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The Ultimate Guide to Building Automation Careers

By Phil Zito on Apr 20, 2021 7:31:20 AM

I'm often asked "How do I get a job in building automation?" or "What does a career path look like in building automation?". 

Topics: Building Automation System Career
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The Complete Guide to Building Automation Acronyms

By Phil Zito on Dec 29, 2020 9:15:02 AM

"Do you have a list of building automation abbreviations" is a common request we get here at Smart Buildings Academy.

Topics: Building Automation System
64 min read

The Ultimate Guide to Building Automation Protocols

By Phil Zito on Aug 18, 2020 10:35:08 AM

When I was a tech I realized there was not a good source of information on common protocols. That's why I created this guide. However, if you are in sales, facilities management, or engineering you will still find this guide to be helpful. This guide starts with general overviews and then dives deep into each protocol. Feel free to go as deep down the rabbit hole as you'd like.

[Author's Note] This guide will continue to be updated/restructured in a series of future releases, your feedback is critical to this. 


So without further ado let's get started.



What is a protocol?

A protocol is a set of rules that establishes how systems communicate. One of the best analogies for a 
protocol is that of a language. If you think of the English language it has rules for the syntax and structure of language. It also has object types in the form of verbs, nouns, etc. 

Protocols are the rules that dictate the structure, organization, and function of communication systems.


Topics: Guides Building Automation System BACnet Protocols