If we are to become able to meet the goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, such as those proposed by Mayor de Blasio in NYC, we are going to need a workforce with new skills. So, how will that workforce be trained? We’re predicting a grow of jobs in refurbishing government buildings,private buildings and existing housing stock with greater energy efficiency. Training needs may be partly addressed by President Obama’s goal of making Community Colleges free to attend. But, could training itself be a profitable venture? What about designing the new curricula that will be needed? What are the business models that will work and will they be dependent on government funding, private sector financing (investment) or a combination of the two?
For example, benchmarking is extremely important for building owners to understand their resource consumption and then take action to drive down resource consumption. What are the ways IoT can help to first monitor the current state and save a benchmark that will enable performance metrics as different variables are controlled in an attempt to optimize how utilities are consumed.
In an article in the Harvard Business Review, Michael E. Porter says: “The past decade has been characterized by internal cost reduction, cautious investment, higher corporate profitability, rising M&A, and muted innovation across large parts of the economy. This path has resulted in slower job growth, slower improvements in wages and living standards for the average citizen, . . . The era of smart, connected products can change this trajectory, provided that companies move aggressively to embrace the opportunity. Business and government together will need to equip workers across all groups with the skills to participate, and agree on the rules and regulations needed to set standards, enable innovation, protect data, and overcome efforts to block progress (such as auto dealers’ political opposition to Tesla).”
NOTE: On January 8, 2015 NPR reported that the Keystone XL pipeline would only create about 50 permanent jobs in the US.
In another Scientific American Article, Biello writes: “New York City has nearly one million buildings—many of them woefully energy inefficient. Insulation is spotty at best, single-paned windows leak heat in winter and cool air in summer, and the untold millions of electric appliances they hold suck energy from the grid—many even when turned off. As a result, buildings contribute 79 percent of the Big Apple’s 60 million metric tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, according to the Mayor’s Long-Term Planning and Sustainability Office. . . .”
If we’re going to solve climate change problems, before it is too late, we don’t have time to be patient with “industry experts” who are building walled gardens for IoT.
Stacey Higginbotham writes “At CES, let’s just concede defeat for an open standard for IoT.” Maybe more of the “industry experts” need to read Doc Searls’ book “The Attention Economy: When Customers Take Charge.” One of the most salient points made by Doc Searls is the difference between making money on something versus making money because of something. He talks about how IBM tried to make money on Token Ring, a proprietary networking solution, versus TCP/IP, the free open standard that enabled everybody to make money because of the resulting Internet that became possible.
Open Source hardware devices like the Raspberry Pi and the Arduino, plus Open Source software are driving a DIY movement that could counter walled gardens. We’d like to hear your thoughts about what is necessary to mainstream this movement.
Gigaom research has created this report: “Sector Roadmap: Smart home platforms.”