We had a great first day at AHR Expo 2013. The crowd was eager to see the latest in HVACR technology. Titus booth visitors were excited to learn more about the newest Titus HVAC advancements in air distribution. The new Titus chilled beam displacement ventilation unit, Temperature and Ambience Optimizer (TAO), captivated visitors and kept conversations rolling between attendees and members of the Titus team.
Booth guests also had the opportunity to experience the new Titus HVAC Augmented Reality App that unlocks hidden content in printed Titus HVAC documentation. The free Titus AR app allows smartphones or tablets to recognize images in Titus HVAC literature and printed documents and augments it with hidden content like video, animation, GPS and drawings.
For example, users can snap a picture of a piece of literature with the incorporated Titus AR logo and view video of how to use engineering tables or watch smoke videos of specific diffusers in print catalogs.
In addition to sharing the most recent product advancements at AHR Expo, we spent much of the day soaking in the latest trends, thoughts and direction of the HVAC industry during several AHR Expo educational sessions.
We started off AHR Expo by attending, “Our Changing Industry and Connection Communities for BAS,” presented by . Jim Sinopoli from SmartBuildings and Ken Sinclair of AutomatedBuildings.com discussed the latest HVACR trends since AHR Expo 2012.
Sinclair kicked off the session by stating, “Cloud computing will replace the personal computer as the ‘device’ of choice by 2014.” He went on to explain that it has never been clearer that the true convergence and ‘anywhere’ collaboration that we all seek will be found in the cloud, not on individual devices.
The trend is that personal devices will be powered from the cloud, including commercial and residential HVAC systems in the near future.
He went on to share how he sees the future of HVAC as becoming more open and less proprietary – meaning the industry will grow faster as a community than it could in a segmented state. Sinclair envisions shared applications and open standard drivers that together will help propel the industry forward.
Jim Sinopoli built on Sinclair’s presentation by sharing how he sees a future of smarter grid communities with increased software applications to better manage buildings.
For example, he sees a boost in software programs such as fault detection, energy management, mobile applications, alarms, asset management, and preventative maintenance, among many others to help optimize building operations.
He explained that new buildings are increasingly becoming more complicated as training and education for operating these complex structures lags behind.
Sinopoli believes that the training and education community need to catch up or connected buildings will lack their ‘smart’ benefits such as solar panels, geothermal sources, wind turbines, electrical switchable glass, exterior shading system, sun tracking systems, energy dashboards and many others.