March 2011

Babel Buster Network Gateways: Big Features. Small Price.
Control Solutions, Inc. - Minnesota

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Ken Sinclair

 March.........“Making the Invisible Visible”

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Our March theme  “Making the Invisible Visible” is about how do we as an industry depict our invisible cornerstones of comfort, energy, and environmental impact?  How can we best show what cannot be seen: Temperature?, Comfort?, Electricity?, Performance?, and the necessary information to maintain all.  We now have amazing anywhere graphics that can morph into real time digital signage to take our message to the world, but have we truly thought about what we will say?  Our powerful far reaching real time network connections transport the invisible via the cloud but it is the graphics and their dashboards representations that convert the Invisible to Visible. This is the place where art, science, and communication meet while the world watches. As an industry we have never before had the opportunity to lead, but from our past obscurity we are becoming very visible everywhere.

I am pleased with our March issue as all our many authors have provided
diverse insight on how to make our invisible visible.

March Articles:
Leveraging the Graphic User Interface - William L. Parrish II, BSME (Rose-Hulman), General Manager,
Graphics Demonstrate What the Eye Can’t See  - Sarah Erdman, Marketing Director, QA Graphics
Web 2.0 plus BAS Graphics (UX)  - Alper Uzmezler, BAS Services & Graphics, LLC
The BAS Industry & Graphics  Nirosha Munasinghe, Product Development Manager, Open General
The Energy Internet: Greener Buildings in a Networked World
- Rick Huijbregts, Vice President, Vertical Industries,  Cisco Canada
Visual Depictions of Data  Nino Kurtalj, President, Elma Kurtalj Ltd
The Handoff Between A Newly Constructed Building and Building Operations  - Jim Sinopoli, PE, RCCD, LEED AP & Managing Principal Smart Buildings LLC
Distinguishing a Data Center Monitoring System (DCMS) and Its Benefits  - Jefferie Mitchell, Operations Manager, Justin Blumling, Project Manager, Geist Intelligent Facilities 
The rising Cost of energy vs The Cost of doing nothing  - Billal Vindhani, Managing Director, Greenologic Ltd
Building Online Buzz in 2011  - Manny Mandrusiak, Managing Creative Consultant, 4 Bravo Marketing
Telecom Service Providers Target M2M and Automation  - Jim Sinopoli, PE, RCCD, LEED AP & Managing Principal Smart Buildings LLC
Open Source Physical Security Software  . Guy Huntington, Huntington Ventures Ltd
Destination : “Best In Class”    - Joe Eagle, Software Development Manager, Control Technologies Inc.

March Interviews: 
Building Clouds? - Bob Wallace, Building Clouds
Open Interoperable Lighting Controls  - Danny Yu, CEO, Daintree Networks
"Grid Aware" Buildings  - Marco Pritoni, UC Davis
Integrating facilities management for efficient building operation  -  John Bishop, Industry Leader, Facilities Management Solutions, Invensys Operations Management

March Columns: 
Controls Devices (Part 2 of 3)  - Steven R. Calabrese, Control Engineering Corp.
Can Specifications Lead the Advancement of Systems Integration?
- Paul Ehrlich, Ira Goldschmidt & Angela Lewis  Building Intelligence Group

March Reviews
Anywhereness at AHRExpo 2011 Vegas;   Across my Desk 

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Kele is the leading supplier of building automation products in the industry.  No other supplier offers a wider selection, more support or better solutions than Kele.

Tell all our sponsors you saw their ads on the web site and thank them for supporting your free access to evolving Automated Building Industry information. Click on their ads and view their valuable products and services. Please review all Our Sponsors

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Presently my network includes over 1400 please join us.

Please join our Group on Linkedin and interact with our magazine & online resource in real time while sharing your thoughts with our editors and other readers around the world.

The news just keeps flowing thru our web site and RSS feeds daily, and of course the only way to truly find what you are looking for in the vast quantity of information on our site is with our site search engine

As always lots of new products, plus be sure to check our event calendar to see the number of events we have in our future.

Building Automation and Web Services?
Is Building Automation rapidly evolving its Web Services?  Our past issues have talked about our anywhereness and Interrogating Information 4 Integration. If you couple this with this month's articles and the interview it all points to the rapid transition by our industry to use web services that are interweaved with our traditional real time data.

From Toby's interview The Building System Interface - Space is what the building systems support, space is what the tenants recognize, space is where building systems deliver service. To interact with those services, we need building services interfaces (BSI).

Jim adds; Designing An Integrated Building System
The heart of the IBS is in the integration of building systems in a way that provides greater functionality and facilitates optimum building operations.

Nirosha writes; Exposing Building Behaviour Using BAS
Discovering groups and structures in the data that are similar without knowing the structures of the data.

While Nino writes; Cyber-Security
For the last ten years the whole industry has been talking about IP, Web, interoperability and open systems.  Security however, has been mostly left behind, somewhere in the pre-internet age.

Lots of other great articles. columns, and  reviews that echo the theme.

contemporary The rest of February Articles

Securing Remote Locations    Guy Huntington, Huntington Ventures Ltd

The Industry Demands Better Demand Response   Michael Zimmerman, BuildingIQ

Demand Control Lighting Saves Money  Corinne Wilder, Universal Lighting Technologies

Tracking Down That Just-Right Employee   Douglas Mitchell,

February Columns
Controls Devices  Steven R. Calabrese;   Marketing and Business Development   Manny Mandrusiak;   Energy that Thinks Like the Web  Toby Considine;    A Lesson from Vegas (@CES)   Andy McMillan;   Set it and Forget It?   Paul Ehrlich, Ira Goldschmidt & Angela Lewis

February Reviews   Across my Desk;    OASIS Energy Interoperation

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