Niagara 4 is Here! Next-generation IoT Framework Now Available!

Screen Shot 2015-08-31 at 10.06.55 AMToday is a momentous day for the Niagara Community. The highly anticipated Niagara 4 is here! It’s been about 10 years since we’ve had a release of Niagara with this much power and potential. Niagara 4 builds on the legacy of the Niagara Framework® in many new and ground-breaking ways, and is designed to help businesses take full advantage of the Internet of Things. Some of the most exciting advancements include:

* Modern user interface and design language (HTML5)
* Powerful and easy-to-use security features
* Seamless conversion from Niagara AX

Tridium’s OEMs and distributors are preparing for the release of Niagara 4. Look for a release announcement soon from your Niagara partner. Meanwhile, we’re excited for you to get started!

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Certification Training is a prerequisite for purchasing Niagara 4 and is available now.

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For more information, please contact your Niagara partner or visit our website. Thank you for your interest!

ControlTalk NOW Week Ending August 30, 2015

ControlTalk NOW for the week ending August 30, 2015 features guest interviews with Neptronic’s Luis Melgares and SI Consultants’ Vinayak Sane; new products from Thermokon and Functional Devices; Tridium N4 Crossover Training Video; Fred Gordy’s continued focus on Cyber Security; Sierra Monitor Corporation’s Varun Nagaraj’s Part 1 series on IIoT; and an updated ControlTrends Events Calendar.

Screen Shot 2015-08-24 at 7.48.34 AMThermokon’s Newest Products — Released in 902MHz EnOcean’s Frequency for North America. Thermokon is pleased to announce several game-changing 902 MHz EnOcean products recently added to their extensive EasySens product platform, which include these application advantages: Cost savings due to Energy Harvesting: producing energy from the sensor environment; Flexibility with sensor location – quick and easy mounting and commissioning; Reduction of fire load – no need for wires.

Screen Shot 2015-05-22 at 4.09.28 PMControlTrends Event Information Calendar Update. Global EasyIO Partner Event 2015: Paris, September 20-22! EasyIO is changing the way Building Automation is deployed, while significantly reducing installation costs. EasyIO’s global partner event will unveil awesome new products and features that will further enhance building management and energy solutions — for all building types. EasyIO has already a reputation to hold up for their amazing event programming.

FuctionalProduct Update: The New Functional Devices EnOcean Relay. Wireless is all the rage in todays building automation and smart buildings control systems. But to get the most out of your wireless system you need reliable wireless components like the EN3 EnOcean relay from Functional Devices. The EnOcean technology is an energy harvesting wireless technology used primarily in building automation systems; but is also applied to other applications in industry, transportation, logistics and smart homes.

NEPTRONIC VOYLuis Melgares, Neptronic’s Vice-President, Sales and Marketing ControlTalk NOW’s first guest interview. ControlTrends caught up with Luis while he was on the road in Western PA and WV, technical support to system integrator and developing new business. Luis gives ControlTrends the latest scoop on Neptronic’s newest hardware and software, and previews Neptronic’s next generation TUC thermostat/room controller expected to be released fourth quarter 2015 — that will definitely be on display at the 2016 AHR EXPO in Orlando.

Screen Shot 2015-08-26 at 12.12.43 PMTridium Niagara 4 Crossover Training Promo Video — World Class Technical Training for the Niagara Community. Tridium Niagara 4 Crossover Training Promo Video featuring World Class Technical Training for the Niagara Community. At Tridium, our training goals are simple; help our customers to be effective using the Niagara Framework. We do that by offering a variety of training classes covering the broad spectrum of Niagara-based solutions.

Screen Shot 2015-08-31 at 8.35.21 AMVinayak Sane, with SI Consulting, based in Mumbai, India is ControlTalk NOW’s second guest interview. In this introductory video, we meet Vinayak and hear how he got started in the BMS/HVAC markets. Vinayak will be providing ControlTrends with progress updates on India’s immense efforts to bring 100 Smart Cities on-line, while proving insights on the some of the primary challenges facing India’s Smart Cities Mission, Building a Smart India, from an engineer’s perspective.

VendorsPractical Application for Using Shodan. Finding Devices, Protocols, Vendors, etc. Shodan’s search engine is fairly flexible and easy to use. The various lists below are what I found using a URL search like the two shown here (you must be logged in for the URL search to work). https://www.shodan.io/search?query=PDU+country%3A”US“ Notice the two bold sections of the URL string. The first is what you are looking for and the second is the country. The URL Encoded Characters for a colon are %3A.

FTCV01If You’re Breached, You May Be Facing Two Battles. According to an arstechnica article Monday, August 24, a federal appeals court ruled that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) can now sue a company that employs poor IT security practices. This resulted from a lawsuit that the FTC filed against the Wyndham Worldwide Corporation who suffered three breaches from 2008 to 2009. (click here to see FTC vs Wyndham) FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramierz wrote in a statement to Ars, “Today’s Third Circuit Court of Appeals decision reaffirms the FTC’s authority to hold companies accountable for failing to safeguard consumer data.

VarunSierra Monitor’s Varun Nagaraj: A Model to Categorize IIoT Use Cases – Part 1. There is no shortage of stories and case studies about the IIoT. In aggregate, they support the assertion that the classic Buffalo Springfield song makes: “There’s something’s happening here; what it is ain’t exactly clear”. Unfortunately, the many IIoT case studies being written up throw the phrase “cloud” around like there is no tomorrow, and all the stories begin to blur together! Personally, I find it useful to have a model that helps me categorize IIoT use cases.

Sierra Monitor’s Varun Nagaraj: A Model to Categorize IIoT Use Cases – Part 1

There is no shortage of stories and case studies about the IIoT. In aggregate, they support the assertion that the classic Buffalo Springfield song makes: “There’s something’s happening here; what it is ain’t exactly clear”.

Unfortunately, the many IIoT case studies being written up throw the phrase “cloud” around like there is no tomorrow, and all the stories begin to blur together! Personally, I find it useful to have a model that helps me categorize IIoT use cases. I’d like to share the model that we use within our company, both when we are thinking about what IIoT use cases make sense for us as an OEM (with our Sentry Fire and Gas line), and also when we are working with our leading OEM customers to discuss and enable their use cases (with our FieldServer protocol gateway products).

IIoT Can Deliver

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As the diagram shows, we categorize use cases into four steps, with each step having a different benefit or theme. And the reason they are laid out as steps is because we believe it is necessary to master each step before moving on to the next step.

Step 1 is the lowest hanging fruit. OEMs who make “smart connected products” can use the IIoT to improve support and service. By connecting securely and remotely with their connected devices (no matter where they are or how they were sold), the OEM and their sales/service agents can remotely monitor and troubleshoot their products. The OEM’s customers (the end customers) can avail of such a capability themselves as well, allowing the facility manager to always be connected to his assets. Note that we are not just suggesting that the OEMs feed their data to a SCADA or other management system and think their job is done. We are suggesting that every OEM, to the extent possible, look to establish their own secure connection to their products in the field. Armed with this remote knowledge, the OEM can either fix problems remotely or dispatch an appropriately equipped and informed service tech to the field, thereby leading to a much higher resolution rate. The key here is providing secure remote connectivity and access. This step is not about long-term data retention in the cloud, fancy analytics, and so on. In this step, the “cloud” is just a mechanism to provide this functionality. Also, as a general rule, in this step the maximum benefit accrues to the OEM, as it helps them raise their service game and helps them differentiate themselves from other OEMs. So we recommend that OEMs bundle such a secure remote access capability with their products. Shipping the smart connected product along with a FieldServer that can connect over a secure remote access “tunnel” to a cloud-based registration and access point is one way to do this.

Step 2 focuses on using the IIoT to improve operational efficiencies – for the OEM, and even more interestingly, for the OEM’s customers. We have gathered many examples from the literature that fit in this “efficiency” category. For example, an OEM may use the data from their smart connected devices to understand their product quality and failure modes over time, or the OEM’s marketing department may use this data to identify which customers might be ready for a product upgrade offer. The OEM’s customers can greatly benefit from insights too. A facility manager of a building may use the data collected from the smart connected products to identify energy efficiency opportunities, or an airline may use the data gathered from the sensors in the engines across all its aircraft to determine if certain flight paths result in greater fuel efficiency. A commercial kitchen may use the automated logging and reporting of temperature data from all its refrigerators to satisfy food safety regulations, instead of the traditional approach of sending a worker out to each refrigerator every hour to record the temperature. Smart elevators may use information about how many people are waiting and past history of where people go at what time to provision elevator banks efficiently in high rises, and commercial fans may regulate their speeds based on occupancy, external humidity, individual preferences and so on. So many cool examples – but once you get the 4 step model in your head, you’ll realize they are all just variations of Step 2, both from a benefits perspective and from a technology architecture perspective.

A word on the technology architecture required for Step 2. Identifying efficiency opportunities requires “analysis” and possibly (that other infamous word) “big data”. So while Step 1 as explained earlier is about secure remote access to the data stored in the remote smart connected products, Step 2 is about bringing that data to the cloud, organizing it, storing it, and sifting through it looking for efficiency improvements. That is the “cloud” plays a different role in Step 2 relative to Step 1. The cost of proving Step 2 benefits to themselves or to their customers are higher to the OEM relative to Step 1 as the OEM has to move and store data long-term in the cloud, and has to put in the intellectual work to define and develop the algorithms that drive the desired outcomes. We recommend that in Step 2, OEMs think carefully about selecting and pairing the right cloud storage and analytics platform to the cloud-based secure remote access capability established in Step 1. Shipping a smart connected product with a FieldServer along with the ability to plug into the right cloud analytics platform is one way for the OEM to offer Step 2 benefits.

Best-in-class OEMs are actively looking at Steps 1 and 2 (often in that order), and we are privileged to have the opportunity to brainstorm these with our OEM customers.

In the next blog post, we will look further ahead at Steps 3 and 4 and speculate on how smart connected products and the IIoT might usher in an unprecedented era of innovation, and not just efficiency.

Screen Shot 2015-08-29 at 9.39.49 AMVarun is the President and CEO of Sierra Monitor Corporation – See more at: http://www.sierramonitor.com/blog/model-to-categorize-iiot-use-cases-part-1/#sthash.8qW0R7IA.dpuf

Tridium Niagara 4 Crossover Training Promo Video — World Class Technical Training for the Niagara Community

Tridium Niagara 4 Crossover Training Promo Video featuring World Class Technical Training for the Niagara Community. At Tridium, our training goals are simple; help our customers to be effective using the Niagara Framework. We do that by offering a variety of training classes covering the broad spectrum of Niagara-based solutions.

Our training offerings are also flexible. We offer classroom training at our state-of-the-art facility in Richmond, Virginia. Also, we provide training at regional offices throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Furthermore, we hae extended our offering with virtual instructor-led training and e-learning courses to allow you to learn anytime, anywhere. In addition, training is also offered throughout the world by our Tridium Certified Training Partners.

We provide a high level of professional, hands-on and applications-oriented technical training. The goal of each of our training sessions is to help you achieve the technical expertise necessary to support your customers.

Schedule of Classes and how to Enroll on-line: To see a schedule of classes and to request registration for any of our classes, first select the specific course below that you need. Then follow the instructions to complete your registration request.

ControlTrends Event Information Calendar Update

Screen Shot 2015-05-22 at 4.09.28 PMGlobal EasyIO Partner Event 2015: Paris, September 20-22! EasyIO is changing the way Building Automation is deployed, while significantly reducing installation costs. EasyIO’s global partner event will unveil awesome new products and features that will further enhance building management and energy solutions — for all building types. EasyIO has already a reputation to hold up for their amazing event programming. Paris, capital city of France, city of Love and Light, is the host in 2015. EasyIO would love to invite you to their event. BECOME A SPONSOR! Join Belimo, J2 Innovations, Intellastar, SkyFoundry, and NODON as they address participants from Aulstralia, Asia, Europe, South America, and the USA.

Screen Shot 2015-06-27 at 3.53.09 PMBUSINESS-BUILDING INSIGHTS — Join Honeywell Building Control Systems in our mission to drive technological innovation, sustainability and profitable growth. We’re advancing the industry with unprecedented speed and power, but it’s only with you that we can transform our momentum into true success. Get ready to move forward faster, smarter, and launch a new era of success. Register Now!

Screen Shot 2015-08-26 at 8.42.40 AMASIS conference in Anaheim, CA, September 28 – October 1, 2015. Register today! Security Steps Up Its Game! The world’s most influential security conference and trade show, the ASIS International 61st Annual Seminar and Exhibits (ASIS 2015) will bring 20,000 security professionals together for four jam-packed days featuring: More than 200 operational and information security education sessions covering the full range of issues, from counter-terrorism to malware to threats from unmanned vehicles​. Hands-on access to the world’s best security marketplace featuring cutting-edge security products and service innovations from 600+ exhibitors.

Screen Shot 2015-08-06 at 12.31.55 PM2nd Annual Demand Response World Forum 2015, October 6-8 in Costa Mesa, CA. Utilities around the world are under increasing pressure to maximize energy efficiency, control load, and integrate distributed energy resources. These factors plus a changing regulatory environment are driving new requirements for network resiliency, flexibility, and power quality — all of which impact the traditional utility business case.

Screen Shot 2015-08-09 at 7.10.49 PMAWE headed to Asia October 17-18, 2015. Break into the Chinese AR market at AWE Asia! The world’s largest event dedicated to Augmented Reality, Augmented World Expo (AWE), has partnered with AR in China, China’s largest AR organization with over 10,000 AR developers, to bring you Asia’s biggest AR event yet, AWE Asia! This is one event you won’t want to miss.

Screen Shot 2015-06-28 at 8.56.47 AMThe Lynxspring Exchange and Partner Conference being held October 26th-28th at the Argosy Hotel and Casino, Riverside, Missouri brings together Lynxspring’s ecosystem and community of business partners, integrators, contractors, OEMs, technology partners, industry professionals and practitioners to exchange, collaborate, network and learn about today’s operating systems and solutions for operating facilities smarter, safer, securely, more efficiently, and at peak performance levels and the latest in advanced smart-device applications. Registration to attend Lynxspring Exchange 2015 is $295.00 per person. The registration fee includes admission to all sessions, workshops, exhibits, and food and beverage during the course of the conference. Register here.

Screen Shot 2015-07-13 at 6.59.07 AMCX Luminaries To Headline G-Force Oct 26-28, 2015 in Miami. Register Now! We couldn’t contain our excitement about announcing our G-Force 2015 keynote, Josh Linkner, NY Times Best Selling Author. Josh is best known for his creativity and innovation as entrepreneur, author and thought leader. You won’t want to miss him! Get started on your CX journey by registering now for G-Force. Experience NextGen CX at G-Force!

Screen Shot 2015-06-28 at 9.10.53 AMNFMT Orlando Registration is Now Open: The perfect blend of solutions, strategies and sunshine, NFMT Orlando is a free conference and expo for facilities professionals wanting to better themselves and their buildings. The event takes place October 27-28, 2015, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Register here.

Screen Shot 2015-06-28 at 8.42.23 AMThe SGIP Annual Conference takes places in the vibrant city of New Orleans, Louisiana for 2015 at the centrally-located InterContinental Hotel. The 2015 Annual Conference promises to be filled with the latest in grid modernization and many networking opportunities for members and guests to reconnect and collaborate. AGENDA: To view the agenda, please click here. SPEAKERS: To view the list of speakers, please click here. Register now!

Screen Shot 2015-08-26 at 11.19.09 AMSecured Cities Show in Houston, TX November 10 – 12, 2015. The Security Innovation Awards, sponsored by Secured Cities and Security Technology Executive magazine, honor the most innovative integrated deployments the security industry has to offer. Project submissions are being sought form the following five public/private partnership sectors: Municipal/Urban Business Districts/Policing Districts, Campus | K-12 and Colleges and Universities, Healthcare Facilities & Campuses, Transportation Authorities, and General Corporate Enterprises. Click here to find out more about the award and past winners.

HardRock1ControlTrends is excited to announce that the 2015 ControlTrends Awards will be held January 24, 2016, from 6:30PM to 9:30PM, at Orlando’s Hard Rock Live, located at the door step to the amazing Universal Studios. Hard Rock Live is home to music history and a most befitting venue to celebrate the heroes and superstars of our HVAC and the Building Automation industries.

Screen Shot 2015-08-19 at 10.05.55 AMThe World’s Largest HVACR Marketplace is headed to Orlando, January 25-27, 2016, Orlando, Florida — ORANGE COUNTY CONVENTION CENTER! Register to Attend! Learn More! The AHR EXPO brings the entire HVACR Industry together under one roof to see the latest products and technology, learn about innovations & trends, and build relationships. Meet thousands of exhibitors from every segment of the industry. See the most advanced products & technology on the planet.

Screen Shot 2015-07-13 at 6.59.56 AMRegistration is now open for the inaugural Emerging Contaminants Summit, brought to you by the same team that produces the RemTEC Summit. Unlike most environmental conferences and workshops, which include some information on emerging contaminants, Emerging Contaminants Summit will comprehensively address mitigating the presence of these contaminants across ALL environmental media, including surface water, groundwater, drinking water, wastewater, recycled water, soils and sediments. Register Early & Save $200.

Thermokon’s Newest Products — Released in 902MHz EnOcean’s Frequency for North America

Thermokon is pleased to announce several game-changing 902 MHz EnOcean products recently added to their extensive EasySens product platform, which include these application advantages:

» Cost savings due to Energy Harvesting: producing energy from the sensor environment
» Flexibility with sensor location – quick and easy mounting and commissioning
» Reduction of fire load – no need for wires
» Easy integration into existing buildings – no wiring
» High-end designs and direct mounting to all surfaces
» Compatibility to other manufacturers: International Standard (IEC 14543-3-10)

Screen Shot 2015-08-24 at 7.48.34 AMThe room sensor is designed for temperature and (optional) humidity detection, local set point and fan speed adjustment for room control in buildings. The sensor transmits its measured values wirelessly to the corresponding receivers, which process the information respectively to the centralized control unit. The configuration is done via a serial interface. The room sensor can be integrated into various switch designs programs of the indoor installation range.

Screen Shot 2015-08-24 at 7.47.18 AM Application: Small, radio controlled, battery-powered radiator valve actuator for room temperature control, which mounts directly onto commercially available radiator valves manufactured by Heimeier, Honeywell-MNG, Junkers, Honeywell-Baukmann, Oventrop (1998 and later), Cazzaniga, and many more. The actuator is radio controlled based on the EnOcean wireless protocol according to the international standard IEC 13543-3-10. The EnOcean Equipment Profile EEP A5-20-01 (Battery Powered Actuator) is supported.

Screen Shot 2015-08-24 at 7.48.07 AMApplication: Bi-directional gateway for EnOcean-based sensors and actuators as well as controllers and control systems with BACnet IP interface. Configuration / commissioning with EasySens AirConfig Software tool. For details of the BACnet protocol please visit http://www.bacnet.org/.

ControlTalk NOW Week Ending August 23, 2015

ControlTalk NOW for the week ending August 23, 2015 continues its focus on Cyber Security Awareness with Data Center Equipment Exposure; CABA’s Landmark CyberSecurity Research Initiative; and White Hat Billy Rios brings ICS/SCADA training to Georgia. Also featured: Eric Stromquist presents the Belimo Energy Valve to the Atlanta Better Building Challenge; Neptronic’s and ecobee’s newest product releases; the 2016 AHR EXPO registration is now available; 7 Minutes in Control with Rob Allen and Mike Bonner discussing their successful Honeywell N4 migration; and the amazing history of KMC Controls.

20150817_OB_CRAC_BacnetData Center Equipment Exposed With Default Manufacturer User and Pass. Shodan Cataloging of Liebert & APC (Disclaimer – It is not the intent of this post to point out a particular BAS software vendor. The intent is to show that we, the system integrator, still have work ahead of us to do our part.) Last week I searched for Niagara systems on Shodan and the numbers were 27k plus in just the US. This week the US number is down just over 15k.

CabaCABA Launches Landmark Research on CyberSecurity: Is Your Organization Prepared? What steps have your organization taken to ensure that your customers, products/services and organization are safe from privacy issues and cybersecurity attacks? The CABA Board of Directors and the CABA Connected Home Council (CHC) have selected the next CABA Landmark Research Study to be “Cybersecurity and the Connected Home”.

Screen Shot 2015-08-24 at 8.54.40 AM7 Minutes in Control with Stromquist’s Rob Allen and Mike Bonner. The two gentlemen provide great insight to a successful Honeywell WEBs AX migration to N4 that included several JACE controllers, numerous Honeywell Spyders, and an AX Supervisor, connecting multiple buildings over a wireless IP LAN. Please stay tuned to 7 Minutes in Control as Rob and Mike continue with N4 project migration updates.

Screen Shot 2015-08-19 at 10.05.55 AMWorld’s Largest HVACR Marketplace is Headed to Orlando, FL — January 25-27, 2016. The World’s Largest HVACR Marketplace is headed to Orlando, January 25-27, 2016, Orlando, Florida — ORANGE COUNTY CONVENTION CENTER! The AHR EXPO brings the entire HVACR Industry together under one roof to see the latest products and technology, learn about innovations & trends, and build relationships.

Screen Shot 2015-07-15 at 8.16.46 AMNeptronic Announces its Next Generation VAV and Fan Coil Controllers are Here! Neptronic, a leading manufacturer of HVAC Products and Solutions since 1976, is proud to announce that their game-changing Next Generation VAV and Fan Coil Controllers — are Available NOW! Huge hardware, software, and network improvements provide better precision, greater application versatility and more. Visit Neptronic today to see more features and benefits of Neptronic’s Next Generation Controllers!

Screen Shot 2015-08-19 at 11.32.58 PMHey Siri, meet ecobee3 — Ahem, the HomeKit-enabled ecobee3. HomeKit makes it easy to discover, group, and control Apple HomeKit-enabled accessories in your home. Control your ecobee3 by using Siri on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Requires iOS 8.1 or later. Your iPhone is now a universal remote that controls your home. Imagine all your smart accessories working together and customized around you.

AaronControlTrends at The Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge. I got a chance to hang out with the movers and shakers of the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge last night. Atlanta’s mayor, Kasim Reed, gave us an update on the progress Atlanta Building owners are making towards reducing their energy spend by 20% by the year 2020.

Screen Shot 2015-08-21 at 11.29.14 AMKMC Controls — A History of Great Success Built with Great People and Great Products. KMC Controls, an almost mythical American success story begins with a summer job at Barber Colman in Rockford, IL, where Ken Krueter was first introduced to the world of HVAC and controls. Ken Kreuter’s pioneer efforts were soon augmented by a remarkable family and a cast of industrious and harmonious visonaries that would sustain KMC’s growth — and allow KMC to make significant contributions to the HVAC industry — for the next fifty years.

440x220_Rios_410-4ICS/SCADA Security Essentials, Atlanta – Billy Rios, Instructor. My friend and mentor Billy Rios will be he instructor for the upcoming SANS Institute ICS/SCADA Security Essentials in Atlanta, September 28 thru October 2. Billy is not only an expert on this subject, but is highly engaging and thought provoking. His instructional delivery method coveys information that can be easily understood and is comprehensive.

MeatlThe Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge, Pecha Kucha, and The Belimo Energy Valve. Here is a video of my Pecha Kucha at the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge. Pecha Kucha is a presentation style that allows the speaker 20 slides and 20 seconds to explain each slide. The Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge is the vision of Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed. He challenges commercial buildings in Atlanta to reduce their energy consumption 20% by the year 2020.

KMC Controls — A History of Great Success Built with Great People and Great Products

Screen Shot 2015-08-22 at 10.54.23 AM KMC Controls, an almost mythical American success story begins with a summer job at Barber Colman in Rockford, IL, where Ken Krueter was first introduced to the world of HVAC and controls. Ken Kreuter’s pioneer efforts were soon augmented by a remarkable family and a cast of industrious and harmonious visonaries that would sustain KMC’s growth — and allow KMC to make significant contributions to the HVAC industry — for the next fifty years. Today, KMC Controls stands as one of the most advanced and innovative HVAC Controls manufacturers in the world. The KMC Controls’ History is a video story worth watching and remembering!

KMC Controls was founded in 1969 by Ken Kreuter as Kreuter Manufacturing Company marketing damper actuators, pneumatic-electric switches, and logic relays through private label contracts with OEM partners. The KMC product line was soon expanded to include variable air volume controllers and actuators.

By 1989, KMC had expanded into its 100,000 square foot manufacturing facility in New Paris, Indiana. In 1996, KMC became a global distributor. Sales growth in international markets brought about a new era of expansion and product development. The company earned ISO 9001 certification in 1997 and released its venerable line of BACnet® open-protocol controllers in 2004.

Today, KMC continues to market innovative and intuitive solutions developed by responsive and supportive people. With a focus on quality and dedication to open platform systems and support, KMC is well-positioned to capitalize upon technological advancement to drive growth in new markets.

Hey Siri, meet ecobee3 — Ahem, the HomeKit-enabled ecobee3

HomeKit makes it easy to discover, group, and control Apple HomeKit-enabled accessories in your home. Control your ecobee3 by using Siri on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Requires iOS 8.1 or later. Your iPhone is now a universal remote that controls your home. Imagine all your smart accessories working together and customized around you. HomeKit allows users to communicate with and control connected accessories in their home. It enables them to discover HomeKit accessories, configure them and create actions to control their devices.

Users can group actions together and trigger them using Siri. HomeKit is built on a secure foundation with end-to-end encryption which provides customers a secure connection between their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and HomeKit-enabled accessory.

Neptronic Announces: Next Generation VAV and Fan Coil Controllers are Here!

Neptronic, a leading manufacturer of HVAC Products and Solutions since 1976, is proud to announce that their game-changing Next Generation VAV and Fan Coil Controllers — are Available NOW! Huge hardware, software, and network improvements provide better precision, more application versatility, upgrades to BACnet V14, an dual menu selected BACnet or Modbus protocols. and context driven menu. Visit Neptronic today to see more features and benefits of Neptronic’s Next Generation Controllers!

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