Acuity Brands acquire Lucid Design to gain share in smart home solutions market

Acuity Brands, an Atlanta based electronics manufacturing company announced its acquisition of Lucid Design Group, a provider of building analytics and business intelligence platform. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Acuity looks forward to unlocking the value of the Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities in buildings by combining Lucid’s software platform with Acuity Brand’s networked sensors.

Based in Oakland, CA, Lucid provides a SaaS-based BuildingOS platform that enables users to gain insights into the operations of their buildings. Lucid has built integrations into over 180 different building data systems and services, including systems tracking utility data, building automation systems, work order systems, and property management solutions.

“We are excited by the opportunity to leverage Acuity Brands’ broad IoT and control capabilities to deliver a complete solution to our customers,”Will Coleman, CEO, Lucid Design Group, Inc.

Acuity Brands, a leading provider of lighting and building management solutions hit $ 3.5 billion in sales in 2017. While the acquisition is not expected to have a material impact on the financial bottom line of the company this year, it will fuel growth for Acuity in years to come.

“Lucid’s technology will allow us to extend the power of our digital networked lighting, building management and IoT solutions,” Laurent J. Vernerey, President of the Acuity Technology Group and Executive Vice President of Acuity Brands, Inc.

Over the past few years, Acuity Brands is transforming from a traditional lighting manufacturer into a state-of-the-art software solution provider within the IoT domain. In July 2016, Acuity made a similar acquisition of 100 percent equity stake in San Francisco-based DGLogik Inc., a provider of innovative software solutions for efficient energy usage and facility performance to enhance its portfolio of holistic IoT solutions.


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Bringing Together Cisco Kinetic for Cities with the AT&T Smart City Operations Center

AT&T has announced it is exploring opportunities to integrate the Cisco Kinetic for Cities platform into select AT&T Smart Cities solutions, including its AT&T Smart Cities Operations Center (SCOC).
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Smart Innovations heading to the Mobile World Congress 2018

As Comba Telecom Systems Holdings Limited is getting ready to participate in the Mobile World Congress (“MWC”) 2018, from 26th Feb – 1st Mar, 2018. With the theme of, ‘On the Road to 5G Enabled Smart Cities,’ Comba Telecom is presenting a range of innovative solutions at the event, including 5G, public safety, smart city and multi-operators’ solutions.

Comba Telecom is ready for the coming of the 5G era with the Massive MIMO/ Beamforming technology for 5G antennas and Digital DAS to be unveiled at the event. The Massive MIMO/ Beamforming technology minimizes interference of mobile signals, improving network capacity and data rates per user. To support its development, technologies like Internet of Things (IoT), debut of 5G Digital DAS can help to realize the objective of networks, providing high-performance 5G indoor coverage

Comba Telecom’s public safety solutions enables construction of reliable and secure in-building communications systems all thanks to the advantages of CriticalPoint BDA and DAS combined with other passive components. It enables responders and other public safety professionals to save lives in emergencies and disaster situations. At MWC, a new series of CriticalPoint public safety BDA and DAS solutions developed for global markets are also to be introduced to visitors.

As a smart city uses different types of electronic data collection sensors to supply information, Comba Telecom will bring the latest smart and artificial intelligence (“AI”) solutions namely ScanVis Computer Vision AI Solutions for Enterprises, Smart Pole, UWB Location Tracking and Scalable HetNet Base Station Solution with onsite demonstrations to the show, forging their customers’ connections to the road to 5G.

Mr. Simon Yeung, Executive Director and Senior Vice President of Comba Telecom and the President of Comba Telecom International, said, “This year, we are delighted to introduce our smart solutions and 5G technologies in addition to turnkey wireless solutions. To implement our business objectives, Comba Telecom is now allocating greater resources in the R&D for new technologies such as IoT and AI in recent years. We believe that our efforts can add value to our customers and facilitate their further success in the future.”

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Rise of the smart city will come with the car’s death

Some people like change, some people don’t like change, and when it comes to building anything most fear the cars that come with it. Antony Savvas considers whether his local paper will ever be free of parking fears, let alone full of brave new world attitudes to smart cities.

I won’t even bother naming the university city I live in, it doesn’t matter whether its York, Cambridge, Oxford, Bath, Exeter or Edinburgh. But picking up the York Press every night is just like reading any local rag in any growing city that attracts new people to universities and new jobs.

The rein of fear that is apparent from the locals towards any new building work is striking, as protest after protest and council lobby after MP petition is dutifully covered in the daily paper. The centre of most people’s fear is the car, and the congestion and parking problems the new influx of their fellow man will bring.

So if this is the case, how are we to build the smart cities and the smart transport that is supposed to come with it?

Bloody students

My city has doubled in size in about 25 years, to just over 200,000, helped by an influx of young people attracted to a collection of good universities and colleges. And many never go back home as a result of the new types of jobs being created in the area for graduates, including IT, high-tech manufacturing, biochemistry and green technology opportunities.

When I first moved here you could park almost anywhere within reason. Now, if you park in front of someone’s house and take “their” space on the Queen’s highway, you’re in big trouble.

And while there is also a serious housing shortage, nothing ever gets built apart from student flat accommodation. That’s because anything from six houses planned by the local builder in the centre of town, to 2,000 homes on the outskirts of the city, get thrown out by lobbied politicians over the traffic and parking concerns.

There is a clue on what the future could positively entail in what is actually being built – most students either don’t own cars or don’t want them. They are more interested, we are often told, in investing what money they have in “experiences”, not things (like cars).

Come to MaaS

And this is why mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) is set to to become a driving force for the new smart cities many would like to see, to deliver efficient transport options, less reliance on carbon and cleaner air.

Buying a house or a car has traditionally been seen as a rite of passage, a way to mark one’s success. But in the current economic climate renting has become the norm for younger people and buying a car is seen as a waste of money, particularly when more and more of us are living in cities anyway.

A survey of car manufacturing bosses by KPMG found that 74% of executives thought more than half of car owners today would not want to own a vehicle in the future. Sharing economy companies like Uber and Airbnb have, of […]

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What we THINK about: facilities management & smart buildings

With the new year in full swing, I have been getting many questions about our upcoming event, Think. Questions such as: Will there be a focus on facilities management and smarter buildings? Will there be real use cases around how IoT & AI make buildings smarter? Are there certification opportunities? Will the entertainment be magnificent? The answer to all of the above is, of course, yes.

Specifically, I have had several opportunities to speak with clients who are building the business case to head to IBM THINK for a week of networking, learning and sharing. I’ll share with you what I have shared with them.

40,000 new friends await you at Think

We are expecting 40,000 of the world’s most inspiring innovators, leaders, and thinkers in one place.  That’s a lot of brilliance under one roof. On top of that, Ginni Rometty and our newest IoT General Manager, Kareem Yusuf, will share their thoughts about the huge changes happening in facilities, factories and other asset-intensive businesses. 

A redesigned campus setting to help teach and inspire you

Buildings, asset management and industrial industries will take the center stage in the “Reimagine your Business” Campus. There will be 90+ campus theater sessions, 61 Watson IoT client & tech sessions and the Watson IoT keynote. There will also be 18+ Hands-on labs and Watson IoT certifications. So much to learn, so little time.    

A robust facilities management track to go deep

As track chair for IoT/ Facilities management, I have had the distinct honor of helping to curate a track that is intended to create deep insights into some innovative approaches to managing facilities.  Just a few of the great facilities management topics that our clients will spotlight during the event are:

· 
Smart buildings 101: How to use your buildings data to help you unlock value for your organization. This session, with the worldwide facilities leader for E&Y,  will be a good level-set for existing and prospective facilities management leaders.  Most importantly, we will be showcasing some of the newest investments made in Tririga. 

· Driving operational excellence through smarter buildings: This session expands on the strategy that asset-intensive industries and facilities leaders are employing to create and extract value from their investments.

· What CFOs and Financial Managers Don’t Know about Their Property, Plants and Equipment with Tony Bailey from Umpqua Bank will be a great session on how organizations are dealing with the FASB and IASB lease accounting changes, and how they are working to automate and analyze their way to compliance.

· Don’t Fear the Dark: Using Dark Data to Make Enlightened Facilities Management Decisions with UMass Amherst and their integration of IoT data as well as GIS and other data elements to “shine a light” on new insights about the way they manage their campus of buildings.

· The Future of Work and Its Impact on Workplace Management will showcase how next-generation technology is being put to work in the office today, and is featuring an update from ISS, as they continue to transform 25,000 buildings globally as they continue the journey to bring AI into play in their facilities, and predict and pre-empt technical issues, as well as create more engaging journeys for their occupants.

· In Buildings 2050: The Cognitive Building and Digital Twins. We will hear from Dr. Claire Penny on the use cases that are emerging today for digital twin. The groundwork for the buildings of tomorrow is being created today. If you don’t know about digital twin and how it relates to buildings, check out this webcast

· Lastly, Competing in retail with the “Connected Store” will showcase how the IoT is being used to improve the experiential, as well as operational environment in fast-moving retail environments, and what it might mean to the workplaces of the future as well.  

If you want to go deeper on facilities management or one of our other exciting tracks, click here and IBM Watson can help you build the perfect curriculum. 

Nobody gets bored in Vegas

I would be remiss if I did not mention the receptions and networking opportunities that run continuously through the event, and an entertainment line-up that continues to grow. There will be three (!) concerts featuring Train, the Bare Naked Ladies (BNL) and the Chainsmokers. Definitely something for everyone. There is more than enough excitement to leave everyone exhausted.

Register now

I hope that helps put some of the huge investment IBM is making for you into perspective. You should now have all the ammo you need to make the case to your leadership to attend Think. I look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas with me and 39,999 friends.

Register today: https://www.ibm.com/events/think/register/

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