December 2010

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Comments by Ken Sinclair          Publisher - AutomatedBuildings.comKen Sinclair



December......... Interrogating Information 4 Intelligent Integration

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Our cover picture is a slice of a skyfoundry screen that show how interrogated information can be intelligently integrated and clearly presented. The last few months have seen me lost in the clouds and their connections so I am pleased to have several industry experts help me show you how to make sense and control all of this new found data. Very pleased to have John Petze share his thoughts in an interview "Finding What Matters” in a sea of data

Several of our articles build on this theme such as Jim Sinopoli's Dashboards for BuildingsDashboards are meant to convey essential information quickly and clearly on one screen.

Guy Huntington shows us a new dimension in Interrogating Information in his article;
Revolutionizing Building Physical Security  Having a physical security system that easily integrates with your tenants’ identity management system, means that you can now transfer some of the liability to your tenant for creating, modifying, removing and archiving identities from the physical access system.

Please join me in welcoming our newest Contributing Editor
Nino Kurtalj. Nino has written several articles over the last few months that have been very well read.

Lots of great articles: Business Intelligence and Building Automation Analytics Nino KurtaljDashboards for Buildings Jim Sinopoli; Interoperability. So, what’s in it for me? Anto Budiardjo;  DeKalb Technical College Starts Building Automation Program Stephanie Brown;  Revolutionizing Building Physical Security Guy Huntington;  Cloud-to-Cloud Software Integration Steve Van Till & Brian McIlravey; Benefits of lighting control integrating DALI and BACnet Josep Ceron, Intesis Software

December Columns:  The 6 –Steps Guide OPC UA Manny Mandrusiak;  Systems & Sequences Steven R. Calabrese;  Making Commercial Controls Work Paul Ehrlich, Ira Goldschmidt & Angela Lewis

December Reviews: 
Why is chapter 15 important?GBOTS ARE “SELF-LEARNINGAcross My Desk

Presently I have over 350 linkedin connections from our industry and personally invite you to join this network. I would like these connections to be an online list who's who of the Building Automaton Industry but I need your connection to complete our list.

Also please join our online AutomatedBuildings group

Tell all our sponsors you saw their ads on the web site and thank them for supporting your free access to evolving Automated Building Industry information. Click on their ads and view their valuable products and services. Please review all Our Sponsors.

The news just keeps flowing thru our web site and RSS feeds daily, and of course the only way to truly find what you are looking for in the vast quantity of information on our site is with our site search engine

As always lots of new products, plus be sure to check our event calendar to see the number of events we have in our future.

Please excuse our inconsistences in presentation we are presently renovating our 12 year old web site.

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November  ................Connecting Building Automation to Everything
Our cover picture graphically shows that our connection to information technology is daily extending its reach. I have included a link to a web site about this, a six-story 3,200-sq.-ft digital sign billboard plus other connections in the stuff across my desk.  This is stuff that I never know quite what to do with but feel compelled to share with you before I delete, because it is fun and heralds the media and social trends that are changing our industry.

So what else is Building Automation connecting to?

[an error occurred while processing this directive]Social networks! After much prompting from the industry, grumpy antisocial Ken finally got with the program and created a personal presence and magazine presence on LinkedIn, I started a Group. Please join us on LinkedIn and interact with our magazine & online resource in real time while sharing your thoughts with our editors and other readers around the world.

A great article about how our industry is becoming social media acceptable. Social Networking  Teny E. Varghese, Building Automation Jobs

What else is connecting us to everything?  Globalization, we have articles from Australia, Croatia and Italy in this issue.

Nino writes from Croatia; In an ideal world, we will be able to be vendor and protocol independent. Everything will talk to everything.

Back in the USA Anto writes Key take- away for BAS These developments, and the exceptional level of support globally and at the highest levels in Washington, lead me to be certain that Smart Grid is here to stay, not a passing fad. Most important to readers of, Smart Grid has significant implications for building automation and energy management in buildings. From demand response, to energy efficiency and automation, and enterprise integration, Smart Grid will create significant opportunities for BAS players.

Lots of great articles  Green Buildings and EZ Electricity  Jack" Mc Gowan, Energy Control Inc.   Wireless Meters  Jim Sinopoli, Smart Buildings LLC   Collaboration Fuels Smart Grid Progress  Anto Budiardjo, Clasma Events  Connecting Building Automation to Everything Nino Kurtalj, Elma Kurtalj Ltd   Energy Efficiency Strategy  Carlos Santamaria, Glenborough  Social Networking  Teny E. Varghese, Building Automation Jobs    Protocol Implementation (PIC) & (BIBB) Nirosha Munasinghe, Open General   BACnet in Public Administration Buildings  Salvatore Cataldi, ESAC   GridWeek  Anto Budiardjo, Clasma Events

November Columns  Energy Effectiveness   Andy McMillan  OPC UA Adoption Update   Manny Mandrusiak  Control System Upgrades   Steven R. Calabrese  Networked Building Automation System   Paul Ehrlich, Ira Goldschmidt & Angela Lewis  Internal Sharing of Energy Information Toby Considine

November Interviews   The OpenADR Alliance Barry Haaser  ENERGY STAR Brian Dawson

November Reviews  ISA Automation Week  Becky Schneider ISA  Across My Desk Ken Sinclair  Impact of IT on green points  ESS
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