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Natalie Patton

Building Intelligence Outlook for the Week of Jan. 27

Join us most weeks as we explore recent news related to smart buildings, energy management, operational technology and network security to understand where the industry is now and to encourage big thinking in bite-sized chunks.

Making energy efficiency tangible

You've probably heard the expression "the way to the general is through the specific." Writers reference this wisdom constantly, and once you recognize it, you'll start seeing it applied in storytelling everywhere. Buildings and energy efficiency efforts are no different. In order to motivate your employees to do the actual work of saving energy, you need them to buy-into the vision. To do that, consider the story you're telling and take some cues from this guy.

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WiFi ... wa wa wait for it

In your excitement to implement WiFi controllers across your BAS, you may not have considered one thing ... wait for it ... wait for it ... that's right, lag time. It's true that the controllers we're talking about don't take up too much bandwidth on their own, but if you're looking to implement an entirely wireless solution you'll need to consider all the bandwidth requirements while also considering that those requirements can vary widely throughout the day, depending on what kind of building you're operating.

As always, there are a lot of factors at play, but we were excited to see that a team of researchers from the University of Pittsburgh's engineering school have been looking into the issue of loT network lag time. And it was even more exciting to read that they've got a pretty good solution that "wouldn't require any additional hardware or wireless spectrum resources." Tell me more, you say? Read all about it here.

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