ControlTalk Now The HVAC and Smart Building Controls Podcast

Episode 215: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast|PodCast for week ending Feb 19, 2017 features interviews with EasyIO’s VP Worldwide Sales, Mike Marston, and Automated Buildings owner and editor, Ken Sinclair. Don’t miss Therese Sullivan’s coverage of the ControlTrends Awards, Optergy’s Proton video, BACnet International’s Awards, and the new records set at the 2017 AHR Expo.

Therese Sullivan, Mike Marston, Ken Sinclair, 2017 AHR Expo Records,

Therese Sullivan’s “How 2016 CTA-Goers Made It Their Night.” By Therese Sullivan, editor of To watch Ken Smyers and Eric Stromquist manage every detail of the ControlTrends Awards is a lesson in how to be the ultimate hosts. They made it happen on January 29, 2017, at the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas, NV. But, as if by magic – and there was a lot of that — the party moved out of their hands and seemed to be owned by everyone else in the room at large. The way the community is embracing this event is a sure sign that the CTAs will live on for many years to come. The CTAs have become an important night to many, and serve a variety of community-building functions.

ControlTrends covers the Optergy smart building control system

A Sneak Peak at Proton Optergy. ust got this video from our friend Steve Guzelimian. Steve is bringing the Proton Optergy smart buildings solution to North America. Proton won the global ControlTtrends Awards for Light Commercial Solution of the Year, and is a viable competitor in the “Race to the Small Space“. After seeing this cool video, look for Optergy to be a competitor in the Most Impactful Video Award at the 2017 ControlTrends Awards. You can hear what Steve had to say about Optery’s North American Strategy on the November 20th Episode of ControlTalk Now The Smart Buildings Video and Podcast.

ControlTalk NOW’s first interview is a ControlTrends Awards wrap-up with EasyIO’s Mike Marston, on his way to Australia, after finishing a 2-day training session in Pittsburgh, PA. EasyIO is people, products, and applied technology on the move. Congratulations to EasyIO for winning four ControlTrends Awards. The EasyIO FW-14 wireless controller is only getting better! Register now for the EasyIO World Conference, Manchester United UK – 22 May 2017.

ControlTalk NOW’s second interview is with Ken Sinclair, who reviews the Connection Community Collaboratory session at the 2017 AHR Expo, the ControlTrends Awards, and previews the theme of his 2017 March edition of Automated Buildings “Engaging Satisfaction & Wellness.” Ever insightful, here’s a piece from Ken’s editorial: “I am in awe of the power bestowed upon us and our potential as an industry to have a significant impact on the wellness and overall satisfaction of the occupants of our automated, connected, smart, living, buildings. Increasing satisfaction and wellness by engagement means creating a dialog path that flows both ways and is a giant first step for our industry’s entry into the productivity puzzle and its lucrative paybacks.”

BACnet International Awards

BACnet International Awards at the 2017 ControlTrends Awards

The 2017 BACnet International Awards Presentation. As we begin our video highlights from the 2016 ControlTrends Awards, we want to give special thanks to our Presenting Sponsor BACnet International. The BACnet protocol is at the heart of so many of the building automation and smart building control systems, that we thought it only appropriate to begin with a tribute to the dedicated, hard working men and women that make BACnet so great.

using People and Smart Buildings Technology

Ken Sinclair’s Connection Community Collaboratory at AHR Expo 2017. “Power to the People, Power to the People, Ride on…”These lyrics are in a song written by the great John Lennon. If John had known our friend Ken Sinclair or attended his Connection Community Collaboratory, the lyrics would have been more like this: “Power of the People, Power of the People, Ride on” Everyday we see technology advancements in the Smart Building’s controls market, better controllers, better software and better analytics. Is there a correlation between how good a technology can be and the people that use it? This is just one of the questions that, the ever insightful, Ken Sinclair, poses to a group of Industry Experts at this year’s Connection Community Collaboratory, entitled “The Power of People, an Industry Discussion.”

2017 AHR Expo in Las Vegas Breaks Three All-Time Records For Overall Show Attendance, Size. WESTPORT, Conn., February 17, 2017 – The International Exposition Company announced today that the 2017 International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo), held January 30 through February 1 in Las Vegas, has officially broken three of the Show’s all-time records. With 68,615 attending the 2017 Show, AHR Expo superseded its former all-time attendance record of 61,674 (set at the 2015 Show in Chicago) by 11.2 percent. This number was also 28.7 percent greater than the overall attendance (totaling 53,324) at the last AHR Expo held in Las Vegas in 2011.

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Episode 214: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast|PodCast for week ending Feb 12, 2017 features highlights from the 2016 ControlTrends Awards including the Women of the Year Award co-winners Johnson Controls’ Renee Joseph and Tridium’s Jenny Graves. Congratulations to 2016 PID Award Winner, Sarah Monteleone from Connect-Air International and the 2016 Young Gun Recipients. Get the latest on Sierra Monitor’s and Lencore’s Sound Masking Technology; registration for Lynxspring’s next 30 Minute webinar; Early Bird registration for the 2017 Haystack Connect has been extended till February 28th, and keep current with industry events with Ken’s Calendar.

2016 ControlTrends Awards Woman of the Year Co-winners: Renee Joseph, Johnson Controls and Jenny Graves, Tridium. One of the truly great highlights of the 2016 ControlTrends Awards, was Jenny Stentz and Gina Elliott presenting the newest ControlTrends Awards category, the Woman of the Year. Twelve of the most distinguished and successful women in the HVAC and Building Automation industries were recognized for their outstanding career achievements: Sarah Monteleone, Connect Air; Renee Joseph, Johnson Controls; Lisa Hickey, Belimo; Angie Jarvis, ProLon; Jenny Graves, Tridium; Amy Doran, Alerton; Annette Clayton, Schneider Electric; Laura Kevitt, Vykon; Monica Ferraro, Distech; Ruth Hershey, Siemens; Lindsay Baker , Comfy; and Therese Sullivan, From this amazing group of women, special congratulations to the 2016 ControlTrends Awards Woman of the Year Co-winners: Renee Joseph, Johnson Controls and Jenny Graves, Tridium!

Once Again, — See You Next Year in Chicago! 2017 ControlTrends Awards will be in Chicago, January 21, 2018. Once again, a very special thanks to our 2016 ControlTrends sponsors; Co-Master of Ceremonies, Marc Petock, Kim Brown; and the incredible Production, Audio, Video, and Logistic support from Rob Allen, Michael Bonner, and Stacie McCammon. We could have not done it without all of your help. See you in Chicago!

Congratulations to the 2016 Petock Award Winner — Sarah Monteleone, Vice President of Sales Connect-Air International. Congratulations to Sarah Monteleone, Vice President of Sales Connect-Air International, winner of the 2016 Petock Award. In the words of the award’s namesake, Marc Petock, “This award is given to the person who exemplifies the willingness to help our industry succeed, shares knowledge, and gives something special back to the industry. It recognizes the person who is unselfish and makes someone else’s journey a little easier, and through practice and example, makes the industry a better place. The recipient is a fierce competitor and has the desire to expand and enhance our industry without expectation.”

Haystack Connect 2017 Early Bird Registration Discount — Extended to February 28, 2017. Haystack Connect 2017, MAY 8TH – 10TH, 2017, Saddlebrook Resort Tampa & Conference Center. Early Bird Registration Discount: $795! The Early Bird Registration Discount expires at midnight on February 28th. The standard Registration fee is $895. The Haystack Connect 2017 Conference will once again, bring together systems integrators, technology providers, A&E firms, OEMs and end users who are leading the way to advance smart-device applications and the power of data that is helping to create more efficient, sustainable built environment and streamline the interoperation of the systems and devices that permeate our modern world.

Ken’s Calendar: New 30 Minutes with Lynxspring. This just in from Lynxspring: The next “30 Minutes with Lynxspring”, our monthly webinar series featuring Lynxspring subject-matter experts and special guests, continues Wednesday, February 15th at 12:00 PM CST. There is a lot going on within our industry and at Lynxspring. In this monthly edition, I will look at What’s Ahead – what’s ahead in the industry and what’s ahead at Lynxspring. When: Wednesday, February 15, 2017. Time: 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM CST. Register: Click here to register online for this “30 Minutes with Lynxspring” Webinar on February 15, 2017, 12:00 PM CST. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information on how to join the webinar session. Please contact Lynxspring if you have any questions. Call Toll Free: 877-649-5969 or send an email to:

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In The News: Sound Masking Technology improves employee productivity by creating personal audio spaces and stopping noise pollution. Looks like our friends at Sierra Monitor and Lencore are finding another innovative way to help reduce the spend on the $300 side of the 3-30-300 dollar rule. Having two small children, I am hoping the home version of this comes out soon. This just in: Sierra Monitor Corporation ( ) and Lencore ( are creating unique “private audio clouds” for open office environments and medical facilities. Lencore’s sound masking solutions for modern workplaces, along with emergency notification solutions, make workplace environments safer and more productive. In addition, Lencore’s sound masking solutions are used in medical offices and other facilities where privacy and confidentiality is important.

Congratulations to the 2016 ControlTrends Awards Young Gun Recipients. ControlTrends is extremely proud of the Young Gun Awards and what we believe to be another important industry initiative to draw young talent to our industry. There is no better way to enhance the image of the HVAC Industry than recognizing young professionals — who, early in their careers, have already made an important contribution or significant impact within their organization — that serves well as career role model. We need to collectively seek parity and positive recognition for our HVAC industry and attract more of the young minds and talent needed to sustain our industry in the years to come. We look forward to the continuing support of the ControlTrends Community to help us identify next year’s Young Guns.

ControlTrends Keeps an Eye on 2017 Events with Ken’s Calendar. While it has been an amazingly busy and productive year so far, many more events are on the horizon. ControlTrends will continue to post the event information as we receive notice or become aware of the event. Please note that the information is gathered from various sources, and the times, dates, and locations may have changed. Be sure to visit the appropriate website or contact the event coordinator to ensure the most up-to-date information.

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