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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.

Word of the month “a collaboratory" is more than an elaborate collection of information and communications technologies; it is a new networked organizational form that also includes social processes; collaboration techniques; formal and informal communication; and agreement on norms, principles, values, and rules” (Cogburn, 2003, p. 86).

The Facility Data Manager: When the Silos Come Tumbling Down Author: Jim Sinopoli, Managing Principal, Smart Buildings, LLC

"Project Haystack. This 8 minute video provides a great overview describing what it is about and why it is needed."  Link: http://youtu.be/5C6GwLbYqTw

In its simplest form, Smart Systems is a concept in which inputs—from machines, people, video streams, maps, newsfeeds, sensors, and more—is digitized and placed onto networks. These inputs are integrated into systems that connect people, devices, business processes, and content to enable collective awareness.

Palo Alto Networks shares its 13 predictions for cyber security, the threat landscape, firewall and mobile security for 2014.

Lutron Electronics and the Building Technologies Division of Siemens Industry are collaborating to make their respective control systems work together to help make commercial buildings more energy efficient.

Designers, architects, and engineers will be surprised to learn how much more LEDs can do for their clients when paired with the right drivers, dimmers, and controls.

The brains behind Bluetooth have published a new version of the wireless peripheral specification which will, they claim, enhance the standard’s support for the very low-power gizmos that make up the Internet of Things.

By Bill Lydon, Editor - While industrial Ethernet is being adopted at a high rate, the majority of connected nodes (73%) are still traditional networks like DeviceNet, PROFIBUS, Modbus, SERCOS, Foundation Fieldbus, ASi, and others. In order to gain a clearer understanding of the trends, I spoke with Tom Moore, Research Analyst at IHS's Electronics and Media Group.

With its multi-connectivity and powerful processing options, the Raspberry Pi is the perfect platform for a low-cost smart home gateway which controls energy harvesting wireless sensors.

the AllSeen Alliance, as it’s called, will take on the monumental, innovation-accelerating task of creating and maintaining unified standards for device-to-device communication. The alliance’s goal is to “ensure that more and more electronic products can work together, regardless of brand, in the new era of smarter technology,” according to a statement from the Linux Foundation.

In this video the new version of iBacnet for iOS7, the first bacnet browser for iPhone and iPad Published on Dec 9, 2013.

It's long been easy to connect applications together on the Web, particularly in social media. But we're only now finally starting to see real progress on moving these lessons into the enterprise. With the advent of a new customer service API that uses the lessons from the open API world, this may at long last happen, to the real benefit of end users and customers.

nHaystack is a software module that enables external applications to get data out of Niagara stations quickly and efficiently. Once a system is tagged many new and exciting things become possible. By setting up a Site, Equipment, and tags on your points, you can combine data from multiple networks, and view them in one organized list within the haystack service. Now queries can easily be run against any tags on a nHaystack station to dynamically simplify the implementation of visualization, analytics, reporting and mobile apps.

iBeacon certainly gives a boost to Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) as the standard for personal area networks (PAN) in retail spaces. But, could it work for personalized lighting in office spaces too? Thing1 and Thing2 .....smile.

2013 - The Year In Review Author: Howard Berger, Managing Partner, Realcomm This past year we celebrated our fifteenth Realcomm, fourth CoRETech and second IBcon conferences. So much change has transpired in the relatively short time that we've been producing these commercial, corporate and intelligent building technology conferences.

Next year will see demonstrable evidence of the Internet of Things (IoT), which is set to become far more tangible in 2014. While most of us have moved beyond speculating about the value of an Internet-connected fridge, we’re yet to see the truly disruptive impact that IoT technologies will have on the enterprise, but that’s all set to change in the very near future.

2013 has been a momentous year for ZigBee. This year members delivered significant releases of new specifications and standards, landmarks in product certifications, strong endorsements by global industry giants and utilities and expansion of the ZigBee ecosystem around the world. The Alliance backed this with structural changes to help align the organization to our Alliance's strategic goals for the future. The industry is at a pivotal juncture. The vision of the Internet of Things (IoT) is coming to fruition. IoT business models are following closely behind the technology and, in some instances, moving ahead of it. The market is speaking with its feet. History shows it favors the ecosystem of market leaders. It favors those who put a premium on strong certification programs around global standards with multiple sources for goods. Mass adoption of a usable Internet of Things requires simplicity for the consumer and a standard platform.Reliable Controls

Standardizing Grid Signals for integrated demand side management Sila Kiliccote is Acting Leader of the Grid Integration Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). She has been a part of the automated demand response team developing an automated communication infrastructure, integrating it with building control systems and working with stakeholders to standardize the information model.

The Smart Cities Council Readiness Guide is the first collaborative and comprehensive framework for a smart city, against which cities can assess their readiness to innovate – identifying a path, taking next steps and measuring progress. The Guide is a conceptual roadmap to address growth strategies by focusing on universal principles that unite key areas such as energy,  transportation, water and public safety.

Our recent Haystack webinar was very well received -- so well in fact that it was over capacity and many people that wanted to attend were not able to join us. The speakers have agreed to host a reprise session.Marc Petock, Vice President, Marketing, Lynxspring, Inc.

How to Hack a Building Automation System is one of my most read articles. However, one of the criticism’s I received was that it didn’t go into how to actually hack a BAS. Being that December is Data Security Month, I am going to walk you through the a BAS Hack on a system I have here.

Is the concept of open standards all myth and magic? Is there a real business and technical value proposition for open standards like OPC that justifies the end users demanding the suppliers to deliver? How does OPC provide timeless durability and deliver specifications and technology that the suppliers build into their product portfolios? This article explores the OPC vision, and the who, what, when, where, and why of OPC interoperability in 2014.

Information Exchange and Data Standards: The OSCRE Buzz  Author: Ian Cameron, Chief Innovation Officer, OSCRE International  At both Realcomm and CoRETech this year, we heard a lot of buzz about the importance of information exchange to the real estate business and what OSCRE—The Open Standards Consortium for Real Estate—is doing to it. The real buzz is about breakthroughs all across in the industry in delivering the kind of information flows we’ve been talking about for the last 10 years.

nHaystack Coming from one Direction, OSCRE, and the Real Estate Industry, are Coming from the Other!

Enabling collaboration with open APIs  Summary: It's long been easy to connect applications together on the Web, particularly in social media. But we're only now finally starting to see real progress on moving these lessons into the enterprise. With the advent of a new customer service API that uses the lessons from the open API world, this may at long last happen, to the real benefit of end users and customers.

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