This video covers the Internet of Things and the Internet of Buildings.
- IoT, Internet of Things, what a nebulous concept. What does that even mean? Let's break it down. Internet of Things is the concept that all things electronic and non electronic are connected together in real time. So you can remotely control them, remotely manage them. Now, you have a wide variety of IoT devices, from air sensors, to light sensors, to light switch, to light bulbs. There's a, there's a broad array and diversity of IoT devices coming on the market.
In fact, I was at Consumer Electronics Show, and I think there was probably a fifth of the show room floor in one of the major areas was just dedicated to IoT devices. So this is a, an area of life that's really foreign to a lot of us, but it's going to become a much bigger part of our lives. So, when we look at IoT, let's just talk about some practical examples that you may have right now in your life. And I'm going to talk about a few that I have. OnStar, in my Chevy truck I've got OnStar. It allows me to remotely unlock and lock the doors, remotely start the engine, check the fuel level.
It turns my truck into an IoT device. Control4 runs my whole house, lights, locks, thermostats, the HVAC system, my TV, my audio, doorbell, the coffee maker, all controlled by a little black box with sensors. It turns my whole device into this interconnected system. Philips Hue, we actually have these installed here in the office. They allow you to use your phone, or even use your Amazon Alexa, to control your lights. But not just if they're on or off, the temperature, the brightness.
Now I'm a Texas A&M graduate. That makes me an Aggie, and I even configured my Philips Hue lighting so that every time the Aggies score, they blink maroon. That's pretty cool. But you're saying, all right nerd. Why are you talking about nerdy stuff? Let's get back to construction. Let's talk about how this applies to my business. Well when you combine all of these things together, you really get a fascinating quilt of interconnected devices, but you need something to control them. So I'm going to talk about three systems that would be great homework for you tonight to go and work with.
The first one is If This, Then That. If This, Then That is a really good app that runs on your phone or other mobile devices, that allows you to interconnect all of your IoT devices, plus your phone and your personal device, and other data sources, and perform actions. So if this occurs, then do that. Another one, Zapier, Z-A-P-I-E-R. Zapier is an independent website that allows you to interconnect a bunch of different services to perform actions and triggers.
And then the big winner from Consumer Electronics Show, at least in 2017, is Alexa. Alexa was announced to have integration with thousands of devices at CES. A really fascinating system that allows you to control your entire environment just with your voice. Also allows you to do some fascinating things like finding out about the weather. What's the weather look like today? - [Alexa] Currently in South Haven it's 54 degrees with cloudy skies.
Today you can expect showers, with a high of 59 degrees and a low of 43 degrees. - So what they did here is actually turn a battery powered speaker, adding Bluetooth and Wifi and a smart processor, and turned it into an IoT device, but then they provided an incredible API, application programmers interface, that allows you to control a lot of other devices, like your lights and your locks and your systems. Now, when you combine all of these things together, they form a huge landscape.
You bring the, this is the Samsung SmartThings sensor. When you connect this and this, and your Nest Camera right here. This is a Nest Camera which really replaced old, dumb security cameras that were only recording locally with a Wifi and Bluetooth enabled security camera. When you connect these together you form a huge landscape of vehicles, devices, buildings, people that are all interconnected in real time. In construction terms, it forms this concept that we call Internet of Buildings, and that's the concept that buildings because of IoT devices, become self sensing, self managing, self operating devices.
It can actually really respond to people that are in it, devices that are in it, conditions that exist. I've reviewed entire drone systems that can climb up the walls of a building if the building deploys them. I've reviewed cleaning drones. We've all seen the Roomba, and the ability of robotic drones to clean floors, but what happens when you connect that with an IoT sensor array, and then connect it to a smart building? In our buildings here at JBKnowledge we have several buildings that house all of our people.
We don't use a single commercial building management system. We use off the shelf, retail, consumer grade IoT devices to manage the comfort systems, the lighting, the electricity usage, and much more in our facilities. So you're really seeing, right, the consumerization, this, this consumer technology come in to a commercial space, and take over long standing areas like low voltage wiring, and building management systems. It's going to fundamentally disrupt many of the specialty sub contractor trades in construction.
Because in our buildings we don't need all that low voltage wiring running everywhere. It's all wireless. It's all peer to peer. It's all using IoT devices. And even best of all, I can buy it Amazon or Best Buy. So IoT can really help us in the management of building operation, facility management, but it can also help us during the building process, 'cause we can actually embed IoT devices, like the Netatmo Weather Sensor. The Netatmo Weather Sensor actually allows us to remotely monitor noise, and light, and carbon dioxide levels, many of which are really important to monitor on active job sites, because of regulations, both state, county, federal, local regulations that exist.
So you can use the same IoT devices to monitor your building process that you also use to manage the building when you're done, which would in my mind, stand to reason that you would want to have a IoT strategy wrapped around a building project before you start. Work with the owner. Say, look, what IoT devices would you like built into the building? 'Cause we're going to put it in from the beginning of the construction project. It allows us to monitor everything during the process, and then allows you to operate the building when we're done.
Lastly, even the power tool makers are getting into the IoT game. In both my hands here I have two of the more advanced IoT devices in the power tool industry, Milwaukee One Key, and Dewalt's power tool line, that allows them to both be remotely connected to the Internet. Control the power tools, control the speed, the torque, the RPM, find out where the power tool is, remotely disable it if you're not there. We have a epidemic problem in the construction business of losing power tools and losing batteries, and that problem can be solved.
So you can see, not only are we going to solve lots of little problems which are really important. We're going to solve some really big ones too. Passive load, for example, which makes up a big part of electric utilization. North of 30% of electric utilization in building is due to passive loads, devices that are plugged in that aren't running. We can use smart plugs and IoT plugs to disable those plugs and drop energy utilization by 20 to 30% in building. By changing the plugs when you replace your thermostat with a smart thermostat that's an IoT device, it can detect if people are in the building, and dramatically reduce the energy utilization from cooling.
So there are broad reaching implications of IoT, not the least of which for you, especially sub contractors, can be the transformation of entire specialty sub trades into completely different business lines. Now we're going to hop in and actually look at a couple of different live demos of how these devices work.
Follow James Benham—the CEO of JBKnowledge, Inc.—as he explains how construction science and computer science are merging into one joint field of study. James shares essential terms that you need to know to speak intelligently about topics like the cloud and machine learning. Plus, he dives into topics like the Internet of Things, the evolution of drones, and 3D printing. To wrap up the course, he covers IT budgets, staffing, and investing in research and development.
- Learning about the origins of construction technology
- Reviewing essential construction tech terms
- Understanding the Internet of Things
- Reviewing the evolution of drones
- Learning about the 3D printing process
- Investing in IT
- Investing in research and development