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Archive for December, 2014

Third Party Integration Software Drivers – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

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In the quest for more open systems, many building owners are stuck with stranded investments in aging building management systems (BMS), which were developed and sold before the time of “Open Systems” and do not easily support the migration to LON or BACNET due to their proprietary communications protocols and physical connection requirements. Every owner wants to create a sustainable competitive environment at all levels within their procurement processes, and the inability of these older BMS to communicate with newer generation products create a sole source and proprietary relationship with the original system manufacturer.

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Tags: Automation & Control Solutions, Systems Integration & Controls

How Can Variable Frequency Drives Save You Money—or Not?

EnergywithwordsIt’s been said that, if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. When applied to energy, these essentially means that we need to understand that every motor does not require a drive. So while a VFD will oftentimes save a significant amount of energy and money, this isn’t always the case.

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Tags: Energy Services

Your Building: the On-Ramp to Your Network for Cyber Criminals

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Two things building owners and property managers need to know.

  1. Never underestimate your building control system as a vehicle of breach for hackers.
  2. Cyber security is a problem that will never be solved.

This second statement is one that I heard recently at a meeting that included primarily litigation professionals and cyber security experts.  If that makes you uncomfortable, I have some more statistics that will add to your level of discomfort…

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Tags: Building Intelligence

Experimenting with LEAN

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Did you know that Thomas Edison tested over 1600 materials while designing the filament for the electric light bulb? He is credited with saying “I have not failed 10,000 times. I have not failed once. I have succeeded in proving that those 10,000 ways will not work.” Applying LEAN thinking requires a similar approach.

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Tags: LEAN