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, and utilizing the new optimizing technologies available to provide significant energy savings for existing data center applications. Smart Building Works, out of Pittsburgh, PA, specializes in high performance infrastructure systems, high efficiency buildings, and common sense sustainability.

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 massive first phase, which integrated the base building functions: chiller plant, cooling towers, and occupied floor space with 400 VAV boxes, is complete, and now Alan’s department monitors and optimizes the building system performance — and anticipate problems using data-rich dashboards. Parkway Realty, who has recently won Atlanta’s E3 Award for water-saving initiatives, actively shares building energy and water consumption information with their tenants to modify behavior and help tenants understand how important they are in energy and water conservation.

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. Since its formation in March of 2011, has grown tremendously (now, over 500 members) providing the industry with an open-source, collaborative environment where people work together to address the challenge of utilizing semantic modeling (also known as tagging) to streamline the interchange of data among software applications. The community has developed a flexible, extensible, data modeling approach and standard models for common equipment systems.

The standard includes detailed documentation describing the data modeling techniques, significant libraries of equipment models, and software reference implementations to easily enable software applications to consume smart device data that is “marked up” with Project-Haystack data descriptions.

More background on Project-Haystack. Modern automations systems, metering systems and other smart devices produce tremendous amount of data, but this data is hard to utilize across different applications because it is stored in many different formats, has inconsistent naming conventions, and very limited data descriptors. Simply put, it lacks information to describe the meaning of the data.

Project-Haystack helps address these challenges. The work developed by the Project-Haystack community streamlines the process of managing, presenting and analyzing the vast amount of data produced by smart devices and equipment systems. Project-Haystack data modeling techniques can be used with virtually any type of system data. The community’s work not tied to any vendor, or communication protocol.

More from Intelligent Buildings’ Tom Shircliff and Rob Murchison

IB2Intelligent 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. Tom Shircliff – Intelligent Buildings / Rob Murchison – Intelligent Buildings

Strategy Development: Strategy is the foundation of smart real estate and should be concise and clear with a value proposition that has defined measurement and management criteria.
* Corporate Technology Roadmap
* Industry Research
* Educational Workshops
* Organizational Alignment
* Financial Analysis
* Risk Analysis

Solution Architecture:It’s critical to have industry knowledge of dozens of controls systems types, IT infrastructure and the latest cloud-based analytics providers to develop holistic architecture.
* Solution Architecture
* Building Standards & Specs
* Reference Architecture
* Vendor Recommendations
* Integrated System Design
* Risk Analysis
* Master System Integrator Services

Program Management: Program management bring the strategy and architecture to life and requires both experience in the trenches and the ability to link the executive perspective to the realities of the field.
* Project Management
* Program Technology Advisor
* Strategy & Standard Compliance
* Ongoing Education
* Progress Reporting
* Measurement

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; parks and recreation facilities; ski resorts, golf courses… the uses for this technology and the future possibilities for Terosaur are unlimited — so, be sure to check AJ out at Terosaur and tell him ControlTrends sent you!

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.

Hepta is a superior provider of services including the installation and integration of Building Automation and Security Systems. Qualified to work on fourteen different Automation brands, they are one of the most diverse Control Contractors in the world. They service commercial, industrial and multi-dwelling buildings markets.

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? No, don’t join the Navy, instead make plans to attend EASY IO’s World Event taking place in Madrid, Spain this September 15-17. The event is filling up fast! So, act now or a navy recruiter might be your next best option for a European tour.

Need more reasons? Let’s see, (the mix is incredible): The sights (beautiful women) and sounds (flamingo dancers), and exotic foods of historic Madrid; training on the CTA award-winning FG-32 DDC Controller of the Year, the Beast, the new Mega Beast, and other Easy IO products; Golfing at Los Angeles de San Rafael Club de GOLF and tour of the Santiago Bernabéu Real Madrid football stadium; the one-of-a-kind expert training and the application knowledge of Mad Mike Marston, the Man, the Myth, the Legend; and more tango dancing and “the sights.” Do you need more reasons?

Click here for more details on the Global EasyIO Partner Event. madrid1

Still need another reason? Well, I’m not an accountant, but I’m pretty sure yours would tell you that this is a legit way to go to Europe and write it off on your taxes. I’m just saying…

Click here to reserve your place.

2013 ControlTrends Awards Highlight: Tridium’s Ed Merwin Co Winner PID Award

Share in all the excitement as we look back at the 2013 ControlTrends Awards and watch as Ed Merwin from Tridium and Easy IO’s Mike Marston are announced as Co winners of the prestigous 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!

Seeing is Believing: The Internet of Things At Work

Thanks to Ken Sinclair,automated, for sharing this video with us.

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.

Will the Building Automation Control System be the hub or just a spoke on the wheel?

Rob Allen’s 7 Minutes in Control: The New Honeywell AX Compatibility Checker Tool

Honeywell Hits a Home Run with the New WEBs-AX Compatibility Checker.

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 software components or tools for a given AX system, and compatibility between them. WEBs-AX folks need to watch this episode of Rob Allen’s 7 minutes in Control!

Compatibility Checker software has the following built-in utilities:
Latest Release Finder: This utility helps you to find the latest and greatest released software components and tools.
Version Finder: This utility helps you to find the complete list of supported Spyder Tool, Sylk devices, Venom Tool, and Library versions.
Compatibility Checker: This utility helps you to verify the internal compatibility of a given AX system.
Spyder Modules Finder: This utility helps you to find the software modules information (JAR files with versions) for WEBs Spyders.
Automatic Updates: This tool will automatically check for updates to the compatibility information once a month and if an update exists, it will pull down the latest information and update it for you.