Heads Up! Hackers Hint at Terror Attacks, Release More Data from Sony Pictures

cybersecurity_imageWe received this notice from IT World’s Senior Staff Writer, Steve Ragan. Now that we learned of this potential threat, we need to pass it on the ControlTrends Community for dissemination. Sony’s $60 Million dollar insurance coverage will not be enough to recover from theft of Sony Pictures Entertainment content and the leakage of more than 200GB of data, including pre-release movies, executive emails, sales and marketing data, and nearly everything from human resources that may have obtained HIPAA protected health information, such as names, Social Security Numbers, claims, appeals information submitted to SPE. Here’s the story as received:

“Hackers hint at terror attacks, release more data from Sony Pictures.”

The group responsible for the attack on Sony Pictures, the GOP (Guardians of Peace), has moved away from their normal rhetoric, issuing a thinly veiled threat of terror attacks on Christmas Day; the date when Sony’s picture
The Interview is set for general release.

The threat was attached to a note sent to media and posted publicly on Tuesday.

The note offered download links to an OST file belonging to Michael Lynton, CEO of Sony Pictures. The group said that this release is the first of several, and part of their “Christmas gift” to the public.

“We have already promised a Christmas gift to you. This is the beginning of the gift,” the message from GOP starts.

Warning. We will clearly show it to you at the very time and places “The Interview” be shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to. Soon all the world will see what an awful movie Sony Pictures Entertainment has made.

The world will be full of fear. Remember the 11th of September 2001. We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time. (If your house is nearby, you’d better leave.) Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment. All the world will denounce the SONY.

To date, the GOP has leaked more than 200GB of Sony Pictures’ internal data, including pre-release movies, executive emails, sales and marketing data, and nearly everything from human resources.

Late last week, Sony started emailing employees about the data breach, warning that their personal information, including data protected under HIPAA, might have been accessed by unauthorized individuals.

Documents leaked by the group show that Sony Pictures has upwards of $60 million in cyber insurance coverage after consolidating coverage with Sony Corporation of America, but experts have expressed doubts that it will be enough.

This story, “Hackers hint at terror attacks, release more data from Sony Pictures” was originally published by CSO.

Lynxspring Nominated for Multiple 2014 Control Trends Awards! E-news from Marc Petock

Lynxspring_enews We are pleased to announce that Lynxspring has been nominated as finalists in the 2014 Control Trend Awards in several categories. The Control Trend Awards recognize the people, product, and manufacturers in our industry that make the HVAC, Controls, and Building Automation Industry what it is today. We have been nominated for the following:

Building Automation Plant/Equipment Controller of the Year: JENEsysONETM
Programming Software Tool of the Year: Lynxspring UMT
Innovative Product of the Year: LYNX CyberPROTM
Building Automation Control System of the Year: JENEsys®
Best Technical Support Person – Small Manufacturer: Lynxspring, Inc.
Best Technical Support Company – Small Manufacturer: Peter Leonard
Control Trends Executive of the Year – Small Manufacturer: Terry Swope
Control Trends Vendor of the Year – Small Manufacturer: Lynxspring, Inc.

We appreciate it if you would please take a moment and participate by voting and showing your support. The ballot can be found at: http://controltrends.polldaddy.com/s/2014-controltrends-nomination-ballot-2. Voting is open until January 15th. Your vote makes a difference.

Regards,

Marc Petock
Vice President, Marketing
marc.petock@lynxspring.com

ControlTalk NOW for the Week Ending December 14, 2014

PodCast Show Notes:

DGLux5_IoT_App_IconControlTalk NOW thanks this week’s sponsor DGLogik–the game changer in the Internet of Things and the building automation industry leader in designing custom IoT software tools. With deep integration to multiple data providers, DGLogik’s IoT visualizations are guaranteed to help you monitor more effectively, save time and decrease costs directly translating into increased revenues.

US_DOEDOE Publishes Priority Enabling HVAC Technology R&D Initiatives. Energy Department Releases Roadmaps on HVAC Technologies, Appliances, and Low-GWP (Global Warming Potential) Refrigerants. For HVAC, BTO targets 12% and 24% primary energy savings by 2020 and 2030, respectively. The recommended initiatives in the report each target one or more R&D needs for residential and commercial HVAC technologies and related systems, such as controls, distribution systems, and design, installation, operation, and maintenance practices.

Neptronics1The Perfect Gift for the Control Pro that Has Everything: Just in time for the holidays, Ken Smyers, the man, the myth, the legend, discovers the perfect gift for the HVAC and Building Automation Control Pro. Introducing the 24 Karat Gold thermostat from Neptronic. That’s right, those innovative Canadians are at it again. In addition to providing building automation controls, energy saving equipment, and world class service, the team at Neptronic make a beautiful 24 Karat gold thermostat.

Neptronics feat imControlTalk NOW interviews Neptronic’s Luis Melgares. Luis has been nominated for the 2014 ControlTrends Awards’ Best Technical Support (Small Manufacturer) and the PID Award categories. Luis’ enormous breath of experience, passion for excellence, and genuine concern for his customers, make Luis one of the most recognized and respected experts in the HVAC industry. Listen in, as Luis shares his deep insights into the HVAC industry and what he feels are the Neptronic differentiators that elevate Neptronic people and products above their competitors.

Functional Devices logo for thumbnailSee Why Functional Devices is a ControlTrends Community Favorite. Why is Functional Devices such a favorite within the ControlTrends Community and a go to supplier for peripheral devices? Well we can start with the really innovative cool products like the RIB ( Relay in a Box) relay. Products made by Functional Devices are just that…functional…and price competitive….and easy to use. The PSH500A-LVC power supply fits the Functional Devices mode: it is a cost-saving, prepackaged solution for HVAC applications.

RIBTW24B-BCAOFunctional Devices Introduces the RIBTW24B-BCAO Analog Output Network Device. This week Functional Devices released yet another innovative product that gives users a low cost and convenient solution loaded with features. The Enclosed BACnet® MS/TP Network Relay Device; One Binary Output (20 Amp Relay SPDT + Override); One Binary Input (Dry Contact, Class 2); One Analog Voltage Output (0-5 Vdc / 0-10 Vdc); One Analog Current Output (4-20 mA); 24 Vac/dc Power Input; Optional End of Line Resistor (EOL) Included.

BarryGACI purchased ACT’s Line of Interface Devices. ACI’s Barry Gordon Reminder — ACI purchased ACT’s Line of Interface Devices. You might already be aware that ACI purchased ACT’s line of Interface Devices a while back. They are now manufactured in the USA at our Middleton based production facility. We stock an impressive variety of Interface Devices at ACI, and they can be combined with your Temperature, RH, Pressure, Gas, or Current Sensor orders.

DGLogik_SurferCheck Out Project Assist for DGLux5! DGLogik Training Summit, January, 2015. Project Assist for DGLux5: If you didn’t get a chance to experience the latest modern development environment of Project Assist, Check It Out Now! Download the latest version both DGLux5 and Project Assist by logging into your account through our website and checking out the “Downloads” section. DGLux5 is the most mature and sophisticated IoT Application Platform that easily enables the unification of all your data systems and multiple data providers into a singular interface.

isa_logoInternational Systems of America: ISA’s Mike Epperson has been nominated for Executive of the Year (Small Manufacturer) and it’s easy to see why! ISA is a growing solutions provider with six locations throughout the US. ISA takes great pride in their extensive product and service offerings for fire, energy, security and communication systems. And when ISA solutions come together to make a real difference for their customers –helping solve critical issues — ISA knows its focus and dedication are paying off!

International Solutions of America (ISA) Solutions — Work In Action — US Naval Academy

isa_logoISA’s Mike Epperson has been nominated for Executive of the Year (Small Manufacturer) and it’s easy to see why! ISA is a growing solutions provider with six locations throughout the US. ISA takes great pride in their extensive product and service offerings for fire, energy, security, and communication systems. When ISA solutions come together to make a real difference for their customers –helping solve critical issues — ISA knows its focus and dedication are paying off!

US_ACADISA has been providing preventive maintenance and repair services in support of the United States Naval Academy’s energy management system — a digital control system from Johnson Controls — for over a decade. But after Hurricane Isabel wreaked havoc on the northeast coast, the Academy was left in turmoil and turned to the expertise and responsiveness of ISA.

THE SOLUTION: Confronted with a complete power blackout and submerged buildings housing the Naval Academy’s energy management systems, ISA field technicians worked around the clock to restore critical building automation systems. Not only did ISA fully restore the existing automation systems, but we also facilitated the migration of building controls to a newer location at a substantial cost savings.

Call ISA at 800.430.6013 to discuss your system needs or contact them online.

Check Out Project Assist for DGLux5! DGLogik Training Summit, January, 2015

DGLux5AppIcon Project Assist for DGLux5: If you didn’t get a chance to experience the latest modern development environment of Project Assist, Check It Out Now! Download the latest version both DGLux5 and Project Assist by logging into your account through our website and checking out the “Downloads” section. DGLux5 is the most mature and sophisticated IoT Application Platform that easily enables the unification of all your data systems and multiple data providers into a singular interface with the most comprehensive functionalities, data visualization tools, and workflows available.

NEW! Introducing Project Assist for DGLux5 from DGLogik, Inc. on Vimeo.

PA_dglux5_imageReview of Project Assist from Brad Royal, Building System Solutions: “I can say that we have never finished our graphics as quickly and easily as we have on our last two projects using the new Project Assist in DGLux5. I would say it cut our development time in half…it is very intuitive to use, you do not have to be a DGLux5 expert to dive right in and start building out your system graphics.”

dguniversityJanuary 14-16, 2015 in Oakland, CA. DGLogik, Inc. will be kicking off the new year with a 3-day, training course! This course will provide a fundamental understanding of the basic principles, concepts and knowledge necessary to develop and support powerful applications using the enhanced DGLux5! Please reserve your seat as soon as possible. Register Now –Seating is limited!

dgLogik5LEARN THE LATEST WORKFLOWS, SHORTCUTS & TIPS OF THE NEW DGLux5. DGLux5 Introductory Training is a 3-day, instructor-led course that provides lectures, exercises and hands-on labs designed to provide a fundamental understanding of the basic principles, concepts and knowledge necessary to develop and support applications using DGLux5. The focus of this course is to illustrate how to use the new DGLux5 design tools and functionality so that you can begin building applications on your own. We ensure that you walk away with shortcuts, tips, best practices and advanced knowledge of DGLux. By the end of your training, you will be both creative and efficient in engineering cutting-edge user experiences.

ACI’s Barry Gordon Reminder — ACI purchased ACT’s Line of Interface Devices

aci-actYou might already be aware that ACI purchased ACT’s line of Interface Devices a while back. They are now manufactured in the USA at our Middleton based production facility. We stock an impressive variety of Interface Devices at ACI, and they can be combined with your Temperature, RH, Pressure, Gas, or Current Sensor orders.

Here is a link to the datasheets for all of the Interface Devices, along with list prices: workaci.com/catalog/interface-devices”>workaci.com/catalog/interface-devices. Please give me a call or email for your net pricing, or with any application or technical questions.

Below you will find links to some information on common models:

ARM analog rescaling module-convert one analog signal to another (http://workaci.com/products/arm-analog-re-scaling-module)

PXP series analog to pneumatic converter (http://workaci.com/products/pxp23-dual-valve-control)

EPC series analog to pneumatic converter with selectable output (http://workaci.com/products/epc2-field-adjustable-dual-valve-control)

AAR analog input to two adjustable relay outputs (http://workaci.com/products/aar-analog-input-2-adjustable-relay-outputs)

6N1-ISO six analog inputs to hi, low, average, or binary output (http://workaci.com/products/6n1-iso-six-analog-average-hilo-difference-and-binary-conversion)

Interface Devices, also known as Interface Control Components (ICC), are primarily used to transfer, modify, condition and isolate signals between computer controllers, sensors, actuators and any other field devices. Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning systems often require Interface Devices to link equipment from different manufacturers and different technologies, and are especially common in retro-fit applications.

Industrial Processes also monitor inputs from various sensors and condition signals for acceptance and manipulation by their computer controllers. ACI Interface Devices help Building Automation System managers address the need to improve energy efficiency, regardless of the software, firmware or hardware involved.

As always, feel free to get in touch with me if I can answer questions, or be of assistance.

Thank you and have a great day!

Barry Gordon
Sales Engineer
Automation Components, Inc.
888-967-5224
fax(608-831-7407)
www.workaci.com

Functional Devices Introduces the RIBTW24B-BCAO Analog Output Network Device

Functional_Devices This week Functional Devices released yet another innovative product that gives users a low cost and convenient solution loaded with features. The Enclosed BACnet® MS/TP Network Relay Device; One Binary Output (20 Amp Relay SPDT + Override); One Binary Input (Dry Contact, Class 2); One Analog Voltage Output (0-5 Vdc / 0-10 Vdc); One Analog Current Output (4-20 mA); 24 Vac/dc Power Input; Optional End of Line Resistor (EOL) Included.

rib_imageThermistor Specifications: Thermistor Type 2 (T2) Precon 10 K @ 77°F (25°C) PN ST-R24, Model 24, (or equivalent.) Thermistor Type 3 (T3) Precon 10 K @ 77°F (25°C) Model 3, (or equivalent). Thermistor not included.

• -35 to 10°C range in 1° steps;-31 to 50°F range in 1.8° steps; 10 to 32°C range in 0.1° steps; 50 to 90°F range in 0.18° steps 32; 100°C range in 1° steps; and 90 to 212°F range in 1.8° steps.

• PIC Statement available on website: www.functionaldevices.com/pdf/datasheets/pics/RIBTW24B-BCAO_PICS_V109.pdf.

rib_qrcode Or scan QR code with your smart phone.

DOE Publishes Priority Enabling HVAC Technology R&D Initiatives

ENERGY.GOV12_Energy Department Releases Roadmaps on HVAC Technologies, Appliances, and Low-GWP (Global Warming Potential) Refrigerants.

Table ES-2: Priority Enabling HVAC Technology R&D Initiatives Topic Area Initiative/Activity

Collect data and conduct analysis on the pervasiveness and energy impacts of incorrect system commissioning, poor installation, incorrect operation, and improper maintenance of HVAC in all buildings.

Develop and demonstrate an open-source, open-architecture platform that enables smart grid connectivity for demand response, and communication of energy, operational, and financial transactions between HVAC and other building
systems.

Develop a low-cost sensor network and control scheme where every surface, critical object, and occupant has a sensor.

Develop standardized methods of built-in data acquisition and data storage for sizing and equipment selection purposes at end of life.

HVAC Technologies R&D Roadmap

For HVAC, BTO targets 12% and 24% primary energy savings by 2020 and 2030, respectively. The recommended initiatives in the report each target one or more R&D needs for residential and commercial HVAC technologies and related systems, such as controls, distribution systems, and design, installation, operation, and maintenance practices.

Appliances R&D Roadmap

For appliances, BTO targets 14% and 29% primary energy savings by 2020 and 2030, respectively. The recommended initiatives in the report target high-priority R&D, demonstration, and commercialization activities that, if pursued by DOE and its partners, could significantly reduce residential appliance energy consumption.

Low-GWP Refrigerants Roadmap

The current generation of refrigerants, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), have significant global warming potential (GWP) when released to the atmosphere. This research and development (R&D) roadmap for next-generation low-GWP refrigerants provides recommendations to the Building Technologies Office (BTO) on R&D activities that will help accelerate the transition to low-GWP refrigerants across the entire HVAC&R industry.

View the Building Technologies Office’s full library of technology R&D roadmaps.

ControlTalk NOW for the Week Ending December 7, 2014

Siemens ControlTalk NOW thanks this week’s sponsor Siemens, a globally trusted technology partner, consultant, service provider, system integrator and product vendor. Siemens Building Technologies has offerings for fire safety and security as well as building automation, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and energy management.

RYD2000Siemens’ RDY2000 – A Big Time Thermostat for Small Businesses: Say hello to the new 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.

Delta2Delta Controls Poised To Do Well at The 2014 ControlTrends Awards! Ken Smyers and I had the chance to meet some of the folks from Delta Controls and Copper Tree Analytics at the 2014 IBCON Event. Although neither of us handle the product line, we were impressed. Check out is video to see some of the reasons Delta Controls and CopperTree Analytics are so popular and why they were nominated by the world wide controls community for so many awards.

JCI DrivesJohnson Controls in The Hunt For ControlTrends Variable Frequency Drive of The Year! The 2014 ControlTrends Awards brings the very best in HVAC, Building Automation, and Energy saving products, controls, companies and people to Chicago. This year’s competition promises to be very exciting. The big question people are asking is can anyone unseat last year’s winner ABB for the coveted Variable Frequency Drive of The Year Award? In this video, Ken Smyers finds out why many think Johnson Controls is poised to bring home the trophy.

US_DOEGridWise Alliance Releases the Future of the Grid — Evolving to Meet America’s Needs. Without much pomp and circumstance, the prodigious efforts and visions of over 400 industry stake-holders are available for review — and execution. Behold America’s 2030 Smart Grid. December 3, 2014: U.S. Department of Energy Office of Electricity and Energy Reliability (DOE) in partnership with the GridWise Alliance (GWA) facilitated the “Future of the Grid–Evolving to Meet America’s Needs” initiative to develop an industry-driven vision of the future grid along with recommendations outlining an approach to achieving that vision.

Scott CochraneControlTalk NOW interview with industry expert Scott Cochrane of Cochrane Supply. Scott provides one-of-a-kind insight into the evolving role of the systems distributor and updates the ControlTrends Community on what’s new at Tridium, Niagara 4, the new analytics tool, and the Young Guns in the HVAC Industry. Cochrane Supply & Engineering was founded in 1967 and is a leading Building Controls technology distributor representing 50 manufacturers including Honeywell, Johnson Controls, Tridium, and many more. The main focus of the company is to offer parts and systems with services to contractors in order to ensure a high quality installation or retro fit for the building owner.

Honeywell VFDThe Honeywell Smart Variable Frequency Drive Shows Up Big For 2014 ControlTrends Awards VFD Competition. The Honeywell SmartVFD HVAC is a variable frequency drive designed for use in HVAC application to control the speed of HVAC pumps and fans in order to maximize energy efficiency. Smart VFD is also designed to run 3 phase standard and high efficiency induction motors by varying the output voltage and frequency.

bt300_32014 ControlTrends VFD of the Year Nominee: Siemens’ BT300 VFDs — Redesigned, Re-tooled, and Ready to Meet Rigorous Demands! The 2014 ControlTrends VFD of the Year category is one of the most heavily contested categories of the awards! With its Onboard kWh Meter, Mulitpump/Fan Application. and Fire Mode features, the Siemens BT300 takes VFD to the next level of efficiency. While constantly expected to do more with less, managing energy consumption and optimizing occupant comfort remains of utmost importance to facility managers.

GCValves2GC Valves NEWS: Solenoid Valve Terminology added to NEWS, TIPS, FAQs Archive: Chuck Stevens, GC Valves, has added definitions for common technical terms to the email archive. This is an updated version of a document that Chuck has used in distributor training for over 15 years.From AC to Zero Differential, these are the common terms and phrases that engineers and buyers need to know to accurately write a specification or compare products. CLICK HERE to open the Solenoid Valve Terminology page.

Franklin_PSeries_VFD2014 ControlTrends Awards VFD of the Year Nominee: Franklin Control Systems P-Series VFD’s.
Another exciting candidate for 2014 VFD of the Year is the Franklin Control Systems P-Series — Energy savings for fans and pumps: The P-series is optimized for fans and pumps — and features an automatic energy saving mode that minimizes losses by optimizing flux control. In PID, sleep and wake up modes conserve power and extend motor and drive life. Take a look!

AY4Yasakawa: Bringing VFD Game to The ControlTrends Awards! For the third year in a row, the Yaskawa Z1000 has been nominated for the ControlTrends Variable Frequency Drive of The Year. Yaskawa provided the Control Trends Community this video on their Z1000 Series. The Drives & Motion Division of Yaskawa America, Inc. announces the release of the Z1000 variable speed drive designed specifically for commercial HVAC applications.

2014 ControlTrends Awards VFD of the Year Nominee: Franklin Control Systems P-Series VFD’s

logo_franklinAnother exciting candidate for 2014 VFD of the Year is the Franklin Control Systems P-Series — Energy savings for fans and pumps: The P-series is optimized for fans and pumps — and features an automatic energy saving mode that minimizes losses by optimizing flux control. In PID, sleep and wake up modes conserve power and extend motor and drive life. Take a look!

Franklin_PSeries_VFDNEW FIRMWARE MAKES SETUP A SNAP
* Application based commissioning allows parameters to be automatically set based on industry standards
* Applications: Basic, circulating pump, supply fan, exhaust fan or cooling tower
* Selectable units include PSI, °F, °C, inWC, inM, Bar, mBar, Pa, kPa
* Belt loss protection
SPACE VECTOR CONTROL FOR EFFICIENCY AND LONG MOTOR LIFE
* Cleaner sine wave as compared to typical V/Hz control. Motors run cooler and last longer
ADVANCED PID CONTROL (PRE-PID AND DUAL PID)
*Maintain a constant control of pressure, flow or water level. This function includes Pre-PID, Sleep and Wake up and output inverse sub-functions
* Dual PID for external PID control or cascade PID control
* Multi-Motor
MULTI-MOTOR CONTROL FUNCTION
* Control up to 4 motors
AUTOMATIC ENERGY SAVINGS MODE
* Adaptive flux control for varying loads (e.g. damper loading)
SLEEP AND WAKE UP FUNCTION
* Increased energy savings by deactivating drive during low demand
FLYING START PROTECTION
* Prevents trips, rough starts, and drive damage from regenerative power from heavy fan inertia rotation
BUILT-IN MODBUS RTU COMMUNICATION
ƒ* Optional: Profibus-DP, LonWorks, BACnet