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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.

Anno Scholten, President of Connexx Energy, Inc. discusses the state of the Energy market -- Specifically demand response, Open ADR 2.0, and energy dashboards.

Sensors and Controls Meeting DRAFT AGENDA - May 21st and 22nd, 2013, Portland, Oregon Objective of Meeting:  The Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office (EERE) is presenting the current and future strategy for the Emerging Technology’s Group Sensors and Controls area of research.  In addition, all currently funded program as well as SBIR and ARRA sensors and controls will be presented to enlist feedback from the attendees as to the projects relevance to the marketplace.  

“The attention-getting elements of the Bullitt Center—100% onsite renewable energy, water and waste management, as well as a safe, naturally day-lit and ventilated work environment built to last 250 years—follow from an equally exciting integrated design process that enabled us to move beyond the traditionally linear design, engineering and construction process to orchestrate a diverse team targeting the seemingly impossible together, right from the start,” said Craig Curtis, design partner with The Miller Hull Partnership

Microsoft Collecting 500 Million Building Data Points From Campus Per Day Author: Excerpted from “88 Acres: How Microsoft Quietly Built the City of the Future” by Jennifer Warnick As one of our Chairman for IBcon 2013 we are proud of the work that Darrell Smith with Microsoft has done to advance the smart, connected, high performance, intelligent building industry and we are pleased to present his story.

Curious about how technology is changing Toronto’s @WaterfrontTO? This video explains: #ICF @NewCommunities

This year's top 10 skills that are going the way of the dinosaur (in no particular order) include the following.

Open systems definitions and terminologies for building automation systems and features. By Ron Bernstein, RBCG LLC, Encinitas, Calif.

How Do You Get Referrals? Seven Tips for Agency New Business by Second Wind  Obtaining valid new business leads is a goal for all agency principals. And there are few leads as valuable as a referral, where the agency may assume they were recommended to the referral by a client or business contact. But waiting around for a referral is not a proactive new business strategy.

The ControlTrends Awards Steering Committee is delighted to announce the venue for the 2013 CTA Awards Presentation will be the fabulous BB King Blues Club and Grille located on 42nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues, near Times Square.

Ted Leonsis: Top 13 Trends for 2013 Ted Leonsis is a nationally renowned entrepreneur, investor, and business leader. He sits on the board of directors of several leading companies, ranging from American Express to Groupon. Ted has been involved with Revolution Growth since its founding, and is an investor in and Chairman of Revolution Money and AddThis.

At least 20 companies have introduced products based on the open-source Android operating system that is very widely used for smart devices like handsets and tablets, all of them using CPUs based on ARM reference designs. Most smartphones and tablets use ARM.  It is likely that much of the industry will shift to ARM-based devices using Android or Linux in the next 1-3 years because ARM devices now rival the processing power of lower cost x86 personal computing devices, but at a fraction of the cost and, in most cases, size.


Control Solutions, Inc [ZP] How does the HomePlug Alliance view the smart grid?

[HOMEPLUG ALLIANCE] The smart grid will use 21st century communications and information technology to deliver electricity efficiently, reliably and securely, while allowing increased use of renewable power sources. Smart energy management coupled with the advanced smart grid infrastructure enables communication between utility companies and common household devices such as smart thermostats and appliances. Devices will communicate with the smart grid, enabling management of energy resources by both utilities and consumers. HomePlug is working with major energy companies and other industry groups to help build the ecosystem for both inside-the-home and outside, meter-to-grid applications.

Smart Grid: 10 Trends to Watch in 2013 and Beyond   Well into its second decade of existence, the smart grid market remains an exciting yet risky place to do business. This market strongly exhibits the correlation between high risk and high reward. The enormous scale of the business attracts serious players of all sizes, some disruptive and others simply opportunistic. Although several segments are well-established, little of this market could be characterized as mature. Navigant Research forecasts that smart grid technology revenue will reach a cumulative total of $494 billion during the period from 2012 to 2020, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10%

Automation Life Cycles - Important Consideration for Purchases, Migrations & Upgrades By Bill Lydon, Editor   For a new project or existing systems replacement/migration, life cycles should be part of the analysis when making a decision to purchase a control & automation systems.  Your company’s manufacturing competitiveness and TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) are directly impacted by the supplier’s lifecycles of the automation products that you purchase.

Virtually There; The new space occupies a long and narrow architectural structure which inspired Parolio to create the concept of  “A train constantly on the move, right in the center of the city”.  The main area is designed to look and feel like a train cabin. To create the illusion of movement, three huge solid screens play the role of windows. They are constantly projected with synchronized and programmed videos that flow, from one screen to the next, just like in real life. The images have been recorded from train windows all over the world, presenting urban and nature landscapes that transport the clients into the fantastic experience of travel and leisure, pulling them away from the reality of the city around them.

Interactive Video Wall.   Harness advanced touch-presentation capabilities, and create an innovative sponsorship platform.

BIM Bam Aconex knocking down walls

New Dual-Loop Lighting Control Improves Daylight Harvesting and Energy Efficiency in Spaces with Skylights

Researchers at the University of Michigan have invented a way for different wireless networks crammed into the same space to say "excuse me" to one another.Wi-Fi shares a frequency band with the popular Bluetooth and ZigBee systems, and all are often found in the same places together. But it's hard to prevent interference among the three technologies because they can't signal each other to coordinate the use of the spectrum. In addition, different generations of Wi-Fi sometimes fail to exchange coordination signals because they use wider or narrower radio bands. Both problems can slow down networks and break connections.

Global Building Automation & Controls Market (2013 - 2018) By Product, Application & Geography By Research and Markets Published: Thursday, Apr. 25, 2013 - 4:48

DOE has just released an Economic Impact Report on Smart Grid investments.  It tells a really good story about the national economic benefits of our deployment-focused Smart Grid programs (SGIG & SGDP), which is due half in part to the matching investments from states and the private sector, and the utilities and other companies with the ambition to roll a project out during the economic downturn.  I hope you’ll find it a good read.


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