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June 2006 Reviews

Building Automation - Realcomm Asia Tour
I just recently returned from two weeks in Asia on the Realcomm NextGen Best Practices Tour, visiting some of the most technologically advanced buildings in the world! It was an amazing trip in terms of witnessing how technology is incorporated into the design, development, and operation of their buildings. Here is a brief overview of the trip and a snapshot of what we saw...

ZigBee versus Z-Wave
This story provides insight into these two competing wireless standards.

Niagara Summit 
The 2006 Niagara Summit Brings Out the Best in “Connecting Minds and Machines” 

BuilConn Review

All Business at BuilConn 2006 Palm Springs
Throughout all aspects of the event—from the well-attended business tracks, business-focused keynotes and discussions at the expo to the corridors and numerous networking events—attendees, exhibitors, sponsors and speakers were discussing one key thing: how to deliver convergence-connected buildings.

Connected Real Estate Roundtable, Palm Springs BuilConn
I was extremely pleased to be invited to the first ever Connected Real Estate Roundtable in Palm Springs.  The following are observations and summations I made while there and is intended to provide the flavour of the information served around the roundtable.

Newsmaker and Shaker of the year award
We carried the news of this award in our May issue of and were pleased to physically present Anto with his award in person at the BuilConn Gala in Palm Springs.

BuilConn 2006 Buildy Visionary award winner
Jane and I were pleased to turn over our year of glory as last year's BuilConn “Buildy Visionaries” to this year's winner Jack McGowan. Our prolific contributing editor's vision has transformed him into Mr Gridwise.

2006 Buildy Awards
Convergence and Integration Experts Honored with 2006 Buildy Awards at Premier Event for Networked Buildings

The IBB Palm Springs
"the best one yet"

The Connectivity Daily
Every morning during last month’s Connectivity Week attendees were greeted with a copy of the Connectivity Daily - the official event daily paper.  The three published issues (with a total circulation of 1300 issues) included an array of information including article excerpts from Harbor Research, Energy Priorities, Cisco and the BuilConn Update. 

May 2006 BuilConn Preview

The Nights before the Roundtable
If you are not aware, Cisco Systems is sponsoring a roundtable discussion on IT Convergence & Building Automation, Tuesday 16-May-2006 in Palm Spring at this year's BuilConn.

Our Votes for this year's BuilConn Buildy's awards
Honor those in the industry whose Vision, Initiative, Product or Project supports Building-IT convergence by voting  them in for a Buildy award.

oBIX will be present at the Web services track at BuilConn
From an email from Aaron Hansen At BuilConn oBIX will be present in both sessions of the Web services track on Tues.  We will also have a face-to-face meeting that evening, 4 - 5:30pm.  There is a strong chance oBIX will be in an official public review state at that time.

The Interoperable Blues Band (IBB) will have a number of new faces
BuilConn 2006 is bringing together IT based companies into the world of building automation and true to the spirit of interoperability, players from these diverse industries are also participating in the IBB.




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