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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 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.

Control Trends interviews for May  Our first guest is the Smart Connected Building prophet Jim Young, the co‐founder of Realcomm Conference Group which produces Realcomm, IBcon, and CoRE Tech, the world’s leading conferences on technology, automated business solutions, intelligent buildings, and energy efficiency for the commercial and corporate real estate industry. Jim talks about the importance and need to attend the June 8-10 Realcomm|IBcon conference in San Antonio, TX Our second guest is AutomatedBuilding’s owner and editor Ken Sinclair, whose May theme is Becoming an Autodidactic Asset — the process of coming to be a self-taught person who is a valuable thing.

The RealcommEDGE magazine is the only publication focused exclusively on technology, automation and innovation for the commercial, corporate, government and institutional real estate industry. It provides readers with innovative thoughts and ideas on the topics of Automated Business Solutions and Intelligent Buildings. This Conference Edition is a sneak peek at some of the products and best practices cases studies that will be presented at Realcomm & IBcon on June 8-10, 2015 in San Antonio.

This week we’re sharing an early release of the RealcommEDGE Magazine–Conference Edition, which will be hitting desks in the next few days. Grow young with me read page 43

The ZigBee Alliance and the Thread Group have announced they are collaborating to enable the ZigBee Cluster Library to run over Thread networks. The ZigBee Cluster Library standardises application level functionality for a wide variety of devices used in smart homes and other markets. Thread is a wireless networking protocol that can support multiple low-bandwidth, IP-based application protocols to provide secure and reliable networks, simple connectivity and low power in the home

MIT’s Fluid Interfaces group has created a wearable device called TagMe which allows users to make everyday objects respond to touch. The device consists of a wristband, an accompanying app for phones or tablets and the use of RFID tags that can be attached to surfaces and objects. The user can program a number of responses if the object is touched, or if it is not touched within a certain timeframe.

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Tridium President Nino DiCosmo talks about what Tridium has been up to over the last year with Niagara 4 development and beta testing.

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Will Industry 4.0 & IIoT create new standards wars? Bill Lydon’s Automation Perspective  Over the years as an automation engineer I have witnessed standards wars that resulted in higher costs for users. This same pattern could develop again with Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). But, there are some positive developments that might allow us to avoid new standard wars. Hopefully, the various “camps with agendas” will converge their approaches and standards to leverage the latest Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing, big data and analytics technologies

We can–and should–make green buildings even smarter If you're sitting in an office right now, take a moment to consider your surroundings. It's more than a place to plug in your computer. Your building is a massive system of systems. And chances are that even if it's a "green" building, it's one of the largest expenses on your company's income statement.

The Walt Disney Co. has made its theme parks the start of a "smart city," as its uses technology to enhance its theme park experience, increase security, and gain incredible insight into the habits of visitors.

Affordable Colleges Online has received tremendous feedback from our visitors about our guide to online engineering degrees.  Our goal is to organize the wealth of information about virtual Engineering programs in order to help students better understand the customization and flexibility of online engineering degrees.

Wireless - Small Building System new offices in Montreal - Overview of the building automation system.

Survey Reveals Smart Buildings are the Core Application for the Enterprise Internet of Things (E-IOT) Daintree Networks' survey for Global IoT Day finds Open Standards are key for IoT

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10 factors to consider when transitioning from IT cloud to IoT cloud.  Kaivan Karimi, Atmel VP and GM of Wireless Solutions, shares

ZigBee Teams with Thread Group on IPv6 Home Automation Protocol ‘ZigBee over Thread’ gives Thread Group its first shot at making IPv6-based home automation a reality. Will Z-Wave follow? contemporary Share your thing — like it ain't no thang.

Calm down everybody, Dali is not dead yet. That was the consensus in a discussion on the future of the lighting control protocol at Lux's Smart Lighting Controls Europe 2015 conference.

the main reason why commercial building owners are approving these projects – such as upgrading lights or replacing aging boilers is to reduce operating costs, which in turn generates cash flow

IoT interest level is extremely high, actual deployments seem to be lagging behind.  Emergence of an IIoT Ecosystem Deployments of Internet of Things applications are lagging expectations, as engineers deal with the networking and software complexities of serving field data to multiple applications and clients.


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