The Sprint real estate group together with CBRE created an innovation program focusing on mobile technologies. The goal was to create a formal structure where leading ideas could be explored, vetted, implemented and evaluated. Now, the program is in full swing and impacting almost every aspect of real estate operations. Asset management, alarm monitoring, electronic access, fleet tracking and water leak detection are just some of the innovative, technology-based solutions Sprint has developed. All of these technologies have the potential to enhance utilization, increase efficiency, save costs and provide a greener environment. Read on to learn more about the consummate leading edge mobile technologies for the industry.
Building management cyber security should be part of an overall risk management process and a company procedure. “We Can Learn From the Target Cyber Incident,” by Marc Petock, Vice President Marketing, Lynxspring and Connexx Energy as published originally in the March, 2014 edition of automatedbuildings.com.
The Target incident is another example of a cyber-incident that struck close to our industry and is another stark wake up call to businesses to be more vigilant and to take more preventative care when it comes to the cyber security of their assets. HVAC systems were in the spotlight and sparked discussions in just about every circle from building owners, to facility management, to contractors, integrators, to IT and security. Attacks like this erode confidence about our industry and some of the technology and services we deliver.
As the discussions and fallout continue and the painful after effects occur (Target is facing losses of billions of dollars, countless numbers of lawsuits, their brand has suffered greatly, they have lost the trust of their customers and given them a reason to shop somewhere else), while many details about the incident remain to be questioned, there are several things we can learn from it.
Cyber-attacks cause significant issues and have major strategic business and operational implications. All it takes is one opening in a device, a fault in an application, software vulnerability, poor remote access, inadequate credentials management and encryption methods, insufficient segmentation or improper setup and control within a network to give cyber criminals access to sensitive data and an opening to go wherever they want to.
We are facing non-traditional approaches from more vectors than ever before. This latest revelation is yet another example that access through one means can be an entry point into another and the damage is not just physical or operational disruption, it’s also is monetary, has social consequences, generates negative publicity, causes loss of customer confidence, comes with potential lawsuits, and has direct financial loss.
This incident has also put remote access in the spotlight. It is part of our service delivery; don’t lose sight of the many advantages and business value secure remote access provides (key word here secure).
Remote access increases service efficiency, provides a higher level of accountability, improves decision making, provides a higher level of analytics, enables higher levels of equipment performance and operational efficiency. It reduces maintenance costs, enables for the monitoring of equipment for service requirements and warranties, and provides immediate access to troubleshoot to quickly solve equipment issues. Secure remote access can spot likely failures before they occur, enable a proactive versus reactive service level, manage equipment repairs better, maximize service provider efficiency and effectiveness and ties together an ecosystem of disparate systems and equipment.
Business and operations today still are not sufficiently protected against cyber-attacks in spite of all the headlines, and coverage. There are large sums of money in play and the stakes are high. Company’s need to have consistent security protection. Building management cyber security should be part of an overall risk management process and managing cyber risks related to these systems should be a part of a company procedure.
Cyber security truly is a shared responsibility (you have heard me say this repeatedly) among technology providers, integrators/contractors and end users. It requires collaboration across a host of business functions. Enlist facility personnel, building owners and IT and get them to understand the business risks associated with insufficient cyber security practices.
As part of the value chain, integrators and contractors need to examine and review their own security practices within their organizations and how it relates to their customers. Also take the time to review all of your deployments and the security of these installations to ensure the systems and networked devices are properly protected. Integrate a cyber-security strategy for the systems and secure remote access to them with additional layers of defenses into all new deployments.
Owners and facility management don’t overlook the security of your supply chain providers. Cyber-attacks can come through third parties and a breach in one partner’s environment can easily propagate across today’s connected systems. Have steps in place to supervise provider activity within your network and ensure that appropriate security controls and procedures are in place.
As companies connect to each other, they should be aware of what the other is doing with regard to security; otherwise, they may be opening themselves up for a major breach. Any company, when asked, should be able to verify and document how they manage information security, including password policies, patch management, hardening systems, network management, and audits, just to name a few.
The Target incident does have an upside; we can learn from it and be more diligent moving forward. Maintaining a strong security posture is vital. We should take action and whether you are an integrator, contractor, building owner, in facility management or IT, ask yourself, “is a cyber incident worth the risk?”
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The prospects of Spring and warmer weather are certainly worth the lost hour of time as we reach the March daylight savings milestone. This week’s ControlTalk NOW features more highlights and interviews from the 2013 ControlTrends Awards, presents several new products, solutions, a great training video, software upgrade announcement, and a host of other breaking HVAC Industry news and information. Welcome to ControlTalk NOW.
Connexx Energy Announces SkySpark® Analytics Platform Availability As Cloud Based Application: Lee’s Summit, Missouri, March 4, 2014 — Connexx Energy, a leading developer and implementer of ‘last mile’ energy solutions for Smart Grid and Smart Building technologies, in cooperation with parent company Lynxspring, Inc. today announced the first DaaS (Data-as-a-Service) SkySpark application available as a hosted cloud solution. This offering now makes it easy for ESCO’s, building system integrators and automation contractors that may not have the resources to deliver the benefits of analytics and building diagnostic data to their customers.
Siemens Air Velocity Sensor: The QVM62.1 Air Velocity Sensor/Transmitter from Siemens is ideal for ventilation control applications that require a high degree of accuracy and reliability in a compact package. The sensor features an innovative hot film anemometer element which provides high accuracy throughout the measuring range and is less sensitive to dust and dirt than other common anemometer designs. This increases reliability and decreases maintenance costs.
3rd Annual Demand Response Virtual Summit, March 20, 2014: Advances in automatic demand response (ADR) coupled with recent regulatory trends, developing capabilities of the smart grid, and the drive by customers to cut energy costs are leading to significant new opportunities for ADR.
The HVAC Service Tech’s Guide To Valves and Actuators: If you work with HVAC or Building Automation Controls this is a must watch video. Stromquist & Company’s Tim Chamblee gives you the 411 on HVAC control valves and actuators. In this short, information packed video, filmed at a Stromquist & Company HVAC Controls training class, Tim gives you all the information you need to effectively work with the valves and actuators you will find in the buildings you service.
ENERGY.gov Announces $10 Million for Innovative Commercial Building Technologies and Unveils New Commercial Buildings 101 Video. March 5, 2014: The Energy Department today announced a $10 million funding opportunity to help demonstrate and deploy energy efficiency technologies for commercial buildings, including projects that will bring next generation building systems and components to a broader market faster – helping to save building owners and businesses money by saving energy. The Department also released a new video in its Energy 101 series highlighting how commercial buildings can incorporate whole-building design and innovative technologies to improve energy performance.
Honeywell WEBs-AX 3.8 is Now Available for Download on the Buildings Forum. Honeywell is pleased to announce the availability of the WEBs-AX 3.8 system software which includes software tools for Spyder, Stryker and Venom. This packaged software saves substantial amount of time by not requiring customers to download and install the tools separately.
The WEBs-AX software is now updated with several new features which include significant security enhancements, improved data management, with updated vector graphics support, enhanced mobile functions, and support on Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.
Rocking The Red Carpet With Johnson Controls: Johnson Controls showed up in a big way at the 2013 ControlTrends Awards in New York City. See what Chris Eichmann, Chris Lane, Dan Flaherty and King Thomas had to say on the Red Carpet. Johnson Controls won the Best Commercial Vendor of the Year, and Chris Lane was co-winner of the Most Valuable Support Person of the Year.
7 Minutes in Control: What To Expect With Niagara 3.8. 7 Minutes in Control is the brain child of Stromquist & Company’s Rob Allen. Rob wanted to put together a weekly show that was short, concise and offers useable information to the building automation control tech. Based on Episode 1: What to expect with Niagara 3.8, we think Rob has a winning formula. Stay tuned to controltrends.org for the latest episodes of 7 Minutes in Control.
ControlTrends Awards Highlight: James Johnson Support Person of The Year. See Tridium’s James Johnson accept the Award for the 2013 ControlTrends most Valuable Support Person. James won this Award in 2012 and the world wide ControlTrends Community recognized James again the year as co-winner of this prestigious award. Keep up the great work James!!
ControlTrends Museum: The design and development wheels continue to turn and we are excited to share with the ControlTrends Community, the progress we are making with ControlTrends Museum. We thank the support that we have received so far for the ControlTrends Museum and we look forward to working with key industry leaders in the near future for their additional ideas and support.
Openness and Connectivity are not the Same Thing: Stacey Higginbotham’s “A Tale of Two Thermostats” Thanks to Marc Petock for bringing this article from Gigaom’s Stacey Higginbotham’s to the ControlTrends Community’s attention. Not only does Stacey share some updated information and insight into the Ecobee and Nest thermostats, but she explains that openness and connectivity are not the same thing.
Thanks to Marc Petock for bringing this article from Gigaom’s Stacey Higginbotham’s to the ControlTrends Community’s attention. Not only does Stacey share some updated information and insight into the Ecobee and Nest thermostats, but she explains that openness and connectivity are not the same thing. These are two trends we are following very carefully. Are openness and connectivity traveling the same route of the VHS versus Beta video format war? Another must read is Stacey’s “United States of Connectedness: What works for the Internet of things.”
A tale of two thermostats: What Nest and Ecobee teach us about connected thermostats. By Stacey Higginbotham. Summary: Connected devices need to connect to more than just the internet, they need to connect to each other. And while an open API can help, popularity is more likely to result in that next level of connectivity.
Ecobee smart thermostat: Ecobee has sold a little less than 500,000 connected thermostats since its founding in 2007 according to its CEO Stuart Lombard. The Canadian company’s thermostats ar connected, use algorithms that can help you save on your monthly utility bills and have open APIs. The company itself has a vision of the future that involves more sensors and smarter computers in the cloud, not necessarily on the wall. You probably haven’t heard of it.
On the other hand is Nest, a newer maker of connected thermostats and a company that everyone aspires to be like when it comes to the connected home. While there are no definite numbers available, the company, which was purchased by Google in February for $3.2 billion, has sold an estimated 1 million thermostats. They are beautiful blue half circles easily noticed on the walls of people’s homes. They are connected via multiple radios, learn about your habits and adjust your temperature accordingly. You probably know it exists, even if you don’t care at all about the internet of things.
In pondering these two devices you can learn a lot about the internet of things and how consumers will gravitate to connected products and services. The Nest has three attributes that the average thermostat doesn’t: it’s connected, it learns and it’s beautiful. And the combination of added functionality and the cool factor are what has helped it become the standard of success for the internet of things. The learning is important to delivering a good experience, but it’s not something most consumers care about.
What has surprised me though is that most consumers don’t care about openness. I purchased an Ecobee last summer over the Nest because I’m obsessed with open APIs and the ability to tie my gadgets together. In fact, all the way back in 2012 when thinking about the criteria I have for whether or not to shell out money for a connected device the size of the ecosystem was one of my three criteria. What I didn’t count on or think about what that openness does not always equate to the size or quality of a devices’ ecosystem.
Nest: So while not open, the Nest is supported by an array of connected device platforms in an ad hoc manner, while those same companies (and others) wait for the official API. Meanwhile, the Ecobee open API and support languishes. I’ve literally been waiting months for SmartThings to deliver on the Ecobee support (it first said it would support Ecobee back in July). Meanwhile, Lombard explains that Ecobee would love to integrate with If This Then That, but that the platform is focused on more popular products that have a large number of users.
That makes sense. Integrating an API isn’t as simple as dropping some code into an app when it comes to controlling connected devices. And with more and more connected devices launching every day figuring out where to focus integration efforts is a challenge for companies that are trying to build bridges across different devices and home automation products. So I’m stuck clutching my one of 500,000 Ecobees hoping that in its next iteration, or after the Nest acquisition, that it gains enough mind share with consumers and developers to make it worth supporting.
And in the meantime I’m reminded that alone, my connected thermostat is cool and adds more convenience to my life, but that it’s going to take the existence of other products to elevate it from connected to awesome.
Honeywell is pleased to announce the availability of the WEBs-AX 3.8 system software which includes software tools for Spyder, Stryker and Venom. This packaged software saves substantial amount of time by not requiring customers to download and install the tools separately.
The WEBs-AX software is now updated with several new features which include significant security enhancements, improved data management, with updated vector graphics support, enhanced mobile functions, and support on Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.
WEBs-AX 3.8 Features:
•Integrated Package: ◦Release also includes BAS tools Spyder, Stryker and Venom App
•Vector Graphics Support
•Enhanced Mobile Function
•Niagara Guest Account
•Enhanced Password Management
•Asian Character Support
•Windows 8 and Windows 12 Support
WEBs-AX 3.8 integrated software can now be downloaded from the Honeywell Buildings Forum by navigating to the Buildings Forum.
Resources: The Buildings Forum – Home > Honeywell WEBs™ > WEBs-AX Software Releases > WEBs-AX 3.8
•WEBs-AX 126.96.36.199 Release Notes
•WEBs-AX 188.8.131.52 Software Release Bulletin
•WEBs-AX 3.8 Features & Technical document
•WEBs-AX 3.8 Features Presentation (power point)
•WEBs-AX 3.8. Test Summary (power point)
•White Paper Niagara Framework AX 3.8 Secure Computing for Protected Premises
WEBs-AX 184.108.40.206 Package Content: The WEBs-AX 3.8.38 package consists of WEBs-AX 3.8 release as well as the following tools and new drivers. The WEBs-AX software has been thoroughly tested with the above tools. The software release bulletins for these tools are available in the doc folder of the build package. In addition, please check out the following link, which provides you audio & video of step by step instruction of the VAV balancing using the Venom tool on WEBs-AX 3.8 software.
March 5, 2014: The Energy Department today announced a $10 million funding opportunity to help demonstrate and deploy energy efficiency technologies for commercial buildings, including projects that will bring next generation building systems and components to a broader market faster – helping to save building owners and businesses money by saving energy.
The Department also released a new video in its Energy 101 series highlighting how commercial buildings can incorporate whole-building design and innovative technologies to improve energy performance. These proven strategies, including daylighting, shading, and plug and process loads, support the Administration’s Better Buildings Initiative, which is aimed at making commercial buildings 20% more efficient by 2020.
Currently, commercial buildings consume more than 18 quadrillion British thermal units (quads) of primary energy use annually, or about 18% of all the energy used in the nation in 2012. If building owners adopt these cost-effective technologies, the annual energy consumption of commercial and industrial buildings could be reduced by 6 quads.
This funding opportunity supports the demonstration and deployment of technologies to reduce energy use and carbon emissions in commercial buildings: sub-metering; plug load strategies; open refrigerated display case retrofits; daylighting; shading; advanced compressor rack and refrigerant systems; and retro-commissioning strategies and technologies. The funding will support the testing and validation of technology performance in real buildings, as well as the creation of materials to help building owners, designers, service providers, and energy efficiency program managers to gain a broader understanding of these energy-saving solutions.
The Energy Department seeks proposals from industry, regional organizations, non-profits, utilities, and similar organizations. Applicant teams will develop a plan to demonstrate and deploy selected technologies at regional or national scale. Learn more about this funding opportunity announcement or register for the upcoming webinar.
The Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) accelerates development and facilitates deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and market-based solutions that strengthen U.S. energy security, environmental quality, and economic vitality. EERE supports innovative technologies that reduce both risk and costs of bringing energy-efficient building technologies online. Learn more about the Department’s efforts to help homes and buildings save energy.
Advances in automatic demand response (ADR) coupled with recent regulatory trends, developing capabilities of the smart grid, and the drive by customers to cut energy costs are leading to significant new opportunities for ADR. As variable-generation energy resources continue to require greater flexibility from the grid, network planners are looking to ADR as a valuable tool to meet this growing need.
The 3rd Annual Demand Response Virtual Summit on Thursday, March 20 is a full-day, 100% online conference that that brings together key thought leaders and practitioners to examine the current the opportunities and challenges associated with achieving DR’s full potential.
The OpenADR Alliance is pleased to serve as an Official Association Partner for this Virtual Summit, as a valuable channel through which to further the discussion of important ADR advances and issues.
Expert speakers include:
• Brett Feldman, Senior Research Analyst, Navigant Research
• Dr. Sanem Sergici, Senior Associate, The Brattle Group
• Cheryl Bowman, Manager, Program Implementation, CenterPoint Energy
• Rick Counihan, Chair, Advanced Energy Management Alliance Board: and Vice President – Government Affairs, EnerNOC
• Ron Dizy, President and CEO, ENBALA Power Networks
• Jeffrey Lines, Chief Executive Officer, Demansys Energy
• David Oberholzer, Director, Energy Products, EarthNetworks
• Louis Szablya, Executive Vice President, Energate
• Dave Hyland, Manager, Business Development, Schneider Electric
Topics To Be Addressed:
– Benefits, costs, and deployment strategies for ADR technologies
— Implementing non-disruptive, dispatchable demand management programs
— Harnessing big data analytics to drive C&I customer DR engagement
— Rolling out large-scale time-of-use pricing programs
— Optimizing connected thermostats for energy efficiency and demand response
— Achieving accurate demand response capacity forecasting
— Evaluating and enhancing the effectiveness of existing DR programs
— Advances in load profiling software and applications
— Standards progress and regulatory issues impacting the future of ADR
•Attend all sessions throughout the day: come and go to fit your schedule
•View recorded sessions (audio + PowerPoint) for 3 months after the event
•Download PDFs of the presentations
•Interact live with speakers during Q&A sessions after each presentation
•Receive a complimentary subscription to the Smart Grid Observer
Be sure to register today and join this group of top industry experts as we examine the latest technology advances, business strategies, and lessons learned to date in deploying effective demand response programs.
Lee’s Summit, Missouri, March 4, 2014 — Connexx Energy, a leading developer and implementer of ‘last mile’ energy solutions for Smart Grid and Smart Building technologies, in cooperation with parent company Lynxspring, Inc. today announced the first DaaS (Data-as-a-Service) SkySpark application available as a hosted cloud solution. This offering now makes it easy for ESCO’s, building system integrators and automation contractors that may not have the resources to deliver the benefits of analytics and building diagnostic data to their customers. In addition it enables building owners and operators who may not be in a position to host an analytic application themselves to receive operational data that help them identify opportunities to reduce energy consumption and cost, operate their facilities more efficiently and at peak performance levels.
Building automation and energy management systems contain an incredible amount of operational data that can be collected and analyzed to manage operational efficiencies among multiple systems and devices supporting building management functions and business applications to help manage and control energy within buildings and run at optimal performance and energy efficiency. The SkySpark application combined with Connexx Energy’s connectivity, integration, security and cyber threat protection, user experience and support, enables users to deploy optimal energy and facility operational strategies, capitalize on accurate and concise intelligence relating to the performance of their facilities, reduce energy consumption and costs, gain knowledge of individual usage and trends related to their building systems and equipment from one source, all within a cloud, hosted environment.
Cloud hosting is provided by Proxios, a leader in secured hosting and managed cloud environments and infrastructures. Connexx Energy manages all of the details related to hosting, backup and redundancy, security and availability including providing a secured, hardware normalization layer; multiple choices of site data extraction hardware; Lynxspring’s LYNX CyberPRO™ integrated cyber security solution; normalized data format based on the Haystack standards, automated analysis tools and a data warehouse. In addition, professional services are available to quickly on-board customers to design, install, configure, train and support.
“Building owners and facility management have told us they are looking for one solution that can work across multi-structured data from different sources rather than several stand-alone systems to obtain results based on their actual building not a comparison to a model or someone else’s buildings,” said Anno Scholten, president of Connexx Energy.
“Building owners and operators need to apply advanced control strategies based on operational data and analytics they can make sense of”, said Marc Petock, vice president marketing for Connexx Energy. “We are giving users an extensible, easy to deploy and use solution that delivers their specific statistics and information to manage and operate their facilities and equipment more efficiently and at peak performance levels”.
“SkyFoundry is excited to see this important new model for deployment of analytics-driven building efficiency. Data connectivity, security and management bring with them special needs and this hosted, total solution approach brings the power and benefit of analytics to more systems integrators and owners cost effectively”, commented John Petze, SkyFoundry principal.
“Proxios is pleased to have been selected by Connexx Energy to host the SkySpark software. With over 14 years of experience in cloud hosting, including 400 different software applications across all varieties of Internet and wide area networks, Proxios is well positioned to ensure reliable and secure access to the facilities and users of this Data-as-a-Service solution”, said Steve Fey, Proxios president.
About Connexx Energy: Established in 2010 as a subsidiary of Lynxspring, Inc., Connexx Energy is a leading developer and implementer of ‘last mile’ energy solutions for Smart Grid and Smart Building technologies. Connexx Energy has significant knowledge, expertise and relationships in both building automation systems and energy management systems, which enable it to create cost effective and highly scalable connectivity solutions in four key strategic areas, Energy Interoperability, Management and Control, Automatic Demand Response and Cyber Protection. More information is available at: www.connexxenergy.com.
About SkyFoundry: SkyFoundry provides software solutions for the “the Internet of things”, helping customers derive value from their investments in smart systems. The company’s SkySpark analytics platform identifies opportunities for operational improvements and cost reduction in control and equipment systems by automatically analyzing data to “find what matters”. Learn more at www.skyfoundry.com.
About Proxios: Proxios is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia and is in the business of IT as a Service (ITaaS). As a provider since 1999, we have proven knowledge and experience to move IT infrastructures to the cloud, freeing our clients to do what they do best; drive real business value from the applications that help run their business. More information is available at www.proxios.com.
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Welcome back to ControlTalk NOW. This week’s edition features interviews and articles with Mike Welch, Control Network Solutions who provides insight to the success (and still untapped potential) of DALI Lighting and the “Up-skilling” of the traditional systems integrator; Ken Sinclair, Automatedbuildings.com explains the origin and evolution of the oBIX Standard; Brian Turner,Controlco, reviews the limits and possibilities of wireless technologies; and OME Facility Solutions’, Rick Werner discusses a variety of relevant industry issues. Enjoy.
“Statement on Target Data Breach” Released by Fazio Mechanical. ControlTrends thanks Paul Burke, VP, M&M Controls out of Timonium, MD for passing along Fazio Mechanical’s Official Statement on the Target Data Breach. Fazio Mechanical wasn’t monitoring any of Target’s facilities remotely; rather, the data connection exclusively for (Target’s) electronic billing, contract submission and project management.
HVAC Superstars on The Red Carpet at the 2013 ControlTrends Awards: Thanks to Stromquist & Company’s, Bill jones, for putting this video together. Our Mr. Jones, was working hard at the ControlTrends Awards to make sure the rest of the world got to see how the HVAC Stars shine.
Watch Bob Light off a Maxon Burner…….Boom!!! Stromquist & Company’s Bob Koch demonstrates in a very effective simulation how a typical commercial burner operates, using real and fully functioning parts and pieces (quite professionally, we might add) that create the safest burner environment possible and assure that there is NO BIG BOOM! Bob walks through every aspect of the combustion train, from the main gas pressure and Maxitrol appliance regulators,to the Antunes high-low gas pressure switches, to the MAXON double block and bleed gas safety shutoff valves, to the Honeywell UV scanner and RM7800 series flame safeguard controller with its display module used for start-up and trouble-shooting. Great job Bob!
Lynxspring Adds to JENEsysONE Controller Portfolio with New JO-PC3-MC Controller: February 20, 2014 Lee’s Summit, MO – Lynxspring, a premier developer and provider of open platform control solutions for building automation, energy management, cyber security and edge-to-enterprise integration today announced the market availability of the availability of the JENEsysONE JO-PC3-MC controller. JENEsysONE is part of Lynxspring’s portfolio of JENEsys® branded internet based automation technology and edge to enterprise solutions for Building Automation, Energy Management, Cyber Security, Equipment Control and Specialty Applications.
2013 ControlTrends Awards Highlight: Honeywell wins Building Automation System of The Year
Sean Johnson interviews Honeywell’s Tom Rosback after Tom received the coveted 2013 ControlTrends Awards Building Automation System of the Year on behalf of Honeywell at the BB King Blues Club. Congratulations to Honeywell!
Ken Sinclair, Building Automation’s Emeritus Extraordinare, Shares Deep Insight on ControlTalk NOW: Thanks once again to Ken Sinclair for appearing on this week’s ControlTalk Now. This video is the just 12 minute segment of Ken’s part of the show. Please watch — and share this video with others, so that our industry may better understand and appreciate what Ken Sinclair, and his wife Jane and automatedbuildings.com has done, and continues to do, for our industry.
Johnson Controls Reaches Out to All Distributors: MERCURY THERMOSTAT COLLECTION: Subject: MERCURY THERMOSTAT COLLECTION. Johnson Controls requests your support to establish a collection point at all your business locations for waste mercury containing thermostats. Dear Distributor: Johnson Controls requests your support to establish a collection point at all your business locations for waste mercury containing thermostats. All states require the proper handling of waste mercury containing thermostats in accordance with state and federal “universal wastes” regulations in order to streamline their collection and transport. Furthermore, many states have gone beyond the federal requirements and are requiring thermostat manufacturers to implement collection programs.
Niagara Summit 2014 Powered By Possibilities! Did We Mention it’s in Vegas? This is one event Niagara users can’t miss. In Vegas, baby! Tracks: Business // Applications // Developer // Technology Trends. What can you expect from the Niagara Summit? Amazing keynotes from industry leaders and experts. Relevant and helpful brainstorming sessions. Valuable networking opportunities. Thoughtful discussions about next-generation solutions for automation infrastructure technology. Did we mention it’s in Vegas? REGISTER NOW!
Chattanooga has the World’s Only “Innovation Accelerator” — GIGTANK and Next-Gen Businesses. February 24, 2014: DOE believes an “All of the Above” Energy strategy must be pursued with an “All of the Above” Innovation Strategy. As we have demonstrated through our investments in fundamental research and development, ambitious deployments under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and public-driven activities like the American Energy Data Challenge, we are committed to supporting public and private innovation to build a smarter, cleaner and more resilient grid.
WattStopper Introduces Their NEW Wireless RF Occupancy Sensors & Switches: WattStopper is pleased to announce the launch of their new Wireless RF Occupancy Sensors and Switches, available individually or in kits. The following marketing tools and resources are available: Flyer, WattStopper.com, and Press Release.
ControlTalk NOW’s first guest, Mike Welch from Control Network Solutions (CNS), Global Suppliers of Smart Products and Solutions for Intelligent Buildings since 1996. Mike is bona fide expert and industry leader in Digital Addressable Lighting Interface. CNS is a Niagara AX® Developer, Tridium and Honeywell Partner. It has a successful track record of creating both client specific and off the shelf web based solutions to the SMART buildings control environment world. They are based upon open standards network communication protocols and compatible with the “Internet of Things” (IoT) and demands for “big data” cloud based analytics. CNS is the creator of the world’s first web DALI intelligent lighting control solution called elitedali™ and EnOcean Ethernet wireless/batteryless device network solution called CNS-Enocean™.
Johnson Controls’ Chris Lane Wins at The 2013 ControlTrends Awards: Congratulations to Chris Lane from Johnson Controls. Chris was Co-winner of the 2013 ControlTrends Best Technical Support Person of The Year. This is quite an honor as Chris was chosen by the world-wide ControlTrends community for his dedication and excellence
Rick Warner Shares His Knowledge on ControlTalk: A special thanks to the very knowledgeable and informative Rick Warner from OME Facility Solutions. Ken and Eric talk to Rick about a variety of relevant topics, from the systems integrator of the future, to the must read book on innovation, to how to find and hire the right talent to be successful in today’s competitive building automation, and the DDC controls market. Rick is one of the brightest minds in our industry and we are very grateful for his willingness to share his expertise and insight.
Limits and Possibilities of Wireless Technologies: Exploring this trend with a critical eye Wireless Technologies: Limits In this new digital age, wireless technologies can’t help but sound sexy. Where would you be now if you had to plug your computer into an Ethernet cord every time you wanted to watch a movie on Netflix? But while there are extremely useful consumer applications for wireless technologies, building automation systems are not always one of them.
Tim’s Tech Tips: Understanding Chiller Surge: “Just the Facts ma’am.” No, it’s not Joe Friday from the 70′s television series Dragnet, it’s Stromquist & Company’s Tim Chamblee. Tim in addition to being a super star salesman for Stromquist & Company is one of the best trainers in the country.
2013 ControlTrends Awards HighLight: Congratulations to Ed Merwin from Tridium and Mike Marston from Easy IO, co winners of the 2013 ControlTrends PID Award. The PID Award is an honor bestowed on an individual(s) that consistently exhibit the qualities of Professionalism, Integrity, and Dedication by the world wide ControlTrends community. Great job Ed and Mike!
ControlTrends Award Highlight: On The Red Carpet With EASY IO:Check out Mike Marston and the team from Easy IO as they walk the Red Carpet at the 2013 ControlTrends Awards at BB King’s Club in New York City. Congratulations to Ed Merwin from Tridium and Mike Marston from Easy IO, co winners of the 2013 ControlTrends PID Award. The PID Award is an honor bestowed on an individual(s) that consistently exhibit the qualities of Professionalism, Integrity, and Dedication by the world wide ControlTrends community.
oBIX Redux, ControlTalk NOW’s second guest is AB’s Ken Sinclair, who traces the Life Cycle and Refresh Cycle of a XML Standard: It was in January 2002, that automatedbuildings.com first sensed the tremors conveying both the direction and impact (Information Model: The Key to Integration) of the coming IT-quake that the internet and Web Services would have on the building automation industry. AutomatedBuilding’s rich archives contain the evolving history of a standard that begins with the Open Letter, and the first oBIX chairman, Paul Ehrlich’s interview and continues on to present times, with the 30-day Public Review and oBIX’s 1.1 refresh cycle and automatedbuildings.com’s contributing editor, Toby Considine’s oBIX, Smart TVs, and Commercial Buildings. Make sure you read! “oBIX & Project Haystack — Understanding where each fits.”
It was in January 2002, that automatedbuildings.com first sensed the tremors conveying both the direction and impact (Information Model: The Key to Integration) of the coming IT-quake that the internet and Web Services would have on the building automation industry. AutomatedBuilding’s rich archives contain the evolving history of a standard that begins with the Open Letter, and the first oBIX chairman, Paul Ehrlich’s interview and continues on to present times, with the 30-day Public Review and oBIX’s 1.1 refresh cycle and automatedbuildings.com’s contributing editor, Toby Considine’s oBIX, Smart TVs, and Commercial Buildings. Make sure you read! “oBIX & Project Haystack — Understanding where each fits.”