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.

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.

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.

Delta has been nominated the following ControlTrends Awards Categories: Building Automation VAV Controller; Building Automation Plant/Equipment Controller; Energy Savings Solution Product; Peripheral Product; Wireless Product/Solution; Lighting Integration Provider/Solution; 3rd Party Visualization Software; Building Analytics Software; Programming Software Tool; Commercial Thermostat; Innovative Product; Building Automation Control System; Building Integration & Automation Software; Best Technical Support Person-Large Manufacturer; Best Technical Support Company-Large Manufacturer; The PID Award; ControlTrends Executive of the Year-Large Manufacturer; and ControlTrends Vendor of the Year-Large Manufacturer!

Well done Delta Controls! To vote for your favorites, click here.

EasyIO Brings Smart Building Control to the World: Partner Event HighLights

Easy 3EasyIO’s first global partner event was a gathering of EasyIO success stories from around the world. The deep networking between manufacturers and vendors, specifying engineers, 3rd party solution providers, systems integrators, and a rather new entity to the scene — solution entrepreneurs with accomplished technical skills and the dashboard/analytic/graphic tools to meet every application, large and small, was a unique integration meld. Everyone present was an experienced guru in some field, and represented a company well-primed and ready for travel to the next round of market opportunities, where ever they may arise. A sort of, have EasyIO, will travel.

Easy IO’s FG-32+ and BMS in a Box, a European residential application (!), and Belimo’s engineering innovations in VAV control and their controller-in-an-actuator technology, will make immediate market impact in Europe and Asia, and once they officially let their “MP-Bus Genie” out of its bottle (because it’s already embedded in every installed actuator) they are going to make major impacts in the North and South American markets as well. Watch out!

ControlTrends gives special thanks to Anja Nilsen, from Bergen, Norway, for helping out with the photography and videography!

Presentation Highlights:

realmadridGuido 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.

Sponsor Presentations:

telefonicaEmilio 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.

BelimoBelimo’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.

innonRadu 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.

Fidelix 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.

openBCMSChris 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.”

Wrap-up:

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 Mombai, 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!

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.

CNSMike Welch of Controls 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.

Also, many of the market headwinds and barriers are diminishing as the pricing of DALI components are normalizing in the North American markets. There are fewer risks and more instances of successful large-scale deployments. Control Network Solutions offers Niagara AX integrators a certified partner program and the additional expertise to navigate past the lighting market’s history and the lighting specification split between the mechanical and electrical sections. Incorporating EnOcean technology into the existing DALI product platform and tools will only enhance and accelerate deployments.

onesightGraham Turner, with OneSight Solutions,a well-established distributor and solutions provider shares his perspective on DALI, as one of UK’s leading building and data center intergators. Many of the building’s systems are already on the Niagara network and this is fantastic opportunity to bring the whole lighting architecture onto the Niagara network as well.

More on DALI to come!

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 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.

With Chris’ system you can control and monitor anything from a garage door to a complete campus wide network of devices. With everything you need on-board.

Click here to see training videos on Open BMCS

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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. In this first segment of ControlTrends coverage, Luis Melgares, Regional Sales Manager, offers some amazing history and insights into Neptronic, a rapidly growing provider of building automation products and solutions.

ControlTalk Now: The Smart Building Podcast Aug 31, 2014

Easy-IOControlTalk 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.

neptronic_logoControlTrends 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.

Kenwithwriting.001CTN 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.

J2Special 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.

JCI2Johnson Controls Supports HVAC Education and Scholarships for University of Hawaii Students
More students at the University of Hawaii may pursue HVAC careers thanks to funding from Johnson Controls. The company’s recent $58,000 gift will fund scholarships and provide equipment for Honolulu Community College’s Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (RAC) program. The vice president for community colleges, Dr. John Morton said, “Sustainability is an important goal but also an important value for the UH Community Colleges. We thank Johnson Controls for its continued support and partnership, and for this generous gift in support of training the future workers in Hawaii’s green industries.”

Nominate12014 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.

realcomm1Don’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!

appy2DGLogik, 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.

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.

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. Thus reducing engineering labor and complexity of customer solutions.

FIN Builder allows you to create custom graphics with powerful navigation, advanced searches, floor plans, air handler, 3D piping/central plants, Custom dashboards and powerful summary screens.

FIN Mobile, whether on a desktop, tablet or smart phone allows you to view your content anywhere on any device.

Together FIN Stack, FIN Builder and FIN Mobile are “FIN 3.0”. The next generation of Building Automation Software.

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. The training will be held September 9th – 11th, 2014. It is a 2 1/2 day training that will get you up to speed on how to use FIN Builder, FIN Stack, and FIN Mobile. You will learn how to apply revolutionary workflow and tools to create a complete a job with; AHUs, VAVs, 3D Central Plant, Dashboards and Floorplans. Also learn first hand how our new “just works!” technology speeds job creation and produces mobile-friendly content automagically.

For more details on how to get started with FIN 3.0, and get signed up for the FIN 3.0 Webinars/Training simply click here or send a message at support@j2inn.com right now – seats are filling up fast!

For more information on future FIN 3.0 training classes & logistics please view the J2 Innovations’ upcoming trainings page.