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In Honor of Alex Trebek

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As a long-time Jeopardy fan, the passing of its host, Alex Trebek marked an end of an era.

The show debuted in 1964 with Alex gaining the host seat in in 1984. There have been in excess of 8,000 episodes aired. Some other data points about the show:

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8 Months In

So here we are, eight months into the largest change agent to hit the built environment in the last 25 years (heck maybe of all time). In just a few months’ time, the COVID-19 crisis has brought about years of change, has disrupted the economy, accelerated shifts in how we do things, and created changes that will be with us forever.

As I have previously commented, COVID-19 has brought into sharp focus the need to harness and leverage our buildings digital infrastructure and has created a newfound urgency on how facilities need to be operated and managed. We are beyond seeking to build our way out of the crisis; we are now building our way out.

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October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Here is my annual reminder: October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM).

Held every October and now in its 17th year, NCSAM is a collaborative effort between both government and industry entities to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity. This year’s theme is: “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.”

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Project Haystack Publishes Connections Magazine Spring 2020

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As a founding member and active supporter and participant of Project-Haystack, we are excited to inform you that the Spring 2020 issue of Haystack Connections magazine is now available.

With theme of Making Data Easy to Work With, this issue includes content from the worldwide community of engineering professionals, systems integrators and end users that have embraced Haystack as the standard for making the data from their facilities and equipment systems interoperable across diverse applications. The wealth and diversity of articles demonstrates the momentum of the Haystack standard and the community that is working together to address the challenge. We encourage you to explore this informative publication.

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Marc Petock discusses the Edge with Ken Sinclair of

Sinclair: You have been talking about the Edge for a while now. What is the Edge?
Petock: Traditionally, data gathered from our building systems, equipment and devices had to be routed back to the Cloud and/or the Enterprise in order to be mined for insights. The Edge is the means to connect, collect, process data, and take actions at the sensor, controller, and equipment levels (the device-level) rather than in the Cloud or at the Enterprise. Look at it as the ability to execute applications traditionally associated with the enterprise or middleware closer to the source itself.

Sinclair: How did it come about?
Petock: It has been driven by a variety of elements that have merged. These include the breadth of connectivity options that are now available, the volume of data at our disposal, and the increase in real-time requirements. There has also been a shift toward more IP-enabled devices, advances in the power and smartness of hardware (more capacity, higher levels of data processing, increased storage capabilities). The reduction in costs of more powerful processors, the exponential growth of IoT, insufficient bandwidth and the movement to a distributed, more flat/horizontal building architecture has also contributed to the shift.

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