CoRE Tech 2014 @ Sprint Campus & OPCC, Overland Park, KS — November 10-11

coretech923_2014CoRE Tech 2014 is a unique gathering of the world’s most proactive, visionary corporate real estate executives who’ve elected to come together to focus on innovative automation and technology strategies. Day 1 of the 2-day event will be held on the Sprint Corporate HQ Campus. Day 2 will be held at the nearby Overland Park Convention Center.

Watch this 3 minute video to see how CoRE Tech will give you an opportunity to collaborate with other industry professionals and to explore how Innovation, Technology and Automation are changing the way we operate and use corporate real estate and facilities.

Embracing Change : REThink | Innovate | Transform

Over the last decade, technological advancements have (1) reduced the need for traditional office space, (2) radically transformed CRE information management strategies and (3) introduced a new era of smart buildings and campuses. At the heart of this change is the ubiquity of high-speed Internet access, mobile technologies and cloud-based collaboration tools.

While these technological innovations have been happening gradually during this time, a significant increase in momentum has been seen in the last 12-18 months. This infographic illustrates the ongoing process.

Corporate real estate transformation begins with a business process requiring improvement, which is the BUSINESS DRIVER (motivation). We then move onto INNOVATION (the idea) where we aggregate the TECHNOLOGY (the tools) and finally the AUTOMATION of the process (the result).
The automation that results impacts three major areas of corporate real estate and facilities, 1) how we use space, 2) the information systems used to manage real estate and facility processes and 3) the smart, connected, high-performance building and campus.

Corporate America and corporations around the world have begun to fully embrace the benefits of how innovation, technology and automation can significantly transform how we use and operate buildings. The three most obvious business benefits include:

Significant reduction in energy usage
Significant reduction in operating costs
Creation of an engaging, safe and productive work environment

Sprint to Host CoRE Tech 2014: Sprint, a longtime pioneer in the mobility industry, along with several of their partners, have developed a series of mobile technology offerings designed specifically for the CRE and facilities environment. They will be the host of this year’s CoRE Tech conference, giving attendees a unique opportunity to tour their corporate campus and explore their Innovation Program focused on solving real estate problems using mobile and other leading-edge technologies.

A few of the many mobile-based solutions to be showcased at the campus are: Auto & Bike Fleet Management Tracking, Wireless Lighting Controls, Wireless Sensors, Mobile Data Collection, Automated Waste & Recycling Management, Wireless Water & Leak Detection, 3G/4G Remote Surveillance, Fire Extinguisher Monitoring, and many more.

Technology, automation and innovation are at the center of Corporate Real Estate and Facilities!

The CoRE Tech education program will focus on the issues facing corporate real estate, facility, sustainability and energy executives and explore the technology tools available that can positively impact the bottom line of their companies – from automating business processes, to general technology solutions specifically for corporate real estate organizations, to smarter “green” intelligent building technologies.

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CoRE Tech2014 – Nov 10-11, 2014 – Sprint Campus and OPCC, Overland Park, KS

coretech2014 CoRE Tech 2014 is a unique gathering of the world’s most proactive, visionary corporate real estate executives who’ve elected to come together in order to focus on innovative automation and technology strategies that will enable them to move their respective corporate real estate organizations into the 21st century.

Embracing Change : REThink | Innovate | Transform

Over the last decade, technological advancements have (1) reduced the need for traditional office space, (2) radically transformed CRE information management strategies and (3) introduced a new era of smart buildings and campuses. At the heart of this change is the ubiquity of high-speed Internet access, mobile technologies and cloud-based collaboration tools. The CoRE Tech 2014 conference, with its theme, Embracing Change: REThink | Innovate | Transform, will showcase how technology continues to drive how we design, develop, lease, manage and use corporate facilities today.

Sprint, a longtime pioneer in the mobility industry, along with its partners, have developed a series of mobile technology offerings designed specifically for the CRE and facilities environment. They will be the host of this year’s CoRE Tech conference, giving attendees a unique opportunity to tour their corporate campus and explore their ‘Innovation Program’ focused on solving real estate problems using mobile and other leading-edge technologies.

A few of the many mobile-based solutions to be showcased on the campus tour include: Building Alarm Monitoring, Electronic Key & Access Control System, Fleet Management Tracking, 3G/4G Remote Surveillance, Workplace Utilization Tracking, Wireless Lighting Controls, Fire Extinguisher Monitoring, and others.

Technology, automation and innovation are at the center of Corporate Real Estate and Facilities!

* Information systems are organizing real estate, facility, energy, finance and human resource data like never before.
* Smart buildings and campuses are redefining corporate real estate best practices.
* Mobility and all the changes it brings to the workplace represent a major paradigm shift in how corporations and their employees operate.
*For anyone who touches corporate real estate and facilities, the skills and organizational chart are quickly changing.

The conference education program will focus on the issues facing corporate real estate, facility, sustainability and energy executives and explore the technology tools available that can positively impact the bottom line of their companies – from automating business processes, to general technology solutions specifically for corporate real estate organizations, to smarter “green” intelligent building technologies.

John Petze Delivers Project-Haystack 501-(c) (6) Status Announcement at IBcon 2014

John Petze, a leading spokesperson for Project-Haystack, the open source initiative focused on developing semantic modeling conventions and taxonomies for smart device data today, announced the formation of a 501-C6 Corporation made possible by its founding members: Airmaster, J2 Innovations, Lynxspring, Siemens, SkyFoundry, Wattstopper, and Yardi. Since its formation in March of 2011, Project-Haystack.org has grown tremendously (now, over 500 members) providing the industry with an open-source, collaborative environment where people work together to address the challenge of utilizing semantic modeling (also known as tagging) to streamline the interchange of data among software applications. The community has developed a flexible, extensible, data modeling approach and standard models for common equipment systems.

The standard includes detailed documentation describing the data modeling techniques, significant libraries of equipment models, and software reference implementations to easily enable software applications to consume smart device data that is “marked up” with Project-Haystack data descriptions.

More background on Project-Haystack. Modern automations systems, metering systems and other smart devices produce tremendous amount of data, but this data is hard to utilize across different applications because it is stored in many different formats, has inconsistent naming conventions, and very limited data descriptors. Simply put, it lacks information to describe the meaning of the data.

Project-Haystack helps address these challenges. The work developed by the Project-Haystack community streamlines the process of managing, presenting and analyzing the vast amount of data produced by smart devices and equipment systems. Project-Haystack data modeling techniques can be used with virtually any type of system data. The community’s work not tied to any vendor, or communication protocol.

Powered by Possibilites: Video Welcome to the 2014 Niagara Summit

TridiumThe power of this video lingers and it continues its vision of what the future holds. Awesome kick-off to the “Welcome to the 2014 Niagara Summit,” where the power of the Niagara Framework and Innovation met — and keep meeting. With the open internet of things and Niagara, buildings are more efficient, data centers are optimized, industrial plants are improving quality and precision, and city infrastructures are connected and smarter. Prepare to be Powered by Possibilities!

Vivid Performance: Meet Viconics’ VT8000 Series Thermostat & Room Comfort Controller

ViconicsVT8Simon Leblond, Schneider Electric’s Director of Strategy & Marketing, Buildings Division, explains to the Niagara and ControlTrends Communities — why year in and year out — Viconics is the thermostat or room comfort controller of choice that offers the lowest installed cost. The new VT8000 series is available with wireless and all the communication protocols, along with a customizable display that allows color matching decor, branding emphasis, live language changes, other features that will help pull the sale of Viconics through the interior designer and architect channels.

Project-Haystack Announces Formation of 501-C Corporation and Founding Members

Project HaystackProject-Haystack, an open source initiative focused on developing semantic modeling conventions and taxonomies for smart device data today announced the formation of a 501-C Corporation and Founding Members.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA JUNE 16, 2014- Project-Haystack, an open source initiative focused on developing semantic modeling conventions and taxonomies for smart device data today announced the formation of a 501-C Corporation. The announcement was made at iBCON an event and conference focused on open architected, interoperable and integrated IP centric smart, connected, high performance, intelligent buildings. Project-Haystack won the Digie award for Best Intelligent Building Technology Innovation at iBCON in 2013.

The launch of the 501-C Corp has been made possible by the support of seven founding member companies: Airmaster, J2 Innovations, Lynxspring, Siemens, SkyFoundry, Wattstopper, and Yardi.

Background on Project-Haystack. Modern automations systems, metering systems and other smart devices produce tremendous amount of data, but this data is hard to utilize across different applications because it is stored in many different formats, has inconsistent naming conventions, and very limited data descriptors. Simply put, it lacks information to describe the meaning of the data.

Project-Haystack helps address these challenges. The work developed by the Project-Haystack community streamlines the process of managing, presenting and analyzing the vast amount of data produced by smart devices and equipment systems. Project-Haystack data modeling techniques can be used with virtually any type of system data. The community’s work not tied to any vendor, or communication protocol.

Since its formation in March of 2011, Project-Haystack.org has grown tremendously providing the industry with an open-source, collaborative environment where people work together to address the challenge of utilizing semantic modeling (also known as tagging) to streamline the interchange of data among software applications. The community has developed a flexible, extensible, data modeling approach and standard models for common equipment systems. The standard includes detailed documentation describing the data modeling techniques, significant libraries of equipment models, and software reference implementations to easily enable software applications to consume smart device data that is “marked up” with Project-Haystack data descriptions.

The formation of a 501-C Corp will help the organization expand the reach of Project-Haystack and support promotional activities and services to members and contributors to the effort. The founding members have designated representatives to form the initial Board of Directors. Additional membership levels are available.

More information on Project-Haystack can be found at: www.project-haystsck.org.

Media Contacts:
Marc Petock
Vice President Marketing
Lynxspring, Inc.
Marc.petock@lynxspring.com

John Petze
Principal
SkyFoundry

EASYIO’s Annual Conference in Madrid, Spain! September 14-17, 2014, World Event

2014_EasyIO_PartnerEventYou fancy a nice break in Madrid, Spain? – with your friends from EasyIO? – we have lots of new goodies to show you (include the Mega Beast V2 FG hardware) over an action-packed three days in Madrid, Spain. Includes Training and Developer Sessions.

More details to follow! Please put this awesome event in your calendars and diaries for 2014, and treat yourself to an unforgettable business event and experience in the of the most marvelous and beautiful cities in the world.Easy-IO

Attendee details and sign-up here.

Rocking The Niagara Summit with Lynxspring

Great fun was had at the Lynxspring booth during the 2014 Niagara Summit Vendor Showcase. We got to spend time with Lynxspring President and CEO, Terry Swope, who shared his views about Lynxspring’s products and philosophies. We also had a very special treat, as the one and only Marc Petock, interviews Jeff Houpt, of Automation Integrated, LLC, one of Lynxspring’s top integration partners, whose Lynxspring solution reduced operational costs on such a broad scale that this major retail customer was able to almost double their number of stores and increase their market presence from five to eleven states.

Day 2 @ 2014 Niagara Summit: Cyber Security Panel, Author Don Tapscott, & M2M

NS142 Day 2’s General Session began by directing the Niagara Community’s focus to the serious issue of cyber security. “Security is a journey, not a destination.” PBS NewsHour Senior Correspondent Jeffery Brown moderated a formidable team of security experts: Marty Edwards, ICS-CERT; Fred Gordy, McKenney’s; Shane Riggio, VP IT Macerich; and Kevin Staggs, CISSP, Senior Engineering Fellow, ATL, Honeywell Automation and Control. Unfortunately, our buildings and building networks are highly vulnerable — and the bad guys are getting better. Some important takeaways: Get the cyber security conversation started; make security part of the organizational and building DNA; seriously budget for security, send people to training, and then evaluate your first experience; rotate your system around and view it as an “evil bit,” and prepare your worst case scenario answers now — so, if an attack does happen, you control the message and certainly know who is responsible to respond; regulations tend to create a culture of minimum compliance; and finally, effective cyber security requires good security citizenship — awareness and and concern from everyone in the chain at every level.

Day Two Niagara Summit Highlights from Eric Stromquist on Vimeo.

Day 2’s second speaker was the amazing Don Tapscott, Thinkers50’s 4th most influential living management thinker, Co-author of both Wikinomics and Macrowikinomics, and author of the Grown Up Digital. Perhaps Tapscott’s most provocative insight was from his most recent and relative e-book entitled Radical Openness: Four Unexpected Principles for Success. We are at a turning point in history, experiencing the transformation of the physical world. So, get off the burning platform; and with great optimism, realize and accept that the future is something yet to achieve!

The 3rd presentation was by Machina Research, Global advisors on M2M, the Internet of Things, and Big Data. Machina provided the results of the Niagara Community survey and IoT market intelligence and strategic emerging market insights.

Stay tuned for more on 2014 Niagara Summit!