February 2019

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“Open”ing Mindful Building Emotions

Just back from a kaleidoscope of future peeks into  “Open”ing Mindful Building Emotions @AHREXPO 2019 Atlanta.

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Just back from a kaleidoscope of future peeks into  “Open”ing Mindful Building Emotions @AHREXPO 2019 Atlanta.

The Expo drew more than 65,000 attendees, with 1,809 exhibitors total, 496 international exhibitors from 35 countries and 107 first time exhibitors. hosted 9 education sessions all well attended with some overflowing.

So what was at the end of the Open Road Trip to Atlanta?.
Lots of excitement and discussion about our changing landscape much of which was exchanged in our free education sessions.

We have added pdfs for most of the sessions and links to several resources used in the presentations.
Most of the information was exchanged verbally in the sessions or in the halls after sessions. We were able to capture some of the discussion on video links provided below You really need to come to this event to get the full impact. Please come next year to Orlando, FEB 3-5, 2020.

I took some of my own advice looking for more digital native mindful minds to help me extend my best by date allowing me to grow younger looking through their future-focused minds.

This quote from our last chapter Open Road Trip to Atlanta.

We resist change because we are locked into old ways of thinking. To shift our minds we have to make use of our younger mentors. We need to adopt their understanding of the present digital dynamics. As we meet these young mentors along the road we have to find a way to trust them without the luxury of a common, shared history.

My younger mentors self-propelled session overfilled the room opening everything, mostly our minds in this session, Next Generation HVAC Controls: Open Hardware – Open Software

Our contributing editor Brad White organized this session.  His concern of who might come to this session was greeted with a standing room only crowd, good news, but it made it almost impossible to capture the complete session on video as folks engaged from behind pillars and sitting on the floor.

The room looked like a campus over-flowing lecture theater, a good problem to have.

The discussions were very good and the panel response was amazing often with passion, but the folks asking the questions could not be picked up on video and we have the sound only.

Eric Stromquist Creator at captured the dynamics of this session picking up much of the interactions that contain useful and interesting responses.  The industry applauds the efforts and tenacity Eric and Ken Smyers to document historical events like these.

The "Puppies" and their peers taught me and the other old dogs in the room lots of new tricks.  Who knew Raspberries had HATs.....big smile.  "The Raspberry Pi B+ has been designed specifically with add-on boards in mind ‘HATs’ (Hardware Attached on Top). A HAT is an add-on board"

The session engaged the audience a meaningful interactive discussion about what open was and was not. The panellists did an amazing job of answering these questions and leading thought.

So what were the takeaways from this session and others? Stop talking about "Open" and being obsessed with naming everything.  Don't talk about it just do it nobody cares what you call it, they just want consistently, constantly, concisely, shareable data available to all anytime/anywhere.

Our job is to make this happen with the best tools at hand, whether that is part of an Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Open database, building bots on the edge, or even proprietary sources.

This thinking forces existing proprietary folks to think how they will play well with others as they no longer completely control the ball. They need to pass and receive with the bigger players in the game. They are still very important players, just now in a much larger game.

Not realizing this limits their growth and ability to connect to free services now on everyone's phone.

Yes, everyone's phone, now the fans get to play in the game - It is a new world for sure.

Watching this session come together it convinced me that action was required, we need to hear more from these young voices and I needed to sign up all these younger minds and share their thoughts with you as our newest young contributing editors. 

Please meet our Young Contributing Editors.

I recommend you look closely at the young folks around you to help you grow younger.  Help them to gather their thoughts and share them in a meaningful way with you and the industry at large. Our future depends on it.

No young people around you?  Now that is a problem in today's rapid digital transformations.

Mindful - Smart Environments for Humans

Welcome to Digital Mindfulness Unlocking value and opportunities from time well spent digital experiences

– Current smart environments operate on a machine level and do not understand people

– New paradigm: smart environments can operate at a human level

– New technological innovations (AI, Emotive Computing) and advances in scientific disciplines (neuroscience, psychology) will demonstrate this to be possible

My presenting partner  Lawrence Ampofo, PhD  Enterprise Social Media | Humane Technology | Digital Wellbeing wrote this,

I'm unable to attend the @ahrexpo today in person, unfortunately, but thankfully my talk is being delivered by @ken_sinclair. Listen to this episode where we distill my talk to its key points

The advantage of this is we have this podcast to share with you and all those that were not there.

Digital Mindfulness Bonus Episode: Building Emotion at the AHR Expo

Was pleased to have these words published in the,
Show Daily Magazine published by ASHRAE Journal, The magazine was printed and made available free to all attendees

You are at the world’s largest HVACR event, with the most comprehensive gathering of industry professionals from around the globe and we all are engaged in Building Emotion for our products and services in the sense of both the nouns and the verbs.

Even though our product and services are very real we virtually marketed them; we need to enter today’s virtual world and instill emotion, using vivid graphics and words of want to play on the emotion of our clients.

"Emotion" is the noun and verb used to describe the creation and depiction of a mindful interactive relationship — a conversation if you will — between the user and their devices and services. It is a virtual identity, a feeling, a learning, an interactive piece, a virtual brick-and-mortar that hosts the emotion.
The building blocks of our digital transformation are a mindset, people, process, and tools. Note that tools, which equal our technology, devices, and services is the last item.

We as an industry tend to focus on tools first, then try to trowel over mindset, people, and process. This is not working.

Exploring Our Human Connection: 7th Annual Connection Community Collaboratory created an amazing exchange of information

Connection Community Collaboratory at AHR 2019 video capture  by ControlTrends Smart Buildings Published on Jan 19, 2019  Exploring our Human Connection, How do we best "Look" with rapidly evolving video analytics, "Listen" with natural language interaction? Use our history of "Feeling" temperature, humidity, occupancies, etc. and best combine this all with 'Thinking" that will come from self-learning?

Ken Sinclair was joined by a panel of renown industry experts at the Exploring our Human Connection, Our Seventh Annual Connection Community Collaboratory held January 15th, at the 2019 AHR EXPO in Atlanta, to assist Ken’s heightened efforts to enlighten our industry and help maximize the potential opportunities the burgeoning wave of IoT technologies that both endow — and challenge us.

contemporary One of the best ways to obtain a better understanding of what all this IoT technology might mean in the near future and comprehend what is at stake is to assemble of a cast of leading industry experts actively serving as CEO’s, Marketing VP’s, business owners, and Organizational Representatives, and let them hash it out. Marc Petock, Troy Davis, George Thomas, and Martin Villeneuve delivered valuable insights while in engaged in a spirited dialogue about: Present Deployment of Future Technology, Data Generation, Cloud Services, Data Ownership, Cyber Security, Privacy and much more.

Our contributing editor Anto Budiardjo "Facility IT Evangelist" assembled this valuable session to advance BAS cybersercurity

New Deal Cybersecurity Summit  A breakfast meeting to advance BAS cybersecuriity

The New Deal for Buildings is hosting a Cybersecurity Summit at the AHR Expo 2019 in Atlanta GWCC (Room B310) on Monday, January 14, 2019. The Summit will bring together industry thought leaders to review the current status of cybersecurity in the BAS industry, discuss the impending release of BACnet/SC and other initiatives, and formulate an appropriate posture for the BAS industry in the security-conscious IT space. The complete summit is provided in a 3-hour video

Events still coming to open our future mindfully while Building Emotion.

CONTROLS-CON will take place May 2nd and 3rd, 2019 at the MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit, Michigan. This fast-paced, education-packed event will bring together hundreds of integrators and end users from throughout the United States and Canada to explore the latest technologies and possibilities of Building Controls and the Internet of Things (IoT) in commercial and industrial buildings.

Haystack Connect 2019 is organized and produced by the Project Haystack Organization—an open source community of people and companies who share the vision that a connected, collaborative community can move the industry forward in ways that no single supplier can! The event builds on the inspiration and mission of the community to address the challenges of making smart device data work seamlessly across applications of all types. Also winter 2019 issue of their Connection magazine is now online.

A lot of links to many evolving resources, YouTubes, podcast are included in this chapter “Open”ing Mindful Building Emotions please take the time to follow them as they are all part of our never ending story of our digital transformation


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