December 2016

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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.

The start of awards season – the Oscars, the Golden Globes and most importantly, the ControlTrends Awards! The nomination process is now open for ControlTrends Awards and Contemporary Controls is pleased to be included in many categories. But our biggest honor is having our "Understanding BACnet Series" included in the nominations for "ControlTrends Most Impactful Video of the Year".

How The Internet of Things Will Fight Climate Change He sees Tesla as targeting climate change — the cars will connect to the solar systems and home storage batteries, so “every individual is their own utility,” and less carbon is emitted. Not what you’d expect from a car company.

Continuous improvement for IoT through AI / Continuous learning  In reality, especially for IoT, it is not like once an analytics model is built, it will give the results with same accuracy till the end of time. Data pattern changes over the time which makes it absolutely important to learn from new data and improve/recalibrate the models to get correct result. Below article explain this phenomenon of continuous improvement in analytics for IoT.

Fundamentally, the IoT is the connection of uniquely identifiable electronic devices using Internet “data plumbing,” including Internet Protocol (IP), Web services, and cloud computing. The flood of new technology can be overwhelming and will inherently create a desire to drive new initiatives.  Managing this explosive growth can be accomplished efficiently for the most prolific industrial networks, EtherNet/IP CIP and PROFINET, using CISCO’s Industrial Network Director software. Adopting a network management tool is important with the accelerating growth of IP connected devices.

Wellbeing topic guide – free download  BSRIA is delighted to add the important topic of ‘Wellbeing’ to its range of topic guides. This guides provides a brief introduction about how a range of indoor physical, functional and psychological factors can impact the wellbeing of the occupants, including thermal comfort, noise and indoor air quality.

Smart workspaces also offer a level of functionality that will improve a businesses productivity and creativity, especially for the future workforce – symbolised by the Millennials. Workers are cutting the cords that have tied them to their desks, and better connectivity is facilitating the revolution in collaborative and flexible working.

LONDON: The COP22 climate conference, held in Marrakech earlier this month, marked a transition from high-level commitments to concrete actions to tackle the effects of climate change quickly, effectively and at scale. Accelerating adoption of Energy Efficiency (EE) technologies, and LED lighting in particular, have been identified as key elements in achieving the ambitious commitments under the Paris Agreement and transitioning to a low carbon global economy.

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) recently published a white paper that discusses new requirements that help reduce energy consumption in commercial buildings. NEMA WD ARCP 1-2016 Automatic Receptacle Control to Meet ASHRAE 90.1-2010 and California (CA) Title 24 explains the controlled receptacle requirement now appearing within non-residential energy codes, as well as a summary of typical application settings.  Standards such as CA Title 24-2013 and ASHRAE 90.1-2010 (and 2013) now require that at least 50 percent of all receptacles in designated spaces of a building be controllable, i.e., automatically able to turn themselves OFF and ON as needed.

Next Generation Innovation, young guns Rob Allen and Brad White catch up with Lindsay Baker from Comfy. Topics include: How Comfy is redefining how Smart Buildings use social media and a unique version of crowd sourcing to make buildings more energy efficient, how women are able to make smart buildings even smarter, and what it’s like to be a venture capitalist funded company. Great interview and very insightful take aways.

Raining Raspberries with traditional I O  Opto 22 has announced a new carrier board to connect industrially hardened I/O modules to millions of Raspberry Pi boards

On November 17, Tesla and SolarCity shareholders finish voting to approve Tesla’s purchase of SolarCity (disclosure: I own stock in SCTY). By combining the companies, Musk is convinced that he can transform mobility and energy:“The acquisition of SolarCity will create the world’s only integrated sustainable energy company, from energy generation to storage to transportation. Just as Tesla has demonstrated the superiority of electric vehicles, the solar roof and Powerwall 2 will transform energy generation and storage.”

We would like to invite you to participate in our upcoming KNX webinars.  Join the free online live presentations about both technical as non-technical KNX topics. Find a full overview

5 open source dashboard tools for visualizing data [an error occurred while processing this directive] Trying to communicate lots of complex data points quickly?

Well on our way to a global open Internet of Things network!  With the upcoming shipment of our Kickstarter products and the increasing growth of our communities all around the world we are well on our way to achieve our mission!

This paper describes how using an IIoT-ready controller can speed time to market, boost productivity, reduce energy costs, increase data visibility and protect your operations from cyber threats.

Bluebeam Revu delivers award-winning PDF creation, editing, markup and collaboration technology to Windows desktop and tablet users. Create and navigate smart, information-rich document sets from converted Microsoft Office and CAD files. Annotate drawings with customizable markup and measurement tools, and work on the same 2D and 3D PDFs with project partners in the office or in the field. The possibilities are endless.

“Having IT expertise without OT (industry) expertise doesn’t work – neither does OT without IT.”  That was the main refrain of Don Rogers, Business Development Manager, Manufacturing Engineering for World Wide Technology. While attending the 2016 Cisco Live! Conference in Las Vegas, this July I was fortunate to be introduced to Rogers and WWT, a company that represents a new breed of system integrators helping companies converge IT and OT.  Don and I sat down to discuss that convergence and its importance throughout multiple industries.

Welcome to the TagItSmart Project  TagItSmart! - Smart Tags driven service platform for enabling ecosystems of connected objects.  Online magazine Perpetuum self powered IoT

This new report is about "the metrics used to calculate the energy-carbon balance; the factors used to determine primary energy and associated carbon; and acceptable forms of renewable energy procurement."and a review and assessment of nine prominent frameworks for net zero buildings:

U.S. DOE’s Common Definition for Zero Energy Buildings

ASHRAE’s Vision 2020 and Net Zero Energy Buildings

The European Union’s Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

UK DECC’s Zero Carbon Buildings Program

2030 Challenge

Zero Energy Performance Index (zEPI)

Passivhaus Building Performance Standard

MINERGIEŽ Sustainable Building Standard

ILFI’s Net Zero Energy Building Certification™ (NZEB)



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