February 2019

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Across My Desk

snippets, blog bits, tweets, linkedIn posts, and url links that are about to fall off my desktop
Ken Sinclair
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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 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, Tweets, LinkedIn posts, and URL links that are about to fall off my desktop.

On a daily basis I tweet as @Ken_Sinclair 

I actual now have a few moments ;-)

I tweet links I think will be of interest and part of our rapid industry evolution. 

Also, maintains this LinkedIn online blog for the magazine, a great place to interact.

I also write a column twice a month for Contractor Mag

And a column once a month for facilitiesnet Home of Building Operating Management & Facility Maintenance Decisions Magazines

But I still have stuff falling off my desk I feel I should share.

My Top Tweets, posts, podcasts, and video interviews

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.  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.

Video Introduction to Building Automation Systems Mon. January 14 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM  Room B311 In this introductory session, attendees will get an overview of Building Automation Systems (BAS) and how they automate the operation of a building. The speakers will explain the purpose of BAS, or Building Management Systems, how it collects information about a building, and factors that affect implementation, processes, and decision-making. This interactive session will additionally build the foundation for the audience to develop an understanding of BAS, the benefits that it brings, and resources to further that knowledge based on individual needs (from basic to more advanced).

Standing Room Only Session –> Next Generation HVAC Controls: Open Hardware – Open Software The panel of Brad White, Nicolas Waern, Calvin Slater, and Zach Nestov laid out their concepts of next generation of Open Hardware and Open Software to a standing room only crowd at their session at the 2019 AHR EXPO. The opinions from the attendees was remarkably candid and often contrary to the panel’s as the transformative changes disrupting the BAS industry naturally set many of the old-school traditionalist’s viewpoints at odds with the extraordinary economic implications of espousing open (free) hardware and software.

How do we address our industry gender imbalance as we humanize the digitalization of our industry while mindfully building emotion?

The pi-top 4 puts the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ in a case with a mini-OLED screen, portable power pack, and four programmable buttons, to simplify the process of wiring the Pi to other hardware.

IoT for Smart Buildings Isn’t What You Think It Is
Are IoT and smart buildings all marketing hype or can they actually provide value to building owners and operators?

The Linux Foundation (LF) this week took a large step towards making this aspiration a reality with the launch of LF Edge; an ambitious umbrella project dedicated to creating an interoperable open framework for edge computing. LF Edge – to be compatible with any hardware, silicon, cloud, or Operating System (OS) – has attracted more big-name sponsors than you could shake a stick at; from Arm to AT&T, via Dell, Ericsson, HPE, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Juniper Networks; Qualcomm, Red Hat, Samsung, and many more.

Facilities Management As We Know It Is Dead Deb Noller, co-founder & CEO of Switch Automation discusses how owners and developers can take advantage of the new business models and revenue created by digital facilities management.


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