January 2013

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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 AutomatedBuildings.com. 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.

Haystack Connect   A number of leading technology companies are joining together to launch a major new conference event. The new conference -- Haystack Connect -- is designed to connect the companies, communities and people who are redefining smart and connected systems.                                              

The Goal: The goal of Haystack Connect is to create a new type of conference and trade show -- one that is produced by the community, for the community. The creators of the event believe that it will fill an important gap in the market for smart and connected systems by providing a place where these communities can come together to network, share, create synergy and generate new business opportunities.

Background: The building automation, energy, and M2M industries have a variety of events. Many are under the control of a single manufacturer. Some are huge events where the needs of systems integrators, technology vendors and their customers are lost in a sea of unrelated products. Haystack Connect is an event that is not owned by any single supplier, but is "by the community and for the community". The conference is designed to directly serve the needs of the customers, systems integrators, and technology vendors who are on the leading edge of applying smart devices and smart buildings technology.

Vision: The event supports the vision that a connected community of practitioners, vendors and forward thinking customers can move industry forward in ways that no single supplier can. As the smart device marketplace has evolved over the past decade, these communities have been a key driver in this forward progress. With Haystack Connect these communities have an event of their own. Haystack Connect 2013 takes its inspiration and event name and from the success of the open source community that is addressing the challenges of making smart device data work seamlessly across applications of all types: project-haystack.org. The event will be held April 29 – May 2 at the Chattanoogan Hotel, Chattanooga, TN. Full details can be found at http://haystackconnect.org

Operations and maintenance documentation is a collaborative, realtime process.  All too often, the handover of O&M (operations and maintenance) manuals from general contractor to asset owner occurs almost as an after thought.

a gadget he invented called the Node which works with an iPhone. The three-inch tube, which he describes as “a little Swiss Army knife of sensors,” records the world around it and beams the data to the phone via Bluetooth.

Hackers illegally accessed the Internet-connected controls of a New Jersey-based company's internal heating and air-conditioning system by exploiting a backdoor in a widely used piece of software, according to a recently published memo issued by the FBI.

Welcome to the inaugural issue of The Green Light. In each issue we’ll provide vital information to make it easier for you to design advanced, energy-efficient lighting control systems.

The big takeaway is that the adoption of new data-driven technology can deliver ongoing efficiency and sustainability with unprecedented success.  Data, however, is only as transformative as the tools that make it actionable. If data is to define the future of sustainability, then the future of information technology will define how facilities become radically efficient — true smart buildings.

Within five minutes you can create a security system that texts you whenever motion is detected, or if a door or window is opened. You can even have images saved to your Dropbox.

"ephemeralization" - the tendency of evolving technology to become less and less material. More brains, less brawn. More metaphysical value, less physical value.  More services, less data.

2012 Review and 2013 Industry Outlook for North America's Dynamic Signage sector. This 4-page analysis offers insights into key trends in the use and supply of dynamic place-based media.

chance to learn much more about CAN2GO when we host an exclusive training session on May 7th and 8th.  In this jam-packed two-day session, you’ll get an overview of network design and CAN2GO wireless technology planning; an overview of CAN2GO product capabilities and Lua scripting – including how to program HVAC and lighting applications; and you’ll receive hands-on exercises in configuration, wireless planning and Lua scripting.

Touch of Glass: ICONICS Supports Microsoft's New Windows 8/Surface Efforts ICONICS, a world leader in HMI/SCADA, analytics, and manufacturing intelligence software solutions, has been a working partner with Microsoft for many years.

IOT products series, covering applications of sensor, Controller and cloud computing. Out services include such fields as intelligent home, transportation & logistics, environment protection, public security, intelligent fire control, industrial monitoring and personal care.

ZigBee Wireless Energy Management Platform  Our platform is ideal for small, medium and large buildings or processes that require discreet energy management platform in a building that can serve the data to any dashboard, reporting tool or BMS System using the Modbus protocol.

The gesture-controlled principle is based on overhead tracking cameras and infra-red emitters, projecting straight onto the tiled floor, creating an immersive environment with which the clientele can engage. The software consists of a standard library of scenes along with the custom effects created by The Marketing Store.

Digital signage technology: Nine tips for success in your video wall deployments video walls are growing in popularity by the day. Part of their appeal is how they inspire imagination. While static signs remind us of the past, video walls tell us the future is now and deliver the wow factor.

MechoSystems has been the leading innovator of manual, motorized, and automated solar-shading and room-darkening solutions for more than 50 years.

Prototype of gesture controlled, connected building unveiled  Architecture and design firm, Think Big Factory, has brought together video technologies, gesture interfaces and networked devices to present a working prototype of a smart building. In its Openarch project the company demonstrates a building designed from scratch to incorporate a connected digital layer that transforms a building into a flexible, interactive space.

building automation technology is explored in the latest video added to Pennsylvania College of Technology’s YouTube Channel.The three-minute video, which can be accessed at http://www.youtube.com/penncollegevideos, highlights the bachelor degree major through the eyes of Adam J. Yoder, of Allensville, a 2011 Penn College graduate.Throughout the video, Yoder describes his passion for building automation technology, as well as the challenges and rewards of the field. The video chronicles Yoder’s senior project – an energy audit of the Community Arts Center, a wholly owned subsidiary of Penn College.



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