The First Steps of Adding Intelligence to Your Facility

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The marketing hype around the Smart Building or the Smart City talks about the new wave of technology and the interconnection of every device and a utopian mesh of data that will magically change our world. While this place does sound wonderful, how do we get from where we are today to taking our initial steps towards this future?

Follow the trail blazed by industry. The fourth industrial revolution, Industry 4.0, leverages automation systems, IoT, and common communication protocols to create the digital factory. The digital factory gives machinery on the plant floor the capability of communicating among themselves to make real time decisions that do not involve human intervention. All it takes is the right integrator to connect and normalize the data, and put the algorithms for decision making in place.

There is no difference between a building management system and an industrial SCADA system, so why has the facility industry lagged behind when it comes to data growth and analysis?

The building blocks are already in place for the digital facility. The rise of BACnet allows for once disparate BMS systems to be connected. IoT sensors allow access to more data than ever before. Pooling the data from HVAC, lighting, power monitoring, and even fire alarm and security systems is easier than ever before. Creating the digital/smart, facility, campus, or city takes the right technology deployed by the right integrator to connect and normalize the data, and put the algorithms for decision making in place.

With OSIsoft technology, RoviSys will show you how to connect all your facility subsystems and IoT sensor data to build a common data lake, where things like single pane of glass graphics, fault detection & diagnostics, and true energy management become a reality.

Course Tuition: Free

Learning Objectives:

  • The value of separating control systems from data to provide protection from increased risk of cyber threats and share data to achieve value.
  • How to add data that is IoT device based and provide validation that the cost of adding to your BMS is not justified
  • Understand the importance of pooling data (data lake) and the power of a single pane of glass
  • Understand the difference between Energy Dashboarding and an Fault Detection System

From Our Partners

Derek Drayer


A summer internship at Eltech, a Diamond Shamrock Company, helped me realize that doing do R&D as a career was not for me. So I transitioned to process automation while attending the University of Akron and ended up completing three co-op stints with RoviSys. I graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering and began working in earnest on my first RoviSys project - a furnace control pilot project for the glass of the first batch of Apple iPhones. After a number of start-ups on the same glass mass-production lines in Japan, I transitioned to design & engineering, then to project management for polymer production automation projects. In 2009, I landed in Singapore to manage a true, BMS controls project, a $5M, 20,000+ man-hour effort to automate the water systems, HVAC, power distribution control, fire alarm, and security deployment for a $1B Greenfield construction project. I took up residence in Singapore and got to work. The successful completion of the Singapore project gave me an idea… RoviSys Building Technologies was founded in 2012. An exhilarating and daunting undertaking, I was rewarded by quickly landing accounts that allowed our Building Technologies group to grow from 2 employees to 70 in just 4 years. RBT caters specifically to the building automation marketspace, with a foundation built on an organization with over 25 years’ experience in virtually every control system in existence. My role as co-president of a fast growing company keeps one very busy. I spend my time working with management to ensure RoviSys culture is preserved and working with potential customers who want bigger things out of their BMS systems. When I’m not working, you’ll find me running/biking/swimming (3 completed marathons + a half-ironman under my belt), or in downtown Cleveland cheering on our professional sports teams.

Scott Smith

Industry Principal, Facilities & Data Centers

Scott Smith is the Industry Principal for Facilities and Data Centers at OSIsoft. OSIsoft has over 38 years of history in the critical infrastructure industries providing secure access to process control systems and data. Scott has spent the initial 15 years of his career in IT system design and operations for critical infrastructure companies in the electrical distribution, transmission and power generation industries. Scott‘s focus then turned to the advancement of smart meters and meter data management with global utilities driving the beginning of the utility Smart Grid. Scott’s focus at OSIsoft is taking the same lessons learned and moving this to Smart Facilities a microcosm of the utility grade Smart Grid.