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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.

On a daily basis I tweet as @Ken_Sinclair https://twitter.com/Ken_Sinclair 

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

Also, http://automatedbuildings.com/ maintains this LinkedIn online blog for the magazinea great place to interact.

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

8 digital skills we must teach our children Children are using digital technologies and media at increasingly younger ages and for longer periods of time. They spend an average of seven hours a day in front of screens – from televisions and computers, to mobile phones and various digital devices. This is more than the time children spend with their parents or in school. As such, it can have a significant impact on their health and well-being. What digital content they consume, who they meet online and how much time they spend onscreen – all these factors will greatly influence children’s overall development.

Holographic bosses? Robot assistants? Virtual water coolers? Anything is possible in the workplace of the future! Office design and technology is rapidly evolving as businesses look for innovative ways to maximize efficiency and get the most out of their employees. But as future offices become increasingly "virtual," will they help or hinder collaboration?

We have a question for you. What is YOUR vision of the office of the future? Let us know in the comments!

Connected Lighting Systems the replacement of today’s lighting infrastructure with LED products offers the potential for future connected lighting systems (CLS) that could become a data-collection platform that enables greater energy savings in buildings and cities. Such connected lighting systems can not only dras­tically improve the energy performance of lighting and other building systems, but also enable a wide array of services, benefits, and revenue streams that would enhance the value of lighting systems.

Networked Lighting Control Systems Specification, which formed the basis of a new Qualified Lighting Products List (QPL). The intent was to provide utilities and energy efficiency programs a resource to qualify networked lighting control systems so they could be covered in commercial sector lighting rebates. At the same time, lighting professionals gained access to a resource enabling them to evaluate and compare otherwise highly individualized products in a standardized format. DLC developed the specification and networked lighting controls QPL as part of a larger market transformation effort that also includes contractor and distributor training along with an energy savings database and estimating tool. In June 2017, the DLC released V2.0 of the specification, expanding its coverage and reported capabilities.

Definitions of transactive energy (TE) can be deceptively bland. The GridWise Architecture Council defines it as “the use of a combination of economic and control techniques to improve grid reliability and efficiency.” The Transactive Energy Association is more specific: “Transactive Energy engages customers and suppliers as participants in decentralized markets for energy transactions.” Seems like a good idea and something that should happen, but not all that revolutionary at first glance. That said, first glances can be deceiving because TE could be the biggest land grab in the next phase of the digitalization of the grid – and it could go to utilities, device vendors, energy retailers… or maybe even tech companies.

EDGE GATEWAYS:HOW IIoT CAN BENEFIT USERS TODAY AND TOMORROW The scope and scale of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is well beyond recent experience. However, realistic solutions are already available and interest is rapidly growing. Full-blown IIoT deployments will be based on new automation strategies: field devices will communicate directly with the cloud; concepts such as Artificial Intelligence and “digital twins” will draw users to greater production flexibility and improved asset management; new levels of profitability will be achieved.  Addressing this “full blown” scenario will not happen immediately. Initially, IIoT implementations will be associated with plant upgrades and step improvements. They will use familiar techniques and have to co-exist with current equipment and systems. They will add value without legacy risk. This Whitepaper outlines IIoT capabilities

Brand New: 2017 Building Commissioning Handbook, 3rd Edition  Significantly expanded beyond the 2nd edition, this Handbook takes a detailed, sequential approach to New Construction (NCCx), Existing Building (EBCx), Ongoing (OCx), and Building Enclosure (BECx) commissioning – 348 pages of methods, strategies and point-by-point guidance for each phase and type of commissioning.

the DLC is a non-profit dedicated to accelerating adoption of energy-efficient lighting.Control Solutions, Inc   The DLC’s most well-known program is the Solid-State Lighting QPL, a list of LED products tested and verified as satisfying stringent performance and efficiency criteria. More than 260,000 products are currently listed. Utilities and energy efficiency programs across the United States and Canada use the QPL to qualify LED products as being eligible for commercial sector lighting rebates.

Definitions of transactive energy (TE) can be deceptively bland. The GridWise Architecture Council defines it as “the use of a combination of economic and control techniques to improve grid reliability and efficiency.” The Transactive Energy Association is more specific: “Transactive Energy engages customers and suppliers as participants in decentralized markets for energy transactions.” Seems like a good idea and something that should happen, but not all that revolutionary at first glance. That said, first glances can be deceiving because TE could be the biggest land grab in the next phase of the digitalization of the grid – and it could go to utilities, device vendors, energy retailers… or maybe even tech companies.

I am extremely pleased to be a moderator and a media sponsor at the 2018 Nordic Smart Building Convention HELSINKI, JUNE 6TH & 7TH, 2018 I was extremely impressed with the information provided for our readers from last year’s great event. I am looking forward to interacting with panels and attendees at this event to learn more about some of my questions, such as,  How does the smart building automation industry make the transformation that it needs to undergo? This “Getting there from here” discussion deals with the shift in thinking and action that we all have to make in order to deal with the rapid change that is upon us.

“What is a Building Automation System”:  Even among “building automation” professionals there’s a lack of consensus around what building automation is.  BEMS, BMS, BAS, EMCS, and this list goes on and on. Welcome the acronym-filled wasteland know as building automation.

Some thoughts in a book for embracing "People Power Transformation" https://anewdigitaldeal.com/ How can we foster the digital enablement of our communities? How to plan for digitalization efforts that deliver value – economically, socially, and environmentally? What can we do to ensure human values are central to the exercise of digitalization? Why have so many ‘smart city’ initiatives produced mixed results and what can we learn from them? What are the stepping stones for success in building and executing on a smart city or country digitalization strategy? What does ‘digital-ready’ governance for a city, a region or a country look like? How must we prepare for a fertile coming together of investments, start-up acceleration, innovation stimulation, tech enterprise, citizens and the community at large?

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