March 2010

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March 2010The Next Big Things; "Web & Wireless”

One of the advantages of a life spanning over 4 decades in an industry is to being able to recognize trends that will radically redefine a industry. Please read my article The Next Big Things for insight on these comments.

Although my peers cringe at my loose definition of web deployment which I have chosen to include any services provided by the web automatically or even utilizing manual intervention,  web deployment of all our services is redefining our industry. Because we are now part of the IT industry and our industry is just viewed as a data stream, we are being swept at an unbelievable rate into web ways defined not so much by our industry but by the incredible daily evolution of the web by the IT industry.  Understand we are part of this web revolution and this is the next big thing.  So can my old mind grasp what might be the next big thing after web deployment?   I am betting that rapidly evolving low cost wireless BAS devices that actually work well with open protocols with self discovery, self healing, cell phone like networks closely coupled with web deployment will completely redefine our industry.

Our contributing editors provide this additional insight;

Anto explains; The key foundation of automating building systems such as HVAC and lighting has always been about managing energy in his Energy Users  This will be The Focus of BuilConn at ConnectivityWeek.

Jim explains; The How and Why of Operations Centers in Smart Buildings

Be sure to read all of this month's articles, interviews, new products, and reviews which all speak well to web and wireless.

March Interviews;  Web Based Energy Diagnostic Technology  Tim Kensok AirAdvice, Inc;  Energy Management Web Services  Richard Blackwell, President, AVWorkz;  Trends in Wireless Controls  Amara Rozgus, Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Jim Sinopoli, Smart Buildings, Ken Sinclair,

Be sure to catch our columnist Steve Calabrese and his Free Webinar.

March Columns;  Pocket Tech and a Car Wash  Manny Mandrusiak; Controls Contracting - Operations:  Preconstruction  Steven R. Calabrese; Fundamental Changes Paul Ehrlich & Ira Goldschmidt;  Buildings must get smarter Toby Considine

March Reviews;  Configurations of Today's IAQ Sensors Industry You Tubes the monthly blizzard of information.

February Favourites  Building Automation Considerations  Twenty Ten to be a BAD-ASS Year  Retrofit Strategies  Cost-Effective Green Building Seminar  AHRExpo 2010 Education Sessions

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February 2010


Building Automation Deployment As Several Services "BAD-ASS"

We just returned from a very successful AHR Expo in Orlando and the buzz was all about how powerful cloud based web services are radically changing our industry. Several vendors demonstrated augmented realities with close coupled web services that provided iphone type mind expanding services at lower than before costs.  Another common theme was that because of the evolving reach and complexities of our industry, these solutions need to be several services not one "all encompassing". Preference will be given to open web services rather than proprietary as the rate of change of web services is not something our industry can maintain. We find ourselves as an industry in a position of barely keeping up with the rapid changes and growth in today's web services.  We are not sure that we are ready to rebuild the Industry on the new acronym "BAD-ASS" but maybe we can all have some fun while changing the world.

Urban Dictionary, the dictionary you wrote, defines "bad-ass" 1. adjective. having extremely favorable qualities, 2. adjective. pertaining to a person or thing that is rugged, strong, and/or ready to show these qualities and 3. noun. person who is perceived to have the qualities of definition 2.

Based on those definitions, I recommend that we all be bad-ass and get on with making our industry extremely visual and functional in a collection of powerful web services.

The ipad, a new super sized iphone, just announced by Apple is able to work well with the apps written before for iphone, This is why from now on our industry's software development of features and function must occur as open source, open access, cloud based web services. We must design for radical change and be able to adapt very quickly to changing platforms and operating systems. The cloud has become the new constant. For more on this and example of what I speak read Twenty Ten to be a BAD-ASS Year

Our education sessions were all well received and the mood was that folks are ready to accept and be part of the necessary change. For a peek at the sessions if you missed them, AHRExpo 2010 Education Sessions power points

At the Buildings-to-Grid Summit, a strong lineup of speakers conveyed the opportunities and current challenges for the BAS industry to benefit from the billions of dollars pouring into Smart Grid. Be sure to read Anto's Smart Grid and Buildings connected in Orlando   For more information on these talks, and to chime into the dialog, go to this link and login to ask questions of these speakers.

Great articles this month Raising Your Intelligent Building’s IQ Building Automation Considerations Requiem for an American Industry Our Clouded Future is Bright
February Interview Cost-Effective Green Building Seminar

February Columns  Retrofit Strategies Predictions for 2010 - OPC Perspective Is Hospitality at the “Fringe” of Intelligent Building?; The Cost(s) of BACnet; Idle Thoughts on Smart Grids

February Reviews Jim's new book  AHRExpo 2010 Education Sessions power points  the monthly blizzard of information  Industry You Tubes ....the new show me wave?

January Favourites were  Predictions for Smart Buildings in 2010  Research Viewpoints  Energy Harvesting, Wireless  Integrated Workplace Management Systems  Smart Grids and Distributed Energy  monthly blizzard of information


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