In this final in a five-part series exploring the disruptive trends impacting facility and energy management, we look to 2016 and beyond. We will explore how the elements of the first four posts come together to create an open collaboration between facilities, energy service providers and solutions providers, in order to achieve resiliency, efficiency and self-sufficiency.
Disruptive Trend #5 – Open Frameworks for Innovative Collaboration
In our previous post, we explored how ubiquitous connectivity allows facilities to monetize services. We now explore how tying these efforts to those of outside players can lead to a greater opportunity to monetize services and drive economies of scale. This final trend is happening as more energy service providers and utilities become engaged in the smart building space. Their unprecedented scale and service to hundreds of facilities bring a desire and ability to drive open, interoperable platforms.
Imagine a power outage that doesn’t impact a facility’s core business operations, or a facility that is paid to stabilize the grid from potential outages. Scenarios like these are right around the corner, thanks to open frameworks that encourage cross-industry collaboration. These collaborations are pushing open, vendor-agnostic frameworks that create new services, more choices, and higher levels of innovation, as well as drive economies of scale. Just as Aurora® has disrupted the building automation space by connecting to any energy asset regardless of who makes it, companies will come together in a way that best fits the goals of a facility regardless of who offers the service or who manufactures the asset or application. Blue Pillar is working with energy service, application and asset providers to define how facilities can benefit from these open environments and to transform how services and assets are provided and connected to facilities in the years to come.
This will happen by completely driving the framework at all levels of the energy equation, from the asset to the market service or players, providing more freedom and choices in order to solve the most pressing problems. Increased levels of industry cooperation will open new opportunities for true innovation, dramatically simplifying the challenges that have plagued energy managers with the goal of driving energy efficiency, resiliency and self-sufficiency.
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