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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.

On a daily basis I tweet as @Ken_Sinclair https://twitter.com/Ken_Sinclair 

I tweet links I think will be of interest and part of our rapid industry evolution. 

Also, http://automatedbuildings.com/ maintains this LinkedIn online blog for the magazinea great place to interact.

But I still have stuff falling off my desk I feel I should share,

Smart cities and smart buildings have always been discussed as somewhat separate topics. One falls under the public domain, while the other mostly falls under the private domain. At the end of the day, though, a city is mainly composed of buildings, so what role does a smart building have in a smart city? A better understanding of each is needed to understand the relationship and potential for interconnectivity.

"Microsoft new headquarter": creating strategic business value with a Smart Building  Imagine entering a building which then tells you which workspace will be best suited to you and where to find it. A building which gives you advance information on whether a parking space will be available when you arrive at the office. And a building which autonomously welcomes the client you’re expecting for an afternoon appointment through a virtual lobby experience. Sound like a vision of the future? NOT AT ALL! A radical renovation is transforming the new Microsoft Headquarter in Amsterdam (named "The Outlook") into one of the smartest buildings in the world.

The Home Depot plans to add solar installations at 50 stores as it continues to expand its alternative energy portfolio, essentially creating mini-solar farms out of unused rooftops.  The project will reduce electricity grid demand by an estimated 30 to 35 percent annually at each Home Depot store; the equivalent of powering 2,300 average U.S. homes for a year, according to a release. The average store roof, at approximately 104,000 square feet, will accommodate 1,000 panels.

The importance of big data and analytics in the era of digital transformation.  As organisations begin their digital transformation journey, big data and analytics can play a key role in it being a success.

This article focuses on leveraging OPC UA to implement Packaging Machine Language (PackML), the standard for modeling industrial machines systems, but the architecture described can be used to control and monitor any sort of machine. The issues addressed by the PackML standard are identical to those voiced by end users in in many other industries. (OPC UA is the next generation of OPC technology – a more secure, open, flexible and reliable mechanism for moving information between enterprise systems and the kinds of controls, monitoring devices and sensors that interact with real world data.)

IncentivePLC is a software-based programmable automation controller with a difference: it runs the QuickBuilder automation language, a powerful and intuitive approach to programming automated machines and processes. IncentivePLC comes with a Realtime Operating System (RTOS) that supports simultaneous operation of Windows 10 (or Windows 7) and real time functions on the same multi-core CPU. This provides the flexibility to run your control platform on the same system as vision software, HMIs and/or the QuickBuilder Programming Environment.

Cities Embrace The Smart Systems Opportunity But To Become Smart, City Segments Must Not Operate in Silos In tracking the Smart Cities market, we have identified key segments deploying innovative business models and solutions to improve city operations.

Download this free eBook, How to Combat Building Automation Obsolescence, to learn more about: Preventative measures you can implement to take full advantage of what your buildings have to offer. Gain a deeper understanding of Building Automation Systems fundamentals. The inevitability of building obsolescence, how to avoid it, and more about the technology that can be leveraged to save these buildings.


 

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