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02:50 PM

ConnectivityWeek Organizers Announce the 2008 Buildy Awards Program

DALLAS, TEXAS - February 29, 2008 - With the theme for ConnectivityWeek 2008 being "Empowering the Energy Revolution" the aim of the 2008 Buildy Awards is to increase awareness of the benefits of smart device connectivity and honor successful implementation strategies. The 2008 Awards program also sees the launch of several new award categories including the Green Initiative award and the GridWise Applied award.

02:49 PM

Integrated IP-Security Protects New Courthouse

IndigoVision's IP Video CCTV system is providing the technology behind a Fabricom-GTI integrated security solution for the new Courthouse in the Belgium city of Ghent. This innovative project integrates CCTV, video intercom and access control into a single IP-security system. .

02:48 PM

SATEC and Virtual Extension to deploy challenging Wireless Water AMR/AMI Metering Solution

Mamilla modern urban project in Jerusalem to benefit from Diverse Path Mesh technology

02:46 PM

Ethernet Direct USA Educational Link Provides More Than a Website with Great Prices

Taipei, Taiwan, 27 February, 2008 - Ethernet Direct Corporation, a professional and primary provider of industrial networking and communication solutions, offers more than just product sales. Ethernet Direct USA provides a unique ability to apply our experience in both training and support.

02:46 PM

WLD Series wireless devices by AIC

Why run pipe and/or cable over lengthy distances? The WLD Series wireless devices by AIC have taken LonWorks communications to the next level.

02:45 PM

ASHRAE High-Performance Building Design Professional Certification Now Available

ATLANTA - ASHRAE's new certification program provides the necessary training and tools for the design of high-performance buildings that live up to their performance capability.

02:43 PM

Daintree Networks "Activates" ZigBee with Ember's EM250 Development Kit

TOKYO and FREMONT, CA - Feb. 26, 2008 Daintree Networks, Inc. announced today that the latest release of its Sensor Network Analyzer (SNA) software provides "active device" support for Ember's EM250 ZigBee Development Kit.

02:42 PM

Progressive Energy & Environment Congress

April 6 - 8, 2008 - Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront

02:41 PM

ioimage and EVT Announce Technology Partnership to Integrate Video Management Software with Video Analytics

EVT to integrate Vertex management software with ioimage intelligent video appliances

02:40 PM

AKCP adds Power Monitor Sensor to its product range

Bangkok, Thailand - 22 February 2008. AKCP Inc., the oldest and largest manufacturer of SNMP-based devices for environmental and security monitoring solutions has further extended its product range with a Power Monitor Sensor.

02:39 PM

Tendril Releases First Energy Management System for AMI and Demand Response Deployments that Utilizes the Open, Interoperable Zigbee Smart Energy Profile

Tendril Also Announces First In-Home Deployments of Tendril EMS with Major Utility

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03:05 PM

BACnet Unplugged: Updates Made to Building Controls Standard

Advances related to the BACnet standard, including recommending public review for an addendum that would tunnel BACnet over ZigBee wireless networks, were made during ASHRAE's recent Winter Meeting.

03:03 PM

MatrikonOPCTM Launches the Web's First OPC Resource Blog

OPC Exchange combines technical OPC information with the ease and accessibility of blogging, providing users with a high-quality, integrated 24/7 online resource.

03:02 PM

First Clinton Climate Initiative Project Signed With Johnson Controls

Largest Mall in Mumbai, India to Benefit from Energy Efficiency Building Retrofit Program

03:01 PM

Johnson Controls Receives U.S. Department of Commerce Export Achievement Award

Company honored for exceeding government-established guidelines

03:00 PM

AlertMe: First Security System Earning ZigBee Certified Product Status

Leading Internet Home Monitoring and Security company achieves coveted certification status

02:59 PM

One RF Technology to present its Daintree-powered ZigBee solution in Tokyo

One RF Technology, experts in low-power wireless and front-runners of European ZigBee technology, will appear in the Texas Instruments booth at the ZigBee Open House in Tokyo on February 28 to present its new ZigBee Demo Case. The demo case features a free 30-day evaluation of the Daintree's market-leading Sensor Network Analyzer (SNA) software.

02:56 PM

World's largest sports drink manufacturer chooses Control-See's U.C.ME-OPC software for plant paging application.

When one of the United States' largest sports drink manufacturing plants needed to upgrade their alarm paging software they contacted Fields Engineering & Computer Services, a systems integration company specializing in automation and manufacturing-database programming.

02:55 PM

Electricity Distribution and Smart Metering Applications Run on the Open NES System Software

Echelon Corporation (NASDAQ:ELON), a leading provider of networking technology that is used to manage and reduce energy consumption, announced that Swedish utility Halmstad Energi och Miljo AB has selected Echelon's Networked Energy Services (NES) advanced metering system for updating its customer base of 38,000 electricity meters.

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12:21 PM

NAIT in Canada Selected for Collaborative Training Program with Johnson Controls

Program grooms building mechanics on leading HVAC systems; guarantees jobs for select graduates

12:20 PM

LONMARK'S Energy Efficiency Through Intelligent Controls Green Message Hits Mark with Attendees at the AHR EXPO 2008

This year, LONMARK International and LONMARK Americas, who jointly exhibited at the event, also experienced a new record. The LONMARK Educational Seminars saw an attendance of just over 300 people, an astonishing 50% over last year's attendance.

12:18 PM

Daintree Networks goes (ZigBee) PRO and Smart (Energy) with the Sensor Network Analyzer

Daintree's SNA provides the industry's most comprehensive solution for both the development and deployment of IEEE 802.15.4 and ZigBee systems. This standards-based tool keeps up-to-date with the latest ZigBee specifications to help ensure compliance and interoperability.

12:17 PM

Senior DOE Officials, Nation's Top Retailers Discuss New Initiative to Manage Energy Use in Retail Sector

Washington --- On Thursday, February 21, dozens of key business leaders - including executives from retail giants Wal-Mart, Target and Whole Foods - will meet in Washington with representatives of the U.S. Department of Energy and professional associations to explore how the retail sector can more efficiently manage its energy use.

12:16 PM

EnergyConnect, Inc. Launches Strategic Alliance to Provide SUEZ Energy Resources with Demand Response Services

Agreement Provides Electric Customers with Access to Innovative Demand Response Services

12:16 PM

GE Sensors Help Control Ventilation in Schools

New webpage offers studies on ventilation and resources to calculate expected savings

12:15 PM

$1 Million Energy Efficiency Program Underway in Alabama School District

Performance Contract with TAC will save $116,000 Annually

12:14 PM

Rockwell Automation Renews Five-Year OEM Agreement with Kepware

Rockwell Automation will use KEPServerEX technology in both Windows Desktop and Windows Embedded (Windows CE) forms to power both desktop and control panel products.

12:13 PM

LONMARK Testing Program Reaches Milestone

Professional certification leads the way for the next level of highly qualified system specialists

12:11 PM

ASHRAE and BOMA International Sign Memorandum of Understanding

Partnership will promote mutual interests of engineering and building operations and management

12:09 PM

IKEA France Invests in IndigoVision IP-CCTV for New Store

IKEA invests heavily in CCTV technology in their stores to ensure their customers and staff are safe and secure at all times. The new store, which opened in October 2007, is seen as a test site for the adoption of IP-CCTV for other new IKEA stores in France.

12:08 PM

Engenuity Systems Announced Info-Rich Website at 2008 AHR EXPO

The website was redesigned to be used as an industry resource, leveraging Engenuity's vast data collection and industry work experience.

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12:45 PM

AGNPRO Releases Next Generation oneBox HD TM Digital Signage Appliance Built on an Open Web Standards Platform Enabling Customization and Integration

New platform adds user and system integrator-friendly features and integrates with web 2.0 services.

12:45 PM

CABA and RSMeans Announce Industry-Wide Test of Life Cycle Cost Calculator

CABA in partnership with RSMeans, a Reed Construction Data company, announces a "proof of concept" beta test and actively seeks feedback from the engineering and integrated systems industry.

12:43 PM

Automated Logic Corp. Establishes Branch Operations in Georgia, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Florida and Alabama

Automated Logic Corp has acquired the business of ALC Controls, Inc. (ALCC), an independent controls contractor with branch offices in Georgia, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Central Florida, and Central Alabama. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

12:43 PM

California School District Reduces Energy Costs

TAC Completes First Performance Contract in the Golden State

12:41 PM

Kepware Wins Engineers' Choice Award for KEPServerEX

KEPServerEX was one of over 150 products to compete in this year's survey and leads all other products in the category of Network Software and Diagnostics.

12:41 PM

Kepware announces Plant Floor Communications for Oracle Manufacturing Applications

Kepware Technologies, the leader in Communications for Automation and member of Oracle PartnerNetwork, announced that its KEPServerEX Product will provide manufacturing plant floor execution data to Oracle's manufacturing applications, which are part of the Oracle E-Business Suite.

12:40 PM

Lumisys Releases BACnet Telephone Override Module

Lumisys announced the release of the first BACnet native Telephone Override Module (BTOM) for use with a Building Automation System (BAS). Lumisys has successfully merged its robust communication platform to provide building occupants convenient access to override lighting or HVAC.

12:39 PM

Free Download Available of ASHRAE Advanced Energy Design Guides

Rising energy costs and the increased global awareness of the potential impact of climate change continues to drive home the message that low-energy, environmentally responsible, high-performance buildings are the future of the built environment.

12:38 PM

ASHRAE '08: Reaching New Heights

ATLANTA - Major announcements at ASHRAE's 2008 Winter Meeting included free electronic distribution of the Advanced Energy Design Guide series, publication of the 2007 energy conservation standard from ASHRAE and IESNA, and signing of memorandums of understanding with the Brazil Green Building Council and the Building Owners and Managers Association.

12:36 PM

Ember enters 2008 with record growth

Ember, a leading provider of ZigBee wireless networking systems, entered 2008 with a bang, accomplishing a record year in 2007 in product shipments, new customer wins and widespread commercial deployment of its technology.

12:35 PM

China Subsidiary Recognized as Full-Service Contract Manufacturer

Contemporary Controls (Suzhou) Co. Ltd Offers a Full-Range of Services

12:33 PM

Microfield's EnergyConnect, Inc. Reaches Milestone for Demand Response Service in Chicago

EnergyConnect, a wholly owned subsidiary of Microfield Group, Inc. (MICG.OB), and industry leader in innovative Demand Response technologies, today announced its latest agreement to provide Demand Response services to a major Chicago office building. The agreement, which involves two million square feet of office space, is a significant milestone for EnergyConnect, bringing the total volume of metropolitan Chicago office buildings served by its demand response systems to over 50 million square feet.

12:32 PM

Contemporary Controls' BAS Remote Upgraded to Support Modbus/TCP Protocol in Addition to BACnet/IP

Product has the Ability to Utilize Existing Ethernet Structured Wiring that is now Standard in Most Buildings

12:30 PM

OPC Training Institute Answers Calls for Vender-Neutral OPC Training

Training sessions, online courses, webinars and pod-casts often flood desktops by the dozens each week. Many learning opportunities are becoming cleverly masked sales pitches that end up only showcasing product.

12:29 PM

Latest ZigBee Specification and Golden Units Now Available

Public Availability of ZigBee Technology Foreshadows New Products Available from ZigBee Members This Year

12:28 PM

EmberZNet PRO 3.1 achieves ZigBee PRO Golden Unit certification

Ember, a provider of ZigBee networks for smarter, more energy efficient buildings and homes, announced its EmberZNet PRO 3.1 networking software platform achieved ZigBee PRO Golden Unit certification from the ZigBee Alliance. Golden Units are reference points for ZigBee Compliant Platform (ZCP) testing going forward.

12:27 PM

AWA deploys LED circular screens powered by 1-2-1VIEW digital signage system

Spanish wireless technology solutions provider AWAMedia has launched a high profile network of two circular LED screens and an interactive video wall using 1-2-1VIEW's IP based digital signage system at the Telefonica Madrid Arena in Spain, with more locations to launch within the next months.

12:26 PM

Minicom to Unveil New Extended Range DS Vision 3000 Digital Signage Distribution System at Screen Expo

DS Vision 3000 is a long range CATx based distribution system delivering HD video and stereo-audio content to up to hundreds of plasma/LCD screens. Its unique fully bidirectional RS-232 serial management capability allows administrators, for the first time, to remotely query and turn on/off remote displays and provides central management control of the player.

12:25 PM

EnergyConnect, Inc. Begins Enrolling Electricity Consumers in its EnergyReserve Corps

Large electricity consumers in the mid-Atlantic and Midwest are invited to get paid for committing to reduce electricity use.

12:24 PM

Kavlico Corporation Announces the Expansion of Low Range Differential Pressure Sensors

Low Range Differential Pressure Frequency Output Sensors Eliminate the Need for Analog to Digital Converters and are Ideal for Airside Applications.

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11:54 AM

The Energy Revolution is Here!

Let's understand something: The Energy Revolution is happening around us, it is starting right now, not by this author, not by Al Gore, not by environmentalists, but by the realities of the changing energy paradigm. - Anto Budiardjo, President, Clasma Events Inc.

11:53 AM

The Virtual Building Operations Center

How to Implement (VBOC) without a FMS change-out. - George B. Huettel, PE, President, Cyrus Technologies, Inc.

11:52 AM

REALIGNING Where People, Space, Time and Energy Interact

Enabling integration between enterprise software and building systems is only part of the solution. Data presentation, reporting, security, and adherence to current IT standards are the other keys. - John Greenwell, President, CEPORT, LLC

11:51 AM

The Multi-Vendor Integrator

The culture of multi-vendor integration is the future. - Julian Smith, Control Network Services, Inc.

11:50 AM

Life Cycle Costing Calculator

The Continental Automated Building Association (CABA) and RSMeans, a Reed Construction Data company, announce the release of their online, interactive, Life Cycle Costing (LCC) calculator for the commercial industry. - Thomas (Thom) Keel, Member CABA Intelligent & Integrated Building Council, Chair Life Cycle Costing Task Force

11:49 AM

Convergence & Controls - Grid Intelligence

We can learn a lot from the United States' GridWise - a movement that is re-shaping the American Power Industry. - Ken Sinclair, Editor Owner

11:48 AM

RTU Zoning Systems

Getting more out of your single zone constant volume rooftop units - Steven R. Calabrese, Automated Logic Chicago

11:45 AM

How Automated Are Our Green Buildings?

The new draft "LEED for Healthcare" document is not poised to add any new warmth to our hearts. A close look at this document (or any LEED rating system for that matter) reveals very little direct reference to the use of building automation. In fact the term "building automation" appears to be used only once in the entire document! - Paul Ehrlich & Ira Goldschmidt, Building Intelligence Group

11:44 AM

What is Performance Based Building Design & Operations?

Thomas Hartman, P.E. The Hartman Company - That is why this position paper is a developing project that is intended to be fueled by the good ideas and concerns of all interested readers and reviewers. I hope all the readers will join the process. We ask that all interested in this issue submit comments on the paper and future versions as they are developed.

11:43 AM

The 2008 Niagara Summit

Marc Petock, Director, Global Marketing & Communications, Tridium, Inc. - The 2008 Niagara Summit is an open exchange conference that focuses on interoperability, integration and connecting diverse systems and smart devices.

11:42 AM

BuilConn Santa Clara - "Empowering the Energy Revolution"

Anto Budiardjo, President & CEO, Clasma Events Inc. - The challenges I hear now are: how to make this growth happen, how to improve business, reduce risk, find resources, and generally, how to deliver solutions to building owners.

11:41 AM

CABA and Eaton Corporation

Ron Zimmer, President CABA - CABA will be coordinating with Eaton Corporation at a two-day charrette, which will allow approximately 40 people to gather in March.

11:40 AM

The In-Building Wireless Alliance

Dr. Anand K. Iyer, President In-Building Wireless Alliance - The IBWA formed informally in 2004 from a few in-building wireless product and service providers and commercial real estate owners. We felt that there was an inherent value in the implementation of in-building wireless and we decided to set out to quantify it.

11:40 AM

What is OPC?

Randy Kondor, Vice President of Education, OPC Foundation - OPC is a communication standard that enables controllers and PCs to communicate with each other to exchange automation data.

11:34 AM

Building Operations get Sassy

Toby Considine, New Daedalus - Ken Sinclair and I were recently talking about SaaS and how it affects the Automated Building world. We concluded that SaaS was not only going to be big in traditional applications such as Building Monitoring and Energy Management, but would open up whole new areas of building analytics and advanced services.

11:33 AM

Diplomas from BACnet Interest Group Russia + the journal "Building Automation in Russia"

Andrey Golovin & Ken Sinclair - Special diplomas were given at the AHR Expo in New York to Mr. Ken Sinclair, the Editor and Owner and to Mr. Jim Sinopoli as the most valuable author. Presentation was by Andrey Golovin Executive Director of BIG-RU (BACnet Interest Group Russia) Editor in Chief of the "Building Automation in Russia"

11:32 AM

B2G Summit New York

Jack Mc Gowan, Energy Control Inc. - Energy and Buildings had a wakeup call at AHR this year with the first Building to Grid B2G Summit.

11:31 AM

Commercial Buildings Initiative Workshop - New York

Paul Ehrlich, PE, Building Intelligence Group LLC - What if commercial buildings didn't use any energy? While this sounds like science fiction, it is the goal of a new effort called by the Commercial Buildings Initiative or CBI.

11:30 AM

Building Intelligence Tour

Jeff Seewald, Building Intelligence Group LLC - Illuminates Intelligent Sustainable Buildings at AHR Expo 2008

11:29 AM

CABA Integrated and Intelligent Building Council Spreads its Wings

Tom Lohner - The board of directors agreed to endorse the expansion of CABA 's Integrated and Intelligent building focus under the current direction and leadership of the IIBC. The IIBC will use the recommendations of the Intelligent Building Road Map as a basis to spawn new task forces dedicated to address the building construction industry needs relative to building technology and enterprise system integration.

11:29 AM

Web Services Are-We-There-Yet?

Toby Considine New Daedalus - We now have web services to almost any conceivable control system. We have BACnet-XML and BACREST. We have TAC Web Services. We have LON XML. We have oBIX. So...are we there yet?

11:28 AM

OPC and DCOM: 5 things you need to know

Randy Kondor, B.Sc. in Computer Engineering, OPCTI - OPC technology relies on Microsoft's COM and DCOM to exchange data between automation hardware and software; however it can be frustrating for new users to configure DCOM properly. If you have ever been unable to establish an OPC connection or transfer OPC data successfully, the underlying issue is likely DCOM-related. This whitepaper discusses the steps necessary to get DCOM working properly and securely.

11:27 AM

First Ever B2G Summit

Leighton Wolffe, NewEnergy Alliance - Increased Collaboration between Building Systems Industry and Grid Operators Marks First Ever B2G Summit

11:25 AM

New Products for February

A brief description of some new products for the industry.


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