DGLogik, Inc. Relocates Headquarters! 1830 Embarcardero, Suite 106, Oakland, CA 94606

appySan Francisco, CA — August 29, 2014 — We are proud to announce that Appy has decided, mid-season, to become a season ticket holder for MLB baseball team, Oakland A’s. Due to their team’s success, as well, as DGLogik’s success, we will be relocating our office headquarters. The move allows Appy to arrive to his Premium box seats quicker while allowing DGLogik to expand their space, providing the ability to host larger training seminars and exclusively showcase latest and future technologies of all things IoT. Our office numbers and emails all remain the same. Please refer to the following new address: 1830 Embarcardero, Suite 106, Oakland, CA 94606

Don’t Miss Realcomm’s Webinar: Extreme Operations – Connecting Everything to the Network (IoT) Thurs, Sept 11, 2014 12:30 – 2:00 pm EDT

realcomm1Realcomm’s Webinar: Extreme Operations – Connecting Everything to the Network (Internet of Things). Automating HVAC, lighting, security cameras and utility meters are the obvious critical areas for smart, connected, high-performance, intelligent buildings. What about all the other electro-mechanical devices in a building that provide some type of functionality, sometimes require human interaction and have “secret data” utilized to provide insight and business value? Digital signage, elevators, escalators, parking gates, water meters, bathroom fixtures, drinking fountains and even fire extinguishers are just a few of the secondary but important systems to be discussed in this session. Register now!

Johnson Controls Supports HVAC Education and Scholarships for University of Hawaii Students

Johnson-ControlsMore students at the University of Hawaii may pursue HVAC careers thanks to funding from Johnson Controls. The company’s recent $58,000 gift will fund scholarships and provide equipment for Honolulu Community College’s Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technology (RAC) program.

The vice president for community colleges, Dr. John Morton said, “Sustainability is an important goal but also an important value for the UH Community Colleges. We thank Johnson Controls for its continued support and partnership, and for this generous gift in support of training the future workers in Hawaii’s green industries.”

Dr. Erika Lacro, chancellor of Honolulu Community College, added, “This generous gift will help Honolulu CC keep important programs such as Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technology current with industry standards. Students will train on innovative equipment to help move the future of Hawaii’s workforce to be more responsive with its energy needs. The Johnson Controls’ Fellows Program is offered across the UH System to engage students in all types of sustainable practices. These scholarships will aid students throughout their educational journey through to graduation.”

In 2011, UH and Johnson Controls launched the Fellows Program to prepare students for jobs in the growing green sector while identifying and cultivating students to lead sustainability efforts on their respective campuses. To date there have been more than 47 fellows educated by Johnson Controls employees who have coordinated activities such as renewable energy training summits, Earth Day celebrations, and peer-to-peer sustainability education.

“We’re training students to become critical thinkers and problem solvers, making them career- ready for jobs in sustainability and energy-efficiency industries,” said Judith Mouton, program director, Higher Education, Johnson Controls. “While learning about sustainability, they’re gaining valuable business leadership skills.”

View recent media coverage of the program. Posted on August 8, 2014

Contemporary Controls’ Versatile BASremote BACnet/IP Controller/Gateway is Even More Flexible!

Contemporary ControlsBASremoteAugust 2014 — The BASremote has evolved over the years from its original intent as a BACnet/IP remote I/O device. We were one of the first to add a Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) option ― allowing the device to operate without the need for control panel power. Next, we added Modbus RTU to BACnet/IP gateway functionality which greatly expanded the point handling capability of the unit. Then we added Modbus TCP to Modbus RTU routing ― providing the BASremote with Modbus TCP client capability. Next, we added a Sedona Framework virtual machine (SVM) eventually obtaining Sedona 1.2 certification ― making the BASremote a freely-programmable B-ASC controller. The Linux-based BASremote is appropriately identified as a versatile BACnet/IP controller/gateway, but we did not stop there. By listening to our customers we are releasing several new features. Visit Contemporary Controls for more solutions!

BASremotes with firmware release 3.7.7 have these added features:
Simplified trending
Authentication
Secure email notifications
Convenient firmware upgrades
Simplified Trending

Equipped with expansion modules, the BASremote can have up to 32 I/O points. With an installed Modbus device profile and attached Modbus devices, the number of points can increase dramatically. Each of these points can be trended using a simple “check-the-box” web page. Up to 150,000 data points can be saved before rollover of data. The output is a CSV-compliant file that can be manipulated using a standard spreadsheet program.

Authentication: Unauthorized access can now be prevented with password protection. This includes web page access, Java use, Sedona program protection and access to trend data.

Secure Email Notifications: Events captured in a Sedona program can trigger an email alert. Encrypted email services used by both Google and Yahoo can be used to carry these messages. The BASremote now supports SSL/TLS over port 465 and STARTTLS over port 587. It will continue to support traditional port 25 email services.

Convenient firmware upgrades: The BASremote is built upon a Linux platform and therefore supports the File Transfer Protocol (FTP) for making firmware revisions. With version 3.7.7 we have introduced a firmware update process based upon a simple web page action that removes the FTP complexity.

Any BASremote with version 3.1.2 or higher can be upgraded to version 3.7.7 using the traditional FTP process that can be found on the BASremote support page. There is no charge for the upgrade version. Also on the same support page is a new application note explaining how Modbus to BACnet mapping is accomplished in the BASremote.

Visit Contemporary Controls for more solutions!

Honeywell’s New WebVision Software Updates

webvision_controllerHoneywell is happy to announce the availability of release 1.1.5 for WebVision. This software release has fixed a number of issues reported from the field, as well as updates to support the following browsers: Internet Explorer 10 and 11, Chrome v35 and Firefox ESR 24.0. A WebVision Recovery tool is also available, which helps in recovering an unusable WebVision, due to IP addressing.

Note: The new software will not work in old IE 8 or IE 9 browsers. Please refer to “Download the New Distribution File” section for upgrade procedure.

Issues Fixed In This Release
New Features In This Release
Download the New Distribution File
Back Up Your WebVision Station

Sensors, Sensors Everywhere: In the Near Future, Structures and Systems Will Look After Themselves

SHM (Photo: 1663 Los Alamos Science and Technology Magazine. Schematic Source: Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT)

Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) began in the early 1800′s with railroad wheel-tappers, which used the sound of a hammer striking the train wheel to evaluate if damage was present. The IoT sensor proliferation that continues to increase the number of application instances will soon deliver this significant SHM concept, which is similar, yet different, than our Fault Detection and Diagnostics — nearer and nearer to our workstations (cautious optimism), because SHM will be incorporated into everything: buildings, bridges, every mode of transportation, as well as every large piece of HVAC equipment around us — that we will hopefully continue to integrate with in some manner. FAST COMPANY has the Connected Home Sweet Home covered, but it was this article by Craig Tyler, published in July 2013, in The Los Alamos Science and Technology Magazine, that really spells out the pervasiveness of this technology. Chuck Farrar and David Mascarenas, among other luminaries at the Engineering Institute at Los Alamos, a research and education collaboration between Los Alamos National Laboratory and the University of California, San Diego, are all about solving really sophisticated data-to-decision problems.

Fundamental Axioms of SHM IVa: Sensors cannot measure damage. Feature extraction through signal processing and statistical classification is necessary to convert sensor data into damage information (http://en.wikipedia.org/).

Did you know that sensors evolve? According to Eric Flynn, a colleague of David Mascarenas, and postdoctoral researcher at the Engineering Institute researcher at the Los Alamos Engineering Institute: “Over many different trials, the sensor network develops a lifetime of experience. Detector locations, or sets of locations, that do not help enough are like animals that are unfit for survival or reproduction; they are deleted from the “gene pool.” New sensor locations are introduced to replace the ones that are deleted, based on “mutation” and “breeding” among the remaining sensor “population,” in a process that repeats for each new “generation.” In this way, the 3D sensor locations “evolve” to their optimal configuration. Los Alamos Engineering Institute researchers working in the field of structural health monitoring (SHM) are developing sensor systems to track health and damage information for the nation’s major infrastructure objects—including buildings and bridges, power plants and industrial plants, ships and aircraft, and other large-investment equipment for transportation, entertainment, and scientific research. They are designing and building SHM hardware as well as developing algorithms to screen raw SHM sensor data reliably for evidence of structural degradation.”

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Los Alamos Engineering Institute researchers working in the field of structural health monitoring (SHM) are developing sensor systems to track health and damage information for the nation’s major infrastructure objects—including buildings and bridges, power plants and industrial plants, ships and aircraft, and other large-investment equipment for transportation, entertainment, and scientific research. They are designing and building SHM hardware as well as developing algorithms to screen raw SHM sensor data reliably for evidence of structural degradation.

Los Alamos Engineering Institute researchers working in the field of structural health monitoring (SHM) are developing sensor systems to track health and damage information for the nation’s major infrastructure objects—including buildings and bridges, power plants and industrial plants, ships and aircraft, and other large-investment equipment for transportation, entertainment, and scientific research. They are designing and building SHM hardware as well as developing algorithms to screen raw SHM sensor data reliably for evidence of structural degradation.

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Chiller on the Fritz — Call the Champions of Chill — The Mobile Air Force

mobile air forceMarvel Comics has nothing on the marvelous folks at Mobile Air Force, the champions of chill, as they fight for truth, justice, and mobile air conditioning! There’s nothing like a little comic animation to convey a lot of information about superhero-like fast emergency service. Mobile Air, Inc. is a specialty HVAC company dealing exclusively in portable air conditioning, heating, filtration, and dehumidification systems, for both temporary and long term solutions.

Mobile Air has been providing portable rental air conditioning, heating, dehumidification and structural drying services to our customers for over 20 years. Since Mobile Air’s beginning back in 1989 we have been redefining the industry with products and innovative approaches for temporary indoor and outdoor heating, air conditioning, and dehumidification.

Mobile Air has the equipment, personnel, and know-how to solve your temporary air conditioning needs quickly from one of our fully-stocked warehouses. Mobile Air has the equipment you need, right where you need it.

Siemens Releases New QXA2601 and QXA2602 Condensation Monitors — Great for Chilled Beams/Chilled Ceilings

QXA2601 Siemens releases two new products for use on surfaces where condensation must be avoided. Both the QXA2601 and QXA2602 are designed to prevent condensation from forming in chilled beam and chilled ceiling applications. Both devices operate identically via a SPDT relay that changes state when humidity level near the surface of the chilled water piping approaches 92%. The unit will automatically reset when the humidity level drops to approximately 87%.

The key difference is that the QXA2601 is a completely self-contained unit that attaches directly to the chilled water piping, while the QXA2602 features a remote sensing element that is easier to locate in small spaces. The QXA2602 includes 5’ of cable for connecting the remote element to the relay housing.

Product Description: The QXA2601 and QXA2602 Condensation Monitors are used to avoid damage due to condensation on chilled ceilings and in HVAC installations. They are equipped with an SPDT dry contact capable of switching 1 amp @ 24 Vac or 0.5 amp @ 24 Vdc. A two-color LED provides visual status indication. The QXA2601 includes hardware for installation on pipes with outside diameters from 0.39 to 3.94 inches (10 to 100 mm). The QXA2602 includes hardware for surface mounting on walls or ceilings.

Product Use: For monitoring condensation in buildings that utilize chilled beam or chilled ceilings or in HVAC installations. In general, the condensation monitor is for use on surfaces where condensation must be avoided and used in following applications:

• to prevent condensation on chilled ceilings.
• to prevent condensation at critical spots of HVAC installations or buildings (in air ducts, near fans, and so on).
• as a condensation switch.

Equipment Combinations: The QXA2601 and QXA2602 can be used in any 24V AC/DC control circuit and can be wired NO or NC to provide indication of pending condensation.

Mode of Operation: With its sensing element, the condensation monitor acquires the relative humidity close to the dew point (= 100% rh). The resistance of the sensing element rises sharply in the range of 90 to 100% rh. Before the dew point is reached, the electronics energize the relay. When, as in the case of chilled ceiling applications, the relay contact switches over and may be used to trigger a condensation avoidance sequence such as:

1. Cooling will be shut down via the valve or by a controller until the condensation signal is no longer present.
2. The water flow temperature will immediately be raised by an adjustable value (typically ≈ 2˚F) and slowly reduced again after the signal has disappeared. This application requires a specific function in the controller.

ControlTalk Now for the Week Ending August 17, 2014

This week’s Podcast of ControlTalk NOW is sponsored by Platinum Sponsors Delta Controls and CopperTree Analytics. CTN makes a case for the rebound of the local distributors as the Amazon Law gets more teeth and residents will pay either sales tax or use tax, but the States insist, they will have their money. Intelligent Building Tips; Target’s Cyber attack update; Video of KMC’s SimplyVAV; EasyIO’s Madrid Conference and Mike Marston’s interview take center stage; 2013 CTA PID Award Winners; DOE’s Framework for Connected Equipment; and would you believe — the Water Whistleblower APP.

delta_controls_logo Delta Controls. Do it Right! Delta Controls is one of the largest independent manufacturers of building automation systems with more than 300 installers in over 80 countries. For more than 3 decades Delta Controls has offered dependable and user-friendly building control solutions to commercial, healthcare, education, leisure buildings and more. As industry leaders, our track record includes delivering the world’s first fully integrated native BACnet building solution encompassing HVAC, Lighting and Access products.

coppertreeFor more than 30 years CopperTree’s parent companies Delta Controls (one of the largest independent building controls manufacturers) and ESC (Western Canada’s largest building systems integrator) have been at the forefront of creating SMART buildings. Long before ‘sustainable’ was a buzz word the founders were involved in energy audits and consulting; and so it was a natural extension to create CopperTree in response to the growing demand for building energy management services.

target_3Target Estimates Data Breach at $148 Million. Read Target’s Updates on Security and Technology Enhancements: The 2013 Target data breach is a permanent and important reference point in hacking history. According to the Forbes and The Associated Press news releases last week, Target has estimated their hacking losses at $148 million, minus a $38 million insurance receivable (about 11 cents a share). Still being calculated are the damages to Target’s reputation, profits, and a host of lawsuits, not to mention the negative impact the breach has had on Target’s expansion into Canada.

KMC.001How KMC Makes VAV Control Simple: Simple to set up, with no software needed, this controller is powerful and functions equally as well as a stand-alone solution or the VAV controller of choice on a BACnet full-blown control system. The SimplyVAV series of controllers are an easy and unique approach to operating a wide variety of VAV terminal units. The integrated actuators, internal airflow sensors, and wide variety of application programs make these BACnet Application Specific controllers ideal for either new or retrofit installations.

easyio_smallEASYIO’s Annual Conference in Madrid, Spain! Sep 15-17, 2014, World Event Agenda Update: Get ahead with EasyIO, see the latest Energy Saving Controls solutions, all leading edge and leading the way, as you would expect from EasyIO. At the same time, relax and enjoying yourselves with your friends from EasyIO. We will be joined by some great sponsors and media coverage by Controltrends from the USA. We haven’t seen your submission to our event yet, but we would be delighted to meet you in Madrid. Review our updated agenda! New EasyIO VAV Initiatives; Simply VAV and Belimo MP integration on FG; Product Road Map for EasyIO; BACnet Client & Enocean Integration/Peripherals show demo; Improvements in CPT; New programming editor and a new Project based Engineering approach; Video Streaming and src embedded Web page and html5, in FG. An overview of EasyIO training plans and certification; and much more.

MikeMarstonSeptember RACA Interview with Mike Marston, Co-Owner of EasyIO Holdings Pte Ltd. What trends can be picked up on the global BMS market? What’s new? IT is changing the BMS world, for the better. More and more IP based Controllers are now being connected to the IT Infrastructure in a Building, as the barrier of RS 485 twisted pair cable being cheaper, seems to be finally changing. IT professionals know that so much more can be achieved through Ethernet cable and IT infrastructure, such as, fast online programming, real time, and with the old ways of compile, download and ‘pray’!

easyio.1ControlTrends Award HighLight: The PID Award. 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 and voted on by the world wide ControlTrends community.

eere_illust_bldgAugust DOE Release: A Framework for Characterizing Connected Equipment. For those of the ControlTrends Community following the most recent DOE referee guidance concerning the direction and pace of technological innovation in the Smart Grid industry, which includes “the dynamic management of residential and commercial building end-use loads,” brought about by the increasing connectivity available within the residential and commercial space, and/or the ability to control the equipment externally/remotely, this August 2014, DOE, EERE, Building Technologies Program report, articulates and illustrates, very succinctly, the intelligent minutiae being used to unfold the inevitable universality and implementation of the Smart Grid.

everydrop2Water Whistleblower APP — Meet EveryDrop – A Water Conservation Platform. Light Litter is Next! We are still wondering how long it will take for Light Litter to become a serious matter of national importance, and by what means could we begin to remedy it — not only because it’s a terrible waste of energy and money (tax money, mostly), but also because it’s completely fixable. Public patience with wasting water, at least in LA, has expired and led to the first known APP to blow the whistle on water abusers. The negative idea of blowing the whistle on thy neighbor is another one of those duller-edge sides of the sword that results from trying to fix collective apathy.

Water Whistleblower APP — Meet EveryDrop – A Water Conservation Platform. Light Litter is Next!

We are still wondering how long it will take for Light Litter to become a serious matter of national importance, and by what means could we begin to remedy it — not only because it’s a terrible waste of energy and money (tax money, mostly), but also because it’s completely fixable. Public patience with wasting water, at least in LA, has expired and led to the first known APP to blow the whistle on water abusers. The negative idea of blowing the whistle on thy neighbor is another one of those duller-edge sides of the sword that results from trying to fix collective apathy. Hopefully, a similar APP will soon emerge for Light Litter that will lead to the reporting of public lights left on during daylight hours, particularly, airport and municipal parking area lights and the miles and miles of state highways and local roadways with lighting left on in bright and broad daylight because of a faulty time clock or defective sensor. Control over lighting is very doable. Back to the EveryDrop story from mother nature network and Matt Hickman, Design devotee that blogs about cities, innovation, architecture and green buildings. Read more: http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/responsible-living/blogs/app-turns-citizens-into-smartphone-wielding-wardens-of-water#ixzz3AYKB51Wc:

Meet EveryDrop – A Water Conservation Platform from CitySourced on Vimeo.

Los Angeles is one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. Being located in Southern California, however, has its challenges. By enabling the EveryDrop platform, cities and counties can put the power of the crowd to work for them. Water waste can be identified quickly, allowing conservation of every drop possible. By using our platform, in conjunction with Esri’s GIS technology, the power of big data comes alive. Water waste can now be isolated, quantified and studied. Education is tantamount in the effort to conserve water, and with the help of EveryDrop it’s easier than ever. We have an obligation to be good stewards of our planet’s resources, and EveryDrop helps in accomplishing that goal.