Check out The Johnson Controls Asset Tool

Thanks to Johnson Controls for another great Johnson Controls Tech Talk. For those of you who are asking about the Johnson Controls Asset Tool for a Johnson Controls Tech Talk, here is Robert Harland doing a demo of the Asset tool at the 2014 Johnson Controls customer business conference. Keep in mind that tis tool has gotten even better, and is a great way to save money and time on building automation controls installations. We will have the Asset tool featured in the near future on Johnson Controls Tech Talk.

Johnson Controls Tech Talk with Chris Lane and Matt Krieger — the Power of FX Appliance Unveiled

Johnson-Controls Welcome to ControlTalk 2.0 and Johnson Controls Tech Talk with Chris Lane, FX Senior Product Manager along with technical support guru and Product Manager, Matt Krieger, who gives us a very comprehensive hands-on demonstration on one of the best end-to-end DDC solutions in the HVAC Industry that keeps getting better, the Johnson Controls FX Appliance. The FX Appliance is loaded with integration expertise and does a lot of heavy lifting behind the software curtains.

In a nutshell, the FX Service is there to allow all the functions of the FX Appliance to work. Basically, JCI has created an appliance that sits on top of the Niagara Framework. The FX Appliance was built to enable time saving functions like: automatic graphic creation, new station (batch import) wizards, simple integration of N2 and BACnet points, support for mobile devices and mobile device graphics, schedule/link/point group/point summary managers, and launching PCT from the FX Workbench interface. Next up on Johnson Controls Tech Talk the JCI Application System/Selection and Estimation Tool or FX ASSET TOOL, the industry’s most comprehensive menu driven program that walks you all of the way through a new project — Preparation, Take-off, Refine, Bid, Submit, and Order sections.

Can’t Get Enough of this COMFY Stuff: Where Social Media meets Building Automation Controls

comfy1As a member of the System Intelligence Redefined panel, Lindsay Baker, VP, Research & Marketing, at Building Robotics, addresses the attendees of the 2014 IBcon Smart HVAC Track with High Tech, High Touch technology from Building Robotics that drives participatory comfort attainment and energy savings. The ultimate compliment to any existing BMS BACnet system, COMFY takes VAV Zone Control to the next level. Take a good look at COMFY!

Siemens Features Advantage™ Navigator at IBCON 2014 — and goes CTA Platinum!

Adnan Akbari, Senior Manager Strategic Marketing, at Siemens Industry, was genuinely excited about Advantage™ Navigator, the energy management system performance platform that Siemens featured at the IBcon 2014. Advantage™ Navigator offers a number of energy analytics that take existing Siemens technologies and services to the next level by giving Siemens customers distinct business advantages — making costs easier to predict and delivering key insights into the total energy and operational performance of their buildings — locally, or worldwide. Adnan sees the IoT Titans: Google, Microsoft, Cisco, and the others, entry into the HVAC market as a logical move, because they too, have significant technology plays to make in the building space. Siemens also announced their Platinum Sponsorship for the 2014 ControlTrends Awards.

Advantage Navigator’s customizable suite of applications helps you monitor building system performance, energy demand, and energy supply more effectively and efficiently. It provides transparency, giving your team and the Siemens experts who support you laser-sharp insight to make critical improvements. And using a central platform, you can maintain total control over a single building, a campus, or your entire portfolio.

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.