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The demand for building automation systems (BAS) is surging as businesses explore new ways of improving energy efficiency.
According to a new report from market research firm Frost & Sullivan, more and more organisations are turning to connected technologies to improve the management of their buildings.
The BAS market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.3 percent between 2016 and 2022, it says.
Other factors behind this growth include increasing interest in buildings’ energy consumption. Smart hubs, sensors, energy-efficient LED lights, and new wireless systems are among the technologies that can help.
There’s also a growing need for connected security and surveillance systems. The analyst company identified them as “significant” components of the smart building sector.
Currently, buildings are responsible for an estimated 40 per cent of energy consumption worldwide, and cumulatively emit high levels of carbon dioxide. As a result, there’s a critical need for systems that enable greater energy efficiency.
Suba Arunkumar, research manager at Frost & Sullivan, said business managers and tenants are investing in BAS and IoT technologies to gain insights from big data and improve overall efficiency.
“Cutting-edge technologies involving IoT, big data, and cloud platforms have made it convenient to gather and normalise data from buildings to help analyse the energy usage trends, and facilitate fault detection and monitoring of overall building energy performance,” she said.
As a result, BAS systems are becoming a “core” part of new building developments.
But poor cybersecurity could be a long-term threat to the sector, she suggested. “These technology advancements will only thrive if suppliers can develop security features that are strong enough to offset customer fears about hacking or system failure.”
Arunkumar said politicians and lawmakers have an important role to play in the rise of BAS and the IoT.
“Government policies and regulations will remain critical to keeping the momentum behind advancements in this market.
“In spite of the exciting innovation around technology and new business models, the main driver of progress will be policy and regulation on building management and energy efficiency.”
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A welcome report that offers some insight into how smart systems can help building and facilities managers to control and monitor energy usage. But as ever with the IoT, the most useful byproduct is data. Individually and collectively, data sets about how buildings are being used locally and worldwide could be the critical element in reducing carbon emissions and maximising the use of sustainable resources. Any mechanism for creating open datasets from these systems is invaluable.
In a new study, neuroscientists at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) identified brain cells that appear to control anxiety. While the researchers found these “anxiety cells” in the brains of mice (specifically in the hippocampus) Rene Hen, Ph.D., one of the study’s senior investigators, believes that the cells likely exist in the human brain as well.
When these “anxiety cells” fire, they send a message to the regions of the brain which trigger anxious behavior. For the mice in the study, these anxious behaviors included avoiding an area that made them feel unsafe or leaving that area for somewhere safe. In the study’s press release, Hen explained that the cells only fire when the animals are in places that are scary for them.“For a mouse, that’s an open area where they’re more exposed to predators, or an elevated platform.”
Previous research has implicated a number of different cells in anxiety, but these cells are the first scientists have found that are related to the actual state of anxiety in an animal – regardless of their environment.
Anxiety has a very specific purpose: it helps an animal sense danger so they can avoid potentially dangerous environments. Anxiety is a natural, useful part of life — until it becomes uncontrolled. At that point, it becomes not just unhelpful, but distressing. Even harmful in and of itself.
Treating anxiety conditions in humans can be tricky, as many of the current methods for treating anxiety have significant drawbacks. Among the most commonly prescribed medications, several come with a host of side effects. Even for patients who use a combination of therapy and medications, it can be difficult to find a treatment that’s effective.
“Now that we’ve found these cells in the hippocampus, it opens up new areas for exploring treatment ideas that we didn’t know existed before,” said Jessica Jimenez, PhD, an MD/PhD student at Columbia University’s Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons and lead author of the study.
The findings from this research certainly could one day help develop new treatments for anxiety or improve the treatments we already have. Joshua Gordon, director of the National Institute of Mental Health (which helped fund research) told to NPRthat “If we can learn enough, we can develop the tools to turn on and off the key players that regulate anxiety in people.”
While the research is promising, Gordon did caution that it’s not going to lead to a cure-all. “You can think of this paper as one brick in a big wall,” he said.
Like many companies, Google uses a variety of operating systems in-house. macOS and Windows are used by a large number of employees, a modified build of Debian Linux is used on its servers (as of 2014, at least), and Chrome OS and Android devices are commonplace. In work environments where Linux is needed, Google uses a customized version of Ubuntu 14.04 called ‘Goobuntu,’ which has never been released publicly.
OnePlus has released OxygenOS Open Beta 2 for the OnePlus 5T based on Android Oreo that comes with a whole host of improvements and some new features. The most notable addition is a new OnePlus Switch app designed to make it easy to switch to a new OnePlus device from an existing one from any Android brand. Another addition is a new clipboard feature that’s activated whenever you mark and copy something across the device. The phone will then let you search, translate or share that text. In terms of improvements, there are some to the battery for managing high power consumption…
I look at my phone. It vibrates. It asks for my password.
This is the single most annoying experience I have on a regular basis with the iPhone X. Face ID is at once pretty good and absolutely infuriating. The iPhone X is, as a result, the most frustrating smartphone I have used in recent memory. The iPhone X is also pretty great, but when it rubs me the wrong way, it really rubs me the wrong way.