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Thursday, October 14, 2021


One-third of European companies have net zero targets, new report finds
Smart Energy Decisions
Almost one-third of the largest listed European companies have set targets to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, however only 5% are on track to meet their targets, a new study found. Accenture’s new study, “Reaching Net Zero by 2050,” found that setting concrete targets helped these companies in their pursuits of net-zero emissions. Companies with net zero goals reduced their emissions by an average of 10%, while companies without such goals generally had increases in emissions. In the U.K., 37% of listed companies set net-zero target dates, while 27% did in Germany and 18% in France.
(IS-2021-216) OPC UA Users and Experts Conveying Knowledge and Experience
This report was published by the OPC Foundation in December 2020. Expert content from market leaders in communication, automation and industrial IT is brought together in an analysis highlighting the benefits and the potential of the Open Platform Communications Unified Architecture (OPC UA) technology for end users, system integrators, operators in the world of industrial IoT. (CABA members may login to access this members-only content. Non-members please go to for a preview of library content and to join.).
(IS-2021-212) Brave New World — Leveraging the Private Networking Opportunity
This May 2021 report by Sierra Wireless examines why private Long Term Evolution (LTE) and 5th Generation mobile (5G) networks have emerged as an option for many organizations. Operational basics for each network are presented, along with discussion of the differences between these options and Wi-Fi networks, public LTE and 5G networks. (CABA members may login to access this members-only content. Non-members please go to for a preview of library content and to join.).
Report: Smart home market poised for strong growth
Security Today
Despite a turbulent 2020, the smart home market is poised for exceptional growth as the industry aims to bring intelligence to ‘not-so-smart’ smart homes, according to research group Omdia.


Siemens acquires Wattsense to boost IoT systems for small and medium buildings
Siemens Smart Infrastructure has completed the acquisition of French startup Wattsense, a hardware and software company which offers an innovative, plug-and-play IoT management system for small and mid-size buildings, expanding Siemens’ building products portfolio. Siemens is a CABA Board member
The Siemon Company and Igor formalize smart building ecosystem partnership and synergize market strategy
Siemon, a leading global network infrastructure specialist, and Igor, Inc., a leading provider of power-over-Ethernet (PoE)-based IoT smart building solutions, are pleased to announce that they have expanded their partnership within the smart building partner ecosystem to better meet customer needs and expand opportunities in the growing smart building market. Siemen Company is a CABA member.
Airthings launches View CO2 for Business with 10 years of battery life
Airthings announced a new product addition to its portfolio: View CO₂ for Business. The new battery-operated, wireless sensor is designed to empower schools and offices everywhere to take charge of their air quality by warning them when carbon dioxide (CO₂) exceeds recommended levels and indoor air quality deteriorates.
How to make smart building data smarter
At some point in your career, you’ve likely sat down at your computer and stared at a spreadsheet with rows and rows of figures, and thought to yourself, “This is completely useless to me. I have no earthly idea what this is trying to tell me.”
The benefits of retrofitting new access control technology into older buildings
Security Magazine
When you think about smart buildings and smart technology, you probably picture a shiny, sleek new building outfitted with the latest technology. But this doesn’t need to be the case all the time.
KMC Controls partners with Veridify Security to make buildings cyber safe
KMC Controls
KMC Controls®, an industry leader and innovator in building automation and controls, recently announced their partnership with Veridify Security. KMC is pleased to be adding DOME™, Veridify’s SaaS cyber-physical security solution for Operational Technology (OT) networks and device-level building automation, to their product offering. DOME provides a low-cost, easy-to-implement security platform that delivers real-time authentication and data protection to the edge of a building’s network. KMC Controls and Veridify are CABA members.
Cities and their buildings are getting smarter
Visions for futuristic cities where life-improving technologies proliferate have been around since the dawn of science fiction. But are we approaching a point where we can realistically expect to see these technologies in action? Depending on the technology in question, the answer is increasingly yes.


What’s a smart building or IoT appliance without on-demand repair and maintenance?
lCOVID-19 is forcing real estate developers and facility managers to rethink many aspects of the buildings they build and oversee — and investing in smart building systems and software is one of them. A KRC research report says up to 70% of United States facility managers are now more willing to invest in smart building solutions.
If you want a smart home, get ready to subscribe
Stacy on IoT
I see a smart home developing where I may end up with a bunch of interoperable device basics thanks to standards like Matter, but little utility or smarts unless I pay for a subscription.
Plume raises $300 million as it passes 1.2 billion devices in 35 million homes using its smart WiFi service
Plume — a communications startup that partners with carriers to provide smart mesh WiFi to improve broadband connectivity in homes, and then offers other smart home services on top of that network — has been in the middle of a massive boom in its business fueled by the rapid uptake, use, and complete reliance on broadband in the home working as best as it can.
How clean is your air, really?
Trane Technologies — a global climate innovator — is making it easier to understand and optimize home comfort, including the quality of air in your home.
Register today for BuildingsNY, October 20-21
For 35 years BuildingsNY has been the leading event for NYC building professionals, including Building Owners, Property Managers, Facility Engineers, Managing Agents, Energy Engineers and Superintendents. The annual event brings together more than 5,000+ industry professionals and provides them with the tools and suppliers they need to lower their costs, grow their businesses, and operate efficient buildings. BuildingsNY is a CABA endorsed event.
Tribe Property Technologies announces partnership with Eddy Solutions, bringing smart water metering to new construction buildings
Tribe Property Technologies Inc. has partnered with Eddy Solutions, a leader in IoT (Internet of Things)-enabled water protection, specializing in water monitoring and leak detection for properties of all types. Eddy Solutions is a CABA member.
Kontrol Technologies enters new market vertical with expanded building controls
Business Wire
Kontrol Technologies Corp., a leader in smart building technologies, is providing its customers with new building automation controls and monitoring solutions for water conservation, including building-level and in-suite technology. Kontrol Technologies is a CABA member. 
8 best bathroom gadgets to buy in 2021
Science Focus
To help make teeth brushing, showering, bathing, and even sink scrubbing, more efficient and enjoyable, we’ve put together a list of the best bathroom gadgets.


Thank you to everyone who attended our IBC meeting on October 12
The Intelligent Buildings Council (IBC) met via webinar on Oct. 12 and the featured talk was “Intelligent Ventilation In the age of Net Zero & COVID,” presented by Dan Diehl of Aircuity, a CABA member. The slides from the presentation are available on our website at; the recording and meeting minutes will be added there in the near future.
Residential-Sector Research for 2021: The Connected Home and AI
CABA plans to launch its “Connected Home and AI” research project later in 2021. Its purpose is to examine various aspects of artificial intelligence in the connected home industry. For an overview of the topic, replay the Connected Home Council webinar from Sept. 30, given by Harbor Research. The research will develop recommendations for stakeholders on how they can best position themselves in this evolving connected home landscape. The funders to date, all CABA member, include Carrier/Automated Logic, Snap One, and Resideo Technologies, Inc. Contact Greg Walker ([email protected]) for information on becoming a funder.