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Just some of the presenters at the free education sessions in Atlanta.

Meet the Who’s Who of Building Automation in Atlanta

Jan. 12, 2023's free education sessions at AHR Expo will gather the industry's finest to share their knowledge, experience and hopes for the future.

Connecting the faces and linking to their online channels for all the hosts and panelists powering, producing, and presenting our free education sessions in Atlanta got me thinking, wow, this is a list of the Who-is-Who in the Building Automation industry!

I’m extremely pleased with the support we have received from our sponsors, our contributing editors, and the entire industry which allowed the assembly of these sessions. The depth and width of the combined talents of our hosts and presenters (depicted on our program agenda for our sessions in Atlanta and outlined in this Linkedin Post) are truly amazing.

Our overall theme is: Turning Chaos into Creative Change.

Join our free education sessions in Atlanta. Our industry—and in fact all industries—are in midst of a reinvention. Remote anywhere work, the radical change in the use of existing infrastructures, and the evolving online economies all cry for the reinvention of “virtually” everything. This can create chaos but also presents an amazing opportunity for creative change. You will want to be part of these changes.

The past few years have forced more change than we have seen in the last 20 years.

How will we process all that change? How will we validate and build trust by linking our people with their opinions and products to an evolving wave of Synthetic Data, Autonomous systems, and Artificial Intelligence? Even the presentation and formatting of our messages have now become synthetic.

My reference sources below from are in danger of being replaced in the near future with synthetically generated definitions. Are we ready to trust synthetically generated data?

Synthetic data is information that’s artificially generated rather than produced by real-world events. Typically created using algorithms, synthetic data can be deployed to validate mathematical models and to train machine learning models

Augmented cognition research generally focuses on tasks and environments where human–computer interaction and interface already exist.

In the redesign and reinvention of, it became apparent that we not only need the support of a few, edited by one, but an industry-edited dynamic library/landing/launch pad where we all can write on the walls for the world to see and the industry to exchange ideas.

Our sponsors, Contributing Editors, and approved Contributors share their messages helping build this Industry Resource/Library with their valuable content instantly in their own words and multi-media depictions. All are written on our wall and shared on their own social media post.

Thank you, industry for your trust in our vision and for demonstrating how that trust can inspire and propel us all.

We all will die, but AI will be reborn over and over and live virtually forever.

Like or hate the word Metaverse, it will be part of our future and your methods of communication in 2023 and beyond. How will the players in our industry best use it to build trust, create clarity, and validate synthetic data?

Smarter Summit 23 will be held on Sunday, Feb/5 on the eve of the AHR Expo.

Our Contributing Editor Anto Budiardjo writes in this article, An Opportunity to Rethink Building Automation:

As we prepare for AHR Expo 2023 in Atlanta in February, I cannot help thinking about the significant amount of progress that has occurred in the BAS industry since the last “real” AHR Expo 2020 in Orlando (Las Vegas was really held under COVID rules and sparsely attended). It seemed like the COVID lockdown drove us to contemplate our collective future and organize ourselves to identify and address some of the industry’s most intractable problems, thanks to many Zoom calls.

What are some of these advancements I speak of? Consider our realization that Digital Twins has immense potential for remote maintenance and that having an independent data layer provides much-needed flexibility, consider the value of creating a framework for Div 25 specs, the need to create a secure and interoperable BACnet infrastructure, and addressing the immense workforce challenge we have in the industry. These are just some of the awesome initiatives that have made a great deal of progress in the past three years.

AI needs to learn from our industry history and make the synthetic data movement better.

Our 24 years of online history documented in simple HTML is very machine-readable, but it is built, maintained and expanded by people. We need to explore how this people-driven process can help generate better outcomes for Artificial Intelligence Generation. The possibility of machine feeding quickly and easily from our known information (with discussion and counter-views) excites me and gives my 50 years of receiving and gifting trust purpose. Trust may be the hardest lesson for AI to learn.

Be sure to come to this session as part of our AHRExpo Free Education Sessions:

Monday, February 6, 2023

3:00 pm to 3:45 pm – Metaverse, Digital Twins, and Augmented Reality – Emerging technologies will change how we interact with the built space.

Host: Contributing Editor David SciarrinoSource IoT Con

Panelists: Nicolas | Keith | Mike MitchellCochrane Supply | Troy HarveyPassiveLogic

Technology is playing an ever-increasing role in our lives. The way our next generation will interact with the environment around them will look very different than it does today.  In this session, we will explore how these digital platforms can revolutionize the way we design, build, and manage buildings along with all their assets.

Our contributing editor Lauren Scott  (who is part of our Atlanta education session) discusses these same concepts in her article, Is the private sector the emerging protagonist in the world’s sustainability story? Key quote:

Going a step further, this data is critical in terms of ESG reporting, an area many of us are now being asked by our customers to support. This past spring, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed a disclosure rule that would require reporting companies to provide certain climate-related information in their annual reports.

Our sponsors are writing on our wall about very current information and how they have combined their resources to propel the industry forward. Check out this news release, Companies expand relationships as part of the White House’s 120-day Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Sprint:

Jacksonville, Fla. (December 13, 2022) – Distech Controls, an innovation leader connecting people with intelligent building solutions, has expanded its training and workforce development relationship with Automation Strategy & Performance (ASP), a workforce solutions company, to launch a new OT Cybersecurity Specialist apprenticeship program.

My friend forever George Thomas Shares this 2022-year-in-review.

Trust is the firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something. Our reinvention of is working and it is fueling industry trust.

Our industry is driven by the trust of who is writing. The new AB2.0 site is your place to build this trust.

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