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Every month there is a blizzard of information contained in the emails and newsletters that cross my desk on their way to Some of this information is not in the form of any type of content we can publish but I feel I should share with you these snippets, blog bits, and url links that are about to fall off my desktop.

Contemporary Controls has developed a free tool called BACnet Discovery Tool (BDT).  "For OEM's that are providing their equipment into a building automation system requiring a BACnet/IP interface, BDT is a tool that can be used to verify the integrity of the BACnet/IP interface with the OEM's equipment. The OEM can confirm the BACnet data is available prior to handing off the equipment to a building automation integrator or a contractor," said Joe Stasiek, Sales Manager at Contemporary Controls.

The U.S. Department of Energy is matching a $2.25 million Clean Energy Fund grant from the Washington Department of Commerce to research, develop and demonstrate the technologies needed to create 'smart' buildings, campuses and cities to better manage energy usage. Once buildings and devices are smarter—managing energy resources optimally on their own—they can also be more responsive to the needs of the power grid.

The Global Partnership Alliance is unleashing investment and driving deep cuts in commercial building energy use. The GPA is convening key stakeholders to standardize, commercialize and monetize energy efficiency—and unlocking value of billions of dollars.

In this SlideShare David describes how the IoT allows us to leave behind the hierarchical and linear corporate organizations that were the only option in the day when data was limited, hard to gather, and to share.  Now by contrast, the IoT makes it possible for EVERYONE WHO NEEDS IT TO INSTANTLY SHARE REAL TIME INFORMATION ABOUT EVERYTHING (apologies for shouting!), which will allow everything from more efficient organizations to profound changes in product design. To visualize the change, think of the corporate organization as circular, instead of hierarchical and linear, with IoT data right in the middle -- the HUB of everything.

In a climate of digital disruption and global market pressures, many manufacturers want to differentiate with new service-oriented revenue models, especially those that rely on connected machines and machineas-a-service. In a Cisco survey of more than 600 senior executives in 13 countries—from both industrial machine builders and end-user manufacturers—86 percent said the transition from product-centric to service-oriented revenue models is a core part of their growth strategies.

USER GUIDE EASES DEVICE MANAGEMENT FOR OPERATIONAL OPTIMIZATION Putting FDT Technology to Work – Management of Multiple Smart Devices

IoT Connectivity Takes Expertise Plus Experience The step from unconnected to connected products is a daunting one. Unlike the computers and smartphones and tablets we use to connect to the Internet of Computers, the devices of the IoT were rarely designed with connectivity in mind. Turning traditional products into connected products requires specialized, deep knowledge and expertise in networking, software development, cloud computing and other technologies. In addition, it turns out that the expertise to build connected devices comes only fromexperience actually building connected devices.

IoT Edge Processing JEFF KIBLER (@jrkibler) VP Tech Services, Infobright Evolution of edge computing analytics
and long-term data retention

Grant Wichenko - The Facility Manager's Guide to Building Automation Systems BACnet International

Blast from past from Grant, How Facility Managers, Specifiers and Equipment Suppliers can use BACnet Effectively in a Multi-Vendor Smart Building/SmartGrid Environment

White-Tunable LED Lighting BY CRAIG DILOUIE, ON NOVEMBER 19, 2015  LED lighting can generate virtually any perceivable color as well as any shade of white light, all digitally controlled and selectable. Color output can be adjusted by mixing color LEDs, mixing white-light LEDs of different color temperatures, or a combination of the two. The key to achieving these effects is dimming.

Chris Hollinger - Future of Building Info is Tags Published on Nov 17, 2015 LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 1. Understand tags and what they are, and a bit of how they developed  2. Understand tags in the context of building automation systems

Ultra Electronics, 3eTI®, a leading cyber-technology company with products and solutions that secure critical infrastructure and improve operational efficiency, today announced BACnet support for its CyberFence® product line. The new capability dynamically validates and secures all BACnet communications, adding security to vulnerable routes in the Building Automation Systems (BAS) used to control building operations for HVAC, lighting and more.

Tridium has created an all-new hardware platform optimized for Niagara 4: the JACE 8000 controller. This “next-generation” controller is a dramatic evolution in connecting and controlling devices worldwide, featuring a new global design that functions with legacy systems and has the ability to scale for future needs.

thethings.iO is the Internet of Things platform that enables fast and scalable connection of things to the Internet, allowing you to monitor and manage your devices in real time and get flexible analytic reports.

The Bluetooth SIG, which defines the specifications, is previewing upcoming features which will be included in its low power strand, Bluetooth LE (BLE) next year. These will increase the range, speed and meshing capabilities of the standard and make it more competitive against Thread and ZigBee, the other two main challengers for the smart home network (and beyond, in the case of BLE and ZigBee).

How To Select the Right IoT Platform Considerations Beyond Connectivity — Security, Flexibility, and Data Intelligence.

GO+ project is an Internet of Things platform designed to connect and control heterogeneous IoT devices as well as orchestrate and analyze the obtained data

Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) technology removes the necessity for any backlight or enclosure, maximizing the impact of transparent displays. The virtually frameless display enables designers to overlay text, images, and video content onto objects set behind the glass display. "This is a very exciting development in transparent display because it is an emissive display, meaning the pixels on the face of the screen itself light up,” explained Jennifer Davis, vice president of marketing and product strategy at Planar Systems.

Augmented and Virtual Reality - An Expanded Role in Commercial and Corporate Real Estate? Author: Howard Berger, Managing Partner, Realcomm  One of the biggest technological developments over the past decade has been the enhanced ability to visualize data in ways never imagined 50 years ago. No longer limited to 2D representations of flat data, we can now create elaborate 3D representations of re-combined data sets yielding spectacular insights to very complex relationships. These rapid advances in visualization technologies and their human interfaces have opened the door to new and innovative ways to interact with big data sets, including VR (Virtual Reality) and AR (Augmented Reality).


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