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Articles - October 2009

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The Real Value of Building Information, Integration and Transformation  It’s not building "automation" but building "transformation" that we are after. Rick Huijbregts, Cisco Canada

The Niagara Framework® and Energy  The biggest challenge currently facing existing buildings in reducing energy usage is the lack of manageability for efficiency and critical information about operating systems.  Marc Petock, Vice President, Global Marketing & Communications, Tridium, Inc.

The Emergence of Proactive Building Management Automation  All automation systems deployed in the future will require data streams containing all available performance characteristics of a piece of equipment be made available to the customer in a highly useable format.  David Wolins, CEO Scientific Conservation

Functional Mobility  Functional mobility currently provides significant benefit to millions of tech savvy users; placing access to their email, weather updates, text messaging, Global Positioning Services, telephone, etc. in the palm of their hands. Dave Ross, iSYS Automation, Inc.

A New Era of Building Automation Software  This enabling technology will prove to be a powerful tool in optimizing automated buildings even beyond the capabilities of today’s state-of-the-art systems.  Eugene Mazo, Chief Executive Officer, DGLogik, Inc

Five Building Inefficiencies that are Business Opportunities  Five years ago the US National Institute of Science and Technology estimated the lack of interoperability in the construction industry was costing around $16 billion per year.  Jim Sinopoli, PE, LEED AP, RCDD Managing Principal, Smart Buildings LLC

Work Local, Outsource Local  Domestic solutions for graphics needs at a competitive rate Sarah Erdman, Marketing Director, Quality Automation Graphics

ASU Gets Greener through Visibility  In our world of Greener Thinking, Universities play an important role in educating the citizens of the future. ASU takes this responsibility very seriously.  Roy Kok, VP Sales and Marketing, Kepware Technologies

Creating a Safe, Sustainable Community in a Challenging Economy  5 Ways a Well-Planned Technology Implementation Adds Value Joy Clarke-Holmes, Director of Local Government Market & Jim Nannini, Director of Network Integration Solution Sales, Johnson Controls, Inc.

Ebb and Flow of Lighting Needs Require Flexible Controls  Realize energy and cost savings with wireless lighting control systems  Kevin Braley, Communications Specialist, Orion Energy Systems

You Can’t Manage What You Can’t Monitor  A Holistic Approach to Monitoring  Jefferie K. Mitchell, Communications Specialist, RLE Technologies

Modular System Delivers Flexible Building Energy Management  This "plug and play" system delivers power by flexible modular wiring, and low voltage components are connected with off-the-shelf cabling and jacks, the entire system infrastructure can be relocated, expanded, or contracted to meet changing requirements. Michael Cole, Product Manager Convia-enabled Products, Legrand/Wiremold 

Monitoring an ”Energy-plus-house”  Prime Project in Sweden has chosen Botech as their partner to measure and monitor the energy use in their Energy-plus-house. Robert Cawood, Botech

Indoor Parking Lots, How to Automate Air Quality  Let the gas sensors do their job of measuring and let the ventilation do its job of clearing the pollutants. Keith Rasmussen, Opera

Vision-based Analytics  Video Analytic technology addresses all the shortcomings of common motion sensors enabling greener energy practices for building operations.   Bob Cutting, Vice President, Product Management, ObjectVideo & Martin Verge-Ostiguy, Marketing Coordinator, Lyrtech

The Cloud Beyond the Network  As more software and computer services move off-site, a look around suggests that the collaborative power of cloud computing has already begun to reign for those looking to harness real-time building information most efficiently.  Ken Sinclair Editor/Owner, www.AutomatedBuildings.com 

Keeping our Feet on the Ground While Working in the Cloud "If we want to continue to be leaders in this industry, we must deliver the goods today, Tomorrow is not good enough."  Ken Sinclair Editor/Owner, www.AutomatedBuildings.com 

Columns - October 2009

Understanding Specifications (Part 2 of 3)  Parts is parts, so they say  Steven R. Calabrese, Control Engineering Corp.

OPC and PROFINET technologies combine for efficient light control  HVAC systems, sprinkle systems, doorway controls, could all be linked together using PROFINET, and then controlled via a protocol like OPC from any PC on the network.  Manny Mandrusiak, Vice President of OPC Marketing, OPC Foundation

Smart Buildings Meet the Smart Grid  Keep the Smart Grid in mind as you start to work on your next project and think about how you can make the building a smart part of the Smart Grid.  Paul Ehrlich & Ira Goldschmidt, Building Intelligence Group

BACnet Triple Play  Three ways to win with BACnet Integration  Andy McMillan, President and CEO, Teletrol Systems Inc.

Articles - September 2009

Bringing BIG Building Automation to The Small Building Market  Today’s new building owners have more sophisticated needs and wants. They are looking for big building automation features for their “mid-market” facilities. Trevor Palmer, Director of Marketing / International Sales, Viconics

Energy Dashboards Inform and Educate Green Education Tool  Sarah Erdman, Marketing Director, Quality Automation Graphics

Pneumatic Energy Savings Control  Wireless on off auto pneumatic switching control George Fincher, President - Sales and Marketing, Energy Controls Co.

Smart or Dumb Meters  Hundreds of thousands of so called 'smart' meters have been fitted with no interface or even real time display.  Mark Hunter, ION Controls

The Price of Energy  You cannot understand price unless you understand the product you are buying.  Toby Considine in Markets and Innovation, Smart Grid, Standards

How Do We Measure The Performance Of A Building?  The fact is that most buildings are too complex to be evaluated on just energy consumption. Jim Sinopoli, PE, LEED AP, RCDD Managing Principal, Smart Buildings LLC

Brivo ACS Webservice™ Deployed in Project Upgrade 1,300-unit California residential complex improves security, residents’ satisfaction  Bruce J. Doneff, Public Relations, Brivo Systems LLC

Hey, Don't Take My Word For It…  Green Intelligent Buildings Conference - Fall 2009  Robert Beverly, Editor, Engineered Systems

Building Cloud Connections  The identification and use of these valuable industry cloud connectors is essential to propel our industry forward at warp speed so it can radically change to survive. Ken Sinclair Editor/Owner www.AutomatedBuildings.com 

Columns - September 2009

Understanding Specifications (1 of 3)  A breakdown of your typical temperature controls spec  Steven R. Calabrese, Control Engineering Corp.

OPC Technology finds its’ place on the map on the journey to the Smart Grid  Manny Mandrusiak, Vice President of OPC Marketing, OPC Foundation

The Coming Evolution of BAS Design  A good BAS design starts with a well thought-out sequence of operation and point list.  Paul Ehrlich & Ira Goldschmidt, Building Intelligence Group

Smart Buildings and Market Information Enable Collaborative Energy  Collaboration requires able partners; smart grids require smart buildings able to make intelligent decisions about energy use. Toby Considine, Technology Officer, Facility Services, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

BACnet … from the Outside In  Clues to the BACnet Puzzle  Andy McMillan, President and CEO, Teletrol Systems Inc.

[an error occurred while processing this directive] Past Favorites 

Sarah Erdman, Marketing Director, Quality Automation Graphics  Energy Dashboards Inform and Educate
David Wolins, CEO, Scientific Conservation, Inc. (SCI) Automated Continuous Commissioning
Jim Sinopoli, PE, LEED AP, RCDD Managing Principal, Smart Buildings LLC  Drilling for Dollars
Ken Sinclair Editor/Owner www.AutomatedBuildings.com  My Takeaways from ConnectivityWeek
Michael Bordenaro, BIM Education Co-op Cisco's Mediator
Alper Uzmezler, BAS Services & Graphics, LLC. Future of Building Automation with IP Version 6 & cloud networking
Robert Smith, PhD, California State University Professor Emeritus, and Michael Bordenaro, Co-founders, BIM Education Co-op  BIMSTORM® Processes Guide Smart Grid Planning
Bill Swan, Buildings Standards Initiatives Leader, Alerton LEED 2009 and Building Automation Systems 
George Thomas, President, Contemporary Controls Connecting BACnet Devices to an IP Infrastructure 
Patrick Winkelman, Vice President Sales Americas, Distech Controls, Inc. Sustainable Design of Building Automation Systems
Greg Barnes, VP of Business Development, co-founder & Paul Ogle, VP Marketing, Product Management, Activelogix, LLC  A Facility Dashboard for the Rest of Us
Jack Mc Gowan, CEM, President & CEO, Energy Control Inc.  The Smart Grid: Opportunities and Challenges
Jeanne Dietsch, MobileRobots Inc & Stuart Rich, PenBay Media, Enterprise Geographic Information Systems Robots in Every Building?
Rick Huijbregts, Cisco Canada Connected Real Estate
Jim Sinopoli, Smart Buildings Nine Predictions for Smart Buildings in 2009
Peter Michalek OpenLynx: Open Source Software for BAS and the Smart Grid
Lyle Bunn, Principal & Strategy Architect BUNN Co 2008 Digital Signage Year in Review
Jack Mc Gowan, CEM, President & CEO, Energy Control Inc. Energy & Controls
Brian Bohlig, Vice President of Marketing, Arch Rock Corporation  Wireless Sensor Networks Move Onto The Internet




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