CABA Information Series
IS 2003-10: CONVERGENCE: WHAT IS IT, WHAT WILL IT MEAN, AND WHEN WILL IT HAPPEN?
This paper was contributed by Tom Hartman, P.E., Principal, The Hartman Company and Contributing Editor, AutomatedBuildings.com. CABA would like to thank Engineered Systems and AutomatedBuildings.com for allowing us to adapt this paper from their "Controlling Convergence" article. The author discusses the significance of the trend for building control systems to be based on Internet technologies. This transforms building controls into an information technology discipline. Also, the building controls technology will migrate from proprietary hardware to software based on standards. Building control hardware may become commodities and threaten the business models of building control manufacturers.