February 2009

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Articles - February 2009

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Connected Real Estate Cisco grows Connected Real Estate investment with EnergyWISE and Richards-Zeta Acquisition. Rick Huijbregts, Vice President, Vertical Industries, Cisco Canada

State of the Industry - 2009  If you really want to help move our industry toward a future that works, I invite you to join with those who want a more sustainable future.  Thomas Hartman, P.E., The Hartman Company

Subtle Winds of Change in Windy City  A perfect storm of change if you understand the big picture that has been a constant theme on AutomatedBuildings.com for months if not years.  Anto Budiardjo, President & CEO, Clasma Events Inc.

Count Me In: People Counters  A Simple System for Essential Building Data Jim Sinopoli, Managing Principal, Smart Buildings, PE, RCDD

Robots in Every Building? It’s Closer Than You Think Jeanne Dietsch, CEO and co-founder, MobileRobots Inc & Stuart Rich, GIS Practice Manager, PenBay Media, Enterprise Geographic Information Systems

Energy Efficiency Education Display Greets Visitors at Iowa State Capitol: Interactive Screen Highlights Environmental Initiatives at Capitol Complex  Daniel McCarty, President, QA Graphics

The Role of Networked Sensors in Boosting Energy Efficiency  To realize peak avoidance and enjoy significant associated savings, customers must know both when and where power and energy were consumed. Roland Acra, President and CEO Arch Rock Corporation

Wireless Pneumatic Thermostat Ideal for Economic Stimulus Plan Large numbers of older federal buildings with pneumatic controls can now be upgraded to Direct Digital Control (DDC) at 20% of the cost, and less than 20 minutes per zone. Harry Sim, CEO, Cypress Envirosystems

Buildings, Industry, Automation, and Smart Grids  As wholesale energy markets have developed, and mandates for re-purchase by utilities and power grids of alternate energy such as wind and solar, your building may be a net consumer at one time and a net provider at another.  William Cox, Cox Software Architects LLC

CES09 through “Digital Signage” lenses.  To view the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2009 show through the lenses of digital signage is to see a future of media interactivity, interoperability, integration and presentation... and the direction of some key players.  Lyle Bunn, Principal & Strategy Architect, BUNN Co

Building Automation Sustainability  Whether you view the word “Building” as a noun or a verb the real goal is Sustainability Ken Sinclair, Editor, AutomatedBuildings.com

Columns - February 2009

Control Valves – Sizing & Selection  A refresher on choosing the right valve for the right application  Steven R. Calabrese, Control Engineering Corp.

Energy, Innovation, and E-Tech  Current assumptions of a paternalistic utility providing all control will not be sustained. New models of loose integration and symmetric interactions are required. Toby Considine, Technology Officer, Facility Services, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Building Automation Wishes for a New Year  As with technology in general each advance seems to reveal the need for more advances to achieve that elusive state of perfection. Paul Ehrlich & Ira Goldschmidt, Building Intelligence Group

Trust: The Primary Currency in an Open Systems World It takes work to earn it, care to nurture it and only one poor decision to lose it. Andy McMillan, President and CEO, Teletrol Systems Inc.  & President BACnet International

The Reinvention of Building Automation (BA) Building Automation is evolving to a web service that is greatly enhanced with online services.  Ken Sinclair, Editor, AutomatedBuildings.com

Articles - January 2009

Obama’s Energy Challenge  The building sector is described by incoming administration insiders as a core element of their new energy independence and global warming initiatives.  Thomas Hartman, P.E., The Hartman Company

2009, Not Business As Usual!   Big things need to happen to force a revolution; what we are witnessing right now with the economic woes, climate change, and the change that the new Obama administration will bring about will drive things forward. Anto Budiardjo, President & CEO, Clasma Events Inc.

Nine Predictions for Smart Buildings in 2009  “Never make predictions, especially about the future.” Casey Stengel American Baseball Player and Manager, 1891-1975  Jim Sinopoli, Smart Buildings

A New Year’s Resolution for PJM: Sign Up for Demand Response  Peter Kelly-Detwiler Constellation NewEnergy

An Aspect on Networked Area Control  As there are multiple philosophies associated with control through various manufacturers, it has been a challenging task for some manufacturers to relinquish some of their beliefs for the sake of interoperability. Rocky Moore, OEM Sales and Marketing Manager, American Auto-Matrix

OpenLynx: Open Source Software for BAS and the Smart Grid  To solve the daunting energy problems facing the nation federal and state institutions, building automation and smart grid integrators, utilities and ISOs need to support and accelerate development of sound open source initiatives focused on smart grid development, simulation and integration and building automation. Peter Michalek

Introduction to BACnet Routers  Each data link is treated as a separate network and the collection of data links is considered a single BACnet internetwork. George Thomas, President, Contemporary Controls

New Year Resolutions for the Industry  How we will stop smoking, lose weight, start exercising and save money in 2009  Jim Sinopoli, Smart Buildings

Choosing the Right Integrator for Your Building Automation Project  There are many options: Automation Vendors, Distributors, Architectural engineering and construction firms, and Independent control system integrators. Norman O’Leary, Executive Director CSIA – Control System Integrators Association

Top 12 Issue Favourites - 2008  We thank you all as an industry for being our success in providing incredibly current content that is well read by our reinvented industry.  Ken Sinclair, Editor, AutomatedBuildings.com

Columns - January 2009

Working with the Wind in Chicago  Next week, there will be a lot of wind surrounding the AHR Expo, the largest conference anywhere dedicated to the efficient movement of air, and thereby the biggest energy-related conference of the year.  Toby Considine, Technology Officer, Facility Services, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Standards and Opportunities when Smart Buildings meet the Smart Grid The goal of the new standards efforts is to support new markets that we do not today know or understand. Toby Considine, Technology Officer, Facility Services, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Discussion on Descriptors  Commanding and confirming the operation of two-state devices  Steven R. Calabrese, Control Engineering Corp.

BAS Use of Ethernet / IP Infrastructure II  Use of Virtual Local Area Networks Paul Ehrlich & Ira Goldschmidt, Building Intelligence Group

Control Solutions, Inc Past Favorites 

Jim Sinopoli, Smart Buildings Nine Predictions for Smart Buildings in 2009
Peter Michalek OpenLynx: Open Source Software for BAS and the Smart Grid
Lyle Bunn, Principal & Strategy Architect BUNN Co 2008 Digital Signage Year in Review
Jack Mc Gowan, CEM, President & CEO,Energy Control Inc. Energy & Controls
Brian Bohlig, Vice President of Marketing, Arch Rock Corporation  Wireless Sensor Networks Move Onto The Internet
Jim Sinopoli PE, RCDD, Managing Principal, Smart Buildings  An 8-Step Strategy To Making Existing Buildings Smart
Bob Mealey, Lynxspring’s Vice President,  Marketing and Sales Lynxspring’s JENEsys™ snap!
Christina Inge, Marketing Manager, Spinwave Systems, Inc. Water Submetering: Wireless Systems
Ken Sinclair, Editor Owner AutomatedBuildings.com My 10 Takeaways from ConnectivityWeek
Anno Scholten, Novus Edge Open Source
Ken Sinclair, Editor Owner AutomatedBuildings.com  The Future of Automated Buildings in North America
Jim Sinopoli PE, RCDD, Managing Principal, Smart Buildings  The Coming Flood of Energy Reporting, Building Sensors and System Meters 
Robert Eckery, Marcom Manager, EnOcean, Inc. Pushing Green into the Black 
Anto Budiardjo, President, Clasma Events Inc. The Energy Revolution is Here!



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