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|In Honor of Alex Trebek
Chief Marketing & Communications Officer,
As a long-time Jeopardy fan, the passing of its host, Alex Trebek marked an end of an era.
The show debuted in 1964 with Alex gaining the host seat in in 1984. There have been in excess of 8,000 episodes aired. Some other data points about the show:
The record for "most consecutive games won" is 74.
The most cash won by a single player to date is $4,688,436.
The highest one-day winning total is $131,127.
The show has global adaptations in 33 countries.
So, what does this have to do with us? Nothing.
It did, however, give me pause and think about our
industry and what questions could be asked if there were a Built Environment
/Building Control and Automation category on the show.
So, here are a few tidbits to remember in the “History of Building Automation” category:
Johnson, a schoolteacher from Milwaukee and founder of Johnson Controls,
invented the thermostat.
modern light switch was invented.
first sign of an automated HVAC system came in the 17th century with Cornelis
Drebbel. Drebbel created a mercury thermostat that could automatically
keep a space at a constant temperature.
the 18th century, René Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur, a French
scientist created a temperature-controlled incubator based on
Drebbel’s ideas and the thermometer that Réaumur invented.
Minorsky invented the PID controller with the same principle being applied to
create the first analog device for controlling the feed temperature of heating
rise of digital computers in the 20th century were also integral to the
advancements made in building automation technology, resulting in the modern
building automation that we see today.
the 1960’s, the first sign of building IoT was realized when an engineer from
Westinghouse Electric developed a prototype computer that managed air
conditioning, did accounting tasks and managed shopping lists.
saw the introduction of commercial programmable logic controllers (PLCs).
and analog systems began to be displaced by direct digital control. Also,
ethernet became a cost-effective, and universally accepted standard for
advent of non-proprietary standards began with the introduction of BACnet in
and 1999-Connectivity of building systems took off with the Internet and the
debut of Wi-Fi.
Niagara Framework was launched.
automation and the integration of different systems begins its acceptance along
with the” smart building”.
· The Cloud and building automation hook up in 2008.
Haystack was introduced to the industry in March 2011.
spend more than 90 % of our lives in buildings.
The installed base of connected
devices deployed as part of IoT-based building automation in smart and
connected commercial buildings will reach 483 million units in 2022.
The number of cellular
connections in the building automation market will grow at a CAGR of 44%
and reach 19.4 million in 2022.
An effective preventive maintenance
program can provide a savings of 12% to 18% cost savings over a reactive
By 2022, 75% of all data will need
analysis and action at the Edge.
· Commercial building energy can be cut by an average of 29% using controls already installed in most large commercial buildings.
Want to know more about the evolution of Building Automation? Visit: Ken’s Evolution Timeline.
So, what is and who is?
To Alex Trebek--Godspeed!
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