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Editorial Comments by Ken Sinclair

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marks the half way point for 2005, a year that is passing all too quickly. Lots of great articles and interviews and news to share with you this month, plus we have a new contributing editor.  Please help me welcome Paul Ehrlich, President Building Intelligence Group as our newest contributing editor. We are very pleased to have the benefit of Paul's vast integration experience to add  to our constantly growing content. Paul has written many interviews and articles for us in the past but we are pleased to have him officially on our editorial team.  In 2004 Paul Ehrlich was awarded the first ever Buildy Vision Award, the same award that Jane and I won this year.

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In his article Elevating our Industry Paul explains his new directions and how the Building Intelligence Group will fit in our industry.  As you read this article you will see that Paul's motives fit well into the mission statment of which was written at our inception over 6 years ago.

A new standard to add - Power Over Ethernet (PoE) not only provides a safe and effective way of applying power to modern devices, but also utilizes its star topology to its advantage by controlling the amount of power each connected device receives while protecting non-powered devices from harm.  To catch up on this evolving standard read George's article Power Over Ethernet 

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Lots of great content in our May issue. We were pleased to help Engineered Systems put together a Special Section Supplement that will be shared with 5000 Chief Information Officers as well as the usual ES crowd. We are pleased to share the unabridged version online with you and provide direct linkage to the referenced articles and interviews. Rob Zivney, Hirsch Electronics provides a unique security perspective while Jack Mc Gowan provides great insight to Integrated Information and Toby's original article Web Services For Building Controls At A Crossroads has been made part of the supplement.

Confused about Hubs versus SwitchesGeorge sets us straight and helps us to learn how to talk and think in Ethernet terms. Of course as usual a lot of great articles and interviews.

I have also just submitted my paper "The Latest Trends in Networked Buildings" for the The Clima2005 Congress which will take place from 9 - 12 of October 2005 in Lausanne, Switzerland. This should be an interesting event to gain a better understanding of the European perspective.

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