January & February 2005

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February 2005

Bringing Open Systems to Legacy BAS Environments
Steve Jones, Managing Partner, The S4 Group, Inc.
 by making the data previously locked inside the Metasys® system available to other BAS and IT systems via open interfaces.

Wireless Sensor Networking Brings New Opportunities to Energy Management
Mark A. Noyes, CEO & President, WebGen Systems & Andy May, President & CEO, Millennial Net
One of the exciting characteristics of wireless sensor networking is that it really does open up possibilities for new products and services and creates flexibility in systems that have not traditionally been flexible.

Industry leaders come together

Anto BudiardjoPeople@BuilConn
Anto Budiardjo, President of Clasma, Inc., 
We have a lot more subjects and a lot more people with deep understanding of these subjects.

Ron ZimmerTrends@BuilConn
Ron Zimmer,
President & CEO, CABA
The issues to be covered include changes in CSI MasterSpec, LEED, CLA initiatives, M2M Device Networking, and how the information technology industry works.

Anno ScholtenDevelopment@BuilConn
Anno Scholten, CTO, Plexus Technology Inc
The Development track at BuilConn is designed for development engineers and product designers that are interested in the latest technologies being applied to building automation systems: XML/Web Services and Wireless.

Barry HaaserLonWorks@BuilConn
Barry Hasser, Executive Director of LonMark® International
We will discuss the key trends driving open systems and provide key perspectives on how to make open systems a common element of your business, whether you are an end-user, contractor, specifier or supplier.

Jim LeeBACnet@BuilConn
m Lee, President & CEO, Cimetrics Inc.
The track will include a number of key BACnet experts to talk about the status, plans and implementation of BACnet.

Toby ConsidineoBix@BuilConn
Toby Considine
It is an exciting time, with the pieces falling into place, and the role of oBIX becoming apparent to a larger audience. Now we have to focus on the stylistic issues of XML, of making oBIX look like what the Enterprise is looking for, and we need the eyes of the entire controls industry to look on what we have, and to submit suggestions as to how to make it better.

John PetzeNiagara@BuilConn
John Petze, President & CEO, Tridium, Inc.
A session that will help systems integrators, consulting engineers and facility owners and managers understand Niagara.

Paul EhrlichEnterprise@BuilConn
Paul Ehrlich,
Building Intelligence Group
The concept of Enterprise Integration is that groups of buildings can now be centrally managed and also that we can connect Building Systems to Business Systems.

Anto BudiardjoWireless@BuilConn
Anto Budiardjo, President of Clasma, Inc.,
Wireless should be the most efficient way to connect devices in buildings.

Leighton WolffeOpenSystems@BuilConn
Leighton Wolffe
What are the benefits and business value of being able to integrate an ‘open’ building automation system onto a standard IT platform and into the business management systems in place at virtually every Fortune 1000 company today?

John HustonFM@Builconn
John Huston P.E. TENG & Associates, Inc./TENG Solutions
The FM@BuilConn track enables attendees to learn from those who have already experienced success applying technology to facility management.

Jim YoungOwners@BuilConn
Jim Young, Founder & Producer, Realcomm
The technology community needs to spend the first hour of every new relationship listening to what the client does and what are their business drivers, their problems that maybe technology can solve. 

Glen AllmendingerM2M@BuilConn
Glen Allmendinger, President of Harbor Research, Inc.
The move to M2M is happening, and the pace of adoption is accelerating. It is not only possible, it is here.

Jack Mc GowanEnergy@BuilConn
Jack Mc Gowan, President of Energy Control Inc
BuilConn participants will learn how to position themselves for the opportunity to deliver technology that enables a more effective U.S. Electric System and integrates building consumption on a completely new level.

Ken SinclairCaseStudies@BuilConn
Ken Sinclair, Owner /Editor of AutomatedBuildings.com
CaseStudies@BuilConn is all about peoples' success planning and implementing the new reality.

Frank CapuanoBuildy@BuilConn
Frank Capuano, President Strata Resource Inc.
The Industry Award Program in a Time of Innovation and Convergence

Leighton WolffeBlues@BuilConn - The "Interoperable Blues Band"
Leighton Wolffe
How did this work so well last year? It was the first time you all met, let alone played together - you guys didn’t even rehearse.

January 2005

The Zigbee Revolution
William Sandoval, Business Development Manager, Digital Systems,
Philips Lighting Electronics/Advance Transformer

Zigbee is a short range, low-power protocol specifically designed for small building devices such as thermostats, lighting controls, ballasts, environmental sensors, and medical devices.

Update on oBIX
Aaron Hansen, Senior Software Engineer, Tridium

The future of building automation will be a new breed of applications that connect facilities with traditional business units such as human resources and accounting, for functions such as cost savings and performance management.

Building Open Systems Seminar
Barry Haaser, Executive Director of LonMark® International

We expect the seminars to appeal to a number of industry professionals wrestling with open systems issues. The content is very rich and will be useful for architects, building and facility managers, consulting engineers, electrical and mechanical contractors, and system and network integrators.

2004 in Review
Jack Mc Gowan, President of Energy Control Inc

It seems inevitable at the beginning of a year to look back and consider last year in review.  What progress was made over the previous months?  In that light I took some time to visit with Jack Mc Gowan recently to get his perspective on significant events in integration and interoperability.

Intelligent Building Ranking System Request for Proposal
Thomas J. Lohner, P.E., Vice President, TENG Solutions

The IB Ranking System will be an online tool intended to assist building owners/managers, the commercial real estate industry and other industry stakeholders assess the level of integrated systems within a building (i.e., develop a BIQ).

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