Thursday, June 29, 2006

Building Operating Systems

Systems of software and hardware that enable buildings to come alive, to be intelligent and responsive to its inhabitants and the environment.. Operating systems for buildings...

1. Threshold
Threshold is a Scottish grown Open Source system based on minimacs, designed to enable multiple images/video and sounds to be spatially controlled and scheduled within Perth Concert Hall.

2. Arch-OS
"An 'Operating System' for contemporary architecture (Arch-OS, 'software for buildings') has been developed to manifest the life of a building and provide artists, engineers and scientists with a unique environment for developing transdisciplinary work and new public art."
Created at Portsmouth "
Institute of Digital Art & Technology [] and produced by members of the School of Computing, Communications and Electronics, University of Plymouth."

3. Bacnet
Industrial automation - a network system for controlling heat, light etc within a building.. somewhat different from the two examples above which are primarily a/v information systems.
The definition of an Intelligent Building tends to be associated with energy saving and safety: wikipedia: intelligent building