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ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast and Podcast for week ending November 22, 2015 announces the 2015 ControlTrends Awards Finalists! Cybersecurity SITREP from SmartCore’s Fred Gordy, who invites the ControlTrends Community to use SmartCore’s free on-line Criticality and Threat Assessment survey. US-CERT’s I3C Public Service Announcement and Cyber attack update; Lynxspring’s Onyxx E2E Solution; Sierra Monitor Corporation’s Telecom Site Case Study; FIN Stack Lunch ‘n Learn; and Therese Sullivan writes about the CoRE Tech Silicon Valley event and the slow adoption rate of Smart Building technology.

Hot key for breaking newsEasyIO Certification Training in December at Cochrane Supply, MI. With our latest EASYIO 32-bit range of DDC products, you can now build your Automation solutions from top to bottom, with various OPEN programming tools. With the EASYIO range of IP DDC Controllers, now available and selling worldwide.

Screen Shot 2015-08-12 at 9.43.48 AM30 Minutes with Lynxspring Webinar Series – Professional Services – New Onyxx Products. The 30 Minutes with Lynxspring Webinar Series continues on Wednesday, November 18th, at 12:00 PM CST. Session 6 – Lynxspring’s New Onyxx Products. Overview: Our IoT world increases the number of smart equipment, systems, and devices — creating tremendous intelligence at the edge.

CATAHeaderAnnouncing SmartCore’s Free, Online Criticality and Threat Assessment (CATA). Online Assessment at NO CHARGE to you! SmartCore has developed an online assessment tool that gives building and portfolio management a high level assessment of each building free of charge. Contact to receive your assessment link. SmartCore will translate your answers to this short survey into a Threat Assessment Scorecard as well as a prescriptive Cyber Risk Mitigation Plan that we can help you implement to strengthen your defense against attacks.

Nomination Banner Live Congratulations to the 2015 ControlTrends Awards Finalists! (JavaScript is needed to display this video player! The voting for the 2015 ControlTrends Awards will begin shortly. Please register to vote! Building Automation VAV Controller of the Year Manufacturer or Product: Neptronic, Distech, Delta Controls, Johnson Controls, KMC SimplyVAV, Honeywell Spyder, and Prolon.

Screen Shot 2015-05-15 at 11.50.40 AMSierra Monitor Corporation Case Study on Telecom Site Remote Monitoring. Telecom Site Remote Monitoring: The telecommunications industry includes regional operating companies, traditional long distance carriers, wireless carriers, and cable and satellite service providers; they all deliver voice, data, and video services. Sierra Monitor Corporation shares its extensive expertise about this universal, yet challenging application.

US-CERTInternet Crime Complaint Center The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has issued an alert warning that law enforcement personnel and public officials may be at an increased risk of cyber attacks. In addition to doxing (the act of gathering and publishing individuals’ personal information without permission), threat actors have been observed compromising the email accounts of officers and officials. These target groups should protect their online presence and exposure.

J2Stromquist Company Hosting Lunch ‘n Learns for FIN Stack. Our Authorized FIN Distributor Stromquist is hosting two free informational Lunch ‘n Learns. The first is at their Atlanta office Thursday Nov 19th from 12:00 – 1:00 EDT, and will be available also remotely via live stream at ControlTrends The sesond session will be at Orlando office Tuesday November 24 from 12:00 – 1:00 EDT.

Therese.001Therese Sullivan Puts the Full Court Press on CoRE Tech’s Silicon Valley Message: ‘Just Do It.’ (By therese554) Smart Building technology isn’t being adopted at the pace expected. Why aren’t more property owners getting off the sidelines? Chicago Bulls Basketball star Michael Jordan inspired a lot of sports watchers to become sports Do-ers in the 1980s and 90s. And, of course, there was the ‘Sneaks.’ Can tech-firm smart building All Stars be as motivating? Are their methods and tools a fit for the rest of us?

Screen Shot 2015-07-26 at 8.19.35 PMControlTalk NOW Special Guest: SmartCore’s Director of Cybersecurity expert Fred Gordy. Fred is responsible for the technology strategy and cyber security for control systems. Fred’s portfolio includes projects military bases, internet data centers, national retail chains, an international media company, REIT’s, and research labs. Fred has contributed and/or been featured in the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Fox, HPAC Engineering, Retrofit Magazine, Building Context, Healthcare Facilities Today, and BOMA FacilitiesNet.

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ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast and Podcast for week ending November 15, 2015 features special guest Marc Petock; interviews and product updates with Lynxspring’s CEO,Terry Swope; DG Logik’s Dennis Khvostionov; ACI’s Barry Gordon; and Intelligent Buildings’ Shaun Klann. SGIP wins NIST Funding award; Cybersecurity must-read whitepaper from Frost & Sullivan, and a special tribute from Dozier Mills for Veterans Day.

Ask_A_ControlsExpertAsk a Controls Expert with Stromquist Company’s Dozier Mills, who reponds to the question, “Why not use a PLC instead of a DDC System to control a buildings’ equipment?” Doz has been active the HVAC/R Industry for over 30 years specializing in commercial and domestic air conditioning, refrigeration, and heating systems, with application specialization in data centers, cold storage, ice plants, pneumatic controls, as well as Siemens, Johnson Controls, Alerton, and Honeywell control systems.

terryTerry Swope at The 2015 Lynxspring Exchange. I had a chance to catch up with Lynxspring CEO and co founder Terry Swope. As a blues guitar playing, Greg Allman doppelganger, smart buildings controls aficionado and all around good guy, Terry is one of my favorite people. Watch this video to find out more about Terry, the smart buildings controls renaissance, and Lynxspring, including what and how Lynxspring came into being.

JACE_8000JACE 8000: An In-depth Look! Don’t Miss the Next Tridium Talk. Don’t miss our next TridiumTalk for the latest on our cutting-edge controller! Tridium’s next-generation JACE® 8000 controller is almost here – so make sure you’re up to speed on the platform’s power and enhanced capabilities. Join Product Manager Mike Westerfield for our next TridiumTalk, “JACE 8000: An in-depth look.”

F&S_CyberFrost & Sullivan Report: CYBERSECURITY IN SMART BUILDINGS “INACTION IS NOT AN OPTION ANYMORE.” This Cybersecurity seminal document, written by Konkana Khaund, Principal Consultant, Energy & Environment, at Frost & Sullivan, takes a “History Channel” look at the whole story of Cybersecurity, detailing the origin of our vulnerabilities, to our present and rather disparaging status. Cyber attacks, by their seeming distance from our doorstep, pose significant challenges to all building purveyors.

MarcPetockControlTalk NOW Special Guest: Marc Petock, VP, Marketing at Lynxspring and Connexx Energy where he leads corporate and product marketing strategy and execution, brand management, public relations and communications to support both companies strategic and growth initiatives. Marc is a contributing author, noted speaker and recognized industry leader having earned Realcomm’s “Top 35 People to Watch” for the last seven years in a row, Who’s Who in M2M, a Digital Impact Award and several other industry accolades. Marc recaps 2015 Lynxspring Exchange and, as the Master of Ceremonies, leads the 2015 ControlTrends Awards.

greenlight_vetVeterans Day November 11, 2015 — A Green Light is a Simple Way to Show Support. If you know a veteran or have a friend or family member that is now serving, or served in the military, reach out to them and let them know how thankful you are for the service they render, or have rendered to our country. Veterans Day is your opportunity to remember and honor those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. On a special note, the Green light Beacon, located at 417 5th Avenue, New York, NY(Entrance on 38th Street), will be on view from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM for all to see.

Barry GBarry “Flash” Gordon at the 2015 Lynxspring Exchange. I had a chance to catch up with Barry Gordon from ACI at the 2015 Lynxspring Exchange. Behind every great Smart Building solution is a Smart Sensor and behind every smart sensor is a smart, dedicated, hard working technical support person. Watch this video to find out why Barry “Flash” Gordon, recipient of the 2012 ControlTrends Awards Best Technical Support Award, is considered by many to be the standard by which quality technical support is measured.

ShaunIntelligent Buildings’ Shaun Klann at 2015 Lynxspring Exchange. ControiTrends coverage of the 2015 Lynxspring Exchange continues as I had the opportunity to speak with Intelligent Buildings’s Shaun Klann, and get a ring-side update of the Smart Buildings arena from one of the top firms in the Smart Building business. Shaun cited some of the consultancy topics that Intelligent Buildings is prepared to help solve for their customers. First, Cybersecurity — an issue that has to be proactively addressed to secure industrial control systems.

SGIP_0SGIP News & Activities: President Sharon Allan’s November Update. I am pleased to announce that SGIP won the NIST Funding opportunity which we submitted via a competitive bidding process in June. I have been working through the final details with our NIST contracting specialist. We will receive $2.1M when it is all finalized over the course of the next three years; which will breakdown as follows: $900k for 2016, $700k for 2017, and $500k for 2018. We look forward to continuing our relationship with NIST.

DennisDG LOGIK Shows off Project Assist 2.0 at 2015 Lynxspring Exchange. Front and center at the 2015 Lynxspring Exchange, DGLogik revealed their Project Assist 2.0 for facilities. The Project Assist 2.0 wizard allows users to create rapid HTML5 interfaces to better manage and monitor facility data. Project Assist 2.0 will deliver a faster, simpler and more intuitive user experience, offering full flexibility and customization without diving into the full design and development environment of DGLux5.

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ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast and Podcast for week ending November 8, 2015 reminds the ControlTrends Community that the nomination period is ending November 15th. Please ensure you nominate the deserving people, products, and solutions that make our industry so great and register to vote! Special thanks to our guests Therese Sullivan, Mike Marston, Chris Lane, and Alper Üzmezler. Fred Gordy reviews the president’s Cyberspace Policy and Marc Petock keeps the focus on Cybersecurity with excerpts from Lynxspring Exchange, and announces the release of Lynxspring’s Edge-to-Enterprise (E2E) Initiative. Also, watch great interviews with Belimo’s CEO, Lars van der Haegen and ACR’s Kevin Parsley.

cs legacy2Cyber Legacy? I think that the president is looking to use cyber security as a “legacy” play for his last year in office. It is the one thing that most Americans, regardless of their party affiliation, will agree on and get behind. Cyber awareness is a good thing, but what does that look like coming from Washington? The only way to know this is to be informed. If you haven’t seen the Cyberspace Policy Review Final, you may want to look it over. It has both negative and positive aspects for businesses.

Ask_A_ControlsExpertAsk a Controls Expert with Chris Lane, Senior FX Product Manager at Johnson Controls who responds to Franklin from Florida’s question asking, “Will the Johnson Controls FX ASSET TOOL save him time, money, and programming?” Chris answers with a clarification: “The FX ASSET TOOL is really a money-maker because it streamlines the whole project and speaks the user’s language. It reduces the time it takes to bid, submit, order, and program a building automation controls job.” So, the Johnson Controls FX ASSET TOOL is a great way to save money and time on building automation controls project and installations.

Screen Shot 2015-08-12 at 9.43.48 AMLynxspring’s Marc Petock Offers Insight into Cyber Security. Dear Lynxspring Business Partner, when it comes to building automation and management systems, while they were once separate, they are now firmly integrated within a company’s network infrastructure and should not be treated differently when it comes to cyber security and threat protection.

mmarston_ThailandControl Pub Talk with Mike Marston in Thailand with his guest Michael Baek, from South Korea, where they discuss the rigorous requirements of South Korea’s Defense Department and how EasyIO is able to meet those exacting standards. Stay tuned for Mike’s next Control Pub Talk with Brian Anderson. A global favorite, the EasyIO’s FG-32+ Controller is one of the most versatile controllers on the market, come with the CPT and reference VAV, AHU, Chiller Plant, and Boiler Plant APPs that are easily modified to meet your exact application.

Lars-11-04 at 11.02.16 AMCatching up with Belimo’s Lars van der Haegen. What makes an HVAC or Building Automation Controls company great? To find out the answer to this important question, I reached out to Belimo’s CEO, Lars van der Haegen. I had the pleasure of catching up with Lars at the 2015 Belimo Platinum Distributors Meeting. Belimo is known for their quality valves and world-class actuators. This makes Lars the perfect person to answer our aforementioned question.

THerseInterview with Therese Sullivan, principal and editor of Building Context and Haystack, and contributing to Therese is a prolific and knowledgeable writer/technologist and marketing professional, who provides news and analysis for commercial building system integrators, facilities managers and real estate professionals about innovations in building automation with emphasis on data analytics, mobile apps, cloud services and wireless networking. Therese knows her way around Silicon Valley and shares her knowledge of how emerging technology will impact the world of intelligent buildings.

Lynxspring_enews-700Lynxspring Announces Edge-to-Enterprise (E2E) Initiative, New Solutions and Services. LYNXSPRING EXCHANGE 2015, Lee’s Summit, MO – November 5, 2015 – Lynxspring, Inc., a premier developer and provider of open, IP-based control solutions for intelligent buildings, energy management, cyber protection and device-to-enterprise integration, unveiled its new initiative, Lynxspring E2E (Edge-to-Enterprise) ecosystem at the 2015 Lynxspring Exchange and Partner Conference last week

KevinHVAC Controls Distributor Review: ACR Supply. When you have been around the HVAC and Building Automation Controls business as long as I have, you see a lot of companies, and meet a lot of great people. I had the chance to catch up with one of my favorite people, Kevin Parsley and companies ACR Supply. Kevin gives us some insight into what makes ACR Supply such a great place to work and how they create value in the HVAC controls marketplace. ACR Supply was founded by Troy Meachum’s dad, L.C. Meachum in 1977 in Durham, NC. Troy and Kevin uphold the values that have earned ACR Supply Company the trust and loyalty of HVACR parts and supplies users throughout central North Carolina.

AlpertBASSG’s CEO Alper Üzmezler, one of the first Young Guns of our industry. BASSG was founded in 2004, and serves as a leading Intelligent Building Solutions provider and continuous innovator in Building Automation Technology and BAS Analytics — that focus on reducing implementation and facility management energy costs. Through in-house developed easy-to-deploy, multi-system software tools, BASSG branded OEM products and multiple distributorships, BASSG offers one-stop delivery for everything BAS — with incomparable value to significantly lower implementation and maintenance costs.

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ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast and Podcast for week ending November 1, 2015 thanks Scott Cross from Temperature Controls Systems, Dallas, TX, for that amazing jet pack introduction! This week features highlights from the Lynxspring Exchange 2015 event; DOE Funding Opportunities; a great introductory video from Contemporary Controls — Understanding BACnet Part I; and an in-depth interview and discussion with Ken Sinclair, owner and editor of Don’t miss the November edition of Automated Buildings!

LYNX_2015Lynxspring Exchange 2015: How Lynxspring is Making a Difference and Building for Tomorrow — Today! The Lynxspring Exchange and Partner Conference being held October 26th-28th at the Argosy Hotel and Casino, Riverside, Missouri, began with a quaint evening reception and hosted exhibit networking, really kicks into high gear today. Lynxspring Exchange 2015 brings together Lynxspring’s ecosystem and community of business partners, integrators, contractors, OEMs, technology partners, industry professionals and practitioners.

Bacnet1What is BACnet and Why is it Important to Smart Buildings? What is BACnet? Why is it important to controlling Smart Buildings? To get a simple to understand answer we turned to George Thomas and his team at Contemporary Controls. Contemporary Controls designs and manufactures the system building blocks for networking, integrating and controlling automation processes.

BetterBuildings1$9.5 Million Small and Medium Commercial Buildings Funding Opportunity. The Building Technologies Office (BTO) Commercial Buildings Integration Program has announced the availability of up to $9.5 million for Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0001385, “Solutions to Improve the Energy Efficiency of U.S. Small and Medium Commercial Buildings.”

breaking-news-2-300x171ControlTrends introduces a new Q&A format: Ask a Controls Expert. In response to a question emailed to ControlTrends from Bill from Montana, we were able to contact Rick Jones, a well known HVAC industry expert from Relevant Solutions, to answer Bill’s question with an in-depth explanation of why the Belimo Energy Valve is such a smart specification for engineers. We invite you to record your HVAC question as an attachment and email it to, where we’ll get an industry expert to answer your question on ControlTalk NOW.

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