The 2015 Connected Community Collaboratory Finishes Strong with Summary and Q & A

Ken Sinclair’s group of Industry experts finished the 2015 Connected Community Collaboratory with a compelling crescendo, then took the conversation to an even deeper level, as they answered several thought-provoking questions from the audience. Great job Ken, Marc, John, Andy, Jim, and Paul.

Part 7 : Collective Community Collaboratory Q&A from Eric Stromquist on Vimeo.

Rob Allen’s 7 Minutes in Control: Erich Kreuter KMC Controls

In this episode Rob welcomes KMC’s Erich Kreuter and they talk all about the C word! The 5 C’s as defined by KMC’s new product offering.KMC’s new suite of Smart Building and Building Automation Controls. Check it out and be prepared to be amazed.

Part 6: Jim O’Callaghan at The 2015 Connected Community Collaboratory

EnOcean’s Jim O’Callaghan brings his unique perspective too the 2015 Connected Community Collaboratory. Among other things, Jim shares his thoughts on how the Building Automation Control World will look when the world goes from the 70 million sensors that exist today to the estimated 100 Billion sensors that will control and influence our world in 2020. Very compelling stuff!

2014 ControlTrends Hall Of Fame Inductee H. Michael Newman

Mike NeumanCongratulations again to H. Michael Newman the father of BACnet on his induction to the 2014 ControlTrends Hall of Fame. To see Automated Buildings’ Ken Sinclair, induct Mike into the Hall oF Fame click here.

Mike has been a member of the Association of Energy Engineers, the Cornell Society of Engineers, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and is a senior member of the Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society. H. Michael Newman recently authored Direct Digital Control of Building Systems: Theory and Practice.

As a Fellow and Life Member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Mike has served on the Research and Technical Committee that supervised the Society’s research program and its technical committees; was an officer of TC 1.4, the technical committee on control theory and application; was the chairman of Standard Project Committee 135P which developed the BACnet® building automation and control network communication protocol and was chairman of the follow-on standing standard project committee, SSPC 135, responsible for interpreting and extending BACnet, up until July 2000.

Mike graduated “with distinction” from Cornell University in 1965 with a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics. A year later he was awarded a master’s degree in the same field and subsequently did post-graduate work in astrophysics at the NASA Center for Radiophysics and Space Research. Following 10 years as a pilot and flight instructor, during which he assisted in the design and maintenance of aircraft electronics installations, Mike returned to Cornell to take charge of the installation and development of the University’s computerized energy management and control system. The system now serves over 225 buildings with nearly 980,000 sensor and control points, features extensive graphic display and plotting capabilities, and was one of the first such systems to make use of multiuser, multiprotocol computers in an integrated, multivendor field panel environment. Mike is presently Manager of the Building Automation and Control Systems Integration group within Facilities Services at Cornell University.

In June of 2003 he received ASHRAE’s Standards Achievement Award and in 2010 its Distinguished Service Award. He has served as convener of the committee’s XML Working Group that published the BACnet Web Services addendum, BACnet/WS, and is presently the convener of the Elevator – Working Group. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of BACnet International, the successor group to the BACnet Manufacturers’ Association, the Chairman of the ASHRAE Standards Committee, which oversees all of ASHRAE’s standards work, and a member of Technology Council. He has contributed to the development of the Professional Development Seminar on “Automatic Temperature Control,” and served as a speaker for the PDS on “DDC for HVAC Monitoring and Control” for 12 years. He has contributed to several revisions of the ASHRAE handbook chapter on “Automatic Control.”

In 1999 he co-authored the “GSA Guide to Specifying Interoperable Building Automation and Control Systems Using ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 135-1995, BACnet” that was published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and is still used throughout the federal government. He is the author of an award-winning book from Wiley Interscience entitled “Direct Digital Control of Building Systems – Theory and Practice” and his second book, “BACnet – The Global Standard for Building Automation and Control Networks,” was published by Momentum Press in August 2013.

Mike has served as a consultant to the Architect of the Capitol, the National Institute of Building Sciences, and NIST in Washington, DC, as well as to several private companies. He was a member of the United States delegation to the International Energy Agency’s Advisory Review Board on the subject of the use of microelectronic control systems for energy conservation in buildings. He has served as a U.S. expert to the International Organization for Standardization’s ISO/TC 205, Building Environment Design, at meetings throughout the world and is currently Chairman of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group and the U.S. Head of Delegation. In the 1990’s, he was a presenter at the “Forum Home and Building Automation” in Paris; participated in the formation of the BACnet Interest Group – Europe in Frankfurt; and was the keynote speaker at a BACnet seminar in Sydney, Australia. At the Congress Building Performance in 2000, again in Frankfurt, he presented a paper entitled “BACnet – Past, Present and Future.”

In 2001 he was a member of a 3-person delegation to Beijing and Wuhan, China, that presented BACnet to businessmen, academics and government officials of the Ministry of Construction. The same delegation visited Tokyo and Osaka in 2002 to make presentations at the “International BACnet Symposium” sponsored by the Institute of Electrical Installation Engineers of Japan. In more recent years, he visited Seoul to present a BACnet update to the Intelligent Building Society of Korea; attended the launch of the BACnet Interest Group – Middle East in Dubai, UAE and then went on to Moscow to speak at SHK 2004. Over the last 10 years, he has participated in ISO/TC 205 meetings in Seoul, Paris, Cairo, Delft, Kyoto, Sydney, La Rochelle, Stockholm, and Wuxi..

In 1999 Mike was selected by the Twin Tiers Chapter of ASHRAE to receive its Engineer of the Year Award and, in 2001, received an award of the same name from the Broome Chapter of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers.

Mike has been a member of the Association of Energy Engineers, the Cornell Society of Engineers, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and is a senior member of the Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society.

Let the Good Temps Roll: Honeywell RedLINK Wins Thermostat of the Year

Honeywell’s RedLINK thermostat prevailed in one of the most heavily contested categories of the 2014 ControlTrends Awards. Honeywell’s exclusive RedLINK Wireless Technology’s ability to meet comfort needs and provide APP-connections that yield the greatest customer satisfaction (and expanded business opportunities), while offering an unparalleled array of accessory add-ons that increase the ease of connected installations.

2014 Controltrends Residental Thermostat of The Year from Eric Stromquist on Vimeo.

Contractors, homeowners, and building owners have made Honeywell the world’s number one thermostat choice for many reasons. Reliability, application flexibility, and installation ease shine through. Customers can count on Honeywell’s commitment to innovation and technology to keep them on the leading edge. Choose Honeywell for a full line of quality thermostats to meet the needs of every residential and light commercial application, budget, and customer!

Product Review: Loytec Building Automation Controls

We had a chance to catch up with Daryl Clasen, from Loytec, at the 2015 AHR Show. In addition to a complete line of Smart Building and Building Automation Controls, Daryl introduces us to the Loytec VAV controller with Smart sensor and some of the most gorgeous, flexible touch pad panels you will ever see. Check it out and let me know what you think in comments. Speaking of comments, here is one overheard at the AHR Show, “Loytec is the Ferrari of a VAV controller. Almost 25 I/O, ethernet, web server, wifi, usb, kitchen sink…
… it’s closer to the Dreamliner, with all seats first class! (but more like the cost of the average economy cabin ticket).” Sounds like a deal to me.

Part 4: John Petze at the 2015 Connected Community Collaboratory

See and hear what SkyFoundry’s John Petze has to say at the 2015 Connected Community Collaboratory. John discusses the importance of making data revelant and useful to building owners. My favorite John Petze quote, in this rich and thought-provoking session, is “we should not get overly carried away with having all the devices talking to each other… they don’t really have much to say to each other.”

Great job John!

To see Part One, Ken Sinclair click here.

To see Part Two, Andy McMillan click here.

To see Part Three, Marc Petock click here.

ControlTrends Awards Highlight: Neptronic Wins Vendor of The Year: Small Manufacturer

Congratulations to Neptronic the winner of the 2014 ControlTrends Awards Vendor of the Year — Small Manufacturer, as elected by the world wide ControlTrends Community.

Neptronic WINS Small Vendor of The Year from Eric Stromquist on Vimeo.

Founded in 1976, Neptronic is a private corporation that designs, manufactures and distributes products for the HVAC industry. Their product line includes intelligent controllers, electronic actuators, actuated valves, humidifiers and electric heaters.
Their products are designed and manufactured by over 250 dedicated employees in their 7,500 m2 (80,000 ft2) state-of-the-art facility located in Montreal, Canada. Using a vertical integration model, Neptronic’s entire manufacturing chain is under one roof from software and hardware development, to SMT circuit board assembly, to sheet metal fabrication, to product testing ensuring that products are engineered to last.
With an on going commitment to research and development, they provide innovative products and technologies for the ever evolving challenges of the HVAC industry. Neptronic is ISO 9001:2008 certified and committed to supplying reliable products and quality service around the world. Exporting over 70% of sales, Neptronic has an exclusive distribution network around the globe that provides comprehensive solutions to their worldwide customers.