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Smart building technology spending reaches $17.4 billion in 2019
Energy Manager Today
According to a new IDC Energy Insights report, "Business Strategy: Global Smart Building Technology Spending 2015–2019 Forecast," smart building technology spending will grow from $6.3 billion in 2014 to $17.4 billion in 2019, registering a compound annual growth rate of 22.6 percent. The most aggressive adoption will be in Asia/Pacific, North America and Western Europe.
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Emergency notification keeps tenants safe and protects your property
Steven Dutro
If your tenants can stay safe when danger is nearby, it's better for everyone. You avoid tragedies, your tenants' lives are less disrupted, your property is likely to be protected, and the rent is paid. Thankfully, there is an effective, authoritative, free service available in most communities that accomplishes this. Emergency notification service alerts contact citizens via phone call, text and email.
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Looking to get published this year?
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of AFE Weekly Headlines, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of AFE, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this experience with your peers through well-written commentary. Make 2015 the year you get published as an expert in your field. Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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High-efficiency wood heating systems winning converts
The Associated Press via Fox Business
With the touch of a finger on an iPod-style screen, Eric Besenfelder can monitor and troubleshoot the shiny, wood-pellet furnace that heats Athens Elementary School in New York's Hudson Valley. Like the smoky, outdoor wood boilers that have proliferated in rural areas over the past 20 years, the wood furnace at Athens is housed in a shed behind the building. But that's where the similarity ends.
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Turkey's 10-hour blackout shows threat to world power grids
Bloomberg
Turkey's most extensive power failure in 15 years, which left people stranded in elevators and traffic snarled, wasn't the result of a lack of electricity. The prime minister said all possible causes — including a cyberattack — were being investigated. While the source of the problem is still unknown, recent revelations that a 2008 oil pipeline explosion in Turkey was orchestrated via computer and the high-profile hacking last year on Sony Pictures Entertainment demonstrate the increasing ability to penetrate systems.
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Does backing up data to cloud make financial sense?
Data Center Knowledge
Over the past 30 years, data backup has been accomplished by using an application that makes a copy of the data on tape and, more recently, to disk. A copy of the tape is sent offsite or data is replicated over a WAN to have an offsite copy for disaster recovery. Backup can be cumbersome because some data needs to be backed up on a daily basis and all data on a periodic basis. The dream for most IT professionals is to simply have someone else run the backups and to pay by the month.
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Smart elevators make up and down buttons obsolete
Cambridge Times
It's a familiar sight. Office workers gathered around a bank of elevators, waiting. When they finally get on the elevator, it seems to stop at every floor. Technology is starting to change that. In new office towers such as RBC WaterPark Place in Toronto, users pick their floor on touch-screen panels and are assigned a lettered elevator. Passengers board, and the elevator whisks them to their floors without the need to push any buttons inside the cab.
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1st paint products gain BRE environmental certification
FMLink
Three products from U.K. paint manufacturer Johnstone's Trade are the first to have been certified to BRE Global's Environmental Product Declaration Verification Scheme in line with EN 15804 — the European standard for the sustainability of construction products. BRE Global's certification mark represents quality and ensures that products have undergone a rigorous verification process, says the organization. The three certified products are Acrylic Satin, Professional Gloss and Aqua Water Based Gloss.
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