April 2007
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April 2007          Thinking Out Loud in an Industry of Change

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I am extremely pleased with our April issue as all of our contributing editors have opened their minds and provided us their thoughts on the radical changes needed in our industry. They have done what AutomatedBuildings.com does best "Think Out Loud". It is this process and using the power of the internet, that has enabled us to inform, educate, change minds and connect industry leaders to take our industry to the next level.

We all will support evolution that we feel we have been part of. When groups meet behind closed doors with narrow agendas and withhold information for perceived market advantage our industry suffers. Our seemingly broad open agendas have become very narrow as we converge and connect our rapidly evolving industry. New players and new directions abound encapsulating unheard of  opportunities.  We all need to think out loud to quickly guide our industry to the next level and set plans for the future. Even the name of our industry is under discussion. Please read each article carefully and allow yourself to think out loud about what this means to your future and the future of the industry. Examine your agendas and allegiances in light of out load thinking.  We live in a world where the application of a new technology or a single web service or a cell phone feature will radically change our focus. Thinking in traditional terms in pods of special interest groups is dangerous as it does not allow the necessary convergence of all available ideas. Ideas from the convergence model abound and we must make them part of our industry or those lacking the millstones of traditional thinking will.  I just heard a new term "Grid Integrator". A "Grid Integrator" is a person who integrates buildings with the electrical grid. Some in our industry would call him a building integrator. We must unhinge our minds and find new pivot points from which to build our future.

 Please share your "out loud" thinking with us, we already are staging articles for our May issue.

This article Electranet could see light of day Demonstrates the public profile of our new industry.
Los Angeles Daily News - Los Angeles,CA,USA
"The kind of thing Gore is talking about might start to happen," said Steven Hauser, executive director of the GridWise Alliance, a nonprofit consortium of ...

This month's interviews ring clear with out loud thinking.

April Interviews Airbee Wireless, New LonTalk over IP router, ENFORMA® Building Diagnostics™ Software, Integration to legacy FacilityManagement Systems,Market Conditions Drive Grid Integration, GridWise Alliance, Buildy is Back in 2007, Formation of a perfect storm

March was the highest ever visits to our AutomatedBuildings.com web site, with over 135,000 visits, our average in the past months was just over 100,000. What is driving this? I feel there is a great interest in our industry I find our RSS news feed in the most interesting locations. Our news, articles, interviews, etc once only of interest to our industry are becoming of interest to other industries and even the general public as we converge/connect to the rest of the world. It reminds me that until now we have been a very isolated industry.

 March 2007Following the meeting in Dallas a few folks in the industry began weaving an email thread discussing how we might move forward in the "Intelligent Buildings" industry. A common theme seems to be that we need a higher order to successfully achieve connectivity, convergence, sustainability, etc.  In my January editorial I wrote; "I am sure that Tom and Anto's efforts will unlock many other opinions which we would love to share with our readers." This is starting to happen as written by our newest contributing editor Jim Sinopoli PE, RCDD, in his March article Certification for Designers and Installers: "The Industry’s Path Forward for Credibility" opens the discussion.  Our long time contributing editor Tom Hartman tells us how the big picture is changing and how that will force us to change in his interview The State of Sustainability.

Our April issue will be focused on sharing industry views on how to get to the next level so we can successfully sell  our industry to great concepts like GridWise and GridWeek.  See our press release AutomatedBuildings.com Media Sponsor of GridWeek and the thread The Automated Buildings Industry is ready, willing, and able.

This month's interviews provide great insight in to how the industry is reacting to change Vykon Security - Tridium, Energy Manager - Honeywell, Green Buildings - Echelon, Device Networking - Lantronix, New Standard in Wireless Sensors - Spinwave

Of course 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

Be sure to check our event calendar to see the number events we have in our future.

Lots of information and links in this issue use the menu on your left to explore.

We have been working on improving our web site by reorganizing how we handle the great number of news release we receive daily.  We now provide a HomeToys RSS News Feed News Feed ( Which Needs a RSS Feed Reader ) and have provided a New Our RSS news feed rendered into HTML

If you are like I was and do not know what RSS is RSS is a Web content syndication format.  The name is an acronym for Really Simple Syndication. Read here for more details http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss

We are slowly figuring it all out so bear with us as we install this new news service. Please share with us any suggestions you have to better use this approach and others to keep moving our web site forward to meet your needs. Our News Briefs are now handled as news feed items and archived for now in a similar format as before.

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. 

Be sure to check our event calendar to see the number events we have in our future.

As I always say, it is a great time to be in the news business for our industry. 

Send comments and suggestions to news@automatedbuildings.com

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