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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.

Mike Donlon, Director of Research & Development, speaking at the BOMA International Conference. Mike's presentation covers an introduction to machine learning and how it is being used in commercial HVAC control systems.

Google uses DeepMind AI to cut data center energy bills The AI successfully reduced power consumption by 15 percent overall

Pigeon RB100 is a computer designed for use in control and automation systems. Pigeon RB100 is powered by Raspberry Pi Compute Module and Linux system.

How fog computing pushes IoT intelligence to the edge.  The cloud paradigm is like having your brain command your limbs from miles away.

Over the past 10 years, the arrival of pervasive technology means that we’ve collectively shifted our gaze from the physical world to the digital screen. But over the past few weeks, augmented reality via the likes of Pokémon Go has busted into our lives and lifted that collective gaze. This thin layer of information, instigation, and curation between us and the physical world is a form of technology that we really haven’t seen adopted en masse before. But now we know how to create it, and my hope is that we harness this form of technology to improve how we interact with each other and our physical environment.

"Envelop for Windows is our first idea of what immersive computing might look like," says Bob Berry, CEO and cofounder of Envelop. "We have a vision of where it’s going, but we need to get there incrementally. We can’t just go off and build cyberspace or build the metaverse from the ground up. I think we need to have a way to use our computer in VR and AR, and Envelop for Windows right now is the best way to do that."

An HVACR Open Letter to Graduates: NEWS editor-in-chief Kyle Gargaro explains the benefits of an HVACR career to recent high school graduates

ControlTrends has been anticipating the adoption of smart glasses in our HVAC industry and learned that the Lee Company, a contracting firm servicing Middle Tennessee, has already fully adopted the innovative use of wearable technology, which is revolutionizing the Facilities Services Industry. As Lee Company’s marketing states, “Telepresence is not a thing of the future, it’s the way of today. Information is power. Move forward with Insight.” Lee Company’s innovative technology helps you make informed decisions for your facilities, your customers and your bottom-lLee oneine.

This white paper examines the alternative of maintaining power in its native DC form from distributed generation and storage sources in a simplified, more flexible, efficient and resilient configuration in the building. This DC power could be aggregated with AC power from the public grid and distributed in the building via a hybrid AC/DC microgrid. The paper also explores the eventual interconnection of building-level microgrids within and between buildings and the public grid to create an energy network.  The paper refers to this energy network as the “Enernet,” analogous to the network of computers that constitute the Internet.  A tiered configuration of private microgrids and public grids in domains akin to the physical network topology of the Internet is proposed.  Also discussed are the motivation, need, and status of new standards to support the implementation of such buildings with wide-scale use of private microgrids that would be increasingly based on low voltage (under 1500 Volts (V) DC) direct current.

Coleman Brumley Yes, Addendum AJ has been implemented by vendors. Utilizing 6LoWPAN (802.15.4) is a physical layer issue, not necessarily a BACnet (application and transport layers) issue. Running IPv6 over 802.15.4 is transparent to the application that utilizes IPv6. The same concepts that "allows" BACnet/IPv4 to run over 802.11 will "allow" BACnet/IPv6 to run over 802.15.4. BACnet/IPv6 is a natural fit for 6LoWPAN in that it utilizes UDP as opposed to TCP. So, if you have a the platform that utilizes 802.15.4 and a BACnet application that implements BACnet/IPv6 then you will be good to go. The only caveat I see to a device implementing this is the packet size, which should be limited to 80 bytes at the application layer. So, if you're going to support much larger APDU sizes in BACnet (which allows up to 1476 bytes for BACnet/IPv6), then UDP fragmentation is a necessity.

The UCME-OPC™ edge – information when you need it, where you need it. UCME-OPC™ is industrial automation control software that uses standard wireline, wireless, and SMS technologies to interface with any SCADA/HMI, DCS, OPC or DDE server, providing efficient, rapid and secure two-way communication with SCADA platforms, remote devices and users, via text messaging (SMS) or telephony.

In this free eBook,"The Role of Smart Connected Assets in Digital Transformation: How People, Processes, and Technology Are Disrupting Business Models," LNS Research explains the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Cloud, Big Data Analytics, and Mobility, as well as how these technology trends are enabling innovative approaches to communication, asset maintenance, and products and services that drive enormous business value, such as: A fully connected workforce Digital modeling Selling capacity instead of capital Selling asset lifecycle management as a service - See more at:

This eBook provides manufacturers with a roadmap for establishing a Digital Transformation framework for their manufacturing system architecture to capture and effectively manage the onslaught of Big Data captured from non-traditional sources that delivers unprecedented insights, and will quickly deliver the value to expand a pilot project across the plant and beyond.

How the IIoT will mesh with Big Data Analytics to answer questions that lead to better business decisions and increase the bottom line.  The newest infographic from LNS Research shows that IIoT and Big Data will provide new answers to old questions and bring entirely new questions to the conversation.

This article published in Engineered System is a great head shake and helps provide introduction to our September issue "The Self Learning Edge Revolution"

Raspberry Pi is a low cost, case-less computer, the size of a credit card. It plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse. The device was created to be a low-cast computer that would enable kids to play around with computer projects and programming without fear of an expensive mistake.

Explore the high-performance, low-power world with the tiny, affordable, open-source Beagles. Putting Android, Ubuntu and other Linux flavors at your fingertips, the Beagle family revs as high as 1GHz with flexible peripheral interfaces and a proven ecosystem of feature-rich "Cape" plug-in boards.

Your Air-Conditioned Office Could Be Hurting Your Productivity—Here’s How to Fight Back

Evolution of the Control System Integrator  As the demand for data dramatically increases, industrial organizations will depend heavily on control system integrators to navigate the convergence of OT and IT. Based on an industry survey, this white paper examines the current challenges and future trends for industrial controls professionals.

Thank You Our small team of three has worked hard to build something new, exciting, and powerful. We can’t wait to see what you do with FarmBot. Cheers, to the open food future!– Rory, Rick, and Tim



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