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Every month there is a blizzard of information contained in the emails and newsletters that cross my desk on their way to AutomatedBuildings.com. Some of this information is not in the form of any type of content we can publish but I feel I should share with you these snippets, blog bits, and url links that are about to fall off my desktop.

Just back from Control Trends Awards CTA Chicago here are the Hall of fame videos;



Contemporary Controls has published Network Communications for Buildings from a collection of prior articles from our Extension and Essentials that were supplements to our print newsletters beginning in 1999. All the articles have been updated to the latest practice so now the best material on network communications can be found in one concise book. 

Contemporary Controls strongly believes in educating the industry about networking technology. Our print resources are organized below by technology. If you don't find the information you need, please use our search engine

http://www.georgebrown.ca/buildingautomation/  NEW Advanced Diploma in Building Automation – Electromechanical Engineering Technology  Specialization in building automation is growing in demand. Most electromechanical engineering technology programs focus on automation and robotics for the industrial/manufacturing sector, but not building automation and the construction/property development sector. Our program bridges that gap - answering the growing demand by industry employers.

EMerge Alliance demonstrated the world’s first Net Zero Zone at the 2014 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in New Orleans last October. Designed using EMerge Alliance standards for the hybrid use of alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) power in buildings, the Net Zero Zone showcased the efficiency, reliability and resiliency of hybrid microgrids — systems of local electric power generation, storage and distribution that can operate either in combination with the local utility grid or in isolation from it.

Experience the world's largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference. LIGHTFAIR International will feature over 500 exhibitors, 78 courses and a large array of networking events.

The Internet of Interactions -- between and among “Things” and “People” -- requires much more than simple incremental improvements in today’s technologies to be fully realized.  The challenge is much more than a simple patch, Band-Aid, or new flavor of what we already do.

That's where AllJoyn Gateway Agent comes in. This extension of the AllJoyn framework. provides a standard and secure, remote access method for AllJoyn devices and applications to connect to external/cloud services, personal area networks, and the Internet. Specifically it will provide a secure way to remotely access and manage IoT devices. These in turn will be provided with fine-grained security and privacy control.

The truth is that today's IoT developer community is wildly fragmented, with groups representing diverse needs from B2B and industrial players down to B2C startups and hobbyists. In an effort to better understand that landscape, Harbor has partnered with Postscapes and Progress Software to conduct an IoT Index Survey that will help uncover the new trends and current market dynamics that are affecting today's software and application developers.

A major benefit of IoT concepts includes acquiring a broader set of data, analyzing it to gain insights, and taking action to improve outcomes. This can be accomplished using new technology tools, applying common sense, good system design, and engineering principles without connecting everything to the Internet.

Developers, vendors, and manufacturers are rushing to join the Internet of Everything, creating new types of products, systems, and devices to make our lives more efficient and comfortable. Many of these are based on Wi-Fi technology to link them together, as well as connecting them to wireless access points that in turn connect to the web and cloud-based intelligence.

In November 2014, ASHRAE published ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings.

KNX Association eNews - January 2015 KNX Association is a non-profit-oriented organisation governed by Belgian Law. Members are manufacturers developing devices for several applications for home and building control based on KNX like lighting control, shutter control, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, energy management, metering, monitoring, alarm/intrusion systems, household appliances, audio/video and lots more. Next to manufacturers also service providers (utilities, telecom, ...) can become a member of the KNX Association

Although wireless was once considered unreliable for building applications, the technology has overcome earlier problems with interference and signal reach. Wireless building systems are also secure and can use commercial, governmental, and military grade encryption with multilevel authentication.

The system pairs advanced processors, which feature embedded security and a software stack optimized for edge device management, with an IoT Gateway. A cloud-based analytics and visualization engine developed by RiptideIO augments the physical components to form the core of the new platform. The result is a revolutionary IoT edge appliance and mobile service developed specifically for building automation application.

In this book, the authors address the wireless communication concepts and terminology that are needed to apply wireless control in the process industry. The control system interfaces and wireless field devices described in this book are based on wireless standards for industrial settings and can be used in monitoring and control applications.

A classic source of old school control info in one pdf

Learn how senders and receivers aka antennas and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) devices can be used to build successful IoT solutions  We cover the topic from different aspects – theory, practical examples plus live demos. The content will be presented by two experts in the field: Harald Nauman, which recently wrote the “IoT M2M Cookbook” in which he explains how to design GSM-hardware and Dr. Lars Binternagel, which has more than 25 years of experience in electronics and wireless technologies

Join Daintree Networks for a peer group discussion that will provide insights on the Enterprise Internet of Things™ (E-IoT™) and the actions you can take now that will future proof your efforts. You'll hear what building energy management and E-IoT experts have to say and share issues, thoughts, experiences and lessons learned.

IoT in Connected Home is anticipated to represent a $7 billion market by 2020  Connected Home is an extension of home automation and operators in conjunction with the Internet of Things (IoT) wherein devices inside the home are connected to each other via the Internet and/or via a short-range wireless mesh network and are typically operated using remote access device such as smartphone, tablet or any other mobile computing unit. There is significant growth potential in this market as market leaders such as Google, Netflix, and others have laid the foundation for many other ecosystem competitors to expand beyond home entertainment into many other areas.

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