The Building Internet of Things has created a wealth of innovative products for facilities. But the range of Building IoT products is so wide, and the number of companies offering them is so large, that it can be tough for FMs to get a handle on their options. One way to start analyzing the new tech offerings is by putting them into one of two buckets: Horizontal solutions are generally standalone and focus on a single capability, like acquisition of data to be fed into a BAS. By contrast, vertical solutions provide a variety of capabilities — for example, metering hardware plus the ability to transmit the data to the cloud, to analyze it, and to provide it to FMs via a graphic user interface. Click here to learn about the different types of solutions and about questions to ask before buying.
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