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Our clouded future includes new virtual connections to our buildings from the communities they are part of with both physical and social interactions.

Ken Sinclair Editor/Owner AutomatedBuildings.com

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Buildings connected with open protocols to the powerful internet cloud and its web services are redefining our industry. The reach and the visibility of our industry have never been greater nor has change been so rapid. Our clouded future includes new virtual connections to our buildings from the communities they are part of with both physical and social interactions.

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An example is digitally displayed energy/environmental dashboards to inform all of the building’s impact in real time energy use, plus the percentage generated from renewal sources. Connections to the smart grid make our buildings a physical part of their supply energy infrastructure.

Our ability to operate buildings efficiently via the internet cloud from anywhere allows the complexity of our industry to be better managed and appear greatly simplified. Web services or Software as a Service ( SaaS ), as it is sometimes called, coupled with powerful browser presentation is changing how we appear and interact with our clients.

Building Information Model (BIM) software allows the power of visual relational databases to improve decisions throughout the building design. New visualization and simulation tools reveal the effects of decisions made prior to the commitment of funds. In similar fashion, Cloud Computing provides a collaborative process that leverages web-based BIM capabilities and traditional Document Management to improve coordination.

Control Solutions, Inc The Data Cloud for our industry has become real. As we see applications and services moved 'off-site' you can imagine the opportunities for managing real estate, reducing energy and providing value-added applications for buildings.

AHR Expo is the place to get educated about the radical changes occurring in our industry. Be sure to visit the Building Automation Showcase on the Exhibit floor and join us beneath the floor in our Five Education Sessions focused on Building Automation and the Cloud.

1. The Reinvention of Building Automation
2. Applications for BIM in Existing Buildings and Cloud Document Management
3. Introduction to Cloud Services for Buildings
4. Building Automation gets Griddy while colliding with the corporate Enterprise
5. Collaborative Energy: Informed Communities of Building Systems
 

 

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