October 2011

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Ken Sinclair, Publisher

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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 AutomatedBuildings.com. 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, and url links that are about to fall off my desktop.

ONUMA, Inc. revolutionizes architecture by using integrated solutions built on open standards.

•We use software that is interoperable
•We do not hold data hostage in proprietary formats
•We enable clients to take ownership and become better stewards of their own data
•When interoperable software does not exist, we build solutions to meet needs

Watch webinars, download white papers and case studies about BuildingAdvice, the industry proven energy services delivery platform.

Sorry you weren’t able to attend part 5 of our How-To Webinar Series. However, we wanted to make an archive recording available to you so you can review the material at your convenience.

This webinar explores the all-important first step in an energy services program: energy benchmarking. Developing an efficient process to deliver energy benchmark information to your customers is a critical piece of the overall energy services offering. Dubbed "the on-ramp to energy services," the energy benchmark starts the process by establishing the financial opportunity and qualifying the customer’s interest in pursuing an energy program. In this session, we explain the key elements of an energy benchmark, show why it makes sense for your business to develop this capability, how to get started in delivering benchmarks, and where it will lead.

Two killer grid simulation tools

Simulation and visualization are essential to a modern grid. We must be able to test our systems in the computer before we put them in the ground. And we must lean on computers to help us make split-second decisions when things go wrong.

KNX – the Worldwide STANDARD for Home and Building Control 

This standard is based upon more than 20 years of experience in the market, amongst others with predecessor systems to KNX: EIB, EHS and BatiBUS  KNX Newsletter you will find at: http://www.knx.org/knx-association/newsletters/september2011/

ISA Launches New Standards Committee on Building Automation

Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (21 September 2011) – The International Society of Automation (ISA) has extended its standards reach with the creation of a committee on building automation. ISA111, Unified Automation for Buildings, will development standards and guidelines to communicate the necessary information to enable building subsystems to be managed and to interact so that an individual building, a local collection of buildings such as a campus, or a geographically diverse collection of buildings appear to a user to be a single, coordinated, cohesive building automation system.

Siemens Contributes to Toy Story Attraction's Magic

Toy Story Midway Mania! is one of the most technologically sophisticated attractions yet developed by Walt Disney Imagineering. It marks the company's first use of industrial Ethernet for a ride's control system

[an error occurred while processing this directive]Control Design Toolbox: The Lighting Controls Narrative

As demand for lighting controls continues to grow, advanced solutions are becoming increasingly specified while also becoming increasingly sophisticated. This increasing sophistication translates to greater owner benefit but can also pose greater risk of design and installation mistakes.

The Most Amazing Water Fountain You’ll See Today

Sit back, relax, and be amazed at the amazement of this amazing display – using water to create visual imagery.

Smart grid meets the iPad

An iPad app, a home communications gateway, and perhaps a smart meter--these are all components of new home-energy management systems being developed as part of the smart grid.

4 Reasons Why The Smart Grid Has Failed To Take Off

Standards. To Fast Company readers, this will sound like a familiar problem. Numerous technology providers are offering a range of technology solutions ,from smart meters to grid automation software--and many of them have a vested interest in using proprietary, closed standards. The smart grid will only succeed on a large scale if technology suppliers agree to work on an open standard.

LinkedIn Group: AutomatedBuildings.com Online Magazine Forum

Firas Obeido (CEM, CLP, ETP, BSc) has started a discussion: Energy Efficiency Proving an Important Influence in the Building Automation and Control Systems Market

DALI the Digital Addressable Lighting Interface compatible

Started by Mansi Gurav, Pammvi Group Of Companies - Lighting automation, specialized Energy Saving Devices

Discussion: How can we achieve an Open Programming Language for Building Automation Systems?

This is a great point to bring out. Project Haystack is an open source initiative to develop naming conventions and taxonomies for building equipment and operational data. The effort defines standardized data models for sites, equipment, and points related to energy, HVAC, lighting, and other environmental systems. There are over 100 people from across industry working to develop these standard conventions. Recent proposals under discussion include chiller plant modeling and naming. The community is growing weekly but more participants are always needed.


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