April 2010
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Building Connections@ConnectivityWeek

Our April theme plays on "Building" as a verb and a noun. Either way www.ConnectivityWeek.com is a great place for building your connections and networks to folks who are radically changing our world. A place to create new networks and strengthening your existing while rubbing shoulders with the folks that are redefining;  Smart Grid, Wireless, Web Services, Energy Management, Open Standards, etc. This is the place to gain great insight in to how to unleash opportunities and new business from all of this change.

As for reading Building Connections as a noun come and see our session on

Recreating BAS for Energy Management http://www.connectivityweek.com/2010/#track_355

addressing the interoperability of legacy and new control systems to harnessing Internet and cloud computing applications to reduce costs and improve remote management, BAS is much more than a building manager’s control system. This track will review the synergies between the Smart Grid and intelligently controlled buildings, new technologies and applications that improve energy efficiencies, and the challenges that become tomorrow’s business opportunities.

Industry experts from the major BAS player will share their thoughts on how to make successful business out of "The Big Switch". If you do not know what that means please read our review of this new book. The Big Switch from Edison to Google is very good read providing the big picture to allow you to understand how we got to wireless cloud deployment our last month's theme and our best read article The Next Big Things .

If you want to see the words from this article come alive; "This dynamic duo will eliminate complex installations, provide; self set up, connection, and commissioning while self populating the needed information for web deployment."  Please read this month's issue closely and connect with us in Santa Clara.

 An outstanding diversity of articles this month.

ConnectivityWeek  Anto Budiardjo, Clasma Events Inc.;  Knowledge - The Essential Foundation Christine Hertzog, Smart Grid Library;  FDD Going Mainstream? Whose Fault Is It?  Jim Sinopoli, Smart Buildings LLC;  BAS-IT Convergence  Greg Turner, Honeywell Building Solutions;  An Earth Day Reminder  Nathan Rothman, Optimum Energy;  Cutting Costs and Carbon With Wireless Controls  Alan Braybrook, Sontay;  A Wireless Solution For Energy Control In Existing Buildings  Jack Bolick, Adura Technologies;  Energy Data that’s Never Looked At  Dave Krinkel, EnergyAI;  SmartGrid  Roy Kok, Kepware Technologies;  “Change or Die”  Richard K. Warner & William L. Parrish II, O&M Engineering, Inc.;  The Tree of Knowledge  Robert Beverly, Engineered Systems Magazine;  Just how safe are those 'standards-based' systems?   Nathan Pocock, OPC Foundation;  Keeping Customer Service Visible  Thomas Hallett

April Columns: Open Protocol Myths Still Abound?  Paul Ehrlich & Ira Goldschmidt; Controls Contracting Operations - Installation Steven R. Calabrese; UA…Xi…OPC... Manny Mandrusiak; Microgrids and Smart Energy Toby Considine; Putting the ‘M’ in EMS Andy McMillan; The next big things Ken Sinclair

April Interviews: ConnectivityWeek 2010 Buildy Awards Richard Coppen; Young Energy @ ConnectivityWeek'10 Phil Baltazar; School Safety and Efficiency David Angello;  IP- 485™ Technology? Daniel Drolet

April Reviews  The Big Switch from Edison to Google  the monthly blizzard of information

Past Favourite - Aug/05  What is An Intelligent Building

March Favourites  The Next Big Things  Buildings must get smarter   Trends in Wireless Controls  Configurations of Today's IAQ Sensors

The news just keeps flowing thru our web site and RSS feeds daily, and of course the only way to truly find what you are looking for in the vast quantity of information on our site is with our site search engine http://www.automatedbuildings.com/search/sitesearch.htm

As always lots of new products, plus be sure to check our event calendar to see the number of events we have in our future.

Several of our advertisers have provided links to their very informative newsletters and blogs please check them out.

We welcome our newest sponsors: 
BACnet International
is the international organization that encourages the successful use of BACnet in building automation and control systems through interoperability testing, educational programs and promotional activities.

CatNet CH-1: Next Generation Web Server Interface  The CatNet CH1 is a stand-alone, embedded, web-based graphical interface for building automation and process/access control systems. Multiple protocols are supported including LonWorks, ModBus/485, ModBus/TCP and BACnet.

BTi Energy Management  features the ACU Multi-Circuit Energy Meter and Web Energy Manager services. Energy management has never been this easy and affordable.

Tell our sponsors you saw their ad on the AutomatedBuildings.com web site and thank them for supporting your free access to evolving Automated Building Industry information. Click on their ads and view their valuable products and services. Please review all Our Sponsors.

It is a great time to be in the news business for our industry. 

Send comments and suggestions to news@automatedbuildings.com

March 2010The Next Big Things; "Web & Wireless”

One of the advantages of a life spanning over 4 decades in an industry is to being able to recognize trends that will radically redefine a industry. Please read my article The Next Big Things for insight on these comments.

Although my peers cringe at my loose definition of web deployment which I have chosen to include any services provided by the web automatically or even utilizing manual intervention,  web deployment of all our services is redefining our industry. Because we are now part of the IT industry and our industry is just viewed as a data stream, we are being swept at an unbelievable rate into web ways defined not so much by our industry but by the incredible daily evolution of the web by the IT industry.  Understand we are part of this web revolution and this is the next big thing.  So can my old mind grasp what might be the next big thing after web deployment?   I am betting that rapidly evolving low cost wireless BAS devices that actually work well with open protocols with self discovery, self healing, cell phone like networks closely coupled with web deployment will completely redefine our industry.

Our contributing editors provide this additional insight;

Anto explains; The key foundation of automating building systems such as HVAC and lighting has always been about managing energy in his Energy Users  This will be The Focus of BuilConn at ConnectivityWeek.

Jim explains; The How and Why of Operations Centers in Smart Buildings

Be sure to read all of this month's articles, interviews, new products, and reviews which all speak well to web and wireless.

March Interviews;  Web Based Energy Diagnostic Technology  Tim Kensok AirAdvice, Inc;  Energy Management Web Services  Richard Blackwell, President, AVWorkz;  Trends in Wireless Controls  Amara Rozgus, Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Jim Sinopoli, Smart Buildings, Ken Sinclair, AutomatedBuildings.com

Be sure to catch our columnist Steve Calabrese and his Free Webinar.

March Columns;  Pocket Tech and a Car Wash  Manny Mandrusiak; Controls Contracting - Operations:  Preconstruction  Steven R. Calabrese; Fundamental Changes Paul Ehrlich & Ira Goldschmidt;  Buildings must get smarter Toby Considine

March Reviews;  Configurations of Today's IAQ Sensors Industry You Tubes the monthly blizzard of information.

February Favourites  Building Automation Considerations  Twenty Ten to be a BAD-ASS Year  Retrofit Strategies  Cost-Effective Green Building Seminar  AHRExpo 2010 Education Sessions

The news just keeps flowing thru our web site and RSS feeds daily, and of course the only way to truly find what you are looking for in the vast quantity of information on our site is with our site search engine http://www.automatedbuildings.com/search/sitesearch.htm

As always lots of new products, plus be sure to check our event calendar to see the number of events we have in our future.

Several of our advertisers have provided links to their very informative newsletters and blogs please check them out.

We welcome our newest sponsors:  
Alerton 
is a pioneer and an industry leader in providing building management solutions for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning equipment for all types and sizes of buildings.
Trend Control Systems Americas one of the leading Building Management Systems manufacturers serving worldwide HVAC markets.

Tell our sponsors you saw their ad on the AutomatedBuildings.com web site and thank them for supporting your free access to evolving Automated Building Industry information. Click on their ads and view their valuable products and services. Please review all Our Sponsors.

It is a great time to be in the news business for our industry. 

Send comments and suggestions to news@automatedbuildings.com

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