ControlTalk Now The HVAC and Smart Building Controls Podcast

Lighting savant and host of the Get a Grip on Lighting Podcast, Michael Colligan is my guest this week. Michael shares his unique perspective on lighting and lighting control. We discuss the rapidly changing landscape of lighting, and how technology is transforming what was once a purely artistic endeavor.

Topics include: How to Avoid LED rip-offs and avoid health hazards of LED lighting. How to do LED lighting the proper way.

This is a must for those interested in getting the straight skinny on lighting. Get more control news you can use at

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Category:HVAC and Building Automation Controls -- posted at: 7:28pm EDT

In today's digital age, remote access and management have become essential components of various industries, including building automation control systems. In a recent interview on Controltalk Now, the Smart Buildings Podcast, Chad Behling, the founder and CEO of ControlBright, shed light on how his company is transforming the landscape of remote device access. In this blog post, we'll delve into the innovative solutions offered by ControlBright, making it easier for technicians to manage and troubleshoot devices remotely.

ControlBright: A Game-Changer in Remote Access

ControlBright is a cloud-controlled remote access platform designed specifically for industrial controllers. This platform opens up a world of possibilities for technical support, offering the ability to adjust, troubleshoot, and reboot controllers remotely. Let's explore the key features and benefits that make ControlBright a game-changer in the field of remote access:

1. Streamlined Remote Device Access

ControlBright provides a revolutionary cloud-controlled remote access platform that simplifies remote device access through a single user VPN. This eliminates the need for cumbersome VPN certificate management, making it incredibly user-friendly for technicians.

2. Versatility in Remote Access

Users can access any remote device through ControlBright's platform. Whether it's modems, IP devices, or cellular connectivity, ControlBright's centralized portal allows easy management from anywhere in the world.

3. Wide Compatibility

ControlBright is designed to be compatible with nearly any IP-based device, whether it's connected via Ethernet or Wi-Fi. Additionally, RS232 tunneling is available for control outside of IP, ensuring comprehensive coverage.

4. Hardware Options

ControlBright offers users a range of hardware options to suit their specific needs. These options include connectivity via 4G, Wi-Fi, or Ethernet, with additional functionalities like an onboard battery, file storage, DIN rail mount, and more.

5. Mini-PC Addon

For those seeking compatibility with various IP-based devices, ControlBright offers a mini-PC addon. This addon further expands the platform's capabilities, making it a versatile choice for technicians.

6. Positive Testimonials

ControlBright has garnered positive testimonials from users who have greatly benefited from its remote access solutions. It has transformed the way technicians work, allowing them to manage and troubleshoot devices efficiently and effectively.

7. Reliability and Ease of Use

Designed with technicians in mind, ControlBright is not only reliable but also exceptionally easy to use. Its user-friendly interface ensures that technicians can make the most of its capabilities without a steep learning curve.

Conclusion: Unlocking the Potential of Remote Access

ControlBright's cloud-controlled remote access platform is revolutionizing the way industries manage their devices remotely. With the elimination of on-site visits and a simplified approach to remote device access, ControlBright is poised to become an integral part of the future of building automation control systems.

If you're interested in learning more about ControlBright's remote access solutions or how it can benefit your industry, don't hesitate to contact them today. Discover the power of efficient and effective remote access with ControlBright.

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Category:HVAC and Building Automation Controls -- posted at: 10:03pm EDT

Unlocking the Future of Building Automation: An Exclusive Interview with Troy Harvey, CEO of Passive Logic

In an era where technology is reshaping the way we live and work, it's no surprise that our buildings are becoming smarter than ever before. Building automation and control systems are at the forefront of this transformation, and one company is leading the charge - Passive Logic.

We had the privilege of sitting down with Troy Harvey, the visionary founder and CEO of Passive Logic, to gain insights into their groundbreaking technology and its potential to revolutionize the world of smart buildings.

A Glimpse into Passive Logic's Vision

From the very beginning, it's evident that Passive Logic is on a mission to redefine building automation. According to Troy Harvey, the company is focused on "bringing building automation into 2023 by creating generative autonomy for buildings." This bold vision promises to change the way we interact with our built environments, making them more efficient, responsive, and sustainable.

The Four-Pillar Approach

Passive Logic's upcoming event on November 2nd is generating significant buzz. During the interview, Troy Harvey hinted at what attendees can expect. He mentioned a four-pillar approach that includes digital twins and AI compiler technology. These pillars are poised to shape the future of smart buildings, offering not just control but predictive and generative autonomy for building systems.

Open Interfaces and Compatibility

One standout aspect of Passive Logic's approach is their emphasis on open interfaces and support for various protocols and languages. This commitment to compatibility ensures seamless integration with different devices and systems within buildings. It's a crucial step in creating a truly interconnected and responsive environment.

Cost-Efficiency and Accessibility

Troy Harvey also shed light on a common concern in the industry – the cost of building automation integration. Many solutions come with a hefty price tag, making them inaccessible to some. However, with the introduction of tools and APIs by Quantum, Passive Logic is working to streamline the development of building applications, making integration more accessible and cost-effective.

Bridging the Gap

A key point of discussion was the disconnect between the installers of building controls and those seeking building management solutions. Passive Logic recognizes that bridging this gap is essential for the industry's growth. Their innovative technology aims to simplify the process, making it easier for both parties to work together seamlessly.

The Role of AI and Automation

Throughout the interview, the role of AI and automation in building automation was a recurring theme. While these technologies have the potential to make building automation more efficient, Troy Harvey emphasized the need for a broader workforce with the skills to utilize these technologies effectively.

A Date to Remember

In closing, Troy Harvey invited everyone to Passive Logic's event on November 2nd. This event promises to showcase technology that can drive digital transformation in the building industry, opening up new possibilities and opportunities for the industry as a whole.


As our world becomes increasingly interconnected and reliant on technology, the future of building automation holds immense promise. Troy Harvey and Passive Logic are at the forefront of this transformation, pushing boundaries and reimagining the possibilities of smart buildings.

Stay tuned for more insights, updates, and industry innovations as we continue to explore the ever-evolving landscape of technology and its impact on our built environment.

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Category:HVAC and Building Automation Controls -- posted at: 8:01pm EDT