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Thursday, November 11, 2021


Utility spending on smart meter analytics to triple through 2030
Smart Energy International
Global utilities will increase investments in smart meter analytics by three times between 2021 and 2030 as they seek to unlock the full value of advanced metering infrastructure, according to a whitepaper released by research firm Guidehouse Insights.
(IS-2021-243) Automated Demand Response Non-Residential Incentives
This report by Energy Solutions and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, from August 2020, examines factors affecting the calculation of control incentives in the automated demand response (ADR) program within California’s investor-owned utilities. The analysis highlights growing customer and industry interest in the program, the importance of incentives, trade ally networks and vendor engagement for program success, and the importance of cloud technologies to lower cost. (CABA members may login to access this members-only content. Non-members please go to for a preview of library content and to join.).
(IS-2021-240) Unlocking Value Across the UK’s Digital Twin Ecosystem
TechUK outlines how digital twins can be adopted effectively to cope with unprecedented levels of risk and uncertainty in this report from February 2021. Targeted support for the UK’s digital twin ecosystem will unlock value for people, economy, society, and planet, TechUK argues in this report from February 2021. A series of ESG recommendations to level up digital twin innovation and investment to take advantage of UK expertise in this area are proposed for government and innovation bodies. (CABA members may login to access this members-only content. Non-members please go to for a preview of library content and to join.).
UC Berkeley, EBMUD announce launch of research center at Richmond Field Station
The Daily Californian
UC Berkeley and the East Bay Municipal Utility District, or EBMUD, are partnering to launch a research center called the Center for Smart Infrastructure and delivered the announcement Nov. 1. 


Automatic for the people: SmartRent CEO on why landlords are going all-in on connected homes
The Real Deal
The bells and whistles of connected-home technology grab the headlines, but to the CEO of SmartRent, it’s the fundamental shifts they can bring about in multifamily ownership, operation and experience that are far more interesting. Luc Haldeman discussed how tech can further institutionalize the residential market, what the next iteration of a connected home could look like, and the environmental, health and quality of life implications of smart home technology.
Resideo adds Amazon Smart Thermostat to utility programs
Resideo Technologies Inc. recently announced that Amazon Smart Thermostat will be part of Resideo’s Connected Savings® portfolio, which utilities offer their customers when they participate in utility rewards programs. Resideo is a CABA Board member.
Kaleidescape and Trinnov Audio offer curated content package titles
Residential Tech Today
Kaleidescape and Trinnov Audio recently announced a collaboration to deliver a heightened sensory experience to customers. With the purchase of a Trinnov Altitude16 or Altitude32 processor and a Kaleidescape Terra + Strato C system, customers receive a Trinnov-curated collection of movies valued up to $1,000 USD.
Itron launches smart payment solution in North America
Business Wire
Itron, Inc., which is innovating the way utilities and cities manage energy and water, announced the launch of Itron Smart Pay for utilities and cities in North America. Building on Itron’s global leadership in prepayment solutions, with 20 million prepay endpoints in over 20 countries, Itron Smart Pay is Itron’s first Software as a Service (SaaS) delivery program model in North America. 
How smart homes are changing our lives in 2021
Back End News
Smart home technologies have long ceased to be something new or surprising. Today, the idea of smart home appliances or switches isn’t from a cyberpunk scene, but rather an actively emerging reality. For example, the report from Berg Insight revealed that the number of smart homes in Europe and North America reached 102.6 million in 2020. 
Independent living and aging in place: Is smart home technology the key?
Pro Builder
Although incorporating high-tech solutions can be daunting for many, there’s been a significant shift in behavior from the Baby Boomer generation that builders can be sure to take note of: more are relying on voice-activated and easy-to-use devices, both in the home and beyond.
Smart homes, smarter hackers
Insurance Business
When we think of cyber, often the focus is around ransomware attacks on large corporations, but what about individuals and families? In an age where technology can turn the lights on and off in our homes, the industry should prepare for a shift in cyber liability coverage on the personal lines side. 


Helping federal agencies reduce energy use
DesignLights Consortium
As the nation’s largest energy consumer, the US government has a keen interest in reducing the taxpayer costs and carbon emissions associated with energy use. And, with federal buildings accounting for 40 percent of the federal government’s energy usage, reining in the electricity needed to illuminate these public facilities is a priority for meeting carbon reduction goals. DLC is a CABA member.
Canadian Input Sought on Design of New US Cybersecurity Labelling Requirements for Consumer IoT Products and Software
intelliFLEX Innovation Alliance
Canadian audiences on October 26 heard a technical webinar organized by the intelliFLEX Innovation Alliance, given by Global Affairs Canada, “New US Cybersecurity Labelling Requirements for Consumer IoT Products and Software.” The webinar provided an overview of the Government of the United States’s plan to begin having firms label their consumer IoT products and software with their level of cybersecurity and reviewed key aspects of the plan that could affect exports to the U.S. Global Affairs Canada is seeking input until Nov. 19 on the design of the requirements being developed by NIST. Replay the webinar, and read more about the call for input.
Extend building automation and control with LoRaWAN
Electronic Design
Historically, building management systems were hardwired, making it challenging to update or modify these systems. The advent of LPWANs has changed the equation to simplify and extend existing systems to address emerging smart-building requirements. The LoRa Alliance is a CABA member.
Lutron unveils RadioRA 3 wireless lighting control system
Lutron Electronics is certainly “wired in” to the needs of the custom electronics industry, and with the announcement of the release of RadioRA 3, you could say the company is “wirelessly plugged in” also. The unveiling of Radio RA3 continues the company’s pioneering legacy started by Radio RA (debuted in 1997) and Radio RA 2 (debuted in 2009.
Johnson Controls OpenBlue technologies to power Derwent London’s drive towards intelligent, healthy and sustainable buildings
Johnson Controls recently announced that its OpenBlue digital platform technologies will be rolled out across Derwent London’s portfolio. This rollout will drive the digital transformation of Derwent London’s estate, enabling new possibilities for operational efficiency, occupant experiences and sustainability in one dynamic solution.
How to use IoT for energy efficiency and sustainability
Organizations in any industry can adopt IoT devices, including smart thermostats and lighting systems, to reduce their electrical consumption and make buildings more sustainable..
Savant aims to cover entry-level to high-end of lighting controls, fixtures, shades
CE Pro
Savant is one of the few companies serving the custom installation market with all three elements of the lighting space: lighting controls, motorized shades, and lighting fixtures.  
The Buildings Show: PM Expo To Introduce “PropTech Live”
The largest gathering of property managers, facilities managers, building owner / operators in Canada, The Buildings Show is excited to introduce PropTech Live. PropTech Live will showcase in-depth discussions, expert interviews, live demonstrations and an exceptional display of solutions directly impacting all facets of the built environment. The PropTech Innovation Hour, offers a platform for 5 minute quick showcases on the PropTech Stage which would be perfect for CABA members that offer unique, and innovative solutions related to connected, and intelligent building technologies. Participants receive a 5 Minute “Quick Showcase” on PropTech Stage; Logo exposure in national advertising; Logo exposure online; 2 x Electronic VIP Passports and Logo Exposure post-event..


Smart Buildings Technology will host Smart Connect, day-long online learning event Nov. 17
CABA is a media partner for Smart Connect, a free-to-attend event on Nov. 17 that promises to deliver valuable insights for practitioners deploying smart building technologies. Technical experts will bring their practical knowledge and insights to the event, including ABB, AEM, Assa Abloy, Belden, Bluetooth, and Corning. 
NEW! Bipolar Ionization White Paper
In recent years, there has been a renewed interest in the use of air ionizers to control biological (bacteria and fungi/mold) and chemical contaminants. This white paper by Dr. Rajiv Sashay and colleagues at Pure Air Control Services, Inc., reports on the results of experiments undertaken to assess the effects of negative and positive ion concentrations utilizing various ionizers (plasma technology) and their effects on building contaminants.
NEW! Human-Centric Lighting and Controls White Paper
Download our just-published white paper on the benefits of advanced lighting systems on the human experience. Special thanks to Christopher Larry at Exp US Services Inc. and to working group members from Mecho, Snap One, Ken Wacks Associates and Exp who made this paper possible. Appreciation also goes out to white paper sub-committee for their excellent contributions.
Residential-Sector Research for 2021: The Connected Home and AI
The purpose of this research is to examine various aspects of artificial intelligence in the connected home industry and produce recommendations for stakeholders on how they can best position themselves in this evolving connected home landscape. For an overview of the topic, replay the Connected Home Council webinar by Harbor Research. CABA held its second steering committee meeting for the project on Nov. 9, but there’s still time to join the list of funders. They currently include Carrier/Automated Logic, Snap One, and Resideo Technologies, Inc. Contact Greg Walker ([email protected]) for information on becoming a funder.