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  Five Free Show-sponsored Sessions on Building Automation

AHR Expo Atlantic City
 January 14-16, 2002.

Here is the first look at this year's AHR Expo Free Educational Sessions on Automation
Room #421

David J. Branson, PE Senior Vice President, Compliance Services Group, Inc.
Ken Sinclair, Editor/Owner online industry magazine

Monday and Tuesday Morning Sessions
9:00 AM

Building Automation Stabilization - Fact or Fiction?

Securing Buildings News

Part of the message we received from our education sessions in Atlanta at last year's AHR Expo was "give us more information sooner, and for different levels of expertise".

Our session will start with a review of the control evolution of Automated Buildings, and discuss the convergence taking place in communication protocol development, the Internet integration and wireless developments within the industry. We will look for signs of stabilization in all of this.

We will look at the changes that are occurring in the engineer's design arena concerning building automation. Changes to plan and specification development will be briefly reviewed covering issues such as Specification Sections 13000, 17000 and the Request For Proposal or RFP approach.

Tunnelling thru all the industry noise

We will discuss how enlightened owners, comfort contractors, energy performance contractors, etc. are having influence over automation system deployment. Insight into where they are focusing that influence will be provided.

This session will provide an overview of the effect the radical changes now occurring in Building Automation are having on the total HVAC industry.

We will discuss how the new breed of automation will affect our clients' total data enterprise as well as the effect on the designers, contractors, equipment suppliers, building owners.

Monday Afternoon Session
1:30 PM

The Indispensable Internet
Building Automation Integrates, Converges and Conforms to the Internet Model - in short, "Web ways are winning…"

This session is a follow up to the overview session and with increased technical detail will expand on the trends that are presently occurring in the industry and how this will increase ease of design, installation and use. Emerging protocols plus new net standards will be reviewed.

Reliable Controls The predicted shift of control toward centralized (enterprise) building automation management via the Internet is now coming to pass. Trending, scheduling, alarming, reports, program changes, memory downloads - all can be accomplished through a browser. It also follows that these systems provide a better platform to support the new generation of "gadgets," such as WAP cell phones, because these devices are also based upon browser interface."

The Internet is now influencing hardware development towards the direction of plug and play or PnP controls and diagnostic tools.  These new self-configuring devices will be capable of easily joining, contributing and leaving a building automation system network.

"Internet enabled' is now a requirement for virtually every job. As building automation technology begins to offer the convenience of Web accessibility and open systems, the integrator can offer additional services and gain credibility with the IT forces.

"TCP/IP is the glue that binds the entire Internet and almost every network in the world. It is no longer strictly for large computers. Embedding the TCP/IP protocol into small electronics is not only possible, it is inexpensive and commonplace. Almost every general-purpose widely accepted networking protocol of the future will ride on top of the TCP/IP architecture. Building a TCP/IP infrastructure into buildings today ensures that they will be ready for the technologies of tomorrow.

New IT interfaces will allow planners, financial, and other top level stake-holders to use live data from building automation systems in an interactive fashion.

Tuesday Afternoon Session
1:30 PM

Ease of Use in Today's & Tomorrow's Building Automation Systems
This session is a follow up to "The Indispensable Internet" and expands on the now available products and how they will radically affect our industry. Standards evolution will be discussed.

We will discuss new developments on the horizon in DDC, i.e., self-configuring (aka PnP) controls, etc.

Wireless usage, from device to network to enterprise.  The standards are there, and manufacturers have to a large extent stuck with development of interfaces that will allow Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) to run – that means applications that are familiar to a large portion of the end-user pool could easily evolve to include interoperation with wireless technologies.  In some instances, those applications might even run through these components without the users even knowing that they are wireless… seamless is better

"The times they are a changing" but are we as Building Automation Professionals grasping the gravity of the moment? The fact that the "Web Ways are Winning" and products are becoming easier to use, plus the now viability of "Wireless" greatly changes how we approach Building Automation design. Building automation systems are still being installed from pre-internet specifications with proprietary systems with no acknowledgment that enterprise interaction may be essential for system longevity. Designs, often done in isolation without the complete understanding of the client's total IT enterprise are dangerously short sighted. It is now clear that TCP/IP will be the data pipe of the future that fits all.

We will attempt to create the new formula for Tomorrow's Building Automation Systems.

Wednesday Morning Session - The Audience Speaks Out
9:00 AM

Building Automation Forum - The future of Building Automation
A rollup of first three session and some predicted directions for the future by Dave and Ken then open up to industry.

Come and have fun and help us predict the future of Building Automation.


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