In a recent blog post, Toby Considine wrote "Buildings are filled with systems that use different technologies and barely communicate with each other...None of them exposes a consistent interface for service interactions." In this time of continued concern about the future of energy, Toby and other technology specialists are looking for ways to better control the use of power. He and Jon UDell discuss current activities to create an open source model to develop a building automation system.
Toby Considine is an integrator of the un-integratable, with a long perspective on diverse technologies and systems. He works on the cusp of deep technology and organizational behavior. During many years as an infrastructure analyst supporting facilities operations at the University of North Carolina, he worked with every aspect of the isolated, uncommunicative control systems that surround us. He worked with control systems in buildings for comfort, security, and event management, control systems in coals plants and central heating and cooling plants, and control systems in the distribution of electricity, steam, and chilled water.
He is co-chair of the OASIS oBIX Technical Committee. oBIX is an unencumbered web service designed to interface between building systems and e-business. He is active in many allied efforts, including the National Building Information Standard (NBIMS) for the design and construction of buildings and in national efforts to define the Smart Grid.
From 2002 to 2006 he was InfoWorld's lead analyst, author of the weekly Strategic Developer column, and blogger-in-chief. During his InfoWorld tenure he also produced a series of screencasts and an audio show that continues as Interviews with Innovators on the Conversations Network. In 2007 Udell joined Microsoft as a writer, interviewer, speaker, and experimental software developer. Currently he is building and documenting a community information hub that's based on open standards and runs in the Azure cloud.
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