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A Smart Building Controls Conference, With All-New Hybrid Format!
   New for Controls-Con 2021 is not only enhanced offerings through a conversion to a hybrid* event (MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit, MI combined with a robust virtual platform), but also through the added value of a Pre-Conference education day! register today at www.controlscon.com

Haystack Connect 2021 – a Virtual Conference  John Petze, Executive Director, Project Haystack, and Marc Petock, Executive Secretary, Project Haystack

My Vocation is Technology Futurist   Today I work with, teach, write or do keynotes about technologies that did not exist when I graduated college. Sudha Jamthe

Quantum: The Digital Twin Standard for Buildings   Quantum is the industry’s first true ontology: an existential definition of properties, behaviors, intent, and interactions between building objects. Troy Harvey, CEO PassiveLogic

Building Automation Opportunities to Meet NYC Emission Laws in Existing Buildings   New York City’s Local Law 97 mandates large (over 25,000 square feet) existing buildings in New York City reduce their carbon emissions by 40% by 2030 By Michael St. Louis and Graham Martin, EnOcean Alliance Inc

The Impact of Digital Twins on Smart Buildings   This article will explore how digital twins can help realize the above vision. Anto Budiardjo, CEO Padi, Inc

The Internet of Things is a Major Enabler for Startups in Smart Buildings   Republished from Memoori

From BACnet to Quantum Computing   In 2021, I will continue my efforts in bringing this industry to where it needs to be. Nicolas Waern Contributing Editor

What is Brick?  Brick is an open-source effort to standardize semantic descriptions of the physical, logical and virtual assets in buildings and the relationships between them. https://brickschema.org/

Migrate to a Modern Building Management System (BMS)   One of the biggest factors that delays upgrades is the perception that the whole system (including all the controllers) will have to be replaced all at one time.  www.j2inn.com
Fostering Ecosystem Innovation and Orchestration for Smarter Buildings   Innovators from Thomas Edison to Steve Jobs have understood that simultaneous disruption in both products and business systems could create entire industries around their revolutionary inventions. Their genius lay in the ability to look beyond this or that discrete improvement and conceive of the higher order value that emerges from the convergence of multiple emergent technologies with the processes required to deliver and support these new platforms.Original article on Harborresearch.com

View from America: Sustainable Infrastructure using Active Site Technology   KNX Newsletter

Extending Reality: Computing’s Next Incarnation   The next leap is going to cross a much larger chasm between computers and their users—not by making us like them, but by making them closer to us. Original article on Harborresearch.com

Columns - February 2021

The Power of the Podcast    Video clips and audio podcasts are becoming two of the go to mediums for information, learning, and entertainment. Manny Mandrusiak CD. Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant Vancouver Island Works Project Contributing Editor

Your New Vocation, Building Automation  Our amazing Building Automation Industry has always provided a very interesting fun (and financially stable) vocation

Together Apart
  The COVID-zation of 2020 has created, injected, extracted, but mostly simply accelerated many new relationships.


Online is the new normal
   I will admit that I had a hard time trying to come up with a title for this article.  The last thing that I wanted to do was kick out another “Here is why 2021 will be awesome” article because the reality is that no one knows.

Our COVID-ized Future Reality  Will it be real? or augmented and Artificially Intelligent? or a COVID-ized hybrid? Ken Sinclair DEC 22, 2020

Out of In...novation  Innovation begets innovation and what comes out of amazing innovation is something beyond our imagination.  Ken Sinclair
DEC 10, 2020


Edge Next Wave  The next wave is coming with an artificial intelligence edge that if you are not ready for will knock you over. Ken Sinclair
NOV 25, 2020

Requesting Innovation  Innovation is a timeless ingredient, a necessary part of our successful transformation.Ken Sinclair
NOV 12, 2020

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