Haystack Connect from a Systems Integrator’s Perspective

So what is all the buzz about Haystack Connect? And why is it so important to building automation controls and data analytics?

Project Haystack is an open source initiative to streamline working with data from the Internet of Things. We standardize semantic data models and web services with the goal of making it easier to unlock value from the vast quantity of data being generated by the smart devices that permeate our homes, buildings, factories, and cities. Applications include automation, control, energy, HVAC, lighting, and other environmental systems.

To find out why it is so important to today’s master systems integrators we tracked down one of the smartest building automation controls systems integrators on the planet, Jason Houck, from Hepta Systems. See what Jason had to say.

New Product Review : Functional Devices BACnet Network Relay

We had a chance to catch up with Kelly Holmes from Functional Devices at the 2015 CGNA Vendor Showcase. Kelly showed us a cool new product from Functional Devices, the RIBTW24B-BCAO enclosed BACnet® MS/TP Network Relay Device.

Functional Devices designs products that make the contractors life easier. Competitively priced and easy to use the RIBTW24B-BCAD is no exception. With One Binary Output (20 Amp Relay SPDT + Override); One Binary Input (Dry Contact, Class 2); One Analog Output (0-5 Vdc, 0-10 Vdc, or 4-20 mA), One Analog Input (T2/T3 Thermistor / 0-5 Vdc / 0-10 Vdc); 24 Vac/dc Power Input; and an Optional End of Line Resistor (EOL) included the RIBTW24B-BCAD has everything you need to connect to your Building Automation Control System.

Fort more information reach out to your local CGNA distributor.

“Off to a Great Start!” Project Haystack’s Executive Director John Petze Reports

Executive Director, John Petze, regaled ControlTrends with the exciting news that 2015 Haystack Connect is off to a great start: New people, new vendors, more consultants, and the spirit of collaboration that includes the likes of Siemens, have all helped Project Haystack emerge as the leading initiative that helps people, at all levels, get more value from their systems. In order to use advanced analytic techniques, enhanced reporting, and comprehensive energy analysis, you must go through the process of tagging data. Project Haystack seeks make this a machine to machine effort using self-describing data that would eliminate significant costs. Project Haystack: It’s time to make the use of self-describing data the specified norm.

2015 Haystack Connect Day One — General Session, Opening Comments, and Keynote Speakers

Marc Petock and John Petze hit the stage running and kicked off the 2015 Haystack Connect with a grateful thanks to the Project Haystack Sponsors and its 900 Haystack community members, 245 of which, were present at the General Session. Project Haystack has grown by 45% over the last two years. Special recognition was given to Lynxspring, Contemporary Controls, KMC’s Conquest, J2 Innovations, BASSG, and Plant Pro/Air Masters for their efforts in developing Haystack applications.

David Mantell of Vodaphone, was the first keynote speaker. David reviewed Global M2M Platforms and Vodafone’s Dedicated M2M Managed Services Engine. M2M will play an increasing important role in Energy Data Management by providing greater visibility of operating conditions, automated monitoring, alarm notifications, and remote control. M2M visibility is now critical because customers want “one hand to shake” or “one throat to choke,” and how M2M now links customers directly to the manufacturers for issues and resolutions.

Second Keynote Speaker: Dr. Milan Milenkovic, Principal Engineer in Intel Labs, Santa Clara, CA. Dr. Milan Milenkovic has worked in industry and academia, doing research on distributed computing, operating systems and a variety of emerging technologies. He is currently the principal investigator of the POEM project that explores uses of dynamic personal sensing, by integrating data from all sensors that may surround a user in a given setting or time. Dr. Milan Milenkovic, Intel reviewed the world of existing buildings and the lack of a holistic operation and how computing economics, pervasive connectivity, and Big Data and Analytics are driving aggregation and optimization. Dr. Milenkovic also reviewed Intel’s dive into Haystack and Intel’s work with Daikin McQuay and KMC’s school project, École secondaire publique Gisèle-Lalonde, one of the most IoT ready school in North America.

CGNA 2015 Vendor Show Case: Honeywell Genesis Cable

All great control systems need the right cable and wire. ControlTrends caught up with Randy Lee, VP Sales, Electrical & HVAC Division and Honeywell Genesis Series Cable, at the 2015 CGNA Vendor Showcase and got the 411 on Honeywell’s new merchandising efforts, which include adding Contractor Pro Point rewards, new point of sale displays, and the new wire legend — marked on every reel, to know exactly how much more wire is left in the box. The newly designed carton is strong enough to stand on, made of 100% recyclable cardboard, and includes brake mechanism options — to make pulling wire a lot easier.

Siemens has a winner with the RDY2000 Thermostat

We caught up with Siemens at the 2015 CGNA Vendor Showcase. They introduced us to several cool new products. One of the ones we like a lot is the RDY2000 light commercial thermostat.The RDY2000 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.

The RDY2000 can do the work of several thermostats. Proving its versatility, this thermostat can control conventional systems with up to three stages of heating and three stages of cooling, as well as heat pumps with up to two compressors and up to two stages of auxiliary heat. Perfect for commercial HVAC equipment, the RDY2000 features outputs that control humidification/dehumidification equipment, maintain indoor air quality with optional CO2 sensor, maximize energy savings with interface to economizer controls, and interface with lighting systems based on business day schedule to reduce operating costs. The unit puts advanced HVAC control strategies within reach of small businesses, without the cost of a Building Automation System. The “brains” behind its beauty allow businesses to use the onboard temperature and humidity sensors or optional external sensors (up to four) to create a customized, yet affordable solution.

The best place to get more information or to purchase a Siemens RDY2000 is from one of our friends at CGNA ( Controls Group North America). Click here to locate your closest CGNA distributor and tell them “Kenny and Eric sent you.”

CGNA Vendor Showcase: Blue Ridge Technologies

We had a chance to catch up with Bill Dunkleberger from Blue Ridge Technologies at the 2015 CGNA Controls Vendor Showcase. CGNA is a group of the top HVAC and building automation controls distributors on the planet that come together to create unparalleled value in the market place.
Blue Ridge technologies is a great example of the quality vendors that are represented in the group. As you can see in this video, Bill and his team provide a very powerful and easy to use lighting solutions. Blue Ridge has developed an approach called Unified 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.

When a complete Building Automation System (BAS) is required, Unified Lighting Control is the superior lighting control solution. Contact your local CGNA distributor to find out more.

Unboxing the Sierra Monitor Dual Port BACnet Router

We had the privilege to review Sierra Monitor’s BTL Certified BACnet Router – the protocol router spearheading the theme of ease-of-use. We’re sure system integrators love saving time and costs, right? Sierra Monitor introduced this great product back in January, and since then, it has gained a lot of traction in the building automation industry.

It really is easy to use, with great features like DeviceFind™, their unique BACnet device discovery feature, and two RS-485 ports for connecting up to 64 devices without the use of additional line drivers. With BTL certification to the latest revision, a smooth web interface, and competitive pricing to boot, we think Sierra Monitor’s BACnet Router deserves its recognition in the industry as a terrific product.

Carl Johnsen, and His Amazing 42 Year Career with Honeywell — A Tribute

ControlTrends had a chance to spend some time with one of the great controls people in the HVAC and Building Automation Controls Industry. Carl Johnsen’s career with Honeywell spans 42 years, and it was an absolute delight to interview Carl at the 2015 AHR show in Chicago. From his early days selling and supporting pneumatic controls, to the advent of DDC controls, on to the fully integrated building automation control systems of today, Carl Johnsen met the challenges of changing technology with determined optimism and success. Carl Johnsen’s enduring personal commitment and professional contributions, rendered both to the HVAC industry at large, and individually, to each of his customers — are immeasurable, and greatly regarded and respected. Carl Johnsen has set standards by which others in our industry will be measured. And in the words of another industry icon, when a person like Carl Johnsen does retire, an inestimable amount of “tribal knowledge” will leave the building when Carl walks out it doors. Best regards, Carl. You will be missed.

Honeywell’s Carl Johnsen from Eric Stromquist on Vimeo.