The panel of Brad White, Nicolas Waern, Calvin Slater, and Zach Nestov laid out their concepts of next generation of Open Hardware and Open Software to a standing room only crowd at their session at the 2019 AHR EXPO. The opinions from the attendees was remarkably candid and often contrary to the panel’s as the transformative changes disrupting the BAS industry naturally set many of the old-school traditionalist’s viewpoints at odds with the extraordinary economic implications of espousing open (free) hardware and software. Video of session to follow. [Read more…]
Ken Sinclair was joined by a panel of renown industry experts at the Exploring our Human Connection, Our Seventh Annual Connection Community Collaboratory held January 15th, at the 2019 AHR EXPO in Atlanta, to assist Ken’s heightened efforts to enlighten our industry and help maximize the potential opportunities the burgeoning wave of IoT technologies that both endow — and challenge us. [Read more…]
In his Automated Buildings’ January editorial, editor/owner Ken Sinclair sounds the “Open 2019″ trumpets! Just how open is Ken Sinclair talking about?” Well, Ken pulls no punches. He wants big time open! Quote: “The ‘major proprietary dragons’ of our building automation industry are slow to warm to open, but are using open source to catch up. [Read more…]
In Ken Sinclair’s November edition of AutomatedBuildings.com, we continue our quest down the Edge Rabbit Hole. We know from last month that “Edge-ification” is the process of moving intelligence and control to the Edge. Ken’s interview with John Petze takes us even deeper into our understanding of “edge-ication” or more correctly, “by computing at the edge,” we are referring to performing essential data acquisition and computation functions as close to the data source as possible. Must read the rest of this!
More Great November Articles!
Project Haystack Update, John Petze, Marc Petock, Project Haystack
DX, Marc Petock, Lynxspring Inc.
Niagara Edge, Therese Sullivan, BuildingContext Ltd
Cheating “Death by 1000 cuts,” Nicolas Waern, Go-IoT
Bridging the Gap, Daniel Scalisi, COO, SmartCSM
Microsoft’s Azure Digital Twins Platform, James McHale, Memoori
Facility IT and the Future Workforce, Anto Budiardjo, Facility IT Evangelist
EDGE-YOU-CATION, Leo SaLemi George Brown College
Unconnected Building Networks is Not Smart, James McHale, Memoori
What is Edge Computing? Parikshit Joshi, Simform
26 BAS Controls Technical Interview Questions, Skip Freeman, BASI Solutions, LLC & Phil Zito, Building Automation Monthly
Ken Sinclair’s October edition of AutomatedBuildings.com, is nothing short of punderful. Ken’s deliberate play on words delivers yet another deep deliberation on humanized interactions, integrated and deployed with the hatching technologies — and how they are soon to reside within the smart and holistic building space, with its occupants and AI-enabled edge devices.
Excerpt from Ken’s editorial: “Edge-You-Cation” – Learning about our journey to the Edge. I am always playing with words when I can not find the words to express myself, I create my own. Here is another one: Edge-ification, the process of moving intelligence and control to the Edge. Why am I so Edgy? In my mind our journey to the edge is a big thing. There is a joke in our industry that we are always moving toward or away from centralization. We are definitely moving away from centralized clouded thinking and moving our thoughts to humanized mindful interacting edge devices. With intelligent self-learning edge devices and the use of Artificial Intelligence “AI” moving to the edge, the future cloud will more resemble the library containing our tools to build our self-sufficient edge devices and be the information banks for these bot like devices.
Education the Never Ending Story, Leo SaLemi, George Brown College
The Need for Open-Software, Open-Hardware, Calvin Slater
Your Bias is Showing, Paul Campbell, Phoenix Energy Technologies
Advocating For A Hands-On Approach to BAS Training, Jon Vietti, DDC Support Services
The New Dialogue in Smart Buildings, Marc Petock, Lynxspring Inc
Keeping Up with the Data Demands, James McHale, Memoori
In his September edition of Automated Buildings, Ken Sinclair concludes that “the most important component of the open movement is opening our minds while growing younger.” Ken also cites Self-learning Machine Vision as the newest and most cost-effective Edge Bot Capability yet. Read more!
Excerpt from Ken’s September editorial: “While whispering, I shouted these words: Those that well understand what I am talking about are younger, we all need to grow younger to understand. We all need to engage with their digitally raised thoughts to help us understand new ways of thinking and doing old things. The complete industry needs to grow younger while engaging in the discussion of digital disruption.” Read more!
Also, get your AHR 2019 EXPO Calendars out — and mark these dates for our Free Education sessions at AHREXPO.com 2019ahratlanta
MONDAY, Jan 14, 2019 — Room B311
9:00-10:00 The Future of Building Automation Creating our New Persona “Building Emotion”
10:30-11:30 Introduction to Building Automation Systems
12:00-1:00 Building Automation 101
1:30-2:30 Smart Environments for Humans
3:00-5:00 GWAC Seminar; Grid Connected Buildings as a Transactive Hub
TUESDAY, Jan 15, 2019 — Room B311
9:00-10:00 Smart Building Automation Evolution from Ethernet to Emotion
10:30-11:30 Semantic Tagging Passes an Inflection Point – Understanding Project Haystack
12:00-1:00 Next Generation HVAC Controls: Open Hardware – Open Software
1:30-2:30 Exploring our Human Connection: 7th Annual Connection Community Collaboratory
3:00-4:00 The Future of the “Super” Master Systems Integrator
More Great September Articles:
Building Better Bots with Machine Vision, Calvin Slater
Sharing of Custom Sedona Kits, Components and Tools, Zach Netsov, Contemporary Controls
Open Hardware, Open Software, and Building Bots, Nicolas Waern, Go-IoT
Elevating Smart Building Design to Create Attractive Spaces, Brad White, SES Consulting Inc.
Is Your Building Running a Fever? Keith Gipson, Phoenix Energy Technologies
We’ve Got It Backwards, Toby Ruckert, UIB
The Building Systems Integrator, Brian Turner, Buildings IOT
Hiring Elite Controls Talent – Part 4, Skip Freeman, BASI Solutions, LLC
Let’s Talk Facility IT, Anto Budiardjo, Fractional Entrepreneur
SaaS for CRE, James McHale, Memoori
In his August edition of Automated Buildings, Ken Sinclair encourages us to make the same leaps of faith in technology — in our professional lives that we make without hesitation in our personal lives — to keep current with the future of our industry.
Excerpt from Ken’s August editorial: “What are Building Whisperers? Those who adopt a sympathetic view of the motives, needs, and desires of the Building’s relationship with its humanistic purpose based on rapidly evolving views and understandings. What is the process of creating or Building Whisperers? We need to clearly educated and inform our industry practitioners of the art of humanizing our building relationships. We all need to engage in the discussion of change while learning how to whisper building emotion.”
More great August Articles:
Is our industry Building-IoT ready?More Pook-Ping Yao, Optigo Networks
When Will Smart Buildings Make Hearts Sing? Therese Sullivan, BuildingContext Ltd
Analytics at Edge, Marc Petock, Lynxspring
2018 Voice Buyer’s Guide, Ken Herron, UIB
Where to Get a Building Automation Degree, Scott Holstein, Computrols
Where is SedonaDev.Org? George Thomas, Contemporary Controls
Honeypots, Chipkin Automation Systems Inc.
Technology and The Five Pillars of Asset Management, Logan Soya, Aquicore
Research Suggests Stress Can Increase Productivity, James McHale, Memoori
EnOcean® Wireless, Mike Schell, AirTest Technologies Inc.
Episode 274: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending July 15, 2018, features Ken Sinclair, owner and editor Automated Buildings, who shares some more of his amazing industry voyage (viewers and listeners will be richly rewarded). Siemens puts the pedal to the metal on its way to “Perfect Places” — adding Building Robotics and Comfy to its J2 Innovations and EnLightened acquisitions. Kele acquires MI Controls; Belimo Fire Protection Scenarios Video; Microsoft’s perceived 30,000 foot participation in the Smart Buildings Space is really hovering at an altitude closer than you may think; Realcomm20/IBcon Conference Live Interview with Rajavel Subramanian of Facilio; and more!
Why Siemens bought Comfy and how they will make “Perfect Places.” We have been talking about Siemens’ acquisition of Comfy for a while. We have wondered just what the two companies will create. In this video we get clarity on how Siemens and Comfy will work together to create “perfect places” and perfect environments for people who inhabit smart commercial buildings. Eike-Oliver Steffen, the Head of Solutions and Services Portfolio Siemens Building Technologies, and Andrew Krioukou, CEO and Co Founder of Comfy, discuss their shared vision in this enlightening video.
Kele Acquires MI Controls. This just in: Kele has acquired MIControls, Inc., co-located in Seattle and Portland, OR. According to Kele President and CEO Richard Campbell: “This strategic move enables us to serve our customers in the Western United States better and faster by locating products closer to you. Nothing changes in how you do business with us today. We will be working through the integration with MIControls in the coming months. You can expect the same great service you already receive from Kele but with even faster delivery once the integration is complete.
Ken Sinclair’s Automated Buildings’ July 2018 Issue, “Building Emotion.” In his July, 2018, edition of Automated Buildings, owner and editor, Ken Sinclair suggests it’s time for us to create “an emotional sense of our building space.” Siemens CEO, Matthias Rebellius agrees — because we spend up to 90% of our lives in buildings. We know that art and architecture trigger our emotions, but will buildings ever evoke their own emotions? Ken Sinclair believes there is need for “An improved relationship between the physical, the virtual and the emotional world.”
Belimo – Fire Protection Scenarios — Great Visual Presentation of Motorized Fire Dampers versus Non-motorized Fire Dampers. More Performance. More Value. More Safety. Technology that Saves Lives! Belimo fire and smoke damper actuators are designed for operation in smoke and combination fire and smoke dampers in ventilation and air-conditioning systems with a torque range from 18 in-lbs to 180 in-lbs @ 350°F.
Watch (and or listen) to our amazing ControlTalk NOW conversation with Ken Sinclair, owner and editor of Automated Buildings. Ken reviews his Automated Buildings‘ July edition, important take-aways from his Helsinki excursion, some of his most recent 20 year industry journey, most of which is digitally documented, and then brings us to the crest of change and digital mindfulness and building emotions. Ken leaves us with one possible solution: instead of trying to make humans more technically savvy, make technology more human. Great industry insight and conversation.
What Ken Sinclair and Julie Miner have to teach you about your next Smart Building Controls Opportunity. One of the really cool things about ControlTrends, is that we get to go to great conferences like Real Comm IBcon and talk with insightful people like Jim Young and Ken Sinclair. We get to see trends unfold and are hopefully able to convey these to the ControlTrends Community in such a way that our insights can prepare you for the next turn in the road and the next opportunity. Well listen up, because putting great controls and analytics in a building are not going to be enough. It is going to be about the experience that the building creates.
Realcomm20/IBcon Conference Live Interview with Rajavel Subramanian of Facilio. ControlTrends had the opportunity to interview Rajavel Subramanian of Facilio at the Realcomm20/IBcon Conference Live Product Launchpad. Facilio is new to the North American market and is seeking to develop a channel with Niagara partners. Facilio offers a great facility management product for buildings in the 50,000 to 100,000 square foot range.
One of the really cool things about ControlTrends, is that we get to go to great conferences like Real Comm IBcon and talk with insightful people like Jim Young and Ken Sinclair. We get to see trends unfold and are hopefully able to convey these to the ControlTrends Community in such a way that our insights can prepare you for the next turn in the road and the next opportunity.
Well listen up, because putting great controls and analytics in a building are not going to be enough. It is going to be about the experience that the building creates, and the smart building controls professionals that understand this and how to deliver it will thrive — in what we are calling the humanization of the smart building. That’s right, your building and its inhabitants will no longer be thought of as two separate entities, but as one living, breathing thing.
As Ken Sinclair says in his July Article Building Emotion:
“Emotion” is the noun used to describe the creation and depiction of a mindful interactive relationship that conveys the conversation between the inhabitants and their physical building. It is a virtual identity, a feeling, a learning. an interactive piece, a virtual brick, and mortar that hosts the buildings’ emotion. “Building” is the verb or noun that modifies it.”
As usual, Ken has his finger on the changing pulse of the smart building controls world. But, how do you go from a concept and a need to actually making it real and tangible in the modern day smart building? How do you go from traditional space utilization to creating a unique “space experience”?
To get the answer to these questions we caught up with Juile Minor, from Cohn Reznick, at the 2018 Real Comm IBcon show in Las Vegas. Cohn Reznick has been the go to advisory resource that helps clients maximize their real estate assets. Julie and her team specialize in space utilization that allow physical spaces to become more than just a place to go to work, but to enhance the experience of work. And who do you think will lease more office space, the one that is selling an experience or the one that is just leasing square footage?
As a smart building controls providers, we must be aware of these trends and pay attention to people like Ken Sincalir and Julie Miner if we want to stay relevant.