Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Smart Building Architecture....What Does It Take?

See what goes into a world-leading 6-star-rated smart building.

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

How Smart Buildings & IoT Save Money

How to use IoT (Internet of Things) to make office and home buildings smarter through the use of sensors, databases and apps.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

What's Next for Buildings - From the Watson IoT Cognitive Buildings Forum

What if a building could adapt to the way you use it? To learn how to unlock the full potential of your buildings, read "10 Ways That Cognitive Computing is Shaping the Future of Smart Buildings" on SlideShare:

IBM and WIRED are bringing together thought leaders, industry experts and technologists to discuss how the Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the world around us. Moderated by Guy Raz (host of National Public Radio’s TED Radio Hour), the Cognitive Building Forum examines how IoT is shaping the way we design, construct, use, maintain and experience the buildings around us. Explore how IoT data can transform design, construction, use, maintenance, and the occupant experience:

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Smart Buildings...Smart Business

Building systems are advancing as quickly as smartphones and tablets, and they’re becoming more connected as building engineering becomes more advanced and sophisticated. Smart buildings are now more than energy savers – they’re an integral part of a holistic approach occupant experience can have a measurable impact on employee productivity, engagement and satisfaction.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Benefits Of Smart Buildings And IoT

By using connected sensors to Ericsson Application Platform for IoT - ISS Facility Management Services are able to:

• Save money
• Reduce food waste in their restaurants
• Measure desk/space utilization
• Optimize facility services, what to do and when (fix, clean etc.)
• Let their work force be in control

While many organizations are still struggling to identify business benefits with IoT adoption and are cautious about the investments. AppIoT provides the ability to start the IoT journey in a matter of day - a small-footprint approach and pay-as-you-grow commercial model that AppIoT provides will help organizations to implement use cases that solve their identified issues with very little investment.

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Reimagining Smart Buildings & Productive People

Microsoft Services offers world-class products and services that can help you empower smart buildings to reduce operating costs, optimize building utilization and increase people productivity.

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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Smart Buildings - Changing The Way Business Thinks About Real Estate

Cisco is transforming the way buildings are designed, built, managed and experienced.

How? The early adoption of a smart building designs means reduced build and fit out costs right from the start of construction. A secure, enterprise-grade network means that every building system can be controlled from anywhere with a smart device. And tenants enjoy an enhanced user experience through personalized environmental controls.

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Saturday, March 04, 2017

A Day In The Life Of A Smart Building

Total building automation saves energy and costs while saving the planet. Watch "A Day in the Life of a Smart Building" to see what this could mean for you.

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Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Smart Buildings....The Future Of Building Technology

A study on the future of building technology shows that requirements are undergoing lasting changes.

Which changes are coming up and how Building Technologies is dealing with these changes is shown in this movie.

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Will Artificial Intelligence Take Your Job?

Even in China, the land of the low-paid factory worker, robots are quietly taking over from their human counterparts.

China has now overtaken Japan for having more robots than anywhere else in the world. The Chinese government is concerned about an ageing population and the rising cost of human labour making Chinese products less competitive.

It is giving over $100 Billion in subsidies for companies to replace more human workers with robots. It's hoped that the workers that will no longer work in the factories will move to the growing service sector, in part to help look after the ageing population.

Countries In the west have already lost large numbers of manufacturing jobs to china but we shouldn’t get too smug about our white-collar jobs in high tech, administration, clerical and production being safe from A.I. systems in the future.

A report from the Bank of England has warned that up to 50% of the workforce in the UK and US could be at risk of been replaced by Artificial Intelligence of some form over the next 10 to 20 years.

Even highly skilled jobs such as doctors and lawyers are at risk as A.I. becomes increasing sophisticated.

IBM’s Watson, the A.I computer that beat the human champions at Jeopardy in 2011 is one such system. In research carried out by the University of North Carolina School of Medicine using IBM’s Watson Artificial Intelligence system, it was found that in a test based on 1000 cancer diagnoses, Watson recommended the same treatment as highly trained oncologists 99% of the time.

In fact, due to Watsons ability to read and digest thousands of documents in minutes and have access to all the latest research papers and clinical trials, it found treatment options for 30% of the cases that were missed by the human doctors.

Whilst this seen as a helper for Doctors now, in the future these types of systems will be taking up more and more of the work that a human would take many years to train for. Not to mention that it works 24/7 365 days a year, doesn’t get ill, take holidays or complain about the stress and workload.

It’s predicted that the first wave of this new A.I. will have the biggest impact on sectors like transportation, logistics, office administration and labour in production.

In transport now, there is at least one human per vehicle, be that large articulated lorries, trucks, taxis, limos, trains etc. These will be some of the jobs which will be taken by autonomous vehicles.

Human drivers are prone to stress, tiredness and distraction and often limited by law to a maximum number of hours per day they can drive, this is not the case for autonomous vehicles, they can drive all day and night so the efficiencies in using such systems will be something that companies will be keenly looking into, after all a parked up truck makes no money.

Trials are already taking place with driverless cars on public roads and on October 20th, 2016 a self-driving truck developed by the Uber owned startup Otto, made the first autonomous commercial delivery of 2000 cases of Budweiser over a 120 mile about 200Km journey across Colorado.

Elsewhere, eBay has just bought up the computer-vision company, Corrigon. The A.I. here is recognising and understanding images and then categorising them, something that would normally take a human to do.

Ebay are also using A.I. to settle buyer & seller disputes at the rate of 60 million a year and similar technology is being used in the Netherlands, England and Canada to handle divorces, landlord-tenant disputes, and other legal conflicts, without hiring lawyers or going to court.

Another example could blend the speech recognition of Apples Siri virtual assistant with IBM’s Watson. This could replace call centres with intelligent, question-answering, automated systems that would more effective and cut out the human in the same way as we have grown accustomed the automated phone systems, although hopefully a whole lot better and less annoying.

New technologies have changed industries for hundreds of years and we have adapted and moved on and in the great number of cases, it’s created more jobs.

A.I technologies may not be taking over tomorrow but it is a creeping, inexorable change that will come as companies and governments strive for ever increasing efficiencies in the face competition and money saving.

The economist John Maynard Keynes predicted decades ago that there would be a period of technological unemployment as society finds new ways of making labour more efficient, faster than the displaced jobs can be taken up elsewhere.

There is no economic law that says there will always be a job created in other sectors for those who lose theirs to new technology.

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