Operation monitoring in the right place at the right time – and at the right price

As buildings become more and more complex, the roll-out of projects must be faster, and it must be possible to operate and change systems continuously. In this article, Trond-Øystein Bjørnnes, CEO at Kiona, discusses developing technology, Proptech, AI – and our machine learning model. Giving us an insight into some of his thoughts on market development, the needed skills, and technology advancements.
  • Maria Sotberg


  • Trond-Øystein Bjørnnes

    CEO, Kiona



Trond-Øystein Bjørnnes, CEO at Kiona, about operation monitoring.
Trond-Øystein Bjørnnes, CEO at Kiona. Photo: © Kiona

Through our partners and customers, we learn more and more about how to contribute to good and profitable climate solutions. And in fact, many buildings are already connected to our systems – almost 60,000 today. Giving us the experience base and data available to provide plenty of input and ideas for further development of technology and growth.

What Kiona delivers today

We deliver central operating systems for industry, commercial buildings, HORECA (food industry and logistics), retail, and supermarkets of all shapes and sizes.

"We have our IWMAC product with 23 years in the industry, and we have Web Port, which saw the light of day in 2009. More than 10,000 buildings are now connected to one of our SCADA systems to secure easy operation monitoring at their facilities."

"On the energy and environmental side, we have Energinet, a comprehensive cloud-based analysis tool for everything from energy and indoor climate to waste management and more, established in over 35,000 buildings, primarily in the Nordics and Germany," says Trond-Øystein.

In addition, we have Edge, which is an advanced platform for managing heating in residential buildings. The technology uses artificial intelligence (AI) to find the most optimal control for housing cooperatives. Edge is running on thousands of buildings across the Nordic countries.

The merger of various young technology companies has brought us a lot of creativity, expertise, and technology.

Trond-Øystein Bjørnnes

A diverse collection of expertise

Our people have backgrounds from many different fields and bring a lot of diverse experiences to the table.

"We have those who come straight from education and those who have worked in the field for many years. Today, we have employees with experience as electricians, plumbers, automation engineers, or within ventilation-, IT- and energy consulting. We have over 150 employees in offices across seven countries."

Extensive network with over 200+ partners

Our customers are certified partner companies in all technical disciplines spread across Europe.

"Our most important customers are those who use our systems daily. These are often energy advisors and operations personnel who use one of our solutions to monitor energy usage, for instance. The end customer's service partners within ventilation, refrigeration, or heating use our systems for troubleshooting and optimization in daily operations. Other users include management companies, technical management, and operations managers," Trond-Øystein continues.

Expectations for the future

Trond-Øystein is a dedicated professional with many views on developing technology, central operations control, Proptech, and AI.

"I expect an increased focus on simplified installation and faster completion, more use of standard solutions, wireless technology, and open systems. We believe this is what the industry needs as buildings become more and more complicated. The implementation of projects must be faster, and it must be possible to operate and change systems continuously."

"A prerequisite for achieving this is more openness and easier access to data. I also expect more integration with many different third-party systems such as booking systems, BIM (Building Information Modeling), EMS (Energy Management Systems), internal data systems, and more."

He points out that you hear a lot of talk about AI and Machine learning, which has also become part of everyday life in our industry. More and more buildings are now running on different AI models, and we believe it can help remove more of the manual processes we have today and, not least, remove the instability in operations. That would mean more consistent temperatures in the right place at the right time – and at the right price.

"Many companies are already working on their models, and Kiona is no exception; we are currently running pilots on our ML model and are excited to see what else 2023 will bring," Trond-Øystein concludes.

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