The CABA NewsBrief
Jan. 16, 2014

Frost & Sullivan recognizes Siemens Building Technologies' market dominance
PR Newswire
Based on its recent analysis of the building automation systems (BAS) market, Frost & Sullivan recognized Siemens Building Technologies with the 2013 European Frost & Sullivan Market Leadership Award. Siemens's Desigo (a BAS), an excellent business model and strategic positioning in Europe have all come together to firmly cement its leadership position in the BAS market. Siemens Industry, Inc. is a CABA Board member, while Frost & Sullivan is a regular member.More

Philips latest LED technology promises to dramatically reduce energy costs for businesses
Philips has launched an LED lamp that offers a direct replacement for traditional fluorescent tube lighting and is claimed to save over 40 per cent in related energy costs. Philips is a CABA Board member. More

Qualcomm looks beyond mobile devices for its chips
The Wall Street Journal
Qualcomm says it's looking to expand its market share in chips for vehicles, data centers and television sets, and it announced a new version of its Snapdragon processor that supports the Android and BlackBerry operating systems. "I think there's going to be a tremendous amount of growth in computing and resources dedicated to supporting the cloud. We look at that as an opportunity for a company like ours," CEO-elect Steve Mollenkopf said Monday. Qualcomm is a CABA Board member. More

Using low-power Wi-Fi to track moving humans
Homeland Security News Wire
A system being developed by Dina Katabi, a professor in MIT's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and her graduate student Fadel Adib, could give all of us the ability to spot people in different rooms using low-cost Wi-Fi technology.More

To ensure high-performance buildings, have high-performance operations
As high-performance buildings become a more common standard, being able to operate those buildings to meet that standard is critical. Here's how to make sure your high-performance building has high-performance operations. More

High-tech system prevents flooding in Miami University buildings
Dayton Daily News
Miami University's state-of-the-art building automation system recently helped prevent major water problems that occurred due to extreme cold weather. The school said the monitoring system allowed it to respond immediately to broken water pipes, minimize damage and isolate the situation to get it cleaned up before any loss of property or damage to student rooms. More

Google buys Nest Labs for $3.2 billion
Google announced that it's buying connected device maker Nest Labs for $3.2 billion in cash. Nest, led by former Apple designer Tony Fadell, develops "smart" home appliances like thermostats and smoke detectors that can program themselves and communicate with smartphones. Nest will maintain its brand name and continue to be led by Fadell, Google said, adding that the deal will likely close "in the next few months." More

Control4 CEO Will West resigns
CE Pro
Just over 10 years after he founded Control4, a leader in mainstream home automation and energy management systems, Will West is resigning from the company. Current CEO Martin Plaehn has been appointed chairman of the board. Control4 is a CABA member.More

Samsung unveils smart home concept
Samsung recently unveiled its smart home concept which envisages smart TVs, appliances and smartphones connected and managed through a single integrated platform, with commercial rollout of the service across devices and appliances planned for the first half of this year. Samsung Electronics is a CABA Board member. More

New kitchen appliances, apps surface at CES
The Wall Street Journal
The 2014 International CES saw a wide variety of kitchen appliances introduced, some accompanied by smartphone applications, Wilson Rothman writes. He was impressed by the Chef Collection refrigerator from Samsung Electronics, which can set a separate temperature control for a "pantry" within the fridge and can make part of the freezer into a refrigerator. Samsung Electronics is a CABA Board member. More

Tyco partners with, adding cloud-based interactive home automation, security
SDM Magazine
Tyco Security Products, a fire protection and security company, is partnering with to offer interactive services globally. is a CABA member. More

Concept car from Toyota that can power a home
A concept hydrogen fuel cell vehicle (FCV) that can also power a home has been unveiled by Toyota, with the promise that it will come on sale as early as next year. More

SecurTek continues growth strategy
SecurTek Monitoring Solutions announced it is continuing with its growth strategy by joining forces with Scott Security Systems, a security company that has been serving Greater Vancouver and Lower Fraser Valley area home owners and corporate firms for over 30 years. SecurTek will acquire over 9,000 customer accounts for monitoring and Scott Security will continue to provide new sales, installations & local service in the area as an authorized dealer of SecurTek. SecurTek Monitoring Solutions is a CABA Board member. More

Save power in building automation systems
Electronic Design
Many of today's modern building automation systems depend on wireless connectivity to ease installation and allow fast modifications or expansion. But in the process of removing wires, designers must rely on batteries as a power source, which affects the total system cost by adding maintenance to periodically replace cells. More

Insights from a smart house innovator
Much has been written about the "Internet of Things," and the promise of smart devices making our lives better and more efficient. One of the places most logical for this reality to transform our daily lives is in the home. There are a number of entrepreneurs who have devoted considerable time and attention to the possibility. More

Bosch sets up company for Internet of Things
M2M Magazine
Bosch has set up a new company, Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions GmbH, for the internet of things services. The company will supply compact electronic products and software expertise designed to make devices and objects intelligent and Web-enabled across a broad range of applications. More

Smart buildings and smart cities will take center stage in 2014
By Allen McHale
Capital-intensive renewable power projects are now at a place where governments around the world are delaying their commitment to spend. In addition, the centralized structure of the electrical utility industry through which most of the renewable power will be traded is not the most appropriate and is not yet fully on board. However, there is a more appropriate direction that will take us down the path to reach our destination of a low-carbon economy in the 21st century — simply putting a lot more effort into reducing CO2 emissions in buildings and cities. More

CABA to hold free workshop on its Life Cycle Costing of Intelligent Buildings Landmark Research Study
CABA is pleased to invite you to a complimentary workshop at AHR Expo featuring its recently completed "Life Cycle Costing of Intelligent Buildings Landmark Research Study" project. The core objective of the Life Cycle Costing of Intelligent Buildings research report is to identify what needs to be done, and by whom, to make life cycle costing a mainstream criteria for building system evaluation in North America. Life cycle costs analysis calculates the cost of a building system over its entire life span. The process allows commercial property owners and operators to analyze the long-term impact of construction processes and infrastructure costs on forecasted operational costs throughout the expected life of a building. CABA's research project identifies the barriers to adopting life cycle costing and determines what issues need to be rectified in order to make life cycle cost processes more understandable. The workshop, led by Frost & Sullivan analysts, will give you insights into the report's findings. CABA will also provide workshop registrants with a complimentary copy of the report. If you are attending AHR Expo, sign up for the workshop today at: The workshop will be held Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 4 p.m. ET at the Javits Center in New York City.More

New CABA Life Cycle Costing Report now available by free download
CABA is pleased to announce that the "Life Cycle Costing of Intelligent Buildings" Landmark Research Report has been released to industry and the general public free of charge, in an effort to improve the energy efficiency of buildings. This research project identifies the barriers to adopting life cycle costing and determines what issues need to be rectified in order to make life cycle cost processes more understandable. The report was sponsored by buildingSMART alliance, Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited, Consolidated Edison Co. of New York, Inc., CSA Group, Hydro One Networks, Hydro-Québec, Honeywell, International Facility Management Association (IFMA), Ingersoll Rand/Trane, Johnson Controls, Microsoft Corporation, PCN Technology, Inc., Philips, Public Works and Government Services Canada, Siemens Industry, Inc., The Siemon Company, Southern California Edison and WattStopper/Legrand. The report itself was authored by Frost & Sullivan. The complete report is available free to all industry stakeholders at:

CABA completes Monetization of the Connected Home Research Report
CABA has completed its "Monetization of the Connected Home" Landmark Research Report. The research examined the connected home value chain and the insights gained from value chain categorization, benchmarking and analysis of current monetization practices and models identified existing gaps, and the potential for change in existing models or in new model development. The research focused on the identification and understanding of behaviors and practices, potential new affiliations and partnerships, and the analysis of end-user desires and adoption points, translating into optimized revenue models. The Monetization report was sponsored by, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., Arrayent, BOSCH, fifthplay, Hydro One Networks Inc., Honeywell International, Hydro-Québec, IBM, Lowe's Companies, Inc., Panasonic, Pella Corporation, Qualcomm Incorporated, Samsung, Schneider Electric, SecurTek Monitoring Solutions, Southern California Edison and TELUS. The Monetization report was authored by IHS Electronics & Media. The research has been released to its sponsors and the executive summary of the report has been made available to CABA members in good standing through CABA's Member Research Library. After an embargo period, the full report will be made available to industry for a reasonable fee. More

CABA to hold next Intelligent Buildings & Digital Home Forum in Washington, D.C.: April 2, 2014
It's official... the CABA Intelligent Buildings & Digital Home Forum is going to Washington, D.C., on April 2, 2014. The location has not been selected yet, but the CABA Board meeting will be held on April 1 (no fooling) and hosted by Honeywell International at their facilities. The event will be collocated with the 2014 Building Energy Summit that CoR Advisors is hosting on April 1, also in Washington, D.C. A joint reception is being planned for the participants of the two events. The recent Nov. 19, 2013 CABA Forum in Philadelphia was a great success and based on good feedback, there will be several changes to the next program. For the first time, a workshop on the recent CABA "Monetization of Connected Homes" research report, will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 12 Noon on April 3, 2014. CABA is now seeking Forum speakers, sponsors and tour opportunities for "connected homes and intelligent buildings." For anyone not familiar with the quality of the speakers and sessions at the CABA Forum, please review the past agenda at: Finally, CABA received many testimonials from the last Forum as this one by Bob Allen, The Siemon Company: "I have attended many industry events and, as a first-time attendee, the CABA Intelligent Buildings & Digital Home Forum was by far the best industry event that I have ever attended." More CABA Forum details will be forthcoming in January 2014.More

70 innovations across the U.S. grid
The large number of grid innovation projects being undertaken by utilities and technology providers across the U.S. makes them difficult to keep up with, and to show the advances being made, the Edison Foundation Institute for Electric Innovation has gathered together more than 70 of the projects in a new publication. More

CABA acknowledges member support
CABA would like to thank the following renewing members: Communication Planning Corp., C-Tech Associates, Inc., Facio Corporation, The Siemon Company and TE Connectivity. Your support of CABA is greatly appreciated. More