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How the Internet of Things (IoT) is changing Building Automation

Ken Sinclair, Publisher 

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We are very pleased to announce our four free education sessions to be held at AHRExpo 2015 Chicago This is our 16th year of providing these educational sessions we acknowledge the ongoing support of International Exhibitions in providing the constant venue and thank them for their support of industry education.

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How the Internet of Things (IoT) is changing Building Automation

1. Sesson AHRExpo 2015 Chicago January 26; 9:00 am

“Growing the Building Automation Industry Younger" with Internet of Things (IoT), open cloud, and collaboration.

A summary with discussion of significant BAS industry changes since AHR Expo, New York. It will include how to keep powerful cloud services open; the impact of new LED lighting systems complete with their own control networks; plus how to attract new talent to our industry. Will also add insight from’s 15 years in the collaborator with significant events that shaped our industry.  

Jim Sinopoli, Brad White and Ken Sinclair discuss trends and directions that have occurred since New York AHRExpo 2014 that are rapidly changing our industry.

Insight to Session;

Standardizing the Internet of Things  Boiling the Ocean - Jim Sinopoli, PE, LEED AP, Smart Buildings LLC

Knowledge Sharing to Drive Learning  If you can hire good people, train them well, and ensure they continue to learn throughout their career then we will see our whole industry, from the operators to the engineers, achieve the potential we all know is there. - Brad White, P.Eng, MASc, Principal, SES Consulting, Inc.

2.  Session at AHRExpo 2015 Chicago January 26; 1:30 pm

“Addressing the Skills Gap”, Understanding that People are our only Asset, an education session.

To help grow our only true resource, our people, younger, by reaching out to youth with messages about our vibrant, vital and rewarding industry.  Organizations need to attract talent before they graduate; whether working on a two or four year degree, students need to be introduced to this field early on.  Through internship programs, they can gain an understanding of the field and whether this is right for them. The knowledge shift required for the IoT will be discussed.

Paul Oswald Environmental Systems, Inc., Jim Sinopoli our contributing editor, and Ken Sinclair will discuss the problems and skills needed to address the skills gap.

Insight to Session;

Addressing The Skills Gap  It’s time we as industry begin to focus our efforts on investing in the people necessary to properly apply all the great technology we have in order to deliver quality solutions that provide real value to end users. - Paul Oswald, President,Environmental Systems, Inc (ESI)

3. Session AHRExpo 2015 Chicago January 27; 9:00 am

How Smart Automated Buildings and IoT create Smart Cities.

To provide connections and information about IoT known interactions that will alter our journey.  Increased urbanization also means a greater number of buildings and key urban systems. There appears to be an overarching commonality in smart buildings and smart cities; it is the use of advanced technology to improve the “performance” of the entity. It involves automation, information technology, communications, integration, data mining and analytics.

Jim Sinopoli, Brad White and Ken Sinclair creating Smart Cities.

Insight to Session;

The Road to the Smart City  A starting point in transforming a city to a smart city is to look inward. - Jim Sinopoli PE, LEED BD+C, RCCD Managing Principal, Smart Buildings LLC

4. Session AHRExpo 2015 Chicago January 27; 1:30 pm

Third annual Connection Community Collaboratory meeting

Required reading to Make sense of this meeting

Open forum from industry thought leaders on how to make our industry a major player and resource in building convergence to the internet of things, promoting all the ways that participating in it is a fast track to amazing IoT capabilities.

The concept of connection communities was created by Marc Petock and Ken Sinclair in Chicago at the AHRExpo 2012.  We were searching to find words that described the communities who are working together and fueling new ways to extend the value of our building systems and effecting change and innovation.  

[an error occurred while processing this directive] The folks from ControlTrends videoed the complete second meeting in New York but the interaction from the audience with their backs to the camera made it difficult to document their comments.  But still a truly amazing production - thank you ControlTrends.  A lot of wisdom would have been lost except for this collaboration.  A link to the video we were able to extract from this meeting is below.

A special thanks to the AHRExpo organizers INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION for providing the venue for this meeting as part of's Education Sessions. This will be our 16th year of providing these free very interactive and well attended education sessions.

Come out participate and in this meeting as you can see from the video there was a lot of good input from the audience in New York.

Go to our LinkedIn group and  to help us choose topics to discuss.



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