October 2012

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Ken Sinclair, Publisher

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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 AutomatedBuildings.com. 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.

The Control Trends Academy is thrilled to announce that Marc Petock will be the Master of Ceremonies at the First Control Trends Awards to be held in Dallas,TX. this January. In other Control Trends Academy News, Ken Smyers of the Edward C. Smyers Company, out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania will join Marc on the Control Trends Academy Steering Committee. More http://youtu.be/uAwHz_KmhU8

London-based Engage Production Ltd. built the wall for an unnamed global company providing advice on business advancement, and it forms part of a fully integrated and unique communications facility. The client wanted a facility that could be used for a range of purposes such as presentations and workshops, and was ground-breaking in its use of seamlessly integrated interactive technology. Multi-functional and expandable, the wall's sophisticated user interface allows for seamless control via iPad, in addition to multi-touch control, according to Engage.

The BYOD (bring your own device) trend has hit construction. But there are many questions contractors need to consider before sending field workers to the jobsite with their personal devices to use for business purposes. For example, when following BYOD, how do you deploy software to the field when workers are using a variety of different platforms and devices?

2013 Trends and Direction of Smart Green Building Automation  Several Education Sessions at AHR Expo Dallas

Can The Internet of Things Be Designed? “Smart Connected Systems” really means the future of information, and thus, the future of civilization. It will require a remarkably agile global network that could comfortably scale to trillions of nodes—some of them hardware, some software, some purely data, many of them coming into and out of existence or changing location constantly. Obviously, such a network system cannot be “designed” in any ordinary sense, and it certainly cannot be designed “top-down”.  However, despite this inherent issue, the Internet of Things must be designed in some sense.

The newest KNX Newsletter  http://www.knx.org/knx-association/newsletters/september2012/

New Data Security Guidelines for Smart Buildings
Author: Anton Hofland, CEO, 2024Sight and Bruce deGrazia, President,GHSA
Everyone in the real estate and utility industries, manufacturers and operators alike, understands the benefits of automated computer control of their buildings and utilities.

The building management business is becoming flat and doing so fast. This convergence of information and communications technology and physical infrastructure in the built environment is providing building owners and occupants with actionable information about a building or space that allows them manage that building or space more effectively.

Lighting controls offer significant potential for reducing that energy use, and new technologies that have emerged in recent years have enabled a wide range of innovative strategies, from room-level awareness of occupancy and daylight sensing to building-wide coordination of a fully networked system. According to a new report from Pike Research, the global market for intelligent lighting controls will enjoy steady and robust growth over the rest of this decade, rising from $1.5 billion in 2012 to more than $4.3 billion in 2020.

Interestingly, Mountain View was recently granted another patent for a new augmented reality device. Basically, the patent application details a "smart glove" of sorts that some industry watchers have compared to the device used by none other than Tom Cruise in the sci-fi Minority Report film.Based on information gleaned from the patent submission, it seems that the gloves would include sensors, cameras, a processor, memory and networking capability. Yes, the patent outlining the gloves may seem rather futuristic at this point in time, but remember, Google also remains determined to market its equally futuristic Project Glass.

It makes sense for Honeywell to absorb Tridium, which it acquired in 2005. During the past few years, Tridium has come to look more and more like a building and controls provider and less like and true M2M service provider. When Jerry Frank created Tridium in 1995, it was an M2M infrastructure company that offered the Niagara development platform and was known as one of the industry’s leading M2M champions. For more than a decade, Tridium had been committed to championing the machine-to-machine space alongside of a host of other industries, including building and automation.

[an error occurred while processing this directive]Using the Honeywell EasyMobile™ client interface, operators can also manage and control equipment from a variety of mobile devices, such as a smartphone or Apple iPadŽ.

"Machine to Machine (M2M) Market Global Forecast & Analysis (2012 - 2017) by Hardware Components, Technologies & Applications" published by MarketsandMarkets (http://www.marketsandmarkets.com), the total M2M market is expected to reach $85.96 billion by 2017 at a CAGR of 26.1% from 2012 to 2017.

Cloud-Based Services Are Transforming Building Energy Management, According to Pike Research  BOULDER, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Technologies that make buildings smarter and more energy efficient continue to evolve at a rapid pace, with new entrants and solutions announced every week. Many of the new products and services center on the big data that buildings produce in real time. Buildings have been producing volumes of information for many years, but today, according to a new white paper from Pike Research, many companies are starting to leverage the cloud as the basis for rich software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings.



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