Enter the 21st century building's "digital twin." Think of it as a dynamic, virtual model of the physical structure, powered by the massive amounts of data that a single structure generates around the clock--everything from design specs to equipment parameters and live occupancy data. With IoT-enabled sensors tracking a building's "pulse" and feeding data back into next-generation systems such as Watson, facility owners and managers today are able to reconstruct every relevant metric from a physical structure in a digital environment. Every asset--from the HVAC system to the vending machines--can be monitored and analyzed remotely. But how do you manage those assets over time?
IBM just made another major step toward getting its Watson supercomputer into hospitals around the world. Siemens and IBM Watson Health are teaming up in something they're calling a five-year "global strategic alliance" to bring Watson to population health -- a concept that's aimed at improving the health of people in an entire community, not just those in the hospital needing immediate care. The companies did not disclose the financial terms of the partnership. Siemens is a German industrial company which, in addition to a healthcare branch (dubbed Siemens Healthineers), also works in energy and transportation. The partnership basically just gives Watson a chance to reach out to a lot more people who provide healthcare, as according to Siemens, the company is involved in more than 70% of "critical clinical decisions" thanks to Siemens instruments.
Google welcomed Honeywell into the Home family as a partner back in January, but now it's finally including both of the company's connected thermostat families, the Lyric and Total Connected Comfort. Users can control them using either Home's voice controls or through Google Assistant on an Android device. That adds to the thermostats' existing integrations with connected platforms, including Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Samsung SmartThings and user-customized IFTTT functionality.
The Semantics conference is one of the biggest events for all things semantics. Key research and industry players gathered this week in Leipzig to showcase and discuss, and we were there to get that vibe. Graphs are everywhere: we have social graphs and knowledge graphs and office graphs, and in the minds of most these have been associated with Facebook and Google and Microsoft. But the concept of Knowledge Graphs is broader and vendor-agnostic. All graphs can be considered as knowledge graphs, insofar as they represent information by means of nodes and (directional) edges.
Microsoft continues to put its artificial intelligence, Cortana, in everything as part of a larger effort to make everyday products more connected and easier to use. The company teamed up with popular thermostat maker Johnson Controls to create GLAS, a sleek new touchscreen wall thermostat that promises to do much more than just turn up the heat. Microsoft debuted the smart control center with a slick video, showing off the device's gorgeous interface. The touchscreen unit can supposedly sense when people are in the room, automatically change settings for energy savings, provide daily reports about air quality, keep track of your calendar and more. GLAS will run on the Windows 10 IoT Core OS, which is made specifically for smart devices.