Coming our way are houses run by networked kits. Will our homes be soon smarter than we are?

There is a technological juggernaut heading our way. It’s called the Internet of Things (IoT). For the tech industry, it’s the Next Big Thing, alongside big data, though in fact that pair are often just two sides of the same coin. The basic idea is that since computing devices are getting smaller and cheaper, and wireless network technology is becoming ubiquitous, it will soon be feasible to have trillions of tiny, networked computers embedded in everything. They can sense changes, turning things on and off, making decisions about whether to open a door or close a valve or order fresh supplies of milk, you name it, the computers communicating with one another and shipping data to server farms all over the place. Continue reading “Coming our way are houses run by networked kits. Will our homes be soon smarter than we are?”

The Internet of Things in Commercial Buildings: Where Are We and Where Could We Be?

Getting data out of buildings should be much easier than it is now. We spend 90 percent of our lives in buildings, and two-thirds of all energy is used by them. That said, building management is stuck in the past, primarily because there are structural and market barriers that prevent us from rapidly improving operational and energy efficiency … Continue reading “The Internet of Things in Commercial Buildings: Where Are We and Where Could We Be?”