November 2010

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Comments by Ken Sinclair          Publisher - AutomatedBuildings.comKen Sinclair



November  ................Connecting Building Automation to Everything


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Our cover picture graphically shows that our connection to information technology is daily extending its reach. I have included a link to a web site about this, a six-story 3,200-sq.-ft digital sign billboard plus other connections in the stuff across my desk.  This is stuff that I never know quite what to do with but feel compelled to share with you before I delete, because it is fun and heralds the media and social trends that are changing our industry.

So what else is Building Automation connecting to?

Social networks! After much prompting from the industry, grumpy antisocial Ken finally got with the program and created a personal presence and magazine presence on LinkedIn, I started a Group. Please join us 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.

A great article about how our industry is becoming social media acceptable. Social Networking  Teny E. Varghese, Building Automation Jobs

What else is connecting us to everything?  Globalization, we have articles from Australia, Croatia and Italy in this issue.

Nino writes from Croatia; In an ideal world, we will be able to be vendor and protocol independent. Everything will talk to everything.

Back in the USA Anto writes Key take- away for BAS These developments, and the exceptional level of support globally and at the highest levels in Washington, lead me to be certain that Smart Grid is here to stay, not a passing fad. Most important to readers of, Smart Grid has significant implications for building automation and energy management in buildings. From demand response, to energy efficiency and automation, and enterprise integration, Smart Grid will create significant opportunities for BAS players.

Lots of great articles  Green Buildings and EZ Electricity  Jack" Mc Gowan, Energy Control Inc.   Wireless Meters  Jim Sinopoli, Smart Buildings LLC   Collaboration Fuels Smart Grid Progress  Anto Budiardjo, Clasma Events  Connecting Building Automation to Everything Nino Kurtalj, Elma Kurtalj Ltd   Energy Efficiency Strategy  Carlos Santamaria, Glenborough  Social Networking  Teny E. Varghese, Building Automation Jobs    Protocol Implementation (PIC) & (BIBB) Nirosha Munasinghe, Open General   BACnet in Public Administration Buildings  Salvatore Cataldi, ESAC   GridWeek  Anto Budiardjo, Clasma Events

November Columns  Energy Effectiveness   Andy McMillan  OPC UA Adoption Update   Manny Mandrusiak  Control System Upgrades   Steven R. Calabrese  Networked Building Automation System   Paul Ehrlich, Ira Goldschmidt & Angela Lewis  Internal Sharing of Energy Information Toby Considine

November Interviews   The OpenADR Alliance Barry Haaser  ENERGY STAR Brian Dawson

November Reviews  ISA Automation Week  Becky Schneider ISA  Across My Desk Ken Sinclair  Impact of IT on green points  ESS
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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.

Please excuse our inconsistences in presentation we are presently renovating our 12 year old web site.

October 2010 from Field to Cloud?

This month's focus is on what is the best way to get our real time data from the field to the cloud. Continuously Connected Open Information is the theme of our 12th consecutive year of providing free education sessions at AHR Expo, see our sneak preview. It seems that this topic is on everyone's mind as we see that we are the industry most likely to provide the connection of real time data to the cloud. Lots of great articles speaking to this as everyone is trying to address how to best get information to cloud-based services.

[an error occurred while processing this directive] Too Many Choices For Wireless Building Systems?  Jim Sinopoli, Smart Buildings LLC;  Protocol Positioning from Field to Cloud  Nino Kurtalj, Elma Kurtalj Ltd; Integrating EnOcean and BACnet  The S4 Group, Inc.; The Embedded BACnet IP Server  David Lamarche, Can2go; Energy Information Management  Tim Kensok, AirAdvice; ENERGY STAR Certification Within Reach  Brian Dawson, Calico Energy; Smart Demand Control Ventilation  Daniel Diehl, Aircuity; Getting Grid Connected  Rich Quattrini, EnergyConnect Inc.; Multi-Use Building Sets Standards for Sustainability  Harry Sim, Cypress Envirosystems; Back to School for Energy Efficiency Lessons  Denis Du Bois, Energy Priorities Magazine; Building Automation Moves Up Control Engineering Asia

Columns  Closing the Feedback Loop  Angela Lewis  Load Shaping for Net Zero Buildings  Toby Considine  Rapid Software Development  Manny Mandrusiak 
Hydronic Zone Controls 101 Steven R. Calabrese

October Interviews   FieldServer Technologies expands product line Richard Theron;   Technology Contracting  Jim Dagley: Update Building Intelligence Quotient (BIQ)  J. Christopher Larry;  The lighting industry and lighting controls today Danny Yu; Bringing about “Customer Performance”  Peter C. Honebein.

October Reviews  BEPIs  part of the due diligence?  Across my desk

We want to thank FieldServer Technology for their increased support.  FieldServer Technologies announces the QuickServer, a new cost-effective, fully-configurable gateway based upon the proven FieldServer platform and backed by trusted FieldServer support.

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