Tue, 13 January 2015
PodCast Show Notes: ControlTalk NOW thanks this week’s sponsors Contemporary Controls and International Solutions of America (ISA). 2014 ControlTrends Awards Nominees Nino DiCosmo, Tridium’s President and General Manager, and Thermokon’s North American Sales Manager, David Alliband, join us this week on ControlTalk NOW, providing unique insights into Nino DiCosmo’s high-profile executive role in running one of the world’s leading software platforms and David Alliband’s vigorous efforts to take the Thermokon product portfolio to the next level in the North American market.
Contemporary Controls is your ideal partner for applying network technology to your BACnet building automation project. The industry is embracing Ethernet connectivity to Direct Digital Controllers (DDC) along with open protocols such as BACnet, Modbus, and Sedona Framework.
ISA’s warehouse maintains a large inventory of new and reconditioned parts. From years of experience, we know the parts our customers need most. So in most cases, your parts are shipped within 24 hours — in many instances, the same day — saving you the expense of lengthy down-time.
ControlTrends Awards Finalist Sky Foundryy: Are you drowning in a sea of Big Data? John Petze and his team at SkyFoundry have created a Building Automation Controls analytics package that allow you to easliy find the data that matters to you. Whether you are looking at trends, alarms, or faults SkyFoundry enables the creation of “Sparks” (events) that allow you to interact with your data in powerful ways that make your buildings safer and more efficient.
Lynxspring Nominated for Multiple 2014 ControlTrends Awards! E-news from Marc Petock. We are pleased to announce that Lynxspring has been nominated as finalists in the 2014 Control Trend Awards in several categories. The Control Trend Awards recognize the people, product, and manufacturers in our industry that make the HVAC, Controls, and Building Automation Industry what it is today.
Heads Up! Hackers Hint at Terror Attacks, Release More Data from Sony Pictures. We received this notice from IT World’s Senior Staff Writer, Steve Ragan. Now that we learned of this potential threat, we need to pass it on to the ControlTrends Community for greatest dissemination. Sony’s $60 Million dollar insurance coverage will not be enough to recover from theft of Sony Pictures Entertainment content and the leakage of more than 200GB of data, including pre-release movies, executive emails, sales and marketing data, and nearly everything from human resources.
Niagara Framework Changed Our World! Tridium’s Niagara AX is nominated for the 2014 ControlTrends Awards Building Integration & Automation Software of the Year. And,understandably so. The Niagara Software platform has driven change and innovation — and made the smart connected building, as we able to perceive it, a reality. Tridium’s next gen framework, Niagara 4, whose full release is imminent, is even more awesome.
CTN Interview with Tridium’s Nino DiCosmo, nominated for the 2014 ControlTrends Awards Executive of the Year, Large Manufacturer. Nino DiCosmo is an accomplished global executive recognized for commitment to setting and achieving Tridium’s vision and goals. Nino is an expert at scaling operations, building customer focused teams, and leading innovative product development.
Thermokon — Keeping in Touch with the Future. Thermokon EasySens- EnOcean is nominated for the 2014 ControlTrends Wireless Product/Solution of the Year. David Alliband, Sales Manager, North America is excited about Thermokon’s continued success and the many wired and wireless products and solutions Thermokon has to offer. When Thermokon Sensortechnik GmbH was founded in 1987 by Harald Zygan in Mittenaar-Bicken, Germany, hardly anyone expected the business to grow out of this scale.
CTN Interview with David Alliband, Sales Manager, North America. David Alliband reviews the variety of wired and wireless products available from Thermokon and the HVAC applications the Thermokon products are especially well-suited for. Thermokon has grown from a sensor manufacturer to a solutions provider with a broad range of highly competitive quality products available from a distributor near you.
Rising Plug-in Electric Vehicle Adoption — Impacts on the Grid (Negligible, for Now). December, 2014: Six utilities that participated in DOE’s cost-shared Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) program deployed in-home and public electric vehicle charging stations and evaluated customer charging behaviors and impacts on the grid. There are relatively few plug-in electric vehicles on the road today, and as a result the six SGIG projects focused on establishing the charging infrastructure with a relatively low number of stations and evaluated a small number of participating vehicles.
CTN’S Smart Building Tip of the Week: Accruent’s Facility 360 — Become a Driver of Success. Convert your facility from a cost center to a strategic contributor. Great information from Accruent on how facilities management teams can play a more strategic role in organizations.7 Ways to Save Time, Costs, and Energy: Download White Paper. In a world where you must find ways to “do more with less,” finding ways to cut costs can be challenging – and time consuming.
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Category:ControlTalk NOW -- posted at: 6:21am EST
Tue, 13 January 2015
PodCast Show Notes: ControlTalk NOW thanks this week’s Premium sponsors EasyIO and DG Logik. Do not miss our featured interviews with 2014 ControlTrends nominees — Tridium’s CTO, John Sublett, nominated for the 2014 ControlTrends PID Award, shares Tridium’s genuine collaborative philosophy and his own personal passion — that together, have made the Niagara platform so successful. Nominated for Executive of the Year, Lynxspring’s President and CEO, Terry Swope discusses the trust factors and viewing BAS Integration from the end-user perspective — the catalysts for Lynxspring’s growing success.
EasyIO has emerged as a world leader in Open Building Automation integration solutions and manufacturer of Ethernet based, DDC Controllers. Led by CEO Gordon Chen and Mike Marston, EasyIO’s 5 core values are Trust, Quality, People Development, Solid Business Ethics and Leading Edge Innovation. EAsyIO’s new FG series of controllers are Internet-ready field controllers packaged as future IoT solutions for the Energy and Building Facility Control markets.
DG Logik is the game changer in the Internet of Things and the building automation industry leader in designing custom IoT software tools. With deep integration to multiple data providers, DG Logik’s IoT visualizations are guaranteed to help you monitor more effectively, save time, and decrease costs directly translating into increased revenues.
Control Network News from Contemporary Controls. While in Chicago at AHR 2015 make sure to stop by Booth 3531 in the Building Automation and Control Showcase to see and learn about our portfolio of open building automation and control solutions that are cost-effective and durable enough to withstand demanding loads from challenging environments. Contemporary Controls nominated for Five CTA Awards. Read more.
Live Stream Rewind: KMC Simply VAV Controller Training. Doug Miller and Erich Kreuter show you what you need to know about the KMC Simply VAV Controller in this rewind of a live stream from KMC Controllers distributor Stromquist & Company. For more than 40 years, KMC has been designing and producing HVAC controls and building automation solutions. From their headquarters in the heartland of America, KMC makes these products available worldwide. SimplyVAV is our latest innovation. Get your hands on it today!
CTN Interview with Tridium’s John Sublett. As Tridium’s Chief Technology Officer, John Sublett’s contributions to the world’s leading software platform began in 1996, as a founder, and have since helped make Tridium’s Niagara AX Platform the most prolific software platform in the HVAC industry — whose integration community is migrating successfully — and rapidly, into the neighboring Industrial, Data Center, and Smart City markets. John shares his thoughts about the future of integration, the next-gen integrators, the aspirations of the Tridium team, and some the people he shares his career with.
Thermostat of The Year: Entouch is in Touch! The competition for the 2014 ControlTrends Awards Thermostat of the year is heating up. Those in the know, think Entouch Controls, although not as well known as some of he other finalist,could be the best of the bunch. Entouch makes a line of thermostats that are more than just thermostats. Most models come with the ability to monitor electrical loads and digital switches. Add in their easy to use cloud portal and for the cost of most thermostats you have a mini building or home control automation system.
KMC’s SimplyVAV — in the Hunt for a ControlTrends Award! Simple, easy to install and configure, competitively priced: it is easy to see why the KMC Simply VAV controller is a strong contender for the 2014 ControlTrends Awards VAV Controller of the Year. To get in-depth training on the KMC SimplyVAV click here. The SimplyVAV controllers can be installed as standalone controllers or they can be connected to a BACnet MS/TP network. These topics are reference material for control technicians or engineers who are planning, installing, and setting up controllers that are connected to a network.
CTN Interview with Terry Swope, President and CEO of Lynxspring. Terry Swope is one of the most interesting, accomplished, and personally engaging people in the HVAC Industry. Combining his 25 years as a consulting engineer and the 12 years at the helm of Lynxspring, Terry’s unparalleled understanding of the market and the end-users viewpoint explain Lynxspring’s growing success. Having the foresight and drive to improve Lynxspring’s internal business language and then having the willingness to share those resources with Lynxspring’s channel partners fortifies the future growth of this great organization and industry leader. Don’t miss this interview!
You’re Invited to America’s #1 Facility Management Show — $1,195 Value – Yours for Free! You’re invited to America’s #1 facilities show – the National Facilities Management and Technology Show (NFMT) for Free. NFMT will be held March 10-12, 2015, in Baltimore, MD. The NFMT Conference program features more than 120 educational sessions that are entirely free to facilities management professionals. Choose from every topic imaginable: From best practices for reducing energy, to maintenance planning and scheduling, to Finance 101 for FMs, to a review of ADA regulations.
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Category:ControlTalk NOW -- posted at: 6:18am EST
Tue, 13 January 2015
ControlTalk NOW thanks this week’s Premium sponsors Delta Controls and Neptronic. This week’s posts included updated SmartGrid.gov information; Visionary Jim Sinopoli’s Smart Buildings Predictions for 2015; New Products review from ACI’s Barry Gordon; Rob Allen breaks down 2014 CTA Awards nominee Blue Ridge Technologies; and Siemens’ product discussion with Joshua Felperin. Don’t miss our very special interview with EasyIO’s globetrotter, Mike Marston, who provides EasyIO updates from Cambodia.
The Delta Difference: At Delta Controls, the mantra Do It Right is the “how”. It is how we design, manufacture and support our products. It is how we serve our customers. It is how we treat our employees, partners and vendors. And it is how we view business in general and respect the planet we live on. Delta Controls is one of the largest independent manufacturers of building automation systems with more than 300 installers in over 80 countries. For more than 3 decades Delta Controls has offered dependable and user-friendly building control solutions to commercial, healthcare, education, leisure buildings and more.
HVAC products and solutions since 1976. Founded in 1976, Neptronic is a private corporation that designs, manufactures and distributes products for the HVAC industry. Our product line includes intelligent controllers, electronic actuators, actuated valves, humidifiers and electric heaters. Our products are designed and manufactured by over 250 dedicated employees in our 7,500 m2 (80,000 ft2) state-of-the-art facility located in Montreal, Canada.
39 Utilities Share Smart Grid Deployment Results at DOE-EPRI Conference: January 6, 2015: Thirty nine utilities met October 27-29, 2014, in Charlotte, North Carolina, to share results and lessons learned resulting from smart grid deployments supported through funds provided by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). This report provides a summary of the conference – the Smart Grid Experience: Applying Results, Reaching Beyond.
Jim Sinopoli’s Smart Buildings Predictions for 2015. DRIVERLESS BUILDINGS. Predictions for Smart Buildings 2015 by Jim Sinopoli, PE, LEED AP Smart Buildings LLC.
Over the last few years companies have developed and demonstrated driverless car technology; Google, Audi, BMW and dozens of other companies and universities have been involved. With the use of cameras, sensors, “decision and driving strategy and logic”, traffic sign recognition, pedestrian spotting and lane departure warnings, many but not all of the technical aspects have been addressed.
ControlTalk NOW interview with special guest, EasyIO’s Mike Marston, from Cambodia. Few people in the HVAC and Building Integration industry enjoy their profession. and are as successful at it, as Mike Marston. Mike’s enthusiasm and pride of ownership are infectious. Led by Gordon Chen, Mike Marston, and Lim Hoon Chiat, EasyIO is on the move with partners in over 30 countries. EasyIO has been nominated for eight 2014 ControlTrends Awards. Watch this interview and see why!
Message from Barry Gordon: ACI Releases New Products for 2015!ACI is always standing by it’s motto to “Engineer a Better Sensor Solution.” We take great pride in our engineering achievements and have invested substantially in new product development. With that in mind, I am excited to introduce our newest product offerings; A/CO2 Series, WPR Wet to Wet DP, and PowerScout(TM) 3037 Series.
Rob Allen Breaks Down 2014 ControlTrends Awards Finalist Blue Ridge Technologies. Rob Allen investigates Blue Ridge Technologies and Unified Lighting Control on this episode of 7 Minutes in Control. Many believe that when a complete Building Automation System (BAS) is required, Unified Lighting Control is a superior lighting control solution. We will know January 26, 2015 if the world-wide ControlTrends Community agrees with this statement when their votes will be heard. Nominated for the 2014 Lighting Integration Provider/Solution of The Year Award, we wish Blue Ridge Technologies all the best.
Siemens Gets Ready for the 2014 ControlTrends Awards. Monday, January 26, 2015, between 6-8, the Prairie Ball Room at the Hyatt McCormick Place will be rocking as the Super Stars of the Building Automation and HVAC controls industry walk the Red Carpet and celebrate the 2014 ControlTrends Awards. ControlTrends Awards Platinum Sponsor Siemens is in the hunt for four Awards at this year’s show. The very talented, Joshua Felperin, stopped by to talk about Siemens entries and give us a run down on the new Siemens Variable Frequency Drive.
Honeywell WEBs AX: In the Hunt for 2014 Building Automation Control System of the Year. Honeywell’s WEBs AX offers a Smart Solution for your Intelligent Buildings applications. WEBs AX connects buildings with maximum efficiency, reduces maintenance costs with centralized control. Additionally, WEBs AX offfers an open, scalable solution that lets you take immediate control of your HVAC control starting with thermostatic control, IAQ control, lighting, on your way to total access and video surveillance integration. The Honeywell WEBs AX possibilities are endless!
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Category:ControlTalk NOW -- posted at: 6:15am EST
Mon, 5 January 2015
ControlTalk NOW for the Week ending January 4, 2015. Pod Cast Show Notes: ControlTalk NOW thanks this week’s Premium sponsors Honeywell and Siemens. This week, we review the major trends and events of 2014 — the Year of Disruption. Special interviews with Executive of the Year nominee and industry stalwart George Thomas, founder and President of Contemporary Controls, and Young Gun, Jason Houck, Director of IT and Integration at Hepta Controls Systems.
Honeywell invents and manufactures technologies to address some of the world’s toughest challenges initiated by revolutionary macrotrends in science, technology and society. A Fortune 100 company, we create solutions to improve the quality of life of people around the globe: generating clean, healthy energy – and using it more efficiently. Increasing our safety and security.
Siemens: 2014 European Building Technologies Company of the Year. Siemens offers a complete technical infrastructure portfolio for building automation, energy efficiency, fire safety, security, total building solutions and market-specific solutions in buildings and public places. Siemens offers a comprehensive range of building automation systems and HVAC products for every area of use like heating, ventilation, air conditioning, cooling application, and for every technical requirement.
ControlTrends 2014 Year in Review. We thank the ControlTrends Community for sharing another incredible year for the HVAC and Controls Industry that began with the 2014 ControlTrends Awards in NYC, and took us across the country and around the world to the 2014 CGNA Conference, 2014 Niagara Summit, 2014 Realcomm/IBcon, International Systems of America, Neptronic, Easy IO World Conference in Madrid, as well as our continuing coverage of all the major control trends, from wearable technology to cybersecurity.
ControlTrends is delighted to interview George Thomas founder and president of Contemporary Controls. Nominated for five ControlTrends Awards, Contemporary Controls enters its 40th year in the business! George Thomas and Contemporary Controls are a story that movies are made from. Few people have the personal and professional moxie it takes to build an enduring company from the cliched humble origins of a home-made microprocessor business started in a visionary’s basement, to a thriving international manufacturer of Industrial, Building, and Commercial Automation Components; Communication and Network Devices; and Building Automation Controllers.
George Thomas and his team at Contemporary Controls have weathered every sort of economic and competitive storm that an entrepreneur can expect, and their continued success reveals two very unique attributes: George Thomas and Contemporary Controls are just plain good and just plain smart! Visit George Thomas and Contemporary Controls at the 2015 AHR Show, booth 3531 and get your copy of “Network Communications for Buildings,” a compilation of articles Contemporary Controls has written on Ethernet, IP networks, Modbus and BACnet protocols.
ControlTalk NOW second interview with Jason Houck, Director of IT & Integration at Hepta Control Systems. Jason personifies the next generation of precocious master systems integrators whose career began while he was still in grade school. Jason shares his own experience, the Linux theory of self-accomplishment, and how he became an expert in Design & Implementation of Smart Building Networks, Integration of HVAC Controls, Lighting Controls, Electrical Metering, Fire Alarm Systems, Electrical Equipment and Elevators via multiple protocols such as Bacnet, LON, Modbus, OPC, Obix, and DDE.
2014 ControlTrends Awards PID Finalist Laura Kevitt. See why the World-Wide ControlTrends Community nominated the hard working Laura Kevitt as a finalist for the PID Award. The PID Award, which stands for Passion, Integrity, and Dedication is an honor bestowed on the individual that exudes these qualities. Those in the community that have had the opportunity to work with Honeywell’s Laura Kevitt can attest to her personification of these virtues. Laura, heads up national accounts for Honeywell’s ECC Building Automation Group.
2014 Energy Savings Solution Product of the Year Nominee — Belimo Energy Valve. Belimo’s Energy Valve is a strong favorite to win the 2014 Energy Savings Solution Product of the Year because of its incomparable engineering sophistication and bonafide performance that takes HVAC energy savings to the highest levels. Belimo is delivering the future of energy savings — today! Overview:The Energy Valve is a pressure independent valve that measures and manages coil energy by using an embedded electromagnetic or ultrasonic flow meter, along with supply and return water temperature sensors.
Ken Sinclair’s January 2015 Edition of Automated Buildings: Auto’s Autodidacticism. Another great edition of Automated Buildings is now available! The January, 2015 edition introduces AB’s editor Ken Sinclair’s critical evaluation on how self-learning is rapidly becoming such a necessary and essential tool for the HVAC. In 2011, Seth Godin declared that the internet freed us all from the tyranny of being selected. That it was time to select yourself. We are seeing this self-selection tenet in full motion and experiencing the impact that self-selection has already had on many industries — that have lost their once inalienable gate-keeper rights.
Johnson Controls Chris Eichmann: in the Hunt for ControlTrends Executive of the Year. Johnson Controls, Chris Eichmann is no stranger to success. As a former winner of the ControlTrends Executive of the Year, the hard working Chris, has been nominated as a finalist for the 2014 ControlTrends Executive of the Year – Large Manufacture.I had a chance to catch up with Chris in Atlanta. Check out my interview with Chris to see why he is so popular with the world wide ControlTrends community. Voting ends January 15th, so make sure to vote for your ControlTrends favorites.
Caution: Disruption Ahead! Data Sent to Cloud (Not to BMS) — Daikin Applied Intelligent Equipment. The Daikin-Intel disruption bell tolled rather loudly and clearly at the June 2014 Realcom/IBcon show in Las Vegas. Daikin, one of the world’s largest and most progressive equipment manufacturers, had already rolled out their Rebel Rooftop line, which put them in the pole position (kinda), because merging equipment and controls by utilizing the potency of IoT and new disruptive technology is great and does offer additional value to Daikin’s customers.
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Category:ControlTalk NOW -- posted at: 11:09am EST
Mon, 15 December 2014
This Episode of ControlTalk NOW: The Smart Building Podcast includes:
ControlTalk Now: The Smart Building Podcast October 19, 2014, is sponsored by International Systems of America (ISA). ISA is a unique systems provider, beginning with their ability to quickly deliver new parts for existing and legacy systems from virtually any manufacturer. “At ISA, we take great pride in our extensive product and service offerings for fire, energy, security and communication systems. And when ISA solutions come together to make a real difference for our customers—helping solve critical issues—we know our focus and dedication are paying off.”
Project Haystack Announces Haystack Connect 2015 Conference. This is THE EVENT that Connects Community and Ecosystem — Driving Smart Data, Smart Devices, Smart Buildings and Smart Business! COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO –October, 14, 2015 Project Haystack, a non-profit, 501C organization focused on developing common standards to streamline the interchange of data among today’s smart devices announced the dates and venue for the Haystack Connect 2015 conference.
See How Honeywell Integrates Access and Security. We caught up with the very knowledgable and passionate Roger Rebennack at the 2014 ASIS Show in Atlanta. See what makes the Honeywell Webs-AX Access and Security so special. From modular control to seamless integration, WEBs-AX Security offers a range of options for meeting the needs of nearly any size or type of building or network of facilities. WEBS-AX Security is open and scalable, offers complete, seamless integration, and it can provide you energy savings — that’s why you should want WEBS-AX Security in your building!
Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) – 2015 Funding Opportunity Announcement. The Building Technologies Office (BTO)’s Emerging Technologies Program has announced the availability of nearly $8 million under the Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Innovations Technologies (BENEFIT) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0001166. This FOA combines an early-stage research and development topic (Innovations) with a later-stage research and development topic (Frontiers) that complements the core funding provided to the national labs.
Cyber Security EYE-OPENER: Project SHINE Reveals Magnitude of Internet-connected Critical Control Systems. Cyber Security eye-opener article about Project SHINE that revealed that 2.2 million SCADA and BACnet devices were identified as being directly or indirectly exposed to hacking. In review of Rasshid’s article, Marc writes, “Project SHINE Reveals Magnitude of Internet-connected Critical Control Systems.
2014 ICS Cyber Security Conference October 20-23, 2014 in Atlanta, GA. As the longest-running cyber security-focused conference for the industrial control systems sector, the 2014 ICS Conference will cater to the energy, utility, chemical, transportation, manufacturing, and other industrial and critical infrastructure organizations. The conference will address topics covering ICSs, including protection for SCADA systems, plant control systems, engineering workstations, substation equipment, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), and other field control system devices.
Interview with Automated Buildings’ Ken Sinclair, who reviews Automated Diagnostics & Analytics for Buildings, the theme of the automatedbuidlings.com October issue, stemming from the recently published book by the same title. Ken covers a myriad of topics including the founder mentality, Automated Buildings’ four training sessions at AHR 2015, and the increasingly critical theme of IoT and developing the next generation of building automation experts and “passing the dusty stuff in our heads” off to the up and coming Young Guns of the HVAC industry. AutomatedBuildings.com provides news, product releases and connection to the ever changing community that is creating our present definition of smart, intelligent, integrated, connected, green, and converged large buildings.
GC Valves — Solenoid Valve TechTip: Sensible Precautions (Part 1): MECHANICAL & MATERIALS CONSIDERATIONS: Solenoid valves are your fastest acting option when controlling flow, they can be repaired in-line (without breaking plumbing connections in most designs), and they can be less costly than other electrically operated valves. Review the measures that can increase your satisfaction with solenoid valves.
ControlTrends Around the World: India. Do you want to know what it takes to be a successful building automation controls system integrator or smart buildings controls provider in India? India is one of the fastest growing markets in the world for building automation and smart building controls and we had a chance to talk with the top movers and shakers in this expansive market.
Rob Allen’s 7 Minutes in Control: Neptronic’s EVC Controller — Low Cost, High Performance VAV. This ultra-informative episode of Rob Allen’s 7 Minute in Control reviews the Neptronic EVC Conroller. Neptronic offers an exceptional low cost, high performance stand-alone or BACnet MS/TP, VAV solution — that works! The EVC products are geared for the Light Commercial Contractor, DDC Controls Contractors, and the savvy end-user customer. NO sign-up fees, NO sales minimums, and NO training requirements, Neptronic’s VAV low cost solution features easy to configure, drop-down menu programming.
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Mon, 15 December 2014
PodCast Show Notes:
ControlTalk NOW thanks this week’s sponsor DGLogik–the game changer in the Internet of Things and the building automation industry leader in designing custom IoT software tools. With deep integration to multiple data providers, DGLogik’s IoT visualizations are guaranteed to help you monitor more effectively, save time and decrease costs directly translating into increased revenues.
DOE Publishes Priority Enabling HVAC Technology R&D Initiatives. Energy Department Releases Roadmaps on HVAC Technologies, Appliances, and Low-GWP (Global Warming Potential) Refrigerants. For HVAC, BTO targets 12% and 24% primary energy savings by 2020 and 2030, respectively. The recommended initiatives in the report each target one or more R&D needs for residential and commercial HVAC technologies and related systems, such as controls, distribution systems, and design, installation, operation, and maintenance practices.
The Perfect Gift for the Control Pro that Has Everything: Just in time for the holidays, Ken Smyers, the man, the myth, the legend, discovers the perfect gift for the HVAC and Building Automation Control Pro. Introducing the 24 Karat Gold thermostat from Neptronic. That’s right, those innovative Canadians are at it again. In addition to providing building automation controls, energy saving equipment, and world class service, the team at Neptronic make a beautiful 24 Karat gold thermostat.
ControlTalk NOW interviews Neptronic’s Luis Melgares. Luis has been nominated for the 2014 ControlTrends Awards’ Best Technical Support (Small Manufacturer) and the PID Award categories. Luis’ enormous breath of experience, passion for excellence, and genuine concern for his customers, make Luis one of the most recognized and respected experts in the HVAC industry. Listen in, as Luis shares his deep insights into the HVAC industry and what he feels are the Neptronic differentiators that elevate Neptronic people and products above their competitors.
See Why Functional Devices is a ControlTrends Community Favorite. Why is Functional Devices such a favorite within the ControlTrends Community and a go to supplier for peripheral devices? Well we can start with the really innovative cool products like the RIB ( Relay in a Box) relay. Products made by Functional Devices are just that…functional…and price competitive….and easy to use. The PSH500A-LVC power supply fits the Functional Devices mode: it is a cost-saving, prepackaged solution for HVAC applications.
Functional Devices Introduces the RIBTW24B-BCAO Analog Output Network Device. This week Functional Devices released yet another innovative product that gives users a low cost and convenient solution loaded with features. The Enclosed BACnet® MS/TP Network Relay Device; One Binary Output (20 Amp Relay SPDT + Override); One Binary Input (Dry Contact, Class 2); One Analog Voltage Output (0-5 Vdc / 0-10 Vdc); One Analog Current Output (4-20 mA); 24 Vac/dc Power Input; Optional End of Line Resistor (EOL) Included.
ACI purchased ACT’s Line of Interface Devices. ACI’s Barry Gordon Reminder — ACI purchased ACT’s Line of Interface Devices. You might already be aware that ACI purchased ACT’s line of Interface Devices a while back. They are now manufactured in the USA at our Middleton based production facility. We stock an impressive variety of Interface Devices at ACI, and they can be combined with your Temperature, RH, Pressure, Gas, or Current Sensor orders.
Check Out Project Assist for DGLux5! DGLogik Training Summit, January, 2015. Project Assist for DGLux5: If you didn’t get a chance to experience the latest modern development environment of Project Assist, Check It Out Now! Download the latest version both DGLux5 and Project Assist by logging into your account through our website and checking out the “Downloads” section. DGLux5 is the most mature and sophisticated IoT Application Platform that easily enables the unification of all your data systems and multiple data providers into a singular interface.
International Systems of America: ISA’s Mike Epperson has been nominated for Executive of the Year (Small Manufacturer) and it’s easy to see why! ISA is a growing solutions provider with six locations throughout the US. ISA takes great pride in their extensive product and service offerings for fire, energy, security and communication systems. And when ISA solutions come together to make a real difference for their customers –helping solve critical issues — ISA knows its focus and dedication are paying off!
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Category:ControlTalk NOW -- posted at: 6:06am EST
Mon, 8 December 2014
ControlTalk NOW thanks this week’s sponsor Siemens, a globally trusted technology partner, consultant, service provider, system integrator and product vendor. Siemens Building Technologies has offerings for fire safety and security as well as building automation, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and energy management.
Siemens’ RDY2000 – A Big Time Thermostat for Small Businesses: Say hello to the new thermostat that has big time features for small business solutions. The Siemens RDY2000 controls more than just temperature. With ventilation, economizer, and humidification interfaces, the RDY2000 can quickly and economically solve the needs of small business customers. From coffee shops to machine shops, the RDY2000 provides the flexibility to optimize room comfort while reducing energy consumption.
Delta Controls Poised To Do Well at The 2014 ControlTrends Awards! Ken Smyers and I had the chance to meet some of the folks from Delta Controls and Copper Tree Analytics at the 2014 IBCON Event. Although neither of us handle the product line, we were impressed. Check out is video to see some of the reasons Delta Controls and CopperTree Analytics are so popular and why they were nominated by the world wide controls community for so many awards.
Johnson Controls in The Hunt For ControlTrends Variable Frequency Drive of The Year! The 2014 ControlTrends Awards brings the very best in HVAC, Building Automation, and Energy saving products, controls, companies and people to Chicago. This year’s competition promises to be very exciting. The big question people are asking is can anyone unseat last year’s winner ABB for the coveted Variable Frequency Drive of The Year Award? In this video, Ken Smyers finds out why many think Johnson Controls is poised to bring home the trophy.
GridWise Alliance Releases the Future of the Grid — Evolving to Meet America’s Needs. Without much pomp and circumstance, the prodigious efforts and visions of over 400 industry stake-holders are available for review — and execution. Behold America’s 2030 Smart Grid. December 3, 2014: U.S. Department of Energy Office of Electricity and Energy Reliability (DOE) in partnership with the GridWise Alliance (GWA) facilitated the “Future of the Grid–Evolving to Meet America’s Needs” initiative to develop an industry-driven vision of the future grid along with recommendations outlining an approach to achieving that vision.
ControlTalk NOW interview with industry expert Scott Cochrane of Cochrane Supply. Scott provides one-of-a-kind insight into the evolving role of the systems distributor and updates the ControlTrends Community on what’s new at Tridium, Niagara 4, the new analytics tool, and the Young Guns in the HVAC Industry. Cochrane Supply & Engineering was founded in 1967 and is a leading Building Controls technology distributor representing 50 manufacturers including Honeywell, Johnson Controls, Tridium, and many more. The main focus of the company is to offer parts and systems with services to contractors in order to ensure a high quality installation or retro fit for the building owner.
The Honeywell Smart Variable Frequency Drive Shows Up Big For 2014 ControlTrends Awards VFD Competition. The Honeywell SmartVFD HVAC is a variable frequency drive designed for use in HVAC application to control the speed of HVAC pumps and fans in order to maximize energy efficiency. Smart VFD is also designed to run 3 phase standard and high efficiency induction motors by varying the output voltage and frequency.
2014 ControlTrends VFD of the Year Nominee: Siemens’ BT300 VFDs — Redesigned, Re-tooled, and Ready to Meet Rigorous Demands! The 2014 ControlTrends VFD of the Year category is one of the most heavily contested categories of the awards! With its Onboard kWh Meter, Mulitpump/Fan Application. and Fire Mode features, the Siemens BT300 takes VFD to the next level of efficiency. While constantly expected to do more with less, managing energy consumption and optimizing occupant comfort remains of utmost importance to facility managers.
GC Valves NEWS: Solenoid Valve Terminology added to NEWS, TIPS, FAQs Archive: Chuck Stevens, GC Valves, has added definitions for common technical terms to the email archive. This is an updated version of a document that Chuck has used in distributor training for over 15 years.From AC to Zero Differential, these are the common terms and phrases that engineers and buyers need to know to accurately write a specification or compare products. CLICK HERE to open the Solenoid Valve Terminology page.
2014 ControlTrends Awards VFD of the Year Nominee: Franklin Control Systems P-Series VFD’s.
Yasakawa: Bringing VFD Game to The ControlTrends Awards! For the third year in a row, the Yaskawa Z1000 has been nominated for the ControlTrends Variable Frequency Drive of The Year. Yaskawa provided the Control Trends Community this video on their Z1000 Series. The Drives & Motion Division of Yaskawa America, Inc. announces the release of the Z1000 variable speed drive designed specifically for commercial HVAC applications.
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Category:ControlTalk NOW -- posted at: 10:32am EST
Mon, 8 December 2014
ControlTalk Now: The Smart Building Podcast October 5, 2014 is sponsored by Siemens, nominated for over 10 ControlTrends Awards. Siemens offers a complete technical infrastructure portfolio for building automation, energy efficiency, fire safety, security, total building solutions and market-specific solutions in buildings and public places.
ControlTrends Around the World: Norway. We caught up with Hoist Energy’s Tommy Hagenes and Runar Solli at the 2014 EASY IO World Conference in Madrid, Spain. Hoist Energy is one of Norway’s most prolific building automation controls systems integrators. Thanks to Tommy and Runar for sharing their insights on smart buildings and controls integration in Norway, including the vital role EASY IO is playing in Norway.
DGLux5 Training at Their New — Oakland, CA Headquarters! October 22nd-24th 2014. DGLogik, Inc. invites you to an enhanced DGLux5 Training at the new headquarters in Oakland, CA. This 3-day training course takes place from October 22-24, 2014. Our DGLux5 training provides new lectures, new exercises, and new hands-on labs designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the basic principles, concepts and knowledge necessary to develop and support applications using DGLux5. In addition, this new training will allow all users to walk-away with a functional application template for their future use. Register now!
ControlTrends Around The World: Australia. The EASY IO world conference in Madrid, Spain, allowed us to connect with the very best smart building controls professionals from around the globe. In this video we catch up with Chris Schneider. Chris, along with his team at Open BMCS, created a programming software tool that allows savvy building automation controls integrators a powerful alternative to more expensive options. The Open BMCS software is a great way to program and configure your EASY IO controllers. How easy is it to use the Open BMCS software? Click here to see Open BMCS training videos. Be sure to check Chris out at the 2014 ControlTrends Awards and the 2014 AHR Show in Chicago.
Honeywell WEBs-AX Security Sales Training – LIVE STREAM.
Honeywell Niagara-AX Framework Shellshock Update — US-CERT Alert, TA14-268A: On Thursday, September 25, 2014 US-CERT published an alert, TA14-268A, regarding a critical vulnerability in the GNU Bourne-Again Shell (Bash), the common command-line shell used in many Linux/UNIX operating systems and Apple’s Mac OS X. After a thorough review of Honeywell products, we want to reassure our customers that no versions of NiagaraAX Framework software or any other Honeywell products are affected by the Shellshock bug.
Automated Buildings’ October Release: Auomated Diagnostics & Analytics: We were looking for a theme for our October issue and we polled the industry about articles featuring occupant productivity and how our industry has an amazing interaction with productivity within a building. Although all agreed that this was very true and a very powerful relationship, the general feeling was we need to keep working on how to shape occupant productivity into a real measured variable for our industry before we can include it in our ROI payback calculation.
ControlTrends People: Laura Kevitt: Meet Laura Kevitt! Laura, heads up national accounts for Honeywell’s ECC Building Automation Group. But as those of us who are luckily enough to have worked with Laura know, she is a technical virtuoso on Honeywell Access and Building Automation Controls. Laura is the control pros pro and I was lucky enough to catch up with her in Atlanta.
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Category:ControlTalk NOW -- posted at: 7:14am EST
Sun, 23 November 2014
ControlTrends thanks Neptronic, this week’s ControlTalk NOW Platinum sponsor. Founded in 1976, Neptronic has a rich history of HVAC industry firsts, beginning with the earliest adoption and advancement of the direct coupled actuator (DCA) conversion in the North American market. Neptronic continued its industry innovation with the introduction of the ball valve and the capacitance fail safe feature (1996 Patent) — and more recently, won a coveted 2014 AHR Expo Innovative Award for their SKD Humidifier. Neptronic is a private corporation that designs, manufactures and distributes products for the HVAC industry, whose product line includes intelligent controllers, electronic actuators, actuated valves, humidifiers and electric heaters.
U.S. Department of Energy Webinar on Smart Grid Data Privacy: A Voluntary Code of Conduct. ControlTrends Community, here it is. Participation is requested (and important)! DOE information release, November 17, 2014: On Wednesday, December 11, 2014 the Energy Department’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability in coordination with the Federal Smart Grid Task Force will conduct a webinar to conclude the development phase of a Voluntary Code of Conduct (VCC) related to privacy of customer energy usage data for utilities and third parties.
ControlTrends Training: High Pressure Refrigeration Controls: A special thanks to Mike Glenn from Johnson Controls for putting this training video on High Pressure Refrigeration controls together. You can also check out Mike’s video on low pressure refrigeration controls by clicking here. These switches regulate critical functions within a refrigeration system and are essential to its proper operation. Low-pressure switches are commonly used to control compressor operation or act as a low-limit control.
We Need to Talk: Intel’s MICA — My Intelligent Communications Accessory. Okay, this version is a limited featured, fashion accessory for stylish women, but a few beefed-up wearable siblings, with shock-proof and waterproof features, can’t be far behind. This is the CONTEXTUALIZATION PRINCIPAL’s best example so far — that has figured out, “INTELigently,” how to claim enough wearable body real estate without significant negative consequence, and takes the lead as the Star-Trecky IoT game-changer that will link every aspect of your life to a connected device worn on your wrist. Get your VISAs out, it’ll probably be ready for your holiday purchases. Read more on Intel’s website!
GC Valves TIP: Solenoid Valves for Oil & Gas Burner Pilot Applications: GC Valves offers very competitive, high-quality solenoid valve solutions for general purpose, oil and natural gas burner, and custom-solenoid valve applications. Now that the cold weather has arrived, here is a reminder that GC Valves manufactures some of the most popular pilot valves for oil and natural gas burners.
Introducing 2014 Residential Thermostat of The Year Nominee: Honeywell Lyric Round is cool again! Round is cool again! Honeywell introduced the T87 Round thermostats when Ken Smyers, the man, the myth, the legend was but a mere tike. Round gave way to rectangular shaped thermostats and round stats got lost in the thermostatic style wars. It took a guy from Apple, Tony Fadell, to make round cool again when he introduced the Nest thermostat a couple of years ago. Not to be out done, Honeywell, the original purveyors of round, packed over 100 years of Honeywell control know-how into the ultra cool Honeywell Lyric.
How a VFD Pays for Itself:This week Stromquist hosted a Drive to Savings Day with Siemens and GA Power to educate our customers on the benefits of Variable Frequency Drives and GA Power’s current rebate programs for VFDs and other HVAC equipment. Most people already know that installing a VFD can save money by cutting back on the energy it takes to run equipment, but not everyone is aware that there are additional savings to reap by taking advantage of GA Power’s rebate opportunity. For any NEW drive installed on existing equipment, GA Power will issue a $50 per HP rebate. So a 20 HP drive will bring a $1000 rebate. Add that to the money saved in energy costs, and the new drive will pay for itself very quickly!
Smart Meters and Big Brother Video Editorial. Check out this video from Minivan Jack! Is he just being paranoid or does he have a point? If not through a smart meter, what about through a Nest thermostat collecting your information? Let me know what you think in comments.
Contemporary Controls’ Modbus Profile Builder Software for the BASgatewayLX is Now Available! November 2014 — The BASgatewayLX uses a csv (comma separated value) file that is uploaded to it to provide the modbus point list that will be polled. Contemporary Controls builds these Modbus maps and posts them on our BASgatewayLX profile page. If you need a Modbus that is not currently on line please contact us, and we will enjoy creating it for you.
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Category:ControlTalk NOW -- posted at: 10:12pm EST
Mon, 17 November 2014
ControlTrends thanks this week’s ControlTalk NOW Platinum sponsor, EasyIO — a world leader in Open Building Automation integration solutions and manufacturer of Ethernet based, DDC Controllers. EasyIO’s 5 core values are Trust, Quality, People development, solid business ethics and leading edge Innovation. Congratulations to Gordon Chen, Mike Marston, Lim Hoon Chiat, FG-32 Beast, and the entire EasyIO team for nominations in eight ControlTrends Awards categories!
Functional Devices, Inc. is Moving to a New Facility. On the afternoon of November 14th, Functional Devices will have limited email and phone support from sales & engineering during the move to our new facility. Functional Devices will do our best to accommodate any orders received before 1:00 p.m. EST. Normal operations will resume on Monday, November 17th. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your continued support.
Cyber Security for Oil and Gas Summit Canada, Early Bird Rates End November 14th! Cyber Security for Oil and Gas Summit Canada will provide you with industry-specific insight to get your information/cyber security team prepared to overcome challenges like targeted cyber attacks and data loss and exploitation. An invitation from Carrie Simon, Marketing Manager, IQPC: “I would like to inform you that IQPC’s Cyber Security for Oil and Gas Summit Canada agenda is now available for download! This year’s summit will include elite speakers and engaging panel discussions.”
Happy Veterans Day 2014! Citizens of United States honor their military veterans and thank them for their service with sound ceremonies and festive parades. It is a proud day filled with meaning for everyone who has served. The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery. The ceremony commences precisely at 11:00 a.m. with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans’ organizations and remarks from dignitaries. The ceremony is intended to honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces.
DGLogik Introduces Project Assist for DGLux5: Easily creating an application or dashboard to monitor your building data CAN happen in the nick of time with DGLogik’s evolutionary new wizard, Project Assist for DGLux5. Their team has created a “plug and play” wizard that allows users you to start designing and developing data-driven applications with some clicks and drags of a few buttons within a modern-design environment. There are four main menu components that provide a “hand-holding”, design, and development experience.
How to Install A Gas Pressure Regulator The Right Way: All gas regulators have one thing in common. If you don’t install them correctly they won’t work. In this video, Stromquist & Company’s Matt Koneig shows you the right way to pipe and install a gas pressure regulator. Thanks Matt. Contact Stromquist Company for any of your gas pressure regulator, burner, boiler, or flame safeguard needs.
November 2014 Issue of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America Update Newsletter. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is soliciting applications for the Building America Industry Partnerships for High Performance Housing Innovation Funding. This photo shows two brick homes that have been upgraded into high performance homes. Building America research teams design, test, and demonstrate efficient technologies and practices that result in cost-effective, marketable home performance.
Niagara Analytics Framework Webinars! Register Now for Information and Demo!Tridium’s new data analytics platform has all of the appealing hallmarks of the truly open Niagara Framework®, enabling you to leverage its power to transform data into actionable information. It combines a historical perspective with real-time insight, moving you from a reactive response to a more powerful proactive position. It’s easy to use and requires no specialized programming skills, yet it gives you advanced analytics.
LIVE! Ask the Experts about Schneider Electric’s SE8000 Series Room Controllers! You’re invited to a free, 1-hour webinar hosted by Schneider Electric, during which you’ll have the opportunity to ask our experts anything you want to know about our application-specific SE8000 Series room controllers. Wednesday, November 19th, 2014, 1:00pm EST. Schneider Electric’S panel of experts include: Mike Sabinash, Director, Business Development, North America;Tim Doulgeropoulos, Business Development Manager, North America; Pierre Paquette, Offer Manager; Louis-Nicolas Hamer, Director, Global Solutions; and Simon Leblond, Director, Strategy & Marketing. Register here: http://www.se-learning.com/register
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Category:ControlTalk NOW -- posted at: 7:00am EST
Sun, 9 November 2014
ControlTrends thanks this week’s ControlTalk NOW Platinum sponsor, Honeywell! Honeywell invents and manufactures technologies to address some of the world’s toughest challenges initiated by revolutionary macrotrends in science, technology and society. A Fortune 100 company, Honeywell creates solutions to improve the quality of life of people around the globe: generating clean, healthy energy – and using it more efficiently.
Ken Sinclair’s November Edition of Automated Buildings: The “I of Me” of IoT. Excerpt from Automated Building’s Ken Sinclair’s comments on IoT: “Your present IoT understanding, which I choose to whimsically call “The I of Me” greatly controls your comprehension and expectations of what those three letters might mean to you and those around you. The art, science, and social interaction of our time “The Internet of Things” (IoT), reflects life and is affecting all of our lives daily so get over it.” Another flurry of great articles in automatedbuildings.com’s November issue.
ACI’s TSENSE — Combination CO2 Sensor with Temperature, RH, & Display. TSENSE is an advanced and versatile 3 in 1 transmitter. Designed for installation in the air conditioned zone, it measures CO2 concentration, temperature, and humidity in the ambient air. The data is transmitted to a BMS system or a stand-alone controller using industry-standard output signals and communication protocols, including BACnet. Visit ACI!
Eric’s Teacher on Ted Talk. Marshall Thurber is a teacher that has had a profound impact on my life and business philosophy. I had the good fortune to study and work with Marshall for many years.I quote him often on ControlTalk Now. To get a feel for Marshall, check out this video Marshall doing a Ted Talk in Melbourne. Marshall Thurber has been named the godfather of business and has been responsible for teaching some of the world’s greatest business minds including Tony Robbins, Robert Kiyosaki and Jack Canfield to name a few.
ControlTalk NOW’s first guest: Gary Weber, Distribution Sales Manager, North America, Belimo Air Controls, USA. Gary discusses the Belimo Platinum Distributor meeting in St. Kitts, The Energy Valve, the Belimo BAcnet communication feature, the business philosophies that have made Belimo so successful for so many years, and many more topics.
Why the World Loves The Belimo Energy Valve. See why the Belimo Energy Valve is a finalist for the 2014 ControlTrends Energy Savings Solution/Product of the Year and the 2014 ControlTrends Awards Innovative Product of the Year. The Belimo Energy Valve was recognized and nominated by the world-wide ControlTrends Community. Good luck to Belimo and all the finalist for the 2104 ControlTrends Awards to be held January 26, 2015 in Chicago.
Delta Controls – A Cradle of Innovation. At Delta Controls, Innovation is at the core of what we do. We take BACnet to heart, and have been committed to contributing to BACnet for the last 20 years. We invest in product development and R&D. With over 200 years of industry experience in our R&D department alone, we know that innovation requires having teams in the field and involving our customers in the development process. Innovation, quality, and customer satisfaction.
SGIP’s Smart Grid Cybersecurity — Importance & Resource Guide. The Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) mission is to accelerate the implementation of interoperable Smart Grid devices and systems. SGIP is a valuable source of information and guidance on all matters concerning the Smart Grid. One particularly resourceful tool is their SGIP’s Cybersecurity infographic an easy-to-use User’s Guide for NISTIR 7628 and Understanding How to Manage Smart Grid Cybersecurity Risk.
ControlTrends People: Chris Eichmann from Johnson Controls. I had a chance to sit down and talk with the ever impressive Chris Eichmann from Johnson Controls. Find out what Chris had to say about how Johnson Controls is adding even more to their value proposition, a special Johnson Controls Event for 2015, and what makes the Johnson people and products such compelling choices for the 2014 ControlTrends Awards. Chris Eichmann, VP & General Manager, Controls & BAS Distribution, is a former recipient of the ControlTrends HVAC Controls Executive of The Year, and because of his outstanding leadership and commitment to excellence, is in the hunt for another trophy at this year’s awards.
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Mon, 3 November 2014
Welcome to this week’s ControlTalk NOW where the 2014 ControlTrends Awards finalists are featured. Congratulations to all of the finalists. ControlTrends thanks our Platinum sponsor Delta Controls. Delta Controls is a global leader in Building Automation Systems (BAS), with over 300 distributors, and many thousand of installations in more than 80 countries. Delta Controls is recognized as a market leader in the manufacture of open-protocol BAS.
It has been a very exciting week! Marc, Eric, and I visited Chicago and McCormick Place to reveal this year’s nominees as voted by the world-wide ControlTrends community. Join us in celebrating these heroes and superstars, and the products and solutions that make our HVAC and Building Automation industries so successful. And be sure to join us this January 26th, 2015, in the Hyatt’s Prairie Ballroom (a fabulous and convenient venue) for the 2014 ControlTrends Awards Show.
Belimo Energy Valve Lunch and Learn – LIVE STREAM Rewind: The Energy Valve has the Belimo Delta T Manager built-in that helps operators analyze and fine tune performance under any and all conditions. The Energy Valve measures the coil energy using an embedded electromagnetic or ultrasonic flow sensor, water supply, and return temperature sensors. The Energy Valve is ideal for water-side control of heating and cooling systems for AHUs and any water coil (equal percentage: heating/cooling application).
Rob Allen’s 7 Minutes in Control: Jace 600E or SEC-616? In this episode of 7 Minutes in Control, Rob Allen explores the question, “To JACE or Not to JACE”, that is the question…. actually that is not the question, you should always buy a Jace the question is which Jace should you buy. The SEC-H-616 is a full-featured card access control and security system that seamlessly integrates to HVAC, Lighting, and Energy Management Systems via BACnet, LonWorks, Modbus, oBix, XML, and SNMP using the NiagaraAX Framework. The controller has on-board I/O for up to 2 doors, and can handle up to 32 readers, or 120 inputs and 120 relay outputs depending upon the selected mix of 15 expansion modules.
Live Stream Rewind: KMC Simply VAV Training: This is a replay of a Live Steam training class held at Stromquist & Company. Thanks to Doug Miller and Erich Kreuter, from KMC Controls, for this great training session on the KMC Simply VAV controller. Simple to set up, with no software needed, this controller is powerful and functions equally as well as a stand-alone solution or the VAV controller of choice on a BACnet full-blown control system.
Energy Department Announces $15 Million to Integrate Affordable Solar Energy into Nation’s Electrical Grid. The Department of Energy keeps the green pedal to the metal. Supporting the goals of the Obama Administration’s Climate Action Plan, the Energy Department today announced $15 million in available funding to help integrate distributed, on-site solar energy systems into the nation’s electrical grid. With more solar power installed in the United States in the last 18 months than in 30 years prior, solar is shattering records. Since President Obama took office, the amount of solar power installed in the U.S. has increased more than thirteen fold – from 1.2 gigawatts (GW) in 2008 to an estimated 15.9 GW today.
Tridium Launches New Niagara Analytics Framework: Put the power of the new Niagara Analytics Framework to work for your business! Early Adopter Space is reserved for the first 200 eligible participants. Join before the November 21 deadline. Tridium is excited to announce the availability of the new Niagara Analytics Framework* – the only data analytics engine native to Niagara. This powerful new product will enable you to leverage the power of Niagara to shrink big data and grow performance. The new Niagara Analytics Framework can be used in any industry or with any application. It runs on any system that produces data and can be applied to any operation.
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Category:Building Automation and Integration -- posted at: 7:52am EST
Mon, 27 October 2014
Belimo is ControlTalk NOW’s sponsor for the Week Ending October 26, 2014. Belimo products help create comfort, safety, and efficiency in buildings. Belimo customer satisfaction and loyalty have made Belimo a leader in HVAC throughout the world. Visit Belimo Projects to view an overview sampling of recent installation with energy savings.
ControlTrends People: KMC Controls’ Erich Kreuter: I had a chance to sit down and talk to Erich Keuter, from KMC Controls. Eric is the grandson of Ken Kreuter, the founder of Kreuter Controls which is now KMC Controls. Hear what Erich had to say about the company philosophy that makes KMC Controls different from most controls companies, as well as, what makes Simply VAV such a special VAV controls solution. Click here for a specification sheet on this easy to use VAV controller.
GC Valves TECH TIP: Sensible Precautions for Solenoid Valve Users (Part 2 of 2): ELECTRICAL & CONTROL DESIGN STRATEGIES: Solenoid valves can be economical solutions to flow control requirements. GC Valves are easy to maintain. But any electro-mechanical device has limitations. Here are a few choices that might add to your comfort level when applying solenoid valves: 1 — specify DIN coils and connectors to simplify assembly and reduce installation time.
ControlTalk NOW welcomes the return appearance of the INNOVATOR, Mr. Rick Warner, from OME Facility Solutions, who talks about his favorite solutions and his recent visit to SUNY’s University of Buffalo. OME is a market leader in providing industry and user specific solutions which enable not only an analysis of efficiency, usage and management of facility technologies, but also a means of control of those same building and facility controls. OME also provides strategic services for facility automation and monitoring, and specializes in innovative design, engineering and deployment of enterprise-level systems. OME’s progressive solutions go well beyond standard data integration, providing a measured return on investment.
ControlTrends Training: Understanding Pressure Controls Pt.1: Thanks to Mike Glenn, from Johnson Controls, for these great training videos on understanding pressure controls fundamentals. Stay tuned to ControlTrends for more HVAC and Building Automation Controls training videos. The P70, P72, and P170 controls for low pressure applications are designed primarily for low pressure cut-out control, pump-down control, and capacity control on commercial refrigeration and air conditioning applications.
Using Contemporary Controls’ Cube I/O With Honeywell Spyders: Thanks to our friends at Contemporary Controls for this great way to make the Honeywell Spyder even more powerful. Honeywell Spyder VAV and unitary controllers are available with either a LON or BACnet interface. These controllers typically have 21 physical points but this point count can be expanded on the BACnet versions by adding BACnet Cube I/O modules instead of adding another Spyder. Cube I/O modules are low-cost, low-density DIN-rail modules with a variety of I/O point configurations.
Better Valve Design Equals Better Coil Performance: Are you better off with a flow dependent or pressure dependent control valve? Watch this video, from the team at Belimo, and you will know how selecting the right type of control valve can improve coil performance, tenant comfort, and save energy all at the same time. The Energy Valve has the Belimo Delta T Manager built-in that helps operators analyze and fine tune performance under any and all conditions.
CoRE Tech 2014 – The Number One Program on Corporate Real Estate Innovation in the World! A message from Jim Young, Co-Founder and CEO CoRE Tech: There are many moving parts in managing the real estate assets of a corporation; hundreds of processes, a great amount of data and many analog tools. Because of this, innovation, technology and automation will continue to significantly impact how we use and operate corporate facilities. CoRE Tech 2014 will be at the epicenter of the Corporate Real Estate and Facility transformation.
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Category:ControlTalk NOW -- posted at: 8:37am EST
Mon, 13 October 2014
ControlTalk Now: The Smart Building Podcast October 12, 2014 is sponsored by Contemporary Controls, nominated for 6 ControlTrends Awards. Contemporary Controls is your ideal automation partner for applying ARCNET®, BACnet®, Controller Area Network, Ethernet, Modbus®, Niagara Framework®, and Sedona Framework technologies to your automation project.
Farewell and Happy Retirement to Pat Marley: Pat Marley recently ended his 24 year career with Stromquist Company and started on a new journey called retirement. Pat worked in our Orlando branch and was indeed a tremendous asset to our team. We will greatly miss having him as part of our Stromquist family, and we wish him much happiness and fulfillment in the future years. Cheers Pat! Enjoy the next phase!
Where is Google Nest Going? Google Invests $145 Million in 82-MW SunEdison Project! Funds Over $1.5 Billion in Renewable Energy in Three Continents! SunEdison and TerraForm Power announced that Google will provide $145 million in equity financing for the Regulus photovoltaic (PV) power plant located in Kern County, California.
Mike Welch and The Niagara Dali Lighting Solution: Mike Welch of Control Network Solutions is excited about DALI’s future, literally, and not just about DALI’s integration of low-hanging light-fruit, but the future-proof solutions DALI offers building owners. Mike’s article “How to Avoid Stranded Investments in Intelligent Buildings” explains in great detail, that DALI is a converged solution and as changes are made within the building space, control over the DALI lighting remains absolute.
BELIMO Americas — Communication Update! BELIMO Americas’ headquarters has moved to its new facility located at 33 Turner Road, Danbury, Connecticut. The move has gone as planned and we are fully operational again. Contact Marialisa Aversano, Customer Service Manager, to expedite your orders and shipment(s). Belimo truly appreciates your continued business and support!
October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month! Excerpt from Automated Buildings, October, 2014 Edition. Article written by Marc Petock, Vice President, Marketing, Lynxspring & Connexx Energy. Go to LynxSpring CyberPro Newsroom for the latest cyber security information.
ControlTrends People: Dan Flaherty from Johnson Controls, stopped by last week. Hear what Dan has to say about recent Johnson Controls acquisitions, the 2014 ControlTrends Awards, and the 2015 Johnson Controls ABCS Conference, to be held in Orlando, FL, where the country’s top JCI distributors and contractors will attend. Stay tuned for more information!
Alpert Üzmezler: What is New at BASSG Graphics? ControlTrends had a chance to catch up with Alpert Üzmezler, the Managing Partner at BAS Services and Graphics. The very talented Alpert gave us a demo of his new look and feel visualization software and showed us some very cool looking thermostats. Founded in 2004, BASSG has been an innovator in Building Automation Technology and BAS Analytics delivery that reduce implementation and facility management energy costs.
Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy: Building America Program. Dear Building America colleague: The October 2014 issue of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America Update newsletter is now available! Read the full October issue for the latest news and information from Building America. Learn more about the Building America program and receive measure guidelines, case studies for new and existing homes and technologies, and more!. Please forward this notice to interested colleagues.
Realcomm’s Jim Young asks Cisco’s Rick Huijbregts, “Are You Back?” Cisco’s venture into the building space with the Mediator came and went — leaving a lot of unanswered questions behind. In response to Jim Young’s first question, “Is Cisco Back?” Rick Huijbregts, VP, Industry Transformation and General Manager, IoE Smart + Connected Communities at Cisco Canada, answers, “Yes,” and that “Cisco is here to stay,” as he reviewed Cisco’s past, present, and future positions — and reminded everybody that Cisco enters billion dollar opportunities quickly, as they did in the telephony, video, and data center markets.
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Category:ControlTalk NOW -- posted at: 12:11am EST
Mon, 29 September 2014
ControlTalk Now: The Smart Building Podcast September 28, 2014 is sponsored by Johnson Controls, nominated for 16 ControlTrends Awards, and world class manufacturer of one of the best end-to-end DDC solutions in the HVAC Industry — that keeps getting better! Check out the Johnson Controls FX Appliance that sits on top of the Niagara Framework and enables automatic graphic creation, new station (batch import) wizards, simple integration of N2 and BACnet points, support for mobile devices and mobile device graphics, schedule/link/point group/point summary managers, and launching PCT from the FX Workbench interface.
Honeywell’s Automated Demand Response Platform Lowers Peak Demands and Saves Money: September 22, 2014: Honeywell’s Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) project demonstrates utility-scale performance of a hardware/software platform for automated demand response (ADR). This project stands apart from the other SGIG projects in that it focused both on the development of an ADR hardware/software platform to facilitate demand response and on recruiting and educating ADR customers to participate in energy saving programs sponsored by utilities.
CoRE Tech 2014 @ Sprint Campus & OPCC, Overland Park, KS — November 10-11: CoRE Tech 2014 is a unique gathering of the world’s most proactive, visionary corporate real estate executives who’ve elected to come together to focus on innovative automation and technology strategies. Day 1 of the 2-day event will be held on the Sprint Corporate HQ Campus. Day 2 will be held at the nearby Overland Park Convention Center.
Plug-IT — Real Savings & Control from Energy Systems Technologies! NS 2014 New Product Award Winner. Plug-IT delivers a remarkable solution to maximize your energy savings and is an award-winning product that leverages existing Niagara installations! Easily meets the latest ASHRAE 90.1 standards for controlling 50% of wall receptacle plug loads.
Delta Controls — 18 Nominations for the 2014 ControlTrends Awards: The Delta Force is Heard! Delta Controls’ huge HVAC presence speaks volumes! With nominations in 18 categories from the world-wide ControlTrends community, Delta products and people are a force to be reckoned with at the 2014 ControlTrends Awards. This video introduces the Delta visionaries Brian Goodwell, President, Raymond Rae, VP, and Eric Shimmin, Director of Operations, ESC and tells about the world’s first truly BACnet HVAC, card access, and lighting solution. Welcome to the incredible Delta story.
Seven Things Every Director Should Know About IT Security: Lynxspring’s Connect & Protect: Author: Bob Mealey, Chief Business Development Officer, Lynxspring, Inc. Given the fallout from recent high profile cyber security incidents, which have resulted in losses of billions of dollars, countless numbers of lawsuits, brand erosion and loyalty, the loss of customer trust, the resignation of key executives and even the call for the ouster of most of the company’s board members, it should come as no surprise that cyber security is now top of mind for most corporate executives. Cyber security is now the number one concern in the corporate boardroom.
2014 ControlTrends Awards Nominee — Vykon’s Ed Merwin, at IBCON 2014: This ControlTrends interview with Ed Merwin, Director, Vykon Automation Energy Security, keeps the IBCON 2014 feature reel running. Ed Merwin, nominated for Executive of the Year and the PID Award, is one of the most recognized experts in the Building Automation and Integration industry, having introduced the Niagara Platform and the concept of system integration to many of North America’s earliest integration adopters. Ed was co-winner of the prestigious 2013 ControlTrends’ PID Award.
Down Under Case Study: BuildingIQ — at the Australian Technology Park: At BuildingIQ we always like a good challenge. That’s why we did not hesitate when the opportunity arose to deploy our Predictive Energy Optimization solution at one of ATP’s buildings. The implementation was done in the building occupied by NICTA (National Information and Technology Communications Center of Australia), which is highly energy efficient and has an impressive NABERS score of 5.5. Learn more about this implementation by reading the complete Case Study.
Johnson Controls Sees Smart Buildings as the Future for Smart Cities in India: JCI Media Center: Building Technology & Services expert shares insights on smart buildings at the 12th India Green Building Congress. INDIA – September 05, 2014 – Johnson Controls, a global multi-industrial company, will present the importance of smart buildings in helping India achieve its goal of creating smart cities – cities that are highly advanced in terms of overall infrastructure, sustainable real estate, integrated communications and technology, energy management and governance – at the 12th India Green Building Congress 2014 (IGBC).
Automated Diagnostics & Analytics for Buildings by Barney L. Capehart and Michael R. Brambley: Authors Barney L. Capehart, PhD, CEM Professor Emeritus University of Florida and Michael R. Brambley, Staff Scientist in Energy Technology Development at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have produced an HVAC Opus Magnus that will serve the entire spectrum of building and automation experts well — now, and for many years to come. Whether you’re a systems integrator, BAS or BMS Consultant, manufacturer or vendor, engineer, Director of Facilities or maintenance manager, this smart building tome (textbook) provides not only vital insight, methodologies, and options, but the compelling documentation that warrants immediate action.
Tonight is Canada Night at the ASIS 2014, Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center:A s a precursor to the show, iViewSYSTEMS invites you to drop by the ASIS CANADA NIGHT on Sunday, September 28th to kick off the show, or visit us at booth #2023 to see how we can help you better protect your people, business and assets with embedded technologies security management solutions for: Incident Reporting & Risk management, Visitor management, Identification Solutions and Compliance & Reporting. Join ASIS in Atlanta, Georgia, September 29–October 2, 2014 for our ASIS International 60th Annual Seminar and Exhibits– the world’s most influential security event
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Category:Commercial HVAC -- posted at: 11:42am EST
Sun, 21 September 2014
ControlTalk Now: The Smart Building Podcast September 21, 2014 from Valencia, Spain. This week’s CTN Podcast Platinum Sponsor is Belimo, a listed technology company with a staff of close to 1400 worldwide. Belimo has developed, manufactured and distributed electric actuators for air dampers and valve technology for heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems since 1975. With our comprehensive range of products, we have become world leaders in this specific market.
Panoramic Power and Connexx Energy Webnar: Device Level Energy Management Solutions: New Solution Offering: Device Level Energy Management Solutions. Join us for a Webinar on October 8 at 3:00PM ET/2:00 CT. Join us for this 45 minute webinar to learn about the joint offering between Panoramic Power and Connexx Energy. The two companies have combined Panoramic Power’s innovative circuit level energy management solution with Connexx Energy’s CONNEXXION energy data platform to deliver complete energy interoperability. The solution offers management and control, automatic demand response and actionable real-time data and analytics into a single system that manages energy data across the building enterprise within a cyber-secured environment.
VAV Zoning Made Easy! KMC Introduces Zone Equipment Control (ZEC):KMC has introduced a significantly improved system for either retrofitting older VVT-type systems or installing new light-commercial zoning systems. KMC’s Zone Equipment Control (ZEC)system consists of a special model of KMC’s award-winning Flexstat unitary controller along with up to 16 KMC SimplyVAV controllers for pressure-independent VAV control in their respective zones without the need for software. The new BAC-120063CW-ZEC FlexStat controls common commercial packaged unitary equipment and automatically switches between heating and cooling control based on local zone demands.
New ecobee3: The Smarter Wi-Fi Thermostat with Remote Sensor (Read The VERGE Review!): Ordinary thermostats read the temperature in only one room, but are supposed to deliver comfort in all rooms. ecobee3 remote sensors deliver the right temperature in the rooms that matter most. Featuring a 3.5″ full-color LCD touchscreen, 320 x 480 pixel display with highly intuitive iconography and controls, just like your smartphone. Reads temperature in multiple locations solving for uneven temperatures in the rooms that matter most.
EasyIO’s World Event Presentation Highlights: (ControlTrends gives special thanks to Anja Nilsen, from Bergen, Norway, for helping out with the photography and videography!)
Guido van Erp: Welcome and review of Agenda. Anyone who has coordinated a world-wide meeting on this scope can appreciate the prodigious preparations and successful delivery of dinners and golfing. The VIP executive business center inside of Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, Real Madrid’s Soccer Stadium, was enough, but the tour of the locker room, walking the pitch, and sitting on the players’ bench, and the lighter than air portrayal of Real Madrid’s prolific history was absolutely amazing. The crescendo Flamingo guitarist banquet was truly a befitting finale!
Easy IO’s Mike Marston: The most advanced open controller to date, the FG-32+ Mega Beast product launch is around the 4th quarter’s bend, and EasyIO’s new VAV initiatives with Belimo are prefaced with “shock and awe” warnings, because the next version of the FG-32+ with its Belimo driver will be able to discover all the Belimo DCA’s on your MP Bus network. You heard that right.
Easy IO’s Lim Hoon Chiat: Speaking as one of the industry’s most accomplished masters of technology (patents), EasyIO’s product road map opens the Linux side up for ambitious integrators, and there will be more memory, 3X faster processor speeds, and more drivers will be added to the existing tool sets. (C’mon… give everybody else a chance to catch up.)
Johan Schakenraad : CEO at EasyIO, Europe B.V: The Residential is the World’s first real BMS in a Box and Easy IO’s fast-track success in Europe — 103 partners in three years, has not been left to chance. Johan Schakenraad’s vast industry experience has traversed and converted many of the well-worn BMS integration paths with EasyIO and with his enormously talented team, Johan is looking anxiously across the waters.
Pedro Jorge, CTO at EasyIO Europe: EnOcean technology adds another fully developed technology to the EasyIO product offering. EnOcean opens up not only the Residential market, but the hospitality suite market as well. The days of intrusive installations are almost over — and the reductions to both the installation and operational costs are two of the most critical price drivers in an increasingly competitive market.
Barry Light, Fire and Ice, LLC: Special presentation on the EasyIO’s “Barry-App” for AON. The EasyIO FG-32 controller gave Barry, one of the leading experts on AON integration, HTML5, unceasing support through the critical path development phase, the additional memory and speed features he wanted, while eliminating the license issue and delayed support.
Emilio Martínez de la Fuente, Head of Smart Metering at Telefónica, the number one Spanish multinational corporation. Overview of Telefónica’s own green initiatives, and the massive project undertakings in Germany, Brazil, and especially the UK, where Telefónica was awarded the project that will smart meter 2/3’s of the homes in the UK.
Belimo’s Chris Jones and Tom Daenzer: First order of business was the opening of Belimo’s new 200,000 square feet production facility in Danbury, CT, facility, and the significance of the MP Bus story, that presents the realization — that every one of your Belimo DCA’s and Energy valves (which ALREADY have MP Bus embedded communications in them), means that when the integration moment is right, you’ll be able to add them to your network, using EasyIO’s FG-32+. As Belimo continues its partnerships, especially with EasyIO, it will continue to change the world of VAV’s and the best way to integrate buildings — conceptually, and one day, may include residential market.
Radu Petrescu, Innon: Engineering and Intellectual Elegance at its Finest. Innon provides “Analytics that engage with your business.” Innon helps your business seamlessly integrate data from different sources by providing the analytics tools to help you take the right actions, whether related to contractual obligations, or to simply improve internal efficiency.
Reino Ederveen, (aka: the man with many degrees) Fidelix. Fidelix is a rapidly growing building automation and security systems developer. Fidelix, Finland has more than 95 employees, and has sales exceeding 14 million Euro (2013). Fidelix’s main office is located in Vantaa, Varisto and has regional offices in Turku, Tampere, Vaasa, Kokkola, Kuopio, Lahti, Jyväskylä and Oulu. Fidelex’s advanced technology and service concepts are based on transparency (open protocols), and significant portion of their products are for export. Fidelix is actively developing products and services to meet the current challenges in the construction industry and to provide innovative products and services.
Chris Schneider, Open BMCS: Chris Schneider is a software engineer by degree, and a building integrations expert by trade. Open BMCS merges multiple technologies into an end-user first version of the typical one-size-fits-all integrations. Open BMCS is an open user interface system that provides all the features that systems integrators expect, with the additional value that end-users get what they want, instead of “this is what we sell.”
Unfortunately, there are so many people that we are missing, but the ControlTrends has many new friends from around the world from Norway to South Africa, from Wisconsin to Mumbai, and we are grateful for the opportunity to meet and listen to your important messages. Special thanks to H.W.Yu, Bryon Harp, Runar Solli, and Vinayak Sane, Elmark Environ, Bhartesh Jamdade, GMP Technical and the distinguished group of engineers from India. For those that we missed, please contact us ASAP, so we can add you to this post!
We filled up all of our memory cards at the event, so stay tuned for many more highlight videos from EasyIO’s Event that Brings Smart Building Control to the World!
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Category:ControlTalk NOW -- posted at: 5:18pm EST
Sun, 14 September 2014
This week’s CTN Podcast Platinum Sponsor is EasyIO, who has taken a global leadership role in manufacturing of open source controllers and solutions. ControlTrends interviewed EasyIO integrators from South Africa, India, Netherlands, Canada, Norway, UK, the US, and many more countries that are taking part in this first edition EasyIO World Event — interspersing business, training, networking, and a little bit of you know what…
Join Special ControlTalk NOW guests Mike Marston, Lim HoonChiat, along with Terrance Hall from Johannesburg, and Johan Schakenraad and Guido van Erp, from the Netherlands as this one-of-a-kind discussion on the common trends and developments within the global HVAC industry, and the tremendous progress and commercial success of EasyIO as they strengthen their partnership channel with technology, quality, and personal commitment. Event features include EasyIO’s release of the FG-32Plus or Mega Beast, and Belimo’s VAV Controller with MP Bus, which will structurally change the European VAV market.
DeviceTech 2015 Teams with IOTNA 2015 — in Chicago. Speaking Opportunities Available! Another ControlTrends Calendar heads-up! DeviceTech 2015 is an intellectual mashup that places innovation squarely on a head-on collision course with investors and opportunity. DeviceTech 2015 is an innovative new trade fair focused on the design and manufacturing of handheld devices and portable, connected electronics. The event is designed to serve the educational and information needs of OEM design engineers and product developers involved in connected, portable electronics and mobile applications.
International Systems of America, LLC — Setting the Address on a SimplexGrinnell 4098-9714 Smoke Head and a 4098-9792 Base. ISA is a unique systems provider, beginning with their ability to quickly deliver new parts for existing and legacy systems from virtually any manufacturer. In this ISA Video, Nick Dumeyer talks with ISA Lab Technician Dexter Hall about setting the address on SimplexGrinnell addressable smoke detectors. About ISA: ISA adheres to the industry-recognized standards of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
Functional Devices Introduces the SIB05S -Switch in a Box! Functional Devices, Inc. has been designing and manufacturing quality electronic devices in the United States of America since 1969. Current product offerings include relays, current sensors, power control, enclosures, power supplies, transformers, and accessories. Functional Devices has established itself as a leader in the HVAC, Building Controls, Energy Management, Energy Savings, Lighting Controls, and Wireless industries.
Siemens’ BT300 Variable Frequency Drive: Siemens has upped their game in the Variable Frequency Drive market with the new BT300 series drives. Siemens engineers have retooled and field tested their VFD portfolio to ensure it delivers optimum results. Available in frame sizes up to 250 hp, the BT300 is well-suited for demanding HVAC environments. Using the BT300 helps save 20-50% of energy compared to equipment with little or no control. Built-in features like a real-time clock, energy savings optimization programming and a sleep function help measure energy savings.
Are You in Pendulum Jeopardy? It Should be Social WE-dia not Social ME-dia: The book Pendulum by Roy H. Williams and Michael R. Drew is said to be a veritable blue-print of our civilization for the last 3000 years. Williams and Drew have chronicled how past generations — shape present generations, and are able to predict the actions of future generation — so accurately, that if you don’t seriously consider the contents of the Pendulum, your next marketing campaign, product release, or business venture could be in serious jeopardy and fail.
ControlTrends Interviews UK’s Smart Building DALI Lighting Experts Mike Welch and Graham Turner. ControlTrends traveled to Basingstoke, United Kingdom, to meet with DALI experts Mike Welch and Graham Turner and get the current 411 on Digital Addressable Lighting Interface (DALI). It was an opportune time because Mike and Graham were preparing for the upcoming Energy Event 2014 trade show next week at NEC Birmingham, UK. Our conclusions: Despite the present maturity of the Smart Buildings market, lighting integration opportunities still abound, and the Niagara AX systems integrators, incorporating DALI technology into their solutions are in an especially auspicious position to tap the lighting integration market.
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Category:ControlTalk NOW -- posted at: 7:38pm EST
Sun, 7 September 2014
Welcome to ControlTalk Now: The Smart Building Podcast for the week ending September 7, 2014. This week’s CTN Podcast Platinum Sponsor is Lynxspring. Lynxspring is changing way devices and systems communicate and collaborate across enterprises. Lynxspring technologies, solutions, and services are enabling users to go further to manage and operate their facilities and equipment smarter, safer, securely, more efficiently, and at peak performance levels. Lynxspring has changed the way control systems are built, secured, and distributed.
ControlTalk NOW Smart Building Tip of the Week: Turn Your Light Strategy On! If you don’t have one, get one! Lighting is the biggest slice of your utility bill — 39%, compared to HVAC 28%, and Office Equipment 15%, therefore takes precedence in your energy savings efforts. On the two SBT’s, were the Open System Platform, like Niagara AX, and the enlightened and dogged pursuit of every rebate, tax incentive, and grant money available — at the federal, state, and local (utility) levels. Now, implement your light strategy. Some of the excellent sources of products and solutions when making your lighting choices are: WattStopper Digital Lighting Management, Honeywell Lighting Stryker, Logica Lighting, Blue Ridge Technologies, Control Network Solution, elitedali, and Daintree.
ControlTalk NOW’s Special Guest: Marc Petock, VP Marketing, Lynxspring. Marc shares his venerable industry insight regarding the shift from technology, which drove open standards and open systems, to business, which is the drivers that our industry. Marc also states that responsibility for IT and Cyber Security falls everyone’s shoulders: technology providers, distributors, system integrators, and end-users. Visit Lynxspring’s Resource Center and On-line Forum for more information.
Honeywell’s Expanded Valve & Actuator Configurator & Fast Track Project Management Tool: Honeywell has expanded its factory configuration capability to include threaded globe valve assemblies with electric actuators and Q5020 linkages. The new assembly part numbers are built based on the specifications of the valve, actuator and linkage in the assembly. This enables you to “mix and match” valve/actuator combinations without having to create a lot of new part numbers. Select a valve, actuator, linkage and fail safe/ accessories, then combine them to build an assembly number.
2014 American Energy & Manufacturing Competitiveness (AEMC) Summit – Register Now! The 2014 American Energy & Manufacturing Competitiveness Summit (AEMC) is a gathering of preeminent leaders from industry, academia, labor, the national laboratories, government and media to: Discuss the most critical energy and manufacturing challenges and opportunities affecting U.S. prosperity, sustainability, and security; Accelerate a movement to increase U.S. competitiveness in the production of clean energy products and increase U.S. manufacturing competitiveness across the board through greater energy productivity.
Neptronic: The Power of Innovation — Innovation that Changed the HVAC Industry. ControlTrends traveled past the Niagara Falls on its way to Montreal to capture the Power of Innovation at Neptronic. The force of the Niagara Falls represents well the swift and powerful current of innovation coursing through Neptronic, where several of the HVAC industry’s most significant innovations and products originated. Neptronic is a rapidly growing provider of building automation products & solutions.
CNS’ Mike Welch Sheds Some DALI Light on “How to Avoid Stranded Investments in Intelligent Buildings” ControlTrends is delighted to share this informative expertise from Mike Welch, Managing Director of Control Network Solutions, founded in 1996, and headquartered in Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK (approximately 45 minutes from London). Mike is a DALI (Digital Addressable Lighting Interface) lighting control specialist and makes a compelling case as to why it makes commercial sense to adopt a more flexible, open approach to the control and management of lighting systems today.
Young Gun Chris Schneider Shakes it up with Open BMCS: We got a chance to catch up with the innovative Chris Schneider at the 2014 Niagara Summit. Chris’ system, OPEN BMCS, is a one-size-fits-all building management and control system, that is ideal for small commercial or residential projects to large campus wide installations, his solution can be scaled to suit multiple needs.
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Mon, 1 September 2014
ControlTalk Now: The Smart Building Podcast for the week ending August 31, 2014. This week’s CTN Podcast sponsor is EasyIO, whose Worldwide Conference 2014, will take place this September 15-17, in Madrid, Spain, and is certain to be one of the premiere HVAC events of the year. This week’s Smart Building Tip is get serious about your smart share of energy savings through Tax Credits, Rebates, and Savings at Energy.Gov, EnergyTaxIncentives.Org, and Wiki’s Energy Rebate Program.
ControlTrends Awards thanks Neptronic, our newest Platinum Sponsor! Neptronic, founded 1976, has a rich history of HVAC industry firsts, beginning with the earliest adoption and advancement of the direct coupled actuator (DCA) conversion in the North American market. Neptronic continued its industry innovation with the introduction of the ball valve and the capacitance fail safe feature (1996 Patent) — and more recently, won a coveted 2014 AHR Expo Innovative Award for their SKD Humidifier. Even the NEP of Neptronic was prescient, meaning National Environmental Products, which highlights Neptronic’s early leadership in green technology — long before the term green became common place on the HVAC scene. Stay tuned for more ControlTrends coverage of this growing force in the HVAC industry.
CTN Special Guest: Ken Sinclair of Automated Buildings automatedbuildings.com. The venerable Ken Sinclair is passionate about education and the September, 2014 edition of Automated Buildings (AB) will focus on Education for our Vocation with its Back to School edition. This edition of AB will be remembered as one of HVAC industry’s most important source documents in recent times because of the educational resources and contents it brings under one view (click). Automated Buildings will be hosting four very important educational sessions at the 2015 AHR Chicago event.
Special Updates and Training Announcements from J2 Innovations: J2 Innovations is excited to announce the upcoming release and launch of FIN 3.0 (FIN Builder / FIN Stack / FIN Mobile)! FIN Stack is a brand new applications server technology that embraces tagging and data modeling, enabling unprecedented new functionality and Automating much of the traditional workflow.Come join the best system integrators for a FIN 3.0 Training class, which will be hosted at the J2 Innovations’ headquarters located in beautiful sunny California. Also learn first hand how our new “just works!” technology speeds job creation and produces mobile-friendly content automagically.
Johnson Controls Supports HVAC Education and Scholarships for University of Hawaii Students
2014 ControlTrends Awards Nomination Ballot — The Nominating has Begun! The 2014 ControlTrends Awards nomination ballot is released! This is your opportunity to nominate the products, solutions, and the people that make all of the HVAC wheels go round. Based on your valuable suggestions we received over the past year, we have increased the number of categories; divided certain categories to include more products and solutions; and created criteria for large and small vendors — ultimately improving both the nominating and voting processes. Thank you in advance for your support and making Smart Buildings smarter, and recognizing the leaders and innovators of our industry leading the way with 3rd Party Visualization Software, Data Analytics, and Lighting Integration Solutions. Please forward this nomination ballot to your coworkers and colleagues.
Don’t Miss Realcomm’s Webinar: Extreme Operations – Connecting Everything to the Network (IoT) Thurs, Sept 11, 2014 12:30 – 2:00 pm EDT: Realcomm’s Webinar: Extreme Operations – Connecting Everything to the Network (Internet of Things). Automating HVAC, lighting, security cameras and utility meters are the obvious critical areas for smart, connected, high-performance, intelligent buildings. What about all the other electro-mechanical devices in a building that provide some type of functionality, sometimes require human interaction and have “secret data” utilized to provide insight and business value? Digital signage, elevators, escalators, parking gates, water meters, bathroom fixtures, drinking fountains and even fire extinguishers are just a few of the secondary but important systems to be discussed in this session. Register now!
DGLogik, Inc. Relocates Headquarters! 1830 Embarcardero, Suite 106, Oakland, CA 94606. San Francisco, CA — August 29, 2014 — We are proud to announce that Appy has decided, mid-season, to become a season ticket holder for MLB baseball team, Oakland A’s. Due to their team’s success, as well, as DGLogik’s success, we will be relocating our office headquarters. The move allows Appy to arrive to his Premium box seats quicker while allowing DGLogik to expand their space, providing the ability to host larger training seminars and exclusively showcase latest and future technologies of all things IoT. Our office numbers and emails all remain the same.
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Category:ControlTalk NOW -- posted at: 9:22am EST
Sun, 24 August 2014
ControlTalk Now for the Week Ending August 24, 2014. This week’s Podcast of ControlTalk NOW is sponsored by International Systems of America (ISA). ISA takes great pride in their extensive product and service offerings for fire, energy, security and communication systems. This week’s CTN themes are water, which is becoming our most important utility (Watergy), Social Media in a networked economy, the use of Data, and as always, the New of the Week.
Siemens Releases New QXA2601 and QXA2602 Condensation Monitors — Great for Chilled Beams/Chilled Ceilings! Siemens releases two new products for use on surfaces where condensation must be avoided. Both the QXA2601 and QXA2602 are designed to prevent condensation from forming in chilled beam and chilled ceiling applications. Both devices operate identically via a SPDT relay that changes state when humidity level near the surface of the chilled water piping approaches 92%. The unit will automatically reset when the humidity level drops to approximately 87%.
ControlTrends Award Highlight: The 2013 HVAC Executive of the Year. This magic moment in HVAC history captured Honeywell’s Tom Rosback receiving the coveted 2013 ControlTrends Awards Executive of the Year, voted by the ControlTrends Community for his executive leadership as Honewyell’s Vice President, General Manager, Commercial Control Systems overseeing marketing, sales, engineering, and operations of a complex multi-brand, multi-channel global business. Congratulations again to Tom Rosback and Honeywell!
Chiller on the Fritz — Call the Champions of Chill — The Mobile Air Force. Marvel Comics has nothing on the marvelous folks at Mobile Air Force, the champions of chill, as they fight for truth, justice, and mobile air conditioning! There’s nothing like a little comic animation to convey a lot of information about superhero-like fast emergency service. Mobile Air, Inc. is a specialty HVAC company dealing exclusively in portable air conditioning, heating, filtration, and dehumidification systems, for both temporary and long term solutions.
Sensors, Sensors Everywhere: In the Near Future, Structures and Systems Will Look After Themselves. Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) began in the early 1800′s with railroad wheel-tappers, which used the sound of a hammer striking the train wheel to evaluate if damage was present. The IoT sensor proliferation that continues to increase the number of application instances will soon deliver this significant SHM concept, which is similar, yet different, than our Fault Detection and Diagnostics — nearer and nearer to our workstations (cautious optimism). Science and Technology from Los Alamos.
Intelligent Buildings’ Tom Shircliff at IBCON 2014: The Technology is Here, Let’s Get Started! Intelligent Buildings is a well-known and leading-edge consultancy company in the smart building business. Veteran Tom Shircliff elegantly brings to light that the technology, all of the smart technology pieces needed for New Buildings, for Building Retrofits, for Building Analytics, and for Building Systems Cyber Security are here, but the challenge is how to scale this available technology into starting points — where building owners can get under-whelmed and start faster, with less risks, and all the while, make enlightened decisions quicker through Intelligent Building’s organizational alignment approach and the creation of a common language that all the stakeholders can understand.
Live Event: Johnson Controls VFD Training. The Stromquist & Company christened their Atlanta facility’s state-of-the-art training center with a live training event streamed to internet viewers, who were able to participate directly in the training session and address their questions to the instructor, Johnson Controls’ Wayne Christy, a bona fide VFD expert. Wayne reviewed the Johnson Controls VSD product platform, many of the standard VFD applications, and highlighted the tremendous energy savings opportunities — available using Johnson Controls VFDs. Look for many more live training events from the Stromquist & Company in the near future.
Honeywell’s New WebVision Software Updates: Honeywell is happy to announce the availability of release 1.1.5 for WebVision. This software release has fixed a number of issues reported from the field, as well as updates to support the following browsers: Internet Explorer 10 and 11, Chrome v35 and Firefox ESR 24.0. A WebVision Recovery tool is also available, which helps in recovering an unusable WebVision, due to IP addressing. Note: The new software will not work in old IE 8 or IE 9 browsers. Please refer to “Download the New Distribution File” section for upgrade procedure.
Contemporary Controls’ Versatile BASremote BACnet/IP Controller/Gateway is Even More Flexible! BASremoteAugust 2014 — The BASremote has evolved over the years from its original intent as a BACnet/IP remote I/O device. We were one of the first to add a Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) option ― allowing the device to operate without the need for control panel power. Next, we added Modbus RTU to BACnet/IP gateway functionality which greatly expanded the point handling capability of the unit.
Grant, the Youngest HVAC Reporter to Date, Takes Us Inside International Systems of America. Julio Rodriguez, National Sales Manager of International Systems of America, is interviewed by a Grant, a big fan of ISA, that Julio discovered on YouTube while researching social media. See why ISA is a company with great solutions and a big heart. ISA SOLUTIONS — ARE WORK IN ACTION. With over 80 employees, ISA takes great pride in their extensive product and service offerings for fire, energy, security and communication systems. ISA’s solutions make a real difference for their customers, again and again —- helping to solve critical issues and keep vital systems in operation. ISA is always there, with focus and dedication, to deliver your solution!
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Category:ControlTalk NOW -- posted at: 2:34pm EST
Mon, 18 August 2014
This week’s Podcast of ControlTalk NOW is sponsored by Platinum Sponsors Delta Controls and CopperTree Analytics. CTN makes a case for the rebound of the local distributors as the Amazon Law gets more teeth and residents will pay either sales tax or use tax, but the States insist, they will have their money. Intelligent Building Tips; Target’s Cyber attack update; Video of KMC’s SimplyVAV; EasyIO’s Madrid Conference and Mike Marston’s interview take center stage; 2013 CTA PID Award Winners; DOE’s Framework for Connected Equipment; and would you believe — the Water Whistleblower APP.
Delta Controls. Do it Right! Delta Controls is one of the largest independent manufacturers of building automation systems with more than 300 installers in over 80 countries. For more than 3 decades Delta Controls has offered dependable and user-friendly building control solutions to commercial, healthcare, education, leisure buildings and more. As industry leaders, our track record includes delivering the world’s first fully integrated native BACnet building solution encompassing HVAC, Lighting and Access products.
For more than 30 years CopperTree’s parent companies Delta Controls (one of the largest independent building controls manufacturers) and ESC (Western Canada’s largest building systems integrator) have been at the forefront of creating SMART buildings. Long before ‘sustainable’ was a buzz word the founders were involved in energy audits and consulting; and so it was a natural extension to create CopperTree in response to the growing demand for building energy management services.
Target Estimates Data Breach at $148 Million. Read Target’s Updates on Security and Technology Enhancements: The 2013 Target data breach is a permanent and important reference point in hacking history. According to the Forbes and The Associated Press news releases last week, Target has estimated their hacking losses at $148 million, minus a $38 million insurance receivable (about 11 cents a share). Still being calculated are the damages to Target’s reputation, profits, and a host of lawsuits, not to mention the negative impact the breach has had on Target’s expansion into Canada.
How KMC Makes VAV Control Simple: Simple to set up, with no software needed, this controller is powerful and functions equally as well as a stand-alone solution or the VAV controller of choice on a BACnet full-blown control system. The SimplyVAV series of controllers are an easy and unique approach to operating a wide variety of VAV terminal units. The integrated actuators, internal airflow sensors, and wide variety of application programs make these BACnet Application Specific controllers ideal for either new or retrofit installations.
EASYIO’s Annual Conference in Madrid, Spain! Sep 15-17, 2014, World Event Agenda Update: Get ahead with EasyIO, see the latest Energy Saving Controls solutions, all leading edge and leading the way, as you would expect from EasyIO. At the same time, relax and enjoying yourselves with your friends from EasyIO. We will be joined by some great sponsors and media coverage by Controltrends from the USA. We haven’t seen your submission to our event yet, but we would be delighted to meet you in Madrid. Review our updated agenda! New EasyIO VAV Initiatives; Simply VAV and Belimo MP integration on FG; Product Road Map for EasyIO; BACnet Client & Enocean Integration/Peripherals show demo; Improvements in CPT; New programming editor and a new Project based Engineering approach; Video Streaming and src embedded Web page and html5, in FG. An overview of EasyIO training plans and certification; and much more.
September RACA Interview with Mike Marston, Co-Owner of EasyIO Holdings Pte Ltd. What trends can be picked up on the global BMS market? What’s new? IT is changing the BMS world, for the better. More and more IP based Controllers are now being connected to the IT Infrastructure in a Building, as the barrier of RS 485 twisted pair cable being cheaper, seems to be finally changing. IT professionals know that so much more can be achieved through Ethernet cable and IT infrastructure, such as, fast online programming, real time, and with the old ways of compile, download and ‘pray’!
ControlTrends Award HighLight: The PID Award. Congratulations to Ed Merwin from Tridium and Mike Marston from Easy IO, co winners of the 2013 ControlTrends PID Award. The PID Award is an honor bestowed on an individual(s) that consistently exhibit the qualities of Professionalism, Integrity, and Dedication and voted on by the world wide ControlTrends community.
August DOE Release: A Framework for Characterizing Connected Equipment. For those of the ControlTrends Community following the most recent DOE referee guidance concerning the direction and pace of technological innovation in the Smart Grid industry, which includes “the dynamic management of residential and commercial building end-use loads,” brought about by the increasing connectivity available within the residential and commercial space, and/or the ability to control the equipment externally/remotely, this August 2014, DOE, EERE, Building Technologies Program report, articulates and illustrates, very succinctly, the intelligent minutiae being used to unfold the inevitable universality and implementation of the Smart Grid.
Water Whistleblower APP — Meet EveryDrop – A Water Conservation Platform. Light Litter is Next! We are still wondering how long it will take for Light Litter to become a serious matter of national importance, and by what means could we begin to remedy it — not only because it’s a terrible waste of energy and money (tax money, mostly), but also because it’s completely fixable. Public patience with wasting water, at least in LA, has expired and led to the first known APP to blow the whistle on water abusers. The negative idea of blowing the whistle on thy neighbor is another one of those duller-edge sides of the sword that results from trying to fix collective apathy.
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Category:ControlTalk NOW -- posted at: 7:19am EST
Mon, 11 August 2014
Welcome back to ControlTalk NOW. This week’s edition features interviews and articles with Mike Welch, Control Network Solutions who provides insight to the success (and still untapped potential) of DALI Lighting and the “Up-skilling” of the traditional systems integrator; Ken Sinclair, Automatedbuildings.com explains the origin and evolution of the oBIX Standard; Brian Turner,Controlco, reviews the limits and possibilities of wireless technologies; and OME Facility Solutions’, Rick Werner discusses a variety of relevant industry issues. Enjoy.
“Statement on Target Data Breach” Released by Fazio Mechanical. ControlTrends thanks Paul Burke, VP, M&M Controls out of Timonium, MD for passing along Fazio Mechanical’s Official Statement on the Target Data Breach. Fazio Mechanical wasn’t monitoring any of Target’s facilities remotely; rather, the data connection exclusively for (Target’s) electronic billing, contract submission and project management.
HVAC Superstars on The Red Carpet at the 2013 ControlTrends Awards: Thanks to Stromquist & Company’s, Bill jones, for putting this video together. Our Mr. Jones, was working hard at the ControlTrends Awards to make sure the rest of the world got to see how the HVAC Stars shine.
Watch Bob Light off a Maxon Burner…….Boom!!! Stromquist & Company’s Bob Koch demonstrates in a very effective simulation how a typical commercial burner operates, using real and fully functioning parts and pieces (quite professionally, we might add) that create the safest burner environment possible and assure that there is NO BIG BOOM! Bob walks through every aspect of the combustion train, from the main gas pressure and Maxitrol appliance regulators,to the Antunes high-low gas pressure switches, to the MAXON double block and bleed gas safety shutoff valves, to the Honeywell UV scanner and RM7800 series flame safeguard controller with its display module used for start-up and trouble-shooting. Great job Bob!
Lynxspring Adds to JENEsysONE Controller Portfolio with New JO-PC3-MC Controller: February 20, 2014 Lee’s Summit, MO – Lynxspring, a premier developer and provider of open platform control solutions for building automation, energy management, cyber security and edge-to-enterprise integration today announced the market availability of the availability of the JENEsysONE JO-PC3-MC controller. JENEsysONE is part of Lynxspring’s portfolio of JENEsys® branded internet based automation technology and edge to enterprise solutions for Building Automation, Energy Management, Cyber Security, Equipment Control and Specialty Applications.
2013 ControlTrends Awards Highlight: Honeywell wins Building Automation System of The Year
Ken Sinclair, Building Automation’s Emeritus Extraordinare, Shares Deep Insight on ControlTalk NOW: Thanks once again to Ken Sinclair for appearing on this week’s ControlTalk Now. This video is the just 12 minute segment of Ken’s part of the show. Please watch — and share this video with others, so that our industry may better understand and appreciate what Ken Sinclair, and his wife Jane and automatedbuildings.com has done, and continues to do, for our industry.
Johnson Controls Reaches Out to All Distributors: MERCURY THERMOSTAT COLLECTION: Subject: MERCURY THERMOSTAT COLLECTION. Johnson Controls requests your support to establish a collection point at all your business locations for waste mercury containing thermostats. Dear Distributor: Johnson Controls requests your support to establish a collection point at all your business locations for waste mercury containing thermostats. All states require the proper handling of waste mercury containing thermostats in accordance with state and federal “universal wastes” regulations in order to streamline their collection and transport. Furthermore, many states have gone beyond the federal requirements and are requiring thermostat manufacturers to implement collection programs.
Niagara Summit 2014 Powered By Possibilities! Did We Mention it’s in Vegas? This is one event Niagara users can’t miss. In Vegas, baby! Tracks: Business // Applications // Developer // Technology Trends. What can you expect from the Niagara Summit? Amazing keynotes from industry leaders and experts. Relevant and helpful brainstorming sessions. Valuable networking opportunities. Thoughtful discussions about next-generation solutions for automation infrastructure technology. Did we mention it’s in Vegas? REGISTER NOW!
Chattanooga has the World’s Only “Innovation Accelerator” — GIGTANK and Next-Gen Businesses. February 24, 2014: DOE believes an “All of the Above” Energy strategy must be pursued with an “All of the Above” Innovation Strategy. As we have demonstrated through our investments in fundamental research and development, ambitious deployments under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and public-driven activities like the American Energy Data Challenge, we are committed to supporting public and private innovation to build a smarter, cleaner and more resilient grid.
ControlTalk NOW’s first guest, Mike Welch from Control Network Solutions (CNS), Global Suppliers of Smart Products and Solutions for Intelligent Buildings since 1996. Mike is bona fide expert and industry leader in Digital Addressable Lighting Interface. CNS is a Niagara AX® Developer, Tridium and Honeywell Partner. It has a successful track record of creating both client specific and off the shelf web based solutions to the SMART buildings control environment world. They are based upon open standards network communication protocols and compatible with the “Internet of Things” (IoT) and demands for “big data” cloud based analytics. CNS is the creator of the world’s first web DALI intelligent lighting control solution called elitedali and EnOcean Ethernet wireless/batteryless device network solution called CNS-Enocean.
Johnson Controls’ Chris Lane Wins at The 2013 ControlTrends Awards: Congratulations to Chris Lane from Johnson Controls. Chris was Co-winner of the 2013 ControlTrends Best Technical Support Person of The Year. This is quite an honor as Chris was chosen by the world-wide ControlTrends community for his dedication and excellence
Rick Warner Shares His Knowledge on ControlTalk: A special thanks to the very knowledgeable and informative Rick Warner from OME Facility Solutions. Ken and Eric talk to Rick about a variety of relevant topics, from the systems integrator of the future, to the must read book on innovation, to how to find and hire the right talent to be successful in today’s competitive building automation, and the DDC controls market. Rick is one of the brightest minds in our industry and we are very grateful for his willingness to share his expertise and insight.
Limits and Possibilities of Wireless Technologies: Exploring this trend with a critical eye Wireless Technologies: Limits In this new digital age, wireless technologies can’t help but sound sexy. Where would you be now if you had to plug your computer into an Ethernet cord every time you wanted to watch a movie on Netflix? But while there are extremely useful consumer applications for wireless technologies, building automation systems are not always one of them.
Tim’s Tech Tips: Understanding Chiller Surge: “Just the Facts ma’am.” No, it’s not Joe Friday from the 70’s television series Dragnet, it’s Stromquist & Company’s Tim Chamblee. Tim in addition to being a super star salesman for Stromquist & Company is one of the best trainers in the country.
2013 ControlTrends Awards HighLight: Congratulations to Ed Merwin from Tridium and Mike Marston from Easy IO, co winners of the 2013 ControlTrends PID Award. The PID Award is an honor bestowed on an individual(s) that consistently exhibit the qualities of Professionalism, Integrity, and Dedication by the world wide ControlTrends community. Great job Ed and Mike!
ControlTrends Award Highlight: On The Red Carpet With EASY IO:Check out Mike Marston and the team from Easy IO as they walk the Red Carpet at the 2013 ControlTrends Awards at BB King’s Club in New York City. Congratulations to Ed Merwin from Tridium and Mike Marston from Easy IO, co winners of the 2013 ControlTrends PID Award. The PID Award is an honor bestowed on an individual(s) that consistently exhibit the qualities of Professionalism, Integrity, and Dedication by the world wide ControlTrends community.
oBIX Redux, ControlTalk NOW’s second guest is AB’s Ken Sinclair, who traces the Life Cycle and Refresh Cycle of a XML Standard: It was in January 2002, that automatedbuildings.com first sensed the tremors conveying both the direction and impact (Information Model: The Key to Integration) of the coming IT-quake that the internet and Web Services would have on the building automation industry. AutomatedBuilding’s rich archives contain the evolving history of a standard that begins with the Open Letter, and the first oBIX chairman, Paul Ehrlich’s interview and continues on to present times, with the 30-day Public Review and oBIX’s 1.1 refresh cycle and automatedbuildings.com’s contributing editor, Toby Considine’s oBIX, Smart TVs, and Commercial Buildings. Make sure you read! “oBIX & Project Haystack — Understanding where each fits.”
ControlTalk NOW will continue to provide a weekly episode featuring the people, products, and the News of the Week shaping our world of controls, building automation, and the HVAC industry.
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Category:ControlTalk NOW -- posted at: 6:53pm EST
Sun, 10 August 2014
This week’s ControlTalk NOW gives notice of the upcoming HVAC and DDC classes at the new Stromquist Atlanta facility; More highlights of 2013 ControlTrends Awards Winners; More DOE Stimulus money; More excitement builds as Belimo’s new facility opens in October; Contemporary Controls and KMC Controls come on as Platinum Sponsors; Marc Petock’s Cyber Security update; and Therese Sullivan poses the question, does IoT or OT, hold the pole position?
Stromquist Atlanta Upcoming Classes: The following classes are held at Stromquist at 4620 Atlanta Rd, Atlanta, GA and begin at 7:30 a.m. unless otherwise noted. Prices include training material and certificate of completion, plus continental breakfast and full lunch. For more information contact email@example.com. To register, click the Class Registration tab at the top of the page. Chiller Workshop – August 20-21 focuses on basic operations, maintenance and troubleshooting of chilled water systems. Topics will include basic refrigeration cycle of water chillers; design and overall op-eration of chilled water systems; and more.
ControlTrends Awards Highlight— The 2013 HVAC Controls Vendor of the Year: Congratulations to Johnson Controls winner of the 2013 ControlTrends HVAC Controls Vendor of The Year. Johnson Controls was selected by the world wide ControlTrends Community to receive the 2013 HVAC Vendor of the Year honor. Johnson Controls is about creating Comfortable Environments! Message from JCI: Every one of our HVAC controls is created with one thought in mind – to keep people comfortable.
Belimo is Moving! Place Your September Orders by Aug 1st — Aug 15th, 2014 and get 60-Day Payment Terms! Belimo Americas headquarters will move to a new energy-efficient facility located at 33 Turner Road, Danbury, Connecticut. Place your September orders by August 1st through August 15th, 2014 and we will provide you 60-day payment terms to encourage early ordering. To maintain delivery schedules during the move, production lines will relocate in stages from September 8 through 30.
ControlTrends Awards Highligh — The 2013 Building Application of The Year: Congratulations to DG Logik for winning the 2013 Building Application of the Year. DG Logik’s graphics and analytics package, DG Lux, is used by building automation controls professionals and end users across the globe. DGLogik, Inc., provides innovative IoT software solutions that enable and visualize the (IoT) Internet of Things. DGLogik products illustrate the internet of things by allowing users to easily interact data from diverse IoT devices and building automation controls devices that allow owners to better manage cost and energy efficiency.
Energy Department Invests $6 Million to Increase Building Energy Code Compliance Rates: The Building Technologies Office (BTO) has awarded $6 million to fund projects that will: Measure current residential energy code compliance rate using a methodology that provides statewide results with 90% reliability; Implement an education, training, and outreach program designed to increase residential building energy code compliance; and Measure the post-program residential building energy code compliance rate using the same methodology employed in the pre-program study.
Therese Sullivan Asks — How do You Spell IoT Smart Building Analytics? All the Big IT companies are running campaigns touting their role in the coming Internet of Things (IoT) computing era. A common vision is that software, particularly mobile apps, will reign supreme over embedded systems-on-a-chip, sensors, wireless communications and other components making more of the physical world digitally addressable. But, it is building automation and control firms – sometimes called OT, or operations technology companies – that have had to slog through decades of navigating relationships with big equipment makers to tap silo-ed data and do the necessary integration.
Contemporary Controls — Your Ideal Partner for Applying Network Technology to Automation Projects: ControlTrends is delighted to announce that Contemporary Controls will be a Platinum Sponsor for the 2014 ControlTrends Awards at the 2015 AHR Show in Chicago. Contemporary Controls is a leading manufacturer of Industrial, Building, and Commercial Automation Components; Communication and Network Devices; and Building Automation Controllers. George Thomas and Contemporary Controls are ready to assist with your next project!
KMC Controls is on the Move! Joins 2014 ControlTrends Awards as Platinum Sponsors: ControlTrends thanks KMC Controls for their 2014 ControlTrends Awards Platinum Sponsorship! A little bit about KMC: Since 1969, KMC Controls has been helping facilities achieve higher levels of indoor environmental quality and energy efficiency by automating and controlling building systems. KMC innovations include pneumatic and electronic control devices for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) applications; a complete line of fully programmable digital hardware and intuitive software for local and remote web-based facility management.
Executive Briefing — Cybersecurity — Points That Need to be Part of the Conversation: By Marc Petock, Vice President, Marketing, Lynxspring, Inc. Today’s connected business world means there are thousands of entry points in and out of companies. The truth is that network security does not work as well as we thought. Hacks, breaches, vulnerabilities, threats we can’t ignore them. They are undesired events. Cyber threats are changing constantly. Threats are targeted, and they continue to get even more targeted. It used to be a virus was thrown out there and whomever it hit, it hit.
ControlTalk NOW will continue to provide a weekly episode featuring the people, products, and the News of the Week shaping our world of controls, building automation, and the HVAC industry.
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Category:ControlTalk NOW -- posted at: 11:24pm EST
Sun, 27 July 2014
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.
John 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.
Therese 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.
Smart 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 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.
Belimo Free Webinar Today at 11:00AM EST: Introduction to Retrofitting Globe Valves
Siemens 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.
Energy 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.
Can’t Get Enough of this COMFY Stuff: Where Social Media meets Building Automation Controls
Johnson 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.
ControlTalk NOW will continue to provide a weekly episode featuring the people, products, and the News of the Week shaping our world of controls, building automation, and the HVAC industry.
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Category:ControlTalk NOW -- posted at: 11:33pm EST
Mon, 21 July 2014
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
Energy 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.
2013 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!
Why 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.
Intelligent 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.
What 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.
EPA 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.
Contemporary 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.
Internet 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?
How 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.
More 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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Category:ControlTalk NOW -- posted at: 4:18am EST
Sun, 13 July 2014
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.
Last 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.
Fun 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 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.
Building 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.
The 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.
Rob 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.
Seeing 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.
July 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.”
Powered 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.
Building 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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Category:ControlTalk NOW -- posted at: 10:10pm EST
Mon, 7 July 2014
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.
DOE’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’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).
Automated 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 http://goo.gl/ahcnO7 to wrapper for tweeting. Please let us know if this is useful or just plain annoying……..smile. It is simply a different way to view the same information.
Belimo 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.
Breaking 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, BuildingContext.me; 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.
Viconics’ 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.
Social 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.
Cylon 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.
ControlTrends 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.
Happy 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).
Become 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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Category:ControlTalk NOW -- posted at: 4:55am EST
Sun, 29 June 2014
Technology drives the trends, and the trends keep coming! Welcome to this week’s ControlTalk NOW featuring interviews with visionary Dave Lorenzini (WAVE COLLAPSE), Realcomm’s Jim Young, Australia’s VAE Group & Bitpool, N2 Guru Dave Jones, The S4 Group; and a host of new product updates, industry events, and software releases impacting our industry.
Contemporary Controls Sponsors First German-speaking Niagara Forum:June 2014 — The inaugural Niagara Forum Deutschland introduced the German-speaking market to the benefits of Niagara Framework in providing a complete solution from device to the Internet. Contemporary Controls was one of the four sponsors to the first-ever Niagara Forum given in the German language that was held on June 3, 2014 at The Squaire. Conceptualized by Christian Heim – Tridium Europe sales manager – approximately 95 people registered for the event held at the new Squaire Conference center located at the Frankfurt, Germany airport.
Better Buildings Challenge, Atlanta Nears Halfway Mark in Meeting Citywide Goal of 20% Energy Savings: The Energy Department yesterday recognized Atlanta for its progress and leadership in meeting a citywide goal to improve the energy performance of its buildings by 20% by 2020. Through the Better Buildings Challenge, Atlanta is engaging local business leaders, building owners and operators, and other organizations to increase energy and water efficiency across more than 50 million square feet of building space, achieving over 9% energy savings since 2011.
ControlTrends’ Ken Smyers Interviews Visionary Dave Lorenzini at 2014 Realcomm/IBcon: At the 2014 Realcomm/IBcon, ControlTrends met up with Dave Lorenzini, a premiere technology visionary and entrepreneur that is changing the way people look at the world. Dave commented on the explosion of intelligent building interaction at a level never seen before; the amazing adoption of technology that has occurred since last year; and the exciting impact technology is having within the building industry. As the former Director of Keyhole, the first global 3D visualization System online that became the Google Earth, and serves over a billion users worldwide, Dave Lorenzini, has seen the structural transformation that innovative products can make and is very excited about the Sanborn Platform for Indoor Mapping (SPIN) and describes the role of the semi-autonomous mobile robotics platform in the next generation of intelligent buildings.
Realcomm/IBcon is the Industry Vortex that Delivers! ControlTrends Interviews Jim Young:To make Realcomm/IBcon the world’s leading conference on technology, automated business solutions, intelligent buildings, and energy efficiency for the commercial and corporate real estate industry, the charismatic Jim Young begins the 16-hour telephone days in January. It takes practiced and passionate networking to gather the industry’s top thought leaders, the world’s largest and most advanced next gen projects, and the creation of an industry vortex so powerful, that it drew a billion dollars worth of perspective from Yardi, Cisco, Intel, Google, Microsoft, and Tridium (oh, and Dell’s in, too).
What Makes The Honeywell’s Experion LX Distributed Control System Special: Honeywell’s Experion LX Experion® LX is a purpose-built distributed control system (DCS) for continuous and batch process control applications. Boost plant efficiency and flexibility with a proven distributed control system from Honeywell that lowers your total cost of ownership. It’s ideal for a wide range of processes from smaller 1,000 process I/O points to mid-size 10,000 process I/O points and up to 50,000 SCADA points. It supports 10-15 operator stations and up to five DSA clusters.
ControlTrends Fans From Down Under With Cool Products: We caught up with a couple of Controltrends fans from Australia at the 2014 Niagara Summit. Thanks to the team from the VAE Group from Brisbane Australia for helping make Controltrends the world-wide source for HVAC and Building Automation Control News you can use. The VAE Group adds value to construction, automation, asset management, commissioning, mining, oil & gas and engineering projects. The Value Added Engineering Group (VAE Group) and Bitpool provide links between project stakeholders, design engineers and the trades people who are responsible for the installation and commissioning of HVAC systems.
Wattstopper Introduces New HBP-100 Series High/Low Bay Sensors — 40′ Range! Wattstopper is pleased to announce the launch of WattStopper’s competitively priced next generation High/Low Bay Passive Infrared Occupancy Sensors that offer an exclusive ladder-free configuration and maintenance option. This game-changing functionality delivers significant labor savings when coupled with fixture-integrated sensors mounted at up to 40 feet! Product features include: * Preinstalled universal lens for mounting heights from 15 to 40 feet; * Test button to confirm operation as soon as wiring is connected; * Selectable Fail-on or Fail-off parameter to meet codes and qualify for rebates.
Smart Buildings Redefined at IBcon 2014 — Ken Smyers Moderates Session: IBcon’s Smart Building Redefined Session brought together three unique and distinguished industry experts: Kevin Facinelli, EVP, Daikin Applied, Lindsay Baker, VP Research & Marketing, Building Robotics, and William MacGowan, Director Smart Connected Real Estate, Cisco Systems Canada. The panel presented and discussed innovative technologies developed recently for Building HVAC Systems.
ControlTalk 2.0: This Week’s Guest is Steve Jones from The S4 Group — The N2 Gurus: Lots of great information as ControlTalk 2.0 gets a healthy dose of integrator know-how from S4 Group’s Managing Partner, Steve Jones. When it comes to delivering seamless, open-systems integration solutions, for non-IT and building automation solutions, nobody does it better than The S4 Group; particularly, with JCI N2 applications. Steve says, “It’s all about leveraging legacy systems and providing building owners and operators cost-effective solutions and establishing the integration plan that will let them move to the new technology on a scheduled/budgeted basis.” Watch and see how. S4 Solutions are network appliances that enable technology!
DGLux5 – Data Visualization Tools At Their Best! DGLux5 provides a modern design environment containing: Tabbed Document windows, Application bar, Tools Panel, Quick Access Panel, Panel title bar, Widgets Palette, Property Inspector Panel, Outline Panel. The HTML5 based, DGLux5 workspace provides clean organization and easy navigation through panels and menus for quick access to necessary functionality, modern design tools in set areas which provide users with creative flexibility, and several shortcuts and hidden features that enhance the user experience and minimize design time. Setting up your workspace has never been easier or more efficient.
Honeywell WEBs-AX 22.214.171.124 Software Release: Honeywell Announces the Release of WEBs-AX 126.96.36.199 Software: Honeywell is pleased to announce the availability of WEBs-AX 188.8.131.52 software release, which is an update to WEBs-AX 184.108.40.206. This new release includes all patched modules that were released since WEBs-AX 3.7u1. Honeywell WEBs-AX Software Release Bulletin: Software Release PDF. Consolidated patches for 3.7 Update 1: Issues Fixed.
EasyIO Supercharges FG-20 and FG-32 Controllers — Now BACnet Client and Server Ready! Few corporations have the temerity to publicly release the contents of their business model and their goal to increase their global controller sales from 2000 units a month, to 6000 units a month — in 3 years. Yet, when considering how much “open controller octane” EasyIO shares and puts into their FG-20 and FG-32 controllers, along with the ebullient “YouTube support” training maestro Mike Marston makes available, EasyIO’s exponential growth seems inevitable.
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Category:ControlTalk NOW -- posted at: 7:27pm EST
Mon, 23 June 2014
This Google+ episode of ControlTalk NOW has Eric connecting on the road from Woodstock, Virginia, amidst the beautiful Shenandoah Valley area. 2014 Realcomm/IBcon holds front and center, as we begin to digest the enormity of this 3-day event and process all the breaking news, vital industry information, and technology (Drones, Robots, and iBeacon, Open Box Software’s APP that provided real time interactions with the exhibitors during the show). Consider the timing of this June 18th Dell Press Release and Dell’s White Paper release Smart Buildings Automation: The First Steps Are the Most Important — and that Dell was the sponsor of the 2014 Digie Awards! where they announced that they too, were at Realcomm/IBcon to learn and network, because Dell is now in the Building End-to-End Solutions Business! ControlTrends will be posting more important video reporting as rapidly as editing allows — because our industry is entering “hyper-change!” Make sure to visit daily for continued coverage.
Expo Highlights included: Realcomm/IBcon Conference Live, the Tesla Lounge, Terosaur’s AJ Jolivette’s amazing Drone Demo and Sharad Oberoi’s Sanborn Platform for Indoor Mapping (SPIN); Smart Integrator Summit, which Eric Stromquist moderated along with Automated Building’s Ken Sinclair; Intel’s E2E announcement and successful launch into the Building Space taking home a Digie Award Trophy for their Gateway Solution for IoT, winner of the Best Intelligent Building Technology Innovation Award; some of the other Digie Award winners were: Google’s Most Intelligent Campus, Tridium’s Niagara 4, SkyFoundry’s John Petze, and Cisco’s Rick Huijbregts.
In review: The Pre-Con Events began Tuesday, with the 11th Annual CIO Roundtable, a premiere meeting of commercial real estate CIO’s from around the world; The Intelligent Buildings Boot Camp, a 0-60 mph revving course in taking an existing building onto the smart, connected, high-performance highway, and ended Thursday with Smart HVAC – System Intelligence Redefined, the session that I moderated, and Project Haystack – A Smart Building Iniative to Create Data Standards. More on the sessions and in-between events to follow.
ControlTrends’ Spotlight Shines on the International Systems of America — A System That Works! (And Grows). President and CEO, Mike Epperson, and National Sales Manager, Julio Rodriguez, welcomed ControlTrends to International Systems of America’s (ISA) Home Office, in Louisville, KY, just a few miles from the UPS Worldport Hub, and graciously introduced us to ISA, one of the fastest growing service solution providers in the fire, security, energy, and communication markets.
Project-Haystack, an open source initiative focused on developing semantic modeling conventions and taxonomies for smart device data today announced the formation of a 501-C Corporation and Founding Members. The announcement was made at iBCON an event and conference focused on open architected, interoperable and integrated IP centric smart, connected, high performance, intelligent buildings. Project-Haystack won the Digie award for Best Intelligent Building Technology Innovation at IBcon in 2013. The launch of the 501-C Corp has been made possible by the support of seven founding member companies: Airmaster, J2 Innovations, Lynxspring, Siemens, SkyFoundry, Wattstopper, and Yardi.
What is the Best Zoning System for the Non-Systems Integrator? We like ProLon. Not only is the first lady of controls, Angie Jarvis, the PROLON representative. It is also easy to set up and use. For the HVAC contractor that needs to provide a non-integrated zoning solution, ProLon is the perfect solution!
Belimo’s Free Webinar June 18th at 11:00 EST on How to Save Energy with Economizing: Belimo invites you join them on June 18th for a Free Webinar on How to Save Energy with Economizing at 11:00 EST. In this 30 minute webinar, you will learn how to get efficiency strategies back on track with easy setup, automatic code change over temperatures, and superior troubleshooting capability. You will understand how you can instantly know when failures occur and how to quickly pinpoint and address any problems.
Just Moments Before the 2014 IBcon PreConference Start with Ken Sinclair and Therese Sullivan
2014 IBcon PreConference Day 1 Recap — Intel Announces E2E Solutions, Enters Building Business: Day 1 featured an incredible number of sessions and speakers: CIO Roundtable, COO Innovation Summit, Intelligent Building Boot Camp, the New Sustainability Executive Smart Building Symposium, and the New Smart Building Integrator Summit, which I moderated along with Automated Buildings’ Ken Sinclair. Jim Young prophesied that 2014 would be a game-changer and was proved right with Intel’s announcement of their world-wide deployment of their E2E Embedded Solutions Group’s faster, simpler, easier and secure (McAffee) solutions for the Building Business. IT Security expert, Billy Rios, Director of Threat Intelligence at Qualys, offered prescriptive measures for Systems Integrators, and much, much more! Stay tuned for more updates and coverage.
Darrell Smith on How Microsoft’s Approach to Building Automation Control: Microsoft has a very unique way of using building automation controls and data to produce one of the most energy efficient campuses on the planet. Darrell Smith offers a look into the Microsoft way — a mega-sized application that now collects 500,000,000 data transactions every 24 hours from 125 buildings that occupy 15 million square feet and house 57,000 people. All the data is in the cloud and secure.
2014 Realcomm/IBcon Day 1 Update — Special Video Invitation from Yardi’s Scott Duncan: 2014 Realcomm/IBcon program went into overdrive on Day 1. The General Session featured Geoffrey Moore’s dynamic presentation on the Innovation Adoption Curve and its Relevance to Commercial and Corporate Real Estate, followed by the Shanghi Tower, soon to be to be the 2nd tallest and perhaps the smartest building in the world. Jim Young then moderated one of the formidable gatherings of world-class BIoT titans ever assembled: Yardi, Cisco, Google, Intel, Microsoft, and Tridium, which previewed the forces that are going to change the building industry forever.
2014 Realcomm/IBcon Day 2: Next Gen Smart Building Showcase: Day 2 of the 2014 Realcomm/IBcon began with the Smart Building Best Practice Showcase, featuring some of the world’s most progressive and successful implementations of smart buildings, portfolios, and campuses. Each of the 30 plus instances told its own challenging and compelling journey towards becoming an Open, Interoperable, Integrated, and IP-centric building, with the kind of tangible results that drive adoption. The knowledge and experience gained from this session alone covered the cost of attendance and will pay handsome implementation dividends.
Technology Titans Gather on Stage at 2014 Realcomm/IBcon: Tridium, Yardi, Cisco, Intel, MicroSoft, and Google: In perhaps, the most significant industry gathering of 2014, Jim Young and Realcomm/IBcon brought together a world-class panel of some of the biggest and most influential global companies in the world that will undoubtedly change the direction and adoption tempo of technologies that will create and deliver new heights in operational efficiencies, reduced energy consumption, and the transformation of big data into business intelligence that will improve occupancy experiences, achieve sustainability goals, and effectively optimize commercial and corporate building financial performances.
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Category:ControlTalk NOW -- posted at: 6:38am EST
Sun, 8 June 2014
Welcome to this week’s ControlTalk NOW featuring Chris Lane and Episode One of Johnson Controls TechTalk Live. Our special guest and co-host is Mike Schwan from RSD Total Controls’ Fresno, CA location. Mike shares 40 years of experience in the HVAC industry as well as his unique purpose for being in Atlanta, GA last week. Don’t miss Fred Gordy’s White Hat Hacker post on IT Security, or WattStopper’s Pete Horton live from the 2014 Niagara Summit. So, read on and keep up with the latest product releases, awards, industry meetings, and other HVAC news of the week!
Lynxspring Recognized for the 2014 Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Award for Customer Value Leadership: Lynxspring has been recognized for enhancing the customer experience with a holistic approach, bringing many aspects of building automation under one umbrella, providing a seamless and intuitive ownership experience with the JENEsys® Building Operating Platform that breaks down siloes that could otherwise hinder the optimization of the complete facility ecosystem and for greatly simplifying the BAS information architecture.
ControlTrends Catches Up with WattStopper Legrand’s Pete Horton at 2014 SummitPete Horton shares his excitement about Niagara 4.0 and the Titan JACE, and how they will become important tools for WattStopper LeGrande’s integrated solutions. Pete shares how WattStopper has evolved from the sensing industry into the systems integration business, and the recent 2.5 million square feet Dallas hospital project involving over 500,000 configurable variables.
Mom and Dad… I want to be a hacker when I grow up!”What if your child said this to you? What would you do? I would ask them which kind. Yes, which kind. If they said a white hat hacker I would not only say yes but I would try and help them. If you don’t know what a white hat hacker is, they are the good guys. In today’s society (at least to me) white hat hackers are the fireman, solider, policeman, etc. that we use to say when asked “What do you want to be when you grow up?” White hat hackers, cyber warfare teams, etc. are truly our frontline in defense of not only our corporate networks but our country’s infrastructure as well.
Apple Launches Home Kit for the Connected Home: “Siri, Go to Bed.” ControlTrends has been waiting for the next major development in the “race for the home space” after watching how Samsung, Google, and Honeywell took such formidable investment strides to ensure their participation (share) of the burgeoning home market. Does Apple’s announcement place them ahead of Google in the race — by at least unveiling a proposed strategy for the smart home market? “An announcement at Apple’s developer conference begins to fill in the blanks.” Published by Katherine Tweed, June 2, 2014, greentechmedia.
ControlTalk NOW’s special guest and co-host is Mike Schwan, from RSD/Total Controls‘ Fresno, CA location. Mike was accompanied by Randy Albracht of Modest City Schools and Rob Thompson of RSD/Total Control who as a team, visited the SEASONS 4 manufacturing facility. RSD has been in business for over 100 years, and has 75 branch locations in 10 western states. Total Control, a division of RSD, is a Johnson Controls ABCS (Authorized Building Control Specialist) and a Honeywell Authorized Systems Distributor.
Download DGLux5 Today! Game-Changer of IoT and Building Automation Software: San Francisco, CA — June 4, 2014 — DGLogik, Inc. announces that HTML-5 based IoT Software, DGLux5, is now available for purchase and download. Entirely rebuilt from the ground up with stunning features, DGLux5 brings an enhanced workflow experience, the latest modern visual programming tool–Dataflow, smarter design tools, greater interconnectivity, mobile responsive environment, and an ultrafast core for breakthrough power performance.
EASYIO’s Annual Conference in Madrid, Spain! September 14-17, 2014, World Event: You fancy a nice break in Madrid, Spain? – with your friends from EasyIO? – we have lots of new goodies to show you (include the Mega Beast V2 FG hardware) over an action-packed three days in Madrid, Spain. Includes Training and Developer Sessions. More details to follow! Please put this awesome event in your calendars and diaries for 2014, and treat yourself to an unforgettable business event and experience in the of the most marvelous and beautiful cities in the world. The goal of EasyIO Europe is to deliver Energy Management Systems that increase the well being of human beings, by optimizing the interaction between human, building and work.
June 17-19, 2014 IBcon – Where Facilities and IT Converge! Embracing Change! REThink! Innovate! Transform! IBcon is not your traditional BAS conference! It is the largest gathering of authorities with international case studies on the topic of open architected, interoperable and integrated IP centric smart, connected, high performance and intelligent buildings. IBcon focuses on ALL aspects of the “Intelligent Building”, from automated HVAC, lighting and security, to new components such as digital signage, parking, fire/life safety, access control, command and control centers, and grid connectivity.
Episode One: Johnson Controls Tech Talk Live: Johnson Controls Chris Lane joins Eric and Ken on the first episode of Johnson Controls Tech Talk Live. This show will cover all things Johnson Controls. Do you have a question about Johnson Controls Valves and actuators? Want to know why the Johnson Controls variable frequency drive is the VFD of choice for control pros in the know? Do you have questions on the Johnson Controls Building Automation Controls offering? Johnson Controls Tech Talk Live is the place to get your answers.
Contextualization Take 2: Wearable Technology and the Beat Goes On! Wearable Intelligence is a technology company building enterprise solutions using wearable computing hardware such as Google Glass. This amazing video from Wearable Intelligence previews the future of contextualized wearable technology (but, is available now for the health and energy industries). Once you don the glasses, you have access to the Director (Procedural Checklists), Avatar (Multimedia Communication and Remote Assistance), Mentor (Video Training and Continuous Improvement), and the Informant (Content-Aware Data & Alerts). The Oil and Gas structure is based on information and wearable technology places instantaneous information at your fingertips. Okay, where is the HVAC industry with wearable technology?
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Category:ControlTalk NOW -- posted at: 10:10pm EST
Sun, 1 June 2014
Welcome to this week’s ControlTalk NOW in which we introduce the Smart Building Series, along with new products from Magnum Energy Solutions, JCI, and the mash-up with Virgin Airlines and Nest. Rob Allen previews BlueRidge Technologies and Tridium’s Ed Merwin’s Sensei training, along with more on Big Data and J2 Innovation’s new FIN 3.0 training.
Is Temperature Control at the Heart of a Contextualized Experience? Virgin America Airlines Mashes with Nest!One of the trends that Ken Smyers and I have been tracking on ControlTrends is a concept called Contextualization. One definition of Contextualization is taking different ideas or things and using them in different contexts to create a new experience. We have talked about the concept of “mash ups” in the music industry and how we believe mashing up different things or re-contextualizing them is at the heart of modern day innovation.
7 Minutes of Control: BlueRidge Technologies Part 2: In this episode Stromquist & Company’s Rob Allen and Michael Bonner continue their talk with Blue Ridge Technologies and get the 411 on how to do better lighting control. Unified Lighting Control completes the BAS, incorporating lighting and HVAC controls on the same network. This network consolidation eliminates surplus hardware required for stand-alone and gateway lighting control. As a result, installation and maintenance costs decrease while simple and complete building control increases energy savings. This approach provides more savings for less cost.
World’s Most Progressive and Successful Implementations of Smart Buildings, Portfolios and Campuses to be Featured at IBcon! If you are interested in smart, connected, high performance intelligent buildings then you cannot afford to miss our Smart Building Best Practice Showcase at IBcon this year! For this showcase we’ve assembled 30+ of the world’s most progressive and successful implementations of smart buildings, portfolios and campuses. These projects represent the next generation of open, interoperable, integrated, and IP-centric buildings and their leaders have offered to share both their challenges and successes.
Watch Data Grow Bigger Than Life (Comprehension): The Internet in Real-Time! A Little Different Than National Debt. Watch Data Grow Bigger Than Life (Comprehension): The Internet in Real-Time! The first time I watched this sort of “too-live to be true” effect,” was the national debt clock, which remains rather alarming. Watching “The Internet in Real-Time” reminds me of something Samuel Clemens supposedly asked his father when the two of them were looking out over the great expanse of the Mississippi River. Young Samuel asked his father, “Where does all that water come from?” The way I remember it, his father smacked him on the back of the head and didn’t answer.
New Johnson Controls Wireless Thermostat Simplifies Commercial Building Digital Automation: Inexpensive transition to digital technology creates efficient, comfortable buildings! MILWAUKEE – Johnson Controls, a global multi-industrial company, released a new series of pneumatic-to-digital thermostats, the WT-4000. Inexpensive transition to digital technology creates efficient, comfortable buildings! MILWAUKEE – Johnson Controls, a global multi-industrial company, released a new series of pneumatic-to-digital thermostats, the WT-4000. The WT-4000 series efficiently converts older pneumatic room control systems and enables communication with newer digital building automation systems.
Magnum Energy Solutions’ eBOX — Delivers EnOcean to BACnet Gateway Solutions! The 2014 Niagara Summit Vendor Show featured some game-changing technologies — one of which, was Magnum Energy Solutions’ eBOX, an EnOcean to BACnet gateway for Tridium Niagara users to discover, display, and control EnOcean device points as BACnet points. Cory Vanderpool, Business Development Director at Magnum Energy Solutions explains the details. Magnum manufactures wireless and battery-less energy management products and technologies for energy, lighting, HVAC, and plug load applications.
Smart Building Series: San Francisco Public Utilities Commission — Smartest Office Building in N.A. Thanks to Tridium’s Ed Merwin for sharing this video with us. What a great smart building story! See the struggles and triumph of the Best Value Approach taken by this amazing cast of professionals determined to set the highest civic example — and how working together, they overcame every obstacle imaginable and remained within budget. Explore the new San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFUPC) Headquarters, located at 525 Golden Gate Avenue, for ideas and inspiration.
Rob Allen’s 7 Minutes in Control Catchs Up With Ed Merwin: Stromquist & Company’s Rob Allen caught up with Tridium’s Ed Merwin at one of Ed’s Sensei Training classes. Ed Merwin, aka “the great communicator” and “the Godfather of Tridium” is one of the people directly responsible for the rapid proliferation of building automation systems in use today, and a venerable forecaster of the changes our industry can expect in the near future. Rob Allen, is one of the great young talents in our industry that will shape the future of building automation controls for many years to come. His internet show, “7 Minutes in Control” continues to gain popularity.
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Category:ControlTalk NOW -- posted at: 7:29pm EST
Mon, 26 May 2014
Welcome to this week’s ControlTalk NOW, which features several new product releases, valuable technical information, new web-site info, video interviews with industry leaders, previews of upcoming calendar events, a host of industry updates and more on Cyber Security from Marc Petock.
The Belimo Energy Valve Video Training Class:The Belimo Energy Valve, in addition to winning the 2012 ControlTrends Awards Commercial product of The Year, is a unique product that measures, controls, and improves performance of HVAC equipment. The Belimo Energy Valve combines five functions in one valve and that includes energy monitoring. In this video (nice job, Belimo) you can see that the Belimo Energy Valve measures, controls, balances, and shuts off — all in one valve body, while serving up all the point data.
Johnson Controls Leading Provider of Air Control Products, HVAC Dampers & Louvers:Johnson Controls, 2013 ControlTrends Awards Commercial HVAC Controls Vendor of the Year is one of the few manufacturers that offers a complete line of HVAC controls! Whether it’s Actuators, Air Control Products, Control Panels, Control Sensors, Current Sensors & Transducers, Thermostats, Valves, or Variable Speed Drives, look to Johnson Controls for your solution. Since 1905, Johnson Controls has manufactured industry-leading temperature control dampers!
Increase Plant Efficiency with the SMV Transmitter:Effective control and monitoring of a process requires accurate and consistent measurement of different process variables. Honeywell’s SMV 3000 Smart Multivariable Flow Transmitter measures the flow of virtually any liquid, gas or slurry for which a primary flow element exists to provide a differential measurement. This transmitter combines integrated sensor and microprocessor technologies, as well as dynamic flow compensation, to produce the most accurate and consistent flow measurement possible.
ASCO Gas Shut Off Valves:ASCO’s 8214 Series valves are internal pilot operated shutoff valves providing on-off control of fuel gas. Features include: Unique double disc design with overtravel provides redundant sealing for leak tight shutoff; Visual indication of open and shut position (Suffix “VI” & “C”)asco 8214; Proof of closure switch 1 amp (Suffix “C”); Silicon free construction (Suffix “SF”) available; Zero differential piloted diaphragm; For on-off control of fuel gas in commercial and industrial gas burners; Valves provided with 1/8″ NPT upstream and downstream pipe taps with plugs for routine testing; and Optional flange adapters for ease of installation and service.
ControlTrends Talks with CABA’s Ron Zimmer:Ken and I got to catch up with Ron Zimmer at the 2014 Niagara Summit. Ron makes things happen at CABA, an international not-for-profit industry association dedicated to the advancement of intelligent home and intelligent building technologies. CABA is supported by an international membership of nearly 400 companies involved in the design, manufacture, installation and retailing of products relating to home automation and building automation. Public organizations, including utilities and government are also members.
ControlTrends Museum: The design and development wheels continue to turn and we are excited to share with the ControlTrends Community, the progress we are making with ControlTrends Museum. We thank the support that we gave received from Eugene Mazo and his team at DGLogik and Ken Sinclair/AutomatedBuildings.com. We will be releasing phase one of the Museum in the next 30-35 days and we look forward to working with key industry leaders in the near future for their additional ideas and support.
Why The Belimo Energy Valve Will Make Your Life Easier:Are the heating and cooling coils on your upper floors not controlling properly? Can’t get your system balanced? Are you being asked to find ways to reduce energy consumption? Is your control world already too complicated and you need a simple solution that just works? Then, my HVAC friends, Belimo has a solution for you!
Microsoft’s Darrell Smith On How To Make Your Building Smarter:We had a chance to talk with Darrell Smith last year at the IBCON Show. Darrell is the Director of Facilities & Energy at Microsoft and was one of the highlights of IBCON 2013. Darrell’s compelling presentation featured mega-sized results in a mega-sized application that now collects 500,000,000 data transactions every 24 hours from 125 buildings that occupy 15 million square feet and house 57,000 people. All the data is in the cloud and secure.
Where Do People Go to Discuss Smart Buildings, Energy Efficiency & Innovative Real Estate Operations? This June, people from all over the world will be coming to Las Vegas to meet at the intersection of Commercial & Corporate Real Estate, Technology, Automation and Innovation. IBcon will focus on the most current case studies and issues pertaining to smart, connected, high-performance, energy efficient, hyper-operational, financially optimized and sustainable buildings, portfolios, campuses and cities. Realcomm will continue to explore innovative, efficiency driven operations and present topics such as cloud, big data, mobility, social and integrated business solutions delivered by world class speakers.
NIST Smart Grid e-Newsletter: Updates & World Metrology Day — Signed in 1875!:May 20 was World Metrology Day, celebrated annually by more than 80 countries, honors the signing of the Treaty of the Meter on May 20, 1875. This international treaty established a collaborative global framework for the advancement of measurement science. For all of us involved in the smart grid industry, the celebration theme “Measurements and the Global Energy Challenge” was especially apt.
ACI Wins Yet Another Trophy: 2014 Wisconsin Family Business Award! Amongst some intense competition, ACI prevailed winning the grand prize for the 2014 Wisconsin Family Business Award for a medium-sized company. “To be nominated alongside some of Wisconsin’s most historic and successful family-owned businesses was truly humbling, and served as a manifestation of the culture we have worked so hard to create.”
Rob Watson, Father of LEED, to Co-Chair IBcon Sustainability Executive Smart Building Symposium: Realcomm | IBcon is pleased to announce that Rob Watson, the “Father of LEED”, will join Dave Pogue of CBRE as Co-Chair of the Sustainability Executive Smart Building Symposium. Rob will add his extraordinary knowledge and experience from the last 30 years as a visionary in sustainability to the Smart Building Symposium.
New KMC Controls Carbon Monoxide Detectors Can Save Lives!Exposure to excessive CO (carbon monoxide) is responsible for an estimated 15,000 emergency room visits and 500 deaths in the United States each year. Most such tragedies caused by the deadly odorless gas are preventable by having working CO detectors installed. All CO sensors have a finite life, and they must be replaced periodically to ensure reliable operation in detecting conditions that are potentially hazardous to human health and safety.
BMS/EMS Cyber Security – A Top Priority, Realcomm Advisory with Marc Petock: Realcomm Advisory: Author: Marc Petock, Vice President, Marketing, Lynxspring & Connexx Energy. Security is no longer a technical challenge; it is a core business issue. Our modern systems consist of many connected, integrated, interoperable systems and devices and intertwined business applications — all are critical for the building to run and perform at maximum efficiency and financial optimization. A security breach or an outage to a business application or an entire network has a direct impact on a company’s bottom line.
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Category:ControlTalk NOW -- posted at: 9:42am EST
Sun, 11 May 2014
Welcome to this week’s ControlTalk NOW, which features interviews 2014 Niagara Summit sponsors EASYIO, SysMik, and Lynxsrping, Yardi’s strategic acquisition, Honeywell’s voice-controlled thermostat, several new product releases, SBI certification, CABA research initiatives, and more. Make sure to make your arrangements to attend the Realcomm/IBcon conference June 17-19, 2014 at the Wynn Resort, Las Vegas. Enjoy!
Choosing The Right Type Level Control: Thanks to our friends at Lesman Instruments for this excellent webinar on how to chose the correct level technology for measuring and controlling level in your industrial process. Lesman can provide you with everything from the simplest float-type mechanical switch to radar level transmitters that work in tanks obstructed by ladders, mixers, and baffles.
Premiere Sponsor EasyIO at the Niagara Summit:ControlTrends got chance to catch up with Mike Marston and his team at the 2014 Niagara Summit vendor showcase. EasyIO, who was one of four Niagara Summit premiere sponsors, showed us their EasyIO controllers and hinted that their formidable “Beast From The East Controller” might be getting a bigger more powerful brother in the near future.
Breaking News: Yardi Acquires Energy Efficiency Software Provider Enerliance: Deal will integrate award-winning LOBOS energy consumption software with Yardi’s real estate platform. Yardi announced that it has acquired Enerliance, a leading developer of energy efficiency software. Enerliance produces the Load Based Optimization System (LOBOS), an intelligent HVAC platform that significantly reduces energy consumption in large buildings and campuses.
Jim Young and Howard Berger preview what to expect at this can’t miss event. his June, people from all over the world will be coming to Las Vegas to meet at the intersection of Commercial & Corporate Real Estate, Technology, Automation and Innovation. IBcon will focus on the most current case studies and issues pertaining to smart, connected, high-performance, energy efficient, hyper-operational, financially optimized and sustainable buildings, portfolios, campuses and cities. Realcomm will continue to explore innovative, efficiency driven operations and present topics such as cloud, big data, mobility, social and integrated business solutions delivered by world class speakers.
Smart Building Institute: Specifying Automated Integration: Division 25 (Advanced Class). Upcoming Web Classes: Specifying Automated Integration: Division 25 (Advanced Class) May 14, 2014 – Registration ends May 12. Division 25 is within the specification group of the MasterFormat and part of the Facility Services subgroup which includes fire suppression, plumbing, heating/ventilating/air conditioning, electrical, communications and electronic safety and security. Integrated automation is clustered with all the other sections in which individual building systems may be specified.
CABA Launches: “Intelligent Buildings and Big Data (IBBD)” and “Zero Net Energy Buildings: Building Automation Driving Success (NZEB)” The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) Board of Directors and the Intelligent & Integrated Buildings Council (IIBC) will launch on May 8 the ‘Intelligent and Integrated Building Technologies: Market Size North America version 2 (MSNA v2). Use this link for more information on this report and how to secure one of the final Steering Committee spots.
See Niagara Summit Premiere Sponsor SysMik: SysMik was one of this year’s Niagara Summit Premier Sponsors! They presented SCALIBUR: the world’s first truly modular controller operating Niagara 3.8 or Sedona on top of a powerful, scalable, industrial hardware. SCALIBUR is not just a controller – it’s a game changer.
How Honeywell Sylk Makes Life Easy: Check out Honeywell Sylk, the first two-wire polarity-insensitive communications bus that’s powerful enough to allow multiple types of devices to be added to a single communication wire. Sylk carries power and communications between Sylk enabled controllers and and sensors while freeing up inputs/outpouts (I/O) on the controller for more installation and programming flexibility. Sylk reduces installation time and costs with fewer cables and less copper wire to run back to the controller.
This TV Commercial Changes Everything: I saw this commercial on TV last night. Honeywell’s Total Connect Comfort is the perfect solution if you travel frequently, own a vacation home,
Honeywell WEBs-AX Enterprise Security Controller 201 Exchange Program. WEBs-AX Enterprise Security Controller 201 Exchange Program The SEC-H-201/U WEBs-AX Security controller was introduced in 2007. The Honeywell exchange program has been created to allow customers that purchased an SEC-H-201/U security controller the opportunity to exchange them for an SEC-H-602 security controller at a reduced price vs. purchasing a new SEC-H-602 security controller.
Rocking The Niagara Summit with Lynxspring: Great fun was had at the Lynxspring booth during the 2014 Niagara Summit Vendor Showcase. We got to spend time with Lynxspring President and CEO, Terry Swope, who shared his views about Lynxspring’s products and philosophies.
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Category:ControlTalk NOW -- posted at: 11:45am EST
Mon, 5 May 2014
Special thanks to EasyIO’s Mike Marston (of FG-32, Beast from the East fame) for that awesome introduction to ControlTalk NOW! This week, our Kerouac-ic trip came to end, but the changes and impacts to our industry previewed on the Road to the 2014 Niagara Summit Experience are just beginning. 2014 represents a period of time when unceasing, disruptive changes are being introduced to our industry, each posing a uniquely significant challenge. HTML5, is a game-changer that was featured by several of the next gen software, data and graphic applications providers that are heading to a market near you. The summary of the 2014 Niagara Summit is one our most informative and important ControlTalk NOW’s to date, and confirms our constant contention that our HVAC industry is full of amazing people. Please enjoy our industry at its finest!
2014 Niagara Summit Underway! Registration on the 4th Floor:Eric was so anxious to get registered for the 2014 Niagara Summit that he didn’t even comb his hair before he went to the 4th Floor at the Cosmopolitan. A full contingent of Tridium staff are actively processing the over 1,300 attendees registrations from all points around the world. Here’s what you need to have: Your email address and a photo ID.
International Contingency of Niagara Community Arrives at the 2014 Summit:ControlTrends had the pleasure of meeting a bunch of Niagara Community members arriving from across the country and from around the world. Among the early arrivals were the team from Cochrane Supply, SysMik’s Einat Shlomiuk, BASSG’s Alper Uzmezler, Magnum Energy Solutions’ Craig Opalich, Renick Brother’s Jim Jancse, and host of others. Stay tuned for ControlTrends’ next 2014 Niagara Summit Update, your eyes and ears at the Summit!
Niagara Summit Rocking The Marquee Club: Where’s Waldo? Thanks to Tridium for a great time at the coolest club in Vegas, The Marquee. See how the smartest people in building automation controls roll. Waldo? He was not invited. Featuring interviews with Wayne Tighe, VP of Sales, Jenny Graves, Vice President, Marketing Communications, and John Petze, SkyFoundry, and Mike Schwan, RSD.
News Release: Tridium Acquires DataEye Energy Analytics Application From Controlco.Tridium, a global leader in open platforms and automation solutions, announced today that it has acquired DataEye, an energy analytics application, from Controlco, a California-based controls products and solutions provider. The DataEye application will be incorporated into Tridium’s industry-leading NiagaraAX automation platform to provide customers with data and information to improve energy efficiency.
ControlTalk NOW Interview with Controlco’s Brian Turner. DataEye is the only cloud-based analytics engine native to the Niagara platform. DataEye can provide real-time, historical information on energy efficiency opportunities in Niagara users’ facilities, along with the economic impact of making improvements. Tridium expects the DataEye module to be available to the Niagara community later this year.
See How the Niagara General Session Wows the Tridium Community!One word best summarizes the general session that ended in exuberant applause from the standing-room only auditorium: Awesome. The Tridium highlight reel began with Tridium’s Chief Technology Officer John Sublett’s welcome message that spoke of Tridium’s accomplishments really being the results of putting a powerful, open technology in the hands of an open, innovative, and collaborative community. Nino DiCosmo, President & General Manager, then took the stage, thanked the attendees and the Premier Sponsors: Distech Controls, EasyIO, Pacific Controls and SysMik. Nino wasted no time in delivering Tridium’s State of the Niagara Union to the large and often enthusiastic Niagara Community.
Ed Merwin at the Niagara Summit Vendor Show Case: Ed Merwin is one of the most recognized and successful people in the building automation business and possesses an evangelistic style of explaining the powers of Niagara. Ed reviews the new features of Niagara 4, DatatEye, and the amazing number of new faces at the 2014 Niagara Summit.
DGLogik at The 2014 Niagara Summit Vendor Showcase — DGLux5 Now Available! DGLogik’s Eugene Mazo unveiled DGLux5, one of the most exciting products released at the 2014 Niagara Summit Vendor Show. The benefits of HTML5 are extraordinary and makes using DGLux easier and faster — and the application options are limitless.
Day2 @ 2014 Niagara Summit: Cyber Security Panel, Author Don Tapscott, & M2MDay 2′s General Session began by directing the Niagara Community’s focus to the serious issue of cyber security. “Security is a journey, not a destination.” PBS NewsHour Senior Correspondent Jeffery Brown moderated a formidable team of security experts. Day 2′s second speaker was the amazing Don Tapscott, Thinkers50′s 4th most influential living management thinker, Co-author of both Wikinomics and Macrowikinomics, and author of the Grown Up Digital.
ControlTrends congratulates Ken Sinclair, who on May 1, 1999, with his first prescient post, “Internet Comes to Building Automation,’ established the automatedbuildings Collaboratory, which is truly, “a center of information without walls.” Ken, together with the ingeniously creative curator, Therese Sullivan, buildingcontext.me have delivered to the Building Automation and HVAC industries, a revitalized and significant presentation of the people, ideas, products, general knowledge, applications, and solutions that have shaped and sustained our industries for the past 15 years.
Functional Devices Introduces New RIB Product! RIBMW24B-44-BC Big building automation and HVAC controls solution option for small project miss or addition: Mounts on a 4.00″ Track, this BACnet® MS/TP Network Relay Device has Four Binary Outputs (20 Amp Relay SPDT + Override) and Four Binary Inputs (Dry Contact Binary Inputs), as well as a 24 Vac/dc Power Input and Optional End of Line Resistor (EOL), which is included.
WaterSense (Not so Silly) — BTW, APRIL was Official Water Month in AZ”>EPA’s Test Your WaterSense (Not so Silly) — BTW, APRIL was Official Water Month in AZ. Water is a precious resources and as summer and high temperatures approach, it’s a good idea to help raise Water Awareness (1% of the world’s water is drinkable.) According to the EPA, 50% of the the water used for irrigating lawns and gardens is wasted! Integrating drip-irrigation, moisture sensors, and rain shut-off devices into your existing home and building automation systems is a smart and easy solution and could potentially save 11 billion gallons a year.
Distech Controls at the Niagara Summit Ken and I got a chance to visit with Niagara Summit Premiere sponsor Distech Controls. After visiting the both and receiving an extensive product overview by Sam Sharma, Director of Technical Support and Training, we saw why Distech was a finalist for The Building Automation Controller of The Year at the 2013 ControlTrends Awards.
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Category:ControlTalk NOW -- posted at: 11:42am EST
Sun, 20 April 2014
ControlTalk NOW for week ending April 20, 2014 features another segment of The INNOVATOR, OME Facility Solutions’ Rick Warner does it again, and some informative posts on the Niagara Summit 2014 Powered By Possibilities, and with Tridium’s Nino DiCosmo and Jenny Graves(@AllThingsJLG), along with a barrage of new of ideas, products, and solutions shaping our HVAC industry.
One More Reason to Attend the Niagara Summit: The Business Track!The Niagara Summit will be the hottest show in town. See the products, meet the people, and learn about the technologies that make building automation controls work around the world. The Business Track will focus on the business aspects of integration, connectivity and interoperability – the business value of Niagara. With over 400,000 instances of the Niagara Framework deployed globally, this track provides a look into use cases of Niagara-based solutions, explores new application offerings; new revenue stream opportunities and the market trends that are driving adoption today and tomorrow.
Honeywell Announcement SymmetrE R410.2 Global Schedules Service Pack 1 is Now Available: Honeywell is pleased to announce the availability of Global Schedules Service Pack 1 for SymmetrE R 410.2. The changes include: Improved scheduling capabilities including a redesigned schedule calculation engine, new generic software based scheduler, and a simplified scheduling interface that is more consistent with an operator’s concept of scheduling.
See What Makes the Honeywell RedLINK So Cool!!! Thanks to our knowledgeable and multi-talented friend David Witherspoon, the ControlTrends Community can see just how cool, powerful, and flexible the Honeywell RedLINK System is. Great video David! Honeywell’s exclusive RedLINK Wireless Technology – and our full-suite of wireless-enabled comfort systems – help you better meet your customer’s comfort needs and connect you to expanded business opportunities. Accessory add-ons offer comfort, convenience and connection your customers are willing to pay for.
Rob Allen’s 7 Minutes of Control: Lighting it Up with Blue Ridge Technologies Pt.1: In this episode Rob Allen and Michael Bonner talk to Blue Ridge Technologies and get the 411 on how to do better lighting control. Unified Lighting Control completes the BAS, incorporating lighting and HVAC controls on the same network. This network consolidation eliminates surplus hardware required for stand-alone and gateway lighting control.
Submission Deadline For Tridium Awards: Jenny Graves Explains. One of the things that will make this year’s Niagara Summit epic is that for the first time ever Tridum will be presenting Achievement Awards. Niagara Summit 2014 Powered By Possibilities, and Tridium’s VP of Marketing and Communications, Jenny Graves(@AllThingsJLG). Jenny brings the ControlTrends Community up-to-speed with NS14 and the Niagara Innovator of the Year Award and the Niagara New Product Showcase Award and their respective prizes (HUGE!).
Systems Integrator Controlco Now Offering Hosting Services to the Building Automation Industry. There are plenty of standard business options for datacenter storage and server space, but Controlco, after spending five years customizing traditional data center storage packages, has invested in the infrastructure to supply the real-time control that they and other energy and building managers need.
Help Make Vegas the New Silicon Valley. Niagara Summit 2014 Powered by Possibilities April 27–29, 2014, at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The world of business doesn’t just benefit from innovation – it demands it. To meet that demand, we work tirelessly, pushing the Niagara Framework to the forefront of technology. This April 27-29, visit Las Vegas for Niagara Summit 2014 and see how innovation and technology are transforming the possibilities of the Niagara platform.
A Peek at Belimo’s New America’s Headquarters… WOW! Mt. Belimo to Open October, 2014. The new Belimo facility is an impressive, ultlra-modern, and simply a massive facility that overlooks the peaceful landscape of the neighboring areas. As the Belimo manufacturing facility nears its grand opening, Belimo moves closer to releasing another powerful measure of brand-building, as well as undoubtedly securing their unparalleled future success — and growth.
ControlTalk NOW’s guest this week is the infamous INNOVATOR, Mr. Rick Warner from OME Facility Solutions. Rick shares his vast knowledge of the industry from the inside out, explaining the genesis of innovation within OME, who focuses on the enhancement of automation and the ease of use of interface with automation technology for facility management. After 20 years and the integration of computerized and automated technology in nearly every facet of every industry within the United States and across much of the world, OME is a market leader in providing industry and user specific solutions which enable not only an analysis of efficiency, usage and management of facility technologies, but also a means of control of those same building and facility controls.
Using Lynxspring Drivers to Control Building Automation Systems: Clayton Plymill showed the group at the Stromquist & Company Lynxspring lunch and learn how to use the wide range of Lynxspring drivers to be more competitive on retrofit building automation control jobs. Lynxspring drivers give contractors the ability to to communicate and control different building automation control systems.
The Easy Way to Offload Your JACE’s Modbus Traffic: The following is from our friends at Contemporary Controls: April 2014 — Although the JACE has the ability to communicate Modbus RTU over one of its serial ports, Modbus points cannot be discovered like BACnet points requiring manual configuration of each Modbus register. By using external Modbus RTU to BACnet gateways, with pre-defined Modbus device profiles, configuration of Modbus registers is just as quick as configuring BACnet points allowing to greatly reduce the time to configure Modbus devices in the field.
“Just Because” — Credibility, Choose Your Words Carefully, by Marc Petock, Vice President Marketing, Lynxspring. In today’s business world and especially in our industry, we are all in sales even though we may not have “sales” as part of our titles or imprinted on our business cards. I recently came an article in INC magazine by Eric Holtzclaw that got me to thinking about sales and the sales pitch. The article was entitled “One Word That Kills Your Credibility.” “I have watched more salespeople and companies pitch their ideas over the years than I care to count. And during thousands of interviews with consumers about how they use different products and services and respond to marketing messages.”
Mr. Jones’ Control Tip: Burner Ignition Basics: Mr. Jones has done it again! Check out his excellent training video on the basics of burner ignition control. Whether you have a hot water heater and a gas valve, a domestic boiler, or a huge industrial boiler the burner ignition basics are the same. Stromquist & Company’s Bill Jones shares some more of his control knowledge. In this video, Mr. Jones explains the basic of ignition control. Must watch; great effects.
Tridium’s Nino DiCosmo on Why This Year’s Summit is Going to Be Great! One of the many reasons this is a must attend event is the opportunity to meet and rub elbows with the likes of Nino DiCosmo and Jenny Graves. As the president of Tridium, Nino will be sharing his vision for how Tridium will catapult the building automation business forward. Jenny Graves, VP of Marketing and Communications, will share ways to use social media to expand your business reach.
DGLogik Takes IoT, Building Data Technology to Las Vegas! April 28, 2014 at Booth 101 in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is where big data meets advanced, REAL-time visualizations! We will be introducing the elevated, data visualization experience of our building automation systems technology to executives, building owners, engineers, developers, programmers, Niagara users and more!
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Category:ControlTalk NOW -- posted at: 9:57pm EST
Tue, 8 April 2014
ControlTalk NOW for week ending April 6, 2014 features Niagara Summit 2014 Powered By Possibilities, and Tridium’s VP of Marketing and Communications, Jenny Graves(@AllThingsJLG). Jenny brings the ControlTrends Community up-to-speed with NS14 and the Niagara Innovator of the Year Award and the Niagara New Product Showcase Award and their respective prizes (HUGE!). With over 350,000 global instances of Niagara in operation, these new awards represent great opportunities for businesses using the Niagara Framework! Submit your Innovation or Product form by April 14, 2014! Winners will be voted on by Summit attendees using crowd sourcing through the social media channels.
Contemporary Controls: Three Quick Facts about Our BASautomation Products: Three quick facts from Contemporary Controls: Did You Know – that BASrouters used in pairs can extend your MS/TP wiring? For example if you have a new building or a remote location and you would like to extend your MS/TP wiring to the new cabling without having to pull new wires.
Ken Sinclair’s April Theme for Automated Buildings — Keeping the Cloud Open. Read about the very serious concerns that automatedbuildings.com Ken Sinclair raises regarding the openness of the CLOUD and what the cloud giants may be proposing — forewarning us of how the proprietary cloud noose knot is tied. Excellent articles by John Petze, Therese Sullivan, Toby Considine, Jim Sinopoli, and more.
J2 Innovations — Visualize Any Data Source with One Technology: With FIN Builder you can now use one technology to visualize a variety of data sources. Whether you want data from a CSV file, Niagara, Sedona, BACnet IP, or content from the stock market, FIN Builder provides the one tool to do it all. Why is this important? You can now train employees in FIN Builder (who don’t need to understand details about Niagara, Sedona, etc.) to build the entire Graphical User Interface (GUI), lowering your total direct costs on the job.
EasyIO is Proud Premier Sponsor at the 2014 Niagara Summit, in Las Vegas. A message from EasyIO’s Mike Marston: EasyIO is delighted and proud, to again be a Premier Sponsor at the 2014 Niagara Summit, in Las Vegas. At this 2014 Summit, EasyIO will release many new features that have been added to its flagship FG Series range of Controllers. The FG is not to be confused with a JACE, as it is targeted at the smaller building’s market sector, however, it does leverage the Niagara Framework, and works perfectly with a JACE or Supervisor, as its Area Controller and/or Supervisor.
ControlTalk NOW welcomes Tridium’s VP of Marketing and Communication, Jenny Graves(@AllThingsJLG) — who tells ControlTrends what the new Innovation and New Product Awards are all about. Make sure to get signed up for NS14, and for those Niagara Gurus, get your submission forms into NiagaraSummit@tridium.com right away (Must be received by Tridium NLT 5:00 PM EST to be eligible)!
Johnson Product Update: Johnson Controls Variable Frequency Drives. Ken Smyers gets the 411 on the new and improved Johnson Controls line of Variable Frequency Drives: Micro Variable Speed Drives, Open Variable Speed Drives, IntelliPass Variable Speed Drives, and Enclosed Variable Speed Drives. Johnson Controls Variable Frequency Drives from Eric Stromquist on Vimeo.
More Great Energy Savings Products from WattStopper — New Optional Neutral Wall Switch Sensors. Marketing message from WattStopper’s Director of Product Marketing, Carlos Villalobos: I am pleased to announce a new family of Optional Neutral Wall Switch Occupancy Sensors, featuring WattStopper’s patent pending Neutral Sense Technology. This latest innovation from the brand you can trust for rock-solid reliability allows contractors to use any of these devices for two-wire OR three-wire applications, without any special configuration.
Smart Meter Investments Benefit Rural Customers in Three Southern States. April 1, 2014: Since 2009, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the electricity industry have jointly invested over $7.9 billion in 99 cost-shared Smart Grid Investment Grant projects. Tri-State Electric Membership Corporation’s (Tri-State) Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) project has produced benefits for small, member-owned cooperatives and their customers in rural Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee in several ways.
Honeywell JadeTM Economizer Firmware Update. Honeywell is continuously working to improve the Jade economizer controller. We update the firmware when we make significant changes to the product that will enhance the user’s experience. The last version of the Jade firmware was 1.07 released in 2011.
Adding GM8 Energy Monitors to Entouch Thermostats: Stromquist & Company’s Dozier Mills shows you step by step how to add an Entouch GM8 energy monitoring module to the Entouch thermostats. Entouch Smart Thermostats not only provide great temperature control but do a great job monitoring energy consumption. Great job Dozier !! Keep the videos coming !!!
DGLux QR Code Reader Released! “A New Technology For Enhancing Operational Efficiency.” DGLogik releases “A New Technology For Enhancing Operational Efficiency” QR Codes, the 2-Dimensional barcodes that resemble a pixelated square, are a free, open media for embedding links, downloads, geographical data, technical documents, instructions, tutorial videos and other content. The ability to apply a tag (QR Code) to your equipment which is directly integrated with your work order management systems, building automation system, and geographic location is set to become an incredibly useful tool for building operators to increase efficiency.
Mr. Jones Control Tech Tip: How A Maxitrol Gas Pressure Regulator Works. Stromquist & Company’s Bill Jones shares some more of his control knowledge. In this video, Mr. Jones breaks down the Maxitrol gas pressure regulator design and shows you everything you need to know to install and troubleshoot the Maxitrol straight-through gas pressure regulators.
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Category:ControlTalk NOW -- posted at: 10:01am EST
Sun, 30 March 2014
Welcome to ControlTalk NOW for week ending March 30, 2014. Spring is in the air (finally!) and the baseball season begins. This week’s guests are OME Solutions’, Rick Warner, AKA the INNOVATOR, and Honeywell National Accounts Executive, David Witherspoon, who gives ControlTrends the big-picture perspective of the vast resources national accounts require.
The ControlTrends Awards is an amazing concept of cohesive goodwill. It is a time when we come together as an industry and celebrate as kindred spirits. We encouraged Vladamir Chaloupka to take complete artistic license in capturing the 2013 ControlTrends Awards and apply his professional lens and talents to our HVAC Industry, and this Vlad certainly did.
Belimo SY Actuator for Butterfly Valves: Belimo’s SY Series actuators were designed to work with their butterfly valves and other quarter turn valve applications. The patented gear drive mechanism provides for efficient, smooth operation while allowing easy manual override at any time. The SY actuators are NEMA 4, 4x rated and designed to meet the needs of HVAC and Commercial applications. Offered on the HSU and HS butterfly valve series, these actuators are available for on/off and modulating applications. Depending on the application, they are available in 24 VAC, 120 VAC and 230 VAC.
Today’s Realcomm Live Webinar: BAS, BMS, EMS, BOS – Uncovering the Smart Building Platform. Today’s LIVE Webinar: 12:30pm – 2:00pm EDT We’re starting to see widespread acceptance of the concept of a smart, connected building. While considering a comprehensive plan that involves operations, energy, sustainability and occupant systems, there arethere are myriad challenges but the opportunities of connectivity, integration and interoperability are extraordinary.
ControlTalk NOW first guest is the president of OME Solutions, RICHARD K. WARNER, PE, LEED BC&D, CEM, DCEP, CXA, EBCP. The string of titles and certifications after Rick’s name give immediate testament to the wealth of knowledge and experience Rick possess and so willingly shares with the ControlTrends community through his Innovation Corner. Rick, AKA, the INNOVATOR, will be back — providing much important content in the upcoming weeks. Don’t miss the INNOVATOR series!
IRS Virtual Currency Guidance & March 26th Update — In Case You Were Wondering. On a not too distant ControlTalk NOW, the subject of virtual currency and Bitcoin as a virtual payment, brought up some interesting dialogue, which left us speculating on the future impact it may make to our industry, if any impact at all. In either case, for the benefit of our ControlTrends Community, here is the latest information from the IRS concerning virtual currency.
Honeywell Paperless Recorders: Honeywell offers Trendview data recorders and an advanced analysis software suite to meet data recording needs. Three models are available with screen types that display various combinations of horizontal and vertical charts, digital values and bar graphs.
Niagara Summit 2014 Awards: Call for Entries! Since the last Summit, have you launched a new product that is based on or interfaces with the Niagara framework? Have you completed a Niagara-based project that exemplifies innovation, creativity and collaboration? If so, we hope that you will submit an entry for two new awards that Tridium will be presenting at the Niagara Summit to customers for exemplary industry achievement.
Our second guest on ControlTalk NOW, Honeywell National Accounts Executive, David Witherspoon. David provides great insight on how Honeywell has many channels to offer their national, even global customers with the open and consistent solutions they need and how products like Honeywell’s RedLINK wireless products now add to the modular concept of increasing the value of solutions over time.
“Just Because” — Improved Energy Efficiency Insights from Marc Petock, Vice President, Marketing at Lynxspring. Lynxspring is changing the way devices and systems communicate and collaborate across enterprises. Energy efficiency continues to be the largest contributing factor to flat-lining electricity use. The decline is due to many factors, from changing weather and economic recessions to the wider adoption of energy efficiency measures. But it is the latter that might explain the trend in recent years, according to a new study from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.
Public Privacy — An Oxymoron Worthy of Consideration. This ControlTrends post takes a small step towards addressing the enormous subject of Public Privacy as it pertains to Big Data. The boundless use and proliferation of Big Data is now everywhere at once — for every conceivable purpose from medical diagnoses and corresponding treatment plans, advertising networks, data brokers, insurance providers, smart grid operators and energy usage managers (our insertion point to this subject), public and private traffic management, border control, access to employment, criminal investigations and sentencing, justice authorities, scientists, the granting of social welfare, and combating social security fraud. The benefits are all too obvious. But what next? IBM has introduced “autonomic computing.”
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Category:ControlTalk NOW -- posted at: 1:41pm EST
Sun, 23 March 2014
This week’s ControlTalk NOW features Tech Tips, Red Carpet Interviews, Meeting Announcements, Product and Solution Infomercials, and HVAC News and Updates. As always, welcome to ControlTalk NOW.
On The ControlTrends Awards Red Carpet with Honeywell: Check out some of the stars from Honeywell: Roger Rebennack, Laura Kevitt, Patty Hall, and Tom Rosback, as they walk the Red Carpet and get interviewed at the 2013 ControlTrends Awards. The Honeywell team took trophies home in four ControlTrends Awards categories: Thermostat of the Year: Honeywell Prestige RedLINK, Marketing Tools and Support of the Year, Building Automation System of the Year: Honeywell WEBS, and Executive of the Year: Tom Rosback.
Mr. Jones’ ControlTech Tips: How to Size A Gas Pressure Regulator: Thanks to Stromquist & Company’s Bill Jones for this great Control Tech Tip. In this episode, Mr. Jones shows you the four things you need to know size a gas pressure regulator. Stromquist & Company has one of the largest gas pressure regulator inventories in the country and can meet your all of your gas pressure regulators needs.
More on Wireless Lighting Controls — Viable Options from WattStopper, by Brian Turner. After posting our recent article “Limits and Possibilities of Wireless Technologies,” our business partner over at WattStopper, Bryan Pike, got in touch with some concerns. They’ve been making wireless BULIT® (Basic Utility Light Intelligent Transceiver) controllers specifically for outside parking lot installations for a few years now, and we’ve been selling them with some success.
“Just Because.” In the Field with Marc Petock: The very versatile Marc Petock does it again — in his latest post to ControlTrends that puts us on the other side of the business table. As Lynxspring’s veteran VP of Marketing, Marc shares some of his vast knowledge of the Building Automation industry and marketing expertise. The ControlTrends community can look forward to much more of Marc’s profound industry insight in Marc’s new column, “Just Because.” Thanks Marc!
Don’t Miss! Global Visionaries Featured at Town Hall Meeting, April 1, 2014. *NEW* CLOSING TOWN HALL MEETING April 1, 4:30-5:30 p.m. The Closing Town Hall Meeting of the 2014 Building Energy Summit will feature an open mic discussion with The Energy Gang and international visionaries Jigar Shah, Stephen Lacey, Katherine Hamilton, John Picard, and Roger Frechette. What will the coming decades bring for energy efficient buildings? In this town hall discussion, we’ll take a deep look at cutting edge design, technology integration, environmental impact, and the global financial benefits of energy efficiency in buildings.
Introducing New RIB Product! PSH500A-LVC: * High/Low Voltage Separation * Five isolated 100 VA Class 2 outputs * 480/277/240/120 Vac to 24 Vac * 500 VA transformer * Perfect for VAV applications * Also available in PSH200A-LVC and PSH300A-LVC * Low Voltage wiring made easy with our power supply with low voltage wiring made easy with our plugable terminal blocks for easy access.
Microsoft’s Darrell Smith Predicts Seahawks Super Bowl Win and Saves Energy. In addition to optimizing energy savings, Darrell collects 500,000,000 data transactions every 24 hours from 125 buildings that occupy 15 million square feet and house 57,000 people. Darrell was kind enough to share how he uses data to make the Microsoft campus one of the most energy efficient complexes on the planet.
Lynxspring Training Streamed Live at Stromquist & Company Part 1: Stromquist & Company had a Lynxspring day at their Atlanta location. We streamed the event live. The following is part one of that Live Steam. In this episode Marc Petock and Clayton Plymil walk us through the Lynxspring portfoilo of building automation products including the JENEsys and Lynxspring CyberPro.
Controlco Partners with Control Network Solutions to Bring Innovation to Lighting Controls: Industry leaders add Big Data capabilities to NiagaraAX® platform. OAKLAND, March, 2014 – Lighting controls demand increasingly more attention from building managers across the globe. In California alone at the end of 2013, the state’s Department of Energy updated its Building Energy Efficiency Program with a lighting requirement that demands multi-level lighting controls (at least three to four levels), putting strain on existing systems that aren’t able to integrate at this volume.
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Category:ControlTalk NOW -- posted at: 11:34pm EST
Mon, 17 March 2014
Mike Welch’s interview and review of DALI and LED Lighting are featured in this week’s ControlTalk NOW, along with another batch of new products, solutions, and as always, breaking news from the HVAC Industry and need-to-know information. Welcome again, to ControlTalk NOW.
Lots to Learn from the Target Cyber Incident: Building management cyber security should be part of an overall risk management process and a company procedure. “We Can Learn From the Target Cyber Incident,” by Marc Petock, Vice President Marketing, Lynxspring and Connexx Energy as published originally in the March, 2014 edition of automatedbuildings.com. The Target incident is another example of a cyber-incident that struck close to our industry and is another stark wake up call to businesses to be more vigilant and to take more preventative care when it comes to the cyber security of their assets.
Realcomm Advisory Update: SPRINT Real Estate & CBRE Embrace Mobility to Set High Innovation Benchmark. The Sprint real estate group together with CBRE created an innovation program focusing on mobile technologies. The goal was to create e Sprint real estate group together with CBRE created an innovation program focusing on mobile technologies. The goal was to create a formal structure where leading ideas could be explored, vetted, implemented and evaluated.
ACI Brings Home The Trophy: ACI, won again at the ControlTrends Awards! This year ACI won the Award for the 2013 ControlTrends Awards Peripheral Product of the Year from a Small Manufacture. If you need sensors ACI has a solution for you. Congratulations ACI! Few manufacturing companies are able to balance an aggressive competitive spirit with a palpable corporate heartbeat. ACI is not just an industry leader, but a committed community member able to sustain an active and viable community commitment, which is not an easy task to perform. ACI does it all so well and they make it seem easy. Take a look at ACI’s intuitive website, you’ll be very impressed.
Why LED Lighting Might Not Be Your Best Choice: Mike Welch Explains. Thanks again to our friend Mike Welch, from Control Network Solutions UK, for how outstanding thoughts and insights on lighting, lighting control and how to have a smarter building. CNS is a Niagara AX® Developer, Tridium and Honeywell Partner. CNS has a successful track record of creating both client specific and off the shelf web based solutions to the SMART buildings control environment world. They are based upon open standards network communication protocols and compatible with the “Internet of Things” (IoT) and demands for “big data” cloud based analytics.
2020 Thermostat Odyssey: Picking a Smart Thermostat for Stanley Kubrick’s House. In perhaps the most current and comprehensive smart thermostat report to date, Rachel Cericola reviews the next-gen “quasi-stats” now available. The list contains many of the usual suspects, but also includes a few “outside the box and not just a thermostat” thermostats, or “quasi-stats,” that are competing in the smart-stat market — especially aimed at the feature-hungry, up-scale, and smart DIY homeowners. Rachel also provides some good advice to consider before buying a smart thermostat.
Honeywell Wins The Trendy: Best Marketing Tools and Support. Congratulations to Amy Anderson and her marketing team at Honeywell for the winning the 2013 ControlTrends best Marketing and Support Award. Honeywell’s new approach to reach the hearts, minds, and warehouses of its distributors means that Honeywell will be busy touring the country the months of October and November, launching new high-end integration items like the competitively priced Sylk LCD wall module, Sylk IOs, and new additions to their Spyder and Stryker family, as well as their expanding field devices including new valves and actuators.
Therese Sullivan on the SensorWeb: Is ‘Finding Stuff’ the Killer App that Will Drive IoT adoption in Buildings? Therese Sullivan, Buildingcontext.me highlights the brands and people that are succeeding at marketing to buildings professionals via digital media. In this article Therese keeps the ControlTrends Community on top of the SensorWeb developments. We just took one big step toward the Sensor Web—a concept that combines sensors, Geographical Information Science (GIS) and mobile telecom’s location-based services (LBS).
DGLogik’s Latest Feature Release: Dataflow – Modern Visual Programming for Building Automation
Honeywell Announces the New AX3-PPC Programmable Plant Controller: Honeywell is pleased to announce the availability of the AX3-PPC programmable plant controller, which is ideal for controlling and monitoring a building system including HVAC equipment, lighting and meters. The AX3-PPC programmable plant controller, which is ideal for controlling and monitoring a building system including HVAC equipment, lighting and meters.
JCI – York Announce Affinity S1‐TTSCC02 Wi‐Fi Communicating Control Product Introduction. In JCI’s continued effort to expand their Affinity product offering, JCI is pleased to introduce the Wi‐Fi capable version of their Affinity Residential Communicating Control. The Wi‐Fi capability provides homeowners with remote access to the control system from their Smartphone or tablet device using the IntelliComfort mobile app, allowing them to easily monitor the status of every enabled system device.
2013 ControlTrends Awards Highlights: And the Award Goes To… Thanks to our Mr.Jones (Bill Jones) for this great video of the 2013 ControlTrends Awards. Bill and his team worked very hard behind the cameras to make sure the magic of the 2013 ControlTrends Awards was captured on film. Nice job Mr.Jones!
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Category:ControlTalk NOW -- posted at: 7:17am EST
Sun, 9 March 2014
The prospects of Spring and warmer weather are certainly worth the lost hour of time as we reach the March daylight savings milestone. This week’s ControlTalk NOW features more highlights and interviews from the 2013 ControlTrends Awards, presents several new products, solutions, a great training video, software upgrade announcement, and a host of other breaking HVAC Industry news and information. Welcome to ControlTalk NOW.
Connexx Energy Announces SkySpark® Analytics Platform Availability As Cloud Based Application: Lee’s Summit, Missouri, March 4, 2014 — Connexx Energy, a leading developer and implementer of ‘last mile’ energy solutions for Smart Grid and Smart Building technologies, in cooperation with parent company Lynxspring, Inc. today announced the first DaaS (Data-as-a-Service) SkySpark application available as a hosted cloud solution. This offering now makes it easy for ESCO’s, building system integrators and automation contractors that may not have the resources to deliver the benefits of analytics and building diagnostic data to their customers.
Siemens Air Velocity Sensor: The QVM62.1 Air Velocity Sensor/Transmitter from Siemens is ideal for ventilation control applications that require a high degree of accuracy and reliability in a compact package. The sensor features an innovative hot film anemometer element which provides high accuracy throughout the measuring range and is less sensitive to dust and dirt than other common anemometer designs. This increases reliability and decreases maintenance costs.
3rd Annual Demand Response Virtual Summit, March 20, 2014: Advances in automatic demand response (ADR) coupled with recent regulatory trends, developing capabilities of the smart grid, and the drive by customers to cut energy costs are leading to significant new opportunities for ADR.
The HVAC Service Tech’s Guide To Valves and Actuators: If you work with HVAC or Building Automation Controls this is a must watch video. Stromquist & Company’s Tim Chamblee gives you the 411 on HVAC control valves and actuators. In this short, information packed video, filmed at a Stromquist & Company HVAC Controls training class, Tim gives you all the information you need to effectively work with the valves and actuators you will find in the buildings you service.
ENERGY.gov Announces $10 Million for Innovative Commercial Building Technologies and Unveils New Commercial Buildings 101 Video. March 5, 2014: The Energy Department today announced a $10 million funding opportunity to help demonstrate and deploy energy efficiency technologies for commercial buildings, including projects that will bring next generation building systems and components to a broader market faster – helping to save building owners and businesses money by saving energy. The Department also released a new video in its Energy 101 series highlighting how commercial buildings can incorporate whole-building design and innovative technologies to improve energy performance.
Honeywell WEBs-AX 3.8 is Now Available for Download on the Buildings Forum. Honeywell is pleased to announce the availability of the WEBs-AX 3.8 system software which includes software tools for Spyder, Stryker and Venom. This packaged software saves substantial amount of time by not requiring customers to download and install the tools separately.
Rocking The Red Carpet With Johnson Controls: Johnson Controls showed up in a big way at the 2013 ControlTrends Awards in New York City. See what Chris Eichmann, Chris Lane, Dan Flaherty and King Thomas had to say on the Red Carpet. Johnson Controls won the Best Commercial Vendor of the Year, and Chris Lane was co-winner of the Most Valuable Support Person of the Year.
7 Minutes in Control: What To Expect With Niagara 3.8. 7 Minutes in Control is the brain child of Stromquist & Company’s Rob Allen. Rob wanted to put together a weekly show that was short, concise and offers useable information to the building automation control tech. Based on Episode 1: What to expect with Niagara 3.8, we think Rob has a winning formula. Stay tuned to controltrends.org for the latest episodes of 7 Minutes in Control.
ControlTrends Awards Highlight: James Johnson Support Person of The Year. See Tridium’s James Johnson accept the Award for the 2013 ControlTrends most Valuable Support Person. James won this Award in 2012 and the world wide ControlTrends Community recognized James again the year as co-winner of this prestigious award. Keep up the great work James!!
ControlTrends Museum: The design and development wheels continue to turn and we are excited to share with the ControlTrends Community, the progress we are making with ControlTrends Museum. We thank the support that we have received so far for the ControlTrends Museum and we look forward to working with key industry leaders in the near future for their additional ideas and support.
Openness and Connectivity are not the Same Thing: Stacey Higginbotham’s “A Tale of Two Thermostats” Thanks to Marc Petock for bringing this article from Gigaom’s Stacey Higginbotham’s to the ControlTrends Community’s attention. Not only does Stacey share some updated information and insight into the Ecobee and Nest thermostats, but she explains that openness and connectivity are not the same thing.
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Category:ControlTalk NOW -- posted at: 8:08pm EST
Mon, 17 February 2014
This week’s ControlTalk NOW lead post was HACKED: Not So Good News: Smart Building Industry Experiences Major Technology Challenge! Richard K. Warner, OM|E Facility Solutions, expounds on “the rest of the Target story.” ControlTalk also welcomes Ken Sinclair, editor of AutomatedBuilding.com, our industry’s Library of Alexandria, and one of the most useful websites available to anybody in the building automation business. Ken talks about the mission of AutomatedBuidings.com and how it has evolved over the years to accommodate the significant changes within our industry. And, make sure to watch the Therese Sullivan interview, now posted in its entirety.
Belimo Zip Economizer, The Good, The Great, and The Incredible: The Good: We are watching the introduction of new and innovative products being released at an incredible rate! The Belimo Zip Economizer promises to deliver economizer savings and application performance on a new level! The Great: The impact of disruptive technology continues to alter the of course of business as usual. There’s going to be more ORANGE than ever — inside the building envelope, and for good reason, because the need for energy savings has never been more important.
HACKED: Not So Good News: Smart Building Industry Experiences Major Technology Challenge! Richard K. Warner, OM|E Facility Solutions, expounds on “the rest of the Target story,” and brings the reality of our present state of affairs into a very sobering and focused perspective. The HVAC industry’s over-used security through obscurity has ended abruptly.
DOE Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium, Must-Watch LA Lights Video: The DOE Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium shares technical information and experiences related to LED street and area lighting demonstrations and serves as an objective resource for evaluating new products on the market intended for those applications. Cities, power providers, and others who invest in street and area lighting are invited to join the Consortium and share their experiences.
EasyIO FG-32 Beast From the East Update: New BACnet IP Client Feature Released: Mike Marston, EasyIO’s VP Worldwide Sales, enthusiastically announced the 2013 ControlTrends Building Automation Controller of the Year, FG-32 is now available with BACnet IP Client! Users will now be able to use a 4GB card for Graphics and Histories, and a 4GB card is plenty! One Graphic is about 200K bytes and a 1 GB will give 10 some million history records.
The Worlds of Big Data, Cloud Services, and Infographics According to Bitpool: A Cloud Data Collection Platform for All: ControlTrends serves as a valuable pivot site for our industry’s trends, whether they’re leading products, solutions, software and products updates and releases, web-meetings, seminars, as well as industry insights — many of them global in origin. This industry insight is from Rav Panchalingam, a self-declared software geek from Australia. Rav uses an interesting hamburger analogy to comment on some of the biggest trends unfolding in 2014: The worlds of big data, cloud services, and infographics, as viewed from the land down under. Rav and Bitpool seem to know where the beef is and how to get it… (and the disruption continues).
Therese Sullivan Talks Smart Buildings, Google, and System Integration: Why did Google really buy Nest? What skills does the controls system integrator of the future look like? Who will win the race to the large space? To answer some of these questions Ken and I tracked down Therese Sullivan, who explores these types of topics on her blog BuildingContext.me.
Mike Marston and the EasyIO Beast – HTTP Data Histories and CSV files. Some More Show and Tell! Mike Marston, EasyIO’s VP of Worldwide Sales is passionate about his products and offering great solutions for Energy Services and overall Building Management. All done simply, via EasyIO Sedona Objects, and Open Source Tools — it’s truly amazing!
Honeywell T775 Quality Alert Bulletin: T775 Quality Alert In this Bulletin: * A limited number of T775s were incorrectly calibrated. The result was incorrect temperature readings on the Sensor A input. * The affected T775 units start with date code 1314.
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Category:ControlTalk NOW -- posted at: 12:48am EST
Mon, 10 February 2014
ControlTalk NOW thanks Roger Rebennack for that the enthusiastic introduction. This week in review was punctuated by the Target security event that brought HVAC’s critical role in CyberSecurity to the forefront. Rick Warner’s interview at the show’s end is an absolute must watch item and the Department of Energy’s 21 CyberSecurity measures are available here. ControlTrends thanks its special guests in order of appearance: Alper Uzmezler, BASSG, Therese Sullivan, Buildingcontext.me, and Rick Warner, OEM Engineering.
Eric wants you to know there are three mistakes (editing errors made over the course of 3 hours with Evelyn Grace sitting on his lap) and the first two people that email firstname.lastname@example.org with two of three mistakes will win a Teralux Flashlight.
Controlco’s Brian Turner Breaks Down DataEye Pro and How to Visualize Your Building Data Like a Pro. ControlTrends Introduction: The overwhelming need to quickly and efficiently leverage more of the still dormant information in many of the existing host building automations systems continues to drive the search for solutions. Controlco offers the thousands of Niagara AX users a synergistic opportunity that uniquely combines the POWER of their DataEye Pro data model with the STRENGTH of the Niagara AX data normalization tools. This is the first of Brian Turner’s Fault Line Posts on ControlTrends.
ControlTrends welcomes its first guest, Alper Uzmezler from BASSG. Alper shares BASSG’s wealth of talent and professional expertise featuring the Niagara Framework, SkySpark, The Project Builder Plus Tool, and BASSG’s Web Tool Mash Up Solutions.
CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS–Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) Priority Action Plan (PAP) 21: Harmonized Weather Information Model”>CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS–Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) Priority Action Plan (PAP) 21: Harmonized Weather Information Mode. HOW HARMONIZED WEATHER DATA CAN BENEFIT THE ENERGY INDUSTRY! How Two-Way Exchange of Weather Data Can Bring Efficiencies and Cost Savings to Utility Operations. CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS–KICKOFF INFORMATIONAL VIRTUAL MEETING: Thursday, February 13, 2014, 1:00-2:30 pm ET. Hosted by: Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) Priority Action Plan (PAP) 21: Harmonized Weather Information Model.
Panoramic Power and Connexx Energy to Deliver Enterprise Energy Management Solutions for the REIT Industry. LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo., Feb. 4 , 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Panoramic Power, the leading provider of device level energy management solutions, and Connexx Energy a premier developer and provider of ‘last mile’ solutions for Smart Buildings and the Smart Grid, today announced a partnership to deliver a complete, fully integrated energy and operational efficiency solution for REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust) buildings.
ControlTrends welcomes its second guest, Therese Sullivan, Buildingcontext.me. Therese shares her amazing industry experiences and provides some extraordinary “valley” insight to the HVAC industry. The systems integrators are in the catbirds seats with next-gen opportunities and may not know it.
The Basics of LED Lighting and Why LED Lighting is the Future: Unlike incandescent and fluorescent lamps, LEDs are not inherently white light sources. Instead, LEDs emit nearly monochromatic light, making them highly efficient for colored light applications such as traffic lights and exit signs. However, to be used as a general light source, white light is needed. White light can be achieved with LEDs in three ways:
Drones Used In The HVAC Controls Industry: Well it could happen sooner than you think. Stromquist & Company’s, Seãn Johnson, shows us how he sees HVAC Controls distributors using Drones to improve customer service. Is Seãn on the right track? Let us know what you think in comments.
Shining the Light on Solar Energy: History of the SunShot Initative — Concentrating Solar Power: n 2011 the Department of Energy began one of its most ambitious and successful initiatives to achieve significant progress in sustainable energy by reducing the cost of installed solar energy through a shared commercialization of solar technologies. Solar power in the U.S. passed the 10 GW capacity milestone in 2013.
The Connection Community Collaboration: Over the last several years organizations and groups have been extremely successful in connecting our industry with standards. The name “Connection Communities” has been attached to the purpose and function these organizations provide. Great job by Ken Sinclair of automated buildings.com for moderating this timely and useful breakout session.
Leading Security Expert Explains: Target Hackers Broke in Via HVAC Company: Perhaps the most important and menacing challenge facing the HVAC Industry (at least for the immediate future) will be demonstrating its collective knowledge and understanding of CyberSecurity and how to actively cope with (and how to counter) the rising numbers of CyberThreats directed at buildings and HVAC service companies that service those buildings, particularly in light of the recent $420 million losses and expense Target faces as a result of hackers gaining access to Target’s network using stolen network credentials from the HVAC contractor.
ControlTalk NOW welcomes its third guest, Rick Warner, OME Engineering, out of Baltimore, MD. The klaxon sounded many years ago, but this Target event will more than likely serve as HVAC’s watershed event. In a most opportune time, Rick’s interview brings forth the issues one at a time, and with unabashed sincerity, proposes general, can’t go wrong courses of action, for the benefit of everybody in the HVAC industry.
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Category:Commercial HVAC -- posted at: 12:17am EST
Sun, 2 February 2014
Welcome back to ControlTalk NOW. This week’s spotlight is the review of the 2013 ControlTrends Awards Show in NYC, at the B.B. King Blues Club and Grill. Please enjoy the myriad of photos and videos on ControlTrends. We will posting a variety of interviews and highlights and a wrap-up video in the very near future — that you won’t want to miss.
2013 ControlTrends Achievement Awards: TrendSetters Recognized. The ControlTrends Achievement Awards, given at start of the 2013 ControlTrends Awards show, recognized those people, products, and companies that provided our industry with swift and innovative market and product leadership, as well as solutions that met the changing needs and imperatives facing our industry.
ControlTrends Awards Announces the 2013 CTA Award Winners, Petock Award Recipient, and Hall of Fame Inductee, Jerry Frank. The 2013 ControlTrends Awards and red carpet event at NYC’s BB King Club and Grill were a huge success! The same fierce storm that delayed this post (hotel internet service down) unfortunately, also caused many to miss this exciting industry milestone.
WattStopper’s Product Selection Guide (PSG) Vital Product and Code Information at Your Fingertips. WattStopper’s Product Selection Guide (PSG) includes vital information about every product WattStopper offers. ◦ Easy-to-use softbound publication, 544 full color pages ◦ Complete product cut sheets for every lighting control product from Digital Lighting to Lighting Control Panels, Occupancy Sensors to Vacancy Sensors, Daylighting Controls to Wireless Lighting Controls ◦ Energy code information ◦ Lighting control strategies ◦ Design and application information ◦ Lighting control resources and services.
Honeywell Announces New WEBs Security Products: Honeywell is pleased to announce new products and part numbers for the WEBs Security controllers. These new products have a pricing model that is more competitive, particularly in the Small Building Market that requires a lower cost for a two reader controller.
Meet the U.S. Safe Drinking Water Act “Lead Free” Standards with GC Valves NSF Solenoids. GC Valves is now manufacturing and shipping solenoid valves that meet state and federal requirements for drinking water. The S20 and S21 Series stainless steel and Noryl solenoid valves are fully certified to NSF/ANSI 61, which establishes minimum health effects requirements for the materials, components, or systems that contact drinking water or drinking water treatment chemicals.
Over the last several years organizations and groups have been extremely successful in connecting our industry with standards. The name “Connection Communities” has been attached to the purpose and function these organizations provide. Great job by Ken Sinclair and automatedbuildings.com. Don’t forget to read Ken Smyers’ interview referencing of our 2013 ControlTrends Awards show.
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Category:ControlTalk NOW -- posted at: 11:00pm EST
Mon, 13 January 2014
ControlTalk NOW is packing the travel bags: video cameras, check; trophies, check;… Heather Deal is working her magic finalizing the critical details and converting ControlTrends Awards Committee’s planning into the tickets, passes, step and review red carpet area, while Marc Petock is fine-tuning his amazing Run of Show for the 2013 ControlTrends Awards presentation. The time for the 2013 ControlTrends Awards has come. Voting ends January 15, 2014. We hope to see you at the BB Kings Blues Club.
Brain Turner Breaks Down Big Data On ControlTalk NOW: Brian Turner, President of ControlCo, discussed how people are using big data to make their buildings more efficient, and what makes DataEye Pro a unique package for gathering and analyzing data.
SGIP Seminar: Shaping the Smart Grid Standards, January 23, 2014. Regulatory Commission Members Discuss How SGIP Helps Shape Smart Grid State and Federal Policies. Register NOW. Join state and local regulators on this Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) webinar to hear how SGIP Member regulators apply their SGIP.
Another visit from Minivan Jack. Every story has at least two perspectives. Minivan Jack expresses his concerns about the unilaterally decided deployment of smart meters and their possible harmful effects and the invasive nature of aggregated data. Visit smartgrid.gov and read the U.S. Department of Energy’s Smart Grid Privacy Workshop Summary Report for more information.
2013 ControlTrends Awards Executive of The Year Nominee Eugene Mazo. DGLogik’s, Eugene Mazo, stopped by for a chat a while back. Given that Eugene is a finalist for the 2013 HVAC Controls Executive of The Year and DG Logik is nominated for several other ControlTrends Awards, another in depth review is warranted.
People Make Good Sensors! Building Robotics Software Layer Incorporates Occupants as Sensors for the Building. ControlTrends thanks automatedbuildings.com’s Ken Sinclair (once again) for helping to keep the ControlTrends community on top of the latest technology and software likely to make the next impact in our industry. Lindsay Baker, VP for Research and Marketing at Building Robotics, Inc introduces the Building Robotics, Inc software company, which is a venture-backed startup, working on radically new approaches to the software that runs buildings. We’ve started off with a piece of software called Comfy, which is the world’s first intelligent software for personalized control in the workplace.
ControlTalk NOW welcomes its first guest, ControlTrends Awards nominee for 2013 Executive of the Year, Honeywell’s Tom Rosback. As Vice President and General Manager of Honeywell, Tom manages the marketing, sales, engineering, and operations of a complex multi-brand, multi-channel global business, and leads the management team responsible for Honeywell, Vykon, Alerton, Trend, Novar, Tridium, Phoenix Controls, and E-Mon brands.
Tim’s Tech Tips: How To Calibrate 4 Different Pneumatic Thermostats At The Same Time! If you ever wanted to know how to calibrate a pneumatic thermostat you have found the right video. Stromquist & Company’s, Tim Chamblee, calibrates 4 different pneumatic thermostats at the same time.
Jason Briggs and Scott Muench at Haystack Connect: J2 Innovations, Jason Briggs and Scott Muench wowed the crowd at Haystack with their spectacular live demonstration of Haystack tagging. J2 Innovations FIN Builder and Jason Briggs are both nominated for 2013 ControlTrends Awards.
The Must Attend Event At This Years AHR Show: When Ken Sinclair, of automatedbuldings.com speaks, the man, the myth,the legend, Ken Smyers and I pay attention. Ken says the place to be on Wednesday January 22 at 1:30 is the Connection Communities Collaboration Meeting at he AHR Expo. It’s all about the community, the connection community. It’s changing at a rapid pace and to be successful in the automation world you must understand these changes. With thought leaders like Marc Petock, Andy McMillian, Louis-Nicolas Hamer, John Petze, Steve Jones, Barry Haaser, and Ben Dorsey this promises to be one of the highlights of the AHR show. This meeting is not for the faint of heart, be sure to check out the required reading so you can get the most out of this unique, information filled dialogue.
ControlTalk NOW second guest is another nominee for Executive of the Year, Lynxspring’s Terry Swope. Terry is President, CEO at Lynxspring, Inc. and shares Lynxspring’s impressive journey from a Mechanical Engineering firm overseeing $1.2 billion of construction projects world-wide. through the Tridium Niagara evolution, to their present market leadership position designing, manufacturing and distributing JENEsys®, brand Internet based automation technology and device-to-enterprise integration solutions for Building Automation, Energy Management, Cyber Threat and Security Protection, Equipment Control and other Specialty applications.
ControlTrends Awards 2013 Best Commercial Product Nominee: DG BOX The Appliance Platform: The ControlTrends Community has recognized the value of DG Logik’s amazingly useable and affordable data visualization technology, in particular, the DGBox. DGBox is a cost effective solution that enables creation and utilization of appliance applications.
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Category:ControlTalk NOW -- posted at: 7:27am EST
Mon, 6 January 2014
This week’s ControlTrends NOW reviews each category and each nominee, beginning with the 2013 Executive of the Year. These manufacturers, people, products, and solutions represent 2013’s best of the best:
2013 Best Commercial HVAC Vendor of the Year
The 2013 Building Automation Systems of the Year
2013 Best Peripheral Product of the Year from a Small Manufacturer
2013 Most Valuable Support Person of the Year
2013 Best Technical Support (Vendor) of the Year
2013 Best Variable Frequency Drive of the Year
2013 Thermostat of the Year
2013 Best Building Application of the Year
2013 Commercial Product of the Year
2013 Building Automation Graphic Tool of the Year
2013 Building Automation Controller of the Year
2013 Marketing Tools and Support
2013 ControlTrends Person of the Year (PID)
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Category:Commercial HVAC -- posted at: 6:24am EST
Sun, 22 December 2013
ControlTalk NOW thanks this week’s Industry Leaders and 2013 ControlTrends Awards Sponsors: Belimo, Connect-Air, and Contemporary Controls. The 2013 ControlTrends Awards voting ballots have been emailed to all registered voters. If you still need to register, click here!
Hanging Out With Easy IO’s Mike Marston in Korea: Stromquist & Company’s Rob Allen was joined by Easy IO’s Mike Marston to discuss the Easy IO training class coming to Stromquist’s Atlanta location January 13, 2014. Want to come to Atlanta and hang out with Mike and Rob and learn about how to use the amazing Easy IO controllers.
ControlTalk Now welcomes its first guest Richard K. Warner, PE, CEM, DCEP, CxA, EBCP of OM|E out of Baltimore, MD. Rick’s company is one of the only premiere master system integrators in the country, taking integration to where the brave and the bold dare not go. An astute believer and practitioner of core competency, Rick shares his vantage point, experience, and visions of what is to come in the world of high-level integration.
Lynxspring’s 2013 ControlTrends Awards Best Building Application of the Year Nominee-Lynxspring’s LYNX CyberPRO the industry’s first cyber-threat protection solution designed specifically to enhance the cyber protection of commercial building automation and energy management systems.
Tridium’s Ed Merwin Stops By For A Chat. “Here’s my Problem, How can Technology Fix it?” This is a one-of-a-kind industry insight with Ed Merwin, Director, VYKON Automation Energy Security, and nominee for the 2013 ControlTrends Person of the Year. Ed Merwin is one of the most respected voices in the Building Automation Industry and Ed explains the enormous success of the Niagara Framework. Tridium is a software company that provides building automation services. Often starting at “Here’s my problem, how can technology fix it?” Tridium has emerged as the industry’s great web-enabled integration solution that continues to create a growing ecosystem around the Niagara Framework.
Google Puts “More” Skin in the Thermostat Game! Houston, We Have…”> EnergySense: Google Puts “More” Skin in the Thermostat Game! Houston, We Have… Google reportedly testing smart thermostats in ‘EnergySense’ program. By Alexis Santos, 1 day ago on engadget. Google called it quits on a smart thermostat two years ago, but it looks like the company couldn’t resist circling back to the idea. According to two of The Information’s sources and a document reviewed by the outlet, Mountain View has been conducting a trial of Internet-connected thermostats to help users keep tabs on their energy use and adjust accordingly.
Thermokon: Energy Harvesting meets Display — No Batteries, No Wires! The SR06LCD is the highlight of Thermokon’s new and innovative series. With its maximum power energy management the unit operates without external supply voltage. The custom solar cell self-sufficiently powers the device and the energy is harvested by artificial or natural light sources in a room. A continual indication temperature and humidity, set point, fan stages, presence and window status without user wake up is displayed and the ability to control room comfort levels with set point and fan stages buttons.
Honeywell MVN Actuator Update: Short Order Codes Now Available. In October, Honeywell released the MVN Rotary Valve Actuator that is used with the VBN and VRN valve product families. This innovative actuator provides easy assembly and dramatically cuts installation time. The new compact design and flexible wiring configurations give installers the ability to meet strict requirements for any project.
Happy Holidays. CONTROL TRENDS NEWS FLASH: Control Trends is releasing to you, ALL our valued readers…A HAPPY HOLIDAY MESSAGE… The Message is SIMPLE: ” We want to express our deepest Holiday Wishes to you and your Families.” We hope that EVERYONE will receive this message…
ControlTrends welcomes its second guest, Greg Barnes from ActiveLogix. Greg Barnes is pure pedigree Niagara integration and Activelogix, LLC is one of the most prolific providers of Internet-based enterprise automation solutions in the US. Featuring Periscope, one of the most flexible and versatile enterprise integration tools available, ActiveLogix provides design services, consulting, custom applications and technologies to enable management and optimization of sustainable, energy-efficient, and secure facilities in a multi-vendor, cross platform environment.
nHaystack Coming from one Direction, OSCRE, and the Real Estate Industry, are Coming from the Other! We are just getting to know and realize the enormous benefits nHaystack has to offer and the prodigious efforts being made by the nHaystack Community. Project Haystack is an open source initiative to develop tagging conventions and taxonomies for building equipment and operational data. Looks like there’s an equally serious initiative with a different perspective rising from within the Real Estate Industry to implement its own information standard to deal with the challenges of information exchange.
Critical Inventions and Discoveries: Ken’s TOP 5 Information Pivot Points of Week 51: 2. Georg Simon Ohm, (born March 16, 1789, Erlangen, Bavaria [Germany]—died July 6, 1854, Munich), German physicist who discovered the law, named after him, which states that the current flow through a conductor is directly proportional to the potential difference (voltage) and inversely proportional to the resistance.
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Category:Control Talk -- posted at: 9:37pm EST
Mon, 16 December 2013
ControlTalk NOW thanks this week’s Industry Leaders and 2013 ControlTrends Awards Sponsors: Honeywell, J2 Innovations, and Contemporary Controls. The voting ballots will be emailed to all registered voters this week. Register to vote.
Breaking Down 2013 ControlTrends Awards Thermostat of The Year — The Magnificent Stats Seven:
ControlTalk NOW welcomes it first guest, DG Logik’s Arthur Lebendisky, a nominee for the 2013 ControlTrends Awards category Most Valuable Support Person of the Year. Arthur shares with the ControlTrends community just how important DG Logik, nominated for 6 ControlTrends Awards, considers technical support and Arthur gives his personal commitment to each and every DG Logik customer.
NOVO FIN Online Training: A detailed training session of the basic features of Fin Builder. We’ll start with the setup process of Fin Builder and work our way through the best practices to help you manage your project in Fin. NOVO INTEGRATIONS
ControlTalk NOW welcomes its second guest, Jason Briggs of J2 Innovations. J2 is nominated for several 2013 ControlTrends Awards: Best HVAC Controls Executive of the Year, Best Building Application of the Year, and Building Graphic Tool of the Year. Jason explains the success and growing demand for J2’s FIN Builder.
Realcomm Webinar: Best Practices – Best of the Best for 2013 Intelligent Building Technologies. Marc Petock, Vice President, Marketing, Lynxspring, Inc. Top Contributor. This best practice technology showcase will focus on the newest products, services and concepts involving the highest profile smart building applications. This webinar will provide a great deal of information about Intelligent Building Technologies in a short period of time.
Siemens Becomes Sponsor Member of OpenADR Alliance and Joins Board of Directors. Global powerhouse views OpenADR as key piece for demand response strategy. MORGAN HILL, Calif., Dec. 10, 2013: The OpenADR Alliance today announced that Siemens, a global leader in electrical engineering and electronics, has become a Sponsor Member of the OpenADR Alliance.
IT Business Edge’s: The 10 Worst Data Breaches of 2013: IT Business Edge is the leading source of IT news and information. Here’s some very interesting and scary stuff about data breaches. One of the more surprising breaches named by experts in our roundup was former NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s leaks.
Honeywell announced the expansion of its Spyder controller portfolio with the launch of Spyder with Relays, Sylk I/O and Zio® Lite sylk-enabled wall modules, all of which provide added flexibility and significantly reduce installation time for contractors. “Enhancements to our Spyder controller line were designed with our contractors in mind,” said Tom Rosback, general manager-Commercial Control Systems at Honeywell.”
ControlTalk NOW welcomes its third guest, Ed Merwin, Director, VYKON Automation Energy Security, and nominee for the 2013 ControlTrends Person of the Year. Ed is a consummate professional and one of the most recognized names in the Building Automation and Integration industry. Vykon is nominated for 6 ControlTrends Awards.
Niagara Summit 2014 Powered By Possibilities! Did We Mention it’s in Vegas?What can you expect from the Niagara Summit? Amazing keynotes from industry leaders and experts. Relevant and helpful brainstorming sessions. Valuable networking opportunities. Thoughtful discussions about next-generation solutions for automation infrastructure technology. Did we mention it’s in Vegas? REGISTER NOW!
5 More HVAC Giants: Ken’s TOP 5 Information Pivot Points of Week 50: 1. The History of the Solenoid Valve: ASCO, in 1888 started out manufacturing elevator, compressor and generator controls. In 1910 ASCO became the first company to develop and manufacture a new electrically operated control device known as the solenoid valve. ASCO continued its development activity in these product areas and today manufactures products that are designed to control the flow of air, gas, water, oil and steam – practically every kind of liquid or gaseous substance.
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Category:ControlTalk NOW -- posted at: 6:52am EST
Mon, 9 December 2013
ControlTalk NOW thanks this week’s Platinum Sponsors: Vykon, EasyIO, DG Logik, and ControlCo DataEye Pro. These four industry superstars are nominated for a combined total of (22) 2013 ControlTrends Awards. The time draws near! Register to vote today.
ABB Poll: What is the Most Effective Energy Savings Action You’ve Taken in the Past 12 Months? ABB Reader Poll: What is the most effective energy savings action you’ve taken in the past 12 months? Reduced temperatures, Added VFDs, Added DCIM, Virtualization, or Other.
ControlTalk NOW welcomes EasyIO’s global executive Mike Marston and special guest, William Achury, President, Sanko Telecom Ltd, a leading solutions provider from Tokyo, Japan (Thank You very much!). Great insight into EasyIO passing muster in a very challenging and competitive market.
Seminar on How SGIP Supports Electric Utilities, Regulators, Manufacturers and Integrators: How SGIP Supports Electric Utilities, Regulators, Manufacturers and Integrators in 2014 to Ensure Electric Grid Reliability in 2014 to Ensure Electric Grid Reliability Seminar. Join SGIP Thursday, December 12, 2013 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST.
AQUISITION NEWS! WattStopper Buys AIC-Wireless — Lighting Solutions for the High Performance Buildings WattStopper’s Pete Horton delivered this exciting announcement on the November 24th ControlTalk NOW. The combination of AIC Wireless and Bryan Pike’s expertise of the Tridium Niagara architecture with WattStopper’s extensive application understanding of the lighting and electrical infrastructures offers the high performance building industry new and exciting opportunities.
Controls Group North America (CGNA), Together We Accomplish More. The ControlTrends Awards Committee thanks CGNA’s Mike Sackett and Jim Hayman for their sponsorship of the 2013 ControlTrends Awards. Controls Group North America (CGNA) is the leading network of Distributor Members and Manufacturer Preferred Vendors in HVAC/R industry. CGNA provides innovative solutions and takes a progressive approach to evolving your business. Through committees, conferences, webinars, and networking opportunities, CGNA impacts our Members’ and Preferred Vendors’ bottom line by increasing their market share.
ControlTalk NOW’s second guest, Brian Turner, President of ControlCo, an Oakland-based control solution provider and one of USA’s largest integration distributors, reviews DataEye Pro, which is a candidate for the 2013 ControlTrends Awards Best Building Application of the Year Award. After watching this interview, it’s easy to understand why DataEye Pro was nominated.
Five More HVAC Giants: Ken’s TOP 5 Information Pivot Points of Week 48: 1. Watts Water Technologies: In 1857, at the age of 17, Joseph E. Watts emigrated to Lawrence, Mass., from Cheshire, England seeking his fortune as a machinist. Just 17 years later Watts set up an independent machine shop, known as the Watts Regulator Company, to supply machinery parts and fittings to the local textile mills. In addition to his success at running his own business, Joseph Watts was extremely inventive—and he soon achieved widespread fame in the manufacturing world as the patentee and maker of steam and water pressure regulators.
The Value of the Collaborative Community, by Marc Petock, Vice President, Marketing, Lynxspring, Inc. Original article published in Automated Buildings’ December, 2013 edition, entitled, “Collaborating Convergence.” Collaboration simply means “to work together with a shared vision and desired outcome for the future.” Today, many innovations are being fueled by collaborative, connected community efforts. We see it most clearly in the Internet and web, where new capabilities are continuously developed by communities that build on the work of others, creating “mashups”, and new complimentary applications.
Nest Encounters of the Second Kind — Nest Protect: Something Different, Something Better! I wonder if its the golden-green Palo Alto sun? But, without a doubt, Tony, and the outside-the-box-thinkers at Nest have struck synergy-oil again. And, with every single modern residence in the world as a possible customer, any electrical appliance, gas, or water consuming device is the next likely egg in the nest (get it). Immediate future plans: Early 2014, will introduce Nest Protect model that works with wired security systems. If you add enough “nestrogen” to anything, you can make it more lovable, networkable, energy efficient, and practical. If we’re going to keep taking bites out of our own poison privacy apple, we might as well make them as economically and aesthetically delicious as possible.
Lynxspring JENEsys — Nominee for ControlTrends Awards 2013 Building Automation System of the Year: Lynxspring’s JENEsys® is an open, operational and informational platform that combines building automation (connectivity, integration and interoperability), supervision and control, energy management and actionable information (data & analytics) into a single system within a cyber-secured environment. The JENEsys Platform is scalable and deployment allows organizations to continually build off the same network deployment for adding additional applications as desired.
J2 FINBuilder Cool Feature of the Month — nHaystack Tagging Basics: J2 Innovation reviews nHaystack Tagging Basics: nHaystack is a software module that enables external applications to get data out of Niagara stations quickly and efficiently. Once a system is tagged many new and exciting things become possible. By setting up a Site, Equipment, and tags on your points, you can combine data from multiple networks, and view them in one organized list within the haystack service. Now queries can easily be run against any tags on a nHaystack station to dynamically simplify the implementation of visualization, analytics, reporting and mobile apps. Download the nHaystack Service module and get started!
Demand Response Analysis Tools Available — The OpenADR Alliance is partnering with Joule Assets to provide the OpenADR community with free access to their DR market analysis tools for the next 30 days. After 30 days, only members of the OpenADR Alliance will have access to the free tools.
Functional Devices Inc. Switching Smart Transceivers in LonMark RIBs from FT3120 to FT5000 12/1/2013: Message to Valued Customers. Functional Devices Inc. will be switching the Smart Transceiver in the LonMark RIB Devices below from FT3120 to FT5000 starting December 1, 2013. Devices that contain an override switch will now give the customer the ability to switch the output from N/O to N/C with an on-board jumper. The layout and connections have changed slightly, and FDI will included a new DI status LED (pink). The main advantage to customers will be the elimination of commissioning fees.
Yaskawa Nominated for the 2013 ControlTrends Variable Frequency Drive of The Year: For the second year in a row, the Yaskawa Z1000 has been nominated for the ControlTrends Variable Frequency Drive of The Year. Yaskawa provided the Control Trends Community this video on their Z1000 Series. The Drives & Motion Division of Yaskawa America, Inc. announces the release of the Z1000 variable speed drive designed specifically for commercial HVAC applications.
We introduce you to momit Smart Thermostat, a Spanish manufacturer, Thanks to Chantal Marin-Bourceraau, Product Manager and Business Development at Introducing the momit Smart Thermostat — (Europe’s Version of the Nest) Green momit, ControlTrends has learned of yet another innovative and smart thermostat sweeping across European markets, with a possible eye on the North American market as well.
ControlTalk NOW welcomes its fourth guest, Michael Welch, Co-founder, Control Network Solutions Ltd. from Chineham, Hampshire, United Kingdom. Michael shares with us, another global perspective of ControlTrends and our industry.
Connecting More IoT-dots: Apple’s iBeacon Debuts This Christmas Season, Previews Connections Yet to Come: ControlTrends thanks Building Context’s Therese Sullivan, email@example.com, once again for her timely and relevant insight (and image) into the cataclysmic change that is moving into place around us as IoT-dots (Internet of Things) so fast that we can barely see or perceive them, let alone comprehend the impact (disruption) these IoT-dots will be making in our lives, homes, and quite possibly to our industry, once connected. Be sure to access the linked content, and especially, read the comments at the end of the post.
Can The Honeywell VFD Repeat as ControlTrends Best Variable Frequency Drive of The Year? Honeywell, winner of the coveted 2012 ControlTrends Awards Variable Frequency Drive of the Year, is nominated again in the Best Variable Frequency Drive of The Year category. Watch this video to see why many in the world wide ControlTrends Community think the Honeywell Smart VFD has the right stuff.
Sad News from Lynxspring’s Terry Swope, Bruce Stimpson, CIO and Dear Friend Passes. It is with a heavy heart that I announce the unexpected passing of Bruce Stimpson. Bruce was co-founder of Lynxspring, Vice President, CIO and dear friend. Please join me in offering his family and friends our sincerest condolences during this sad time. We will miss his smile, jokes, hard work, direction and undeniable passion for Lynxspring.
KMC’S In Touch Newsletter, Q4 2013: KMC Wins Big in Vegas! Each year, the industry organization, BACnet International, uses the platform of the National Facilities Management and Technology (NFM&T) Exposition in Las Vegas, Nevada to recognize outstanding contributions to the BACnet community. And each year, it seems, KMC walks away as a winner in the BACnet “Leaders of the Pack” awards. For the second time in 4 years, KMC (and a KMC rep) were recognized with top honors. “Best in Show” for the outstanding BACnet project of the year, went to The Bullitt Center of Seattle Washington. KMC representative, Roger Norman of Northwest Automation, was the controls contractor/system integrator for the project and KMC products highlight this landmark facility.
2013 ControlTrends VFD Award Nominee: Johnson Controls — A VFD for Every HVAC Application. Johnson Controls featured the significant additions and improvements they made to their VFD offering at the 2013 ABCS Building Championship Teams Conference. Take a look! Johnson Controls is anxious to save you and your customer energy and money on your next VFD purchase. The Johnson Controls VSD series of variable speed drives offers a broad range of competitively priced open drives and drives with bypass, specifically engineered for Heating, Ventilating and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) applications.
5 More HVAC Giants: Ken’s TOP 5 Information Pivot Points of Week 49 1. More than 100 years ago, Edwin Ruud, a Norwegian mechanical engineer, came to America and developed the first successful automatic water heater. That early success marked the beginning of a tradition of innovation and value that led to the introduction of RUUD heating and air conditioning equipment in the 1950s.
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Category:ControlTalk NOW -- posted at: 6:16am EST
Mon, 25 November 2013
Mike Marston and EasyIO Continue to Raise the Bar! EasyIO’s Mike Marston, nominated for both the 2013 HVAC Controls Executive and ControlTrends Person of the year (PID), provided these exciting EasyIO updates: Modbus Client and Server are now released; BACnet Server over IP is in testing, available 1st quarter of 2014; BACnet Client over IP (can then manage a 30P over IP) Mid-to-late December; and BACnet Server over MSTP will be ready in January, 2014, as will BACnet Client over MSTP (can then manage MSTP devices). APPROVED already: UL, CUL, FCC, CE, CTick. BTL March, 2014.
ControlTalk Now: Announcing The 2013 ControlTrends Awards Finalists. The ControlTrends Awards Committee thanks its world-wide community for its participation in selecting these prestigious nominees. The ControlTrends Awards proudly present the 2013 ControlTrends Finalists.
Johnson Controls Rolls Out New Smoke & Fire Damper Options, Electronic Measurement, Wireless Tester. Ken and I had a chance to see what Johnson is doing to make fire and smoke dampers more efficient. A new customizable Electronic Air Measurement Station is now available and Life Safety Dampers wireless tester that reports pass/fail test information without the ladder and moving ceiling tiles.
WattStopper Hot off the Press – New Product Selection Guide Online + App. Check out the NEW Product Selection Guide and App for iOS! WattStopper has published its new Product Selection Guide (PSG), a comprehensive catalog of energy-efficient lighting controls and services that help enable a net zero future. For the first time ever, WattStopper’s handy PSG is accessible from your iPad or iPhone! Access specifications, wiring diagrams, and coverage patterns of the products WattStopper offers while you’re on the go. Download the “WattStopper Solutions Guide” from the iTunes App Store today!
DGLogik’s DGBox and EnOcean Sensors: Has the Future of Control Arrived? Great job to Eugene Mazo and his team at DGLogik for this innovative hotel room solution interfacing a full compliment of EnOcean wireless and self-powered devices with DG Lux, the industry’s leading visualization and graphic software. Could this be the next high-end hotel room controller? My guess is that it won’t be long before Eugene and his team figure out how to recreate the conventional thermostat with a DG Stat version of what we watched in the video — and make thermostats like the Nest look like a thing of the past. In 2015 could DGLogik, who is up for numerous awards at the 2013 ControlTrends Awards, add the 2015 Thermostat Control of the Year to their accomplishments?
Viconics VT8000: The Perfect Balance Between Simplicity and Sophistication! The VT8000 Series is nominated for the 2013 ControlTrends Awards Thermostat of the Year and here’s why: There has never been a better hospitality solution with as much flexibility and energy savings features built into one elegant device as the Viconics VT8000. Innovative control solutions that feature flexibility, easy installation, and optimized comfort. The Viconics VT8000 series offers Energy Saving Occupancy Strategies, Simplified Installation, Customizable Interface, Scalability and Optimization.
MomentumOnTour Update from Pittsburgh. Honeywell”s Steve Amato and Scott Dixon reviewed the new Sylk Bus products, Zio Lite Wall Modules, Spyder Controller with Relays, Sylk I/O Module, Stryker CVAHU controller, UL 555S DCA’s and valve products. Visit buildingcontrols.honeywell.com to get all the info!
Meet ControlTalk NOW guest Bryan Pike formerly with AIC Wireless. Bryan talk about WattStopper’s BULIT wireless product, which is nominated for the 2013 Commercial Product of the Year. Pete Horton welcomes Bryan to the team.
ACI — Combining Great People with Great Products! Is it a Wisconsin Thing? ACI is nominated for the 2013 ControlTrends Awards for Best Periphery Product from a Small Manufacturer, but ACI is likely to outgrow that category and soon, because ACI is a thriving entity on the move — setting new standards in the temperature, humidity, pressure, gas sensor, interface devices, wireless sensor, and building automation accessories markets. ACI’s two key acquisitions: Advanced Control Technologies’ (ACT’s) Interface Control Components line and Trs Systems Wireless Sensors and Controls give ACI complete application solutions and a much greater reach into every building space.
Honeywell’s Q5020 Linkage Assembly Improvement: Honeywell is pleased to announce that the Q5020 globe valve linkage has been improved. In addition, Honeywell obsoleted the Q5020B and replaced it with the Q5020A model. Product Information: The Q5020 linkage mounting plate has been redesigned to work seamlessly with our 27-300 lb-in actuator models. We extended the existing center channel of the mounting plate to accommodate all actuator sizes and mouniting configurations. The new linkage design greatly reduces the installation time. Q5020 globe valve linkages connect a Honeywell direct coupled actuator (DCA) to two-way and three-way steam or water globe valves up to 3 inches.
Indianapolis’ Contractors of Quality Connection and Electrical Workers of IBEW #481 Present – Circle of Lights Special thanks to Honeywell’s Roger Rebennack for sharing Indianapolis’ Circle of Lights® presented by Quality Connection and IBEW #481: a must-see holiday tradition! Video available. 100,000 spectators. 4,784 colored lights. 52 garland strands. 52 larger-than-life decorations. 51 years. One must-see holiday tradition! For 51 years, thousands of spectators have gathered Downtown at Monument Circle to see the most spectacular holiday display illuminate. Indy’s most beloved holiday tradition is here again. Circle of Lights® presented by the Contractors of Quality Connection and Electrical Workers of IBEW #481 will take place the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 29, 2013.
Ken’s TOP 5 Information Pivot Points of Week 47: 1. Edison vs. Tesla: Toasting a Rivalry That Drove Innovation. By Marissa Newhall Managing Editor, Energy.gov All this week on Energy.gov, we explored the storied rivalry between two of history’s most important energy-related inventors.
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Category:ControlTalk NOW -- posted at: 9:59am EST
Mon, 18 November 2013
ControlTalk NOW thanks this week’s ControlTrends Awards Platinum sponsor Ed Merwin and Vykon. VYKON®, is a comprehensive set of applications that synchronize, manage and control major building system functions required in a facility, such as heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, energy, lighting, security, fire, safety, and unitary devices. Built on Tridium’s Niagara Framework®, VYKON integrates diverse systems and devices – regardless of manufacturer, or communication protocol – into a unified platform that can be easily managed and controlled in real time over the Internet using a standard web browser.
Are BAS and SCADA Systems Doomed? Is Blue Pillar’s Digital Energy Network Next? The article “The Move Beyond Building Automation Systems to a More Secure Energy Infrastructure” by Brad Witter, EVP of Technology and Operations at Blue Pillar, Inc., was brought to light compliments of Lynxspring’s Marc Petock, VP Marketing. The implications of this article may cause some discomfort, especially, if you believe your are on or near the top of rung of the BAS technology ladder. Large infrastructures (hospitals, universities, industrial parks, malls, and supermarkets and the like) are shifting their big gears to reduce their security and service disruption vulnerabilities, shifting towards a digital energy network that may leave the customized and inflexible software providers, featuring their “individual-dependent” options — well outside the emerging solutions zone.
The Belimo Energy Valve Returns — Knowledge is Power! Belimo’s Energy Valve won the 2012 ControlTrends Award Commercial Product of the Year. Amongst incredible competition, a Belimo Energy Valve repeat performance is possible. With performance serving as the operative word, the MIT research presentation on the Energy Valve remains one of the most compelling engineering endorsements of product performance to date. Belimo is making more energy valve products available. Learn more.
November 14th, 2013 TridiumTALK — Register Now! The November TridiumTALK will provide an introduction to the Program Services feature in Niagara. This session will focus on the Program Service’s feature that allows users to create customized components. Les Newman, a member of Tridium’s Technical Support team, will lead this session of TridiumTALK.
Tim’s Tech Tips: Understanding Chiller Surge: “Just the Facts ma’am.” No, it’s not Joe Friday from the 70′s television series Dragnet, it’s Stromquist & Company’s,Tim Chamblee. Tim in addition to being a super star salesman for Stromquist & Company is one of the best trainers in the country. In this excerpt, from one of Tim’s chiller classes, Tim gives you “the facts” you need to know about Chiller Surge. Knowledge is power. In this episode of Tim’s Tech tips, he gives you a 357 worth of chiller knowledge to take to a knife fight.
ControlTalk NOW welcomes its first guest, KMC’s Ben Dorsey, Sr. VP, Marketing & Communications at KMC Controls.
ControlTrends Catches Up With Johnson Controls Jim Mangini: We had the pleasure of speaking with Jim Mangini at the 2013 Johnson Controls Business Conference. Jim is Vice President and General Manager of Distribution and Manufacturing at Johnson Controls. The 2013 Johnson Controls ABCS theme was “Building Champion Teams.” We can gratefully assure you firsthand, that Jim Mangini, his entire staff at Johnson Controls, and all the distributors and contractors, are a “Championship Team” indeed.
ControlTalk NOW welcomes its next series of guests from Johnson Controls, Jim Mangini,VP and General Manager, Distribution and Manufacturing, Don Albinger, VP, Building Automation Systems, and Earl Doyle, Director SMART Equipment Systems and Global HVAC and Refrigeration Product Management.
Honeywell Momentum on Tour Update: How The Honeywell Sylk Bus saves Money! Honeywell’s Sylk Bus is all about better contracting and more profitable business. The Honeywell Sylk Bus offers contractors a straight-forward, yet significant competitive edge — because it rewards proficiency. Get more of your project done faster with less wiring and leverage Honeywell’s dependable and potent Sylk Technology. Let the Sylk Force be with you.
Read Navigant Research’s Leaderboard Report on Smart Thermostats: Steadily overcoming the privacy issues and consumer apathy with waves of Incentives, Regulations, and Smart Marketing, the Smart Grid continues to fuel the Smart Thermostat industry. It makes too much sense for those manufacturers with the know how and resources to wax “green and greedy” and get their piece of this enormous and growing pie. This Navigant Research Leaderboard report reviews the contenders and challengers, with a fresh 30,000 feet view down to the name and numbers level.
ControlTalk NOW’s third guest, Laura Conkle, Account Manager at Functional Devices, Inc. provided an in-depth review of FDI’s offering.
CONTEMPORARY CONTROLS: Your Industry Experts in Network Technology: Building on BACnet® George Thomas and Contemporary Controls are the reigning experts in network technology for a wide range of applications. The new EIPR-V Skorpion, is a VPN Router that provides secure remote Virtual Private Network (VPN) access to the Internet via a cellular or Ethernet connection. Contemporary Controls offers an unparalleled range of industrial and BAS solutions (see below). Need answers or ideas? Visit Contemporary Control’s extensive learning resource center and video library.
Ken’s TOP 5 Information Pivot Points of Week 46: 1. International Facility Management Association (IFMA) December 5, 2013 Webinar: The Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign is a recognition and guidance program designed to encourage facility owners and managers to take advantage of savings opportunities from high efficient lighting solutions in their parking facilities. Webinar registrants will learn more about the LEEP Campaign, get a review of lighting controls for parking facilities and see the results of a parking structure retrofit utilizing efficient equipment and multiple controls, resulting in energy savings of 45%.
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Category:ControlTalk NOW -- posted at: 8:11am EST
Mon, 11 November 2013
The CTA Awards Committee thanks this week’s Platinum Sponsor EasyIO and Mike Marston for their 2013 ControlTrends Awards Platinum Sponsorship. The EasyIO FG-32 Beast from the East is up for the 2013 Building Automation Controller of the Year.
Honeywell Universal Fire and Smoke Damper Actuators: We saw this product offering at the Stromquist & Company Honeywell Momentum on Tour event in Atlanta. As the video shows it has great features and is easy to set up and install.
Power Metering from Siemens: Siemens recently announced availability of its new MD Power Meter, a submetering device designed to provide real time, accurate electricity metering to enable proper control over energy costs. The meter can capture kWh/kW energy and demand data, as well as virtually all relevant energy parameters for diagnostics and monitoring on three-phase or single-phase circuit installations.
What is Easier to Understand: The IRS Tax Code or Instructions on How to Calibrate a Pneumatic Thermostat? Pneumatic thermostats are still very much in use. Unless you have been around for a while and calibrated one of these devices, they can be a bit time consuming to figure out. The biggest thing to get past is the vocabulary involved. What one vendor calls “proportional band” another calls ” % authority”. Remember these things were state of the art technology when Don Draper and the boys from the TV show Mad Men had three martini lunches and got paid lots of money to make up words to call things.
Read Automated Buildings’ Automated Buildings’ Ken Sinclair: “I am Very Pleased With This Disruptive Issue.””>Ken Sinclair: “I am Very Pleased With This Disruptive Issue.” Check out the Automatedbuildings.com November’s theme – Delivering Disruption. Delivering Disruption seems like an unlikely topic to speak to, but it is exactly the business we all are in today as we provide new solutions that leap over and significantly change our existing marketplace.
Can The Siemens PICV Valve Win The ControlTrends Best Commerical Product of The Year? A very cool product that saves energy and corrects flow problems, the Siemens PICV features a flow limiter, control valve, and automatic pressure differential regulator all in one, and deserves serious consideration for the 2013 ControlTrends Awards Commercial Product of The Year.
Johnson Controls Nominated For 2013 ControlTrends Awards Best Technical Support By A Vendor: We caught up with Johnson Controls Chris Lane at the 2013 Johnson Controls Business Conference. Chris offered some insights into why Johnson Controls does such a great job when it comes to providing technical support. If you think Johnson Controls should win the best technical support award, make sure you register to vote and we will sense you a ballot when it is time to pick your winners for the 2013 ControlTrends Awards.
GSA Releases RFI: Innovative Building Technologies for GSA Green Proving Ground FY 2014 Program. The General Services Administration (GSA) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to gather responses from private sector entities, educational institutions, non-profit organizations, and other interested parties on emerging and innovative building technologies in support of its Green Proving Ground (GPG) program. The GPG leverages GSA’s real estate portfolio as a “proving ground” to evaluate emerging building technologies that promise to improve the environmental performance of GSA’s portfolio while reducing operational costs.
Get KMC Controls’ FREE Product Resource Mobile App Now! Check out KMS’s free Product Resource Mobile APP that allows you to: • Quickly and easily find and access detailed information on KMC core products • Download Data Sheets and Installation & Operation Guides directly to your device • Store critical product data natively on your device for offline retrieval at a project site • Email product documentation directly from your device.
Breaking Down 2013 ControlTrends Awards Thermostat of The Year Finalist Entouch Controls: James Walton, from Entouch Controls, shows you all the great things the Entouch Thermostat and control system can do. As you can see Entouch is much more than just a thermostat, and is very deserving as a finalist in the 2013 ControlTrends Awards Thermostat of The Year Competition.
EnTouch Raises $8.5M for Small Commercial Energy Monitoring: EnTouch is coming to a mall near you! With its recent funding firmly in place, EnTouch will now have the resources to aggressively compete in the light commercial building space. The EnTouch Energy Management System combines the look and ease of a modern, user-friendly thermostat with the control, monitoring, and energy management capabilities of a system. Restaurants and retail chains need energy efficiency, too! And EnTouch Controls will continue to meet that need — on a national basis with the $8.25 million in Series B financing secured to expand its small commercial energy management offerings.
MiniVan Jack: As mentioned during the show, there are some viewers with a differing opinion on the smart and connected shroud we are placing around ourselves. MiniVan Jack believes that that kind of smartness may be a well-disguised noose, that will forever invade our privacy.
J2 Cool Feature of the Month: FIN Mobile now makes commanding points even more convenient. All you have to do is set up a nav containing your FIN project files. Launching FIN Mobile brings up a points list containing all of the points that where used in selected FINp. The points list allows you to view and command any point without having to load up the graphic, enabling a quick and effective user experience.
Ken’s TOP 5 Information Pivot Points of Week 45: 1. SmartAmerica Challenge: Cyber-Physical Systems to be Focus of White House Workshop on December 12, 2013. What would be possible if multiple cyber-physical system test beds encompassing different industry segments were interconnected via an industrial internet to demonstrate functionality greater than each individual part? The SmartAmerica Project is bringing together organizations with cyber-physical systems (CPS) technology, programs and test beds to demonstrate the potential to improve safety, sustainability, efficiency, mobility, and overall quality of life.
ControlTalk NOW thanks its three special guests (in order of appearance) Steve Roe of MI Controls, Dave Suskie of Twinco, and Scott Twomey of Temperature Control Systems. Three great people from three great companies and members of Controls Group North America.
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Category:ControlTalk NOW -- posted at: 3:12pm EST
Sun, 3 November 2013
ControlTalk NOW thanks Belimo — this week’s Platinum sponsor! Innovations in Comfort, Energy Efficiency and Safety Solutions. Belimo Americas, a world leader in the design and manufacture of damper actuators and control valves used in commercial HVAC systems. Known for its direct-coupled actuator and innovations in pressure independent control valve technology, Belimo has solutions to maintain an energy efficient building environmen
Make a Splash This Summer with the “Dive into FIN” Program: Throughout Summer 2013, J2 Innovations is running a special program designed to help System Integrators and Distributors quickly become experts in FIN by providing personalized one-on-one support.
Is Your Building Automation System an Open Door To Hackers? interview Cylance Inc.’s Terry McCorkle at IBcon 2013. If you have been following Controltrends, you know we have been sounding the alarm about the current trend of building automation systems being hacked and the problems caused by these intrusions.
KMC Needs Your Vote to Win 2013 BACnet International Competition! For the next couple of weeks a window of opportunity is open for you to acknowledge the role of KMC Controls in the BACnet community. The annual BACnet International Leaders of the Pack award nominations are now underway. We encourage you to take advantage of this open window to nominate KMC or KMC-submitted success stories for recognition.
A Day In The Life of A Smart Building: Prelude for Ken’s interview tomorrow with Dan Klasen, from ESI, by watching this video, ControlTrends members will get a better perspective of the Master Systems Integrator’s grand scale integration.
ESI’s Dan Klasen Explains the Role of Master Systems Integrator at IBCON 2013: Environmental Systems Inc. (ESI) is a leading Master Systems Integrator servicing the GSA, Kohls, Macys, and other national accounts to provide “portfolio-driven” services generating the normalized data source that optimizes efficiencies and reduces operational costs. ESI combines their own resources and experience with those of the local systems integrators to meet the challenges of large, coast-to-coast portfolios.
Contemporary Controls Video: Understanding EIA-485: Connectors, Grounding and Protection: This video discusses the importance of cabling and repeaters. Cables attenuate and distort signal, so cable selection depends on data rate, encoding, distance. Repeaters that use the data link protocol are more reliable than basic EIA-485 repeaters.
Can Honeywell Win Variable Frequency Drive of The Year Again? Not if Teco Westinghouse, Siemens, Johnson Controls, ABB, and all the other self respecting VFD manufactures have anything to say about it. Click here to see Honeywell bring home the award at the 2012 ControlTrends Awards, and click here to register to nominate and vote for the 2013 ControlTrends Awards.
Enerliance’s LOBOS Leads the Way — Ray Pustinger at IBCON 2013. Enerliance was founded by two building controls experts, Scot Duncan, P.E. and Bob Johnson. Before founding Enerliance, Scot and Bob spent 30 years working together manually optimizing the performance of some of California’s premier real estate facilities.
Doesn’t the Honeywell Delphi Boiler Control System Make Absolute Sense to You? The Delphi Combustion Efficiency Panel integrates flame safeguard control, fuel-air ratio control, O2 Trim, variable frequency drive (VFD) control, and proportional integral derivative (PID) control into a single, integrated, pre-wired panel with a PC touchscreen for easy, user-friendly commissioning.
CAN2GO Demo Suitcase — The Most Powerful Sales Tool in the Industry! Can2Go has packaged a full Building Energy Management System (BEMS) to demonstrate the power of CAN2GO’s technology and its interaction with a varied ecosystem of wireless devices. Contact your Schneider Electric or Viconics representative to order your CAN2GO Demo Suitcase today!
Ken’s TOP 5 Information Pivot Points of Week 30: 1. Building a Digital Culture: Patrick Hoffstetter, the Chief Digital Officer of Renault, describes the challenges that many companies face in creating a culture with digital at its core.
Tridium News — 2014 Niagara Summit — Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas — April 27-29, 2014: Tridium’s Niagara Summit is three days of world class education from industry leading experts.
Honeywell WEBs Squad Update: At the beginning of the year we launched WEBs Squad – a team focused on improving our customer’s overall experience and driving continuous improvements with technical support, engineering, and marketing.
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Category:Control Talk -- posted at: 10:49pm EST
Sat, 3 September 2011
Eric sits down with Lisa Holmberg. Lisa is the Senior Channel Market Manager for Honeywell’s Commercial/Industrial Combustion Controls Division. Honeywell isÂ the world’s premier manufacturer of flame safeguard (burner/boiler safety) controls. Lisa’s influence and guidance help keep Honeywell on top.
Lisa and Eric discuss the Â amazing new Honeywell Delphi system, the tremendous value that Honeywell’s distribution network provides customers, the potential dangers and perils of using rebuilt controls, Honeywell’s new C3 contractor program, and what the future holds for the burner/boiler control industry.
Category:Burner and Boiler -- posted at: 3:44am EST
Wed, 15 December 2010
I got a chance to talk with Travis Haas from Â Automation Components Â Inc. (ACI )Â about sensors. ACI is one of the leading manufacturers of HVAC sensors in the world. Based in Middleton, Wisconsin, they make quality temperature, humidity, pressure, and current sensors. In my interview Travis educates us on how to make the right choice when it comes to
sensor selection. Not all sensors are created equally,Â and the great news is that the sensors ACI makes in Wisconsin are some of the best in the world. Stromquist & Company keeps these sensors in stock in both our Atlanta and Florida locations. If you are not in Georgia or Florida, no problem; one of our affiliates at Controls Group North America can help you with your ACI sensor needs.
Click on the start button and find out how ACI can save you time and money when it comes to your temperature, humidity, pressure and current sensors.
Category:HVAC Sensors -- posted at: 5:27pm EST
Tue, 26 October 2010
Products that perform their job so well that you just do not have to think about them are products that on today’s market seem few and far in between. Maxitrol gas regulators are among this line of products that we as suppliers and contractors have come to depend on.
Founded in 1946 Maxitrol’s headquarters are located in Southfield, Michigan.
The Maxitrol 325 series gas regulators are world renown for their use in the domestic natural gas market. The 325 series allows for inlet pressures up to 10 psig with certified 325 series for 2 and 5 psi systems and vent limiters to reduce the costs of installation by removing the need for a separate gas vent line to be installed by the contractor. New 325-7AL series regulator announced in July of 2010 takes the 325 series to new limits of capacities of over 1,000,000 BTUs. The larger RV series and 210 series are used by OEM boiler and burner manufactures worldwide.
Maxitrol’s Selectra series of gas valves, amplifiers, and Selectrastat thermostats with options of different temperature sensors allow the service and repair companies to add electronic modulation to Make Up Air applications and Space Heating applications for environmental climate control, as well as industrial or commercial heating processes.
Maxitrol’s PLUG1, is one of the most innovative devices for the homeowner. PLUG1 allows the homeowner to turn off the gas to an appliance, unplug the gas line, move the appliance for cleaning or any other reason, return the appliance, plug the gas line back in, turn the switch back on, and the appliance is ready for use again.
Plug 1 video (double click black box)
Smart solutions to everyday needs, keep Maxitrol, on top of your needs.
Stromquist and Company is proud to service your Maxitrol needs just give us a call at 1-800-241-9471.
Mon, 18 October 2010
Eric interviews Chris Eichmann who is the director of product and systems sales North America for Johnson controls. In this interview Eric and Chris discuss everything from Johnson Controls AX DDC product offering to how the Johnson Branch, Johnson distributors and independent controls contractors can co exist in the marketplace.
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Category:Johnson Controls -- posted at: 9:51am EST
Mon, 11 October 2010
Tony Kelly is a controls contractor and trainer in New York City. Tony has created a a training series on DDC controls designed to allow the hvac technician in the field a way to learn about and become proficient on DDC controls.Eric and Kelly talk about DDC controls, open systems, and how to become a
better controls tech. Look for Kelly’s excellent training videos and blog on Controltrends. To find out more about Kelly and his training courses please visit his website.
Category:Commercial HVAC -- posted at: 9:11am EST
Wed, 8 September 2010
AIC Wireless has developedÂ wireless productsÂ for HVAC building automation control and monitoring applications. I sat down and talked with Bryan Pike, one of the owners of AIC Wireless, about the company and the reliable products they produce. AIC wireless products are a low cost alternative to long runs of wire or Lon cable to control points in unreachable locations. Â Not sure if wireless is right for your application? Just click on the play button and find out.
What makes AIC products special is that they are very easy to set up; they truly are “plug and play.”AIC wireless is a proven product with successful installations that range from wireless communications from several feet to up to six miles. One of AIC’s higher profile projects was connecting data points at Fort Benning Georgia. Among other things, the AIC wireless control system used their bidirectional transceivers to receive and transmit data over a very hilly Fort Benning terrain. The AIC transceivers used the LonWorks protocol to communicate between a local LonWorks controller and an EMCS control room server. For more information about all the control points that the base monitors and controls check out the case studyby LonMark International.
AIC Wireless can expand any new or existing network. Â The AIC Wireless transceiversÂ operate on a point-to-multipoint architecture, which means that one server transceiver can communicate with multiple client devices. The AIC wireless transceivers work well in near and non-line-of-sight applications, and ranges can go up to forty miles. In addition to the transceivers, you need to make sure you select the proper antenna for longer distances.
Let’s take Â a look at a couple of the products:
If you are a Stromquist & Company customer or are located in Georgia or Florida please contact us at www.stromquist.com for more information on AICÂ Wireless Products others can contact one of our affiliates atÂ Controls Group North America.If you are a Stromquist & Company customer or are located in Georgia or Florida please contact us at www.stromquist.com for more information on AICÂ Wireless Products others can contact one of our affiliates atÂ Controls Group North America.
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Category:Building Automation and Integration -- posted at: 10:48pm EST
Wed, 25 August 2010
What is social network marketing? In the HVAC controls industry, why should we care? Answers to these and other questions are explored with Mitch Joel, one of the leading digital marketers on the planet, andÂ author of Six Pixels of Separation (2009). Social network marketing, or digital marketing, includes webtools like facebook, twitter, and Â google. ItÂ isÂ changing the way business is being done in new and exciting ways. When Google wanted to explain online marketing to the top brands in the world, they brought Mitch Joel in to the Googleplex in Mountain View, California. Marketing Magazine dubbed him the “Rock Star of Digital Marketing,” noting he is “one of North America’s leading digital visionaries.” In 2006 he was named one of the most influential authorities on Blog Marketing in the world. Mitch Joel is President of Twist Image, an award-winning Digital Marketing and Communications agency. I had the pleasure to interview Mitch about social networking in the HVAC industry. HeÂ knows his stuff and what he has to say might surprise you….
Mitch’s book SIX PIXELS OF SEPERATION (2009)Â is a must-read for anyone wanting toÂ understand how digital marketing is and will be changing the way businesses connect.
Mitch does an excellent job of explaining how to create a digital marketing strategy .
The book includes inspiringÂ useful steps to understand and utilize internet tools and why and how you should be using them.
Only after reading this book did I begin to grasp the enormous ramifcationsÂ of digital marketing. Non-participation is not an option.
Times are changing, and as an industry we must embrace these new concepts.Â A stactic website is not enough; you must have an internet presence that allows for open-ended two-way conversations.
Locally, we have a real talent in Judi Knight and her group at New Tricks.Â She has a wonderful free newsletter with information on the latest in social network marketing ideas. New Tricks helped us design the Control Trends website and we have found them to do quality work at an affordable price.
So fellow HVAC industry partners, a whole new world of digital marketing awaits us! Let’s sign up to play! Â Follow me on twitter, sign up for Control Trends and let’s enjoy the ride. Â Once again, thank you, Mitch Joel !
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Category:Business Ideas -- posted at: 12:32am EST
Wed, 17 March 2010
Eric interviews the innovative Brian Turner from Control Co. Eric and Brian discuss everything from “open systems” and how a building owner can make sure they get a great integrationÂ job to the beautiful graphical interface that Control Co developed called prophetsuite. Check out this interview for the latest trends in building automation controls.
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Category:Commercial HVAC -- posted at: 4:50pm EST
Sat, 9 January 2010
Eric interviews the very interesting Pete Baselici from Watt Stopper, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of lighting controls. Topics include: WattÂ Stopper’s newest products, Â “ladderless” commissioning, changes in the ASHRAE 90.1 lighting standard,the difference between ultrasonic and passive Â infrared occupancy sensors, an inexpensive way to eliminate “phantom energy losses” and the new “forced on” lighting control strategy. So if you are looking for ways to save energy in your buildings or for products that can reduce your job installation time, this interview is a must listen.
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Category:Commercial HVAC -- posted at: 10:43pm EST
Sat, 7 November 2009
Eric interviews Scott Cochrane president of Cochrane Supply & Engineering, Madison Heights, Michigan. Scott is a leader and innovator in the HVAC controls industry. Because of Scott, CochraneÂ SupplyÂ was one of the first HVAC controls companies to distribute Tridium software. Eric and Scott discuss open systems, building automation, and controls integration.
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Category:Commercial HVAC -- posted at: 9:08am EST
Mon, 2 November 2009
Eric continues his conversation with Roger Rebennack. In the second part of this two part interview, Roger speaks in more detail about Honeywell’s WEBS AX security offering, what it takes for a HVAC contractor to be successful as a systems integrator, and why a building owner should look to Honeywell’s product offering for all their building automation needs.
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Category:Commercial HVAC -- posted at: 6:39pm EST
Tue, 27 October 2009
In part one of his two part interview, EricÂ talks toÂ the dynamic Roger Rebennack. Roger is a leader in Honeywell’s national WEBS AX Â security group. With over thirty years in the business, Roger is well qualified to speak about the Â rapid changes in access and security, including how to integrate these through open system platforms into building automation control systems.
With the introduction of the Honeywell WEBS-AX security system, the controls business will never be the same. Roger educates both building owners and HVAC contractors on how to take advantage of these unique opportunities.
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Category:Commercial HVAC -- posted at: 1:00am EST
Tue, 20 October 2009
Eric Stromquist – Controltrends.com sits down with Dene Shepherd and Judi Knight from New Tricks to discuss proven internet marketing techniques, why and how you should use social media and digital marketing to grow your HVAC business, and how Dene and Judi helped Eric develop controltrends.com
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About New Tricks: New Tricks, is a full-service design, marketing and web development company specializing in helping all sized businesses use the latest / greatest open source solutions to build a strong online presence and interactive community.
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Category:Business Ideas -- posted at: 2:25pm EST
Thu, 8 October 2009
Jim Hayman joined CGNA in March of 2004 as the Director of Business Development and has helped CGNA grow from 27 to 37 Members and over 50 Preferred Vendors. He came to CGNA from an advertising agency where he worked with the creative team to develop marketing strategies for new accounts with technology companies.
Jim has degrees from Cal-State Fullerton and the University of Nebraska in English. He has written for industry publications and speaks at industry events. Jim and his wife Cheryl reside in Iowa â€“ they have three grown sons, two in college and one married son in the Army.
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For more information about Jim, please visit the CGNA website.
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Category:Commercial HVAC -- posted at: 9:08am EST
Mon, 21 September 2009
Eric interviews Mike Keller. Mike is Honeywell’s Commercial Sales Director for the Americas. Eric and Mike discuss new products from Honeywell, including the new BacNet Spyder Controls. Topics included in their lively discussion are: control trends, open systems, and the future of integration.
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Category:Commercial HVAC -- posted at: 3:48pm EST