Our Mission - To be the Catalysis / Harbinger of The IoT Future of Building Automation
as set in January, 2017

Our Mission - To usher the building automation industry into the next phase of IT/BAS convergence, the Internet of Things

as set in September 2014

Our Mission - To Foster and be Part of all the evolving Connection Communities
as set in June 2012

Who we are connected to and the value they bring to our products and services defines who we are and likely who we are to become. Open Connection Communities will shape building automation’s future.

AutomatedBuildings.com’s mission is to create a clear vision of not only who we are now, but a vision of who we can be if we change in a changing world.

Consensus is a cancer that creates compromise, concept collision creates change while forcing collaboration.

It has never been clearer that the true convergence and anywhere collaboration that we all seek will be found in a cloud. The marriage of social media as data and its embedded human opinion will seamlessly mesh with real time data, shoulder to shoulder in large databases in a concept now being billed as Big Data or Data as a Service “DaaS”. To move to DaaS means that data—not applications—leads. That’s a significant shift in thinking. We need to adjust our focus to making sure our clients leverage data in the best ways possible to foster innovation.

Wireless certainly provides an ideal solution for the last few hundred yards or meters, no matter how your measure it. The softness of wireless makes it a great solution for the mushiness of that part of the building that is always under renovation, the tenant space. Self-powered peel and stick sensors and wireless devices that are part of a strong mesh network that interacts with our existing networks will also radically change our industry.


Our Mission - Be the Change We Seek —Gandhi  As set in July 2008

Our first ten years was focused on the impact of the internet and open protocols. Our next few years will be spent breaking down the past silos of which we were all part of.  We will embrace the online convergence of humanity and define new business models with self realization and publication of how we can contribute.

AutomatedBuildings.com is committed to the continuance of our existing work plus the creation and nurturing of a community of change agents, to lead those who will accept change and convince those who resist. To quote Maslow's theory and restate "What we can be, we must be”

We have a long, long way to go to move out of the deeply rooted vendor centric unconnected world of traditional marketing of our products and services. We need to define the services and recognize the transaction and the performance we can deliver. We need to "Give our customers the ability to do something new, that they couldn't do before, but would have wanted to do; if only they knew they had the ability to do it."

Imagine every single possible bit of information at your fingertips, perfectly contextualized, and perfectly personalized. This may never be realized, but the journey to find perfection will be the change we seek.

Our community of change agents needs to continue to educate customers and especially those who have never been our customers, with all types of events and in all forms of media. We need to explore new initiatives like Open Source, which is not vendor or hardware dependent so we can become the enablers. The Open Protocol work is mostly done but we need to build on the flat line created by the data pushers and find an elegant entrance to the browser and the IT world. We need virtual space in which will occur the creativity of the change we seek. We are the people that will give the kids a place to build applications quickly and easily. We are the people that will create Building 2.0, the version that still has not yet been defined.

Interoperability becomes the driver when economical. The overwhelming operational requirement to have all buildings connected to smart grid is a great example. The technology is here, we just need to create ways for our industry to be the ones that figure out how to use technology to sell solutions.


Our Mission as originally set in July 1999  

"To Become Your Resource for Internet Information on Automated Buildings."

The evolution of Automated Buildings has reached revolutionary status. The revolution has been caused by the standardization of communication protocols such as BACnet, LonTalk, Web Based control, and the wide use of the Internet and Intranets. As technologies converge and our clients' expectations are fueled by the ease of access and freedom of information on the Net, our only weapon is to be informed. We will encompass environmental control, energy metering/accounting systems, lighting control, life safety/fire, security, communications, high tech tools, web resources, and interactive information systems. Automated Buildings wants to discover the who, what, where, when and why of this fascinating field. Please subscribe to our monthly updates and share this resource by having all of your automated buildings stakeholders subscribe. The monthly updates are free and will help keep us all informed as revolution gives way to rapid evolution into the millenium.

The names given to building automation systems are varied:

plus many more.  We will group and provide connection to all of these plus lighting control companies, fire / life safety, security, the sensor, actuation, and end device industry and anything else that is now becoming part of an automated building system.

Why we did it.

The editors of AutomatedBuildings.com have run a successful automation and energy conservation consulting firm for large commercial buildings over the last 25 years. Our involvement with the industry, our clients, organizations such as ASHRAE, AEE, etc has given us some insight into the large building automation industry. Much of our lives has been dedicated to keeping up with technological changes, but never has the pressure to keep up with the concepts now changing our industry been more important. Emerging communication standards, building systems evolution to common networks, the internet itself as a control system, these rapid communications of change are spinning the industry at an incredible rate. Although the net is an incredible resource, it has been described as a library with all the books on the floor. Mining the net for useful information and creating virtual relationships with the industry is slow work. Once the information is gathered as a special interest resource it can greatly increase the productivity of an industry and propel it forward, but only if the industry embraces and helps the resource grow.  Spurred on by the success of our friends Bob and Brenda Hetherington of HomeToys.com and their pulling together of the home automation industry we have started AutomatedBuildings.com to provide a similar service for commercial and industrial automated buildings. Our relationship allows us access to their mentoring and internet experience. We feel that their resources will allow us significant leverage to bring your AutomatedBuildings.com resource to you in as short a time as possible.

We hope you like what we are doing. If you do, "tell a colleague in the industry". If you do not like what we are doing or know of a better way for us to achieve our goals tell us via email and we will try to incorporate your suggestions in our site.

AutomatedBuildings.com is intended to be an interactive process to bind our industry.

I wish us all luck in the development of your resource AutomatedBuildings.com.

Ken and Jane Sinclair

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