Why APIs Are Crucial To Smart Transit’s IoT Growth

Pymnts | January 13, 2020

Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) possess great potential, but are vulnerable to misunderstandings. They have become a global business concern and are critically important to several industries’ and technologies’ growth — including those relating to the Intelligence of Things (IoT). APIs underpin many of the platforms and sensors that connect IoT-enabled tools like smart home devices and mass transit systems, but a few inaccurate assumptions hamper their usability. A common supposition exists that APIs are one-size-fits-all, Eric Kaled, president of solutions-based smart city fare collection firm Genfare, noted in a recent interview with PYMNTS.

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Culvert IoT Announces SpaceTrace - a Ground-breaking Rapid Deployment, to Improve the Safety and Efficiency of Industrial Workplaces

Culvert IoT | January 10, 2022

Culvert IoT Corporation, a hardware skunkworks to many of Silicon Valley’s leading technology companies, today announced the launch of SpaceTrace, a turnkey solution to enable rapid development and deployment of location awareness solutions for Industry 4.0. Culvert IoT SpaceTrace is a family of products that provide simple-to-deploy location awareness solutions that brings the best of Bluetooth Low Energy, Ultra-Wide Band and Low Power Cellular together in a “pick and mix” assortment of Tags, Trackers and Bridges which can be combined to build specific applications for enterprises. The challenge facing industry today is that no two asset tracking applications are the same. This means enterprises face an uphill battle in terms of costs and time in order to implement intelligent applications which improve safety or efficiencies through enabling people, products and machines to be aware of their individual proximity to each other. SpaceTrace’s low power Tags and Trackers offer unparalleled location accuracy using UWB, BLE, WiFi, and LTE Cell ID, and leverage u-blox’s Thingstream IoT Communication-as-a-Service platform to convey this location information seamlessly to the cloud from anywhere in the world. SpaceTrace enables the augmentation of workspaces with location-aware information to build applications such as preventing workers from entering unsafe areas or getting too close to machinery as well as providing the right documentation instantaneously when inspecting machines or sites and providing workflow analysis. SpaceTrace also supports AR integration to help develop new types of mobile applications, allowing customers to superimpose digital content over the world around them. About Culvert IoT A hardware skunkworks to many of the valley’s leading technology companies, Culvert IoT Corporation builds on decades of experience designing large-scale logistics IoT for mission-critical applications. In the consumer realm, the company has been a hardware design partner for Google X among others and is currently developing its own line of products, including SpaceTrace.

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Buildings IOT Launches Ontology Alignment Project to Streamline the Normalization of Building Data

Buildings IOT | April 04, 2022

s building owners become increasingly interested in advanced tools to better manage their properties, Buildings IOT released the OAP (Ontology Alignment Project). This open-source ontology includes a data model for a growing list of systems within the built environment and is foundational for improving building management and operations. The OAP defines both the name and the points associated with building entities as diverse as rooftop units, electric meters, and booster pumps to make their data more readable by machines. With this crucial first step, Buildings IOT is making it easier and faster for integrators to deploy building management software at scale. This effort aims to support and extend existing building modeling standards, such as Project Haystack and the Brick Schema, and to make the new schema compatible with real-world integration projects. “A data standard like the OAP allows building operators to trust that their building automation systems are open, interoperable and easily updated as their buildings evolve,” explains Gina Elliott, Chief Services Officer for Buildings IOT. “This results in easier commissioning, more reliable troubleshooting, and true consistency of data and reporting across a portfolio of buildings.” In addition to providing standard tags for equipment and devices, the OAP also provides a model for specifying relationships that define how entities within the building's systems relate to each other. For example, a reference can designate that an air handling unit is supplying air to a variable air volume unit. By designating these relationships within the data model, system-based and root cause analytics can be applied more efficiently. With the ability to normalize and standardize building and IoT data, the OAP enables the programmatic application of analytics, user interfaces, fault detection and diagnostics (FDD), and other use cases that leverage building data for more effective management and operations. Rather than create yet another naming standard, the OAP unites multiple industry naming and tagging standards, allowing for translation between other ontologies such as Project Haystack and Google’s Digital Building Ontology. This data translation component makes it possible for users of other ontologies to take advantage of the OAP in ways that make sense for their needs, without having to start over on any tags or naming conventions they may have already deployed. The OAP makes it easier for integrators to get a site digital-building ready without requiring duplicative efforts across the technology stack. As a use case, the Buildings IOT Integration team used the OAP standards to model the data in all connected systems at 800 West Fulton Market in Chicago. This delivered multiple benefits for the highly integrated building: System models were easily leveraged by the various applications relying on the data. Integration was completed faster and with less re-work as the team was given a clear and concise list to follow at the beginning of the project. The time from integration to front-end deployment was significantly reduced. The members of the OAP working group actively participate in other industry forums and groups and will expand on existing taxonomies to support real-world integration and technology needs. “Building owners can be confident that the underlying data in their various building systems is significant,” adds Elliott. “Building operations and service managers can gain meaningful insights into commissioning and maintenance activities to meet ESG mandates, regulatory initiatives, and tenant expectations.” About Buildings IOT Buildings IOT simplifies smart buildings with software, services, and solutions for every aspect of building management. Command-and-control from a single pane of glass, analytics enhanced by machine learning, and a building-domain-centric data management platform, Buildings IOT delivers smart buildings that live up to the hype. We also design and install building controls and automation systems, offer IT-managed services and device testing for cybersecurity vulnerabilities, and provide data-driven maintenance to some of the world's largest building portfolios.

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Facilio, Airmaster, and NEJAVI Announce Strategic Partnership to Accelerate IoT Digital Transformation in Property Operations

Facilio | April 19, 2022

Facilio, a leading global property operations software platform; Airmaster, an Australia-based award-winning building services company, and NEJAVI, a sales advisory and delivery service focusing on digital transformation and business process, today announced a strategic partnership. The partnership will help real estate portfolio owners and operators realize next-level operational savings, energy efficiency, and improved building performance. Leveraging the combined power of Facilio's unified cloud operations software platform, Airmaster's intelligent building products, and engineering services, and NEJAVI's experience in IoT service delivery, the partnership will accelerate smart building projects and solve portfolio-level IoT deployments without redundant site-level integrations. Joint customers are benefiting from immediate value across: Portfolio Monitoring and Visibility: focused on portfolio-level performance benchmarking, sustainability reporting, and operational savings via FDD & business intelligence capabilities. Enterprise O&M Efficiency: that goes beyond analytics to tie operations intelligence with automated real-time workflows including condition-based and predictive maintenance, conference & meeting room automation, occupants' apps and kiosk interfaces, customer self-service scheduling, and independent data layer capabilities Energy Optimization: to exceed sustainability goals and meet savings targets via cloud-based remote setpoint optimization, automated demand response, ramp up/ramp down the optimization, occupancy-based setback, etc. The partnership with Facilio was an obvious fit. It is the best of both worlds for our customers who will be able to use our intelligent/smart products and services to optimize the whole O&M lifecycle, energy performance, and customer experiences—within a single platform." Noel Courtney, CEO of Airmaster. "The NEJAVI team has always focused on strategies that help drive customer growth and the partnership with Facilio and Airmaster will further strengthen this offering and help customers effectively capitalize on IoT technology and solutions, linking technology, vendors and customers through a holistic business model," comments Matthew Smith, Managing Director of APAC, NEJAVI. "With a unique approach to property operations, a powerful technology stack, and strong industry experience, Facilio and Airmaster help us to develop winning IoT projects that meet the modern O&M needs of customers and enable a fully data-driven portfolio." We are committed to creating a seamless, smarter way to connected building operations as more and more customers embrace cloud-based portfolio performance management," added Prabhu Ramachandran, Founder & CEO, of Facilio. "By teaming up with proven ecosystem players, our customers can see multi-fold value by leveraging their existing supervisory controls infrastructure to deploy IoT-led high-performance portfolio operations with Facilio, Airmaster, and NEJAVI." About Airmaster Airmaster is an award-winning building services company, providing HVAC&R management, smart building solutions and fire services across Australia, New Zealand and South-East Asia. Founded in Melbourne in 1988 and with 14 branches across Australia and New Zealand, Airmaster's holistic approach to building management makes for a comprehensive range of service offerings. As a leader in the building services industry, Airmaster prides itself on delivering sustainable, cost effective and energy efficient products, services and solutions. As the built environment landscape changes, Airmaster has adapted, ensuring every service and solution offered aligns with best practice in building services management. About Nejavi NEJAVI is a sales advisory and delivery service focusing on digital transformation and business processes, powered by an extensive global ecosystem of suppliers and partners. Bridging the gap between the physical and digital world, IoT offers a huge opportunity for companies. We help clients effectively capitalize on IoT technology and solutions, linking technology, vendors, and customers through a holistic business model. About Facilio Facilio's AI-driven property operations platform allows real estate owners to aggregate building data, optimize performance, and control portfolio operations - all from one place. Customers in the commercial office, healthcare, retail, education, and other real estate categories across the world use Facilio to reduce operations costs, increase net asset value, and de-risk operational liability. Headquartered in New York City with offices in Dubai, Chennai, Singapore, and Sydney, Facilio is a global company backed by leading investors including Accel India, Tiger Global Management, Dragoneer Investment Group, and Brookfield Growth.

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Kellton Tech to Modernize Digital Citizen Experiences For HMWSSB Through Artificial Intelligence and IoT-based Data Analytics

Kellton Tech Solutions | February 01, 2022

Kellton Tech, a global leader in next-generation digital transformation and enterprise intelligence solutions, announced that it has been selected as a technology partner by Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) to revolutionize its citizen service delivery and create world-class experiences. As a part of this engagement, Kellton Tech will leverage descriptive analytics and IoT-based smart metering technology to support HMWSSB with real-time information for planning, monitoring, and diagnosis of its systems and processes across its value chains. This holistic solution approach will help HMWSSB forecast demand and dynamically price resource consumption based on predictive analytics, thus promoting more efficient water use and ensuring fair pricing to citizens. Furthermore, HMWSSB will drive faster data-driven decisions, better optimize the government machinery and ecosystem for the timely elimination of inefficiencies, and curate frictionless experiences for the residents of Hyderabad Metropolitan today and in the future. Kellton Tech will also collaborate to help HMWSSB streamline its grievance redressal by introducing AI-based Metro Customer Care and addressing the needs of citizens and society with more agility and responsiveness. By deploying Smart Metering Systems, Kellton Tech will lead HMWSSB to unlock a robust, secure foundation for effective fault management and build resilience. "HMWSSB strives to bring the highest quality of services to citizens and continually deliver rich, connected experiences. Kellton Tech, through this collaboration, aims to help HMWSSB do just that. We are building an intelligent and collaborative platform for HMWSSB to create phenomenal experiences and meet their vision of staying ahead of the consumer. In today's dynamic era where everyone swears by real-time data and information, seamless connectedness and ubiquitous digitization are the need of the hour. We will leverage our proven expertise in the modernization of business systems to deploy emerging digital technologies and foster an ecosystem of connectivity across mission-critical processes." Karanjit Singh, CEO- Kellton Tech About Kellton Tech Solutions Kellton Tech is a 'Born Digital' technology consulting and services company founded on the belief of 'Infinite Possibilities with Technology.' The company has helped startups to Fortune 500 clients build disruptive Digital Transformation solutions and leverage technology as a competitive differentiator for their businesses. Driven by deep domain knowledge and technology expertise, Kellton Tech adds value to client relationships by being a Trusted Partner. A rapidly growing company, Kellton Tech has been placed four times on the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 India list and has been recognized by Forbes Asia as one among the Top 200 companies in 'Best under a Billion' 2017 List. With operations across the US, Europe, India, and Asia-Pacific, the team of 1500 dedicated Kelltonites is consistently on the lookout for the next competitive advantage.

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