Smart cities, smart buildings, smart cars... the world is turning smart around us, but what does 'smart' technology actually mean?
As the uptake of smart technology gathers steam, you may have wondered why it hasn’t happened sooner. After all, we’ve had accessible smartphones and internet-connected technology since the mid-nineties. Has a lack of investment, the high cost of equipment, fear of new tech, or cybersecurity concerns held us back, perhaps? While some of these factors have affected the speed of smart tech take-up, a key issue holding back the rising tide was the limitations of telemetry.
Chances are you’ve heard the term ‘following protocol’ applied to police procedures or medical treatments, meaning that a specific set of rules needs to be followed to achieve best practice. In the case of electronic devices, a protocol is a set of rules that guides an exchange of data.
A virtual replica of the status, history and capability of every one of your building’s assets, updated in real time? It sounds too good to be true, but the concept of the digital twin first emerged around the millennium.
The 2018 KNX Australia Roadshow began in Perth on Tuesday. As advocates for open protocol, it was great to see members of our WA mySmart team Dave and Josh in attendance.