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What's the best way to prepare buildings for Internet of things?
Greentech Media
Echelon recently released findings from an online survey showing that a majority of planners intend to integrate lighting, HVAC and security systems into a common platform. This was hardly a surprising finding. Nor was the statement that almost half of building automation projects today involve legacy systems running multiple protocols from different vendors.
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FM issue: Cybersecurity evolution
Today's Facility Manager
Facility/building controls systems, such as building automation, energy management, physical security access control and fire alarms are just beginning to be considered as potential hacking points into an organization. These control systems are often referred to as operational technologies and use a combination of traditional IT protocols such as TCP and UDP, but OT also use protocols unique to controls systems (e.g., Modbus, BACnet, LonTalk, DNP 3) to communicate with the sensors, devices and actuators.
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Leveraging technology for effective facility management
Facility Management Journal
Over the past decade, the building management industry as a whole has taken positive steps in improving energy efficiency, but there is still a long way to go. New technologies, coupled with the adoption of long-standing open protocols, are revolutionizing how buildings operate, as well as how occupants and facility managers interact with their buildings.
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Hotels 'hostage to TripAdvisor blackmailers'
The Telegraph
Hotels and restaurants are being targeted by "blackmailers" who demand free meals and stays in exchange for not writing bad reviews on the TripAdvisor website, hospitality chiefs have warned. Guests are warning staff that they will post bad comments on the review website if they are not given better service, meals or upgrades.
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Getting back on energy budget after a rough winter
Building Operating Management
Most of the country had a pretty rough winter, and that led to a lot of people going over their energy budget. What can facility managers do now that the weather's improving to help make up for some of that spending?
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How to get your staff in the game
By Harry J. Friedman
Part of running a business involves utilizing and developing skills to get everyone to play the same game, to work toward the same goals and objectives. But what's the likelihood that all your employees are playing the same game you are? Athletes demonstrate the "big game" phenomenon all the time. When they're focused on the game, minor and even major injuries don't faze them, and they keep playing to win. Your ability to spread "big game" fever to everyone in your business will play a huge role in your success.
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Why commercial buildings resist energy efficiency
The Guardian
Many commercial buildings still aren't making simple changes that could save big bucks, new research finds. Here's why — and what must be done to fix the problem.
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Keep your grass lush for less
Buildings
Does last summer’s near-record heat have you sweating about the upcoming irrigation season? Maybe it’s time to add smart landscape sensors to your arsenal.
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Construction laws slow to adjust to 'green' building
By Nate Budde
A rapidly-expanding segment of the construction industry is centered on "green" building projects, including the construction of green-energy installations such as solar arrays or wind farms. But mechanics lien and bond claim law has not necessarily kept pace. The policy behind mechanics lien protection has not changed, but the availability of the mechanics lien remedy may be slipping away for some of these types of projects. One particularly complex area in which green energy and mechanics liens converge is in the construction of solar arrays, or the installation of solar panels.
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10 of the greenest hotels in the US
Mother Nature Network
TripAdvisor launched an eco-minded program called GreenLeaders to help travelers make informed choices about their accommodations. Now the travel website has released a list of what it calls "the greenest hotels that are also beloved by travelers."
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