Sun, 25 June 2023
Welcome to the 418th episode of Controltalk Now, your premier destination for everything HVAC and Smart Building Controls. In this episode, we have the pleasure of speaking with Mike Conway, the force behind the innovative Stacks + Joules program, and Tyler Ing, a proud graduate who's put his learning into action.
The HVAC and Smart Building Controls industry faces a major challenge with a growing talent gap as seasoned professionals retire. Stacks + Joules, an extraordinary nonprofit, steps into the spotlight to address this issue by offering quality education in building automation controls. This episode dives deep into the unique mission and approach of this program.
The intriguing name, Stacks + Joules, represents a blend of tech and finance. "Stacks" signify a combination of software products and programming languages, hinting at the high-earning potential of these skills. "Joules," a unit of electrical energy, symbolizes the program's dedication to its students and their bright future.
What sets Stacks + Joules apart is its blend of theoretical and practical training, allowing students to get hands-on with tasks such as programming wireless LED banks. The program culminates in a capstone project where students synchronize bulbs with music—a fun, creative, and applicable skill in the building automation industry.
Mike Conway and his team believe in the power of mentorship and industry connections. Stacks + Joules bridges the gap between academia and industry, offering insights and guidance to students. Collaborations with educational institutions further enhance the students' career paths.
Stacks + Joules is more than a program—it's a launchpad into the future of the tech industry. Tune in to learn more about how Stacks + Joules is preparing the next generation for the building automation industry.
Sun, 18 June 2023
Episode 417: Navigating the Future of Smart Buildings: A Deep Dive with Digital Twins Specialist, Nicolas Waern
In this episode of the ControlTalk Now Podcast, we sit down with Nicolas Waern, a leading expert on digital twins and the CEO of Winniio. Nicolas discusses his journey into the smart building controls industry, his thoughts on AI, data analytics, blockchain, crypto, and most importantly, the role of digital twins in changing how we build and retrofit buildings for affordability and sustainability.
Nicolas talks about his experiences with Go-IoT, BACnet, and IoT and his time as a management consultant in the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) industry. He also shares insights into the concept of "Invite to Innovate" and how the utilization of digital twins is crucial for this innovation process.
In his fascinating take on the future of smart building systems, Nicolas discusses how digital twins can change the way building owners select vendors, how sensors can "find their way" into the 3D model of a building, and his work with schools in Sweden.
Watch the full interview to gain valuable insights into the future of building automation and control systems from one of the industry's leading voices.
Mon, 12 June 2023
Join us in this insightful conversation with Tim Vogel from KMC Controls as we discuss the future of building automation and how KMC is leading the charge with their American-made, innovative solutions.
In this episode, we explore the ethos and value system that drives KMC, a family-owned company known for creating jobs and supporting American communities. Discover how they are fostering a unique environment of a generational community within the company.
We dive into their flagship product, the KMC Commander, a pioneering, cloud-native system that provides seamless monitoring and control of HVAC, lighting, and energy management systems. Learn about the 'open' nature of the KMC Commander, which ensures maximum compatibility and ease of use, no matter where your data comes from or goes to.
We also discuss the shifting priorities in the industry, particularly focusing on Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) goals. Listen as Vogel shares his perspective on the initial rush to improve IAQ during the pandemic, the subsequent return to cost-effectiveness, and how ESG goals should be approached strategically.
Finally, get a sneak peek into what's new at KMC Controls! From collaborations with Veritify on a product called Dome, aimed at securing OT networks, to the introduction of their innovative Airflow Measurement System (AFMS), KMC is consistently pushing the boundaries of building automation technology.
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Sun, 4 June 2023
Episode 415: Building Automation Controls: Exploring IP Controls, Cybersecurity, and Best Practices with Greg Fitzpatrick from Cochrane Supply and Engineering"
Greg Fitzpatrick from Cochrane Supply and Engineering was a guest on Episode 415 of Controltalk Now. In the episode, we discussed various topics related to building automation controls and control networks. Here are some key points mentioned during the conversation:
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