February 2010


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 Ken Sinclair

Editorial Comments by Ken Sinclair          Editor/Owner, AutomatedBuildings.com

February 2010


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We just returned from a very successful AHR Expo in Orlando and the buzz was all about how powerful cloud based web services are radically changing our industry. Several vendors demonstrated augmented realities with close coupled web services that provided iphone type mind expanding services at lower than before costs.  Another common theme was that because of the evolving reach and complexities of our industry, these solutions need to be several services not one "all encompassing". Preference will be given to open web services rather than proprietary as the rate of change of web services is not something our industry can maintain. We find ourselves as an industry in a position of barely keeping up with the rapid changes and growth in today's web services.  We are not sure that we are ready to rebuild the Industry on the new acronym "BAD-ASS" but maybe we can all have some fun while changing the world.

Urban Dictionary, the dictionary you wrote, defines "bad-ass" 1. adjective. having extremely favorable qualities, 2. adjective. pertaining to a person or thing that is rugged, strong, and/or ready to show these qualities and 3. noun. person who is perceived to have the qualities of definition 2.

Based on those definitions, I recommend that we all be bad-ass and get on with making our industry extremely visual and functional in a collection of powerful web services.

The ipad, a new super sized iphone, just announced by Apple is able to work well with the apps written before for iphone, This is why from now on our industry's software development of features and function must occur as open source, open access, cloud based web services. We must design for radical change and be able to adapt very quickly to changing platforms and operating systems. The cloud has become the new constant. For more on this and example of what I speak read Twenty Ten to be a BAD-ASS Year

Our education sessions were all well received and the mood was that folks are ready to accept and be part of the necessary change. For a peek at the sessions if you missed them, AHRExpo 2010 Education Sessions power points

At the Buildings-to-Grid Summit, a strong lineup of speakers conveyed the opportunities and current challenges for the BAS industry to benefit from the billions of dollars pouring into Smart Grid. Be sure to read Anto's Smart Grid and Buildings connected in Orlando   For more information on these talks, and to chime in to the dialog, go to this link and login to ask questions of these speakers.

Great articles this month Raising Your Intelligent Building’s IQ Building Automation Considerations Requiem for an American Industry Our Clouded Future is Bright
February Interview Cost-Effective Green Building Seminar

February Columns  Retrofit Strategies Predictions for 2010 - OPC Perspective Is Hospitality at the “Fringe” of Intelligent Building?; The Cost(s) of BACnet; Idle Thoughts on Smart Grids

February Reviews  Jim's new book AHRExpo 2010 Education Sessions power points   the monthly blizzard of information 
 Industry You Tubes ....the new show me wave? 

January Favourites were  Predictions for Smart Buildings in 2010  Research Viewpoints  Energy Harvesting, Wireless  Integrated Workplace Management Systems  Smart Grids and Distributed Energy  monthly blizzard of information

January 2010A New Decade + AHR Preview

The past decade has been an extraordinary adventure in discovering new social models on the Web - ways to work, create and organize outside of the traditional institutions of companies, governments and academia. But the next decade will be all about applying these models to the real world.

The collective potential of a million garage tinkerers is now about to be unleashed on the global markets, as ideas go straight into entrepreneurship, no tooling required.  Web was just the proof of concept. Now the revolution gets real. These are words from Chris Anderson Editor in Chief of Wired Magazine,

Our strong connection to the web makes us part of this real revolution. What is your plan for the next decade?

As we prepare for the first major event of the decade AHR Expo  our lead articles Predictions for Smart Buildings in 2010 and 2009, The Year Smart Grid Came To Be plus all our January Content will provide insight and will help with your plans for the next decade.

My contributing editors, columnists and I look forward to a chance to talk with you at the AutomatedBuildings.com free education sessions at  2010 AHR Expo - Orlando - "Building Automation and the Cloud"

Wireless will be the last part of almost all networks as devices in the new decade will interact wirelessly. For insight on this be sure to read Energy Harvesting, Wireless and The EnOcean Alliance. Expect a large presents of wireless at AHRExpo

Lots of great Interviews  World Meter Design Congress  Tracey-Lee Zurcher;  Integrated Workplace Management Systems  Bruce Forbes;  The Critical Role of Smart Lighting  Michael D’Amour;  SunSpec™ Alliance  Tom Tansy;  The EnOcean Alliance  Graham Martin

Columns  Common Routines in DDC Part 2  Steven R. Calabrese;  OPC UA Education hits the road  Manny Mandrusiak;  Holiday Letter  Andy McMillan; Smart Grids and Distributed Energy  Toby Considine

Reviews  2009 in Review   + monthly blizzard of information

Plus our newest sponsor is:  Cisco Smart Connected Buildings, transforming the way buildings are built, operated & experienced.

In my 2009 in Review I wrote;  As we pass into the next decade let's review our clouded reinvention that includes Information, Integration, and Transformation.  There has been much discussion during the last 12 months in our online magazine.  In the coming decade we will pass into our 12th year online.  Our original rambling in articles and interviews about how the web would weave around us and take control of our future are still well read today. As far reaching as those predication and hallucinations were several years ago I  feel the cloud and our reinvention within are similar fodder that will be read for the next 10 years plus. I have included a quick review of our themes for each month of 2009 plus the content our readers have read the most.   

I feel that Cisco presence as one of our advertisers confirms our industry's entrance into the cloud and our reinvention.

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 http://www.automatedbuildings.com/search/sitesearch.htm

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.

Several of our advertisers have provided links to their very informative newsletters and blogs please check them out.

Tell our sponsors you saw their ad on the AutomatedBuildings.com 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. 

It is a great time to be in the news business for our industry. 

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