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Ken SinclairEditorial Comments by Ken Sinclair          Editor/Owner, AutomatedBuildings.com

July 2010The Connectivity of Everything

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Connectivity of everything is a growing reality and with each new connection comes new opportunities and new perspectives. Just as low cost powerful connectivity is changing and actually simplifying our personal lives with internet extensions "apps" to our hand held devices, building automation is caught up in the same connectivity growth. Our content this month provides a good overview of the spectrum of industry connectivity.  Let me pull a few examples;

ZigBee allows for the “shower head” analogy to be applied when replacing existing stand-alone thermostats with wireless communicating models as part of a building retrofit.

Energy education dashboards focus more on education about a building’s efficiency and sustainable features than the technical information that operation management would utilize.

Today the concept of a virtual server is real and is used in a variety of industries to optimize their business processes and operating costs.

You need a system to provide enterprise visibility or it will fail (and will likely keep consuming energy) without your knowledge.

Using Real-time Data to Foster Behavior Change  How do you maximize the value of your investment? How do you engage these audiences so that they directly experience, learn from and respond to the environmental consequences of your decisions? How do you make the invisible visible?

These are just a few examples please read all our articles and understand their connectivity to everything.

July Interviews
An Ideal Climate for Retrofit Projects Joseph Gillespie; Security, Monitoring & Automation (SMA) Market  Jason Domangue;  Monitoring & Analysis of Power Infrastructure  Mark A. Ascolese; Benefits of Smart Grid  John D. McDonald

July Columns
Obtaining LEED Credits With Controls Steven R. Calabrese;  BAS as a Tool for Existing Buildings Operations Paul Ehrlich & Ira Goldschmidt;  Will BAS lead the next energy revolution? Manny Mandrusiak; EMS and Traffic Jam Avoidance Andy McMillan; Smart Energy and the End of Privacy Toby Considine; Building Grid Connectivity Ken Sinclair

July Reviews
The Power of One Screen Full Connected World Conference

We welcome our newest sponsor:

Millennial Net  is a leading worldwide provider of commercial and industrial wireless networking systems and products for the energy management and building automation markets.

Tell all our sponsors you saw their ads on the AutomatedBuildings.com web site and thank them for supporting your free access to evolving Automated Building Industry information. Click on their ads and view their valuable products and services. Please review all Our Sponsors. 

The news just keeps flowing thru our web site and RSS feeds daily, and of course the only way to truly find what you are looking for in the vast quantity of information on our site is with our site search engine http://www.automatedbuildings.com/search/sitesearch.htm

As always lots of new products, plus be sure to check our event calendar to see the number of events we have in our future.

Send comments and suggestions to news@automatedbuildings.com

June 2010Building to Grid "B2G" Connectivity is Inevitable

Takeaways from ConnectivityWeek 2010.

Even if your local electrical grid is not yet smart it soon will be forced to change its ways and engage in the incredible opportunity that is smart grid. The easiest first step is to manipulate the large existing connected loads in Automated Buildings by offering incentives in the form of dynamic pricing to achieve a proven successful B2G relationship.

Environmentally unsustainable far far away generation, coupled with high loss transmission, can no longer be our growth model. Grid load management of existing building loads with new found connectivity to grid provides an almost immediate solutions to load shape locally and on the complete grid.

Building to Grid? What about Building to Vertical Farm?  

Jim writes - Measurement and verification (M&V) sounds so simple, but be sure to read his Where The Rubber Meets The Road

Nirosha Munasinghe of Open General is back with a follow up article to his well read favorite of last month
The Future of Cloud Connectivity for BAS

Take a look at how Sarah Erdman of QA Graphics is Saving Time with Image Modules and using graphic animation to train operators and all who use the graphics with virtual presentation.

Also read  Wireless Energy Management Systems Building Bottom Lines Davis Watkins, Advanced Telemetry; Technology Park Leverages Technology to Move Beyond LEED Gold Rick Huijbregts, Cisco Canada; and Kaiser Permanente Qualifies Old Building for Energy Incentives Harry Sim, Cypress Envirosystems.

June Interviews:  BrightCore Framework Nino Kurtalj; YoungEnergy & ConnectivityWeek Dan Sullivan; YoungEnergy & ConnectivityWeek  Brad White; YoungEnergy & ConnectivityWeek  Doris Tang

June Columns:  The Saga of Westlake Condominiums Steven R. Calabrese; Doing things at the right time Toby Considine; OPC UA foundation to reach for the clouds Manny Mandrusiak; Intelligent Buildings in the Age of Pneumatic? Paul Ehrlich & Ira Goldschmidt

June Reviews:  Building to Grid? What about Building to Farm? Smartest Siemens' Building in America

When we started AutomatedBuildings.com online over 12 years ago we did not see that the reach of our magazine would include B2G players including the the likes of Cisco, and Constellation NewEnergy We also had not seen that our online global reach would attract an international advertiser like our newest advertiser BrightCore - network automation middleware seamlessly integrates buildings under different building automation protocols into one common expandable M2M environment from both protocol and service stand point.

We also welcome advertiser Greystone Energy Systems, Inc. - one of North Americas largest ISO registered manufactures of HVAC sensors and transducers, introduces the new BACnet "BTL approved" space CO2, temperature and humidity sensor.

Please review all Our Sponsors. 

The news just keeps flowing thru our web site and RSS feeds daily, and of course the only way to truly find what you are looking for in the vast quantity of information on our site is with our site search engine http://www.automatedbuildings.com/search/sitesearch.htm

As always lots of new products, plus be sure to check our event calendar to see the number of events we have in our future.

Send comments and suggestions to news@automatedbuildings.com