August 2008

Babel Buster Network Gateways: Big Features. Small Price.
Control Solutions, Inc. - Minnesota

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August 2008

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Securing Buildings News

Gordon Holness, President Elect, ASHRAE
As we struggle through these times of accelerating energy costs and concerns for climate change, it is important to remember that buildings consume 40% of all energy use in the United States and 76% of all electrical use. Information technology, whether illustrated by BIM, smart meters, smart grids or intelligent control systems, can help us monitor and control energy use and ultimately save both energy and cost. ASHRAE’s end goal is to provide the technology for net zero energy buildings - “buildings which, on an annual basis, use no more energy than is provided by on-site renewable energy sources.” Stay tuned for continuing developments.

Meet the "Father of BACnet®"
H. Michael Newman of Cornell University
In an interview with Contemporary Controls, H. Michael Newman tells his story of leading the charge for adopting the BACnet® protocol, and the battles and victories that ensued. He describes the development of BACnet, its greatest strengths and much more.

Open Source for Open Systems – Progress Report
Anno Scholten, Novus Edge
The success of any Open Source Software (OSS) initiative is building a community.

Daylighting in Demand Response Situations.
J. David Wilson. President. Lighting Control & Design
The ideal daylight harvesting systems reflects a balance between the energy manager’s requirements for ROI, and the HR manager’s concerns for occupant satisfaction.

Growing Interest and Participation in Demand Response
Gene Ameduri, President and co-founder of EnergyConnect
Increased involvement in voluntary, market driven demand response programs reflects the growing interest on the part of consumers in adopting new ways to regain control of their electricity budgets and more and more customers are seeing the value of participating.

On-demand Energy and Asset Management Solutions
Dan Sharplin, Chairman and CEO Site Controls
Specifically designed for chain retailers, financial institutions and drug stores, the company’s solutions incorporate energy efficiency, corporate social responsibility, comfort and controls, operational intelligence, and demand response services.

July 2008

A "visionary" and I discuss embracing change
Keith E. Gipson, CTO, PhoenixESG 2008 Buildy Vision Award winner
I've been very blessed to be able to express and demonstrate my passion for buildings and our industry throughout my career.

Reliable Controls Demand Response in Ontario
Peter Kelly-Detwiler, Rob Reale,
Constellation NewEnergy
Demand Response (DR) is a relatively new concept in Canada with Ontario being the first Canadian Province to establish a DR Program

Building Information Modeling
Willem Kymmell, Architect, Assoc. Prof. in Construction Management at Cal. State Univ. Chico
All the concepts boil down to ‘better understanding through better visualization’, and ‘better understanding allows better communication’.

Low power wireless networks
Cees Links, Chief Executive Officer, GreenPeak Technologies
Our new Emerald GP500C is the only IEEE 802.15.4 standard compliant chip available today with extreme low power features that enable energy harvesting solutions for wireless sensor networks. 

ZigBee for Energy Management
Robert LeFort, CEO Ember

According to The Brattle Group technologies like ZigBee can help reduce peak electricity demand by at least five percent over the next few years. This reduction could save consumers more than $3 billion in annual electricity costs, and help reduce the $50-$100 billion in losses that businesses suffer each year due to power outages and brownouts.

Emerging Demand Response Opportunities
Bob Zak,  President, Powerit Solutions
Some very small changes in our consumption behavior, widely adopted, would ease our energy concerns to a level that is almost unbelievable.

Advanced Multi-Display Capabilities
Liv Stewart, Sales Representative for Critical Decision Systems, Matrox Graphics Inc.

A remote graphics unit that provides the ability to remotely power up to 4 digital or analog displays; 6 USB devices, such as keyboard and mouse; and audio peripherals, such as speakers and/or a microphone, up to 820 ft form the host computer.

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