As editor/founder/owner of AutomatedBuildings.com, I strive to be a catalyst/harbinger of the Internet of Things (IoT) future. I constantly outline how systems will be smarter, self-learning, edgy, innovative, and sophisticated, and that they will automatically configure and integrate new equipment to optimize themselves, to self-manage and self-heal while reinventing purposeful, productive, desirable buildings and accommodations. I also want to help grow our only real industry resource/asset — our younger people — by reaching out to youth with messages about our vibrant, vital, and rewarding industry.
I was the building automation columnist for ES earlier in the 2000s, so it is great to be invited back to help provide my 2018 perspective with the help of these industry experts. I found this assembly of thoughts from industry experts very valuable as we prepare for our education sessions at the 2018 AHR Expo in Chicago. The commentary also helps me assemble our November issue of AutomatedBuildings.com themed “Agile Autodidactic Actions.”