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Takeaways From The 2015 AHR Expo

By Ken Sinclair

I was very pleased to be asked by Fred Turner, Editor, High Performance Buildings magazine and ASHRAE Journal, to prepare a column for each day of the Show Daily. This is Fred's last year as he is retiring which adds credence to what I said earlier:

"People are our only asset. Technology may come and go, but at the core of the industry is the same people that have been there for years. The problem is that these core people are growing older, and much of the discussion at this record breaking event was that we all need to plant new people, nourish them, and help them grow."

I was very honored to be chosen to present Michael Newman his induction into the CTA hall of fame. Please read my review and watch the videos of the Control Trend Awards in Chicago and you will also see the pinnacle event of the evening was — Michael Newman, the Godfather of BACnet, and George Thomas, industry master of all networks both being inducted into the Control Trends Awards Hall of Fame.

These are real examples that the core of our industry is changing rapidly.

The highlight of the Control Trends Awards for me was that they also recognized 2014’s seven Young Gun Awards, the youth of our industry. Brad White, principal, SES Consulting, Inc., one of the original young energy folks, and I were able to pass the torch from the industry’s efforts from the past to these deserving Young Guns.

Eric Stromquist and Kenneth Smyers, co-founders of Control Trends Awards, are to be commended on bringing this event to the industry. We thank them and of course all the sponsors who made it happen. Control Trends is on a mission to document the assets of our industry, our people, in short videos, injecting fun, an ingredient not used much before in our industry.

Control Trends videoed the 3rd annual Connected Community Collaboratory meeting. I was a bit disappointed there were so few there for the amazing presentations — 30 to 40 — but very pleased that we will be able to collectively share this with many because it was made it into a great video.  It will be a very long video — more than one hour — but it contains many little videos with words and pictures of great wisdom by our thought leaders. Next year I think we will drop the word meeting, as I believe it prevents folks coming to the collaboratory to learn and share.

I recently watched a movie called Words and Pictures (2013). In that film, an art instructor and an English teacher develop a rivalry that ends up with a competition at their school in which students decide whether words or pictures are more important. Like the movie, I think our industry is finding that both words and pictures are necessary and when we share them using the Internet of Everything, we increase everyone’s “Internet of Me” and help grow our only asset, our people.

Ken Sinclair is the founder, owner, and publisher of an online resource called AutomatedBuildings.com. He writes a monthly column for FacilitiesNet.com about what is new in the Internet of Things (IOT) for building automation.

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posted on 2/4/2015