July 2012

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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.

15 Trends From InfoComm 2012  Innovations and market shifts transcending the InfoComm 2012 show floor reflect the state of the commercial electronics industry.

ICONICS' Hyper HistorianTM is a scalable, high-performance data historian ready to meet your plant data collection requirements with its low entry cost and seamless expandability. Hyper Historian has a wide variety of connectivity options including: OPC, OPC UA, native BACnet, SNMP, ICONICS Platform Services Servers and external data sources. The ability to configure a variety of signal aggregates as well as a built in calculated tag engine rounds off the perfect complement to your existing SCADA and visualisation solution.

Commercial Energy Audting, 2nd Edition  This practical desk reference for energy engineers is designed to serve as a comprehensive resource for performing energy audits in commercial facilities. Although there are no "typical" commercial buildings, the book begins with the premise that when commercial facilities are subdivided into categories based on business type, many useful patterns can be identified which become generally applicable to the performance of an effective energy audit. All focal areas of the building energy audit and assessment are covered, including building envelope, lighting, HVAC, controls, heat recovery, thermal storage, electrical systems and utilities. The second edition provides new material on such topics as early replacement decision making, impact of lease arrangements on energy project interest, HVAC air tempering, commissioning,

Microsoft unlocked the mystery of the secret device it is making, unveiling the Surface tablet at a fancy press event in Hollywood.  But while it showed off the new device and revealed some of its specs (see a comparison with iPad below), there are still many unanswered questions–even if CEO Steve Ballmer wants us to know that the “Surface is a PC, the Surface is a tablet and the Surface is something new that we think people will really love.”

The ability to stay wirelessly connected represents an important requirement in today’s continuously expanding business environment. Ubiquitous access anytime, anywhere to mobile devices has become the lifeline of any organization and the economic impact of commercial globalization has made this ubiquitous connectivity essential.  Today’s workforce needs to be reachable at all times in order to cultivate and maintain excellent relationships with clients. Access to a strong, usable cellular signal in today’s smartphone network has become a critical tool in real time client communications to foster these relationships. Non-existent in-building cellular coverage, especially in business districts, warehouses, manufacturing facilities and high-rise buildings, means that many important calls will go unattended or unanswered, and ultimately have an adverse effect on your tenant relationships, due to their inability to adequately service their clients within the leased space in your building.

Control Solutions, Inc The Smart Grid 2012 Mid-Year Review consists of the 67 presentations delivered from December 2011 through May 2012, as part of the Smart Grid Observer's Virtual Summit series. Taken together, they provide an in-depth look at where the smart grid currently stands, touching upon security, network communications, network management, demand response, electric vehicles integration, microgrids, energy storage, data analytics, home energy management, consumer engagement, and the smart grid business case.

Over 500 products now ZigBee-certified The ZigBee Alliance, a global ecosystem of companies creating wireless solutions for use in energy management, commercial and consumer applications, has announced that there are now more than 500 ZigBee Certified products available to the market, a 60% surge since August 2011.  The announcement comes on the heels of a report from ABI Research which found that ZigBee is the most widely-used IEEE 802.15.4 technology, accounting for 40% of total shipments in 2012 and expected to grow to over 50% by 2015.

Platform for mobile robotics, we believe our small COMs and expansion boards are ideal for the Create's unique form factor," said W. Gordon Kruberg, M.D., president and CEO of Gumstix. "By providing a platform for the Robotic Operating System from Willow Garage that can fit inside and be powered by the Create, we hope Gumstix gives roboticists the flexibility to achieve greater performance with their robots at a lower cost and in a smaller package than has previously been possible."
Source: PR Newswire (http://s.tt/1dttA)

IES, provider of integrated performance analysis software and consulting services for sustainable building design and operation, is delighted to announce the release of IESVE 2012. This includes the new ModelViewer II which features solar shading, solar arc and improved reporting capabilities.




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