Yes, I know it is a bit of a play on words, but Barry Gordon and the team at ACI do not play around — when it comes to making current sensors and other products for the smart buildings controls professional. ACI has started doing live video training! We announced the first one a couple of weeks ago. If you missed it, no worries, you can watch it right here, right now.
Lots of great people and Smart Buildings Controls Experts at the 2016 RealComm/IBcon chow. I got a chance to be the “in the field reporter” for Realcomm Conference Live, and one of the people I interviewed was Intellastar’s Terry Casey. With the likes of controls superstars Terry, Steve Lynch, and Jerry, Andy, and Brian Frank, Intellastar has put together the “dream team” of the smart buildings controls industry.
Intellastar boasts that their platform Inferstack is the only smart buldings controls platform you will ever need and with good reason:
InferStack™ has all the features needed to connect, control, analyze, and manage Buildings and Equipment for this new paradigm of the Internet of Things.
InferStack™ brings all the new, advanced capabilities to create custom Dashboards that brings meaning, to data through advanced Analytics and Data Visualization to make Operations most efficient.
The Software platform also brings the standard features that are tried and trusted – Plant Graphics, Control, Trend Logging, Scheduling and Reporting – but with more elegant presentation and simpler Engineering processes that need far fewer clicks to configure. With the Haystack Data Model, many functions can be created automatically and the things we build are reusable across multiple plants, buildings, and entities.
Mobile Users get the same rich experience on their Apple iOS and Android devices using their free app.
Thanks to Terry for sharing his knowledge of the smart buildings controls industry, be sure to check Intellastar out by clicking here.
Honeywell keeps coming up with cool stuff. Yes, thermostats are cool, because there are different shapes, sizes, colors, and apps. But, look at this video to see how Honeywell takes the cool to the next level and makes it practical. No need to worry about coming home and finding out your pipe burst or a leak turned into a flood. The Honeywell Lyric will let you know before problems get out of hand. I wonder what else they will hang onto their residential thermostat network?
ControlTalk NOW for week ending June 26, 2016 takes a deeper dive into Realcomm/IBcon 2016 with Marc Petock joining us as co-host. Our first special guest was Intelligent Buildings’ Co-founder, Intelligent Buildings, Tom Shircliff, who shares his insight into some of the new technologies displayed at the show — soon to impact the industry, and the increased emphasis on water. Cyber security must be elevated to an organization’s highest priority, and physical measures, often overlooked, are of extreme importance to an effective cyber security program.
Our next guest was Jeff Houpt, President and CEO at Automation Integrated, LLC, (AI) one of the premiere Master Systems Integrators in the country. The age of Analytics is upon us, in the very real sense, because analytics are the currency of the future that will provide so much value to the property managers. AI is launching Blue Forge its latest IoT application, which will change the analytic landscape.
Our next guest was Shaun Klann, Executive Vice President, Intelligent Buildings. Shaun clarified that the least expensive tenant to acquire is an existing tenant, and that by extended environmental control to occupants will enhance and improve their user experience.
One of the major topics of discussion at this years Realcomm/IBcon was analytics. Things like how do you gather the data, how do you process it, how do you see it, and how do you use? I had the privilege of sitting down with Brandon Weber from Hightower to get a fresh perspective on the hottest trend in the Smart Building Control industry. Hightower’s solutions are all about supercharging your leasing business, while avoiding risks, saving time, and making better decisions — from anywhere. Hightower’s leasing management is designed to streamline the entire end-to-end commercial leasing process, and Brandon’s interview gives us the in-depth details!
The last several years Intel has been showing up in force at smart buildings and building automation controls conferences. So, what is their play in our space? To find out I was lucky enough to have a conversation with one of the people in charge of Intel’s smart buildings initiative, Sunita Shenoy, Intel’s Director of Products, whose mission statement is: Fueling “Internet of Things” through Smart Building Solutions. Great interview and special thanks to Sunita — for giving us deeper insight to Intel’s vision and product road map.
Ever wondered how life would be if your smart buildings systems integration company was acquired by one of the largest real estate companies in the world? I had a chance to catch up with one of the smartest smart buildings integrators on the planet, Paul Oswald, to find out. As a long-time system integrator, Paul merged his company ESI with CBRE, and is now known as CBRE/ESI. Hear what he has to say about how this merger changed his approach to smart building controls, as well as his thoughts on the new technologies on display at the 2016 RealComm/IBcon show.
Lynxspring’s Chris Ryan flexes Integration Knowledge at the 2016 Niagara Summit. While the potential for using data to improve energy and operational efficiencies is significant, the difficulty of organizing and understanding the data can be challenging. One of the challenges of working with data is it can be very hard to organize and use across different applications. It is stored in different formats, has inconsistent naming conventions and lacks information to describe what it means.
Streamlining the interchange of data from BACnet devices and building and systems, The Onyxx BACnet to Haystack Data Pump provides network communication and data exchange. The device handles the protocol translation of BACnet points to manageable Haystack points. Acting as a BACnet client device the Onyxx Data Pump manages all BACnet/BACnet/IP/Ethernet or BACnet MS/TP devices connected to it.
We caught up with Richard McElhinney from Airmasters. Richard gives an in-depth demo of Plant Pro’s alluring and efficient chiller plant optimization controller. Richard McElhinney is a leading systems integrator from “down under” and our “unofficial official” ControlTrends correspondent. A veteran of many campaigns, Richard is a valuable source of information on the trends impacting building automation and the future of Smart Buildings.
Contemporary Control’s George Thomas, founder and president shows us what is up with the cool products he and his team make for the systems integrators across the globe. Contemporary Controls designs and manufactures the system building blocks for networking, integrating, and controlling automation processes where performance and reliability are critical. Contemporary Controls’ products are built upon open technologies such as ARCNET®, BACnet®, Controller Area Network (CAN), Ethernet, Modbus®, Niagara Framework®, Sedona Framework™, and are typically found in building and industrial automation industries.