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The Building Controls Sector Could Learn A Lot From Personal Computing

Many technology vendors see an opportunity to separate the hardware from the software in building controls systems. Thus enabling a more robust technology product to control the hardware that already exists in buildings, according to senior smart buildings, IoT and energy product management consultant, Joseph Aamidor. In a recent article for Greentech Media, Aamidor highlights that “these systems are rarely integrated due to the cost and complexity of doing so” and that because most of the software control systems are sold with the hardware “building owners to tend to upgrade the software only when they also upgrade the hardware”. Considering the clear and calculable benefits of building systems integration and the lifespans of hardware compared to software, building systems seem to be falling far behind their potential functionality on both counts. Aamidor, who previously worked in senior management at Lucid and Johnson Controls, equated the situation to that of personal computing, where compatibility and upgradability […]

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