June 2010
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Editorial Comments by Ken Sinclair          Editor/Owner, AutomatedBuildings.com

June 2010        Building to Grid "B2G" Connectivity is Inevitable

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We just returned from a very successful ConnectivityWeek and I am now convinced more that ever that Building Automation and the Grid will be the first major demonstration of a truly smart grid.  You will see that this conclusion was the first of my 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?   (B2VF)  If you are having problems getting your mind around the horizontal reach of building to grid and net zero buildings take a look at this new vertical that puts the farm back on top. A quick look at the future? More connectivity on its way.

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 NewEnergyWe 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.

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.

Several of our advertisers have provided links to their very informative newsletters and blogs please check them out.

It is a great time to be in the news business for our industry. 

Send comments and suggestions to news@automatedbuildings.com

May 2010Connectivity Transforms our Industry

I always like waiting till the last few days to select a monthly theme for our issue, because we operate without an editorial calendar publishing articles and interviews as they are submitted, most of which are only days old. Unfortunately some are only hours old. Within this rapid dynamic there always surfaces a common theme of what everyone is talking about. My summation of what all our informational articles, columns, and interviews are talking about this month is how this new fabric of integration and convergence called connectivity is radically transforming our industry and our business models within.

Of course ConnectivityWeek has us all focused on connectivity but all our other articles share the common theme of connectivity transforming our industry.

I have provided a preview of the Connectivity event which is rapidly evolving. I am extremely honored to have my panelist for my session made up from the senior execs from Siemens, Honeywell, Schneider and Cisco all speaking to the realization that BAS needs to change to a new  business proposition.

In Anto's piece Finding the Answer he states;  It is a realization that BAS needs to change to a new  business proposition, one that leverages great technology now available, creates significant opportunities in greening buildings, and turns buildings into virtual power plants that add value to owners, power utilities, society at large, and of course, the BAS industry.

As you review our massive amount of incredible insightful articles, columns, and interviews your will see that connectivity is truly king and is transforming our industry.

Articles Preview of ConnectivityWeek 2010   Ken Sinclair  Finding the Answer  Anto Budiardjo, Clasma  Accelerating Wireless Controls in the Retrofit Market  Louis Viglione, Viconics Inc  Pneumatic Integration Wirelessly to IP   Jill Fidler,  Energy Controls Company  Technology Evolves Visual Expectations  Sarah Erdman, QA Graphics  Virtual Building Energy Management   Michael R. Lavelle P.E., Lavelle Energy   Kimon Onuma, FAIA, ONUMA, Inc  What is a Web Enabled Building Management System?  Data Integration Levels  Nirosha Munasinghe, Open  General  The Next Gold Rush? Could Be Your Meter  Dave Krinkel, EnergyAI  Getting Smarter Lighting Controls into Existing Buildings  Jason Choong, Daintree Networks  Intelligent Buildings in the Institutional Sector  Gord Echlin, Triacta Power  Using IP Protocol in an Energy Management Interface  Paul Harris, Proliphix  Wireless Indoor Air Quality Monitoring  Gareth Evans, PPM  Technology Ltd  Thought Leaders to Converge at ConnectivityWeek  Barry Haaser, Haaser Associates

Columns  Integrated Lighting Control  Paul Ehrlich & Ira Goldschmidt;  Mobile is the new HMI   Manny Mandrusiak;  Controls Contracting Operations: Closeout  Steven R. Calabrese; The Integration Barrier to Smart Energy  Toby Considine Building Connections - ConnectivityWeek  Ken Sinclair

Interviews  Contextual Data in a Enterprise EMS  Lisa Varga;   Energy Management Solutions  Gus Ezcurra;  RCx and Ongoing Commissioning  Harry Sim;  FAQ’s for Smart Grid Interoperability  Crisie Charan-Thomas;  Zero Energy Main Streets and Cities  Denis Du Bois, and Dr. David Orr;  Enterprise Energy Management August Flanagan

Reviews  ARBS 2010 Trade Exhibition Sydney IP Video Surveillanceiphone & ipad - Universal Connector?

A return and increase in advertising of these sponsors: 

Increased advertising - Energy Controls - The ecWizard is a wireless pneumatic switching device that can be installed in as little as 15 minutes. It provides information to building operators’ computers so they can diagnose/monitor their pneumatic zones.

Return of - QA Graphics provides affordable graphic outsourcing solutions for control system graphics, 3D design/animation, drafting services and symbol library graphics. Save time and money - let the experts handle the graphics.

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.

Several of our advertisers have provided links to their very informative newsletters and blogs please check them out.

It is a great time to be in the news business for our industry. 

Send comments and suggestions to news@automatedbuildings.com

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