Seeking a single pane in IoT

June 28, 2018

Scott McDonald of Johnson Controls Canada (left) discusses his company’s Verasys light commercial controls system during a break between presentations.

”When you work with multiple vendors, you get data silos,” advised Savio Lee, the Internet of Things (IoT) business manager with Ingram Micro during Yorkland Controls’ Connections Conference, held in Richmond Hill in late June. ”By connecting to all of our vendors, we create a data link.”

The idea, he said, is to create ”a single pane of glass” through which the full building’s systems, including HVAC and lighting, can be monitored and adjusted.

”We wanted to approach the IoT from the perspective of the end user,” he explained, adding that the goal is to remove complexity when integrating the varying number and types of controls systems that can be found in modern buildings.

Lee was one of six speakers who offered insights during the event, which also featured tabletop displays and on-site experts willing to answer questions from the more than 130 engineers in attendance.

”It’s about being able to quickly navigate through the status, events, alarms, graphics, and more, through a common user interface,” said Jason Falbo, chief technology officer with Mircom Group, and another of the day’s speakers. ”Gone are the days when you needed five or six monitors.”