Brad White: In Search of a Brain for Buildings

I’ve been spending a lot of time recently reflecting on the Internet of Things (IOT) and puzzling over exactly what the implications are for the building operations industry. The main theme of most definitions of IOT is connected/integrated devices that share information. Connecting IOT devices actually strikes me as one of the least disruptive aspects of IOT. In the building controls world we’ve been connecting and integrating devices that generate lots of data for a long time. Sure, it’s getting a lot easier to connect things and sensors are increasingly diverse and inexpensive, but this aspect is not really transformational. So if it’s not the devices themselves, what is it about IOT that is transformational?