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This week’s ControlTalk NOW reveals the progress of important trends affecting the status quo of our industry beginning with the growing Project Haystack community and their 501-(c)(6) status; DGLux5 is out of the Box; Belimo retrofits your next project; hugs inside Bank of America, more OME Facility Solutions, click and mortar changes in the distribution business; interview with Siemens’ Adnan Akbari; DOE dollars are flowing; COMFY media; and a must watch ControlTalk 2.0 and Johnson Controls Tech Talk session with Chris Lane and Matt Krieger.

project haystackJohn Petze Delivers Project-Haystack 501-(c) (6) Status Announcement at IBcon 2014: John Petze, a leading spokesperson for Project-Haystack, the open source initiative focused on developing semantic modeling conventions and taxonomies for smart device data today, announced the formation of a 501-C6 Corporation made possible by its founding members: Airmaster, J2 Innovations, Lynxspring, Siemens, SkyFoundry, Wattstopper, and Yardi.

DGLogik_SurferTherese Sullivan Reviews DGLux5 Training – Hop Aboard the Future Express: It’s easy to bat around the term “Internet of Things.” But until you’re in a room full of interface designers trying to make the implied thousands and thousands of connections visible and manageable—you don’t appreciate what it means. I came to this realization while attending the 3-day DGLux5 Introductory training course last week near San Francisco. It’s also now clear why the DGLogik brand mascot is a futuristic space-traveler: the DGLux5 users in that room were well on their way to defining how building operations will be accomplished tomorrow.

Bank of AmericaSmart Building Story: Bank of America Plaza Atlanta — Atlanta’s Architectural Masterpiece: This ControlTrends’ Smart Building Story takes an in-depth look at the Bank of America Plaza Atlanta — Atlanta’s Architectural Masterpiece and the remarkable open systems success delivered by the Stromquist Company and John Smith, Honeywell WEBs-AX Systems Integrator with Mallory & Evans Service. Parkway Realty’s Alan Winfrey explains the course of action taken and the reason why they chose Honeywell when their existing controls system reached its end-of-life and needed the best open-systems upgrade available — one that offered the owners and tenants the greatest value and most flexible solution.

The Innovator meets the Optimizer

The Innovator meets the Optimizer

The Innovation Corner with Rick Warner and the Data Center Optimzer Mike Yanosko: This ControlTalk NOW excerpt features the infamous INNOVATOR, Mr. Rick Warner, from OME Facility Solutions. Rick shares his 20+ years of integration experience in nearly every facet of the HVAC and BAS industries. OME is a market leader in providing industry and user specific solutions. Joining Rick, is Smart Building Works’ CTO, Mike Yanosko, aka, the Optimizer. Mike’s professional passions are chiefly focused on reducing capital and operational expenses.

BelimoRetrofit2Belimo Free Webinar Today at 11:00AM EST: Introduction to Retrofitting Globe Valves
Introduction to Retrofitting Globe Valves: In this free Belimo webinar, you will gain an understanding of how to retrofit globe valves. The New Generation Globe Valve Actuators incorporate not only strength, but flexibility too. Engineered to suit a broad range of HVAC applications, these new actuators and retrofit linkages are highly adaptable making selection, installation and service hassle-free.

Siemens1Siemens Features Advantage™ Navigator at IBCON 2014 — and goes CTA Platinum! Adnan Akbari, Senior Manager Strategic Marketing, at Siemens Industry, was genuinely excited about Advantage™ Navigator, the energy management system performance platform that Siemens featured at the IBcon 2014. Advantage™ Navigator offers a number of energy analytics that take existing Siemens technologies and services to the next level by giving Siemens customers distinct business advantages — making costs easier to predict and delivering key insights into the total energy and operational performance of their buildings — locally, or worldwide.

DOE1Energy Department Invests $6 Million to Support Commercial Building Efficiency: The Energy Department’s Building Technologies Office (BTO) today announced up to $6 million in funding to deploy and demonstrate four emerging energy-saving technologies in commercial buildings across the country. These projects will help businesses cut energy costs through improved efficiency, while also reducing carbon pollution. Last year, commercial buildings consumed about 20 percent of all energy used in the United States at an estimated cost of nearly $180 billion, and are responsible for 18 percent of total U.S. carbon emissions.

comfy1Can’t Get Enough of this COMFY Stuff: Where Social Media meets Building Automation Controls
As a member of the System Intelligence Redefined panel, Lindsay Baker, VP, Research & Marketing, at Building Robotics, addresses the attendees of the 2014 IBcon Smart HVAC Track with High Tech, High Touch technology from Building Robotics that drives participatory comfort attainment and energy savings. The ultimate compliment to any existing BMS BACnet system, COMFY takes VAV Zone Control to the next level.

JCIJohnson Controls Tech Talk with Chris Lane and Matt Krieger — the Power of FX Appliance Unveiled. Welcome to ControlTalk 2.0 and Johnson Controls Tech Talk with Chris Lane, FX Senior Product Manager along with technical support guru and Product Manager, Matt Krieger, who gives us a very comprehensive hands-on demonstration on one of the best end-to-end DDC solutions in the HVAC Industry that keeps getting better, the Johnson Controls FX Appliance. The FX Appliance is loaded with integration expertise and does a lot of heavy lifting behind the software curtains.

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This week’s ControlTalk NOW updates the ControlTrends Community on the DOE’s latest investments in Innovative Technologies and the EPA’s 2014 National Building Competition; Hepta Controls, Integrators Extraordinaire; 2013 PID Co-Winner, Vykon’s Ed Merwin; IB Advisory Starter Kits from Intelligent Buildings; IoT Summit, Contemporary Controls’ new controller application and the latest on drone technology. Also featured, is these first links to the HVAC Youth Superstars and Automated Building’s Ken Sinclair’s article on Seeking Youth for the IOT Journey of our Industry and his Linkedin Repurposing YoungEnergy Group

DOE Building AmericaEnergy Department Invests $14 Million in Innovative Building Efficiency Technologies. The Energy Department today announced up to $14 million in funding for 15 research and development projects to support technologies that will contribute to advancing early- stage, breakthrough energy-efficient solutions for buildings and homes.

EdMerwin2013 ControlTrends Awards Highlight: Tridium’s Ed Merwin Co Winner PID Award. The PID Award, which standS for Professionalism, Integrity, and Passion, is one of the highest honors possible in the HVAC and Building Automation Controls Industry. In a field of dedicated professionals and deserving nominees, Ed and Mike were chosen by the world-wide ControlTrends Community to receive this Award. Congratulations Ed and Mike!

madrid3Why You Have to be at the EASY IO World Event! We truly live and do business in a World Economy. Sometimes, the world comes to you and sometimes, you have to go to the world. Need a good reason and great opportunity to take a break from the daily grind of business as usual in the good old USA and see the world? EASY IO’s World Event taking place in Madrid, Spain this September 15-17, 2014 and is filling up fast! So, act now or a navy recruiter might be your next best option for a European tour.

IB2Intelligent Buildings: Start Simple with an IB Advisory Starter Kit, but Get Started! ControlTrends met up with Tom Shircliff, Co-founder, Intelligent Buildings, LLC at IBcon 2014. Intelligent Buildings, LLC is premiere Buildings Solution Provider with one of the most impressive client lists in the smart real estate industry. Tom’s message was clear enough: Sometimes, the hardest part is just getting the solution process started. To facilitate the get-started process, Intelligent Buildings has developed several well-scaled Advisory Starter Kits to make the first step — towards achieving the customer’s specific project solution, easier.

HeptaWhat Makes Master Systems Integrator Hepta Controls Special? In search of what todays master systems integrator looks like, we tracked down Hepta Systems at the 2014 IBCON show. As you can see, Hepta has a unique way of doing things and very diverse skills. Founded in 1993, Hepta Control Systems is headquartered in Sarnia, Ontario, with a recent expansion to the Detroit, Michigan area. With customers across Ontario and United States, Hepta has no geographical restrictions, which deems us as one of, if not the most versatile system service companies.

EnergyStarEPA Launches the 2014 National Building Competition — See the List of Competing Teams! It’s finally here! Last week U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched the 2014 National Building Competition. In addition to individual building competitors, this year’s battle features a new special theme: “Team Challenge!” At the end of the competition period, FEMP will recognize the highest-performing federal government building that participates in EPA’s 2014 competition.

CC_SumpControllerContemporary Controls’ Residential Redundant Sump Pump Controller: July 2014 — If your home is in a low-lying area prone to flooding and you have experienced a flooded basement more than once, you are acutely aware of redundant sump pump schemes. And if your area has overhead power lines, losing power in a storm is your worst nightmare. Installing a backed-up battery sump pump for emergencies is common, but they lack pumping power, need periodic exercising and lack energy capacity for long outages. Portable gasoline generators have more energy capacity but you must be home during a storm to start the generator. Visit Contemporary Controls.

iot3Internet of Things Privacy Summit — Top Guns Meet in Silicon Valley. The one-day TRUSTe Powering Trust Event, Internet of Things Privacy Summit, was held this week at the Rosewood Hotel, Menlo Park, Silicon Valley, CA. The IoT Privacy Summit reads like a crash course attempt to catch government regulators up with the advanced privacy (and security) issues that the collection of big data, rampant emerging mobile technologies, and the after-the-tech style of regulating pose. One of the top agenda items was The Big Debate, which asked the million-dollar question, “Can We Have Privacy and the Internet of Things?” — Or, are they just plain mutually exclusive?

drones 1How Savvy Systems Integrators, Property Owners, and Police Departments WILL use Drones! ControlTrends caught up with AJ Jolivette from Terosaur at the 2014 IBCON show. In addition to finding the coolest toy ever to add to our wish list, we also discovered some innovative ways to make buildings safer and easier to maintain. As Terosaur gains more visibility and acceptance, it seems very likely that we will see drones soon perform very important and practical applications not only — in and around the building space, but “drone-assistance” will become an indispensable asset for every police and fire department; every security company; every college and corporate campus.

Tom_Rob_IBMore from Intelligent Buildings’ Tom Shircliff and Rob Murchison: Intelligent Building’s methodology is based on extensive experience working for both real estate owners and solution providers aligns internal and external stakeholders resulting in a strategy customized to the objectives of our clients. Throughout the process we consider the fundamental principles of People, Buildings, and Technology. These services apply to your specific project solution. Intelligent Buildings has worked extensively throughout the US and Canada in over 50 different cities along with selected other international work and market research in The Middle East, Asia and Central America.

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This week’s ControlTalk NOW reviews the CABA and Belimo webinars, interview with Lynxspring’s Bob Mealy, DOE’s July updates, Honeywell’s new WEBs-AX checker, more on robotic technology, and features special guests, Rob Allen, Stromquist; Rick Werner, OME Facility Solutions; and Mike Yanosko, CTO Smart Building Works. ControlTrends is delighted to announce that 2014 ControlTrends Awards will be held Monday evening, January 26, 2015, from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Convention Center.

CABALast Chance to Register For CABA OnLine Event Today! The CABA Intelligent & Integrated Buildings Council (IIBC) and BSRIA would like to invite you to the Webinar on the “Market Sizing for North America: Intelligent and Integrated Buildings v2” Research Project. Come learn how your organization can become involved in helping to shape the focus and scope of this important and timely research. This will be a high level presentation on this upcoming research project, and there are still opportunities to sponsor this research.

Bob MealeyFun With Lynxspring at IBCON 2014 ControlTrends got a chance to catch up with Bob Mealey at IBCON. Bob is the Chief Operating Officer at Lynxspring. Bob, enlightened us on Lynxspring’s, CyberPro, an effective approach to handling the Cyber security problems that are affecting building owners. Lynxspring changed the way control systems are built, secured and distributed. SP 800-82 Rev.2 DRAFT Guide to Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Security.

Belimo E ValveBelimo July 11, 2014 Webinar on Communicating with the Belimo Energy Valve: Belimo July 11, 2014 Webinar on Communicating with the Belimo Energy Valve with WebView, Data Analysis Tool, and BACnet. Learn how the Energy Valve standard analog signal and feedback wiring communicates its data to the Building Management System (BMS) via BACnet MS/TP or BACnet IP. The built-in web server collects up to 13 months of data that can be downloaded to external tools for further optimization.

Therese_Face1Building Integrator Summit (SBIS) at IBcon 2014: Building Context’s Therese Sullivan, the eyes and ears of Silicon Valley, wraps up her thoughts about the 2014 Realcomm/IBcon with piercing insight: Big-brand tech companies and Rock Star-caliber personalities in real estate management and data security came calling on the buildings industry at the Smart Building Integrator Summit (SBIS) on June 17th, the day before IBcon 2014 opened in Las Vegas. Their common message was that open-architected, interoperable building automation systems (BAS) are at the nucleus of the next phase of human-to-machine connectivity.

SPINThe Other Robots are Coming — But the SPIN Robot (Sanborn Platform for Indoor Mapping) is Already Here!The SPIN Robot services are available NOW. Contact Sharad Oberoi and Team Sanborn for more information. The Sanborn Platform for Indoor Mapping (SPIN) is a semi-autonomous mobile robotic platform designed exclusively for indoor mapping applications. By utilizing the recent advances made in a variety of 3D technologies including laser scanning, photogrammetry and computer vision, and the state-of-the-art approaches used in robotics, SPIN is a leap forward in accurately mapping the building interiors SPIN is a compact, easy-to-operate and self-navigating system which generates pre-registered spatial data almost in real-time. Sanborn’s geospatial products, location based services, and solutions to business, engineering, government, natural resources, telecommunications, and utilities sectors.

IdeaMediumRob Allen’s 7 Minutes in Control: The New Honeywell AX Compatibility Checker Tool. Software version management can be a challenging task. The level of challenge magnifies exponentially when the number of software varieties increases and inter-dependency exists among them. WEBs-AX Compatibility Checker is an add-on tool that helps users to discover the multiple versions of AX software components or tools.

ITo ThingsSeeing is Believing: The Internet of Things At Work: The IoT-A movie introduces us to the spectacular story of how the Internet of Things could benefit people and society in the future and how the European Lighthouse Project on the Internet of Things will “make things talk”. It provides you with a glimpse into a concept being worked on by the IoT-A project team for several years, namely the Architecture Reference Model, ARM, a dictionary for the IoT, a toolbox for developers.

DOE Building AmericaJuly 2014 Issue of the DOE’s Building America Update: Dear Building America colleague: The July 2014 issue of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America Update newsletter is now available! This month’s issue highlights examples of zero energy ready homes across the country that are delivering outstanding levels of energy savings, comfort, health, and durability. Read these articles and more: “A 2013 Top Innovation Spotlight on Zero Energy Ready Single Family Homes and “July 11 deadline for feedback on effective power words.”

powerofniagaraPowered by Possibilites: Video Welcome to the 2014 Niagara Summit. The power of this video lingers and it continues its vision of what the future holds. Awesome kick-off to the “Welcome to the 2014 Niagara Summit,” where the power of the Niagara Framework and Innovation met — and keep meeting. With the open internet of things and Niagara, buildings are more efficient, data centers are optimized, industrial plants are improving quality and precision, and city infrastructures are connected and smarter.

IamcomfyBuilding Robotics’ Comfy is Real High Tech-High Touch — Is it the NEST-Best Thing? John Naisbitt, inventor of “Megatrends” (watch below) would have to be proud of COMFY’s High Touch solution to a challenging High Tech problem. As building management systems (BMS) continue to increase energy efficiency, the satisfaction of the building occupants could well be decreasing, because the occupants are not comfortable and they assume the technologies around them — are being used against them. Comfy provides instant high-touch by providing instant streams of warm or cool air to people while also using high-tech machine learning in the background to reduce energy use. The High Touch words “Warm my Space” or “Cool my Space” or better yet, “I’m Comfy,” replace the set points and the numeric temperature displays.

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This week’s ControlTalk NOW delivers vital information directly affecting the HVAC Industry status quo. Dell delivers their IoT and Productization Roadmap for the Smart Building; ControlTalk 2.0 reviews: “Is Intel coming for your lunch?”; More of Fred Gordy’s IT Security insights; Interviews with Schneider Electric’s Simon Leblond, CopperTree’s Keith LaRose, Cylon Energy acquires American Auto-Matrix, and more news on Products, Industry Information, and Training.


BetterBuildingsDOE’s Better Buildings Case Competition Challenges Collegiate Teams: Join us for presentations of the winning solutions to the 2014 Better Buildings Case Competition. The Better Buildings Case Competition challenges collegiate teams to present unique and innovative solutions for reducing energy waste and improving the efficiency of our nation’s homes and commercial buildings to industry leaders.

Dell_smartcontrols_5Dell’s IoT Roadmap and Productization for the Smart Buildings Market Segment is Just the Beginning! This roadmap and productization for the smart buildings market segment is just the beginning of Dell’s service offerings. Look for more to come on IoT and building automation in the future! (Source: AutomatedBuildings: July, 2014 Edition). dell is introducing new research on smart buildings and will join Intel to discuss its findings at the Intelligent Buildings Conference (IBcon) in Las Vegas today. Enabling building automation is a key element of Dell’s strategy of supporting customers around the world and across various industries in realizing their vision for the Internet of Things (IoT).

KenSinclair+IBconAutomated Building’s July Theme “Our Assets R U!” Ken Sinclair Nominated for Digie Award: Excerpts from Automated Buildings July, 2014. Editor’s Note: We are experimenting with a virtual wrapper for our July issue. The flyover is based on the same format used for our Over 150 past issues and 15 years in the collaborator. The graphical presentation is more people centric following the theme of this issue. Powered by a web service it should present well on all devices, as more and more of our readers are BYOD. Also here is a short url to wrapper for tweeting. Please let us know if this is useful or just plain annoying…… It is simply a different way to view the same information.

Belimo_NEWBelimo is Delighted to MOVE Forward & Thanks You for Your Continued Business & Support! Dear Belimo Customers: On October 1, 2014, BELIMO Americas headquarters will move from our present Danbury location to a new energy efficient headquarters at 33 Turner Road, Danbury, CT 06810. Calling, faxing or emailing us will not change.

IntelBreaking Down 2014 IBCON: Does Intel Want to Eat your Lunch? This episode of ControlTalk 2.0 is a panel discussion led by yours truly, along with Therese Sullivan,; Rick Warner,PE, OME Innovative Facility Solutions; and Ken Smyers, ControlTrends/DMS Controls Group, that continues to break down 2014 IBcon and the massive amount of change lurking around the immediate bend.

ViconicsVT8Viconics’ VT8000 Series Thermostat & Room Comfort Controller: Simon Leblond, Schneider Electric’s Director of Strategy & Marketing, Buildings Division, explains to the Niagara and ControlTrends Communities — why year in and year out — Viconics is the thermostat or room comfort controller of choice that offers the lowest installed cost. The new VT8000 series is available with wireless and all the communication protocols, along with a customizable display that allows color matching decor, branding emphasis, live language changes, other features that will help pull the sale of Viconics through the interior designer and architect channels.

FredGordySocial Engineering and the Cyber Black Market: In movies you see some guy sitting at his computer banging away at the keys and creating sophisticated algorithms that can go around advanced cyber security measures or can crack strong passwords or anything else that looks really cool for the camera The reality is (and not as glamorous) that hackers can shop for hacking tools online. Or better yet, they can ask you how to get into your system and you will tell them. Social engineering, if you are not familiar with the term, means basically a “con game” to get information needed to access networks/equipment.

AAMCylon Energy Inc. Acquires American Auto-Matrix:June 30, 2014 – American Auto-Matrix was acquired by Cylon Energy Inc., a subsidiary of Cylon Controls Ltd., based in Manchester, New Hampshire. Cylon Controls is one of the largest independent control manufacturers in Europe and a leading developer of energy management systems with a global distribution network. The acquisition marks over 60 combined years of technological development and product implementation.

DeltaControlTrends Catches up with CopperTree Analytics, aka, Delta Controls — Who “Does it Right! Keith La Rose, Director of Business Development at CopperTree, was delighted with the attendees at 2014 IBcon. According to Keith, “The people here really understand the space — and, they are the influential decision-makers.” The Delta Controls’ story is one of prolific success. Delta Controls, a privately held corporation, has been manufacturing BAS controls (all made in North America) for over 30 years, and is the world’s largest independent BAS manufacturer! The Delta Controls’ motto, which permeates throughout the organization is “Do it Right!” CopperTree Analytics, wholly owned by Delta Controls and ESC Automation, is an agnostic solution that works with anyone’s control system focusing on data analytics and building optimization.

Eve2Happy 4th of July! Did You Know…? Disney Fireworks & Celebration Included: Did you know: John Adams believed that July 2nd was the correct date on which to celebrate the birth of American independence, and would reportedly turn down invitations to appear at July 4th events in protest. Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Variously known as the Fourth of July and Independence Day, July 4th has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83).

DGLux5_IoT_App_IconBecome a DGLux5 Expert — Training July 16-18, 2014 @ DGLogik, Inc. Headquarters: Learn the latest WORKFLOWS, SHORTCUTS & TIPS of the NEW DGLux5. DGLux5 Introductory Training is a 3-day, instructor-led course that provides lectures, exercises and hands-on labs designed to provide a fundamental understanding of the basic principles, concepts and knowledge necessary to develop and support applications using DGLux5. The focus of this course is to illustrate how to use the new DGLux5 design tools and functionality so that you can begin building applications on your own. We ensure that you walk away with shortcuts, tips, best practices and advanced knowledge of DGLux. By the end of your training, you will be both creative and efficient in engineering cutting-edge user experiences. Sign up today!

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