What is one of the fastest growing industries that needs a lot of controls and control strategies? Well, I will give you a hint: the product is grown in green houses, and the lights, temperature, humidity and CO2 must be spot on. Companies like EASY IO have stepped up to the plate with the control side of the solution. Blue Ridge Technologies can get you dialed in on the lighting, but what about the CO2 monitoring? Here is what you need to know…. [Read more…]
Episode 283: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending September 16, 2018 features a cursory review of the 2018 CGNA Synergy Conference in Chicago; Elon Musk’s AI and the Future Podcast; Contemporary Controls heads to the Honeywell October Momentum in Orlando; and Functional Devices introduces their brand new logo. Stay tuned for the 2018 ControlTrends Awards nomination phase, which will begin shortly! Get ready to nominate the industry’s best products, solutions, vendors, Master Systems Integrators, and more.
Elon Musk on AI and the Future: How will this Change Smart Buildings? In a rare podcast interview Elon Musk, joins Joe Rogan (one of my favs) among other things they discuss the future of AI and how it will effect everything and everyone (yes, Ken Sinclair, even Smart Buildings). This is intriguing, scary, thought-provoking, and controversial. This is when Elon Musk allegedly smokes pot during the interview and sends Tesla stock tumbling.Caution: please beware there is lot of bad language and behavior in this video, but it’s worth it in my humble opinion.
Contemporary Controls’ September Control Network Newsletter: Latest Innovations, Technical Tips and Product Updates. Industrial Ethernet University 15-Year Anniversary: For the past 15 years, the Industrial Ethernet University (IEU) has been teaching proper protocols and applications through self-guided lessons. To celebrate its anniversary, IEU has been updated with a new look, to better present the educational material.
RIB Functional Devices — Introducing Our Brand New Logo We want to make it clear that, although we may look new and different, nothing has changed under the hood. We will still be providing you with the same top quality customer service and American made products we always have. This marks the beginning of a new chapter in Functional Devices’s story, and we’re very excited to finally be sharing it with all of you!
In a rare podcast interview Elon Musk, joins Joe Rogan (one of my favs) among other things they discuss the future of AI and how it will effect everything and everyone (yes, Ken Sinclair, even Smart Buildings).
This is intriguing, scary, thought-provoking, and controversial. This is when Elon Musk allegedly smokes pot during the interview and sends Tesla stock tumbling.
Caution: please beware there is lot of bad language and behavior in this video, but it’s worth it in my humble opinion.
Episode 282: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending September 9, 2018 continues with its international flavor with reportage from Tuscany, Italy. HVACR industry update and best States for technicians to work in; Register for Johnson Controls’ Custom Solution Webinar; EasyIO releases updated Education & Training Announcement and Advanced Class Training Schedule; and Project Haystack Connections Magazine Fall 2018 edition call for Contributions.
HVACR Careers: Choosing the Right State — The Top States to Work in. Heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) contractors looking for plentiful job opportunities, high salaries, available training and large numbers of service calls should head to Ohio or California, according to a list of top states to work in HVACR compiled by Emerson. (Source: Becky Hoelscher, AC & Heating Connect| Aug. 17, 2018)
Johnson Controls Integrated Comfort Solution Webinar: 6 Way Valves, Actuators & Terminal Units: The Efficient HVAC System Choice for Your Building. Building owners today are seeking a new solution with greater accuracy and more precise control of their HVAC system for improved efficiency and energy-savings. Join us for a one-hour webinar on Thursday, September 20 at 1pm CST to hear why terminal units paired with a six-way valve and a 270 degrees proportional actuator is the right choice for an energy efficient building.
EasyIO’s Education & Training Announcement and Advanced Class Training Schedule. Education & Training: Before you purchase any product from EasyIO from an authorized partner, you must complete our CPT training. You may find upcoming training classes here or contact an authorized partner. You may also familiarize yourself with our online CPT training videos on this page. If you are new to HVAC and controls technology, the BEST program is a collaboration of nationwide colleges that provide beginning to advanced training and other resources.
Project Haystack Connections Magazine Fall 2018 Call for Contributions. Project Haystack is excited to announce that the next issue of Connections Magazine is in development and will be published in early January 2019. The Connections Magazine reports the news from the Project Haystack community from around the world and provides updates on the development of working groups, new tagging models, reference implementations, complimentary applications, and use case stories from the community working together to make device data easier to use across applications of all types.
Episode 281: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending September 2, 2018 is a truncated version of CTN from Eric’s hotel room in Rome, Italy, where we are joined periodically by his daughter, Evelyn Grace. Check out J2 Innovations’ Building Technologies Innovation Recap; Blue Ridge Technologies takes you from broken to BACnet in 4 hours; Belimo 5-Step HVAC Retrofit Webinar; BASSG’s new Niagara-Intesisbox Gateway; Optergy’s Proton 2.0.6a update is now available; and Ken Sinclair’s September edition of Automated Buildings is a must read.
J2 Innovations — Building Technologies Innovation Open Finalist — Check out the 2018 Recap. This week, we were honored to present and compete at Building Technologies Innovation Open 2018 as one of their finalist teams. The BT Innovation Open is an event organized by Siemens and designed to foster innovation for their building technology division.
Blue Ridge Technologies Solutions — Shows You how to go from Broken to BACnet in 4 Hours. Blue Ridge Technologies manufactures proven energy management solutions with a focus on Unified Lighting Control. Our solutions complete the Building Automation System. The Blue Ridge approach ensures our solutions are delivered, not merely sold, while our Wide-Open design offers unparalleled versatility.
Belimo Webinar – 5 Steps to HVAC Retrofitting. 5 Steps to HVAC Retrofitting: Many commercial, health-care, and school buildings experience inefficient HVAC system performance. Problems can include complaints concerning occupant comfort, increasing operation costs, and system maintenance issues. Frequently the culprit is either non-functioning or underperforming damper actuators or control valves.
BASSG’s Announces New Tridium Niagara – Intesisbox Integration Gateway for VRF and Ductless Split Systems. BASSG Announcement: Tridium Niagara Framework driver released for the integration of over 30 brands of Ductless Split and VRF HVAC systems using the IntesisBox WIFI gateway. Alper Uzmeler of BASSG in Austin, TX has successfully implemented the driver required to facilitate the connectivity to the IntesisBox.
Optergy Announcement: Proton 2.0.6a is Now Available! Optergy is pleased to announce the latest Proton update which includes new features, improvements, and fixes. Click here to view release notes. Proton is an innovative software based building controller that combines energy and building management features, uses an intuitive web interface, and can connect to a companion IOS or Android application suitable for use with mobile devices. This economical software manages up to 100 BACnet , Modbus devices or Meters , and has built-in database, programming & tools.
Ken Sinclair’s Automated Buildings’ September, 2018 Issue, “Building Better Bots Mindful and Open.” Self-learning Machine Vision Rising to Best of Edge Bot Breed! In his September edition of Automated Buildings, Ken Sinclair concludes that “the most important component of the open movement is opening our minds while growing younger.” Ken also cites Self-learning Machine Vision as the newest and most cost-effective Edge Bot Capability yet. Read more!
Episode 280: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending August 26, 2018 provides advanced insight into the 2018 ControlTrends Awards, which will be held at Atlanta’s prestigious Fox Theatre — the perfect venue for the event. Marc Petock, our Master of Ceremonies, joins our discussion about the ControlTrends Awards and provides application information and product insight into some new Edge-to-Enterprise products and solutions available from Lynxspring. Also, don’t miss DOE’s free Smart Grid webinar coming up this week!
In The News: Lynxspring Announces New Cellular Router. Lynxspring, Inc. (https://www.lynxspring.com), a premier developer and provider of open, IP-control solutions for building automation, energy management, and edge-to-enterprise integration, announced today the availability of a new 4G LTE™ Onyxx® CE121 Cellular Router.
Smart Grid: Introducing the Grid Project Impact Quantification Tool – Updated Link. Make Informed Grid Investments. Make Informed Grid Investments! Join this Advanced Grid Research webinar on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 1:00 PM Eastern. Register Now! Insight into how grid technology performs can be tough to get quickly! Result — like cost and energy savings, peak shaving, ramping requirements and fossil fuel usage — depend heavily on the usage, energy mix, geography and consumer behavior.
Lynxspring, Inc. (https://www.lynxspring.com), a premier developer and provider of open, IP-control solutions for building automation, energy management, and edge-to-enterprise integration, announced today the availability of a new 4G LTE™ Onyxx® CE121 Cellular Router.
The Onyxx CE121 4G LTE Cellular Router is [Read more…]
As we prepared for the EASY IO Global Event in Manchester, England in 2017, we made a stop in Edinburgh, the home of the Scottish Enlightenment. We believe we are in a Smart Buildings Controls Renaissance and explain the parallels as we explore Edinburgh, and explain what is relevant to what is happening in Smart Building Controls.
Episode 278: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending August 12, 2018, finds automatedbuildings.com’s Ken Sinclair stepping in as co-host for the vacationing Ken Smyers, who is in Mexico (confounded with intermittent internet).
The fascinating Lawrence Ampofo, one of the worlds foremost authorities on digital mindfulness, joins us as this week’s ControlTalk NOW guest. We dedicate the entire episode to this globally recognized expert. In our discussion with Lawrence, we learn what digital mindfulness is, why it is relevant, and most importantly, how the ControlTrends Community can apply the ideas presented in this podcast to the smart buildings they serve.
Lawrence Ampofo, PhD, is the founder of Digital Mindfulness, a global community of companies and professionals uncovering the value of creating time well spent digital experiences, He is at the forefront of the group of companies and thought leaders around the world raising awareness of the potential of humane technologies. He works with enterprises, startups and developers to build time well spent digital experience for users, and meaningful engagement for businesses across a range of channels (mobile, IoT, social media, digital transformation). He has presented his work on social media intelligence at Oxford University, NATO, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, as well as global marketing conferences and private events. He has given keynote speeches on behaviour design, time well spent experiences and digital wellness at such places as Google, Spredfast Smart Social, and The Guardian.
His first co-authored book, Innovations in Digital Research Methods was published by Sage in 2015. Thank you Lawrence for helping enlightening our smart buildings community.
So what is digital mindfulness?
I believe it is a dynamic, ever changing concept, that mirrors the evolution of technology, people, and buildings. According to the digital mindfulness website, “Digital Mindfulness specialises in facilitating innovation around time well spent digitised experiences. Through our current areas of focus; Digital Wellness, Digital Transformation, and Technology Design we facilitate the creation of time well spent digitised experiences for the benefit of businesses and people around the world.
Digging deeper, [Read more…]