April 2018

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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 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.

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

My Top Tweets and posts

Iotday is an open invitation


March issue now online "Transparency Transformation"  Talking Transparency & Creating a Digital Twin all part of New Deal

Read the full column to understand why this mashup makes my head explode! Meta-Morphing Mashup for Self-Creation

We need to share Sandstar with the industry and even a wider IoT audience.

Listen to the Alper sessions on ControlTalk.  It is a very good conversation, and he gives a demo of Sandstar.  He has open-sourced this effort:

A few Haystackers have already joined him.  Listening to Eric, Ken and Alper talk, At about Minute 47, Alper says, 'You need a platform to be able to make corrective changes to the DDC code before you have data streams useful for Machine Learning and AI.' 

Other industry stuff

How Do Intelligent Buildings Differ from Building Automation Systems?
MARCH 23, 2018
The emergence of intelligent buildings and data-driven facilities management practices has begun to create some confusion for customers trying to understand how to make investments in their facilities and the systems that help operate them. Many of them are asking the question I already have a building automation system, why do I need an intelligent building? What is the difference?

Blockchain technology is called the next stage of the Internet. The blockchain is a global, decentralised online database or distributed ledger that provides a way to record and transfer data that are transparent, safe, auditable, and resistant to outages, that anyone with an internet connection from anywhere in the world can use. Blockchain can make the organisations that use it open, democratic, decentralised, efficient, and secure.

Typical automatic lighting control applications involve an input device, such as a photosensor, interacting with a power controller, such as a switch. Though these components may be integrated into the same device (e.g., wall-box occupancy sensor), often they are installed separately. To interact, the input device must send a control signal to a controller, which then controls the load. The predominant traditional approach is to send a control signal along dedicated low-voltage wiring (typically called “hardwired”). A more recent approach rapidly gaining in popularity is to communicate using radio waves that travel through the air, eliminating the need for dedicated control wiring

3 Ways AI is Making Buildings Smarter  The future of AI in buildings is bright, but humans will always be needed to properly utilize and direct the technology.

Have a look at this amazing video created by Stantec...<<This technique uses photogrammetry to capture existing spaces, overlays it with our 3D Revit model of new services (red pipework) and utilises gaming software to create an animated fly-through. I think this will help clients and contractors interpret designs quicker and more effectively in the future.>>

Investments in IoT platforms, digitization, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and data driven software attracted the most interest from venture capital firms and a wide range of industries including building and industrial automation, real estate and facilities management and the IT and telecommunications sectors.

In honor of National Pi day, we're celebrating the Raspberry Pi, which was created by the Raspberry Pi Foundation as a way to make computers more accessible to people all over the world. The Foundation provides low-cost, high-performance computers so more people are "capable of understanding and shaping our increasingly digital world, able to solve the problems that matter to them, and equipped for the jobs of the future," (Source:

Harbor Research IoT Technology Trends To Watch in 2018
Over the last 15 years or more, Smart Systems and IoT technology developers have largely focused their core development work and innovations on primarily serving original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and related service providers. Digital and IoT technologies are driving many new growth opportunities and efficiencies for OEMs based on new data collection, management and analytics tools that provide a deeper understanding of a connected product or machine’s performance and usage. Because of immediate returns on efficiencies and the new applied values these systems can generate, OEMs have been the dominant adopters of new Smart Systems and Services technologies and, like “Typhoid Mary” have carried these innovations into end customers where their presence, their spread pattern and impacts are expanding like a disease.



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