June 2021

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Comments by Ken Sinclair
Publisher - AutomatedBuildings.com

June Issue

"Pushing Digital Dinosaurs"
The theme is about the end of several eras and the

beginning of new ones full of change

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Can we push start the Digital Dinosaurs, or herd them out of our way if they can not change and adapt?????  If you do not feel the pushing then you do not understand the change upon us.

I do. From the Head Dinosaur 😁 The Sinclair-Saurus

Watched https://www.generalmagicthemovie.com/ as recommended by Therese

A great account of the necessary failure before success which answered a lot of questions I had about how we got where we are with IoT today. Reminded me of our start-up in 1999 AutomatedBuildings.com The scope, the numbers, and the need for everyone to work with their piece of the puzzle yet have it fit the desired solution. This raises the question, are we just at the start of our journey? Does our “General Magic” that we do now daily need to evolve rapidly in the new world of AI? AR? Mobile Experience? And what is next? Will, our services be mixed in ways we can not now imaging…Yes!    As the space in time seems familiar to me, in 1999 we had browser wars, search engine wars, who would be the Internet provider? The  turning of all business in to .com, dot-bomb with the over-investment in vaporware - Our first article ”The concept of a large building as an internet identity with its own web address is now the latest step in presenting and managing your AutomatedBuildings. Has several comments that never came to pass.

I wrote 22 years ago as a self defined digital dinosaur

I have been on the leading/bleeding edge of the building automation industry for over 30 years. I have seen pneumatic control give way to electronic, electronics turn into main frame computers as big as refrigerators, mainframes give way to mini computers the size of suitcases, mini computers evolve to stand alone panels the size of clipboards which gave away to micro panels the size of pocket calculators, and now input and output devices become addressable. Now that the hardware had virtually disappeared and the migration of DDC control to the Internet had started it seemed that the next edge was here and I had better get on with my life's vocation of catching up

 Yes that is 30 + 22 = 52 years “I had better get on with my life's vocation of catching up". And this is still where I am now trying to get my mind around today's changes.

As always AutomatedBuildings.com is not the change but offers a springboard and connection to some of the radical change occuring we wrote this review to frame the time and space we see our indusrty in "Pushing Digital Dinosaurs"

May was a very busy month for us all with two major industry events
 https://www.controlscon.com/ & https://www.haystackconnect.org/ and Monday Live every Monday of the month.  We use Trust to create our every evolving Building Digital Family and the every present growing wireless wave. No longer can anyone know it all so we need to partner with Digital Families of "Trust"

If you missed any of these events you still have a chance to view their valuable content

https://controlscon.regfox.com/post-controls-con-2021   read Pushing Digital Dinosaurs for quick preview and bonus


April issue "Adaptation" What has 50 years in the industry taught me? The more I learn the less I know, but "Adaptation" is our survival superpower.  According to Darwin’s Origin of Species, it is not the most intellectual of the species that survives; it is not the strongest that survives; but the species that survives is the one that is able best to adapt and adjust to the changing environment in which it finds itself.

There are great discussion going on on social media this LinkedIn link leads to ControlTrends
One of my favourite topics of the conversation was around the ageing talent pool in building operations and how technology will have to bridge the imminent capability gap in the industry.

This link leads to the amazing work been done by James Dice tipping dinosaurs

“The sun is setting on building management systems as we know it and change is coming through building operating systems and packaged equipment control, which when delivered will eliminate the need for field fitted BMS control altogether.”
—Rob Huntington https://www.nexuslabs.online/

A Future that is bigger than the past.  Is the Building Automation Industry Broken?  Or is the Building Automation Industry poised and ready to leapfrog into the future?

You can see to push our inner dinosaur we need to make observing change and reacting our new vocation please join me

Very pleased with our June issue some great discussions in all our articles and interviews on moving forward/ including these,

What killed the Dinosaurs? The AI-age!  Is AI over hyped when it comes to the benefits that could be derived when using it correctly?  No, quite the opposite, of course.

Don’t Be a Data Dinosaur! In spite of all of the talk, use cases, an abundance of smart technology, and smart solutions available today to take advantage of; I am amazed at how many data dinosaurs are still roaming around in the built environment.

Teaching Dinosaurs to Dance   Have you ever considered teaching dinosaurs to dance? The secret is technology.

Managing the new reality of work. Work is no longer a place, but now place-unconstrained

Interview - “Creating A Safer, More Productive Workplace With Touchless Technology”

In addition to our industry efforts the mindset are changing with focus back on our climate emergencey with an agenda to address carbon reduction.

Better Buildings is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) designed to improve the lives of the American people by driving leadership in energy innovation. Through Better Buildings, DOE partners with leaders in the public and private sectors to make the nation’s homes, commercial buildings and industrial plants more energy efficient by accelerating investment and sharing of successful best practices.

ccdinoIn July 2017 I wrote

"We need to learn to stream dinosaur dust in our new self-learning online environments.  This industry has a practice of dumping large pieces of information -- which I call "the dinosaur dump" – and that method of teaching is just not working for the next generation, that generation of kids who will one day be in the vanguard of our industry, the same way we are now.

We need to break those large, important chunks of our knowledge into mini moments that are of use to the new workforce. In fact, we need to crush them into dust – Dinosaur Dust if you want to give it a name – that we can then deliver to that generation in a steady stream.

So this is an open call to experts around the industry: can you help me figure out how best to do this? Can you help me connect our reality to their virtuality."

“I had better get on with my life's vocation of catching up" Please join me do not be a dinosaur

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Wow! Now over 20,777 connections to my personal LinkedIn account where I posted all related industry information almost daily.  I am amazed at the global reach of these following folks and their diverse perspective of our industry. I am humbled that they choose to follow me as I depict our industry's evolution. Thank you all for your support.

Our LinkedIn online group created for discussion of our magazine created in 2010  AutomatedBuildings.com Online Magazine Forum now has over 4380 members and has taken on a life of its own. I read the group with the same interest as everyone else to see what folks want to share what new and trending.

My Twitter account also started in 2010 has over 1400 followers as well

Our online magazine was started 22 years ago before social media identities like, LinkedIn launched on May 5, 2003 and twitter Twttr launched to the public in July 2006, were vehicles of how special interest folks could find each other. We are working to build bridges from our long online history of controlled blogging of ongoing industry information with these and other social media of the day. You can help as we see AutomatedBuildings.com as a landing pad for information that needs to be shared with our industry. We never throw anything away and it alway resides at the same URL. 

The news just keeps flowing on our website and of course, the only way to find what you are looking for in the vast quantity of over 22 years 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.

Editorial from May 2021

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