This month's issue of Engineered Systems includes a pullout supplement section on "Building Automation Convergence" prepared by Tom Hartman and myself. While preparing this document, I was constantly reminded of the people convergence that needs to occur to make the necessary technology transition. This month's column discusses the convergence of people.
Our large building automation community is a small global community of highly specialized folks. As we move to Web-based and start towards the vortex of technology convergence, we must realize that not only will our technology be affected, but our community will radically change as well.