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The latest on all things commercial building automation, energy management, and IoT
January 16, 2020

Making EV Charger Acquisition Affordable

In a previous blog post, we covered the basics of commercial Electric Vehicle (EV) chargers. With multiple options to choose from, there is a deeper discussion to be had around which charger type is the best fit for your facility and business type. Things like average dwell time and local driving demographics will certainly factor in your decision-making process, but the single most important aspect for all prospective buyers is cost. 

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January 9, 2020

Technology in 2020

As we usher in a new year (and decade), it is standard to project what’s ahead and discuss new trends in technology that will continue to shape the world we live in. Our reliance on technology and Internet connectivity as a whole has outpaced anything anyone might have imagined when Internet-connected computing entered the mainstream a few decades ago.

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December 19, 2019

The Importance of Smart Building Data

Deploying a building automation or energy management system involves a lot of parts and smarts. Managing the resulting alarms requires time and patience. One aspect that feels underserved in terms of attention is what to do with all the resulting data.

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December 12, 2019

What is an IoT Gateway?

Building automation systems are usually comprised of a mix of disparate systems added at different points in time. The key to having all these differing systems and protocols communicate with one another is the integration of a gateway to handle the communication layer between devices and from device to cloud.

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December 5, 2019

Living on the Edge (of Computing)

Edge computing has roots that go back to the early days of modern computing and presents a solid compromise between centralized and decentralized computing models. With a dependence on the cloud to relay data to external controllers and systems, the main computing power is happening local to the source of the data being processed. 

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November 28, 2019

Why Your Facilities are Thankful for Smart Devices

You’ve heard the phrase, “If these walls could talk," but what if they actually could? What would they tell you? Imagine how thankful your building would be if it had the capability to reach out to you when it was in trouble via smart devices.

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Any device. Any system. Any facility. Any time. Automating your buildings has never been easier.

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