February 2018

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Across My Desk

snippets, blog bits, 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, 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


Other industry stuff

Here is the Recording from 1st Free Webinar in the 2018 Smart Buildings Series.

Reinventing DDC in the Age of Data Analytics! Memoori Talks to Jim Lee, CEO Cimetrics, Anto Budiardjo, CEO Anka Labs & Alper Üzmezler, CTO Anka Labs.

Growing the open, intelligent edge This Monday afternoon education session at AHR Expo 2018 was moderated by Ken Sinclair, owner/publisher of, with Therese Sullivan of Building Context, Ltd. and Anto Budiardjo, Fractional Entrepreneur, as speakers.

Great job Phil thanks for providing this valuable course for our industry. Phillip Zito Online Training Courses + Books | Helping Building Automation Professionals Advance in Their Careers  I had a great time presenting Building Automation 101 at the ASHRAE Expo. And I was extremely fortunate that I was able to record the presentation. For those of you who missed the presentation, you're in luck.  @Ken Sinclair  Thanks for connecting me with this opportunity.

Aaron Gorka Innovation Manager - ANT Technologies Ken Sinclair  ... You challenged to engage MORE young-people in our HVAC & Control Industry   ---  contemporary ACCEPTED  : )

The mask represents a material metaphor for carving our existing digitalized world into a shape never before seen.

The new Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) aims to renovate Europe’s entire building stock by 2050 in order to make it “nearly zero emissions.”  European Commission researchers calculated that the building sector alone consumes about 40% total energy used in the union. The investigation also confirmed that significant energy savings can be achieved in 75% of buildings, however only 0.4% to 1.2% of the EU’s building stock actually undergo renovations each year.

Machine Learning, Integration with Google Drive and Twitter, New Case Studies and Awards, 1 Billion square feet, and Highlights from the SkyPosium Worldwide Community Event All the Latest SkySpark and SkyFoundry News

It’s the new buzzword. PropTech is coming and is about to disrupt the real estate industry. But what exactly is PropTech? Why has it been such a news item lately? What does PropTech mean for real estate professionals? Who will be affected? What are the issues at stake? Between automatization and uberisation, PropTech is both threatening and promising. Here is what you need to know. 2 years ago no one talked about PropTech. Yet, many real estate startups were already gearing up to disrupt the industry.

Scott Cochrane, president and CEO of Cochrane Supply & Engineering, addressed a full room at an AHRExpo Education Session on Monday January 22nd, 2018. He talked about how new ways of operating within the controls & automation business were emerging as the PC client/server era, transformed into the Cloud era, which is now giving way to the era of smart devices and edge computing. Edge devices and mobile apps are starting to change how we manage HVAC, security, refrigeration, lighting and other facilities management services.

Trying to get our industry message to a larger audience while engaging the IoT community  Ken strives to be a Catalysis/Harbinger of the IoT future. His goals are to inform his readers of the future of building automation, which will involve the full embrace of IoT. Ken believes that systems will be smarter, self-learning, edgy, innovative, and sophisticated, and that they will automatically configure and integrate new equipment to optimize themselves, to self-manage and self-heal while reinventing purposeful, productive, desirable buildings and accommodations. And Ken wants to help grow our only real resource/asset, our  younger people, by reaching out to youth with messages about our vibrant, vital and rewarding industry.


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