Sinclair is the
founder / publisher / owner of AutomatedBuildings.com, an online
magazine and web
resource providing the news as well as connection to the rapidly
evolving industry that automates and implement truly intelligent,
AutomatedBuildings.com has entered its 23th year
as an on line magazine and web resource. We provide the news and
connection to the community of change agents that are creating our
present definition of smart, intelligent, integrated, connected, green,
and converged large buildings.
Our virtual magazine and web resource
provides a searchable platform for discussion and exchange while
creating opportunities for B2B for all new and existing
authored numerous industry articles on internet integration and
convergence for several international magazines and have provided free
automation seminars at each AHRExpo for the last 20 years. We are
extremely proud of the thousands of industry articles we
have published on our website. All these articles and interviews, which
originally seemed a little like future watch, have become the new
reality shaping our industry. All information on our web site is free.
are my LinkedIn Groups and Twitter link.
for the engagement
of the industry task of attracting Youth for our IOT journey.
- June 2022 - Why AI? We have gone past the 'why do we need AI' to 'why we should participate in building AI.'
- May 2022 - "Enabling Value by Improving Infrastructure"
- "Radical Reinvention Reconfiguration & Forced Evolution"
- "Women Creating Amazing Opportunities"A world that's diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated.
- February -"Vegas Winds & Wins"
- January - "Defining You in 2022" How you Adapt, Navigate, Embrace, Connect Virtually in 2022 will define you.
- Editorial December "Vetting Vegas " AHRExpo Vegas first F2F major event of 2022
- "Creating Clarity” Our success depends on bringing Clarity to the Complex
- 5 Questions with a Buildings Automation Expert
- "Collaboration, Integration, Education”
We need to better understand the complex mosaic of our collaborative teams
- Smarter Sustainability Decarbonization & Electrification
- 2022 Las Vegas AHR Expo Educational Sessions
- September Smarter Sustainability Decarbonization & Electrification
- August Issue - "Delivering Smarter Buildings"
- July - "Navigating Next New"
- Our June issue theme is "Pushing Digital Dinosaurs" The theme is about the end of several eras and the beginning of new ones full of change
- LinkedIn post on Trust
Digital Twin Morphing to Triplets + New Wireless Wave As
we are all trying to get our minds around the concept of creating and
using a digital twin our Contributing Editor, Nicolas gives birth to
Triplets and suggests more variants are on the way
What has 50 years in the industry taught me? The more I learn the
less I know, but "Adaptation" is our survival superpower.
- Choose to Challenge because from challenge
comes change the IWD 2021 campaign theme: so let's all choose to
"Be the Change" We can not just watch or even just react to change, we must be the change.
- Your New Vocation Building Automation Whether you read "Building" as a verb or noun,
investigate being part of our Building Automation Industry to satisfy your
Curiosity, Passion, Innovation,
Motivation, Location, and Edge-You-Cation.
Together Apart Now that we have been Covid-ized we have seen the value and
necessity of working together apart.
Our Covid-ized Future Reality Will it be Real? or Augmented & Artificially Intelligent? or a Covid-ized Hybrid? Unabridged Version
Out of In...novation
The true power of Innovations is not just the innovative idea but what
we as a society and an industry can extract out of that innovation. Unabridged Version
- Edge Next Wave
If you surf, sail, paddle, or simply just stand in the water, the
shape, speed, height, and impact of the next wave can either swamp or
propel you. I predict the next wave is coming with an artificial
intelligent edge that if you are not ready for will knock you over.
- Requesting Innovation Create your "Request for Proposal for Innovation" Innovation is a timeless ingredient, a necessary part of our successful transformation, needed now more than ever.
Mr. Linkair Do not just talk about Transformation and how it links our past knowns to the uncertainties of our future unknowns. "Just Do It!"
Navigating Never Never
Our Transformation is deep inside where we said we would never, never,
go; we all need more information and discussion to successfully
navigate our new never. "You are Never coming back once you transform"
We need to stop focusing on the digital part and refocus on the
complete Transformation that is now occurring everywhere
Transformation Torches" Covid-19 has forced some amazing never
before had conversations zooming us all online, lighting some blazing
Transformation Torches that are igniting the sky far beyond our
industry. It is not clear as to who will catch and hold these torches
to lead our future crusades, but no one can ignore that
transformation's fire is in the air.
- Online Education
Anywhere, "Edge-You-Cation" Unabridged version COVID-19 has us all on
edge, even pushing us over the edge, by challenging all conventional
thought and wisdom by sending us home or to camp out anywhere in
between with new definitions of our workspace which is transitioning
from physical to virtual space and interactions. Ken Sinclair Founder,
Owner, Publisher AutomatedBuildings.com
- Combining Collaborating Communities Competencies
"Changing Control Freaks to Scrum Masters" Unabridged version We need
to Combine, Collaborate all our available Competencies to create
powerful never before seen or conceived hybrid outcome driven services
from our known and unknown Communities of Trust
- Online Education Anywhere, "Edge-You-Cation"
Unabridged version COVID-19 has us all on edge, even pushing us over
the edge, by challenging all conventional thought and wisdom by sending
us home or to camp out anywhere in between with new definitions of our
workspace which is transitioning from physical to virtual space and
- Creating Outcome-Based Platforms of Trust The
new corporate mandate requires that all employees be assured that they
are safe at home, at the office, and in the in-between.
- Building Communities of Trust Trust is the new currency, a commodity we need to create as part of our remote renaissance.
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- COVID-19 New Normal is Not Normal
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- Research, Reinvent, Recreate, Reboot - Repeat if Necessary
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- Adopting Adaption - Achieving Antifragility The ongoing global pandemic has shown us all how fast we can adapt for survival.
Adopting Adaption So, what will that global reboot look like? -
- Wake up to Wireless Ways Wireless network ways provide a future-proofed, AI-driven self-discovery schema.
- Talking Today's Tools
It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most
intelligent, it is the one that is most adaptable to change.
- HVAC:Born Again Connected
We need to imagine what every HVACR product would look like if it was
"born again connected."
- Industry's Amazing Women Take this time to recognize the womrn in our industry.
- What Does Open Mean to You? Just returning from AHRExpo Orlando and a very successful Open discussion for an Open Future.
- Born Again Connected Perception of our
reality is everything. We need a method to disconnect from our
perceptions and imagine ourselves "Born Again Connected.”
- Open Your Mind, Get Out of Your Head Step
away from your hectic life. Open your mind, and to put it simply, get
out of your head.
- Decarbonization is Our Climate Emergency It
falls to us—to whoever is able—to take action in spite of National and
- Building Engagement Platforms
The age of IoT, IP and digital transformation are increasingly common
across a range of industries and are revolutionizing them.
- Addressing the Education Emergency @ AHRExpo 2020 Never Stop Learning
- Wireless Inside Out
Wireless connection to the Internet is among the top three most
important factors for tenants who are searching for office space.
- Bringing Together Diverse Devices We understand that building data is our future, but the myriad of
diverse devices all speak different dialects of an undocumented
- Sharing Data, Work-Space, Interaction & Integration
Do we really want to own our workspace? Or do we want to match our
workspace to our daily location, purpose and resource base?
- Building Data
How will we capture and harness the power of the immense amount of data
generated by smart buildings?
- Smart Buildings for the Smart City
The autonomous smart building is the secret sauce for building a smart
city. Autonomous smart buildings are the strategic chess pieces that
form the foundation of our truly smart cities.
- Building Backbones Are Changing Rapidly Backbones, our internet communication connections with everything, are under metamorphic change.
- Building User Connection It’s hard to believe we are now more than 50 chapter in to our ongoing journey!
- Smart City Building The autonomous smart building is the secret formula for building a smart city.
- Building Backbones I
wish to start us on a re-education path that will redefine our present
understanding of what the new Building Backbones might be.
- Attraction and Retention of Millennials and Zillennials
Adopting the new Hyper IP-Enabled generation to our workforce is a big
part of the solution to our Education Emergency.
- Recalibrate for 2020 Vision History of the
past is very important if we want to recalibrate anything—be it a
system or ourselves.
- Becoming the Internet of Things Most of what
we do not know revolves around our evolving new identities as walking
and talking IoT.
- Building Automation: Propagating our People Power
To grow our industry younger, we need to get our message out that we
are an exciting industry in which young folks can make a difference and
offer them job crafting and promote “job flexibility as a game changer”
to attract them.
- You Do Not Know What You Do Not Know You know what you know, you know what you do not know, but you do not know what you do not know.
- Building Automation: Connecting Creative Communities
More than ever we need to connect to existing creative communities —
use them to quickly become re-educated while growing younger with new
- Job Crafting Our Industry Ambassadors Brand
ambassadors are simply people who represent and talk about your company
in a positive way, preferably in front of lots of potential
- Cybersecurity Solutions My concern is that in fencing off every risk we will end up the ones
behind the fences—immobilized, paralyzed, victims of our own fears.
- Automation Road Trip As Willy Nelson would say, I am "on the road again" following a few of my many Communities of Practice.
- Creative Communities The people and their communities have staying power—the technology does not.
- AI is still a Journey
Disruption is everywhere, and open is on our mind and in our software
- Communities of Practice The importance of being part of and creating CoPs — Communities of Practice
- Cybersecurity Solutions
My concern is that in fencing off every risk we will end up the ones
behind the fences—immobilized, paralyzed, victims of our own fears.
- Collaborating Around Cybersecurity
Anto Budiardjo and Ken Sinclair Collaborating
- Automated Intelligence With Autonomous Interactions
Our industry is on a journey towards Automated Intelligence and that,
for now, is the AI we are talking about, along with its interlocking
AI, Autonomous Interaction.
- Disrupting Disruption We need to be the people Doing the Disruption, not the ones just watching and waiting to be Disrupted.
- The Dawn of Disruption Just back from a kaleidoscope of future peeks into the Dawn of Disruption and its' Emotions @AHREXPO 2019 Atlanta.
- New Year's Resolution: Be Open to Change "Opening to 2019" is mostly about opening our minds to the edge of change that is upon us.
- The Open Road Is Bumpy, Edgy, but Mindful
As I write this chapter we are planning our Open Road Trip to Atlanta.
- Ken Sinclair,
- New Year's Resolution: Be Open to Change
"Opening to 2019" is mostly about opening our minds to the edge of
change that is upon us.
Open 2019 is mostly about opening our minds to the Edge of Change that
is already upon us. - Ken Sinclair, AutomatedBuildings.com
of Change We need your input as we are now at the "Edge of
Change" and you are part of this change.
- The "Edge of Change"
"Emotion" is the noun used to describe the creation and depiction of a
mindful interactive relationship — the conversation if you will —
between the inhabitants and their physical building.
- Changing Collaborative Connection Communities
We are all part of several connection communities, but reorganization
our existing ones and the creating our new ones is now foremost on all
Automation: Edge Computing Meets the Maker Movement Our
November offering speaks to and is a mash up of our digital
- Edge-ifcation in the Era of Connection
Together we are starting an interesting, important discussion and – to
one degree or another – participating in the necessary disruption that
is driving that transformation.
- Edge-ifcation Meets Maker Movement
The movement is a contemporary, technology-based subculture that is an
extension of the DIY ( Do It Yourself )
- Building Automation Is on a Journey to the Edge
When I cannot find the words to express myself. I create my own. Here
is another one: edge-ification, the process of moving intelligence and
control to the edge.
- Edge-ifcation - Moving the Murky Muddled Middle to the
It’s the age-old question: centralize or de-centralize? It seems the
new edge generation of technology is answering the question.
- Edge-You-Cation Learning about our journey
to the Edge
- Building Better Bots for Buildings
Why are we talking about building bots and not building controls?
Because the building automation industry is rapidly becoming the ears,
eyes, arms, voice, and legs that are sensing, listening, seeing, and
carrying out the commands of self-learning and AI thought bots.
- Open Software, Open Hardware, and Open Minds
I scare myself several times a day, every day, learning all that I can
while trying to keep an open mind.
- Building Whisperers Aid Digital Transformation of
What are building whisperers? Those who adopt a sympathetic view of the
motives, needs, and desires of the building's relationship with its
humanistic purpose based on rapidly evolving views and understandings.
- Building Whisperers People will rely on
voice for more tasks throughout their day because voice removes
- Building Better Building Bots Mindfully
In our future, all our inputs and outputs will evolve to either be
bots, or be commanded by bots
- Building Emotion at AHR
Expo The 2019 Show will be held in Atlanta, hosting more than 2,100
exhibitors and attracting crowds of more than 60,000 industry
professionals from every state in America and 165 countries
worldwide. The Show provides a unique forum for the entire HVACR
industry to come together and share new products, technologies, and
- Edge-Bots That Will Learn Emotion
It was great to get feedback on the excitement of the potential mash-up
of a fixed physical asset and its emotional contents creating the new
identity Building Emotion.
- Building Emotion Connects the Physical, Virtual, and
Emotional Worlds - A new virtual medium to purportedly
communicate between the dead inanimate building and living humans.
- Building an Awesome UX UX means “user
experience” and refers to a person's emotions and attitudes about using
is the noun used to describe the creation and depiction of a mindful
interactive relationship - the conversation, if you will - between the
inhabitants and their physical building.
- Seeking stackable semantics
When something is very difficult to find it is like looking for a
needle in a haystack. Essentially because the area you have to search
is too large and the size of what you are looking for is very
- Building an awesome UX Whether you view
as a noun or a verb, we as an industry need to create Awesome User
- Humanistic Digital Inclusion
We need to use all our new found digital technologies to help us "look,
listen, feel, and think before reacting" creating anticipatory
- Creating empathic people-centric buildings
When you start down a new road you see everything differently.
- Humanistic Digital Inclusion Look, Listen,
Feel and Think before Reacting.
- Meta-Morphing Mashup
I believe that this mashup and new meta-morphing thinking will
evolutionize how other industries will connect their standards, and
open movements, and expose them to the power of AI.
- Want IT Virtually Visible? Tag IT!
Tagging IT is now mandatory or "IT" will virtually disappear as fast as
- Talking Transparency & Creating a Digital Twin
As part of our never-ending transformation, we need to talk about
transparency, which implies openness, communication, and
- accountability, operating in a way
that thoughts, feelings, or motives
are easily perceived, and it is easy for others to see what actions are
- Transparency and Digital Twin is the New Deal
The New Deal white
paper from CABA is based on three tenets: Open Standards, Digital
Twin, Service Transparency -
- Building Brains: The Building IoT Is Transforming
- Transparency Transformation As
part of our never-ending transformation, we need to talk about
Transparency which implies openness, communication, and accountability.
- Metamorphosing Me
“Reverse mentors” is a concept that has become more formalized as the
benefits of learning from a younger generation have become more
- Creating the Voice of IoT
This column speaks about creating a voice for that face with a new
breed of Voice Services aimed at evolving devices.
- The Face of Digital Transformation 2018
We are all involved in today's digital transformation and have an
amazing opportunity to create a new softer mindfulness face for the
Is the Brain, IoT the Body speaking with the Face and Voice of Digital
- The face of digital transformation for 2018
The mask represents a material metaphor for carving our existing
digitalized world into a shape never before seen, in a process that
blurs the lines between science and art but inside that transformation
is yet another amazing transformation opportunity to create a better
image of ourselves.
- Teaching the IoT Monster to ride a bike
The Octopus looks a lot like the IoT monster we are all wrestling with:
smart, soft, slippery, flexible and able to change form; but to be
useful the beast needs to learn how to ride our existing industries’
bikes, which are old, rigid, hard, and tippy.
- Are You - IoT Ready? #RUIoTReady
As an industry, we need to stop the waste of time in this creation of
them and us, we are all in this together it is not a war, it is a
love-in for “human-centric solutions.”
- Embracing the IoT Journey Agile Adaptive
Autodidactic Autonomous Accepted Actions - We need to embrace these six
words and make them a part of the IoT journey we all are on.
- Timeline of smart building automation evolution
I created this Timeline of Smart Building Automation Evolution, with
over a hundred events linking thousands of articles depicting our
industry's history and its (sometimes) painfully slow evolution.
- Inclusive Open Data-driven Reinvention." Once
we presented the question, this article created itself, the title and
pull quotes all evolved from the quoted thoughts.
- Agile Adapive Autodidatctic Autonomous Accepted Actions We need to
embrace these six words and make them a part of the IoT journey we all
are on. - Ken Sinclair,
- People-Powered Transformation
People-powered transformation will occur when and as fast as we allow
it, but only when all the people it touches embrace that coming change.
- People-Powered Transformation All
of us are engaging in a transformation for the greater good.
People-Powered Transformation will occur when and as fast as we allow
it, but only when all the people it touches embrace that coming
change. - Ken Sinclair,
- The evolution of the Master System Integrator (MSI)
What do Master System Integrators (MSI) do? They make sure all systems
communicate properly, they collaborate with building owners to ensure
systems information will be accessible and usable, and they develop
software layers responsible for integration, aggregation, and
communication of the building systems.
- Getting There From Here
This "Getting There from Here" discussion deals with the shift in
thinking and action that we all must make to deal with the rapid change
that is upon us.
- Autonomous actions on the Intelligent Edge
Intelligent Edge Computing is bringing more power to machine learning
and providing the foundation for a distributed architecture that will
make machine collaboration more prevalent than ever before.
- Getting there from here: The shift in thought and
action we need to make.
- Autonomous Actions on the Intelligent Edge
Powerful low-cost edge controllers using open source software are
changing the industry landscape. Intelligent Edge Computing changes
machine learning's location, bringing more power with an autonomous
personality even closer to the edge while providing the foundation for
a decentralized architecture creating machine distributed
Wait, am I using “building” as a noun or a verb? Both! "Building
Health" is a topic that is going to dominate our future. - Ken
- Streaming Dinosaur Dust
We need to learn how to stream dinosaur dust in our new social
self-learning online environments. The industry's info dumping "the
dinosaur dump" is not working for teaching those new generations that
will become the new us. - Ken Sinclair, AutomatedBuildings
- Building Health Can Increase Productivity
"Building health" is a topic that is going to dominate our future and
the activating process of "building health" in our buildings is
something we all need to do, talk about, and share/communicate with our
building occupants, so it becomes the biggest part of the happiness,
satisfaction, and productivity puzzle.
Are we fully sensing the change IoT is bringing to our industry? Maybe
the best way to answer that question is to look at how we are changing
the way we are sensing.
- Bridging the Skill Gap
How do we Find, Train and Retain Our Future Smart Building
- Sensing the Change
"Sensing the Change" is a double entendre, a particular way of wording
that is devised to be understood in two ways, having a double meaning.
- Volttron! (With two Ts) The
Super Robot defender of the Universe rises to save us all from yet
another annoying acronym.
- The Uberization of Comfort, Satisfaction, and Wellbeing
The fastest growing businesses in the world, such as Uber and Airbnb,
using tools like disintermediation and price transparency, create a
marketing model that brings buyers and sellers together in an
efficient, regulated, and innovative manner.
"Make Me Happy Button" Claiming our Piece of the Productivity
the Mentor to Grow BACnet Younger Only you can grow BACnet
younger. It is your turn to reach out and become the mentor.
Satisfaction and Wellness Satisfaction and wellness are components
and Satisfaction Deployment
Neither satisfaction or productivity are easy to define and involve
obtaining deep knowledge of each asset’s personal self-esteem,
well-being, stress, innovation level, and contribution to corporate
Assets Are People, Not Technology
If you can hire good people, train them well, and ensure they continue,
throughout their career, to learn, we will see industry, from the
operators to the engineers, achieve the potential we all know is there.
IoT Future of Building Automation IoT changes everything, embedding in our future
the ability to hostel
the people that fuel function, purpose, productivity, and innovation.
Edge Software Fuels Self-Learning Operability
- Truly open edge software provides access to all data which fuels
self-learning and enables unbridled creation for the new breed of
makers that will marry our industry and IoT.
for a Better BACnet
There is a definite parallel to be drawn with the DDC revolution, but
Building IoT (internet of things) or BIoT has the chance to be even
more pervasive as it will cut across ALL industries.
Evolution Turns to Revolution With
an empowered population participating in the
self-learning edge device maker culture, the movement has the feel of a
Self Learning Edge Revolution
In the future programing will become less significant or not at all and
edge controllers will just simply learn what to do.
Cost Powerful Hybrid Edge Controllers
One affordable, flexible device that can serve as either a global
controller or a field DDC will go a long way to better HVAC system
Software is Evolving Rapidly with Machine Self Learning
Smart building control systems are on the cusp of utilizing these
technologies to reduce operating cost and provide significant value to
building owners, property management, and building engineers.
Measured Variables: Health, Well-being, And Productivity
Creating value in the $300 part of the “3-30-300” rule
Open IoT-centric Future We just returned from Lightfair and
the CABA Intelligent
Buildings & Digital Home Forum. Both events were great eye openers
depicting our need to adapt to our open IoT-centric future now.
Building Super Collider
Transforming and opening the industry is a journey, not a destination,
and will require consistent and constant attention.
Open for Mashing “This
new digital publication welcomes existing and future Project-Haystack
members with news, background media, tutorials and resource links.”
Internet of Things: Making It Mashable
Role in the Transformation of Building Automation
It is not the amazing IoT technological changes that are the focus of
our discussions; it is how we as an industry of self-learning assets
embrace and connect these changes.
Expo 2016 Preview Our education theme for this year's AHR
Expo is “Transformational Change for Building Automation.”
Clarifying, Quantifying, and Qualifying Connections
like all our readers to join in helping us build "Our Connection
- “Who is (the future of) BACnet?”
You are the future of BACnet, and you have been preparing your child
for this day to meet the new world. You now need to allow your creation
to go and grow.
+ Well Being = Productivity
There is a lot to absorb in this new way of thinking to make the needed
transformational change in our industry but, if we can achieve and
document satisfaction and wellbeing and their respective connection to
productivity, we will create a new value proposition and a new industry
based on our traditional skill set.
Evolves from the Definition of the Possible We need to focus
on making change a priority. Please help me on this crusade.
Change: Our Mission Possible
- A Road
Map of the Possible for Connected Buildings
We all need to find our own reality as building owners, consultants,
and integrators to implement all the virtual greatness being depicted.
From The Stack Haystack Connect And Big Data
an Autodidactic Asset The process of coming to be a
self-taught person who is a valuable thing.
Self-Learning Assets Our online presences often do not
attract the desired autodidactic assets or possibly not our potential
How do we create them? How do we use them to increase the value of our
only assets — our people?
Automation Industry Depends On Attracting New Talent People
are our only
AHRExpo Show Daily Columns Days 1 & 2 January 26 - 27, Chicago
Automation Focus for 2015 Needs to be Autodidactism or
Answer To Education And Training Creating Your Collaboration
The Impact Of The Internet Of Things:
The "I of Me"
Diagnostics And Analytics
How better to start building bridges to the “C” suite than with
Automated Diagnostics & Analytics and the dream that in the future
this will include the analytics of the measured variable of people
productivity which is likely to somehow fall out of social media
for your vocation We all need to keep at the task of
self-education to keep up with our rapidly evolving industry.
for Your Vocation The Task of Self-education - Ken
The core of all powerful web services is providing the ability for us
to work together for free or at a very low cost in the cloud, but this
all happens with separate individuals building these services.
Enables Automation Players to Work Together, Separately The
cloud enables us to “Work Together” while flexing our greatest
resource, our people, a group of individuals that separately create
pieces that fit the cloud puzzle.
and Your Collaboratory Creating Open Cloud Services "pay
to the mistakes of the past and the minds of
Assets R U
Your understanding of where on the adoption curve the technology around
you and part of you is provides the value you bring to your company and
on People to Advance Technology My
observation is that your understanding of where on the adoption curve
the technology around you and part of you is provides the value you
bring to your company and our industry.
Collaboratory attending IBcon Vegas 2014 This is a powerful
combination, today’s knowledge with yesterday’s experience.
Resource for the Internet of Things (IOT) for
Automated Buildings as published by Facilities
years in the Collaboratory It
has been a labour of love providing you a new way to explore
AutomatedBuildings.com. While we wallowed in the memories of the last
15 years it reminded Jane and I that this is not our story but the
story of industry giants helping us create an online collaboratory of
their powerful thoughts.
Cloud” allows us to mix and match web services
Collaboratory and its Security
One clear component of every successful energy integration project was
a team of champions who asserted ownership of the projects
Mobile and Leveraging the Cloud
Mobile Collaboration that leverages the power of the cloud, coupled
with Bring Your Own Device “BYOD” is our newest do all power tool.
Power of Concurrency and Collaboration in the Cloud The
strength of this approach is that these concurrent
evolving and becoming stronger increasing our collaborated strengths.
Convergence and the Changing Industry
This December column is about “Collaborating Convergence” or as I like
to joke “The Gear Heads meet the C-suite”…..smile. I think we all have
accepted that the convergence model is inevitable, but I am not sure we
understood how much we all would have to collaborate to insure
Our Future is Delivering Disruption
Delivering Disruption seems like an unlikely topic to speak to but it
is exactly the business we all are in today as we provide new solutions
that leap over and significantly change our existing marketplace.
Fences We need to change rapidly from building proprietary fences
around our projects to providing connection bridges to the Internet of
Journey To Achieve “Automatically Smart” To achieve it we
must start to think differently now.
- Who R
We? or Annoying Acronyms R Us It may be
so much Who R We? as what do we call ourselves?
Whether you use Building as a noun or a verb it is now all about
Building Data Delivery.
Models Alter Industry Dynamics
It is a brave new world forming fast in the cloud and standard data
models allow the feedstock for the cloud to be automatically
reconfigured for the purpose of the moment.
Data Fuels Deep Analytics
This speaks to the importance the next level of deep analytics of
almost everything will have, and how we as an industry will provide a
new, level of deeper analytics connecting inquiring minds to almost
everything with low cost real-time data.
Evolve Everyone Conferences
and trade shows fill an important need for any industry.
They provide a place for practitioners and vendors to come together to
learn, network, test market acceptance of new ideas and products, and
move the industry forward.
Dawn of Database Data as a Service (DAAS) is a new concept
for most of us and we need to better understand these new tools.
Humanizing Your Cloud
Your cloud provides a lofty anywhere, any device, view of you and your
corporate’s connected services.
you a Happy New “Era”
We are rapidly entering a new Era in building automation that questions
all we have done before.
Goals: Collecting Connection Communities
Connection Communities Blur
How does your product or service connect to everything in our online
world? Which Connection Communities is it part of?
This column title plays on both the noun lighting and verb lighting to
provide two different meanings. Which way did you read it? As the
community of folks who provide lighting control? Or the action word for
our job to provide lighting to several communities? Yes we are going to
talk about both, but first.
This topic is on my mind because I have been in dialogue with several
in the industry about our event at this year's AHR Expo "Why we need to
be part of several Connection Communities?"
Smart Buildings - a moving target
for the Future
It is hard for us to imagine what a future building might look like and
how its automation will be configured, it is easier for us as an
industry to get on with the task of future building all our services
Control and the evolving Cloud Control Languages
Wireless is a ‘now’ movement in the building automation industry that
we all need to better understand. - Control Engineering Asia
did I see from
the Summit?” Opening Open! - Ken Sinclair, AutomatedBuildings.com
and Collaboration from Cloud Data The marriage of
social media as data and its
embedded human opinion will seamlessly mesh with real time data,
shoulder to shoulder in large databases in a concept now being billed
as Big Data or Data as a Service “DaaS”.
Our daily interaction manipulating energy must be done with a lot of
personal energy, but now involves interaction with our energy source
the smart grid.
Open Connection Communities are set to shape the future of the building
Wireless is a “now” movement in our industry that we all need to better
Connection Communities My overall takeaway from AHR Expo
Value of Virtual What do you think "open"
means? What do you think "visible" means?
Communities for Continuous Conservation Visualization
through graphics can allow buildings to become an integral part of a
community and “Come to Life” while teaching occupants about
GreenBuild’s theme of "automation"
"Open" might mean One piece of
the larger open puzzle is the present restrictions around proprietary
- Are we “Open” for
to how important being open has become to our industry and how it has
helped us grow and
become part of something much larger.
New Visibility & Interactions in the
Building Automation Industry What changes in the last few years have led
to the “New Visibility
& Interactions in the Building Automation Industry”?
Are we embracing the necessary changes enthusiastically and fast enough
to keep control of our industry?
Future of Control Languages” A call to the industry to speed their
evolution to open protocol for control languages
Interactions in Building Automation We must "Create
Interactions" worthy of our visibility and strive to
better understand how to interact with the powerful presentations of
- In and
Out of the Cloud Should data be in or
out of the cloud?
Energy and Building Data The
use of cloud computing for the collection, management and analysis
of real time and historical building data is now becoming a valuable
the Invisible Visible Our powerful
real time network connections
transport the invisible via the internet cloud but it is the graphics
and their dashboards representations that convert the Invisible to
- Building Automation Moves Up Up
in the clouds and ever-increasing connectivity Control Engineering Asia
Owning the Meters Make You Smarter?
Only if you
do smart things with them. If we own the smart meter or collection of
sub-meters we no longer need to deal with other people politics.
connected (IC) virtualization
Through integrated connected virtualization, the world of large
buildings will soon view everything connected differently.
Building Connectivity is our future.
- Takeaways from ConnectivityWeek 2010
ConnectivityWeek was a great event - with the largest ever registration
of over 1300. Many new grid partners created an increased impact with
new energy solutions while showing us improved overall organization and
connectivity of our industry.
of May 24-27 ConnectivityWeek 2010 Santa Clara Lots of excitement surrounding the
buildup to ConnectivityWeek
and I have tried to capture and connect you to the points of interest
for our industry.
Connections – ConnectivityWeek This
is the place to gain insight into how to unleash opportunities and new
business from all of this change
- The next
big things: how building
automation will change complex
installations and commissioning
- The Next Big Things
This dynamic duo will eliminate
complex installations, provide; self set up, connection, and
commissioning while self populating the needed information for web
to be the year of the smart building app
the evolving reach and complexities of building automation, these
solutions need to be several services, not one all-encompassing
Ten to be a BAD-ASS Year At
events like AHR Expo we get to test to see if the implied sameness of
our content has legs or is becoming reality.
Clouded Future is Bright Our clouded future includes new
virtual connections to our buildings from the communities they are part
of with both physical and social interactions.
Educational Sessions January - Orlando
"Building Automation and the Cloud"
Map & Manage We
Measure and sense almost every piece of building information,
to graphical representations to develop strategies for Managing
from anywhere, anytime.
Transformation Green has becomes a
questionable color, the new true blue of an economical plus
bottom line supported with real dynamic data, presented virtually,
anywhere, is the proof of our transformation.
Cloud Beyond the Network As
more software and computer services move off-site, a look around
suggests that the collaborative power of cloud computing has already
begun to reign for those looking to harness real-time building
information most efficiently. Ken
Sinclair Editor/Owner, www.AutomatedBuildings.com
our Feet on the Ground While Working in the Cloud "If we want to
continue to be leaders in this industry, we must deliver the goods
today, Tomorrow is not good enough." Ken Sinclair Editor/Owner,
- Building Cloud
Connections The identification
and use of these valuable industry cloud connectors is essential to
propel our industry forward at warp speed so it can radically change to
Clouded Thinking Clears The clouds are open and scalable
and are my new tool set.
Takeaways from ConnectivityWeek After each year's event I try to list my
takeaways of the things that significantly impacted, impressed me and
are likely to change my future.
Power of the People The power of the people lies not
just in how we innovate, but also how we are able to share knowledge
with others through that innovation.
Automation Networks This article provides insight to the
evolution to date of Building Automation Networks to Enterprise and Web
based networks and on into cloud computing.
- The Reinvention
June 9, 2009, I will be in Santa Clara, California over seeing the
presentation of several sessions on “The
Reinvention of Building Automation”.
Reinvention of Building Automation
The complexities of our industry reside with us, but the reinvention
and representation of our future resides with the new teams we build.
middleware for sustainability
When you know how
much energy you use, it’s much easier to determine where savings can be
- The Reinvention
of Building Automation (BA) Building Automation
is evolving to a web service that is greatly enhanced with online
Automation Sustainability Whether you view the
word “Building” as a noun or a verb the real goal is Sustainability
12 Issue Favourites - 2008
you all as an industry for being our success in providing incredibly
current content that is well read by our reinvented industry.
Interoperability Demand response is an important tool
in your energy management toolkit. But the future it anticipates could
be of even greater benefit to your bottom line.
response: turning on to new opportunities
The next frontier for demand
response is to move beyond curtailment and leverage the power of
building automation systems that exist within or across collections of
Daylight harvesting and daylighting controls
can make a big difference in your energy bill. And solutions are
becoming more flexible all the time.
- FORECAST: Increasingly Cloudy and Under Control As the burden
of building data gets heavier, strategies for managing it take to the
sky, so to speak, whether it’s sorting your services smartly or
learning to use SCADA or OPC, modern building automation aims to help
you succeed by keeping your head in the clouds and your feet on the
This year’s ConnectivityWeek offered more
than simply updates on building automation technology. It encouraged a
new energy revolution. Published Energy Management Canada
- My 10
Takeaways from ConnectivityWeek
in Santa Clara, California
- The New Face of Building Automation Buildings
are now expected to
be an interactive part of their virtual community and of course the
electrical grid. This new face is creating untold opportunities that we
all must investigate, understand and support. Published Control Engineering
Asia magazine May 2008 issue
Rise of Virtual Services
Computer applications that integrate information more
effectively are giving building managers new tools to manage their
Published Energy Management Canada magazine May 2008 issue
- Brilliant Buildings What
makes a Building Brilliant? …..Surpassing Excellence that’s what! Published ES
Magazine May issue
Future of Automated Buildings in North America As
Climatização & Refrigeração Magazine Brazil
- LEED provides creditability to Smart Building
building encompasses the integration of all of the systems in the
building, this additional level of commissioning should be a
requirement to ensure the benefits of integrated building technology
systems, and in the process, pick up one LEED credit.
& Controls - Grid Intelligence We can learn a lot from the
United States’ GridWise — a movement that is re-shaping the American
Automation Reflections and Projections Ken Sinclair, Editor
Owner of AutomatedBuildings.com provides a reflected review of a very
exciting year in the Building Automation Industry as well as some
crystal ball gazing into what to expect for 2008.
- What You
Need to Know About GridWise GridWise improves electric power
grid coordination and the refrigeration industry will benefit from
Building Automation Column This Building
Automation column has provided me with an industry soapbox to rant on,
scolding and generally cajoling the industry while plagiarizing the
content of the bevy of authors from our online magazine
clear that in the last year our clients and society in general has
moved much further in their expectations for sustainable
buildings than our industry has moved in ability to effectively
- Harnessing the 4
Cs Convergence, connectivity, controls and conservation can
guide us towards a more profitable, vibrant industrial future.
It's time for new thinking on energy management.
Buzz into Bucks
the time to get involved; learn what the buzz is all about and
better understand the opportunities being presented to you
with demand response.
opportunities surrounding Demand Response (DR) cannot be
underestimated. These opportunities are available today for building
system contractors, integrators and owners.”
Money with BAS Mash-ups The
term mash-up refers to a new breed of web-based
+ Convergence + Confluence = Change
concepts such as the smart grid, the greening of buildings with better
connections to everything, coupled with connections to powerful web
services plus the notion of Buildings 2.0 are all creating new
directions and markets for our industry.
Grid Wise at GridWeek A $900
billion market opportunity was identified for the industry to make the
national grid smart and wise with interactive connectivity.
- News Maker of the Year Jack McGowan, CEM, President & CEO, Energy Control
Inc, GridWise Architecutre Council Chairman
- Beyond BACnet
Grid integrators will work with
BACnet data to make it a seamless part of their grid and or enterprise
Out Loud in an Industry of Change We all need
to think out loud to quickly guide our industry to the next level and
set plans for the future.
Automated Buildings Industry is ready, willing, and able to bring real
GridWise solutions to GridWeek in Washington DC
GridWise at GridWeek
Washington DC - April 23-26, 2007
for the Industry I am
often asked, what current industry text books are there about
convergence, connectivity and the new business paradigm this is
Green Connectivity This is what
building owners want now from our building
- AHR Expo 2007
This is our 8th year of Educational Sessions at AHR Expo 2007 Dallas
which started in Palm Springs
in May of this year has grown into several international
forums/events which are creating global connectivity on several levels.
Sustainability Sustainability is defined as “The ability
to provide for the needs of the world's current population without
damaging the ability of future generations to provide for themselves.”
Converges with IP The future of building systems seems
clear. IP has become a key, pervasive element of networking technology
at the enterprise/IT level, and LonWorks® technology and products at the field level.
Forward Freeze Frames It seems that our complete
industry is on fast forward as the events, articles, interviews,
reviews, news releases and new products cross my computer screen before
finding their way to our rss news feed.
Importance of Mentorship to ASHRAE I cannot over express the importance of
mentorship. It allows us to grow, evolve, question and simply learn who
ConnectivityWeek Strong This Building-IT industry
represents validation from owners and the IT industry to move forward
and deliver converged IP-based building systems, taking into account
the needs of the new types of stakeholder in the building owner
organizations: the IT and enterprise focused groups.
Harbingers in Palm Springs The
Palm Springs event has provided a home for our industry’s harbingers
like no assembly has ever done before.
Budiardjo wins "Newsmaker and Industry Shaker" of the year award
AutomatedBuildings.com is pleased to announce
Budiardjo is the winner of our first Newsmaker and Industry Shaker
of the year award.
Renaissance - Right
Automation Renaissance How to survive & prosper from Building-IT Convergence
Connectivity Clouds on the
- Connectivity Which Way?
have quoted industry leaders and
linked to content on our web site that demonstrates that there is no
one path that exists for connectivity, nor will there ever be.
- The Winds of
Change Blew at AHR Expo in Chicago
Automation 2006 Conference March
to Baltimore to learn more about Building Automation for 2006
- February ES
The Intelligent Building
Healthy Fear of Technology! Paul Ehrlich, P.E. Building
Ethernet Switch Selection Joe Stasiek, Sales Manager,
George Thomas, President Contemporary Controls
- A Return
James McHale i&i limited
Visions My virtual value visions for Building Automation in
are new kids on the block.........
and they are giants!
Intelligence The end of the year is a fine time to
gaze forward, not in terms of decades from now, but in terms of what’s
being done right now that will have major effects in the future. The
controls industry is undergoing a radical restructuring as technology
Who's Coming to Dinner? A cultural
clash is occurring as major IT folks join our industry.
- ADR Research and GridWise
Interoperability Constitution Giving
our full support
BACnet It is the only protocol that has been created with its
roots in the HVAC industry while achieving global consensus.
- Building Automation has
Our remaining frontier is to insure that all the devices and
sub-systems we buy fit nicely into our enterprise managed building
- August Supplement
Buildings with Automation
- What’s The Role For
Advanced Technologies In Green Building Design?
Thomas Hartman, P.E. The Hartman Company
Is An Intelligent Building?
Paul Ehrlich, P.E. Building Intelligence Group
- "Inside Peek" of what
BuilConn is likely to be in 2006
- Buying Integration
Solutions from a Control’s Warehouse Integration solutions are becoming sought after
commodities and the market for them is here now.
us a Sign but please make it a digital sign.
- XML /
oBIX Demo I was
pleased to be able to attend the first ever XML demo based on evolving
oBIX standards held at BuilConn 2005.
- May Supplement
Enterprises Are Forever Changed With Real-Time Building Information
Control - The Missing Link? Rob Zivney, Hirsch
Information Technology is the New IT Jack Mc Gowan,
Energy Control Inc.
Web Services For
Building Controls At A Crossroads Toby Considine, oBIX Chairman
This year Anto has captured the attention and presenting power of
the “Who is Who in the industry” and put together a particularly
- The Only Thing Constant Is
Change - prepare for another exciting year.
CaseStudies@BuilConn CaseStudies@BuilConn is all about peoples' success
planning and implementing the new reality.
A New Bee in our
Industry No! It’s not the
return of the
killer Bees, it is the ZigBee Alliance for wireless networking.
Disneyland to Disney World AHR Expo 2005 -
Celebrating 75 Years! 1930 – 2005
- Our Convergence Collision
with Electronic Signage Networks The networked digital
signage industry is now poised to deliver the logical evolution to
central sound - central video.
of Building Automation Standards
The global acceptance of these standards will greatly enhance
their overall powers.
Truly Open Chip For the
first time ever it is now possible to develop products for BACnet
networks as well as for LonWorks™ networks based on the same hardware
and software platform.
Convergence August Supplement Engineered Systems
Ken Sinclair, AutomatedBuildings.com
- Convergence or
Divergence Anto Budiardjo,
- Building the Building
Moving to the next
chapter and getting on with the exciting business of building our
clients’ real time data domain will have a profound effect.
Automation: Reaching for the Sky The multi-billion
building automation industry is moving on and up as control systems
with the latest IT and internet technologies to create powerful
feeling of cooperation and objectivity in the industry All of
are very excited about where BuilConn 2004 April 13-16 in Dallas may
lead us and
what new vibrations and feelings will be transferred to the industry.
Hardware Erosion The
networking to the video screen with browser-based menus seems to be a
evolution for all these products.
Separate But Very Important Industry Acronyms XML & oBIX
- AHR - Expo 2004 Anaheim
Free Sessions We
hope you can make it out to our sessions at the AHR Expo in Anaheim,
January 26 and 27, 2004 to share your input on these exciting
Convergence - Engineered Systems November Supplement
- Convergence Will Happen
Ken Sinclair, AutomatedBuildings.com
- Why Is There A Need For
Marketing? Anto Budiardjo - Clasma Inc.
- Selling Integration and
Convergence Jack Mc Gowan, Energy Control Inc.
- Protection, Correction
and Connection If you think the evolution is complete think
- Going Global We are all Going Global in a mind-expanding journey that will
result in the cross-pollination of building intelligence for the world.
our Changing World Our ability to assemble
and document the information we are about to change, as well as
we changed it, is cardinal to our successful transition.
Markets We cannot expect our
traditional markets to lead to our future business model; we must morph
identity and methodology to capture the new opportunities of today's
Spells Connection to the Future An open letter to the
Building Controls Industry turned into a reality.
For Your Metamorphosis Metamorphosis
is evolution on fast forward.
Sustainability From Rapid Change The meshing of Broadband,
Telephony, and Building Automation has created a powerful new virtual
architectural fabric. I call this fabric "Enviromation", a combination
of the words Environment, Communication and Automation.
Convergence - Engineered Systems April Outsert
- "Identifying the
Complex Components of Convergence"
Convergence Our business communities must converge as part
of our transition to web-based ways.
Time to Upgrade your DDC System The transformation
of moving from old modem based DDC technology to TCP/IP communication
is a time warping sensation.
the Large Building Automation Industry I feel that a general
necessary and serious repackaging of us as a new industry is
- Connect the
Dots that are our Industry (.com & .org)
Occupancy Integration with Web Technology It
is all about a better interface with the end-user.
Automation Sessions at AHR Expo, Chicago This unique industry
venue allows us to present our sessions free of charge and free of
influence on topics that we hope are of great interest to the
Focus Shifts to Web Convergence The first
few years of the DDC revolution our industry created a stable of "
Mated Buildings " I fear this could occur again with our first attempts
- We The People For
the necessary changes
in our industry to occur it will take the total effort of "We the
People" to insure the transition is all that it can be.
Are The Key Using body parts for
identification authentication purposes is called Biometrics.
Your Hard Drive All your efforts and hard drive have gotten you
to where you are today. Will this be enough to keep you on top of our
new directions in the future?
Based Facilities Operations Guide Doing more with less
by using Web-based anywhere information to amplify your existing
The web based
presentation of dynamic building information allows not only operators
operate from anywhere with full functionality, it allows interaction of
contractors, equipment suppliers, and consultants to provide valuable
and feed-forward information to the building operating equation.
Focus on Online Training for Building Automation We are
providing a virtual online classroom for specialized courses about the
building automation industry.
Your .Calm Let's not panic. Let's maintain our calm. It is just
stuff we have to get
done as an industry in a transition to today.
- Intelligent and
Integrated Buildings Although we as an industry have said the
words before we have never reached our potential of providing
integration in our buildings.
- Web Services - The Next Level
Just like the next level in a video game, moving our Building
Automation Industry Information and Interaction to the evolving WEB
SERVICES LEVEL changes everything, new rules, new power, and a new
Our Own Markets One of the major changes is that we
are no longer a specialized industry that is applied as a preconceived
part of a building. We are now the innovators that extend the reach and
interaction of our client's information enterprise.
Automation Globilization Access
to global media is everywhere proven by the fact that I am preparing
month's column in Australia.
- Free Show Sponsored Sessions on
Building Automation AHR Expo Atlantic City January 14-16, 2002
- Making Sense
The integration of low cost sensors into our Building Automation
the last few years has helped propel a rapid industry growth. Extremely
accurate, low cost solid-state sensors have allowed us to penetrate
Indispensible Internet" Web Ways are Winning.
- Try the Request for Proposal
specifying rapidly evolving building automation?
- Industry Restructuring
The capability of today's building automation systems far exceeds the
present understandings of the existing implementers.
- Restructuring for the
Componentization Era Major
restructuring of our industry is required and is happening allowing web
wise solutions with full integrating of the Componentization Era into
powerful enterprise controls.
- Entering Our 3rd Year - we
reflect on our growth and the tremendous industry support.
- Building Automation IS IT
I greatly underestimated the speed at which our industry would migrate
to information systems and information technology.
Guide to On Line eDucation for Automated Buildings The
rapid changing Automated Building industry has always required that all
players be constantly re-educating themselves to keep current, but
never has there been a time when this is so important.
- 11 Revolutionary
Automation Trends in Large Buildings These 11 trends are
having a significant effect on the present revolution or rapid
evolution of large Buildings Automation.
- Getting Over the
Digital Divide It may be hard to imagine that all the players
an industry that automates large buildings have not yet made it over
divide, but it is true.
- eDucation and the
Automated Building Evolution The line through the year 2001 on our
evolution trend graphic slices though the layers of every control
technology known to man.
- Working Without Wires
how this technology could radically change how we commission
- The Greening of
Buildings with Automation "Enviromation"
- The Art & Science of Communication/Automation Integration with
of the Control of the HVAC Industry The next phase of
building automation technology will bring new life to some
traditional equipment. Likewise, it will usher in a rethinking of what
HVAC systems do, and how they do it.
- Head Retread -
"State-of-the-Art Capabilities in Building Automation" AHR Expo
Session in Atlanta.
Capabilities in Building
Automation Update of January 2001 AHR Expo Session.
- Creating and
Maintaining Your Virtual Image Send the message to your
management; Become closer involved in the care and feeding of the
corporate virtual image.
- The Velcro Relationship
Building Automation New Ways of Thinking - The glue that binds us is
- Cloud Control
Looking for new
opportunities? “Stick your head in the clouds.”
- Building Automation: The
Net Effect Someday, engineers and managers will wonder how
they ever got along without it.
A Year of Rapid Change
Or The Metamorphosis of a Digital Dinosaur
- Virtual Devices Not
Only A New Way of Doing But A New Way of Thinking
Maybe a marriage between a
web-based survey modified to provide continuously dynamic update and
feedback into web based virtual control system could
offer a better solution.
Automated Buildings Converging or Colliding With The Internet?
Is our industry
listening to the wake up calls of the information revolution?
- What is an Emagazine?
- An article about our Magazine.
Building.com? More new automated
buildings now have their own internet address. Read all about it.
- Want out
of the box? Building owners impressed by the user ease of
the net are demanding more from their automation providers.
- Just a spec on the
net Check out this automation resource
and read how it changed the way we approach automation
to Performance An old AEE seminar with some good
Handle the Net Will the internet affect our industry?
Using HTML HTML as a Documentation
Medium for Building O & M
- Graphic Interfaces
Multi-Vender Graphic Interfaces Using Windows 95
- Archive of Building Automation Reviews From "THE
- Background - President, Sinclair
Energy Services Ltd, Owner/Editor, AutomatedBuildings.com
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