ControlTalk NOW Week Ending February 9, 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.

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DataEyeControlco’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.

SGIP CALL FOR PARTICIPAN​TS–Smart Grid Interopera​bility Panel (SGIP) Priority Action Plan (PAP) 21: Harmonized Weather Informatio​n Model”>CALL FOR PARTICIPAN​TS–Smart Grid Interopera​bility Panel (SGIP) Priority Action Plan (PAP) 21: Harmonized Weather Informatio​n 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.

connexenergyPanoramic 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.

led-lf-logo_webThe 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:
• Phosphor conversion, in which a phosphor is used on or near the LED to convert the colored light to white light; • RGB systems, in which light from multiple monochromatic LEDs (red, green, and blue) is mixed, resulting in white light; and • A hybrid method, which uses both phosphor-converted and monochromatic LEDs.

ico-stromquistDrones 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.

DOEShining 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.

automatedbuildingsThe 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.

skullLeading 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.

OME_logoControlTalk 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.

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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Ken Smyers

Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of the CTA Awards. HVAC and Security Sales Engineer and Integration Consultant with over thirty years of industry experience.

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