Green Button and Plug-In What does the term Energy
Information (EIT) technology mean, and why
should anyone care?
- B2G – Moving Smart Grid, Beyond the Grid The opportunities of integrating smart
buildings with the Smart Grid
- Interoperability. So, what’s in it for me? In
terms of actual benefits, interoperability
enables more devices to communicate, improved operational efficiency,
and of course, a more level playing field for entrepreneurial minds to
innovate and create a much larger potential market.
- GridWeek A Summary
of Discussions Shaping the BAS Industry
Fuels Smart Grid Progress Major Industry Players Get Behind ADR
- A Rose
I’m talking about the
endless list of buzzwords that have occupied these pages over the past
years and represent technologies and initiatives that have—and have
not—transformed our industry and environments.
the Answer It is a realization that BAS needs to change to a
new business proposition, one that leverages great technology now
available, creates significant opportunities in greening buildings, and
turns buildings into virtual power plants that add value to owners,
power utilities, society at large, and of course, the BAS industry.
Laying Out the New Energy Management
Users, The Focus of BuilConn at ConnectivityWeek
- Smart Grid and Buildings connected in Orlando A key part of
the future of B2G is how the BAS industry will develop over the next
few years. - We were fortunate at the Summit to have representation
from two of the major BAS companies (Siemens and Schneider) and a
perspective from one of the industry’s leading thought leaders in John
- 2009, The Year Smart Grid Came To Be
Smart Grid represents an important new business vehicle that BAS
players can leverage utilizing existing skills and customer base.
- Reflections on record breaking ConnectivityWeek and
BuilConn The perfect storm
produced a perfect event; a combination of rich subjects discussed,
enormous business opportunities for vendors and integrators alike, on a
backdrop of solving climate change problems and interestingly an
awareness of social changes permeating our world.
- 240 And Counting….
The number of speakers at
ConnectivityWeek has now surpassed the total number of attendees at the
- Once in a Lifetime
We really have to seriously go
back to the invention of electricity and the internal combustion
engine, and combine that with the changes that we have seen in the
birth of the Internet that has changed our lives.
- It’s 1992 all over again!
As there was a driver in the 90s,
today there are two of the most significant drivers that we can imagine
in play, the Y2K of today if we continue the comparison to the
Winds of Change in Windy City A perfect storm of change if you understand the big
picture that has been a constant theme on AutomatedBuildings.com for
months if not years.
- 2009, Not Business As Usual! Big
things need to happen to force a revolution; what we are witnessing
right now with the economic woes, climate change, and the change that
the new Obama administration will bring about will drive things
- Buildings and ET
The mantra of energy management in the 21st century has to be
Buildings, Buildings and Buildings
- Is DR Hype?
Or, is DR real and a potential short-term game changer for building
- The Next 10 Years
"Ken’s theme for the next 10 years is about
change .... I would like to propose a way of thinking that may
well help you make a decision as to how to proceed".
- We need a bigger boat! Focusing just on building systems or even just controls
is simply not going to cut it, the vision outlined at the first
BuilConn in 2003 was too narrow.
- Preview of ConnectivityWeek 2008 ConnectivityWeek
2008 has collected all of the key subjects that will draw this picture
of the future world of connected devices. The tent to encompass this
vision is large, very large.
CSI & OPC at BuilConn The
new face is strangely a combination of the past, the changing, the new,
and a heavy dose of socially-driven subjects that together are turning
the world of energy and buildings upside down. as ASHRAE, CSI & OPC
meet at BuilConn.
Energy Revolution Affects You! As in previous revolutions,
social change will be significant, impacting everything from our daily
lives to commerce and politics.
Energy Revolution is Here! Let’s understand something: The Energy Revolution is
happening around us, it is starting right now, not by this author, not
by Al Gore, not by environmentalists, but by the realities of the
changing energy paradigm.
Questions To Ask & 4 Tasks for 2008 They are in essence
one question, “how does this industry move forward into the 21st
Summit January 21, 2008 – New York, NY
- Standing Room Only at DR-Expo The requests from sponsors, speakers and attendees
alike were for DR-Expo to be held at least twice a year in the
Killer App is Here A killer app is defined as being a product
or service that is so useful that people will buy particular piece(s)
of computer hardware and/or an operating system simply to gain access
to the application, one that is so valuable that it transcends any
concerns, risks or need to learn something new.
- Four steps to make money from DR Understand - Internalize - Plan - Execute
- Seven Habits of a Highly Profitable Controls Company We have two
basic choices in how we do things: be reactive to things that happen
around us, or proactive to ensure things happen as we want them to.
- Buildings 2.0 Energy and the Grid Buildings 2.0
is an initiative that cares for the scarce resources we have on planet
Delivering Demand Response Information & Solutions Today!
- ConnectivityWeek /
BuilConn Chicago Report
For practitioners participating this space, a great deal was uncovered
in how Building-IT convergence is starting to play out; delivering real
value to owners and tangible opportunities for the industry.
- Demand Response, an Urgent and Significant Opportunity Demand Response
(DR) is without doubt the golden opportunity for building systems
integrators and contractors.
- Buildings 2.0
Buildings 2.0 is a vision that intricately
intertwines buildings with Internet technologies. It is a vision that
the future of buildings is one which is controlled, managed and
connected to the Internet, in a way that goes far beyond simply placing
a web server to the control system or in the use of IP.
- Industry Pow-Wow
An event that will unite the
industry must be open, open to all perspectives, open to all
potentially valuable ideas, technologies and solutions balanced with
objectivity and business development strategies. The event should not
exclude any idea, any perspective, or any technology that could be of
benefit to building owners.
Middle East in Dubai and Riyadh
Automation Renaissance How to survive & prosper from Building-IT Convergence
have the technology, we have the infrastructure, we have the attention
of the buildings and IT industries, we have the demand from
corporations who own buildings, and now we have a way to measure the
value of connectivity.
on Board for Palm Springs
Cisco announces its Platinum sponsorship of BuilConn Americas in Palm
Springs, CA, May 16-18.
the Convergence Killer App?
I would describe GridWise as a Killer App enabler.
Future is Bright! As we start 2006 there is a great
deal of justified optimism for almost everyone in this industry as well
as those the industry serves.
Search of the Intelligent Building
The quest for technology to
enable Intelligent Buildings has been around for almost two decades.
Next - Part III Organizing Our Industry
Part 3 will explore what
needs to change in the route to market of building system solutions.
Next - Part II The Stakeholders
In part 2 we look at the change Convergence will bring to the
stakeholders of our industry.
In this four part article on the future of Building-IT Convergence, I
will cover the driving forces, trends and predictions on how our lives
will change as convergence will take root globally. In part 1 this
month, we will look at the true impact of the Internet, and in part 2
we will look at the change Convergence will bring to the stakeholders
of our industry. Part 3 will explore what needs to change in the route
to market of building system solutions and part 4 will tie it all
together with some predictions and suggested action for those
interested in playing a role in the future of buildings.
The Year of XML?
it’s better stated that XML could become the enabler and driver for
2005 being the year of Open Systems in buildings.
Buildings to the Enterprise via IT
The building industry needs to
focus on that word “Information” because it is the information that can
be extracted out of buildings that will provide the value to the
Convergence August Supplement Engineered Systems
Ken Sinclair, AutomatedBuildings.com
Convergence or Divergence
Anto Budiardjo, Clasma Inc.
In A Name? The answer depends on the time frame
you’re talking about. Let’s delve deeper.
what a month October was! Reporting on
oBIX Meeting in Cincinnati
LonMark Meeting in Munich
Convergence - Engineered Systems November Supplement
Happen Ken Sinclair, AutomatedBuildings.com
Why Is There A Need
For Marketing? Anto Budiardjo - Clasma Events Inc.
Integration and Convergence Jack Mc Gowan, Energy Control Inc.
is now ISO Approved....Now What? It’s now up to the
industry. You are the industry, and now it’s up to you!
Next Part IV: Action Stations!
The world of
technology in buildings is changing; to do nothing is the same as
making a conscious decision to go backwards, at a time where new
IT-savvy players are moving forward at greater and greater speed.
- Event and conference going in 21st Century
Our mission is to help people be aware of events in their industry,
help them find the best events, and to maximize the benefits of going
to them. - Anto Budiardjo, CEO PointView, Inc.
BAS with Smart Grid BAS players simply cannot ignore Smart Grid.
It will provide the mechanism for energy generation, distribution and
consumption for the future.
YoungEnergy.org @ BuilConn's ConnectivityWeek How does the BA industry bring new blood into the
workforce. These new challenges are a headache to us old folks, but are
simply wonderful opportunities for the next generation, the iPod
generation that lives and breaths issues like climate change,
technology and the challenge of economic recovery.
- Is 2009 the
year of significant change? It
has the markings of it Ken, the perfect storm is forming. I don’t think
2009 will be business as usual.
- The Energy
Revolution at BuilConn There
are 6 events co-located with BuilConn this year, all part of what we
Santa Clara - “Empowering the Energy Revolution” The
challenges I hear now are: how to make this growth happen, how to
improve business, reduce risk, find resources, and generally, how to
deliver solutions to building owners.
- More 2008
Events A great deal of
what’s been talked about related to the future of buildings will start
to unfold in 2008.
- Buildings 2 Smart Grid Summit January 21, 2008, New York
- 2007 -
Looking Back and Ahead For
integrators and contractors, Demand Response or DR means immediate
business returns and an opportunity to leverage DR to establish a
better value proposition to their customers. For owners, DR will
provide a way to reduce energy costs by tapping into the incentives the
utilities are providing right now.
- DC to
Chicago, the road to Buildings 2.0 The Buildings 2.0 initiative promotes green initiatives
and sustainable designs as well as the use of Information Technology to
further the vision.
- Formation of
a perfect storm The world
of convergence in 2007
- GridWeek Takes Shape
To be discussed at GridWeek will
be hot topics such as demand response, real time pricing, alternative
energy and distributed generation. Many of the solutions to the
shortfall in electricity will come down to reducing demand especially
at peak load times, and much of this will happen in buildings through
- BuilConn Middle East
The focus of
BuilConn ME is on communicating to owners and developers how they
should be looking at smart buildings and how they should be thinking on
designing and procuring the systems that make their buildings
- BuilConn Singapore As with the first events in the US
and Europe, this Singapore event will focus on gathering the players
and thought leaders in the new world of convergence.
Amsterdam & Singapore ConnectivityWeek is what we call the week
of activities surrounding BuilConn.
2006 It has been said many times before that Asia, and especially
Singapore is leading the charge with Intelligent Buildings.
- BuilConn Next Steps – Going Global ConnectivityWeek
is our new umbrella brand to “house” BuilConn, M2M, GridWise and
Wi-tivity. It’s a brand we
will use around the world to gather subjects related to connectivity of
devices and systems, such as building controls and automation.
- Why Palm
Springs is Important Today we’re standing at a very
significant watershed of change; this is not only my prediction but
represents the billion dollar actions of companies from major
traditional players to new IT entrants. This is also being driven by
the demands of owners, now inquisitive (and willing to spend money)
about how IT can better their buildings.
- Understanding the Connectivity Law Anto’s
Connectivity Law: “The value of a piece of information is proportional
to the number of uses that piece of information is connected to.”
and the Road to Palm Springs
It was a perfect start of 2006, a year
that will be a critical year for convergence. Cisco’s participation
will make BuilConn Palm Springs a must-attend event for vendors,
integrators, consultants and owners.
on Amsterdam Between HP and Cisco’s significant presence there, the
release of the convergence study by i&i ProPlan, our partnership
with ZigBee and OASIS and the many presentations and discussions on the
subject, BuilConn Europe 2005 could be regarded as the turning point
and uptake of Building-IT Convergence.
Europe 2005 Update ....IP-enabled gateways that talk XML
and Web services, to IP-centric products such as servers, hosted
services, BACnet Web Services, oBIX, to a great deal of discussion on
- GridWise is a DOE
initiative with Rik Drummond,
Chair GridWise Architecture Council GridWise is a DOE initiative to bring
the North America electric grid into the 21st century.
- IP + XML + Wireless = Amsterdam .....it is clear that
IP-based technologies (XML, Web services, etc.) will dominate upper
levels of building systems architecture.
Next Stop Amsterdam We will cover an update of the core
fundamental BuilConn material, such as basics of our industry, updates
on key standards such as LonWorks, BACnet, oBIX and Konnex as well as
discussions about where the whole XML/Web services is in its evolution
and adoption cycle.
- Wireless@BuilConn Wireless
should be the most efficient way to connect devices in buildings.
- People@BuilConn We
have a lot more subjects and a lot more people with deep understanding
of these subjects.
- Review of 2004 and Preview
of 2005 I think the stars are in alignment, building owners
are truly starting to realize what is possible, the economy is steady,
products are becoming available, and the distribution is primed.
Who, What, Where, and When of BuilSpec
The BuilSpec seminar series was created to provide
technical owners and consulting engineers with an objective and clear
understanding of the technologies, initiatives and trends that are
reshaping the building systems playing field.
- The Year of Convergence 2004 is starting to look like the year of
convergence in the buildings industry. Probably the most interesting
and core piece is the realization that XML and Web Services (XML/WS)
will be a unifying technology, a catalyst for convergence.
Review 2003 was a wake-up call. It should be
remembered as the year that the next generation of building systems
started to take shape.
- BuilConn 2004
December 2003 We're glad that BuilConn can be
the annual venue where the people involved can physically convene,
and get to know each other.
initiative for Buildings September 2003 The impact
of having an XML-based standard for buildings is perhaps the linchpin
in the convergence of building systems with the IT infrastructure - it
is something this industry must support in order to grow.
are seeking input from integrators and contractors on the subjects they
warrant in-depth sessions.
- Beyond BuilConn June 2003 Our role
here is to facilitate communication in the industry; what we always say
"When people interact openly, magic happens!"
April 2003 The
enthusiasm of our Advisory and Content Board has been phenomenal and
eagerness of the presenters has been very encouraging.
2003 Update February 2003 You
need to look at BuilConn as not just another conference or
tradeshow. That’s why we called it the “Building Connections
2003 Update December 2002 Almost
all of the integrators, contractors and dealers we have spoken to feel
event focused on the integration of all of the systems found in
Building Connections Forum 2003 October 2002 I have observed in my years that
there is no forum, event, expo or any formal gathering that focuses
controls. No event or gathering for manufacturers, distributors,
contractors, dealers and resellers to meet.
- Where are Open Systems
technology needs to be usable by a large number of vendors in many
parts of the building from components, controller and end devices,
infrastructure pieces, engineering and analysis tools to operator side
such as HMI, database, alarm handlers and so on.
you see his August cover story Engineered Systems?
and Dreams of Integration
While the HVAC
poised to do well in integration, it isn't a given. Take a minute and
big picture by starting with the building controls dream, then moving
present and toward the future.
events like Realcomm, the building automation systems industry needs to
present a united value proposition, one that is business- and
benefit-centric that plays to the [financial] heart of the commercial
real estate industry.
Budiardjo is the President and CEO of Clasma Events Inc., a marketing
planning company whose primary focus is providing professional services
full spectrum of the building systems industry.
Anto is a
seasoned marketing and product development professional specializing in
HVAC, Security and IT disciplines. He has more than two decades
within these industries and has fashioned his expertise into an
visionary and dynamic approach to business management. Anto has held
executive-level marketing and product development positions with
controls companies where he was responsible for product management and
communications. His rare combination of marketing and technology
enabled him to fine tune and soften the often daunting task of
product development process from an engineering-centric focus to a
market-centric focus. Anto's entrepreneurial and creative spirit has
him international business opportunities throughout Europe, Americas
Asia/Pacific further affording him a global perspective.
Anto is a
contributing editor for AutomatedBuildings.com and a frequent speaker
numerous industry events. He is also a contributing writer for several
publications where he discusses the issues and trends facing the
industry of networked building systems.
Clasma Events Inc.
is the organization that produces the BuilConn Forum, a four-day forum
consultants, integrators, distributors, manufacturers and technologists
disparate disciplines of the building systems industry to learn and
trends, technologies and their applications for tomorrow's intelligent
integrated buildings. Anto may be reached at email@example.com.
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