A Reflection on our Reinvention
I am pleased to provide a
reflection on our reinvention. The scope of our industry is rapidly changing and
fueling our reinvention as our buildings become a major interactive load on the national smart
electrical grid. The definition of what is included as part of Building Automation
grows daily. We are an industry which is growing taller in public profile,
wider in our reach of technologies touched, and deeper in data connectivity.
The buzz at AHR Expo in Chicago was
Cisco Completes Acquisition of Richards-Zeta Building Intelligence, Inc.
Cisco's EnergyWise technology for Cisco Catalyst(R) switches measures,
reports and reduces the energy consumption of Internet Protocol (IP) devices
such as phones, laptops and access points. Cisco also announced industry partner
solutions along with an intelligent middleware acquisition that will ultimately
enable the management of power consumption for entire building systems such as
lights, elevators, and air conditioning and heating.
For more insight on this news please read
Connected Real Estate
Cisco grows Connected Real Estate investment with
Rick Huijbregts, Vice President, Vertical
Industries, Cisco Canada
Be sure to catch this Webcast
- Tuesday, February 3
Smart Buildings: How Connected Real Estate “LEEDs” to Sustainability
Great industry perspective in Anto's article
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.
This is very good news for our
industry; The nation's century-old energy grid might get an
upgrade soon to handle alternative energy. The economic stimulus
package has earmarked $11 billion to invest in smart meters and
3,000 miles of renewable-energy transmission lines. Venture
capitalists and utilities also are investing in smart-grid
applications at a record pace. "It's like the Internet for the
energy economy," said Katherine Hamilton, head of the GridWise
USA TODAY (01/30)
State Journal (Charleston, W.Va.), The (01/29)
This all calls for "The Reinvention of
Building Automation". You may note that I have dropped the
word Systems as the movement is creating a new industry whose
tentacles reach way beyond our traditional definition of what
was originally included in the BAS definition. I propose that the
new annoying acronym be shortened to BA. I provided this article to
explain our reinvention
you view the word “Building” as a noun or a verb the real goal is
Sustainability and provided the column
The Reinvention of Building
Automation is evolving to a web service that is greatly enhanced
with online services.
Lots of great articles all addressing
our reinvention to highlight a few
State of the Industry - 2009
Thomas Hartman, P.E., The Hartman Company;
Count Me In: People Counters
Managing Principal, Smart Buildings, PE, RCDD;
Robots in Every Building?
Jeanne Dietsch, MobileRobots Inc
Stuart Rich, PenBay Media; and I bet you did not see this one coming
Wireless Pneumatic Thermostat
Sim, Cypress Envirosystems
Control Valves – Sizing & Selection
Steven R. Calabrese
Energy, Innovation, and E-Tech
Building Automation Wishes for a New Year
Paul Ehrlich & Ira Goldschmidt
of Building Automation Ken
Sinclair Trust: The
Primary Currency in an Open Systems World
February Previews & Reviews
Connected Real Estate “LEEDs” to
SPEED Digital Signage Training Program
AHR Chicago Sessions
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As always lots of
plus be sure to check our
to see the number of events we have in our future.
newest advertiser who well fits our reinvention; CatNet
Systems - Next generation web server/HMI products with an
emphasis on ease of use and 100% browser setup. Protocols include
BACnet, ModBus, and LonWorks.
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Continuing the Countdown to
I feel that the ASHRAE winter meeting and AHR Expo event
January 26-28 in
Chicago will mark the start of the real reinvention of our Building
Automation industry. Reinvention is necessary not because we want to, but
because we have to. The present financial times are rapidly redefining what is
sustainable and what is not and Building Automation in its present form is not
achieving anywhere close to its potential.
ventilation and air conditioning systems are 50% efficient compared to fully
integrated systems. Source: U.S. Green
Building Council, Cisco Systems, The Hartman Co.
Add to this the functional creep of what is now included the new Building
Automation definition and we have a real need for reinvention.
In Tom Hartman's
Obama’s Energy Challenge he states......
On January 20th, the US starts a new chapter in managing
energy. and goes on to say....................the building sector is by
far the most wasteful of all of the major energy use sectors in the US today.
But while this unbridled energy waste offers an enormous opportunity to reduce
energy use, it also represents a daunting challenge because despite the many
claims, virtually all energy reduction initiatives associated with the building
industry have so severely underperformed that there is an absence of any
reliable existing policy or program structure upon which to build the sound and
scalable initiatives needed for a more energy efficient future for buildings.
concurs in his article...2009,
Not Business As Usual!
he states;.......... 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
Nine Predictions for Smart Buildings in 2009
provides insight to some of the elements
of this reinvention plus his article
New Year Resolutions for the Industry
tell us ....what we need is a second step
called LEEP, which is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Performance.
Peter Kelly-Detwiler of Constellation NewEnergy
advises; Sign Up for Demand Response Many of the
power grids in North America offer significant incentives to participate in
demand response programs in his article
A New Year’s Resolution for PJM
In the upcoming years pervasive computing will undergo a transition. New OSS
projects will be created that focus on generic pervasive and mobile computing
(or Internet of Everything as some people tend to call it) and also on specific
support for building automation, smart grid and related technologies. You need
to read more
OpenLynx: Open Source Software
by Peter Michalek
Aspect on Networked Area Control ,
Introduction to BACnet Routers,
Choosing the Right Integrator,
12 Issue Favourites - 2008
Great January Columns;
Discussion on Descriptors; Steven
Smart Buildings meet the Smart Grid,
BAS Use of Ethernet/IP Infrastructure II
Paul Ehrlich & Ira Goldschmidt
2009 the year of significant change? It
has the markings of it Ken, the perfect storm is forming. I don’t think 2009
will be business as usual.
KNX Energy Management
Controls: An Update
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