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12:25 PM

Stop Trying

Stop Trying to Solve Business Problems with a Control System  Bill Gnerre, CEO and Cofounder and Kevin Fuller, Executive Vice President, Interval Data Systems, Inc.

12:24 PM

Making a Demand Response Program Work

Demand Response in its most basic form is the commitment by a building operator to reduce the electrical demand of one or more facilities in response to a request by the servicing utility or by market based pricing. David Wolins, EnFlex Corp. and Paul Hepperla, Verisae, Inc.

12:22 PM

High Rise Building

Life-Safety Private Display Network  Allan Olbur, ISMS

12:21 PM

BuilConn, Tridium and Controls Group North America

Openness and Connectivity Jim Hayman, Director, Business Development, CGNA

12:19 PM

Harbouring Harbingers in Palm Springs

The Palm Springs event has provided a home for our industry’s harbingers like no assembly has ever done before. Ken Sinclair,

12:18 PM

Tendril Bridge for Building Automation

Tim Enwall, CEO, Tendril
Allows Niagara users to use our system software to quickly build wireless networks and manage them in the same context they manage their wired devices. It’s the first and only product that bridges the gap between multiple new wireless systems and existing control systems.

12:17 PM

FlexiPanel partners with Microchip Technology

Richard G Hoptroff, Managing Director, FlexiPanel Ltd
Partnership to reduce the cost of automating buildings with ZigBee.

12:16 PM

What is the BiQ?

Kirk McElwain is representing the BiQ Consortium
BiQ stands for Building Intelligence Quotient.

12:15 PM

Building Automation - Realcomm Asia Tour

I just recently returned from two weeks in Asia on the Realcomm NextGen Best Practices Tour, visiting some of the most technologically advanced buildings in the world! It was an amazing trip in terms of witnessing how technology is incorporated into the design, development, and operation of their buildings. Here is a brief overview of the trip and a snapshot of what we saw...

12:14 PM

ZigBee versus Z-Wave

This story provides insight into these two competing wireless standards.

12:13 PM

Niagara Summit

The 2006 Niagara Summit Brings Out the Best in “Connecting Minds and Machines”

12:12 PM

All Business at BuilConn 2006 Palm Springs

Throughout all aspects of the event—from the well-attended business tracks, business-focused keynotes and discussions at the expo to the corridors and numerous networking events—attendees, exhibitors, sponsors and speakers were discussing one key thing: how to deliver convergence-connected buildings.

12:11 PM

Connected Real Estate Roundtable, Palm Springs BuilConn

I was extremely pleased to be invited to the first ever Connected Real Estate Roundtable in Palm Springs. The following are observations and summations I made while there and is intended to provide the flavour of the information served around the roundtable.

12:10 PM

Newsmaker and Shaker of the year award

We carried the news of this award in our May issue of and were pleased to physically present Anto with his award in person at the BuilConn Gala in Palm Springs.

12:09 PM

BuilConn 2006 Buildy Visionary award winner

Jane and I were pleased to turn over our year of glory as last year's BuilConn “Buildy Visionaries” to this year's winner Jack McGowan. Our prolific contributing editor's vision has transformed him into Mr Gridwise.

12:08 PM

2006 Buildy Awards

Convergence and Integration Experts Honored with 2006 Buildy Awards at Premier Event for Networked Buildings

12:07 PM

The IBB Palm Springs

"the best one yet"

12:05 PM

The Connectivity Daily

Every morning during last month’s Connectivity Week attendees were greeted with a copy of the Connectivity Daily - the official event daily paper. The three published issues (with a total circulation of 1300 issues) included an array of information including article excerpts from Harbor Research, Energy Priorities, Cisco and the BuilConn Update. 

12:01 PM

New Staefa TALON Dealers Increase National Coverage and Customer Service

A number of new Staefa TALON® dealers have been certified to install and service the TALON open protocol building management system, increasing the national coverage and customer service of the TALON Dealer Network. The Staefa TALON brand is an open protocol HVAC control system from Siemens Building Technologies, Inc.

12:00 PM

GridWise Architecture Council Recognizes Intelligrid & Multispeak Efforts at GridWise Expo

Two key efforts recognized for advancing the cause of interoperability between intelligent systems in electric power

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02:42 PM

A Control Contractors Guide

Incorporating Customizable Standards Al De Wachter, President ICS Inc

02:41 PM

Honeywell Global Service Response Center

GSRC is a super operator, a kind of outsourced center of excellence and expertise on increasingly complex, automated building control systems. Bob Lahey, Service Market Director, Honeywell Building Solutions

02:39 PM

Public Spaces Signage

Audience of One Call to Action Via Electronic Message Delivery Allan Olbur, ISMS

02:37 PM

Chicago Structure Unveils New BAS

Using Contemporary Controls’ Skorpion Switches Debra Biela, Contemporary Controls

02:36 PM

Harbor Research Announces Release of New M2M/Pervasive Internet Market Forecast

Networked Device Revenues to exceed $10bn by 2011. For the first time, these figures include all M2M networking devices, covering both Fixed (Wireline) and Wireless technologies.

02:35 PM

Parks Associates' new report "Media Servers: Analysis and Forecasts."

Sales of Home Media Servers at 50 Million Units by 2010. Demand for media backup, competition among video providers, and wider accessibility of IP content are driving deployment of media servers.

02:34 PM

Cyrus Technologies Wins Buildy Award for Best Integration Project at UNC

The 2006 Buildy Award for Best Integration Project was awarded to Cyrus Technologies, Inc. for the Enterprise Building Management System integration project being conducted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

02:32 PM

AEE Interoperable DDC Systems + Energy Auditing online seminars

Realtime distance learning programs offer a great solution for busy professionals who need to stay up to speed on the latest solutions for their facilities, but who prefer to minimize both travel costs and time away from the office.

02:31 PM

Minicom Presents Cutting-Edge Remote IP Control for Small-Medium Business

Mincom Advanced Systems, a leading manufacturer of KVM solutions for managing IT servers and devices, presents IP Control, a state-of-the-art IP device for remote, out-of-band KVM access to computers and servers.

02:30 PM

LONMARK Dominates BuilConn’s Buildy Awards

With five top honors this year, LONMARK is hot on the trail of winning the minds and hearts of the industry.

02:29 PM

Echelon News

Echelon and Streetlight.Vision Team to Reduce Energy Usage and Maintenance Costs in Streetlight Systems
City of Oslo to Cut Streetlight Energy Costs by 30% While Increasing Roadway Safety Using Echelon Technology
Echelon to Help Increase European Energy Efficiency with Intelligent Street Lighting

02:28 PM

AHR News

HVAC/R Professionals Say Energy Efficiency, Building Automation are Key Industry Issues
2007 AHR Expo Expands to Occupy Entire Dallas Convention Center

02:27 PM

New Beckhoff EL6601 Switch Terminal Channels Ethernet Through EtherCAT

Switch terminal efficiently integrates any Ethernet device into real-time EtherCAT I/O system

02:26 PM

CoroWare News

RE2 and CoroWare Test Labs Form Alliance to Enable JAUS-Compliant Unmanned Systems
Innova Holdings Completes Acquisition of CoroWare

02:24 PM

Honeywell Software Innovations Reduce Engineering Time; Improve Building Management

Robust new software helps ensure fast and highly efficient building system control

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02:59 PM

Honeywell Chosen by South Dakota County to Help Cut Energy Costs and Improve Facilities

Performance Contract Will Save Money While Increasing Facility Comfort, Safety and Energy Efficiency

02:57 PM

AeroComm Announces 'ZigBee Your Way,' Based on Texas Instruments' CC2430 True SoC Solution

AeroComm Inc., the most established global supplier of complete RF solutions for OEMs, presents a breakthrough for industrial wireless performance: the ZB2430 "ZigBee Your Way(TM)" Transceiver. Based on the Texas Instruments leading-edge 802.15.4 System-on-Chip and Z-Stack(TM) technology, ZB2430 provides OEMs with industry-defining wireless performance in the areas of power consumption, integration, range, features and functionality.

02:56 PM

Indianapolis-based engineering company drafts ZigBee how-to for Wireless Design Magazine

Indesign, LLC, an engineering design services company that develops high-tech electronic products for a broad customer base, has just published a practical perspective for Wireless Design Magazine entitled “Tips for Designing ZigBee Applications.”

02:55 PM

Jennic becomes first supplier to make both its ZigBee network stack and developer support publicly available online

Focus on making ZigBee easy and driving mass market adoption

02:52 PM

ZigBee News

ZigBee and BACnet Link up to Extend Standards and Interoperability to Wireless Building Control Applications - Collaboration Will Promote Wireless Solutions for Use in Commercial, Industrial and Residential Buildings
ZigBee Announces FedEx Keynote At Its San Jose Open House - June 15

02:49 PM

Global Digital Signage Summit in Computex Taipei, June 6

Digital Signage Summit during Computex Taipei on Tuesday June 6, 2006. In this Summit, Top Speakers from Clecerdis, Focus Media, Scala, A5TEK, and ELO touch bring you the hottest agenda about the Market trends, Future, and Solutions of Digital Signage, and the Newest Applications and Cases around the world. To register

02:47 PM

Siemens Reduces Prices on Electronic Thermostat Line

BUFFALO GROVE, Ill., May 18, 2006 – Siemens Building Technologies, Inc. has reduced list prices on electronic room thermostats by up to 57%. Thermostat applications include room control of constant air volume (CAV), fan coil, hydronic, and heat pump equipment. Options of the line include, dual, Fahrenheit, Celsius temperature scales, or digital displays. Outputs can be either direct or reverse acting using a variety of popular control signals. Many models have operating mode options consisting of Normal, Energy Saving, Frost Protection, and Off. Mounting options are drywall or electrical box. Some versions have inputs for remote air temperature sensor, automatic changeover, and remote changeover switches. Siemens styled housing carries through the entire line of thermostats. For more information on Siemens thermostats, visit the link below.

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02:49 PM

CABA Announces Sponsors for Intelligent Buildings Roadmap

The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) is pleased to announce that it has secured 13 major sponsors for its Intelligent Buildings Roadmap.

02:46 PM

TAC Introduces Industry’s First BACnet® Service Tool

Portable Roam IO2 Provides Wireless Field Access to Controller Information

02:45 PM

Java™ Technology Puts on Hard Hat

aJile Reveals World’s First Java Technology Edge Controller for Data Acquisition, Automation, Surveillance, Utility, Logistics, Security, Telemetry and RFID Applications

02:44 PM

OPC Alarm Notification S/W is helping organizations to achieve FDA's 21 CFR Part 11 compliancy

Control-See Software Solutions Ltd, a leading provider of Alarm Notification & Analysis software tools, introduces compliancy with FDA's 21 CFR part 11 for its U.C.ME-OPC™ software product version 6.0.

02:43 PM

ZigBee Alliance Announces Second annual Developers’ Conference

ZigBee Hands-on Product Development at Sensors Expo & Conference

02:42 PM

Valcros provides voice, video and data for high tech hotel

Cutting Edge Technology for Superior Customer Service

02:41 PM

1-2-1VIEWTM ships groundbreaking Wireless Digital Signage Media Player based on IPTV technology

Leading digital signage solution provider 1-2-1VIEW Corporation has announced the immediate availability of a new industry leading wireless media player with ground breaking features.

02:38 PM

A4Vision & Fastcom demo 3D Face Recognition with Airlock Control gate at IFSEC

A4Vision and Fastcom Technology are demonstrating the world’s first combined video monitoring system with 3D facial identification access.

02:37 PM

Energy Industries Announces Energy$mart™ EDGE™

Energy Industries, LLC. a national provider of energy services that focus on efficiency, generation and renewable energy proudly announces the Energy$mart™ EDGE™.

02:36 PM

Opto 22 Introduces SNAP PAC Learning Center Self-Paced Training System for Control, Monitoring, and Data Acquisition

Utilizes Company's Newest Programmable Automation Controller

02:35 PM

Raytheon Updates Facility with TAC Vista™ BMS

New System is Fifth from TAC at Florida Facility

02:33 PM

ISONAS Security Systems Launches Online, Access-Control Solutions Store

In addition to IP and Wireless IP Reader-Controllers, extended product line includes electronic locks, Power over Ethernet supplies and door-control accessories.

02:31 PM

Lantronix EDS4100 Evolution Device Server Makes it Simple for IT Administrators to Manage M2M Devices

M2M crosses into the data center as IT departments become responsible to manage device assets.

02:29 PM

Reliable Controls Promotions

VICTORIA, BC -- Reliable Controls is pleased to announce a series of promotions to facilitate future growth. Michael Osborne P.Eng., has been promoted to Manager of Software/Firmware Development. Vince Palmer, a member of the Reliable team for over 5 years, has been promoted to Vice President of Operations. James Puritch has been promoted to Vice President of Research and Development.

02:25 PM

CABA/CMHC Better Buildings Case Studies

Along with CMHC (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation), CABA is soliciting success stories to be included in CMHC's Better Buildings Case Studies. CABA and CMHC are interested in promoting your success stories. In order to qualify for this series, your case study needs to focus on building automation, fire safety, communications, remote sensoring and/or control in Canadian MDUs (multi-dwelling units), assisted living and townhome developments. Contact email:

02:22 PM

Do you have an Intelligent Building Strategy?

Join your Intelligent Building industry peers at CABA’s groundbreaking Leadership Forum. June 25-27, 2006 Dallas, Texas. Visit for more information.

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03:57 PM

New Vistas With Relational Control

A Three Part Series PART 3: Process Change Required For Effective Relational Control Tom Hartman, The Hartman Company

03:55 PM

Cimetrics Inc. and Infometrics

The Infometrics service provides a means to understand and manage building operations and their implications for cost structure and economic returns. Jim Lee, President, Cimetrics Inc

03:54 PM

What's the Point?

The delivery of data and physicality of a "point" complicate things enough; but it really starts getting interesting when Enterprise Facility Management systems incorporate data sources from outside the HVAC/control system. Keith Gipson, CTO and Co-Founder, Impact Facility Solutions

03:52 PM

Simple Fault Detection, Diagnosis & Impact Results

I was impressed, despite the huge amount of data collected, Ferrari’s system would analyze and continuously report this information in a simple manner, so team members with a glance knew not only the problem, but what to do to improve it.  Brian Thompson, Founder, Managing Director, SENSUS M.I.

03:51 PM

Why your next project should be an Intelligent Building

In addition to being a better building to live, learn, work and play in it can also be a very satisfactory investment for any owner.  Paul Ehrlich, P.E. Building Intelligence Group

03:49 PM

Realtime Renaissance

Right Now  Ken Sinclair,

03:48 PM


Glen Allmendinger, President & CEO Harbor Research, Inc.
A simple way to look at this in terms of a business model and economic returns is to ask whether my device is going to be part of an ecosystem at all, who will be in the value chain and how will they organize around my asset or vice versa?

03:47 PM

Why Palm Springs is Important

Anto Budiardjo, President & CEO Clasma Events Inc.
Today we’re standing at a very significant watershed of change; this is not only my prediction but represents the billion dollar actions of companies from major traditional players to new IT entrants. This is also being driven by the demands of owners, now inquisitive (and willing to spend money) about how IT can better their buildings.

03:45 PM

LONMARK at BuilConn

Earl Gray, Chairman, LONMARK Americas Board of Directors
LONMARK members — including manufacturers, distributors, engineers, system integrators, facility managers and end-users — will learn how to find new business, make new partnerships and leverage membership investment.

03:44 PM

What’s Relational Control?

Thomas Hartman, P.E. The Hartman Company
What can you tell us about this control technology and why it deserves a special name.

03:43 PM

The ZigBee Alliance

Bob Heile, Chairman ZigBee Alliance
The ZigBee Alliance is a global ecosystem of companies creating wireless solutions for use in home, commercial and industrial applications.

03:42 PM

Graphics hardware for mission-critical areas like central monitoring and building automation

Serge Bohdjalian, Senior Marketing Representative, Matrox Graphics Inc.
Various studies report productivity gains of 10 to 50% from using multiple displays. Productivity is improved by reducing the amount of time spent moving information that doesn't otherwise fit on screen.

03:39 PM

EnFlex Introduces New Application Software

PRESCOTT, AZ ? May 2, 2006 - EnFlex announced the delivery of a major upgrade to its software for the EnFlex Site Control Server (SCS) environment. With this new version 3.4 release, control and monitoring applications can be fully programmed with the on-board, web-based user interface thus eliminating the need for specialized user interface software.

03:37 PM

New BX9000 Ethernet TCP/IP Bus Terminal Controller: The Low Cost Beckhoff PLC

MINNEAPOLIS, May 3, 2006 – With the introduction of the new BX9000 Bus Terminal Controller, the range of Ethernet TCP/IP controllers from Beckhoff Automation has become even more scalable. Costing just around $500 (U.S.), the BX9000 delivers integrated PLC functionality at an exceptional price.

03:36 PM

Free One Day IP Technology Seminar in South Wales, UK.

IP-in-Action LIVE™ Wednesday 21st June 2006 Following the exceptional success at Oxford in March, the IP UserGroup continues its programme of technology events; IP-in-Action LIVE in Newport, South Wales. The event provides a comprehensive education program presenting the latest networked security solutions. Developed by and for security professionals and end-user customers alike, high-quality presentations cover the spectrum of the most important topics and emerging issues facing the Transport and Distribution industry.

03:35 PM

LONMARK International Under the Spotlight at light&building 2006

Frankfurt, Germany – May 2, 2006 – The light+building 2006 trade fair in Frankfurt, Germany was a sensational success, with 16 per cent increase in visitors totalling 134,489 and the best ever exhibitor and visitor satisfaction ratings, according to figures from the organisers.

03:34 PM

Tendril Unveils New Wireless Building Automation Product at the 2006 Niagara Summit

The Tendril Bridge for Building Automation Powered by Tridium's NiagaraAX(R) Framework Seamlessly Integrates ZigBee(TM) Wireless Devices With Existing Building Automation Systems

03:33 PM

Call For Papers Now Being Accepted For the Fall 2006 Building Automation Conference!

This 2-day conference, held at the Westin Horton Plaza September 12-13, 2006 will focus on commercial & institutional building automation, bringing together facilities management professionals to learn the latest advancements in building automation and energy management. Attendees will have their first opportunity to acquire skills that can be used in the real world.

03:30 PM

Honeywell Enterprise Buildings Integrator™

Finally: a complete and customizable solution for building automation and enterprise management. Honeywell Enterprise Buildings Integrator™ integrates 90 percent of your existing building systems and can be customized to your precise needs.

03:28 PM

Omnitron's iConverter Platform Receives MEF 9 Certification for Ethernet Services

Irvine, California, USA April 25, 2006 - Omnitron Systems Technology, a leading provider of fiber optic access systems for next generation Ethernet networks, today announced that the iConverter platform has passed the official MEF 9 UNI (User Network Interface) conformance and certification test process. The conformance and certification test process is performed by Iometrix, Inc., a leading independent testing lab, on behalf of the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF). Ethernet service providers now have formal assurance that the popular iConverter platform conforms to key MEF standards for Metro Ethernet UNI services and operations.

03:25 PM

ZigBee modules are RoHS compliant

MaxStream's XBee and XBee-Pro OEM RF ZigBee modules are now compliant with international RoHS compliance standards. In accordance with the directive for the Restriction of Hazardous Substances, MaxStream has achieved compliance with its popular XBee product family. MaxStream expects to implement across-the-board compliance with all its electronic components, including all 900MHz and 2.4GHz OEM RF modules before the July deadline. More info

03:23 PM

ICS updates Concerto Suite Estimating and expands COSMOS - Design and Submittal Tool

May 1, 2006 - An updated version of Concerto estimating offers existing users enhanced features such as automatic file backups to destination folders, Master PC status, enhanced project management, greater database flexibility, access to data sheets from the web and simplified controls for presentation modules. The recently released COSMOS Design / Submittal module seamlessly integrates estimating, design and submittal phases of projects. Features include a single standards library and product database for both Sales (Concerto) and Operations (Cosmos), automated valve, point and damper schedule creation and a vendor-independent architecture to support your company's established standards and shapes. Visit for more information.


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