Sergey Gutkin

Navigating the Energy Landscape: Beyond AI – A Call for Grid Reliability

In recent times, Artificial Intelligence has taken the spotlight, dominating discussions across various industries. However, amidst the AI buzz, there’s a pressing issue that often goes unnoticed – the imperative shift towards electrification and the need for robust grid reliability.

In a thought-provoking interview with Lex Friedman, Elon Musk sheds light on the urgency of fortifying our grids in anticipation of a significant surge in electrification within the next three years. Musk highlights that our energy consumption is divided into thirds – Electricity, Heating, and Transportation. With the ongoing transition from gas to electric heating and the accelerating adoption of Electric Vehicles (EVs), the grid faces the challenge of producing three times more energy than its current capacity. Moreover, a reliable mechanism for storing this surplus energy is crucial to tackle unforeseen peak demand scenarios.

The recent grid blackout in Texas serves as a stark reminder that utility companies are not moving swiftly enough to prepare for these escalating demands.

Addressing this issue requires a multifaceted approach:

1) Financial Support for Utility Companies:
Utility companies must receive the necessary funding to invest in additional electricity generation from sustainable sources such as solar and wind. Simultaneously, acquiring the essential batteries for energy storage is paramount to creating a buffer for unpredictable peak demand scenarios.

2) Investment in Alternative Energy & Energy Storage Infrastructure
Building owners play a pivotal role in reducing operational dependency on utility providers. Investing in alternative energy sources, energy storage solutions, and even microgrids can contribute significantly to grid resilience and reliability.

3) Innovative Solutions for Energy Management:
Solution providers should focus on developing energy reduction strategies and sophisticated energy monitoring solutions to navigate the complexities of electrical systems effectively.

At IBIS, we’ve been actively collaborating with various clients to address these challenges. We’re committed to raising awareness about this critical issue within the industry and providing energy solutions that better prepare our clients for the future.

I invite you to share your thoughts on this matter. What actions do you believe can be taken to raise awareness and drive progress towards grid resiliency? Let’s initiate a dialogue for a sustainable energy future.

Why do I need a Smart Building Platform when I already have building systems?

Centralized smart building application

One hurdle or question that we, as a Master System Integrator and Smart Building Software provider, often encounter within the industry is: Why do we need an MSI or a Smart Building Platform if we already have various building systems like HVAC controls, lighting controls, metering systems, etc., that are already being used to accomplish their specific use cases? The succinct response lies in efficiency, convenience, accessibility, and management.

 

Viewing this inquiry parallels the use case of a smartphone. Prior to the advent of smartphones, various web applications were accessible from workstations or PCs. The smartphone consolidated these applications into a centralized device, simplifying access and allowing users to derive maximum value from the applications they were already utilizing. Within a matter of minutes, one could plan an entire weekend using a smartphone, seamlessly transitioning from checking the weather in one app to researching desired destinations in another and finalizing lodging reservations in yet another application.

 

Similarly, a well-designed and implemented smart building platform functions akin to a smartphone. Its purpose is not to supplant existing subsystems or technologies, but rather to optimize their potential. It empowers building end users to operate more efficiently, thereby saving both time and money. The platform aids in swiftly accessing pertinent data and achieving desired outcomes with enhanced efficiency and completeness. Drawing a parallel to the smartphone example, the outcome was a meticulously planned weekend getaway. For a building, it could entail reducing energy usage or operational costs, enabling remote building operations, or enhancing the occupant experience, among other objectives.

 

In the realm of smartphones, applications are capable of detecting malfunctions or viral infections. Similarly, a building may possess an integrated building automation system interfacing with various devices on the premises. However, who ensures that the building automation system is functioning optimally? A smart building platform, equipped with robust analytics and auto commissioning capabilities, can fulfill this role. Much like the layers of management within an organization, such as managers, directors, vice presidents, and CEOs, a robust smart building platform with sound processes offers visibility into underperforming or potentially improved underlying systems. As technology advances and the built environment evolves, a management layer becomes indispensable to ensure sustained functionality and efficiency over the long term.

 

 

Should you wish to learn more about IBIS or how we can help you achieve your building operation goals please don’t hesitate to contact us at info@ibismsi.com.

 

Integrating IoT System Data with Facility Software

Integrating IoT system data with facility software is central to optimizing facility performance.

In our experience integrating IoT system data with facility software is central to optimizing facility performance.  However, structuring IoT data from a central source like IBIS’s smart building platform is the key enabler of ensuring this process works effectively. 

IoT data enables the facility software that was already purchased and installed to be more effective by leveraging real-time data for predictive maintenance, enhancing energy efficiency and improving productivity.

You may be thinking to yourself, well facility software and IoT systems have been available for quite some time now why isn’t this more prevalent in buildings now?

This is because, up until recently, when Facility Software attempted to have a heart-to-heart with IoT systems, it felt as chaotic as a UN meeting without translators, where everyone was passionately speaking different languages simultaneously, resulting in a symphony of confusion.

The recent advancement of providing more structure and context (known as Semantic Modeling) to IoT data is what is supporting the bridge between operational technologies and facility software, ultimately enabling intelligent decision-making.

IBIS plays a pivotal role in this bridge, serving as a critical component that seamlessly integrates various operational technologies. By consolidating and organizing IoT data from a central source, our solutions provide a structured foundation that enhances the effectiveness of all facility software applications while reducing data silos.

We are seeing how this is leading to greater adoptions of integrations between operational technologies and facility software. This is also helping clients achieve their facility performance optimization goals at much faster rates than ever before.

Exciting News to Get the Most Value Out of Your Investment with IBIS!

Smart Building Software Tiers

We are thrilled to share some exciting news regarding IBIS’s software product offerings that will provide even more value and flexibility to our clients. As part of our commitment to continuous improvement and tailoring our solutions to your needs, we are introducing a new approach to our software tiers.

 

Starting September 1st 2023 IBIS software will be available under four distinct tiers, each carefully designed to cater to varying levels of requirements, allowing you to choose the perfect fit for your specific needs. These tiers have been meticulously crafted to provide you with a comprehensive range of features, all at different price points, ensuring that you get the most value out of your investment with us.

 

By utilizing the multi-tiered IBIS offering, you can effortlessly tailor and scale the solution to align with your requirements and financial plan. This empowers you to realize your top-priority goals efficiently and accelerate your return on investment.

 

 

Unlock the Value of Integrated Data: Enhance Efficiency, Security, and Access

Independent Data Layer

An Independent data layer is a centralized data source that ALL other applications, including future applications can connect to and receive tagged and normalized data to bringing you:

  • Efficiency
  • Security
  • Scalability
  • Interoperability

As IoT systems grow in scale and complexity, an independent data layer provides the scalability and flexibility needed to handle the increasing data volumes and diverse data sources.

  1. How are you presently leveraging your integrated data to reduce costs, secure and enhance open data access?
  2. IBIS has been known for providing one of the industry’s most truly INDEPENDENT data layers and we would love to share a few stories of how our data layer has helped various clients reduce operational costs and enhance secure data access.      

Please reach out to us to schedule a short 15-minute discussion to find out how IBIS can help to leverage the full potential of IoT data for insights, automation and decision making.

Discover the Power of IBIS

Elevate Your Business with a Smart Building Platform!

🎥 Exciting News! We have just released a short video highlighting the incredible benefits and features that IBIS, the leading smart building platform, brings to our esteemed clients. If you’re eager to learn about the immense value IBIS can provide, this is a must-watch!

Realcomm Webinar

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April 13th 9AM PST/12PM EST 

for an exciting RealComm webinar where our own Sergey Gutkin, EVP will be discussing how to get the most value from smart building automations and analytics for combating an economic downturn. He will be accompanied by various other industry leaders who will also be sharing their perspectives. To register please click the link below.

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