May 2021

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May Issue "Building Digital Family & Wireless Wave

Beyond Twins & Triplets, working with wireless wave our new connected family supports, shares, works, plays well with others.

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kenMay is a very busy month for us all with two major industry events & and Monday Live every Monday of the month.  We use Trust to create our every evolving Building Digital Family and the every present growing wireless wave. No longer can anyone know it all so we need to partner with Digital Families of "Trust"

These events are virtually presented on new virtual digital platforms which link you seamlessly to their events providing new virtual touch, feel, networking with speakers and other attendees while connecting easily to several favors of personal social media of all attendees.

You need to register for these events so you will have access to their valuable content even after the event. As these are some of our industry's first virtual events we believe the new presentation medium is a big part of the message.

Register for all events they are all free, it will be an educational experience you do not want to miss.

I wrote this article/review generated some great discussions about twins and even triplets  but we as an industry have been Building Digital Family forever but the reach sophistication is increasing daily when we couple this with the decreasing cost and self-organization capabilities of the new devices which are part of the new wireless wave we better understand the need for last months theme " Adaptation "

How do we build a strong Digital Family? Last year we talked about the need for "Trust" in all we do

Join Eric Stromquist and Ken Sinclair on this ControlTalk video as they discuss a myriad of current themes: Creating the Digital Family, the Wireless Wave, Communities of Practice, the Community of Trust, and the new industry Rules of Engagement.

The task of building communities of trust has been an ongoing journey for our industry. Someone just identified our present web site as the pioneering online magazine that containing our industry's heritage.

Yes but our history is evolving daily. We now link to social media blog bits videos etc, not dot com as was our original focus. As always we attempt to links known communities of trust together to document our Automated Buildings
history evolving daily.

Very pleased to be a Keynote at  Come One, Come All to the Greatest BAS Show on Earth!    Witness never seen before products, software, and CONCEPTS that will shape the next decade in BAS technology! OMG it’s really happening... as you can see our contributing editor Scott Cochrane is excited

Next Up? Thursday, May 6th—Our BIG KEYNOTE DAY!!!!!!  


Mind blowing, mind sharing!!! We will uncover the truth vs. myth of the MASTER SYSTEMS INTEGRATOR. Staring myself, Jim Young (Founder/CEO, Realcomm) and Ken Sinclair (AutomatedBuildings Extraordinaire), with more than 100 years of industry vision asking big BAS questions to companies like Tridium, Honeywell, Johnson Controls, and Distech Controls!   


Ken and Jim are cornerstones for the BAS industry and I couldn’t ask for better cohorts when it comes to geeking out about the technology within. Ken, whom is my Dalai Lama of BAS, brings us a wealth of experience mixed with big thoughts to entice us to think in new directions. Jim is a madman—he never stops trying to uncover the tech story behind big buildings and is bringing vision into some of the biggest real estate portfolios on earth. Together, I know we will push the envelope...

This is a must read

How building digitalization is changing the Master Systems Integrators focus area  It is well recognized that the number of IP devices is exploding in the real estate industry and is growing faster than previous technical advances

Occurring just before and crossing over this event is

Project Haystack Marks 10 Years 2021 marks ten years since the beginning of Project Haystack. Wow, ten years. Who would have thought?

As we celebrate Haystack’s 10-year anniversary, we want to thank the global community—our founding members, associate members and the independent contributors for their commitment and effort. Thank you to the curators of the methodology; thank you to the multitude of working groups; thank you to the industry manufacturers who have made it part of their technology and solutions; thank you to the integrators who have utilized Haystack in well over 30,000 facilities; thank you to the owners, operators, facility managers and government organizations who are using Haystack in the daily operations of their buildings and IoT deployments. 

We are very excited to see what the future will bring. Here's to the next 10!

At the time of this writing, we are busy putting the final touches on the first ever virtual Haystack Connect. The response to this year’s event has been incredible. We currently have 565 registrants, 26 sponsors and 30 amazing presentations which you will find listed below. Thank you to the many individuals and organization contributing to the conference. We can’t wait to see you all May 4-6!

Of twins and triples, Nicolas writes A Future that is bigger than the past.  Is the Building Automation Industry Broken?  Or is the Building Automation Industry poised and ready to leapfrog into the future?

The upcoming four episodes tell a tale about the past, present and future of building automation worldwide. It will be about the connectivity platform for all, how to work with ontologies and taxonomies at scale and building the foundational layers for AI to take charge. It will be about the much needed sense of urgency, where it will come from, and in depth discussions about the need for meaningful data and reducing friction for digital onboarding.

Phil Kopp writes “The Future is Now”    Change has thrown so much at us over such a short period that everyone, literally every single human on the planet, has had to adapt to a new reality that simply didn’t exist a little over a year ago.

The adaptable building would have all the capabilities inbuilt to undertake these requirements by plugging in new systems and modules brought in on delivery trucks. With wireless networks bridging these systems together to eliminate the constraints of fixed reading and control points, programmed remotely in real time, and automated to meet the specific requirements of the current use, capacity, and environment. It may even be customized for local energy supply and demand conditions, as mated with other on-demand buildings and movable energy resources.

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.

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Wow! Now over 20,680 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 industry's evolution. Thank you all for your support.

Our LinkedIn online group created for discussion of our magazine created in 2010 Online Magazine Forum now has over 4322 members and has taken on a life of its 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 media of the day. You can help as we see 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 website 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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