HVAC’s IoT Transformation Is Just Beginning: AHR Expo 2018

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By Dan Shey | 1Q 2018 | IN-5029




ABI Research analysts recently attended the AHR Expo show in Chicago. The expo featured more than 2,000 exhibitors of air conditioning, heating, refrigeration, and ventilation products, from valve and sensor hardware to room-size dehumidification systems. Its relevance to the IoT is twofold. First, it is a market of hundreds of smaller companies that ultimately support a key IoT segment of building automation systems. Second, while its overall IoT maturity would be considered low, IoT value and investment cut across the maturity spectrum. This insight highlights the top four IoT activities demonstrated by suppliers at the show and what this means for the broader IoT market.

IoT Activities in Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration


Four broad IoT themes became evident in discussions with AHR show exhibitors.

IoT for Field Service Value: Field service is an integral part of the building heating and cooling market and its most mature IoT suppliers have led by using IoT-ready machines and related services to …

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