Rewriting the Social Contract for Aging

Technology and Aging

Imagine you had a magic wand, and with a quick flip you cast America with an aging “social contract.” One in which few go to college and most would retire by age 65. Many of whom stay withdrawn and dependent until their passing.

Would you be shocked that nobody noticed? Many Americans and hundreds of millions of others throughout the developed world still adhere by this contract. The problem? This “aging” contract is not suited to fit today’s society – one which scientific progress has yielded longer, healthier lives, and an urbanized world, with a steadily declining birthrate.

We must develop a new social contract, recognizing that population aging is about more than retirement, hip replacements, and senior healthcare. Today, wealth creation, global competitiveness, economic growth, and the sustainability of political systems depend as much on capturing the power of a nation’s over-65 population as any other factor on the global agenda.

For America, a new aging strategy could be a transformative instrument of national leadership. As the entire world struggles to manage the unstoppable demographic shift and to pioneer models for a multigenerational active society, we are already late to act—but not too late to chart a leadership course.

A decade ago, former Intel CEO Craig Barrett delivered the keynote address at the White House Conference on Aging. Barrett addressed what strategies could be deployed to care for the tens of millions of boomers about to turn 65. At that time, we were all still firmly committed to our 20th-century assumptions about what it means to age, which wasn’t about driving economic growth, but rather, about avoiding risks. Today, things have changed.

When living in China, I saw firsthand how long-enduring social and family structures are upended by aging. As one of the world’s most rapidly aging populations, China understands the issue isn’t just “more old people.” It’s about establishing an entirely different life course and reconsideration of the many assumptions that shaped life in the 20th century. It’s about social, political, and economic well-being.

We need to spark a serious dialogue on how to design an American aging strategy that enables and supports an extended healthy, active, and happy life course. This debate must be framed as a search for American global competitive advantage in the 21st century. Unless we stop scientific discovery in its tracks, we must frame the debate to proactively focus on achieving and harnessing the lifespan of 100 healthy, active years that humans will enjoy by the end of this century.

We have barely begun to prepare; our policies and institutions must adapt. To achieve this goal, a new social contract must answer these three overarching questions.

1. How can the United States reframe aging to regain global leadership and competitive advantage?

Traditional thinking positions old age as a time of dependency, inactivity, and disengagement, when today’s breakthroughs in technologies and health sciences rewrite aging as a process that is healthy, active, and productive.

The new national aging strategy must recognize aging in terms of millennials and their children as much as boomers and their parents. The basic tenets of society—education, work, and healthcare—must be cast as lifelong questions, not as issues only relevant to certain age groups. If it matters to older people, it will be a concern to all generations.
Technology helps break down old barriers. Every country in which Intel has a presence is working mightily to make healthcare smarter, more efficient, and available to more people than ever before. Only through the total digitization, decentralization, and personalization of healthcare can the accessibility, economics, and capability of the system hope to meet the growing need.

Technology is also opening new opportunities for education. Countless college courses are available online and enable “mature” students to continue their educations, despite unforgiving schedules.

A lifelong approach to education will serve a multigenerational workforce that can reignite and sustain American economic growth.

The metric for success is ultimately economic growth and job creation, which will open opportunities for all generations, including those who need sustained care and support.

2. What are the game changers? How do we implement them?

It’s important to realize that “retirement age” is an arbitrary construct left over from a bygone era. What relevance does the 65-year-old retirement age have today? Not much. Many countries have raised the age, and at least one, Singapore, replaced its Retirement Age Act with a Retirement & Re-employment Act in 2012 that requires a company to make an offer of post-retirement employment.

“Retirement” needs to be retired. Health policy must be a tool to enable healthier and active aging. When reframed along these lines, the money spent on healthcare is not a cost, but an investment. The logic for strategic investment is well understood in other facets of life. Consider, for example, how society views spending on childhood education. No one will argue childhood education isn’t an investment in the future.

There are a number of critical, age-related health conditions that stand in the way of active aging, such as skin and muscle deterioration or vision and hearing loss, but the keystone is Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is correlated to age — with the risk elevating to about one in two for ages 85 and over. The disease already consumes 1 percent of global GDP per year, roughly $604 billion. With the number of people with Alzheimer’s expected to double to 75.6 million by 2030, the human and economic costs are incalculable. We must control or cure Alzheimer’s.

Sizable efforts are underway to better understand, treat, and ultimately cure neurological diseases, but the complexity is enormous. Advances in technology; high performance computing and “big data” analytics are propelling the speed at which scientists gain understanding of the composition and interactions of the tiny genes and proteins in our bodies.

One such development comes from a collaboration between the Michael J. Fox Foundation and Intel Corporation, which combine wearables, apps, and big data analytics to provide tremor, sleep, gait, and balance monitoring Parkinson’s data to researchers. Technology allows researchers to shine lights on the dark corners of scientific knowledge to enable new discovery.

In his presidency of the G7, former British Prime Minister David Cameron made beating Alzheimer’s a priority.  Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe supported this goal during the G7 in Tokyo in 2016. Now, it’s time for the United States to step up.

3. How can we leverage our homes, communities, and cities for real results?

In the years since the launch of the World Health Organization’s Age-friendly Cities and Communities Network, the organization has proved to be an important public policy structure for positive and active aging. Across the United States, a number of high profile cities have become age-friendly, providing essential services like education, health, and transportation for older citizens, with public, private and technology capabilities to enable and drive change. Think wearables and connected sensors.

This is only one way health delivery and social welfare systems are starting to use technology to “place shift” care to the home for substantial reductions in cost, working to avoid hospital-acquired complications; to coordinate efficient service delivery horizontally across the health and social welfare silos.

America can still capture the opportunity within an aging population to pave the road for national prosperity, competitive advantage, and ongoing innovation. Aging is about the future of all generations, and our duty today is to design the new 21st-century social contract for the new normal — 100 years of active and healthy life.

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Retailer Resolutions for 2018

Retail Rush Hour

The numbers are in and the results are clear. Retailers enjoyed a very good holiday season. Not only was U.S. retail spending up 4.9 percent over the previous year, but a new tax law promises to leave both businesses and many consumers with more money to spend in 2018. The critical question for retailers now is this: How can they capitalize on this changed landscape when the next holiday season rolls around in November?

The answer, according to Steve Dennis, a leading retail consultant, blogger, and former executive at Neiman Marcus and Sears, is a mixture of traditional tactics and investment in new technologies. That’s why retail analysts are forecasting increased experimentation with new tech tools in 2018.

With an eye on making the most of the next holiday season, Dennis breaks down how smart retailers are already using technology to drive sales.

The future of retail: how to maximize margins in 2018

1. Better preparation with data science and AI

“The more data you have, the better able you are to do just about anything. I think if you understand customer behavior and customer profitability, there’s certainly an ability to better maximize your margins.

Looking forward, artificial intelligence is going to inform how any brand is going to evolve its customer experience—both from a personalized marketing standpoint as well as how to make assortments more relevant.”

2.  Build a smarter supply chain

“The better you can predict demand by ultimate distribution point, the better you can actually buy and package the product. If you get that out of balance then that causes some problems. Either more markdowns or risk of being out of stock. As science gets better your inventory flow and some of your specific decisions can be better optimized.”

3. Offer data-driven discounts

“If you really understand your customers you don’t do one-size-fits-all promotions very often because you would understand that there are plenty of people that would buy without a 20 percent discount. And there’s plenty of people for whom 20 percent is not enough of a discount.

There’s a lot of money, in theory, that can be made by investing in data science and targeting your marketing for greater return on investment.”

4. Line breaking with mobile point of sale systems

“This certainly helps deal with the crush of people. But sometimes there’s more of a psychological benefit to customers. Like with drive-in fast food, it doesn’t actually speed up the time it takes you to get your food, but it speeds up the time it takes you to place your order so you feel like it is going faster.”

5. Order online, pick up in store

“Customers often would come to the store to pick up their order, and they’d buy stuff that they weren’t planning to. So it can be a good incremental traffic-driver and can grow transaction value. And lots of retailers are figuring out that this is just what you have to do to stay competitive.

Moving forward, I think you will see a lot more curbside pick-up or drive-throughs. That’s fundamentally changed the store design of pharmacies, for example. The same thing for fast food restaurants years ago. I think we’ll see over time that retailers will rethink not only the interiors of their stores, but their store exteriors to be able to facilitate more convenient pick-up and return of product.”

Get the most out of the holiday season with better connected stores. See how the Intel Responsive Retail Platform uses data-driven insights to deepen customer engagement, improve inventory management, and streamline store operations. Find out more here.

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How Rogue Ales Makes a Great Beer from Wet Hops, Clean Water and Innovation

Rogue beers

The challenge is local and global. The world has a major perishables problem. A full 30 percent of all perishable produce and products never make it all the way from the farm to the table. For Rogue Ales in Newport, Ore., that means that some of their hops can’t be used in the best way possible, which means they can’t produce the best beer possible.

Intel has become a key ingredient in delivering fresh goods through more efficient supply chain tracking tools and management.

For the US and the world, that means less theft, less rotting and better food. For Rogue, that means fresher hops and better beer.

Hoppy Hazards

Fresh goods and efficient supply chain

Rogue produces hops meant to be used in brewing “fresh hop” or “wet hop” beers. In other words, the hops are not dried in the field but are shipped quickly for immediate use in breweries. In fact, these hops have to be dropped into a vat of beer within 12 hours of harvest, or they start to go bad.

And fresh hops can be more hazardous than you might expect. If they overheat, the volatile oils with which the brewer infuses them can infiltrate the beer and produce an “off” flavor. Think about how lovely compost smells as it decomposes. Who’d want to drink that?

Connected Reporting

Hops being shipped

Enter the Intel Connected Logistics Platform. Rogue learned that this platform is used in the shipping of 1.1 billion units of products to 24 warehouses in 68 countries worldwide. Logistics experts rely on Intel technology because the platform brings clear visibility on each shipment, helping them see exactly where the freight is and what condition it’s in.

Intel’s multifaceted tracking strategy empowers shippers to look at data on each shipment, immediately react to that data, and optimize around that data, helping future shipments arrive on time with minimal losses. All these insights are driven by Edge Intelligence, powered by a quad core processor inside of each gateway, which can deliver data whether it’s connected or not.

Saving the Hops

Using the Intel Connected Logistics Platform, Rogue set out to collect temperature and humidity data on its shipments of hops, at every stage between the hop yard and the brewery. Intel’s sensors tracked each shipment’s location via GPS and noted whether temperature or humidity rose above or below acceptable boundaries.

With the help of nearly real-time data on each step of the transit process, Intel Connected Logistics Platform has given Rogue the power to take diligent care of each shipment of wet hops. After the hop harvest process, each shipment gateway is tagged with three tags per bin – one at the top, one in the middle, and one at the bottom – to ensure comprehensive tracking from the harvest all the way to the brewing vat.

As a result of Intel’s in-depth tracking, Rogue’s shipments of hops now stay more consistently fresh. The proof is in the hops: Take a taste, and see for yourself.

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End of Sale Announcement: WatchGuard 802.3af PoE Injector

WatchGuard will discontinue offering for sale (EOS) WatchGuard 802.3af PoE Injector for access points on April 1, 2018.  At that time, hardware accessory SKU WG8568 will be discontinued and removed from active WatchGuard price lists. Should new orders come in after April 1, 2018, WatchGuard will not accept them if inventory is depleted. As a replacement, WatchGuard has introduced a 802.3at PoE+ Injector for all our access points and it is currently available for shipment.  The new 802.3at PoE+ injector is offered in four SKUs for varying power cord options:

SKU Description
WG8599 WatchGuard 802.3at PoE+ Injector with AC cord (US)
WG8600 WatchGuard 802.3at PoE+ Injector with AC cord (EU)
WG8601 WatchGuard 802.3at PoE+ Injector with AC cord (UK)
WG8602 WatchGuard 802.3at PoE+ Injector with AC cord (AU)


Ryan Orsi

Director, Product Management, Secure Wi-Fi

WatchGuard Technologies

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Recent WebBlocker Issue in Europe

WebBlocker Incident Report
Users of the WebBlocker service in Europe experienced an outage late Thursday night that lasted into Friday morning, January 25 – 26, 2018. WatchGuard has worked closely with our partner Forcepoint over the last few days to analyze the failure and to put processes in place to ensure that events like this do not happen again. We are sharing details here so our partners and users are confident that we have addressed this issue.

WebBlocker uses the Forcepoint ThreatSeeker Cloud URL database for web categorization, which is hosted in their ThreatSeeker Cloud Service. The URL database is hosted at 5 different locations around the world. The Firebox selects the appropriate location of the service based on the location of the DNS server that it uses. Unfortunately, there was an outage at the UK server last week that affected HTTPS lookups and led to our service outage. With Fireware version 12.0, WatchGuard switched to using the more secure HTTPS instead of HTTP for web category lookups, so only customers running Fireware version 12.0 or later were affected. Customers all over Europe use the UK server.

Incident Summary & Root Cause Analysis

  • Incident start time: Thursday January 25 2018 20:49 UTC
  • Incident end time: Friday January 26 2018 08:35 UTC.
  • Root Cause: As part of routine maintenance of firewall infrastructure in Heathrow (A) the active Virtual IP for the ThreatSeeker Cloud service was moved to another firewall device. During this process, the firewall for the HTTPS ThreatSeeker Cloud service did not start correctly on the new device. As a result, the ThreatSeeker cloud server in the UK was not accepting HTTPS lookups, causing our service to fail. The unavailability of the HTTPS ThreatSeeker Cloud service in Heathrow (A) was not immediately detected by WatchGuard. Sufficient monitoring was not in place to check for responses to both HTTP and HTTPS requests.
  • Customer Impact: Users who have the server timeout in WebBlocker configured to deny access would have lost internet connectivity during this period. Users with the alternative “fail open” setting would have seen web connections allowed but no categorization would have been provided. 
  • Incident Tracking: Fireboxes were unable to connect to Heathrow London aka UK (A) ThreatSeeker Cloud service using HTTPS. The incident is tracked on the Forcepoint Cloud status page at in the ThreatSeeker Cloud section. 

Process Updates
Forcepoint has increased monitoring from both HTTP and HTTPS connections to all ThreatSeeker servers around the world.  WatchGuard is also planning to put more monitoring in place to supplement the Forcepoint efforts.  WatchGuard and Forcepoint have reviewed our support escalation procedures and initiated a process to immediately elevate critical network impacting issues so they get immediate attention.

The new and enhanced monitoring, combined with more streamlined support processes, will ensure this type of incident does not occur again, as well as better and faster escalations should any future issues occur.

On behalf of WatchGuard, we apologize for any inconvenience this has caused our partners and customers.


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Energy Industry Technology Trends for 2018

Unlike any other time, technology is having a tremendous impact on the energy industry. Some of the major trends are in areas we’re familiar with, yet the level of activity has increased dramatically.

We see energy providers increasingly turning to information and communications technology to modernize the grid and improve situational awareness, with the goal of further maximizing the use of operational assets and optimizing the energy value chain. With specific expertise in these areas, we at Intel, along with our energy industry partners, are focused on the following technology trends for 2018:


Solar energy collectors.


1. Costs for Solar and Wind Power Continue to fall

In an increasingly larger number of countries, it has now become more economical to install solar and wind capacity than coal capacity. It is estimated that more than 30 countries have already reached grid parity without subsidies, and around two thirds of the world should reach grid parity in the next couple of years, according to the World Economic Forum.


2. Governments Invest in Green Energy

Countries are making green investment pledges to raise more money for climate action, as seen by commitments made at the Paris Climate Accord and the “One Planet” summit in Paris. Some of these efforts will drive the gasification of the coal industry in the short term and the growth of utility-scale solar and wind generation (off-shore and on-shore) in the long term to reduce the emission of pollutants.


3. Utility Companies Add Batteries to the Grid

Lithium-ion batteries are now a viable option to store energy on the grid, enabling utility companies to take full advantage of renewable energy sources despite their variable, intermittent output. One example is San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), which deployed a 30 MW lithium-ion battery system, capable of storing 120 MWh of energy and serving 20,000 customers for four hours.


4. Electric Vehicle Momentum Accelerates

A lack of ubiquitous and fast charging stations has caused potential electric vehicle (EV) owners to defer their purchase as they may not consider an EV as a replacement of their gasoline powered car. Some automakers and utilities see this as a big opportunity and plan to significantly increase the number of vehicle charging stations. Four automakers started a joint venture, called create Ionity, with plans to install a network of 400 high-power EV chargers across Europe by 2020; and French utility Engie bought Dutch EV-Box, one of Europe’s biggest makers of charging stations.

With EV charging destined to be a huge business opportunity, operators are trying figure out how to best compete in what will be a fiercely competitive market. This requires data collected on EVs (e.g., charge times, tire pressure, and vehicle performance), and consumer behavior and preferences. Early on, some operators may even give consumers free charges in order to get them to opt-into data collection programs. Data privacy will be a critical regulation consideration.

As EVs become more popular, the future of gas-powered vehicles is dimming, as countries such as China and France ready plans to end sales by around 2040. Even sooner, the Paris authorities plan to banish all petrol- and diesel-fueled cars from its city by 2030. This movement will fuel higher technology investment in EVs and charging stations.


5. Energy Production Gets Consumerized

A number of businesses and consumers already have solar panels on rooftops, and microgrids are emerging to give them more control over how they produce, consume, and sell energy. This is a way for companies and homeowners to become their own utility. One example is the Indian government, which is planning to build at least 10,000 renewable-based micro- and mini-grid projects across the country, with the goal of making electricity more reliable for consumers.


6. Distributed Generation Will Improve Grid Reliability

Utilities will integrate into their forecast the output of distributed energy resources (DERs), including distributed generation, distributed storage, electric vehicles, demand response, and microgrids. To maintain the reliability of the grid, it is critically important to monitor all these DERs in order to accurately forecast and respond to changes in energy production and demand. With a more active grid management, mitigation measures against the variability of renewable generation, unplanned outages, unbalanced networks, and excessive peak demand will be addressed using intelligent real-time analytics rather than brute force equipment uprating.


7. Utility Companies Deploy their own Communication Networks

Looking to reduce telco costs and have a dedicated control network, some utility companies will consider deploying their own 5G networks. These network would also allow utility companies to collect their own data wirelessly and generate revenue by selling bandwidth to content providers offering services to the home. Most suited for dense population areas, power-line communication (PLC) that sends data over existing power cables has been used for similar purposes. The combination of PLC and 5G will become an attractive option for utility private communication networks, supporting all their operational and business needs.

In my next blog, I will discuss how new technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), real-time networking, virtualization, and deep learning adapted to the grid environment can be designed and deployed to better address these trends.

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Wi-Fi Cloud 8.5 Now Available

We are happy to announce the availability of Wi-Fi Cloud 8.5. This latest version of the Wi-Fi Cloud simplifies configuration steps for IT administrators, enhances Wi-Fi service quality in environments with multiple access points (APs) using automatic power optimization, and adds a new cloud integration mode for the AP420 to better support large WIPS sensor overlay deployments. 

Automatic Transmit Power Control (TPC)

  • WatchGuard access points managed by the Wi-Fi Cloud automatically adjust their transmit power levels for optimum levels to avoid interference with each other, which provides a better quality of service for connected users. The new feature requires background scanning to be enabled for 2 radio APs (AP120, AP320, AP322) and is automatically supported with 3 radio APs (AP420). 

Consolidated AP Configuration Template

  • All WatchGuard access point models are now managed with a single AP (device) template in the Wi-Fi Cloud. All device types will be managed through a single configuration within the template, instead of having a separate configuration for each device type. Unique, model-specific attributes are managed with the consolidated template and only used by the AP model to which they apply, saving administrators valuable time.

Cloud Integration Point (CIP) mode for AP420 only

  • As a reminder, WatchGuard APs can be installed (overlaid) alongside any brand of Wi-Fi access point and configured as WIPS sensors to add additional security protection to an existing Wi-Fi network without having to rip and replace the existing 3rd party APs. 
  • Supported on the AP420, CIP makes managing larger WIPS sensor overlay deployments easier on administrators by integrating with Cisco, Aruba, and HP Wi-Fi controllers to enable Wi-Fi Cloud to fetch information on devices managed by the 3rd party controller. The Wi-Fi Cloud can use this information for Wireless Intrusion Prevention System (WIPS) classification and location tracking of devices.
  • Integration with Enterprise Security Management servers enables Wi-Fi Cloud to send events and audit logs to these servers, so administrators can use their existing infrastructure to manage Wi-Fi Cloud events and logs.
  • For more information on configuring CIP mode, read our knowledge base article.

Access points with active Wi-Fi Cloud subscriptions will need to have their firmware upgraded to 8.5 to leverage these new features. If an automatic firmware upgrade schedule is configured in your Wi-Fi Cloud account, your APs will automatically be upgraded, otherwise please read our help article on updating AP firmware in Wi-Fi Cloud.

When WatchGuard APs are managed with the Wi-Fi Cloud you get strong set-up, management and reporting features including:

  • Wireless Intrusion Prevention System (WIPS) delivering strongest security with advanced patented Marker Packet™ technology to:
    • Automatically and accurately identify wireless devices on your network and neighboring APs external to your network
    • Detect and prevent rogue APs
    • Detect and prevent man-in-the-middle, evil twin, and honeypot attacks
  • Engaging guest portal experiences
  • Powerful location-based analytics
  • Ability to go from 1 to unlimited access points with no controller infrastructure

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Coming Soon! – Fireware 12.1.1 Beta with DNSWatch

Fireware 12.1.1 and DNSWatch
Recently WatchGuard announced the acquisition of Percipient Networks, a developer of an easy-to-deploy, security-focused Domain Name System (DNS) service, previously known as Strongarm. We’re excited to announce that the first step in the integration of their solution will take place this week when we release the Fireware 12.1.1 Beta. The new service, DNSWatch, monitors outbound DNS requests and blocks traffic to websites based on a list of known malicious domains. 

More than just a filter, DNSWatch was architected to facilitate maximum user and IT admin education. Rather than just blocking traffic to potentially malicious sites, the service redirects users to a ‘blackhole’ where additional information about the attack is collected, and the user is presented with educational materials aimed at preventing future attacks. Just like APT Blocker, the service will be super simple to configure just by checking a box. We’ll take care of the necessary DNS forwarding and Dynamic DNS for changing IP addresses. 

Sounds great, where do I get it? 
This will be a public Beta, open to all users and we expect it to be available to all by Feb 2nd. If you have not participated in a WatchGuard Beta before, you can sign up at our support page. We’ll also email all previous Beta testers about the new opportunity. We’ll have more information about the service and some other features in 12.1.1 at the Beta site. 

How do I get license? 
This week, we will add the service to the feature key of all Not for Resale (NFR) units used by our partners, so we expect to see some great Beta participation from our partner community. Users that wish to participate in the Beta of the new DNSWatch service can use the free trial option that is now available at the product details page for all Firebox appliances. Before we GA Fireware 12.1.1 in mid-March, we will add DNSWatch to the feature key for all appliances with a current TotalSecurity Suite. 


Remember that we are still a couple of days away from the Beta. Please don’t contact WatchGuard yet about getting software or feature keys in the NFR. 


– Brendan



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Smart Building Technology Trends for 2018

In 2018, smart building technologies that increase energy efficiency will continue to be at the top of the list for building managers and tenants. These technologies can generate a solid ROI by lowering utility bills, making the investment easier to justify.

In addition to energy management, there is growing demand for solutions to address new government initiatives, and integrated security and safety systems. These requirements will help the global Internet of Things (IoT) for intelligent buildings market to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.0 percent, from $6.3 billion (USD) in 2017 to $22.2 billion in 2026, according to a Navigant Research forecast.

Once this infrastructure is in place, what else can you do with it? Improving asset management and increasing occupant comfort can often piggyback on the investments made to curb energy usage. Intel, along with our partners, see the industry finding synergistic ways to use smart building technology. Here are some technology trends we’re following in 2018:


A picture of an energy efficient smart building.


1. The next wave of energy efficiency is coming

Early investments in smart building technology focused on the low hanging fruit, like upgrading HVAC units and transitioning from incandescent and fluorescent bulbs to LED lighting. Now, organizations are going to the next level with room-by-room lighting control, dynamic temperature control, pre-heated/pre-cooled buildings based on traffic, and other fine-tuning measures. Energy management solutions will incorporate more sensing technology and integrate multiple data sources to improve decision making. With the transition to LED lighting, organizations are going further than bulb replacement, adding building intelligence via sensors mounted in lighting fixtures. The sensors can connect to a gateway or network via a low-rate wireless personal area network (e.g., 802.15.4) or power over Ethernet (PoE). One building at a time, Intel is retrofitting lighting fixtures to sense ambient light and room occupancy and ultimately conserve more energy.


2. OT/IT convergence reduces operations costs

Many smart building solutions are looking more like IT systems, incorporating information technology (IT), like wireless networks and standard communications protocols. This transition is driving convergence of IT and operational technology (OT). Convergence enables these groups to lower operations costs by eliminating redundancy through collaboration on security, networking, and storage infrastructure; customer support; data analysis and reporting; etc.


3. Improved asset management increases ROI

Cameras that count people in buildings can also be used to help maximize the utilization of assets, like work cubicles. This is done at Intel, where camera data is sent to a conference scheduling application that can tell employees which cubicles are unassigned and available for use. Smart building technology is also being used to reduce operations costs and increase building performance through predictive maintenance. Sensor data is analyzed in the cloud by machine learning algorithms that determine the health of a piece of equipment, like a pump, compressor, or HVAC. The algorithms can differentiate normal wear from problematic behavior for individual pieces of equipment. Predictive maintenance solutions empower companies to make quicker, more informed decisions with help from big data analytics and alerts.


4. Cost-effective BMS solutions for small to medium-sized buildings

Technology advancement, like the Internet of Things (IoT) and low-cost sensors, is bending down the cost curve for building management systems (BMS). We are at the point where smart building technology can be affordably installed and managed in small to medium-sized buildings. Prescriptive Data offers such a solution, called NANTUM, a cloud-based, secure building operating system that integrates into any built space, including BMS and non-BMS facilities. The solution helps optimize energy consumption and increase tenant comfort, while providing cost savings. NANTUM learns the rhythm of existing building systems, memorizing today’s operations so that it can positively influence, predict, and prescribe tomorrow’s performance.


5. Occupants get more control over their environment

Temperature variation throughout the day is a common complaint of building occupants and, most likely, impacts their productivity. A study shows a socially-driven HVAC at the Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Phoenix increased worker satisfaction with workplace thermal comfort by 83 percent, which should translate into higher productivity and fewer tickets the facilities team needs to address related to occupants being too hot or too cold.

To maintain a constant temperature across various building zones, Intel implemented a machine learning algorithm that predicts appropriate set points for the HVAC in the building. The algorithm not only factors in typical parameters (e.g., return air temperature), it takes into account many others, including occupancy, and ambient temperature. This algorithm runs every two minutes to keep set point predictions current.


6. Buildings become energy assets in their community

Cities and grids are starting to view connected buildings with energy-generation capabilities (i.e., rooftop solar panels) as energy assets. These highly energy-efficient, net zero energy buildings are seen as contributing to society by producing as much energy as they consume.

In my next blog, I will discuss how new technologies, such as IoT and deep learning, can be designed and deployed to better address these building trends.

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