1. Better Late Then Never: HID Global’s top 10 access control trends for 2013 TREND #6: Mobile access control is accelerating identity management’s move to the cloud, supported by new managed services. Companies have already begun outsourcing their traditional badging projects to cloud-based service providers that have the scale and resources to handle large-volume orders with tight deadlines that would otherwise be difficult for an individual credential issuer or integrator to accommodate on its own. And now, with the advent of mobile access control, the scope of services is growing to include deploying and managing mobile credentials carried on users’ NFC-enabled smart phones. Organizations will provision mobile access control credentials in one of two ways. The first is via the same type of Internet portal used to provision traditional plastic credentials – the mobile device will be connected to the network via a USB or Wi-Fi enabled link. The second approach is over-the-air via a mobile network operator, similar to how smart phone users download apps and songs.
2. Schneider Electric download. Advantages of Using a Reference Design:•It is no longer practical or cost-effective to completely engineer all aspects of a unique data center. Re-use of proven designs is a best practice for both new and upgrading data centers.•Adopting a well conceived reference design can have a positive impact on the project and the operation of the data center. •Reference designs simplify and shorten the planning and implementation process and reduce downtime risks. In this paper reference designs are defined and their benefits are explained
3. 2014 Building Energy Summit Advisory Council. ABOUT THE SUMMIT: On April 1, 2014, building owners, energy experts, and technology pioneers will converge at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC to address the challenges and opportunities surrounding the need for more energy efficient buildings. Join us for the 2014 Building Energy Summit and be a part of the revolution that is permanently changing the way we manage and operate buildings. The 2014 Summit brings together leaders from both the public and private sector to debate and discuss energy efficient technologies and solutions, energy policy, funding and incentives, alternative sources of energy, and more.
4. DOE Announces Webinars on Energy Efficiency Competitions, Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines, and More. The Energy Department will present a live webinar titled “Intra-organization Energy Efficiency Competitions” on Tuesday, November 5, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. This webinar will show how public and private organizations can boost their energy efficiency through friendly competitions by highlighting two organizations that have had success with this: Better Buildings Challenge partner City of El Paso and Better Buildings, Better Plants Partner Legrand. Register to attend the webinar. The Energy Department will also present a live webinar titled “Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines” on Thursday, November 7, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The webinar will provide an overview of the recently launched Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines project and will offer a Q&A session at the end.
5. SGIP Conference Next Week: FERC Commissioner John Norris to Keynote; Cybersecurity Standards and Advanced Energy Rate Structures Discussions. This not-to-be-missed event is an unprecedented opportunity for Smart Grid stakeholders from all domains of the power energy ecosystem to come together and discuss the orchestration of the standards that critically impact, enhance, and accelerate the deployment of a smarter grid. Hear about industry perspectives on Smart Grid interoperability standards and related topics such as: cybersecurity; transactive energy, microgrids, effect of interoperable standards on advanced metering infrastructure; outage management and international perspectives, an introduction of release 3 of the NIST Smart Grid Framework and highlights of changes; case studies; and business concerns. Learn more about the conference and download the overview agenda in the Conference Prospectus.