December 2012

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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 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.

ZigBee Building Automation offers a global standard for interoperable products enabling the secure and reliable monitoring and control of commercial building systems. It is the only BACnet® approved wireless mesh network standard for commercial buildings. Owners, operators and tenants can benefit from increased energy savings and ensure the lowest lifecycle costs with this green and easy-to-install robust wireless network. By using ZigBee Building Automation products in your building, you can contribute toward satisfying credits in the categories of Sustainable Sites, Energy and Atmosphere, Indoor Environmental Quality under the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED® green building certification program.

BACnet is constantly evolving and embracing new technologies, such as wireless networking and Smart Grid applications.

At Hack City, hackers, concerned citizens and passionate observers converged for GreenBiz Group's three-day marathon aimed at developing applications (mobile and web-based) aiming to create efficiencies in the energy, building management and transportation sectors. The event took place at Code for America's San Francisco offices.

Provide powerful emergency communication and daily check in while offering your residents the latest in personal emergency response.

IS THAT A SIGN IN YOUR POCKET? OR ARE YOU JUST HAPPY TO SEE ME?  As our culture continues its love affair with instant communications, smart phones are becoming a critical marketing channel for retail, evolving into its own form of digital signage.

"Autumn Leaves Assisted Living Facility" to Vimeo:

BOMA - Learn to easily identify energy reduction opportunities and better understand basic energy principles. Develop strategies to encourage stakeholders to save energy. Learn on-line at your own pace, at your convenience, at work or from home. e-EnergyTraining highlights both operational energy management opportunities and those available through capital projects.

Lagos, Nigeria, a quartet of teenage girls ages 14 through 15 have created a urine-powered generator. This eco-friendly energy source cranks out six hours of electricity for every liter of human bodily fluid by separating the excretion's hydrogen with an electrolytic cell.

Bill Lydon, Editor Analytic computing methods are increasingly being applied in business and technology with software emerging in the automation industry giving users actionable insights and understanding of performance based on data and statistical methods. I recently spoke with John Petze, Partner at SkyFoundry about their analytic software.  

Wireless sensor technologies are an undeniable force driving the Internet of Things, their importance and influence cannot be overstated.  Choosing and supporting the ‘right’ and more importantly the ‘winning’ technology for any given application will be one of the most important decisions that suppliers and OEMs will make in this next chapter of the IoT markets development - Smart Devices and Systems.

If you don't control both the lights and the shades, you're only getting half the benefit. MechoLux is an intelligent, software-controlled, lighting-management system that automatically dims and switches lighting fixtures.

Strategic Energy Management is an approach to proactively managing an organization’s energy use, and, more importantly, to bringing about change within the organization so that energy awareness is a self-sustaining part of the culture.
This whitepaper (33 pages) by Paul Birkeland, of Global Strategic Energy.

Check out Hyundai’s ‘Vision Hall’ in South Korea where a 16k video wall with 32 channel surround sound setup allows their designers, partner agencies and artists alike to create visual art installations on a grand scale.

In July of this year, I wrote about some of the frustrations I encountered when working with Tridium and trying to get them to fix various issues with their Niagara framework. Tridium Niagara is the prevalent ICS system available from the Internet. I didn’t talk much about the details of the issues I reported to DHS, but considering the patch has been out for nearly six months, I figure now is a good time.

Add electrical on/off control to your audio, video or lighting installation there are a number of good options. Here are a dozen reasons

Blue Pillar: Defining a Digital Network for Building-to-Cloud Efficiency Real-time control, energy analysis and market optimization from a specialist in fine-tuning hospitals and military bases as grid assets

Two foresight specialists describe how tomorrow’s integrated, networked, and aware home systems may change your family life.In the last decade, a range of digital technologies and services have hit the market and moved quickly from niche use to the mainstream


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