November & December 2004  
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Editorial Comments by Ken Sinclair

Letters to the editor

Brings closure to yet another exciting year in the large building automation industry. December and January are our Preview issues for the AHR Expo in Orlando and my Engineered Systems building automation column From Disneyland to Disney World AHR outlines our 6th FREE Show-sponsored Educational Sessions. In addition to these four free sessions I will also be part of the http://www.xml-symposium.com/ Wednesday February 9, 2005 8.00 am - 5.30 pm http://www.ahrexpo.com/education/xmlsymposium.php so Orlando AHR Expo will be as always a busy time. But I always enjoy catching up with what new in the industry and renewing old friendship.

Sinclair:  Will 2005 be the year of building-IT convergence?

Budiardjo:  There is a high possibility of that, Ken. I think the stars are in alignment, building owners are truly starting to realize what is possible, the economy is steady, products are becoming available, and the distribution is primed. So, yes, and the first months of 2005 will be very telling.

In my interview with Anto Budiardjo Review of 2004 and Preview of 2005 Anto provides a great overview of what has happened this year in our industry plus what is likely to happen next year.

BuilSpec as been well accepted and we have a review BuilSpec Seattle – The word on the street by Scott Sinclair.  Be sure to read about what you have been missing.

Plus lots of great feature articles:
From Buildings to the Enterprise via IT  The building industry needs to focus on that word “Information” because it is the information that can be extracted out of buildings that will provide the value to the enterprise.  Anto Budiardjo, Clasma, Inc. 
ZigBee or Not ZigBee  In order to standardize the implementation of digital radio telemetry across many markets, including commercial HVAC controls, the ZigBee organization has formed.  Guy Zebrick, Account Manager, Kele, Inc
plus Steve Tom tells us about
Web Services – A New BACnet Standard  ASHRAE SPC 135 adds Web services to BACnet  and of course as usually lots of other great articles

Also lots of new products in our December issue be sure to check them out.

I was pleased to have the opportunity to provide a sneak preview on the upcoming BuilSpec one day seminars.  Anto and I wanted to tell you more about these one day seminars so you would feel compelled to go the November and December scheduled events. Anto provided me insight through video conferencing and by sharing seminar content enabling me to prepare this sneak preview.

In addition to our own web site search engine we have added the power of the Google search engine to allow you better search capabilities to our all the valuable information that has accumulated on our website over the last five plus years.
Check it out http://automatedbuildings.com/search/sitesearch.htm

Our contributing editor Jack Mc Gowan in the …back to School on Direct Digital Control of Renewable Energy article writes about the comprehensive design that integrates a Delta Controls DDC system with Geothermal Heat Pumps and a District wide lighting retrofit. Check it out.

I got this email from Michael Newman  - Hi Ken,
The BIG-EU folks have just published the inaugural edition of their new magazine, BACnet Europe Journal you can also view a PDF of the magazine. Mike
Mike is recognized as "the spiritual father of the BACnet protocol" in this journal. Read our review and download journal to find out more.

In our November issue Al De Wachter concludes his 4 part - series of commentaries that are intended to stir up ideas for the high-tech contractor. They consist of excerpts from “PLUG” or the “Plan Users Guide”, a practical catalyst intended to promote positive change in the automation contractor ‘s world. The complete series will be made available upon request after all modules have been published in AutomatedBuildings.com.

Paul Mason provides his eighth of 9 articles where we are introducing the cost benefit for interoperability and that gained from the procurement technique achievable with open systems and choice. There is now a bonus 10th article in Operational Costs for the VBHQ, available in February. The 9th article is now for January 2005 and is a real live case study of a fully integrated building in London.

As always there are lots of other great articles, interviews and reviews is this issue.

 Check out Events Calendar

is a month with lots of exciting industry events. This month's column Globalization of Building Automation Standards outlines a few of these but for a complete overview check our events calendar. The article submitted last month Electronic Signage for Safer Buildings inspired me in this month's review to provide loose connection to web-based information on this exciting new industry convergence collision that is about to occur.  See Web Resources for Networked Signage and Video Services

We have two interviews which sing the praises of Using CtrlSpecBuilder.  Both writers agree that it is a great product.  It is free so what is stopping you from using it?

Al's articles "a series of commentaries that are intended to stir up ideas for the high-tech contractor consist of excerpts from “PLUG” or the “Plan Users Guide”, a practical catalyst intended to promote positive change in the automation contractor ‘s world. The complete series will be made available upon request after all modules have been published in AutomatedBuildings.com." are working well.  Be sure to give them a read as next month is the last in the series.  Please note that all articles are archived on the site.

Register now for the day-long BuilSpec regional seminars designed to aid the consulting specifying engineer navigate the changing building systems industry in this time of IT convergence. Anto and Paul are putting on a great show so don't miss it when it comes to a city near you.

As always there are lots of other great articles, interviews and review is this issue.

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