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Editorial Comments by Ken Sinclair

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is a month with lots of exciting industry events. This month's column Globalization of Building Automation Standards outlines a few of these but for a complete overview check our events calendar. The article submitted last month Electronic Signage for Safer Buildings inspired me in this month's review to provide loose connection to web-based information on this exciting new industry convergence collision that is about to occur.  See Web Resources for Networked Signage and Video Services

We have two interviews which sing the praises of Using CtrlSpecBuilder.  Both writers agree that it is a great product.  It is free so what is stopping you from using it?

Al's articles "a series of commentaries that are intended to stir up ideas for the high-tech contractor consist of excerpts from “PLUG” or the “Plan Users Guide”, a practical catalyst intended to promote positive change in the automation contractor ‘s world. The complete series will be made available upon request after all modules have been published in" are working well.  Be sure to give them a read as next month is the last in the series.  Please note that all articles are archived on the site.

Register now for the day-long BuilSpec regional seminars designed to aid the consulting specifying engineer navigate the changing building systems industry in this time of IT convergence. Anto and Paul are putting on a great show so don't miss it when it comes to a city near you.

As always there are lots of other great articles, interviews and review is this issue.

marks the end of summer holidays and back to our busy schedules. Lots of interesting developments occurring in our industry in the next few months.  Check out our events calendar as there are lots of events that you will want to be part of, all of which are occurring amazingly soon. Tom Hartman writes about Growing a Greener Engineering Profession. Like a successful forest, our profession and our industry need to grow tall together. Inspiring words to help keep us all focused. I am also very pleased to have an article from what I feel is a completely new direction for our industry; Electronic Signage for Safer Buildings. Electronic Signage Networks represent the integration of now available technologies, and at a time when public safety needs are higher than ever before. Lyle Bunn the author provides great insight and links to valuable resources surrounding this new piece of our industry. If you want to meet some other new players in our industry be sure to read Enterprise Level, Multi-Building HMI – 3rd Party Packages … a work in progress …by  Edward H. Brzezowski.  Also check out Buying Open Systems (in Building Automation)  This is the sixth of 9 articles by Paul Mason.

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This month's issue includes four new interviews The Who, What, Where, and When of BuilSpec Paul Ehrlich and Anto Budiardjo,  An Outlet for Affordable Building Control Parts with Jeff Reid, Owner Automation Parts Warehouse, Wireless Sensing Solutions Conference Jennifer LaFond, Group Vice President, IDG World Expo, and i&i limited and Intelligent Buildings 2004 with Alan Kell.

My review this month gives some suggestions on How you can help OASIS oBIX Technical Committee Advance Web Services.

As always there are lots of other great articles, interviews and review

  Check out Events CalendarBuilConn Europe, M2M Europe, and LonWorld® 2004 Shanghai, China have been added and we are media sponsors of both.

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