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The Smart Buildings Academy Podcast | Teaching You Building Automation, Systems Integration, and Information Technology

The weekly podcast where Phil Zito discusses topics related to building automation and provides useful tips and action packed examples to help you better understand building automation.
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Feb 22, 2017

Cyber security... Those two words strike fear into the heart of many a BAS professional.

No one wants to be the technician trying to convince the security expert to give him remote access, and no one wants to be the sales person trying to convince her customer that her BAS is secure.

Yet every day thousands of BAS professionals find themselves in these conversations. 

And imagine how the owners, contractors, and engineers feel. 

How can they wade through all the BS and get to the core of what they need to know?

Well, I've got good news. 

In this episode of the building automation monthly podcast I will help you:

  1. Understand what cyber security is
  2. Realize how to communicate to cyber security professionals
  3. Secure your BAS
  4. Counter the top four IT security objections

 

Feb 16, 2017

Welcome to Episode 48 of the Building Automation Monthly Podcast. 

This is the 2nd episode in the 3-part series on IT. In this episode, I will be teaching you a ton of information around compute, applications, and databases.

You will leave this episode with a much greater understanding of how to work with IT when it comes to servers, applications, and databases.

In this episode, I will be discussing:

  • Call out for Listener
  • What I've been up to
  • Recap on where we are in the IT series
  • A deep dive into the topics of
    • Compute
    • Applications
    • Database
  • An expert tip that will save you hours of install labor on your projects
  • The top 4 IT objections and how to handle them
Feb 8, 2017

In this episode, I take you with me on a journey into the world of information technology. One of the most requested topics is information technology and I understand why. 

For most folks in the BAS world, IT is like a black art. Something that is full of acronyms, onery IT people, and miscommunication.

Or at least it used to be. Over the next four episodes, I am going to unpack the topic of information technology. 

We are going to explore the four pillars of IT:

  • Networks
  • Compute
  • Databases
  • Cybersecurity

By the time you finish these episodes your knowledge of IT will have increased massively. In this episode, I will be discussing:

  • What is IT
  • What are the main areas of IT
  • The fundamentals of networking
  • The two most common IT networking objections and how to deal with them
Feb 1, 2017

In this episode, I answer a question I got from a BAM nation subscriber around C02 control. I then proceed to dive deep into the core concepts around pressure, airflow, and heat transfer. 

I look at these concepts from the perspective of a BAS professional and I share with you the valuable lessons I've learned working on some of the most complex BAS projects in the world. 

By the time you finish this podcast episode you will have an understanding of:

  • How you can use a BAS to implement standards like ASHRAE 55 and 62.1 
  • The effect of pressure and airflow on the performance of your building
  • How understanding the concept of heat transfer is critical to having a successful career in the building automation space. 
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