Frost & Sullivan: Big Data Evolution Fast-tracks the Development of Smart Buildings

– Increasing partnerships between data analytics and building technology providers highlight the immense value big data can bring

LONDON, Aug. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The convergence of next-generation IT solutions such as the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing, big data and data analytics will open up new business opportunities for both building technology and ICT companies. More importantly, these platforms are expected to become the pillars of smart building evolution in terms of technology, business value and customer satisfaction.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Big Data as an Enabler for Smart Buildings, finds that urbanization, the connectivity and convergence of smart technologies, and communication between smart devices are the three big trends that will drive the development of the smart buildings industry.

“The ongoing convergence of operating technology and IT indicates that key technology advancements will gather pace in the fields of data analytics, cloud services and IoT,” said Frost & Sullivan Energy and Environmental Research Analyst Anirudh Bhaskaran. “Big data, especially, will emerge as a more valuable delivery model owing to affordable upfront costs and lower resource usage.”

In addition, big data provides an open platform that enables the integration of data from different systems. The technology’s scalability is another crucial benefit that will underpin its value in the smart building space.

The integration of ICT and building technologies to satisfy the technical demand for big data and analytics applications will lead to new partnerships between data analytic and building technology providers in the near future. Tier I building technology participants, in particular, will welcome strategic alliances with data analytic vendors.

“Local government focus on technology, policy, economy and infrastructure will lend further momentum to smart building initiatives and, gradually, lead to their evolution into smart cities in the next 10 to 15 years,” added Bhaskaran. “The BRIC countries – Brazil, Russia, India and China – are likely to invest strongly in smart buildings and smart cities due to expanding population, economic growth and rapid urbanization.”

As a result, organizations involved in both big data and building technologies will be at the frontline of the smart building space when the two industries merge into a single platform.

For more information on this research, please email Chiara Carella, Corporate Communications, at chiara.carella@frost.com.

Big Data as an Enabler for Smart Buildings is part of the Building Management Technologies(http://www.buildingtechnologies.frost.com) Growth Partnership Service program. This Market Insight discusses the mega trends driving big data in smart buildings as well as the ecosystem of next-generation information technology. Further, the Insight tracks the potential of big data and analytics as game changers in the smart buildings industry.

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Frost & Sullivan: Lean Strategies and Decentralized Value Chains Fuel RFID Uptake in Manufacturing

— Automotive and aerospace industries represent key growth areas

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The business model and structure of the manufacturing industry has grown well beyond the scope of a single enterprise and location, making radio frequency identification (RFID) solutions indispensable to its functioning. With increasing adoption of lean manufacturing strategies prompting most industry players to focus on and outsource niche operations within global supply chains, RFID solutions will help sustain high levels of performance.

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New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Analysis of the Global RFID in Manufacturing Market, finds that the market earned revenues of $1.29 billion in 2013 and estimates this to nearly quadruple to $4.99 billion in 2020. The study covers passive, active and battery-assisted passive RFID. Over the forecast period, demand for active RFID will increase to fulfill business needs more efficiently.

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Use of RFID technologies enhances supply chain visibility and total control of inventory, operations and logistics across diverse manufacturing points. As RFID solutions facilitate real-time tracking of assets in different locations, it increases productivity enabling cost-effective allocation of resources. These benefits, along with reduced labor requirements, information accuracy, improved sales and customer service boost RFID adoption among manufacturing participants looking to realize higher return on investment.

“Opportunities for RFID solution providers exist across all application segments within the manufacturing industry,” said Frost & Sullivan Measurement & Instrumentation Senior Research Analyst Nandini Bhattacharya. “Growth prospects in the automotive and aerospace manufacturing sectors are especially promising owing to supportive industry regulations.”

However, as long as the economic situation remains uncertain, customers — particularly small and medium enterprises — will be reluctant to invest in RFID solutions unless they see a direct correlation between implementation of these technologies and cost-saving advantages. Cost is, therefore, a discerning factor for consumers’ RFID purchasing decisions. Scalability of solutions and technology support will be important criteria influencing uptake.

“Partnerships and acquisitions are rampant and necessary for this market to continue to expand,” noted Bhattacharya. “Without such collaborations, the breadth of knowledge and expertise needed for success is typically too wide even for the largest of companies.”

Analysis of the Global RFID in Manufacturing Market is part of the Automatic Identification (http://www.autoid.frost.com) Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related studies include: Analysis of the Global 2D-Barcode Scanners Market, Analysis of the Global RFID Tags Market, Analysis of the Global RFID and Bar Code Printers Market, and Emerging Opportunities in Global Biometrics Market. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

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ZigBee Certified Products Surpass 1,000

— Continual growth in ZigBee Certified products signals the growing demand for the Internet of Things

SAN RAMON, Calif., Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The ZigBee Alliance, a global ecosystem of organizations creating wireless solutions for use in energy management, commercial and consumer applications, today announced that there are now more than 1,000 ZigBee Certified products available to the market, demonstrating the rising demand for the Internet of Things.

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ZigBee standards have been implemented in products developed by more than 400 global manufacturers. The rising number of Alliance members and ZigBee Certified products is a reflection of market demand. In fact, analysts from Research and Markets have forecasted that the global ZigBee enabled devices market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of more than 67 percent from 2014-2018.

The ZigBee Certified program ensures that quality, interoperable ZigBee products are available for product manufacturers and their customers. The program focuses on two areas, the ZigBee Compliant Platform program and the ZigBee Certified Product program. The ZigBee Compliant Platform program evaluates all platforms before they can be engineered into products, including testing for compliance to a ZigBee specification. The ZigBee Certified Product program tests any product using an Alliance-developed standard, ensuring that the product is fully compliant to the standard. To learn more about the ZigBee Certified program, visit: http://www.zigbee.org/Certification.aspx

“The rise to 1,000 certified products is the result of ZigBee’s prominence in the booming Internet of Things industry,” said Tobin J.M. Richardson, President and CEO of the ZigBee Alliance. “ZigBee is the only standards-based wireless technology designed to address the unique needs of device-to-device communication in just about any market, and the more than 400 member companies consistently certifying new products with ZigBee are a testament to that fact.”

ZigBee members continue to experience success, delivering tens of millions of devices to a variety of markets including:

Smart Home
ZigBee is the only global, standards-based wireless solution that can conveniently and affordably control the widest range of devices to improve comfort, security and convenience for consumers. ZigBee enjoys strong adoption in the smart home driven by consumers purchasing through retail stores such as Staples and Lowes, telecommunication companies such as Comcast, Deutsche Telekom and EchoStar, and directly from home automation companies including LeGrand, Schneider, and many others.

Connected Lighting
ZigBee continues to drive interoperable and very easy-to-use consumer lighting and control products allowing consumers to gain wireless control over all their LED fixtures, light bulbs, remotes and switches. Recent announcements by GE, OSRAM, Philips, Busch Jaeger and others demonstrate the growing dominance of ZigBee for connected lighting.

The Connected Lighting Alliance, comprising almost all the major global lighting vendors, has endorsed ZigBee Light Link as the preferred standard for residential lighting applications. This decision represents the first time an alliance of leading lighting companies has unanimously endorsed a common open standard for wireless lighting solutions.

Energy Management
ZigBee is already installed in tens of millions of smart meters today and continues to be the standard of choice for utilities around the world. For instance, Great Britain will begin its Smart Metering Implementation Programme which will lead to the replacement of 53 million meters in homes and small businesses across Great Britain with smart electricity and gas meters by 2020.

To see the full list of ZigBee Certified products, visit: http://zigbee.org/Products/Overview.aspx.

ZigBee: Control your world
ZigBee offers green and global wireless standards, connecting the widest range of devices to work together intelligently and help you control your world. The ZigBee Alliance is an open, non-profit association of approximately 400 members driving development of innovative, reliable and easy-to-use ZigBee standards. The Alliance promotes worldwide adoption of ZigBee as the leading wirelessly networked, sensing and control standard for use in consumer, commercial and industrial areas. For more information, visit: www.ZigBee.org

Leading Architectural Design Firm NBBJ Launches Healthcare Practice in China

SHANGHAI, Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Global design and architecture firm NBBJ announced today the expansion of its healthcare planning and design services into China. Principal Rudy Widjaja will lead planning and design teams from NBBJ’s Shanghai office, where he will draw on his experience with healthcare clients in mainland China, Taiwan, Korea and the United States, as well as the firm’s global network of healthcare experts.  

The launch of NBBJ’s China healthcare practice comes at a time when the scope of the firm’s healthcare practice in Asia is increasing, with work for Shanghai Children’s Medical Center in mainland China; the Koo Foundation Sun Yat-Sen Cancer Center in Taipei, Taiwan; and the Samsung Medical Center in Seoul, Korea, among other projects.

Joan Saba, AIA, FACHA, Partner at NBBJ and the leader of its global healthcare practice, said: “We’ve successfully extended our innovative healthcare facilities concepts across the U.S., Europe and the Middle East. While we have long been serving select healthcare clients in China, we are very excited to deepen our practice by building a strong China team for future clients.”

“By formalizing our healthcare practice, we are now able to bring NBBJ’s renowned healthcare design expertise to our Chinese clients more readily. We can adapt best and future practices to the specific technical and cultural needs in China as new private healthcare models emerge,” added Principal Rudy Widjaja.  

For seventy years, NBBJ’s vision and compassion have helped shape many of the world’s most progressive academic medical centers, teaching hospitals, specialty hospitals, community hospitals, ambulatory care centers, medical office buildings and specialty facilities. NBBJ has worked with 11 of the top 17 U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll Hospitals. Clients include American University of Beirut Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School), Cambridge University, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Cleveland Clinic, Kaiser Permanente, the Kuwait Ministry of Health, Mayo Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital, NYU Langone Medical Center, the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, the University of Pennsylvania Health System and Virginia Mason.

The firm successfully blends healing environments with efficient, evidence-based design and research. This approach has earned NBBJ notable accolades, including being named “Firm of the Year” and “Healthcare Architect of the Year” (for Joan Saba) by Healthcare Design and “Most Admired Healthcare Firm” by Interior Design for seven consecutive years. NBBJ is ranked as the second-largest healthcare architect in the world, according to BD World Architecture, and by Engineering News-Record as the “#1 Green Architecture Firm.” The firm has been the recipient of more than 300 healthcare design awards.

In the late 1990s, NBBJ formed a team to meet clients’ demand for services in a rapidly growing Asia market, which led to the opening of the Shanghai office in 2005. In China, NBBJ is currently designing corporate offices for Alipay in Hangzhou, Suning in Nanjing, Tencent in Shenzhen and WeChat in Guangzhou. Commercial mixed-use developments include Yanlord Landmark in Chengdu and Eton Place in Xiamen. Recent sports and convention centers include the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center in Hangzhou, the Asia World Expo in Hong Kong and the Qingdao Aoshan Bay International Exhibition Center. The firm’s master planning work spans the country, from the waterfront redevelopment of the Shanghai Bund to the 25,000-hectare city master plan for Karamay. NBBJ is the recipient of multiple MIPIM Asia, Cityscape and ASLA awards for its work in China.

To celebrate the expansion of the Chinese healthcare practice, NBBJ Partners Joan Saba and Timothy Johnson as well as Principal Rudy Widjaja are hosting a salon event, “Healthy China: What’s Next for Healthcare and Cities,” which will take place at The Langham, Xintiandi Shanghai, September 15, 2014, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.

The invitation-only salon is a platform for discussion and knowledge sharing among leaders, thinkers and builders of health practice and health facilities. The format for the evening will be a panel discussion moderated by the Editor-in-Chief of Forbes (China) magazine, Jiangong Zhou. Panelists include John Cai, Director, Centre for Healthcare Management and Policy, and Adjunct Professor of Economics, China Europe International Business School (CEIBS); Hongyang Wang, Professor, School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Nanjing University; Joseph D. Tucker, Director, UNC Project-China; and Joan Saba, Healthcare Design Partner, NBBJ.

For more information:
US: Helen Dimoff, Director of Communications, NBBJ, hdimoff@nbbj.com
China: Stella Ye, stella.ye@motto-consulting.com.cn

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To request an invitation to the event:
Cindy Wu, cwu@nbbj.com

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NBBJ creates innovative places and experiences for organizations worldwide, and designs environments, communities and buildings that enhance people’s lives. Founded in 1943, NBBJ is an industry leader in healthcare and corporate facilities and has a strong presence in the commercial, civic, science, education and sports markets. The firm has won numerous awards and has been recognized as one of the world’s “Top Ten Most Innovative Architecture Firms” by Fast Company magazine. NBBJ has more than 750 employees in ten offices worldwide, including Beijing, Boston, Columbus, London, Los Angeles, New York, Pune, San Francisco, Seattle and Shanghai. Clients include Alibaba, Amazon, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Boeing, Cambridge University, Cleveland Clinic, GlaxoSmithKline, Google, Massachusetts General Hospital, Microsoft, Reebok, Salk Institute, Samsung, Stanford University, Starbucks, Telenor, Tencent and the Wellcome Trust.

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Cash Balance of EVERGRANDE GROUP Reaches 64.03 Billion Yuan, Ranks No.1 in China; HuiKa Yan Announces Multiple Business Strategies

BEIJING, Aug. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — On August 26th, The 2014 Midyear Achievement Announcement of EVERGRANDE GROUP was held at the Shangri La Hotel on Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong. The Group Chairman HuiKa Yan made a public announcement to the world: the EVERGRANDE GROUP will stand firmly to implement its multiple businesses strategies. An original report by Sina Leju follows:

He said that EVERGRANDE GROUP will stand firm to implement its multiple business strategies, which are announced to the public for the first time after long term and prudent investigation and survey. “After special research, we found that most of the World Top 500 Giant Enterprises would select multiple businesses strategies after they have developed to a certain size. As far as the size, team and brand of the Group are concerned, we will lose lots of development opportunities if we fail to implement multiple business strategies. Now, the Group has formally entered the strategic stage of “Multi + Size + Brand.”

What are the new industries which the Group will enter? When will the Group enter these industries? HuiKa Yan said that that depends on market potentials. They may be modern agriculture, dairy industry and stockbreeding, or maybe new products like EVERGRANDE grain and oil product, and EVERGRANDE baby milk powder will appear soon. For the first time, He revealed to the public, “the Group will take a seat in the World Top 500 Giant Enterprises next year. In terms of the main indexes such as sales amount (which are essential for appraisal of the World Top 500 Giant Enterprises), we are confident to reach that.”

Behind the new strategies, the achievement of multiple businesses had a big growth when compared with the same period of the last year, taking a lead in the industry. The mid-year data shows that, in the upper half of 2014, sales amount of the Group reached 69.32 billion yuan, a growth of 55.4 percent when compared with the same period of last year; with a net profit of 9.49 billion yuan, nearly double that of 4.81 billion yuan of WANKE Group; its total assets reached 421.65 billion yuan, a growth of 53.6 percent when compared with the same period of last year; as of June 30, the cash balance reached 64.03 billion yuan, a growth of 52.6 percent when compared with the same period of last year.

In addition, the other core indexes of the Group also witnessed a big growth when compared with the same period of 2013. By the end of June, the Group has completed 110 billion yuan, i.e. 63 percent of the annual goal, ranking top among real estate enterprises in China. The industry generally predicted that the last half year will see a warmer market. The Group may become the first real estate enterprise which fulfills the annual goal.

The fair achievement of the Group is due a lot to its size. As of June 30, the Group has 303 large projects in 147 cities in China, boasting a giant taking a lead in the industry in China. With the rapid growth of city expansion in China, there are growing demands for houses, and the Group has strived to provide houses of high quality and moderate prices to meet such demands, thus winning a return of increasingly growing achievement.

In addition, the cash balance of the Group is more than 64 billion yuan; the accumulated paid-in land payment has reached 175.26 billion yuan, showing strong financial strength. Steady and prudent financial policies have laid a solid foundation for the Group’s further development in the real estate industry, and give guarantee for expanding its multiple strategies.