Across My Desk
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.
BACnet International Monthly Publication
BACnet International followers now benefit from a new electronic monthly
publication called Cornerstones. This publication will go to members of the
BACnet community, connecting corporate, integrator, site, student and individual
end-users (current distribution list over 1,800). Cornerstones is a unique
publication in that we speak not only to engineering and contractor communities,
but also to the facility professionals, managers, owners and beyond.
This is where you come in. Connect.
If there is a best practice article, company news, product news or BACnet
Success Stories you want to share, please send them to us. And don't leave out
the photos! All submissions should be sent to
Interest from Niagara Summit
Niagara Summit was held in May 2010 and is an event
where the Niagara Community and industry
professionals come together to exchange and share
experiences on building automation infra-structure
technology, device-to-enterprise integration and
find out about the latest advances on how devices
integrate, connect and create interoperable
This year’s summit
featured over 30 partner companies displaying
solutions that leverage Tridium system
architectures. Here are some that caught my eye as
IP Video Architecture
The benefits of IP-based networked CCTV are
significant compared to traditional analog systems. However, Barry Keepence, CTO
of IndigoVision, explains that the real benefit of IP Video can only be realized
if the solution is based on a truly distributed architecture.
This article discusses the serious scalability problems which arise when an IP-CCTV
system is based on a Centralized Architecture and how a Distributed Architecture
delivers a flexible and scalable solution than can lead to systems being
deployed across sites, cities and countries.
Can The ICT “Arms Merchants” Come To Terms With
The Internet of Things & People?
While the “Internet of Things” represents a market of vast potential, technology
suppliers must be aware of the current industry dynamics if they are to
successfully seize the opportunity. The leading IT and network “arms merchants”
will all play important roles in the further evolution of information and
communications technology and Smart Systems development but how will these
players fair as the worlds of IT and communications technologies (ICT) continue
to converge into a unified delivery platform? And how will they come to grips
with “life on the edge” … The Internet of Sensors, Things and People?
Two Organizations Aim to Expand Integration
Possibilities by Sabrina Gasulla , Associate Editor August 3, 2010
As the security industry evolves towards an IP mindset, manufacturers,
integrators and even end users are starting to voice concerns over convergence
and how to reconcile the specific needs of a particular installation with
current interoperability limitations. As a response, two groups emerged back in
2008, ONVIF and the Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA).
Though ONVIF and PSIA vary in approach and methodology, ultimately both
organizations are working to create open standards that facilitate
interoperability of physical security systems by developing and publishing
specifications for manufacturers to implement on their products. These
specifications establish a common “language” for products from different
manufacturers to communicate and operate collectively across a network. Here’s a
look at how both organizations are progressing towards their interoperability
goals and creating opportunities for integrators to “get an edge.”
Berg Insight says worldwide installed base of
smart electricity meters will reach 302.5 million units in 2015
Gothenburg, Sweden – August 10, 2010: New research from the analyst firm Berg
Insight says that the worldwide installed base of smart electricity meters will
grow at a compound annual growth rate of 31.1 percent between 2009 and 2015 to
reach 302.5 million at the end of the period. During the next five years,
penetration rates for smart metering technology are projected to increase from
around 15–20 percent today to nearly 50 percent in Europe and North America,
while Asia-Pacific is projected to soar from less than 1 percent to 25 percent
by 2015. By the mid-2010s, the majority of all electricity meters shipped in the
world’s leading economies is expected to have advanced functionalities and
networking capabilities. Berg Insight anticipates that growth will continue in
the second half of this decade, with many markets approaching 100 percent
penetration by 2020.
Are we over-promising Smart Grid benefits to
Interesting article about Smart Grid implementation in Germany and the
costs/benefits to consumers. Article describes how consumer costs are greater
than benefits in the short-term with potential long-term benefit that will take
years to trickle down to electricity customers. Writer points to a clear
communications challenge by stating that this "reality should be reflected in
the communications about the smart grid advantages" to electricity customers.
Craig Johnson, ClimateTalk Alliance President
It has been eight months since the ClimateTalk Alliance launched at the
Greenbuild Expo, last November, our goal: to establish the standard for
communications between HVAC and smart energy devices in the home. ClimateTalk
was developed to provide a common information model for the devices responsible
for over 60% of home energy use. There is no other open communications protocol
or industry group today that is focused on solving interoperability specifically
for residential HVAC equipment. For this reason, ClimateTalk has made
significant gains to reach our objective.
Membership has grown to 22 members to include key players in the HVAC, water
heater and zoning ecosystem, we have created the Steering Committees and Working
Groups to move our efforts forward. Our marketing activities have achieved
recognition for ClimateTalk in the industry among key organizations in the Smart
Grid and HVAC arenas.
In Q2, our Architecture Steering Committee formed Working Groups to bring
members together to work on the next generation of ClimateTalk specifications
and include the Wireless Working Group, CIM Working Group, CT-485, CT-LWP and
the Smart Grid Working Groups. These Working Groups have been meeting regularly
and are focused on getting new applications and connectivity methods to the
We look forward to the next six months of alliance activities further advancing
the specification, certification and marketing objectives through the efforts of
DAILY RFID has released the latest RFID Development
Kit for patient tracking. The RFID patient management kit provides a smart
combination of passive RFID wristbands, PDA handheld reader, desktop HF reader
and necessary software.
The RFID Kit provides all automatic data capture for patient tracking in real
time. With embedded RFID chips, the waterproof, non-allergic wristband enables
patient information to be stored and transferred. Desktop HF reader and handheld
reader are used for wristband information collection and transfer according to
This RFID patient tracking solution is specifically for the purpose of avoiding
patients being wrongly identified and given the wrong surgical procedures. It
provides efficient management ways to save and improve lives. Besides, it
ensures that the correct drug is being administered to the correct patient in
the correct dosage at the correct time.
The RFID patient tracking system simplifies data input and reduces errors in
data processing. By integrating the RFID Kit into hospital system, it can cut
the cost of hospital patient management, while giving patient more privacy.
http://www.rfid-in-china.com/products_663_1.html for more information about
RFID kit for RFID patient tracking.
At the recent
Realcomm 2010 conference in Las Vegas, a Dubai software firm
Pacific Controls revealed it had beaten Cisco to the punch in
creating the world’s first “smart city” by connecting 20,000 of those buildings
– including the world’s largest mall and largest building – to a cloud-based
platform capable of controlling each remotely. Using its software to track and
fine-tune electricity usage in nearly half of these buildings (some 9,000 in
all), Pacific Controls has managed to cut their power bills by 20% -- and is
willing to do the same for any building in any city in the world.
FST21 introduces SafeRise™ system
Led by General Farkash, former head of Military Intelligence for the Israeli
Army, FST21 develops biometric solutions with the release of the new
multi-factor system called SafeRise™ that is designed as a physical access
control for high-rise office, multifamily, multi-tenant, governmental buildings,
campus environments, airports, hospitals and more where security and intrusion
prevention are paramount.
SafeRise™ utilizes facial, voice and behavioral biometrics to authenticate a
user’s identity and determine whether or not the individual is cleared for
access to the area protected by the system.
The system differentiator from other biometric access control systems is the
Technology Fusion of both hardware and software utilizing a variety of metrics
to assess a user’s walk, talk, look, vehicle, voice patterns and stress levels
to help determine whether or not the individual should be allowed past the
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