November 2018

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Across My Desk

snippets, blog bits, tweets, linkedIn posts, and url links that are about to fall off my desktop

Ken Sinclair
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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 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, Tweets, LinkedIn posts, and URL links that are about to fall off my desktop.

On a daily basis I tweet as @Ken_Sinclair I actual now have a few moments ;-)

I tweet links I think will be of interest and part of our rapid industry evolution. 

Also, maintains this LinkedIn online blog for the magazine, a great place to interact.

I also write a column twice a month for Contractor Mag

And a column once a month for facilitiesnet Home of Building Operating Management & Facility Maintenance Decisions Magazines

But I still have stuff falling off my desk I feel I should share.

My Top Tweets, posts, podcasts, and video interviews

Other Industry Stuff

We are part of this More than 50 free seminars on a range of topics will keep you in-the-know. Conducted by experts representing top industry organizations, these sessions last from one to two hours, so you can learn something new in the classroom and still have plenty of time to spend visiting the exhibits.

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contemporary Take full advantage of your time at the 2019 #AHRexpo and expand your expertise with our education sessions! Outlined on our website here

OASIS Classification of Everyday Living (COEL) TC Providing a privacy-by-design framework for behavioral data collection and processing

Let our Virtual Facilities Engineers guide you through the complex world of HVAC and lighting. From heating and cooling adjustments, through project management of equipment repairs and maintenance, we free up your time.

Indoor environmental control to determine health risks and reserves for productivity increase  Djinn sensor allows you to raise your team productivity up to 30%! It became even easier by monitoring your indoor environment conditions with the Djinn.

11 smart thermostats to make your home the right temperature  Thinking about swapping out your old thermostat? One of these smart models might suit your needs.

The Smart City Cookbook was published on the Tampere Smart City Week October 8th to 12th 2018. It is also presented on the Tampere stand at the Nordic Pavilion on the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona November 13th to 15th 2018. You can download your copy at

The next cycle of technology development and in the smart systems arena is supposed to be setting the stage for a multi-year wave of growth based on the convergence of innovations in software tools and architectures; higher performance networks and communications; and smaller, more powerful client devices and sensors connected to personal, local and wide-area networks. But is it?

Smart home company Nest is bringing a cheaper version of its learning thermostat, the Thermostat E, to Europe -- over a year after it launched a similar product in the US.  When we say similar, we mean it, because this iteration of the Thermostat E is very much a Europe-only product. It's designed specifically around the requirements of the legacy central heating systems and boilers in European homes. So what makes it different?

Along with Virtual and Augmented Reality, you may have also heard the term Mixed Reality, or MR. To confuse things even more, the umbrella term for all the realities is XR or Extended Reality.  To clarify, AR is the next computing platform. Everything you currently do on your desktop or mobile device, you will eventually be able to have projected into your field of view using a wearable such as Magic Leap or Apple’s heavily-rumored AR Glasses. VR is really a destination. You are fully immersed and are able to experience a 3D environment as if you were actually there.

The Human-Building Interaction Laboratory (HBI Lab) strives to understand the two-way interaction between buildings and their occupants to maximize comfort while minimizing environmental impacts. The HBI Lab seeks to understand and influence building design using a multidisciplinary engineering-based, simulation, experimental, and field study approaches. The human-building interaction begins at the earliest stages of design and continues through the entire life cycle. Our experience is that designing buildings to be robust, versatile, and comfortable inherently causes occupants to act in sustainable ways.

Occupant comfort - action - response nexus, you might like a recent talk by Gail Brager (UC Berkeley). The section from 31 mins to 49 mins is worth checking out (although the entire talk is good though). Make sure to watch through to the smart chair!

Connected buildings could introduce a new way of working. Here’s what it will take for them to become mainstream.  Laying the foundation for success in the connected-building era By Ryan Fletcher, Nick Santhanam, and Shekhar Varanasi

Density measures the real-time occupancy  "Since it's tracking movement, it doesn't know who's coming through those doors, alleviating privacy concerns."

In the Fall 2018 issue, RealcommEDGE asked our CoRE Tech Advisory Council Co-Chairs Maureen Ehrenberg of JLL, Srini Khandavilli of Intel and Jared Summers of ExxonMobil, to share their views on what is required to navigate the impacts of technology on Corporate Real Estate and Facilities.


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