June 2011

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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.

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Japanese electronics giant Toshiba will buy Swiss meter maker Landis+Gyr. The deal was announced Thursday after a few weeks of feverish speculation. Click to the site for Toshiba's post-acquisition plans and why we may see even more M&A activity in the smart grid space.

The Integration Guide to AV Control Systems is a special supplement to Systems Contractor News that provides integrators with advice, product news, and how-to tips about AV control systems.

EnOcean - the Energy Harvesting Wireless Standard for Building Automation. Energy-efficiency & Flexibility "Enabled by EnOcean"

ASHRAE/IES 90.1-2010 energy standard gets tough The ASHRAE/IES 90.1-2010 energy standard, adopted as an energy code in many jurisdictions in the U.S., contains comprehensive requirements for lighting controls, part of a dramatic revision intended to make it 30% more energy-efficient than the 2004 standard.

Comments on new standard by LCA

Can BACnet and LonTalk Work Together?
The short answer is "yes," but there are some important factors to consider:

Eight definitions of ‘smart buildings’
So what exactly are “smart buildings”? The simple answer is that there’s automation involved somehow that makes managing and operating buildings more efficient. Pinning down an exact definition, though, isn’t easy in a sector that’s evolving so quickly. Here’s how various organisations define — for better or for much worse — “smart buildings”:

Build a BACnet compliant specification, online, free  Specifications are open and non-proprietary and based on ASHRAE Guideline 13-2000, with options for CSI MasterFormat:

New utility provides streamlined process for large-scale Metasysİ integration projects.   As most of you already know, S4 puts a lot of effort into building relationships with each of the BAS manufacturers, and their dealer or branch network, to make sure that our systems work well together and the delivery of support to mutual customers is seamless. Performing interoperability testing is part of that process. During our testing with Alerton Envision it became evident that their BACnet Client implementation took a different approach to discovering and mapping points for BACnet devices than we saw in most other BACnet clients. Envision uses a model based on pre-defined templates for BACnet devices instead of a point level discovery process that we most frequently see.



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