June 2013

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Ken Sinclair, Publisher

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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.

Block Programming Vs. Line Programming   Can anyone mention the pros and cons of each, which is newer and which one is more applicable for future products. Block programming as with Siemens, Distech, Tridium and line programming as with Schneider Continuum.

BAS and AV integrators seem to be in two different worlds. Each approaches commercial building integration from different viewpoints, with different protocols and using different schemas. However, in today’s intelligent building the alignment and crossover of the goals for energy, sustainability, operational efficiency and occupant satisfaction makes sharing data between these once disparate systems a logical integration point. This session will first explain the differences between the business models of BAS and the commercial AV community leading to a discussion of “common ground” and we'll explore actual use cases where sharing data has proven substantial business value to the user.

During Google I/O visitors to the Moscone Center will have their every movement tracked, but it's not as creepy as it sounds. Google's Cloud Platform Developer Relations team is spearheading a project called the Data Sensing Lab, which utilizes a network of Arduino sensors to collect ambient data and translate it into easily understood visualizations. Fluctuations in temperature, air quality and humidity will be recorded along with noise levels and foot traffic to provide a real-time breakdown of activity within the Moscone Center.

Version 4 of the popular Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system is expected to be released at Greenbuild in November 2013. Final balloting to approve the new LEED version is expected to occur in June, so we don’t know exactly what will be contained in the new rating system. One thing is almost certain, which is that the prerequisite for the Energy + Atmosphere section will change from the 2007 to the 2010 version of the ASHRAE/IES 90.1 energy standard.

Here's a look at Brookfield Office Properties downtown Toronto portfolio. The video below is a Cube Cities flyover of the portfolio's buildings. The video provides a look at the current office space available downtown Toronto

Smart Devices & Services White Paper sponsored by the CDMA Development Group CDMA-based wireless networks are at the forefront of the transition from ‘simple’ devices to intelligent networks and smart products. This technology has enabled a host of ‘smart services’ opportunities and higher value creation for the vast community of players that makes up the CDMA2000® M2M (machine-to-machine) ecosystem, including M2M solution providers, device suppliers, network operators, system integrators, investors, and thought leaders in various vertical markets.This paper explores the application opportunities, technology requirements and business benefits arising from M2M communication.

At the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) Guest House, guests who have business with Berkeley Lab can get a comfortable night's sleep—while experiencing a living example of some of the laboratory's scientific research. The Guest House is one of the demonstration sites and the testing site (or test bed) for the Demand to Grid (D2G) Lab in the Demand Response Research Center (DRRC).

BACnet International has nearly 40 Success Stories – case studies that feature successful implementation of BACnet. To read the full Story on Neutec Pharmaceuticals, please visit http://www.bacnetinternational.net/success/stories.php?sid=52.

[an error occurred while processing this directive]To see all BACnet Success Stories, please visit http://www.bacnetinternational.net/success/stories.php.

With machine-to-machine (M2M) applications growing at an exponential rate, the race is on to see which wireless protocols come to dominate this space. As always, the solution depends on the problem. For long-distance, wireless 2G cellular might best fit the bill. For shorter wireless distances Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth®, and a number of 802.15.4-based protocols – ZigBee being chief among them – can all work. However, if your intended application needs to be ultra-low-power but work in an environment where link reliability may be a problem, Atmel’s 2.4 GHz REB233SMAD Evaluation Kit (see Figure 1) deserves a look.

Splunk Inc. (SPLK), the leading software platform for real-time operational intelligence, today announced that McKenney’s, Inc., the Southeast’s leader in building automation and security, has integrated Splunk® Enterprise with McKenney’s bdoc® Business Intelligence (BI) for Buildings™. Through the agreement, Splunk Enterprise becomes the analytics backbone of a new program to analyze data from elevators, security doors, light switches, wall mounted thermostats, air conditioners–essentially all the machine data generated by buildings. By analyzing and correlating industrial data, organizations gain operational intelligence in the form of building and energy efficiencies. Watch the video case study to learn more about how McKenney’s utilizes Splunk Enterprise to analyze data collected from the Internet.

View Dynamic Glass opens up a world of architectural possibilities that can help create better, greener buildings. Designers are free to use more glass and keep you connected to the outside world.

Creating "social behavior" in a PLC - Martin Gallardo - Schneider Electric Blog."...Today we have the technology for developing a “neighborhood of social controllers”, collaborating with others to enhance its process, sharing information about common situations or conditions, empowering our process automation solutions, and the most important part, sharing information to make the most of our energy every day, all we need to do is imagine it. Can you imagine other “social network” solutions for an automation system?..."


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