In the news recently, ioTium was chosen by SPIRE Realty Group, a Dallas-based commercial real estate services company, to charge up the company's cloud-based visibility into building performance and third-party access. A key member of the team working to better enable SPIRE's security and building performance, Jordan Crow is the company's VP of Information Technology (IT). We recently caught up with Jordan for the lowdown on SPIRE's latest move into the PropTech space.
RealtyBiz: What led to you choosing ioTium to power your building automation network?
Jordan Crow: I chose ioTium due to the structure of the platform, and the ease of adding additional users. Before deploying ioTium, we essentially had to create a bastion host inside of the network with GoToMyPC installed on it. This was an okay solution, but it did not scale for my larger buildings.
RealtyBiz: Is this SPIRE's first leap into IoT security and building automation?
Jordan Crow: This is not SPIRE’s first venture into IoT and building automation. We have been using it for some time now - ioTium was just the best answer on how to securely access all of our building resources remotely.
RealtyBiz: How important is this move for satisfying your clients and third parties?
Jordan Crow: Deploying ioTium has allowed SPIRE to react more quickly to tenant issues. Instead of a building engineer or vendor having to physically travel to a building to resolve an issue, they can log in remotely and make changes. I have peace of mind because it is done securely.
RealtyBiz: Can you briefly describe the nature of automated systems across your network for readers who might be unfamiliar?
Jordan Crow: While no building is the same, we are in the process of automating our energy management systems to react to conditions within the building with very little to no engineer involvement. We are also discussing other building automation projects that are in preliminary stages.
My take: Back in March, Ron Victor, founder and CEO, ioTium said SPIRE and other leading edge companies are leading the charge for modernizing an industry that's been shackled to legacy infrastructures. More and more we are seeting unique cloud-managed infrastructure solutions and other IoT innovations come to the forefront to bolster efficiency, which in turn cuts costs. It will be interesting to see how quickly competitors and other segment players adapt to this new environment of change.