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Phil Zito


Recent posts by Phil Zito

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SBA 453: Exploring BBMDs and BACnet/IP

By Phil Zito on Feb 28, 2024 11:58:15 AM

Dive into the complexities of BACnet IP with Phil Zito in Episode 453 of the Smart Buildings Academy Podcast. This episode provides a thorough examination of BACnet IP, including BBMDS (BACnet Broadcast Management Devices), BDTs (BACnet Distribution Tables), and the use of Wireshark for network analysis. Designed for those with a foundational understanding of IT concepts, this session covers the essentials of BACnet IP communications, the functionality of virtual links, and practical insights into network configurations for building automation systems.

Episode Highlights:

  1. Introduction to BACnet IP: Phil sets the stage for an in-depth exploration of BACnet IP, emphasizing the episode's technical depth and encouraging live audience interaction for clarity.

  2. Understanding BACnet IP: Key concepts such as BACnet IP addressing, the role of UDP (User Datagram Protocol), and the importance of the OSI model in understanding BACnet communications are explained.

  3. BBMDS and BDTs Explained: The function of BBMDS and BDTs in extending BACnet communication across different subnets is discussed, alongside the mechanisms that enable these processes.

  4. Wireshark Analysis: Phil demonstrates how to use Wireshark for analyzing BACnet IP traffic, providing insights into reading and interpreting the data for troubleshooting and system optimization.

  5. Practical Network Configuration: The episode covers network configuration strategies, including the management of broadcast domains and the scalability of network segments, to facilitate efficient BACnet IP integration.

Join Phil for this technical deep dive into BACnet IP, offering valuable knowledge for professionals seeking to enhance their understanding of network communications within building automation systems. This episode is an essential listen for anyone involved in the design, implementation, or management of BAS, looking to deepen their expertise in BACnet IP.

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SBA 452: Non-Techie’s BAS IT Guide

By Phil Zito on Feb 28, 2024 11:48:03 AM

Unravel the mysteries of IT for Building Automation Systems (BAS) with Phil Zito in Episode 452 of the Smart Buildings Academy Podcast. Geared towards the non-technical audience in the BAS field, this episode serves as a comprehensive guide, introducing key IT concepts essential for BAS professionals. Whether you're a building owner, MEP spec designer, salesperson, or operations manager, this episode aims to equip you with a foundational understanding of computers, RAM, storage, networking, and more, tailored for effective communication with IT groups or handling BAS IT-related tasks.

Episode Highlights:

  1. IT Basics for BAS: An exploration of fundamental IT components including computers, RAM, storage, and networking, essential for anyone in the building automation industry.

  2. Network Connections and Devices: Dive into network connections, understanding the role of network devices in BAS, and the significance of servers and databases in the IT infrastructure.

  3. Decoding Catalog Sheets: Learn how to interpret catalog sheets for BAS products, focusing on server requirements, networking protocols, and hardware specifications.

  4. Navigating IT Conversations: Gain confidence in discussing IT requirements for BAS deployments, including server configurations, memory, storage needs, and understanding network connectivity options.

  5. Software and Database Essentials: Phil sheds light on the importance of selecting the appropriate operating system and database software for BAS servers, including tips for ensuring compatibility and performance.

  6. Q&A Session: An interactive segment where Phil addresses listener queries, providing deeper insights into IT concepts relevant to BAS, enhancing listener understanding and application in real-world scenarios.

Join Phil Zito in this enlightening session, designed to bridge the gap between BAS professionals and the world of IT. Perfect for those looking to enhance their IT literacy within the context of building automation, Episode 452 demystifies complex concepts, making IT approachable and understandable for all.

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SBA 451: BACnet Integrations

By Phil Zito on Feb 21, 2024 12:07:00 PM

Uncover the essentials of BACnet integration in Episode 451 of the Smart Buildings Academy Podcast with Phil Zito. This episode is an invaluable resource for professionals embarking on BACnet integration projects, offering a comprehensive overview of BACnet protocols, communication methodologies, and practical integration strategies. Whether you're tackling a retrofit or adding new components to your building automation system, Phil's expert insights will guide you through the complexities of BACnet integration.

Episode Highlights:

  • BACnet Basics: Phil introduces BACnet as the standard protocol for building automation, explaining its role in structuring communication and defining data structures within BAS environments.
  • Understanding BACnet Objects: Delve into the world of BACnet objects, including devices, inputs, outputs, and values. Learn about the significance of discovering device objects and the process of mapping points within a BAS.
  • MSTP vs. IP Integration: Explore the differences between BACnet over Master-Slave/Token-Passing (MSTP) and BACnet over Internet Protocol (IP), including their application scenarios and challenges in integration processes.
  • Integration Fundamentals: Phil provides a step-by-step guide to BACnet integration, covering essential aspects such as wiring, baud rates, MAC addresses, and device IDs, ensuring a smooth integration experience.
  • Real-World Integration Scenarios: Gain insights into practical BACnet integration examples, including troubleshooting tips and strategies for overcoming common integration challenges.

Phil Zito's expertise shines in this episode, offering listeners a deep dive into BACnet integration tailored for both novices and seasoned professionals in the building automation field. If you're looking to enhance your understanding of BACnet and improve your integration skills, Episode 451 is a must-listen, equipped with the knowledge and confidence to tackle BACnet integration projects successfully.

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SBA 450: BAS Site Audits

By Phil Zito on Feb 19, 2024 1:55:59 PM

In Episode 450 of the Smart Buildings Academy Podcast, Phil Zito dives deep into the process of conducting site audits for building automation systems. This episode is a comprehensive guide aimed at both professionals looking to retrofit existing systems and building owners seeking to upgrade their building automation systems. Phil emphasizes that this audit focuses on assessing the system rather than energy usage, aiming to gather critical information for making informed decisions about retrofits, scheduling changes, or updates within a building automation system.

Key Highlights:

  1. Understanding the Scope: The importance of meeting with the customer or evaluating your needs to understand the specific issues or goals, ensuring the audit collects relevant information.

  2. Collecting Essential Documentation: Gathering mechanical, electrical, building automation, and IT documentation is crucial. This includes equipment nameplates, MEP (Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing) documents, control submittals, and IP network diagrams to understand the existing infrastructure thoroughly.

  3. Building Automation System Exploration: Performing a system export to identify controllers, the system tree, logical and physical points, graphics, and program copies. This helps understand the operational scope of the BAS and identify any discrepancies between planned and actual operations.

  4. Assessing Deficiencies and Risks: Documenting deficiencies discovered during the audit, discussing these with the customer, and planning how to address them. This includes considering the project's scope, timeline, budget, and any potential risks or impacts on the building's operations.

  5. Creating a Comprehensive Report: Compiling the findings into a detailed report to guide decision-making for retrofits or upgrades. This report is a crucial tool for outlining the project scope, timeline, and budget in collaboration with the customer.

  6. The Importance of a Thorough Audit: Phil stresses the value of a detailed site audit, which can reveal risks and necessary considerations for a project, potentially extending beyond the initial scope to ensure all aspects of the BAS and related systems are adequately addressed.

Join Phil Zito in this episode for an insightful discussion on conducting effective building automation system site audits, a vital process for any retrofit or upgrade project. Whether you're a professional in the field or a building owner, this episode offers valuable frameworks and strategies for assessing and planning BAS projects.

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SBA 449: BAS Point Objects 101

By Phil Zito on Feb 15, 2024 11:39:53 AM

Dive into the world of Building Automation System (BAS) point objects with Phil Zito in Episode 449 of the Smart Buildings Academy Podcast. This episode is dedicated to demystifying BAS point objects, a fundamental concept for professionals in the building automation industry. Whether you're new to BAS or looking to refresh your knowledge, this episode provides valuable insights into different types of point objects, their applications, and how they interact within a BAS environment.

Episode Highlights:

  • Introduction to Point Objects: Phil begins with an overview of the basic types of point objects found in building automation systems, including Boolean, Numeric, and Enumerated objects, and their common aliases (Binary, Analog, Multistate).

  • Deep Dive into Point Types: Explore the characteristics of Boolean (Binary), Numeric (Analog), and Enumerated (Multistate) points, including their functions, how they're used in BAS, and nuances across different BAS software.

  • Priority Arrays Explained: Gain a clear understanding of priority arrays, a crucial concept for managing point object priorities within a BAS. Learn how priority arrays influence the behavior of BAS objects and ensure desired outcomes in automation logic.

  • Practical Applications: Phil discusses real-world applications and scenarios where different point objects are utilized within a BAS, providing listeners with practical knowledge to apply in their daily work.

  • Interactive Q&A: The episode includes an interactive Q&A session, where Phil addresses listeners' questions, offering further clarifications on point objects and their use in building automation systems.

Join Phil Zito for this informative session on BAS point objects, designed to enhance your understanding and mastery of building automation systems. This episode is a must-listen for anyone involved in designing, implementing, or managing BAS, providing the foundational knowledge needed to navigate the complexities of automation with confidence.

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SBA 448: Becoming a Self-Sufficient Technician

By Phil Zito on Feb 12, 2024 2:04:04 PM

In this insightful episode of the Smart Buildings Academy podcast, Phil Zito delves into the pressing challenges and future directions of building automation and workforce development.

Episode Highlights:

Kick off: A Warm Welcome Back - Phil expresses his enthusiasm for returning to the podcast and sets the stage for a comprehensive discussion on the current state and future of building automation.

Trade Shows Insights: A Whirlwind of Discoveries - Phil recounts his experiences and observations from recent trade shows, highlighting trends such as the prominence of IP controls and the notable absence of analytics and digital twin companies.

Workforce Development: A Critical Challenge - The episode focuses on the industry's struggle to attract and retain talent, with Phil sharing personal anecdotes to illustrate the gap between the tech world and building automation.

Industry Misconceptions: Bridging the Knowledge Gap - Phil emphasizes the need for greater awareness and understanding of what building automation entails, suggesting an awareness campaign to demystify the field.

Career Pathways: Opportunities Abound - Phil breaks down the various career paths within building automation, from technical roles to sales and management, underscoring the industry's diversity and potential for personal growth.

The Future of SBA and Building Automation - Looking forward, Phil shares his vision for addressing the talent shortage and enhancing the industry's appeal to a broader audience, including leveraging social media platforms for outreach.

Join us for an enlightening conversation that not only sheds light on Phil Zito's journey and insights but also illuminates the path for those interested in the evolving landscape of smart buildings. This episode is a must-listen for anyone curious about the intersection of technology, talent development, and the future of building automation.

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SBA 447: How to Program a BAS

By Phil Zito on Feb 7, 2024 1:18:29 PM

In this insightful episode of the Smart Buildings Academy podcast, Phil Zito delves into the pressing challenges and future directions of building automation and workforce development.

Episode Highlights:

Kick off: A Warm Welcome Back - Phil expresses his enthusiasm for returning to the podcast and sets the stage for a comprehensive discussion on the current state and future of building automation.

Trade Shows Insights: A Whirlwind of Discoveries - Phil recounts his experiences and observations from recent trade shows, highlighting trends such as the prominence of IP controls and the notable absence of analytics and digital twin companies.

Workforce Development: A Critical Challenge - The episode focuses on the industry's struggle to attract and retain talent, with Phil sharing personal anecdotes to illustrate the gap between the tech world and building automation.

Industry Misconceptions: Bridging the Knowledge Gap - Phil emphasizes the need for greater awareness and understanding of what building automation entails, suggesting an awareness campaign to demystify the field.

Career Pathways: Opportunities Abound - Phil breaks down the various career paths within building automation, from technical roles to sales and management, underscoring the industry's diversity and potential for personal growth.

The Future of SBA and Building Automation - Looking forward, Phil shares his vision for addressing the talent shortage and enhancing the industry's appeal to a broader audience, including leveraging social media platforms for outreach.

Join us for an enlightening conversation that not only sheds light on Phil Zito's journey and insights but also illuminates the path for those interested in the evolving landscape of smart buildings. This episode is a must-listen for anyone curious about the intersection of technology, talent development, and the future of building automation.

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SBA 446: Why BAS

By Phil Zito on Feb 5, 2024 3:10:07 PM

In this insightful episode of the Smart Buildings Academy podcast, Phil Zito delves into the pressing challenges and future directions of building automation and workforce development.

Episode Highlights:

Kick off: A Warm Welcome Back - Phil expresses his enthusiasm for returning to the podcast and sets the stage for a comprehensive discussion on the current state and future of building automation.

Trade Shows Insights: A Whirlwind of Discoveries - Phil recounts his experiences and observations from recent trade shows, highlighting trends such as the prominence of IP controls and the notable absence of analytics and digital twin companies.

Workforce Development: A Critical Challenge - The episode focuses on the industry's struggle to attract and retain talent, with Phil sharing personal anecdotes to illustrate the gap between the tech world and building automation.

Industry Misconceptions: Bridging the Knowledge Gap - Phil emphasizes the need for greater awareness and understanding of what building automation entails, suggesting an awareness campaign to demystify the field.

Career Pathways: Opportunities Abound - Phil breaks down the various career paths within building automation, from technical roles to sales and management, underscoring the industry's diversity and potential for personal growth.

The Future of SBA and Building Automation - Looking forward, Phil shares his vision for addressing the talent shortage and enhancing the industry's appeal to a broader audience, including leveraging social media platforms for outreach.

Join us for an enlightening conversation that not only sheds light on Phil Zito's journey and insights but also illuminates the path for those interested in the evolving landscape of smart buildings. This episode is a must-listen for anyone curious about the intersection of technology, talent development, and the future of building automation.

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SBA 445: The Evolution of Smart Buildings Academy with Phil Zito

By Phil Zito on Dec 11, 2023 4:09:53 PM

In this insightful episode of the Smart Buildings Academy podcast, Chief Talent Officer Rachel Zito sits down with the Academy's visionary founder and CEO, Phil Zito, for a deep dive into his entrepreneurial journey and the evolution of the Smart Buildings Academy (SBA).

Episode Highlights:

  1. Kick off: The Journey Unveiled - Phil shares his motivations behind opening up about his journey and what he hopes listeners will gain from this episode.

  2. SBA History: From Concept to Reality - Discover the initial vision Phil had for SBA, the anticipated and unanticipated challenges faced, and how the business has transformed from its inception.

  3. Personal Skills: Growth Beyond Business - Phil reflects on his personal transformation since starting SBA, discussing unexpected skills developed as an entrepreneur and how a particular failure catalyzed significant personal growth.

  4. Culture: The Backbone of Strategy - Understand the critical role of company culture in SBA's strategy, including insights on how Rachel's therapy background has influenced their business approach.

  5. Reflection: Lessons Learned - Phil looks back to see if there's anything he would have done differently and shares insights on how he balances work and personal life, including how this balance has evolved.

  6. Future: Vision for SBA - Phil outlines his vision for SBA over the next 5 years and discusses the implications for his personal development.

Join us for this engaging and revealing conversation, offering a unique glimpse into the heart and mind of a leader who's shaping the future of the smart buildings industry. Whether you're an aspiring entrepreneur, a seasoned professional, or simply interested in the dynamic world of smart buildings, this episode promises to inspire and inform.

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SBA 444: Should You Create Your Own Training?

By Phil Zito on Dec 4, 2023 1:55:40 PM

Welcome to the latest episode of the Smart Buildings Academy podcast, where we had the privilege of hosting Phil Zito, CEO of Smart Buildings Academy. Dive into an informative session that explores the challenges and rewards of creating your own training programs in the building automation industry.

Episode Highlights:

  • Insider Insights: Join Phil as he shares his expertise on crafting impactful training programs that resonate with learners.

  • The Hidden Costs: Discover the often unseen expenses that come with the development of training materials and programs.

  • Quality Matters: A deep dive into maintaining high standards in training content production.

  • Measuring Success: Learn about effective strategies to assess the effectiveness of training outcomes.

  • Trainer's Toolkit: What are the must-have skills for anyone looking to provide top-notch training?

This episode is a must-listen for industry leaders and those passionate about professional development. Gain a wealth of knowledge and insights that are crucial for anyone considering developing their own training initiatives.

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