December 2012

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Connection's Communities is the theme of our December AHR Expo preview issue with the gathering of our industries' connection communities in Dallas.

How does your product or service connect to everything in our online world and which Connection Communities are part of it?

We now expect to see and control everything from our smart phones or tablets. This social and technological phenomenon of connection has greatly changing the expectations of all products and left us as an industry scrambling to understand what connection communities we want to be part of, and how will we get our real time data to the information cloud and return reactions back to our devices and services? 

Every year a greater portion of our hard equipment becomes soft, the soft part only exists virtually. Everything from interface with other devices to; How do I communicate with it for setup?   Interaction?   Energy performance?  Maintaining performance?   This has all become the soft virtual part of the product or service’s interaction with “connection communities”.

ASHRAE recognized that connection was paramount with their efforts in open standards several years ago with BACnet. The connected device evolution has been phenomenal, evolving to today’s “BYOD” Bring You Own Device as the standard personal interface.

The traditional connection communities of our industry such as BACnet, LonMark, Niagara, EnOcean, etc. now need to merge their data and conform to presentation and interaction standards that have been developed by the all-encompassing connection communities such as Apple, Google/Android, Microsoft, Amazon, etc.

The rapid development of Apps by the all-encompassing BYOD connection communities has shown how these devices will be connected to the cloud’s ability to store, analyze, provide function and provide further cloud connections and then return an interaction.

In an attempt to open dialog AHR Expo and I have put together an education session on the exhibition floor January 29th, from 2:00 - 3:30 pm Theater: C - Why We Need to be Part of Several Connection Communities: An Educational Overview.

I recently returned from a very Green Greenbuild in San Francisco check out my review it has some great resources you should know about.

As always this new issue is a nest of great articles, columns, reviews, new products, interviews and of course the steady stream of news depicting our rapidly evolution and journey to "Openness".

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Editorial from November 2012

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