Building Management

CiscoLive! US 2012 Comes to an End

CiscoLive! US came to a close Thursday, the first beautifully sunny day this week amidst milder temperatures. The ending keynote featured the overwhelmingly attendee demanded Mythbusters. The inspiring talk from Adam Savage… Read more »

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CiscoLive at Petco Park

Wednesday night brought CiscoLive attendees to San Diego’s Petco Park, across from the convention center. Cisco provided food, drink, games, and music as a thanks to its customers. The show included… Read more »

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Development of Green Buildings Market in India – Part III

We conclude our three part series on the development of the market for green buildings in India by discussing two of the key initiatives taken by Schneider Electric in India… Read more »

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Wednesday at CiscoLive: The Cloud, Security, and EnergyWise™

Wednesday threatened rain early in San Diego but the weather looked up, slightly overcast by conference time. Again, attendees lined up over 30 minutes early for the highly anticipated keynote… Read more »

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CiscoLive!, The World of Solutions Opens

CiscoLive! really started to pick up today with the majority of attendees arriving. Early morning shuttles were packed, as were the registration and dining areas. Attendees lined up 30 minutes… Read more »

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Tuesday at CiscoLive and Cisco CEO John Chambers Keynote Presentation

Attendees began to line up an hour before Tuesday’s Keynote given by CEO John Chambers and the line stretched down and around the main hallway outside the hall. The presentation started… Read more »

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CiscoLive!, The World of Solutions Opens

CiscoLive! really started to pick up today with the majority of attendees arriving. Early morning shuttles were packed, as were the registration and dining areas. Attendees lined up 30 minutes early for the… Read more »

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CiscoLive! US Begins

Registration opened late yesterday at the San Diego Convention Center but it was Sunday that saw the influx of attendees as the first sessions were hosted in the morning. Cisco Staff… Read more »

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Role of Stakeholders in the Development of Green Buildings Market in India

In this second installment of our three part series, we will discuss the role of different stakeholders in the development of the market for green buildings in India. Certain banks… Read more »

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The Living Building Challenge – Moonshot or Mainstream?

I believe in moonshots. Super-stretch goals. Bigger Games and BHAGS.  That’s why the Living Building Challenge caught my attention a few years ago – because it has the power to… Read more »

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Technology is great, but it all comes down to people

We all know that energy efficiency is the fastest, cheapest, and cleanest way to tackle our energy dilemma and that the technology exists today to identify and realize these efficiencies. … Read more »

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For Innovative Solutions, You Need a Broad Product Portfolio

Previously, I’ve talked about the Internet of Things and how it, along with a digital hub, leads to building energy management systems (BEMS) that enable improved connectivity and efficiency, physical… Read more »

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Trends in Device Level Control: Sensors in School

You may have a class reunion coming up. Or maybe you’ve just been to one. Something that everyone notices at any reunion – if enough time has passed since the… Read more »

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5 Ways to Fight Back Against Power Outages

Most of the time, the electrical power in your building or factory keeps on flowing. The lights stay on, computers keep working, production lines or processes keep running. Occasionally, you… Read more »

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Sleep Easy – Improve Patient Satisfaction with Better Environment Control

The advent of the internet and increased reliance on technology has driven a change in social behavior. Consumers expect more, and they expect it now. Healthcare is no different. Patients… Read more »

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Make Building Information Modeling Work for You

Let me tell you a story that eventually had a happy ending. Electrical engineers were working on a building project, and there were design changes made along the way. But… Read more »

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Exploring Unplanned Costs of LED Lighting Retrofits

There has been a lot of discussion around the office lately about the relationship between energy management and power management. While sometimes used interchangeably, the distinction made between these two… Read more »

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Earthquake Building Codes designed to Minimize Death, Downtime, and Dollars.

Of all of the Earth’s natural hazards, earthquakes are the rarest. They occur without warning and are impossible to predict. If that was not enough, earthquakes also present the biggest… Read more »

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The BEMS Vendor Shopping List Part 2: Top 5 Execution Questions

The number of players participating in the building energy management systems (BEMSs) marketplace is growing at a rapid pace. Some of these players have been around for years, while others… Read more »

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How digitization delivers new levels of insight into power reliability and energy efficiency

This is the second in the blog post series, looking at how power distribution systems are becoming more intelligent and connected. These innovations are needed to take full advantage of… Read more »

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Making Your Case

Become a Venture Capitalist to Fund Your Projects We are facility people. We like nothing more than opening a panel and looking for those loose connections or programming the controller… Read more »

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Crucial Steps to Consider when Evaluating Sites for Critical Facilities

When evaluating sites for data centers, facilities professionals need to consider specific criteria for security and site integrity should emergency events occur and standard support systems fail. An ideal way… Read more »

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Trends in Utilities Part 2: Proactive Customer Engagement

In the past, utility customers were simply energy consumers, power flow was one way from generation to load, and demand was fairly predictable.  This situation has inverted, as consumers are… Read more »

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Field Devices: Case Studies in Controlling Costs and Increasing Comfort

Strategically placed field devices that can sense or control air and water temperature, as well as unhealthy levels of CO2 (carbon dioxide), are the foundation of a BMS (Building Management… Read more »

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It’s time for the 2016 AHR EXPO!

Visit Schneider Electric at booth 1404 AHR EXPO – January 25-27! Wow!  Has it been a year already?  As I stand here in 17-degree weather, I recall last year’s show in… Read more »

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Building Management Software and IoT

As I said in my first post, the Internet of Things (aka the IoT) is getting attention because billions of devices and trillions of dollars are at stake. As a… Read more »

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How Circuit-level Intelligence Feeds IoT Success in Smart Buildings

This is the second in a series of posts discussing the recent report from industry analyst Verdantix titled ‘Schneider Electric Innovates To Lower Cost Of Smart Buildings’. The first post… Read more »

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Keeping up with the Evolution of Buildings Part 1 – Buildings of the Past

Advances in technology and the explosion of connected devices and sensors are driving a new era of buildings and their management. With that, facility managers are now under pressure to… Read more »

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Arc faults: the hidden fire risk revealed

No matter what kind of buildings you manage or provide services for, the risk of fire for your facilities or your customers is a potential threat you can’t ignore. The… Read more »

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EE Global 2012

The Alliance to Save Energy welcomed energy efficiency evangelists from around the world to EE Global, what they call “the crème de la crème of energy efficiency conferences.”  Schneider Electric… Read more »

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