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April issue "Adaptation"

What has 50 years in the industry taught me? The more I learn the less I know, but "Adaptation" is our survival superpower.

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According to Darwin’s Origin of Species, it is not the most intellectual of the species that survives; it is not the strongest that survives; but the species that survives is the one that is able best to adapt and adjust to the changing environment in which it finds itself.

darwinThis may best describe my last 50 years, certainly not the most intellectual or the strongest but one of the most adaptable. Growing up as a very small younger brother and with my all friends, and not friends who where all huge, I learned to run faster scarred than most could mad with extreme awareness of my present environments. Agility with the ability to go around unmovable objects quickly proved to be a good life skill.

As our mediums of communication evolve the reach of our voice moves from local, to national, to global, from workspace to everywhere. We need to be the change, disconnecting from our learned perceptions hone our superpowers Please read our review "Adaptation"

So how am I adapting? Zooming here and there with Monday Alive and being part of the Team being a virtual Keynote at Controls-Con 2021. Controls-Con is a virtual Smart Building Controls Conference and the World’s First Master Systems Integrator Conference taking place May 5-7, 2021. Dive into the latest technologies, trends, and best practices in building automation, controls and operational technology. Learn more by visiting www.controlscon.com.

Our first ever Video interview Connected Complexity The Padi Platform:Open-Source Tools For Open Data The article below on Connected Complexity from Harbor Research provides context of why Padi

We are at the cusp of a “perfect storm” of smart systems innovations. Multiple parallel technology developments, including data modeling and machine learning, are accelerating and enabling more complex and adaptive systems such as digital twins. Along with the value these innovations bring, however, grows the complexity of connecting and integrating machines, equipment and data in a meaningful context. A new open-source software tool, Connection Profile, enables simple, durable and context-sensitive integration between complex systems without any wasteful custom development. It is a great leap forward to the original vision of the internet as a single, seamlessly integrated cloud.

Control Talk Video Blog   Ken Sinclair tells us that "agility with the ability to go around unmovable objects quickly proved to be a good life skill, and 'Adaptation' is our survival superpower."

Please help me welcome our newest sponsor Switch Automation is an enterprise toolkit for digitizing and decarbonizing buildings.

Join Rachel Kennedy, CCNA, EIT, Digital Solutions Engineer at Switch, as she walks us through Switch Dx (Digital Device Discovery)–a building commissioning tool that continuously scans for all compatible systems, firmware versions, sensors and devices—highlighting connectivity, network integrity and risks.

Tell all our sponsors you saw their ads on the AutomatedBuildings.com web site and thank them for supporting your free access to evolving Automated Building Industry information. Click on their ads and view their valuable products and services. Please review all Our Sponsors.

Secrets of Success and Thoughts on Where the BAS Industry is Headed

Scott Cochrane, President and CEO of Cochrane Supply & Engineering, Interviews Martin Villeneuve, SVP of Distributed Building Technology for Acuity Brands and President of Distech Controls

Very Pleased to be a keynote speaker A Smart Building Controls Conference, With All-New Hybrid Format!   New for Controls-Con 2021 is not only enhanced offerings through a conversion to a hybrid* event (MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit, MI combined with a robust virtual platform), but also through the added value of a Pre-Conference education day! register today at www.controlscon.com

Controls-Con is a biennial, idea-packed conference that brings together hundreds of systems integrators, HVAC, mechanical and controls contractors, service technicians, facility managers, engineers and more. Through a variety of panels and sessions focused on both business and technology, the speakers and audience will explore the latest technologies and possibilities of Building Automation, Building Controls and Operational Technology. This highly-engaged forum brings invaluable networking opportunities, cutting-edge educational content and direct access to the industry’s top vendors through a virtual Expo Hall.

“A core part of the attendee experience is exposing them to the newest products and services in the industry and giving professionals and owners the tools they need to make our buildings smarter,” said Scott Cochrane, President and CEO of Cochrane Supply & Engineering as well as President of Canada Controls.

“Our speaker lineup is headlined by 30+ industry experts with various specialties, coming together to convey current trends, recommended strategies and future outlooks on where the industry is headed.” Featured Controls-Con speakers will include: Ken Sinclair, Editor, Owner and Founder of AutomatedBuildings.com; Jim Young, Founder and CEO of Realcomm Conference Group; Martin Villeneuve, Senior Vice President of Distributed Building Technology at Acuity Brands and President of Distech Controls; Terrill Laughton, Vice President and General Manager for Energy Optimization and Connected Offerings at Johnson Controls; Pat Tessier, Senior Director of Global Product Management for Building Management Systems at Honeywell; and Ken Schmidt, Manager Director at Tridium Global.

Also pleased to be a media sponsor of  Haystack Connect 2021 – a Virtual Conference  John Petze, Executive Director, Project Haystack, and Marc Petock, Executive Secretary, Project Haystack Project Haystack is excited to announce its fifth biennial Haystack Connect conference will take place May 4 – 6, 2021. While the virtual format may be new this year, attendees can still expect the same quality technical program, driven by the Project Haystack community. Whether you are a building owner or operator, facilities manager, an integrator, or OEM, new to Haystack or an expert, this event is for you!

Wow! Now over 20,500 folks connections to my personal LinkedIn account where I posted all related industry information almost daily.  I am amazed at the global reach of these following folks and their diverse perspective of our industry. I am humbled that they choose to follow me as I depict our industries evolution. Thank you all for your support.

Our LinkedIn online group created for discussion of our magazine created in 2010  AutomatedBuildings.com Online Magazine Forum now has over 4285 members and has taking on a life of it's own. I read the group with the same interest as everyone else to see what folks want to share what new and trending.

My twitter account also started in 2010 has over 1400 followers as well

Our online magazine was started 22 years ago before social media identities like, LinkedIn launched on May 5, 2003 and twitter Twttr launched to the public in July 2006, were vehicles of how special interest folks could find each other. We are working to build bridges from our long online history of controlled blogging of ongoing industry information with these and other social medias of the day. You can help as we see AutomatedBuildings.com as a landing pad for information that needs to be shared with our industry. We never throw anything away and it alway resides at the same URL. 

The news just keeps flowing on our web-site and of course the only way to find what you are looking for in the vast quantity of over 22 years of information on our site is with our site search engine


As always lots of new products, plus be sure to check our event calendar to see the number of events we have in our future.

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