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Beyond Buildings

By Nicolas Waern
Predicting what the world will do in a week, a month, a year from now.
We talk to Innovative leaders on how they create optimal value in a Smart World Context.
We combine strategy and technology talk, realizing that it is the fast that eats the slow.
Speed is everything and that is why this podcast sets out to help people get started, get going and how to succeed with digitalization initiatives in a smart world context. Technology is easy, it’s the rest that is the tricky part!
It's Smart Cities, It's Smart Buildings and most importantly, it's Smart People!

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From Data Swamps to Full Autonomous Buildings through an AI-driven “Middle-Out” Strategy - Troy Harvey
What are the challenges with designing and operating high-performance buildings today? What is the quantum ontology and what does the future look like for Smarter Buildings everywhere? From an electrical engineer to designing products for a wide variety of industries to the grandfather of quantum buildings and co-founder of Passive Logic. In this episode, we get to hear the origin story of one of the most interesting companies in the smart building/energy space when we talk to Troy Harvey. Some listeners might remember Troy Harvey (not McClure) from inspirational sessions and articles, such as: Obstacles and Opportunities for HVACR in the Next Decade, moderated by Nicolas Waern. And of course, the phenomenal article series around quantum ontologies and self-driving buildings at www.automatedbuildings.com. Links: Troy Harvey, CEO at Passive Logic Nicolas Waern, Podcast Creator, Strategy & Innovation Expert at WINNIIO
42:03
September 13, 2021
Contractually Smart Healthy Buildings, and how to Solve BIG Problems with Smart people – Brian Turner - Part 1
What does Smart Building in the future look like? How do we solve ancient problems with modern tools and smart people? In this episode, we are talking to the foundational fountain of smart building wisdom, Brian Turner. He has a background in field controls, programming buildings, and is used to the fact that technology advances faster than contractors could keep up with. And that was 20 years ago! Today he is leading the charge as the CEO of Buildings IoT where he is bringing a balance of disruption, pragmatism, and optimism to the Smart Buildings arena. We discuss the challenges and opportunities with Smarter Buildings in the first episode of two. We get to learn about what smart really is, and how it might affect how contracts are being created in the global real estate landscape. Only time will tell but Brian has some very interesting insights into the industry and beyond. What do you think? What will the world look like in 10 years? What will the commercial real-estate side look like? Will it be radically different? Or still, the same as it has been? This episode ended in a cliffhanger, and we will continue to talk about the possibilities of running buildings from the future, and what that could look like. If you found this episode interesting, remember to subscribe/like, and share! Links: Brian Turner, Building Technology Evangelist, and CEO of Buildings IoT Nicolas Waern, Podcast Creator, Strategy & Innovation Advisor at WINNIO
19:35
September 12, 2021
The Future of Construction - Nicolas Waern & Jochen Burkhart
What did the most funded startup in construction do wrong? What do parametric design, generative design, and an AI-first intent mean? And what will the cutting edge be in 15 years? How can $2 Billion dollars spent on re-defining construction have ended in Bankruptcy for the most funded Construction startup in the world, Katerra? What was their fundamental problem from the beginning? We need to make better decisions faster. That is what the future is all about. But better for whom? For people? For companies in the real estate industry? For the planet? Will we even be allowed to construct more buildings in the future? And where will we get the materials? And will the materials change enough that buildings can turn into Transformer to take us anywhere we need to go? In this special episode of BeyondBuildings Podcast, our founder, Nicolas Waern was interviewed by Jochen Burkhardt about the Future of Construction. Nicolas’s extensive background in innovation and strategy shines through in this episode, and he weaves in other industry advancements, and much else, in order to boldly go where few people have dared to go before. This was a totally unscripted interview where Nicolas Waern did not know anything about the questions beforehand. We get to hear his vision about how the construction will be in the future. We will go in-depth about smarter materials, automated machinery, modern tools, and the need for modern mindsets. What we need from the future and potentially how we could go beyond buildings. We hope you will enjoy this episode and subscribe and share if you think this is for you or anyone you know! Links: Nicolas Waern, Podcast Creator, Strategy & Innovation Expert at WINNIIO Jochen Burkhardt, Senior Futurist at 2b AHEAD ThinkTank GmbH
42:55
September 5, 2021
Dreaming about Total Immersion - Greg and Nicolas
"I'm sorry. But I had to hack your eyes..." Controlling Reality - Greg Demchak, Nicolas Waern Do Innovation Leaders Dream of Electric Sheep? What is Varjo, and why should you care? - What will happen when we change reality and are we ready for a true-to-life metaverse? Are we already there? What was supposed to be a conversation about AR/VR in the built environment, became instead this Sci-fi inspired pandora’s box discussion. This is a 10-minute segment from a 60-minute discussion and an extra episode that goes Beyond Buildings into the RAW discussion territory. We listen in to a discussion about world-changing perspectives with Greg Demchak, Director of the Digital Innovation Lab at Bentley Systems, and Nicolas Waern, the founder and creator of Beyond Buildings. In the discussion, Nicolas Waern and Greg Demchak zoom in and out to the virtual/augmented reality world, discussing how modern technologies could seriously disrupt what we define as reality today. Nicolas had not had the time to look into Varjo at all before this conversation so everything was just based on those first words from Greg: “Did you see that video too from Varjo….” This is truly a conversation that goes beyond buildings, into the universe, and then back to planet earth. Because even though we would be uploaded to the cloud, the cloud is still someone else’s computer. Links: Greg Demchak, Digital Twins | Mixed Reality | XR | 4D Planning | Innovation Prototyping Nicolas Waern, Podcast Creator, Strategy & Innovation Expert at WINNIIO
11:53
August 2, 2021
Contextually aware buildings in a Smart City/Smart Grid World – Don Kasper - Part 1
What is happening when decarbonization and electrification push cities to become smarter? What roles do digitalization companies need to have to create a better industry? This is an episode that goes Beyond Buildings and we get a chance to talk to Don Kasper, VP, Strategy and Business Development at Sentient Buildings LLC, who shares the same mission of Beyond Buildings, in making the world a better place. With a mechanical training and energy modelling background Don Kasper’s job is to be the data manager of buildings. Get the data out, make sense of it, and create value with it, at scale. We get to hear about his vision about a more sustainable world, the past present, and future of energy efficiency, retro-commissioning, and sustainability aspects. We go into depth about what energy modelling has been, and what it needs to be and we get an interesting view of how analytics has changed over the years and how we now need to go beyond buildings. Where in New York new laws will put a penalty on not knowing enough about existing buildings and it’s interesting what that will do with data transparency at large. This is only the beginning of the story. Part 2 will be all about what happens at the final frontier, and how to solve tomorrow's most pressing challenges today. Enjoy this great episode and subscribe and share if you think this is for you, or anyone that you know! Links: Don Kasper, VP, Strategy and Business Development at Sentient Buildings LLC Nicolas Waern, Podcast Creator, Strategy & Innovation Expert at WINNIIO
23:43
July 23, 2021
Exponential Risk in Real Estate, Climate Crisis, Capitalism, and Energetic Moonshots - Robert W. Cross
What is happening in the Real Estate Industry when it comes to Energy and Climate Change? Where are the drivers for sustainability? What is the risk involved in today's climate? If all of the energy is being supplied from the sun and in local energy communities, is energy savings even needed anymore? This was a curveball that we got to throw at Robert W. Cross and it was an interesting answer! “I'm starting to think that they are also the same system, the same people, to an extent that are, that I perceive are part of the problem are going to wind up being a part of the solution…And if you think about it the reality is as the climate is changing, the exposure to risk is growing exponentially…” - Robert W. Cross This is an episode that goes Beyond Buildings and we get a chance to talk to the global thought-leader in energy, Robert W. Cross. His banking and finance background opens up for interesting discussions since he has been designing energy efficiency and renewable energy programs for utility clients. Specifically in their multifamily and home programs. And he was one of the driving forces in opening up the cleantech space for investors back when solar photovoltaics cost exponentially more than it is today. Robert is a business model engineer working with CEOs and founders of cleantech and renewable energy companies. This is truly an inspirational discussion and we get to talk about why the energy side matters, a lot. And why it might be risky business to continue to be a part of the status quo group. If anyone is up to the task of creating an impact for the world, it’s definitely Robert W. Cross. He is a long-term fighter against immovable objects in industries and has an amazing track record in introducing sustainable change at scale. These are some of the questions that are being answered in the episode! What is happening in the energy space? Why are things happening while others are not? How are we combating the ongoing Climate Crisis? What is keeping solar power to really hit the market for real and gain widespread adoption? What are the hurdles in the energy market? Why is California a hotbed of innovation regarding energy companies? If the energy supply that comes to buildings is 100% sustainable. Is there still a need for energy efficiency? Can we bring the change the planet wants outside capitalism? Or do we need to understand market dynamics more and play the game as it is? What will make the change for buildings in the short-long-  to medium term? How can portfolio owners assess risk? will corporations become more committed to truly measuring assets on a real granular level, because if you're not measuring assets on a granular level, you are exposed to risk? Will people come back to commercial real estate? If so, why, and how, and what’s needed to get them there? This and more will be asked and answered in this episode of the Beyond Buildings podcast. Truly an amazing episode that you can’t afford to miss! Remember to subscribe, leave a comment, and/or share the episode. Let’s go above and beyond, with the Beyond Buildings Podcast! Links: Robert W. Cross Business Strategy Consultant - I help Cleantech and Renewable Energy CEOs fix their business models and scale Nicolas Waern, Podcast Creator, Strategy & Innovation Expert at WINNIIO
35:54
July 1, 2021
Beyond open APIs. Ontologies & Faster time to value creation - Joel Bender, Erik Wallin and Terry Herr
What are ontologies, and what are they good for? What does semantic interoperability mean and what is the business purpose of standardization?  Is the real estate industry behind Industrial ways of working? Or actually, better positioned for the future thanks to a solid foundation in BACnet (where applicable)?  What is Brick schema, Haystack Tagging, Real Estate Core, Google Buildings Ontology, Volttron, Microsoft Data Language, taxonomies, and ontologies in general? And how can we tell them apart and/or use them together? Who are the unsung heroes of our time? Who’s making the world work behind the scenes? Who are the true pure breeds when it comes to Building Automation Bravado? And why is it important with standardization? This episode is a true island of reality in an ocean of semantic interoperability and building automation. These are some of the questions that are being answered in the episode! What’s the business purpose of standardization?  Could buildings be in better shape than industrial settings for the future?  Is energy optimization a hygiene factor these days and should be seen as an area that has been solved?  What’s the big thing for buildings during COVID?  What’s the hidden potential in BMS/and BAS, and how could companies take advantage of it?  Do we have enough of the ontologies to get started, or do we have to wait? Beyond open APIs. Ontologies & Faster time to value creation is out at Anchor and all places where Podcasts live.  And finally, a big thank you to Joel, Terry, and Erik, and to the Beyond Buildings podcast Sponsor IDUN Real Estate. Idun ProptechOS the Operating System for property owners, used and supported by Microsoft Azure and some of the World’s largest property developers. Links: Terry Herr, President at Intellimation LLC, Buildings Systems Integration and BAS Analytics specialist, and a deep interest in open interoperable systems. Joel Bender, Programmer/Analyst at Cornell University, Building Automation Rock-star and BACnet Guru. Erik Oskar Wallin, Founder and Chairman of the RealEstateCore Consortium and Chief Executive Officer at Idun Real Estate Solutions, Ontology specialist with a passion for self-learning systems and connected real estate. Nicolas Waern, Podcast Creator, Strategy & Innovation Expert at WINNIIO
40:11
May 19, 2021
FPP & Future-proof Portfolios - Jeremy Richmond
What is it that Proptech is missing? What does the future of Smart Buildings look like? What is the alignment between Rate of Innovation and Return on Investment? “…If I build you a BI dashboard, I shouldn't have to explain to you what's on it … …We start to see that fault detection is starting to go away on that bleeding edge and is being replaced with ML models, which are then going to be replaced with just deep learning…” What is the mindset that is needed to drive change and get things going in the real estate industry? We learned about the importance of having a foundation of Connectivity in the last phenomenal episode with Joe Gaspardone. But, when you have the Foundation of Connectivity, what then? What happens with all the data? How to make sense of it in a modern way that is replicable, scalable, and as future-proof as can be? That’s what you will find out in this episode! “We have a strange business model that we try to replace our own services.“ To say that Jeremy Richmond has been all over the Real Estate Industry is probably an understatement. He is now the director of business development for DB engineering, where DB Engineering is a smart building consulting firm that specializes in delivering value from data to end clients. We get to listen to Jeremy telling us his origin story of having joined the Navy at an early age and fixed everything that moved and had a wire to it. You will hear the amazing Jeremy Richmond talk about the buzzword bingo in a way that most people talk about eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’s machine learning, ontologies, Github repositories, deep learning, and Artificial Intelligence, 3D printing, which usually are in the hype-cycle territory for most. Jeremy has made those tools into something that’s port of the toolbox. This is an extraordinary podcast episode where we get to understand how Jeremy helps portfolio owners go from quick wins to operational excellence at scale. It continues from where we left off in the last episode and moves into the operational side of ontologies. And how real-estate stakeholders can create value in a sustainable way. This episode is definitely one that you can’t miss and it will accelerate and/or validate your knowledge on where the future is heading for everyone! Links: Jeremy Richmond, Innovation Enthusiast | Bilingual (IT/OT) | Change Agent and Director of Business Development for DB Engineering Nicolas Waern, Podcast Creator, Strategy & Innovation Expert
37:27
May 12, 2021
Visual Twins & Smart Building Recipes - Joe Gaspardone
Smart Building Foundations – Enterprise Level Connectivity, the role of Visual Twins, scaling up, and how to get started, get going and succeed in the real estate industry. “As long as connectivity is solved, compute power is not the issue."  was what Industrial IoT Expert Sastry Malladi said in the last episode. Well guess what, this is something that Joe Gaspardone and his team at Montgomery Technologies have solved, for everyone! Robust, Useful, and Attractive. That’s not only descriptive of most industry professionals working with building automation today, but it’s also what this episode is all about! You will hear the real estate digitalization professional Joe Gaspardone talk about how to reach a future-proof connectivity foundation, and what needs to be done to get started with the recipe for smart buildings everywhere. You will learn from someone who is working with building systems of every age, every type, every model. Montgomery Technologies have people on the ground all over the country and work in every major metropolitan market every day. This episode builds on all of the earlier episodes and it offers tremendous insight into how to build a Smart Building Platform. It is not so much about betting on one standard as it is building platforms and solutions that are interoperable enough to work with any standard in a meaningful way. We talk about everything from touchless tech, IoT, and the classic sides of building automation. To where the industry is right now, and where it needs to go next, and the importance of understanding industry dynamics at scale. These are some of the questions that are being answered in the episode! Companies new to the market, where should they focus? What role will platform giants have in the future of Smart Buildings? How valuable is the data that exists in buildings, and how can that be turned into information? What is the role of Digital Twins when it comes to existing real-estate transformations? Should we bet on A standard? Or should we bet on platforms that can be mapped to ANY standard? What works in the Smart Building space? What will be here in the next 5 years? What are people doing for healthy air? What are people doing for the touchless tech? How do we get to a foundation of connectivity for everyone? How to accelerate decision-making capabilities for all stakeholders, forever? How will Digital Twins stay updated through the lifecycle? This and more will be asked and answered in this episode of the Beyond Buildings podcast. Truly an amazing episode that you can’t afford to miss! Links: Joe Gaspardone Connectivity Expert, Digital Real Estate Professional, and COO at Montgomery Technologies, LLC Nicolas Waern, Podcast Creator, Strategy & Innovation Expert
01:00:03
May 6, 2021
Leapfrogging, Cloud, Edge, IoT, 5G, and Future Proofing Industries at the Cutting Edge - Sastry Malladi
Closing the loop with Edgification strategies at scale. It's 5G, industrial automation, local control first, and a modern data strategy based on decades of experience with Big Data and IoT. Why is Foghorn not actively promoting Digital Twins even though they are doing a lot of these things today? “As long as connectivity is solved, compute power is not the issue." In this episode of the Beyond Buildings Podcast, we get to talk to the CTO of Industrial Edge player, Foghorn, and their CTO Sastry Malladi from Silicon Valley in California. Foghorn wants to solve real-world problems because they know that they can. And the IT-gods know that this is something the Beyond Buildings Podcast can rally behind! Sastry has 30 plus years of technology background, is a passionate entrepreneur, been at big companies, small companies, IBM, Oracle, and eBay working with Cloud computing before that was even a term. It’s edge computing all the way and Foghorn is definitely going places. Sastry shares their journey to Digitalization and describes a phenomenal approach to talking to customers and piloting done right. We will also get some interesting 5G discussions on what the value is all about and how companies should take the chance to leapfrog into the future. Commercial buildings and data center push, legacy in Oil & Gas, moving towards a product-market fit and scalability aspects. That’s what you will hear in this episode and much more like it. These are some of the questions that are being answered in the episode! How do you Edge-ify the machine learning model developed to run in a Cloud Lake setting? What’s the difference between predictive and prescriptive maintenance? What can industrial automation for buildings look like? What is thermal imaging used for in the building automation space? How important is it to cater to regional and different demands for different asset classes? What is Foghorn’s take on a modern data strategy? What are the drivers for getting started with Smart Buildings in the first place? What does Energy, Convenience, and Environment mean in the Data Center space? What is the first step to take in the Smart Building space? What are the steps to take when taking out data from legacy systems? What does exploratory data analysis mean, and how to get from data to information and insights? What does Tribal knowledge mean and how to capture it? Where is the data coming from? What quality? What to do about if the quality is not there? Links: Sastry Malladi - CTO, Experienced Technology Leader, and an Entrepreneur - IoT, Edge Computing, AI, Cloud, eCommerce, Big Data Nicolas Waern - Podcast Creator, Strategy & Innovation Expert WINNIIO - Digital Consultancy
46:15
March 24, 2021
A 5G World made for Humans? Or Machines? Simplifying the Complexity of IoT - Marc Tobal
Ecosystem thinking and what’s the deal with 5G? Faster Download Times and Throughput? Low Latency? Something else? This episode is all about understanding important aspects with connectivity, 5G, and what the difference is between the past, present, and future ways of working. And we also get a master-class in how IoT selling from a master at his trade. Are companies building products for humans? Or for machines? Why not both? …”We are probably going to rely on machines and AI to become trusted advisors for humans to take better take better decisions through blockchain capabilities…” In this episode of the Beyond Buildings Podcast, we talk to the Connectivity King Marc Tobal’s amazing journey that is filled with words of wisdom and an understanding of how to sell IoT projects in the connectivity market like few others. His role is to simplify the complexity of IoT for customers as a trusted advisor. What are the key challenges when dealing with connectivity? How do companies get started, get going, and actually succeed with 5G? We get to hear about the difference between the 2G, 3G, and 4G and major differences to 5G and beyond. This was recorded in September 2020 so there’s a lot of things that have happened since then. Reach out to know more about 5G, 6G, and Beyond! These are the questions you will find out more about! What are the key challenges with IoT? What does the journey of getting born again connected look like? How to get started, get going and succeed with IoT Projects? Moving out of an existing role, what are the challenges? What is 5G and what features interest you? NB-IoT the relationship between 5G? What to align, where, and with whom when discussing IoT? How are solutions supposed to work together? What would a future-proof industry look like? What do you think? More experts? Fewer experts? How much should we go into the comfort zone, instead of outside it? This episode discusses the fact that we're specialists in different areas. And if companies are indeed looking to help the customer Marc means that we need to partner up more. Links: Marc Tobal, Creating business value for clients with IoT Nicolas Waern, Podcast Creator/Smart World Architect WINNIIO - Digital Consultancy
35:37
March 5, 2021
Ecosystems, AI-Driven Integration and the Future of Smart Buildings - Rusty Hennessey
What is the relationship between Digital Twins, AI and how will the road to Smart Buildings play out? Understanding the existing ways of working in the Building Automation Integration space when it comes to past, present, and future lock-in effects and switching costs. And everything else in between. “You're not buying generally based on the hardware you're buying on what feature sets the software can provide to make that hardware do really cool stuff.” With a background in the Smart Building integration industry going back decades, Rusty Hennessey has a lot of wisdom to share. And when Rusty says that he’s waking up every day, just excited about what he does, it’s destined for a great episode! This is an episode that zooms in and out to the world of building automation, focusing on Smart Building Integration. Rusty starts off by talking about the amazing people he gets to work with, and that his job is all about testing out new technology to deliver the best solutions for customers. It’s important to show the value, and that change is not something for everyone. We get to understand more of why there’s such a slow technology adoption in the industry, and discussions around what needs to happen. We talk about technology trends, security, interoperability, what Digital Twins and AI will do for the industry, and also who’s leading the charge right now. We talk about the similarities and differences between the PC industry and that of Building Automation. Plus everything below: These are the questions you will find out more about! What is the role of a modern Master Systems Integrator today? How important is security for buildings and what is the mindset in the industry today? What effect has Covid had on remote buildings? How are the physical and cybersecurity attack surfaces been thought about in the industry? Security Trends in the Building Automation Industry? What are the benefits of open source in the building automation industry? What are the challenges when getting data out, and what to do about it? What is the state of vendor lock-in, service transparency, switching costs? How can we create a deeper interaction between stakeholders in the Smart Building industry? When to get started with AI? Open software, open hardware, and open minds. Where does it start? How important is it with Ecosystems thinking, Joint ventures and sharing information? What is the relationship between Digital Twins, AI and how will the road to Smart Buildings play out? Is it possible to let people work within their silo, where the data is part of a larger context with information that will stay with the building over time? And this episode made it even clearer that it might be easier and better to go with existing buildings instead of new buildings. Why is that? Do you agree or disagree? Links: Rusty Hennessey Manager at Conexus, Inc.  Nicolas Waern Podcast Creator/Smart World Architect  WINNIIO - Digital Consultancy
44:54
February 11, 2021
A new era of Construction, 3D-Printing, and a Planetary Purpose - Jennifer Christman
Understanding the Digital Thread in the Real Estate Industry through 3D-printing and Lifecycle Digital Twin Thinking. “Architects love being unique and different. Contractors like consistency.” Hardball questions to a former softball player that worked hard in achieving long-life goals from 10 years of age. Having seen the spaghetti junction in Atlanta, saying, “I want to build that when I grow up” Jennifer is now out there, realizing her dream of building the future for all of us! This is an episode where passion shines through and it’s inspiring to hear that Jennifer really wants the construction industry to succeed with 3D-printing. Simply due to the fact that there are so many avenues of innovation. We talk about different use cases, what’s holding the industry back, and some interesting truths about the Construction Industry in general and why change is hard to come by. Truly a fantastic episode where Jennifer shares her past, present, and future thoughts about the construction industry. We also talk about parametric and generative design and how to create a better future with less risk and more inclusivity. How do rules and regulations affect construction projects? How can regulating-bodies help in getting market adoption of new technologies? What are the first-mover advantages and disadvantages when doing something new? What are the application areas for 3D printing? How can we ensure the best proposal at the lowest cost? How to get buy-in and adoption from Smart City purchasing? What are the use cases for 3D printing in the construction space today? How can 3D printing, data-driven decision making help us in realizing a better world for everyone? Can Digital Twins, 3D printing, rules, and regulations, combined usher in a new era? What do you think will happen in the future? Is 2021 the year 3D-printing will truly help construction companies increase their margins and accelerate towards a more sustainable and efficient way of working? If not, why? Links: Nicolas Waern, Podcast Creator/Smart World Architect WINNIIO - Digital Consultancy Jennifer Christman Product Specialist at Black Buffalo 3D
44:51
January 20, 2021
Succeeding with Cloud-Native Strategies - Kai Waehner
“This is a new paradigm, going away from the store everything in a database or data lake concept...”. Part 2 of 2 Demystifying Cloud Native strategies and how Real-Time Real Estate might look in the future In part two of this explorative episode of the Beyond Buildings podcast, we continue to talk to the rockstar that is Kai Waehner who is a Technology Evangelist and Big Data Analyst, helping Fortune 500 companies get started, get going, and succeeding in becoming cloud-native. We demystify the jargon of Kafka that we heard in the first episode about clusters and brokers. We talk about the importance of convincing decision-makers and the side-effects of being able to attract people who want to work with cutting edge tools and technologies. What to send to the cloud and when, and what the beginning of a cloud-native journey could look like. It’s construction, it’s industry 4.0, it’s connectivity as well as distributed intelligence. What an episode! These are the questions you will find out more about! What is a cluster, and a broker? How to get started on the Big Data/Cloud-native journey? What does it mean with a distributed architecture? How does the data strategy complement the business strategy? How can data strategies be created without relying on the cloud at all times? What to send to the cloud and when? What schemas and data governance have to do with a robust data strategy? How to get to a modern and open data architecture? How to get away from proprietary solutions that can’t scale well? What the pros and cons are with standards? What could Smart Cities learn from UBER and other ride-hailing companies? What aspects to include when building a business case? How important is it with the TCO and ROI to get management buy-in? Maybe one way to predict the future of real-estate could be to look at other industries and see what they are working on and what tools they use. As always, it doesn’t make much sense to build the future with yesterday's tools, technology, nor mindset. If we want to change the world for the better, maybe we need to go Beyond Buildings and boldly go where others have gone before? What do you think? Are there any similarities between real estate, industry 4.0, and the importance of local control?
37:24
January 7, 2021
From a Proprietary Past to an Open Future - Kai Waehner
“…I see more and more data flowing around and you need to apply and leverage it to add business value and be innovative in your business” Part 1 of 2  Part 1 of 2 - In this sensational streaming episode of the Beyond Buildings podcast, we get to talk to the rockstar that is Kai Waehner who is a Technology Evangelist and Big Data Analyst, helping Fortune 500 companies get started, get going, and succeeding in becoming cloud-native. He’s been working with data integration his whole life and has first hand seen the journey Big Data has taken during the last couple of decades. We get to learn more about how to combine slow data and fast data in the same platform, what the industrial IoT scene looks like, Railway Connectivity, and we go above and beyond where most buildings are today. Will there be a need to transfer millions of messages per second in the real estate industry? If so, how can it be done? This is an episode where we might get a glimpse towards the future modern data strategies for Real Estate Portfolios, that are part of a Smart City context. We get to find out the relationship between open architectures and existing proprietary PLC and much much more. What an exceptional episode thanks to Kai, and I strongly recommend reading up on Streaming Platforms, Apache Kafka, and think about what the future demands from your business! I’ve been following Kai Waehner for a couple of years now and I really like Kafka as an open-source technology as well as Confluent with what they are bringing to the table. Going above and beyond real estate is important and it’s fascinating to know more about why will be hybrid cloud strategies in automotive and manufacturing, and that everything is moving towards distributed intelligence. What do you think? Are there any similarities between real estate, industry 4.0, and the importance of local control? Links: Nicolas Waern, Podcast Creator/Smart World Architect WINNIIO - Digital Consultancy Kai Waehner Global Technology Advisor - Technology Evangelist/Field CTO at Confluent
30:32
January 7, 2021
Leaving no person or building behind - Seun Thomas Orimolade
Combatting Global Warming through Smart Buildings and Smarter people "…Humans are still the ones who control these intelligent technologies that we have today…" In this phenomenal episode of the Beyond Buildings podcast, we get to talk to the hero Seun Thomas Orimolade who is working as a service specialist focusing on how to create value for customers in a sustainable way. He started in the HVAC Building Automation industry and has followed his passion for Smart Buildings all over the world! I learned a lot in this episode and Seun really taught me one of the most important lessons I really needed to hear. Leave no person, or building behind. We are all in it to win it, and there's no business to be done on a dead planet. This was truly a life-changing episode and we get to learn from Seun how projects and people should be approached in the best way possible when it comes to sustainable digitalization! These are the questions you will find out more about! How can risk be evaluated in projects? What are the appetite for trying new things and the risk of inaction? Where is Smart Buildings sensoring moving towards? What value propositions are customers interested in? How to maximize the use of space? Before technology, what is the most important thing? Where is the change coming from in the industry? How important is it to demystify the buzzwords? How can existing organizations manage Smart Buildings? What are the keys to creating a successful smart building initiative? How to divide customers into stages of readiness? How to talk about technology with decision-makers? How to get organizational buy-in? What happens if we can't embrace technology? People before processes, meeting customers where they are, taking steps in the right direction, and understanding that we are all in it together. This was a truly enlightening episode that has changed my life for the better. Everyone is looking for something, and it's up to us to demystify what we do and really teach elephants how to dance! Remember to subscribe, leave a comment and/or share the episode. I hope that you and others will go above and beyond, with the Beyond Buildings Podcast! Leaving no person or building behind is out at Anchor and all places where Podcasts live.  And finally, a big thank you to Seun, and to the Beyond Buildings podcast Sponsor: Platform of Trust who’s helping companies turn data into actionable insights! Links: Nicolas Waern, Podcast Creator/Smart World Architect WINNIIO - Digital Consultancy Seun Thomas Orimolade Service Coordinator at Ainsworth Inc
35:15
December 4, 2020
Bomb Scares, City Foundations and How to Achieve a Shared Secure Reality for All - Osman Saleem
Part 2 of 2! “You don't want to touch on everything and actually achieve nothing. You want to achieve the foundation and then build on that” In part two episode of the Beyond Building Podcast, we continue the discussion with the incredible Osman Saleem from Intelligent Buildings. This episode provides a holistic discussion of the many different domino-effects regarding building vulnerability. What could happen if someone would change the intake of air at a hospital? What could happen if printers are plugged into the network? How to get started with Smart Building strategies? These are the questions you will find out more about! What are the weaknesses and strengths of Tech companies learning real estate? What are the weaknesses and strengths of Real Estate companies learning tech? How to bridge the gap between tech and real estate? How do we go from a reactive to a proactive security approach for buildings? What would be the ramifications for the organizations business continuity? Productivity and well-being knowing that they are in a building that isn’t secure? Where does the holistic picture start and where does it end? How would cyber-threats affect the tenant experience? Is there a need for personal interaction, showing that there is something happening? What are the alternatives to not having Smart Buildings? How to make the argument for Smart Buildings and how to get started? What will drive change in the short and long-term? The importance of adjusting goals with matching technology. In creating smart buildings, how important is the people's perspective? What do you think? Are buildings accidents waiting to happen? What would happen if cities came out with new legal requirements on open data from real estate portfolios? Would this drive the adoption of smart building technology and put additional focus on the security measures people need to take? What is the actual role buildings need to take in a Smart City context, and what role does security have to play? Go above and beyond, with the Beyond Buildings Podcast! Bomb Scares, City Foundations and How to Achieve a Shared Secure Reality for All is out at Anchor and all places where Podcasts live.  And finally, a big thank you to Osman, and to the Beyond Buildings podcast Sponsor: Platform of Trust who’s helping companies turn data into actionable insights! Nicolas Waern, Podcast Creator/Smart World Architect WINNIIO - Digital Consultancy Osman Saleem Smart Buildings 🌐 Internet of Things 🌐 OT Cybersecurity
25:13
November 19, 2020
Smart, Secure, Real Estate Portfolio Strategy Creation - Osman Saleem
“Having everything under one roof, that’s the way to go for the future” - IT/OT/IoT conversion In this great episode of the Beyond Building Podcast, we talk to the incredible Osman Saleem from Intelligent Buildings. We have a really fun discussion around Smart Building Strategies and Operational Technology Security Strategies. Osman leverages his impressive background in providing valuable insights to customers such as Senior Executive Leadership and organizations in different fields. Osman really knows what he is talking about which you can both hear in the episode and see from the topics below! This is what you will learn more about: How can Smart Building help companies manage risk? What is the most important thing, energy? Or something else? What are the KPIs for said organization and how can it be delivered? What are the key trends for the future? What is needed to get people back to buildings? What’s the ROI of being in business, having buildings people want to be in in a world where more people work from home? Can you see what will happen before it happens? Where do you fit the Smart Building “stuff” in the construction process? Who pays for it? Who pays for the future today, and how to make the arguments? What’s the value of focusing on Tenant experience? How to build secure and smart from start? What companies can go in and cloak existing networks in heart-beat, giving portfolio managers the heart-beat of the buildings? How open is this industry when it comes to hacker attacks and malware? What are the risks and who is managing them? Will there be a separation of IT, OT and IoT? Or will it be on the same network? All is not gold that glimmers, that’s for sure. But is there a way to get away from the Lowest bid mentality? Or is it more of how to create the best solution for the lowest cost possible? Isn’t that what should happen? And if so, what are the metrics? Osman Saleem takes us all on a journey in this episode. And I agree that we need to ride the wave of change in the traditional building automation industry and get it to a level where people can derive more value from buildings in an easy, secure, and interoperable way. What do you think? Go above and beyond, with the Beyond Buildings Podcast! Smart, Secure, Real Estate Portfolio Strategy Creation is out at Anchor and all places where Podcasts live. And finally, a big thank you to Osman, and to the Beyond Buildings podcast Sponsor: Platform of Trust who’s helping companies turn data into actionable insights! Links: Nicolas Waern, Podcast Creator/Smart World Architect WINNIIO - Digital Consultancy Osman Saleem Smart Buildings 🌐 Internet of Things 🌐 OT Cybersecurity
24:57
November 12, 2020
Holistic Smart Portfolio Performance
Faster path to value and a road towards better performing assets          “…Faster path to value in onboarding buildings, and it’s companies like ours that serve the data up…” In this episode of the Beyond Building Podcast, we talk to the Phenomenal Peter Rake from Switch Automation. Peter is the Global Director of Integration and he really knows what the industry needs to do to achieve a faster path to value in onboarding buildings and getting to digital maturity. It is companies like Switch Automation that can serve the data up faster, marrying BMS and IoT from a holistic perspective! We talk about: How to monetize data and not only save it on energy, maintenance, and productivity How to create the recipes of well-performing buildings based on interoperable ingredients The bumpy road to getting data out of buildings and the turtle marathon that exists That it is not only about the data in the buildings, but also other important places How to understand if buildings are running a fever? If the data is not accessible by anyone who will pay for the digging? The importance of work order integrations, and getting the holistic perspective How Switch Automation enables people to make the most of the data they have today The importance of tagging standards Future trends of accommodating everything, to come in from the BIM side of things, and building smart from start It’s not Star Wars, but Protocol Wars and Standardization Wars nonetheless How customers can slice and dice their data based on their business Is sequencing of the past or is it something for the future? When did tenant-focus start, and who did it start with? Peter does an amazing job keeping the conversation focused on the challenges at hand and what we need to do as a community to get things to happen. It is important to realize that a lot of people are on a journey and understand where they are. And also, what Peter says about the necessity of having a destination in mind! Recording this episode was a lot of fun where Peter excels in explaining how Switch Automation helps in delivering a faster path to value in onboarding buildings, and getting to increased digital maturity for the entire industry! Go above and beyond, with the Beyond Buildings Podcast! Goal Oriented Portfolio Performance is out at Anchor and all places where Podcasts live. And finally, a big thank you to Peter, and to the Beyond Buildings podcast Sponsor: Platform of Trust who’s helping companies turn data into actionable insight Links: Nicolas Waern, Podcast Creator/Smart World Architect WINNIIO - Digital Consultancy Peter Rake - Global Director for IoT in Buildings
35:40
October 28, 2020
Digital Twins, Responsible Innovation, and Value-driven Artificial Intelligence
“Utopia or Dystopia? Maybe both? Ethical and responsible business should be the ONLY way to do business.” In this special episode of the beyond buildings podcast we talk to the Smart World Architect that is… Nicolas Waern! I was lucky enough to be interviewed by the amazing Dr Lawrence Ampofo about Responsible Innovation from a Digital Twin perspective. Lawrence is a thought leader on the impact of digital technologies on humans and society and the humanization of technologies in the workplace. Digital Mindfulness is what Lawrence is all about and he is doing an amazing job at that! Lawrence had some great questions and I go on a rant about how to ingrain responsible innovation into the very fabric of daily decision making and everything around it. We discuss the importance of context and I talk about the fact that I just want to know more and more and more, from everyone. We talk about the end of the beginning, and possibly, the beginning of the end? ·       What is the relationship between AI and Digital Twins? ·       How can companies know what will happen before it happens? ·       How can we record reality and make it into a force for good? ·       Why is visualization so important from a Responsible Innovation perspective? ·       How to transition from a traditional company into one with Digital DNA? ·       Responsible Innovation in the Supply Chain with Digital Twins ·       How Digital Twins relate to IoT and analytics ·       The importance of getting silos connected to understand the full picture ·       How combined data sources can improve time to value creation ·       The pillars of a modern digital twin ·       The relationship between Digital Twins, Blockchain and BI Dashboards ·       The role of visualizations and simulations related to Digital Twins ·       How Digital Twins can help companies be ready for the future ·       What steps are relevant to create the impact companies need ·       Climate Change relevance, and why we need to do more, together! ·       Why companies need a shared reality for their stakeholders ·       Digital Twins enabling increased transparency from a responsibility perspective Because the thing is. If everything is connected. And machines can talk to each other in a native way. Will there be places to relax? Will there be places to hide from the digital world? Or will we forever be trapped by the very tools that were created to make us more human? Is all this technology allowing and enabling us to be more human? Or less? And finally, a big thank you to Lawrence, and to the Beyond Buildings podcast Sponsor: Platform of Trust who’s helping companies turn data into actionable insights! Links: Nicolas Waern, Podcast Creator/Smart World Architect WINNIIO - Digital Consultancy Lawrence Ampofo- Responsible AI | Digital Ethics | Digital Wellbeing
30:48
October 21, 2020
Outcome-based Digital Twin Simulations
I think it’s a misconception that an intelligent building is going to cost a lot of money… In this episode of the beyond buildings podcast we continue to listen to the great Building Automation guru Rob Huntington from Australia. Where we talk more about the change needed in the real estate industry. This is part two, so if you haven’t listened to part one, you could start here and listen to it first! At the very beginning of this episode, I go on a rant about Digital Twins, what they are, what they should solve, and what value they can provide for customers. And then we discuss the importance of context, and how expensive is something really when viewing it from a holistic perspective? We talk about: Digital Twin conversion and what a digital twin is and what it might be? Digital Twins for visualization or for simulation? Real-time, visualization, scalable, and AI-ready data fabrics How do we solve the knowledge sharing gap? When do we involve people from the operating phase into the decision-making capabilities? How to achieve alignment with what users need, and what buildings can provide? How can the building be ready for the unknown? What is parametric and generative design? Does the construction industry need to change to outcome-driven procurement? Will an intelligent building cost more money? We talk about App store concepts and Tesla comparisons to OTA (Over The Air) updates. What is the sense of urgency to run what-if scenarios and simulations, knowing what will happen before it happens? We also discuss at length if this really is a technology problem or a people problem. Simply put, this is an episode you can’t miss! Please let me know what you think, and what you want to hear more of. Go above and beyond, with the beyond buildings podcast! And please leave a comment, share your thoughts, and give us some input on how we can improve for the future! Because it’s the data we don’t have, that will change our lives! Outcome-based Digital Twin Simulations is out at Anchor and all places where Podcasts live. And finally, a big thank you to Rob, and to the Beyond Buildings podcast Sponsor: Platform of Trust who’s helping companies turn data into actionable insights! Links: Nicolas Waern, Podcast Creator/Smart World Architect WINNIIO - Digital Consultancy Rob Huntington - Digital Buildings | Intelligent Buildings | Master System Architect & Integrator
33:37
October 8, 2020
World Merging & Duplication Destruction
  "Why are we doing the same things in the same way, but expecting different results?" In this amazing episode that is part 1 of 2, we talk to the legendary building automation expert, Rob Huntington in Australia. We get to learn from someone who's seen it all and is taking that knowledge and helping customers future proof their buildings, as well as their businesses. We talk about the need to avoid duplications and how companies can realize a single pane of glass. And not only that, but we also talk about: What security aspects to consider, not only remote security. How important it is to create communication between people. Digital Twins vs IoT Platforms, what's the difference? Translation between the worlds of OT/IT and IoT. The importance of on-site security as well as remote access. How to move Smart Buildings from Buzz-words to cost-saving advantage. The importance of getting people into the same room and sharing a reality. Is there such a thing as shadow OT? The dynamics of construction, owners, and what is needed to change this industry for real. Rob talks about the importance of changing the conversation and that we can't take smart silo-solutions and expect building intelligence. And that we need to be better at showing how to go from Smart Buildings as a buzzword, to a cost-saving exercise that will benefit the industry at large. Hotels and other industries might have pre-historic guidelines hampering modern results. Maybe it’s the guidelines that need updating, now more than ever? Will that happen through standardization, increased communication, or do we throw more people at the problem? It is very true that we got a couple of problems to solve… And luckily for all of us, Rob is definitely there to solve them! Another fantastic episode with an amazing smart building specialist. Please let me know what you think, and what you want to hear more of. Thank you for listening to the Beyond Buildings Podcast! And please leave a comment, share your thoughts, and give us some input on how we can improve for the future! Because it’s the data we don’t have, that will change our lives! World Merging & Duplication Destruction is out at Anchor and all places where Podcasts live. And finally, a big thank you to Rob, and to the Beyond Buildings podcast Sponsor: Platform of Trust who’s helping companies turn data into actionable insights! Links: Nicolas Waern, Podcast Creator/Smart World Architect WINNIIO - Digital Consultancy Rob Huntington - Digital Buildings | Intelligent Buildings | Master System Architect & Integrator
31:17
October 1, 2020
Data Disruption-"Digitalize my asset!"
How to realize the full potential of buildings, and its users! GIve me the data in a manner that I can use it...and really connect all parts of the building, finance, BIM, Digital Twins, the maintenance, Digitalize my asset! In this episode of the Beyond Buildings Podcast, we talk to the almost all-knowing building automation guru, Tyson Soutter. We get to hear about Tysons phenomenal journey through time and how he ended up landing his dream job on a different continent. Tyson started with visual basics but is now the Global Business Development Manager working with all Digitalization aspects of buildings for the global giant, Siemens. One quote that really stood out was: “How do we bring non-technical people into the technical decision making process?” And there is plenty more where that came from! In this episode, we get answers to these questions below, and much more! How do we bring non-technical people into the technical decision-making process? What makes the Australian companies Bueno and Willow so great? Where to start with Smart Buildings? How to use BIM in the asset management phase? Which companies are the big four and how did Australia become a hotbed for building automation innovation? What is holding people back in the building automation industry? What is the hardest thing to achieve for the performance of portfolio buildings? What are the drawbacks of consultancy and audits? What does sustainability mean and what are the drivers for change? And is anyone interested in CO2 anymore? This is a must-listen for anyone and everyone interested in where the world will be in the years to come. Not limited to the world of building automation and smart buildings, but the world at large. Moving from where we are now, to where we need to be, is important for everyone. - Listen and find out what Tyson has to say! And finally a big thank you to Tyson, and to the Beyond Buildings podcast Sponsor: Platform of Trust who’s helping companies turn data into actionable insights! Links: Nicolas Waern, Podcast Creator/Smart World Architect WINNIIO - Digital Consultancy Tyson Soutter - Global Business Development Manager Digitalization at SIEMENS
39:18
September 9, 2020
Smart City Resiliency
Resiliency, 5G, Digital Twins, Datacenters and Smart Cities, oh my. In this episode of the Beyond Buildings Podcast, we talk to the Future Shaper Omar Yakobi who is turning buildings into strategic assets. He’s adamant that the traditional real estate industry has a lot to learn from Data Centers because of their high level of digital maturity. They are in the process of lessons learned from AI/ML initiatives where the rest has yet to get started. This is an episode jam-packed with information, talking about 5G, resiliency, distributed intelligence, how technology can provide value to outcome-based strategies, and how to create a smarter world for everyone. We talk about: How technology can contribute to business outcomes based on their industries What the majority of the cost is for data centers The data to impact loop Seamless integration of everything that goes on in the building Omar's point of view what a Digital Twin is Standardize and digitize Standardized Operating Procedures Wireless mesh from Conectric Networks Plug and play for data-centers, putting it in from the get-go, building smart from start. Is there a need for real-time data, if so why? Smart grid inclusivity, responsive buildings (and organizations) Affordable IoT? What does resiliency mean for cities and data centers? How can Digital Twins increase Smart City resiliency? Will the next thing in data centers will be modular data centers? It’s the data that companies don’t have that will change their life. 5G,  Data Centers, Distributed Resiliency and a Smarter World Breaking the silo’s, how much of the context do we understand What are the factors and parameters that will allow us to do most of the world we live in? Can we have multiple digital twins?* How do we enable others to work with the same reality but from different viewpoints that they are used to? What is needed to use AI and Machine Learning at scale? Democratizing data manipulation at scale, providing tools for people What is the cost of irrelevance Defined processes in place, SOPs, How other industries can learn a lot from Datacenters *Yes we can have multiple Digital Twins, but they need to share data with each other, otherwise, it's no use. The aspects of 5G are interesting and it’s less about the high bandwidth and marketing hype, and more about how 5G will increase Smart City resiliency. Can 5G contribute to offering more services on the same channel? Basically having a TV that historically could only show one channel, but now with 5G, the ability to show more channels, and monetize all of them? What does resiliency mean and how can companies create impact from the data they haven’t got? And finally a big thank you to Omar, and to the Beyond Buildings podcast Sponsor: Platform of Trust who’s helping companies turn data into actionable insights! - Listen and find out! Links: Nicolas Waern, Podcast Creator/Smart World Architect WINNIIO - Digital Consultancy Omar Yakobi - Smart Building Specialist and #Futureshaper Conectric Wireless Mesh
52:04
August 27, 2020
A Paradigm Shift for Real Estate
In this episode of the Beyond Buildings Podcast, we talk to the energy guru, question-asker, engineer, analytics nerd - James Dice! He is like Moses in the BAS/BMS/Energy space and brings his followers to the promised land. Possibly, by separating the hardware from the software and into the open we go. We talk about: Being humble, standing on the shoulders of giants and learning from the past Emerging analytics platforms, and the similarities with Apple and Android Deep digital twins and the separation of hardware and software Lock-in effects, ecosystem approaches utilized for good Edge and cloud strategies for smarter buildings The Vitruvian Virtues James discusses the reality as it is with an overlay paradigm and that there are millions of buildings that will stay the same, not having access to cutting edge tech in a while. So we’ll be having old underneath, new at the top, with an overlay approach that will probably go on for the next 25 years, if not more. And why are we doing this? Why are we trying to optimize buildings? Is it for the sake of energy efficiency? People? The planet even? Listen and find out! - Listen in and hear what the world was like Pre-COVID and what a discussion between building automation nerds sound like! And finally a big thank you to James, and to the Beyond Buildings podcast Sponsor: Platform of Trust whos helping companies turn data into actionable insights! Links: Nicolas Waern, Podcast Creator/Smart World Architect WINNIIO - Digital Consultancy James Dice - Building Automation Specialist Companies mentioned: Terry Herr of Intellimation Automated Buildings and Ken Sinclair SkySpark Troy Harvey and Passive Logic (see Nexus newsletter #14 for my take on them) Dave Lapsley of Econowise, creator of Sentinll and Bubll SWEGON Go-IoT Zynka BIM / Zynka Group Phillip Kopp of Conectric Wired Hut Hub API systems Platform of Trust Stream Analyze Ekkono Brad White’s classic article on the 3/30/300 rule Clayton Christenson and the Jobs To Be Done framework James’s essay on Digital Twins and the 2 main jobs to be done
48:24
August 21, 2020
Unlocking Minds and Buildings
In this episode of the Beyond Buildings Podcast, we talk to the Smart Building Expert Omar Yakobi. He's a future shaper who is helping his customers turn their buildings into strategic assets.  Will the future be about the decoupling of hardware and software? And where are we now and how do we get there? We talk about: Open controls Open APIs What open means Open-source And what the future means in general. We talk about how to bring choice to the ones that don't have a choice today. And how the people that are last to the scene, can have all the choice in the world. Unlocking the industry starts with unlocking minds, as Omar puts it.  - Listen in and hear what the world was like Pre-COVID and what a true building automation specialist thinks about the industry! Go above and beyond, with the Beyond Buildings Podcast! And  a big thank you to the Beyond Buildings podcast Sponsor: Platform of Trust, helping companies turn data into actionable insights! Links: Nicolas Waern, Podcast Creator/Smart World Architect WINNIIO - Digital Consultancy Omar Yakobi - Building Automation Specialist
25:54
August 12, 2020
Digital Twin Thinking
In this episode of the Beyond Buildings Podcast, we talk about Digital Twins with the insightful Digital Twin Specialist, Ken Olling from SEKAI. Ken does a buzzword breakdown of his perspective of what a Digital Twin is, and what it means for their customers.  We get to hear about the SEKAI way where Digital Twins can act as; A way to make sense of data from different systems, enabling analytics initiatives to create value from data coming from different sources.   The visual representation needed for people to understand what is going on from a holistic perspective, irrespective of background, skill-set and discipline. Act in real-time, absorbing reality from any source, creating the possibilities to act ahead of time.  As an innovation platform for the future, to bring, people, ideas, systems together in a holistic, understandable way.  We talk about how their software platform helps organizations create digital twins and the global need of getting away from so-called twin washing, and that the industry needs to be more concrete and get going with real-use cases.  We also discuss that a real digital twin allows companies to participate and collaborate between silos and disciplines with all of the data, not just discipline-specific. And that all of the data ingested in the digital twin should be accessible within milliseconds. - Listen in and hear what the world was like Pre-COVID and what a true future-doer thinks about the industry! Go above and beyond, with the Beyond Buildings Podcast! Please leave a comment, share your thoughts, and give us some input on how we can improve for the future! Because it’s the data we don’t have, that will change our lives! And finally a big thank you to Ken Olling, and to the Beyond Buildings podcast Sponsor: Platform of Trust who is helping companies turn data into actionable insights! Links: Nicolas Waern, Podcast Creator/Smart World Architect WINNIIO - Digital Consultancy Ken Olling - Digital Twin Specialist
36:55
August 4, 2020
Future Proof Construction
In this episode of the Beyond Buildings Podcast, we talk to Karel Bietje from the construction company Taimana in New Zealand. And with us is also the connectivity Guru, Anthony Veri Jr. This is an interesting episode that took place just before COVID19 started for real, and before New Zealand shut down. A lot has happened since but it offers an insight into how a real change-maker thinks and operates in the construction industry. Karel talks about an outdated industry with giants that monopolize the market. On why projects run late and over budget Change requests during the operating phase And the overall need to modernize everything and putting sustainability first. We talk about the need for lifecycle doing, not just thinking, doing more with less, and how to think about buildings as software-enabled entities. What do you think? Will construction also be run by software companies that happen to do construction? Listen in and hear what the world was like Pre-COVID and what a true future-doer thinks about the industry! Go above and beyond, with the Beyond Buildings Podcast! Links: Nicolas Waern, Podcast Creator/Smart World Architect WINNIIO - Digital Consultancy Karel Bietje Taimana  Anthony Veri Jr
33:47
July 28, 2020
A Veri Innovative World
In this episode of the beyond buildings podcast we talk to Anthony Veri Jr.  Anthony is a recognized Smart City expert and connectivity guru with a phenomenal understanding of the Smart City context. Anthony helps people figure out what solutions are perfect for them at a given point in time.  We discuss intelligent camera infrastructures, how dumb infrastructure can be turned smart. And we talk about business models, the importance of not talking about technology, asking questions, entrepreneurship, foundations to stand on.  Do companies have the budgets necessary for innovation efforts to take hold? What benefits are solutions creating? For whom? What happens with the phones that aren't 5G ready?  Do companies have the processes, the people, the hierarchy, the culture, and the systems necessary to capitalize on new technology? Or will it just be an innovation theatre? Anthony talks about the need for democratizing data manipulation and innovation and how to succeed in a turbulent environment. Anthony also poses a question that will make everyone rethink how they do business.  This is truly a phenomenal episode about life and business with an amazing person. Listen in and find out why Nicolas loves Anthony so much right now! Go above and beyond, with the Beyond Buildings Podcast. Links: Nicolas Waern, Podcast Creator/Smart World Architect WINNIIO - Digital Consultancy Anthony Veri Jr Integrated Network Concepts - Smart City Consultancy Natix.io - Opportunistic Edge Vision for Conscious Environments Dr. Alireza Ghods Omid Mogharian
33:26
July 23, 2020
Making dumb cities Smart
In this episode of the Beyond Buildings Podcast we talk to Dr Alireza Ghods and Omid Mogharian From Natix.io. And with us is also Anthony Veri Jr, who adds his expertise in the Smart City space.  We talk about their NATIX on the edge platform, and how it can make dumb cameras smart, without replacing existing infrastructure. Natix.io is up to 85 percent cheaper than traditional approaches, Up to 8 times faster And due to the fact it's on the edge (doesn't send all data to the vloud) data protection and security is more future proof than ever before. It's like this bowl of data where the police department, fire department and any other stakeholder can create apps based on a dataset that is shared in the city. This leads to a democratization of smart city innovation. How can an enabling view of technology speed up the creation of Smart Cities? How can cutting edge technology help in reaching the global goals? Listen to this amazing episode and find out one piece of the puzzle!  Go above and beyond, with the Beyond Buildings Podcast. Links: Nicolas Waern, Podcast Creator/Smart World Architect WINNIIO - Digital Consultancy Natix.io - Opportunistic Edge Vision for Conscious Environments Dr. Alireza Ghods Omid Mogharian
34:37
July 21, 2020
Taking buildings to the cloud
Taking Buildings into the cloud and into the future - with Resolute Buildings Intelligence In this episode of the Beyond Buildings Podcast, we talk to Chris Hallendy and Chad Ruch from Resolute Building Intelligence. We get to hear their amazing journey from the software side of things, venturing into the unknowns of building automation and how they started, got going, and now succeeding in creating intelligent buildings. We talk about the 3 seashell-strategy, Layer Cakes, and why Chris hates the buzzword bingo around AI and Machine Learning. This is an extremely interesting and insightful episode and this could be the very blueprint for the future when it comes to software companies learning real estate. You’ll get to understand where Smart Buildings are today and where the future is heading.  Listen in to a phenomenal episode about the past, present, and future of Smarter Buildings and a more intelligent World. A big thank you to Chris and Chad at Resolute Building Intelligence and to the Beyond Buildings podcast Sponsor, Platform of Trust! "Go above and beyond, with the Beyond Buildings Podcast!" Links: Nicolas Waern, Podcast Creator/Smart World Architect WINNIIO - Digital Consultancy Resolute Building Intelligence - Building-performance for Building Services Providers Chris Hallendy Chad Ruch
59:30
July 13, 2020
Falling in love with Smarter Buildings
In this episode of the Beyond Buildings Podcast we talk to Tommys Hagenes - who's helping buildings to be smarter via Proptech Bergen, Consultant Company Energy Control AS and also as a business developer for Airthings, a indoor climate sensoring company out of Norway.  Inspiring journey from the BMS side and building controls, about his background in facility management, figuring out what would be needed to create better buildings. We'll hear how he founds out if the BMS the heart of the building, is it the first thing people see, and do people fall in love with the BMS every morning?                                                                                                                                                                                                                           We'll hear about how Tommy wants to disrupt himself so that he can help his companies better.  You'll hear about what a true leader things about the largest gap in the smart buildings market and listen to what Tommy thinks is happening in the smart building space, and what needs to happen as well. "Go Above and Beyond with the Beyond Buildings Podcast!" Links: Nicolas Waern, Podcast Creator/Smart World Architect WINNIIO - Digital Consultancy Tommy Hagenes
34:50
June 30, 2020