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Jackson Systems LLC: BACnet Thermostats

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The JS Series BACnet thermostats have the power of a space-mounted equipment controller while measuring temperature and humidity, the company said. 


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April 16, 2014: ABB and Philips Join Forces in Commercial Building Automation

ABB Building Automation Will Connect Seamlessly with Philips Lighting Systems
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ABB and Philips have announced a collaboration to simplify the integration of building automation and connected lighting systems for commercial buildings. 


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April 11, 2014: Advanced Sensors for Smart Buildings to Reach Nearly $3.7 Billion by 2020

New Sensors Are Deploying on Smaller Platforms That Connect Wirelessly
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A new class of advanced sensors has emerged, allowing building systems to better anticipate and respond to changing conditions, saving significant amounts of energy as a result. According to a report by Navigant Research, worldwide revenue from advanced sensors for smart buildings will reach $3.65 billion by 2020.


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April 7, 2014: Smart Building Technology Market to Reach $21.9 Billion in 2018

Forecast Projects a 28.4 Percent Compound Annual Growth Rate
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A new report, Global Smart Buildings Forecast 2013-2018, which presents the state of the market, drivers for technology adoption, and the business value generated by developing smart buildings, has been released by IDC Energy Insights.


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March 31, 2014: Building Automation Projects Moving Toward Convergence onto a Common Platform

Almost Half of Today’s Projects Involve Multiple Legacy Control Protocols That Don’t Interoperate
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Echelon Corp. has released findings from an online survey that shed light on plans for building automation systems of the future. Survey results indicate that a majority of planners intend to integrate HVAC, lighting, and security systems onto a common platform.


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Venstar Inc.: Residential-Commercial Thermostat

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Residential and commercial programmable thermostat ColorTouch’s firmware has been updated. 


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March 28, 2014: Building Automation Systems Are Being Transformed by Digital Technology

Building Automation Has Reached a Tipping Point
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The automation of various building systems — including HVAC — promises to improve energy efficiency, as well as enhance the comfort and health of occupants. Building automation systems have reached a tipping point, says Navigant Research, where embedded computing and digital communications are driving accelerating adoption.


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March 26, 2014: Energy Management Market for Hospitality Industry to Double by 2020

Technology Is Moving from Room-Centric HVAC Control to Property-Wide Energy Management
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Although energy management technology has been available for almost 20 years, the hospitality sector has been slow to adopt it, notes Navigant Research. That is beginning to change, as hotel operators look to improve financial performance at the property level despite a slow-moving economy.


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March 24, 2014: Netop Provides Secure Remote Access for Building Automation, HVAC

Provides Port-Specific Access, Which Makes It Ideal for Use by Vendors
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Netop has announced that its solution for secure remote access to devices – SecureM2M – is available in both software and hardware formats. According to the company, SecureM2M enables easy-to-deploy secure entry into building automation, HVAC, industrial controls, and other systems.


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Meitav-tec Ltd.: Snow-Melt Control System

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A staggered-zone snow-melt control system, the PYRO_X is plug and play with intuitive configuration of set points, delays, or manual mode.


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