussion by giving these connected articles a quick read to help understand the edge of change. Your comments and discussions are welcome.

You can also come to @AHRExpo 2019 Atlanta to any of our sessions and share your comments. We open in Atlanta next month with our free education session: "The edge of building emotion." 

My mind is consumed with "The Edge of Change," this article’s theme. This is the building emotion edge-ifcation session that we will open with @AHRExpo 2019 Atlanta:

The Future of Building Automation Creating Our New Persona "Building Emotion." 

Mon. January 14 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM | B311 

"Emotion" is the noun used to describe the creation and depiction of a mindful interactive relationship — the conversation if you will — between the inhabitants and their physical building. It is a virtual identity, a feeling, a learning, an interactive piece, a virtual brick-and-mortar that hosts the building's emotion. "Building" is the verb or noun that modifies it. A mash-up of a physical fixed asset and its emotional contents creates the new building emotion identity. How do we best "look" with rapidly evolving video analytics, and "listen" with natural language interaction and learning, using the personal assistants that are evolving as part of our edge-bots? How do we use our history of "feeling" temperature, humidity, occupancies, etc. and best combine this all with “thinking" that will come from self-learning? Once complete we need to work a lot harder on returning that mindful reaction in the creation of anticipatory humanistic relationships.

Here is a review how this opening session has evolved over the last few months:

Changing Collaborative Connection Communities. Together we are starting an interesting, important discussion and – to one degree or another – participating in the necessary disruption that is driving that transformation, but all we do is connect things to things, so we created the first ever Connection Community Collaboratory.  Please come and join the discussion of industry leaders in Atlanta at AHRExpo and help us better define our human role in the connected-building era:  Exploring Our Human Connection: 7th Annual Connection Community Collaboratory. 

We are all part of several connection communities but the collaborative reorganization of our existing and the creation of new ones is now foremost on all our minds.

Edge-ifcation in the Era of Connection. Klaus Schwab, chairman of the World Economic Forum, refers to the present era of connectivity as the “Fourth Industrial Revolution.” The first Industrial Revolution was powered by water and steam, changing the way we built things. Electricity powered the second and enabled mass production. In the third, electronics and information technology accelerated scale and complexity. Now we are in the fourth, an era of connection between our physical, digital, and biological worlds, a new phase of massive creative potential, where everyone has the power to share anything with anyone. This era brings with it an avalanche of new, creative ideas and opportunities.

Disrupt Yourself — Now

The era of connection brings disruption for us all, but we as an industry have an edge that has rapidly evolved into an edge-fication. We need to disrupt our complacent self to proactively manage this disruption. Do not wait to be disrupted as it will then be too late; disrupt yourself now. The retreading of your mindset needs to start now; if you wait until you are not connected to the era your efforts will be consumed building band-aids to heal your wounds. 

As we ready ourselves for entry into 2019 it reminds us that the all those things that were going to happen in 2020 are just a year away. We need to get over the edge of change and get on with our transitions to the future.

Very pleased with our December collection of articles and interviews speaking directly to the edge of change. Here are few quotes linked to their source:

“In 2019, we will be driven by what I refer to as the 4 D’s: digital transformation, data, dialogue, and disruption."

“The ‘Edge of Change’ is a term coined by our friend Ken Sinclair at automatedbuildings.com. The term may have a different meaning depending on what angle you are viewing it from, but metaphorically speaking we will never reach the edge as we move towards it, but one thing is certain if we don’t learn how to deal with the ‘changes’ during that journey … we are certain to fall off.”

“Our journey to the edge relies on the merging of technology and people.” 

“Automatedbuildings.com Contributing Editor Brad White and his fellow panelists explore (OpenMind OpenEdge) and how the rise of truly open hardware and open software geared to the building automation market are poised to change the face of the industry.”

“What’s needed is an understanding of what edge controllers can do and should be required to do.” 

“It’s easy to ask for ‘Smart.’ However, it’s difficult to build and deliver smart….” 

Note that insight to several of the @AHRExpo sessions has been added in red.

Want to flyover how we got to edge of change in 3D? Click on the 3D mode, the small circle to the left once you have started your journey and fly over the events stop anywhere in the blur for connection to the thinking of the time.

Change is here to stay and is our only constant. Do not fall off the edge.

Ken Sinclair is the founder, owner, and publisher of an online resource called AutomatedBuildings.com. He writes a monthly column for FacilitiesNet.com about what is new in the Internet of Things (IOT) for building automation.




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posted on 12/19/2018