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Lucid. Connectivity, Analytics, Engagement

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Lucid’s mission: revolutionize buildings with software

Founded in 2004 in Oberlin, Ohio, Lucid is a privately held, founder-led software company located in Oakland, California. Lucid pioneered behavioral efficiency and occupant engagement technology in commercial buildings and the first vendor-neutral “operating system” for commercial buildings with BuildingOS. The intuitive cloud-based software creates a central information hub for building system, meter, and device data while dramatically reducing integration costs. Lucid’s software is used by the world’s leading companies and institutions.

An operating system for buildings

Innovations in software cannot be efficiently brought to market because of the lack of interoperability and access to building performance data. In 2013 Lucid released BuildingOS, the first operating system for buildings. BuildingOS is intended to revolutionize the industry by creating a common interface for all building functions and streamlining the customer on-boarding process. BuildingOS is also the first energy management platform built and designed specifically for a wide variety of audiences, and the first to offer responsive, multi-device support.

1. The cost of information is the main obstacle to energy efficiency.

Building performance data is expensive to obtain, creating barriers to evaluating and deploying energy efficiency measures. Metering hardware should be a commodity, and systems integration should be free and easy. Claims of “interoperability” are unjustified when outdated business models still require on-site technicians to integrate systems, taking weeks to complete.

2. Innovative metering technologies should be easy to buy and deploy.

The dominance of highly vertically integrated solutions creates a barrier to entry for new, innovative, and cost-effective metering technologies. A software platform delivering instant connectivity to all metering vendors removes those barriers and allows customers to take advantage of the latest innovations. That’s a win-win for the customer and for the companies that manufacture metering hardware.

3. Software solutions for buildings will not scale until we have an operating system.

Innovations in software cannot be efficiently brought to market because of the lack of interoperability and access to building performance data. An operating system for buildings revolutionizes the industry by creating a common interface for all building functions and streamlining the customer on-boarding process, allowing rapid scalability for new technologies.

4. Engagement matters.

The majority of software technology in buildings today has been designed only for engineers, yet performance depends on the decisions and behaviors of many. Energy accountability, collaboration, and team productivity improve when software tools are engaging, intuitive, and accessible.

5. The customer wins when software comes from software companies.

Independent software companies keep your vendors honest. We believe that vendor lock-in can be prevented. A software company should not have a vested interest to sell you any particular type of hardware or energy efficiency service.

6. You own your data. Period.

Vendors should not monetize or toll your data. Efforts to do so create data silos in the industry and are the cause for redundant metering and inefficient deployment of energy efficiency capital. This prevents information from flowing between technology and service providers. Lucid will share your data with anythird party with your authorization.

 

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  • hfklaw

    This really doesn’t look like Duke ‘ s writing.