Automated Buildings’ August Release: Working Together. Separately!

Ken Sinclair Another awesome collection of industry collaboration from Ken and Jane Sinclair, and the contributing editors at AutomatedBuildings.com. In the words of Ken Sinclair, “Although our August theme seems like an oxymoron the cloud enables us to “Work Together” while flexing our greatest resource our people, a group of individuals that separately create pieces that fit the cloud puzzle. I recently found clarity in the cloud and have started talking funny but now have a clearer vision of our future, a collaborative mosaic of our industry “Working Together, Separately”.

AutomatedBuildings.com is a great example; Jane and I working separately from the industry as publishers of a B2B magazine generating the content which is the result of our collaboratory of all the working together folks to create something we hope is useful to the industry. Open standards group like Haystack, BACnet, are based on working together but are powered by separate individuals. In Anto’s interview he tells of his free web service that brings all events together for us as a web service. He is working together separately. I have included a quick review of a digital signage company that uses their working together collaboratory to help sell their individual services.

The core of all powerful web services is providing the ability for us to work together for free or at a very low cost in the cloud, but this all happens with separate individuals building these services.

Our future is clear; we need to identify our collaboratory resources that will take us to the outer edges of the IoT of buildings, but we need to clearly convey how our individuals will add value, and why they must be part of your collaboratory.”

Visit AutomatedBuildings.com for more great reading!

SGIP 2nd Annual Conference & Fall Members Meeting in Nashville, September 15–18, 2014

SGIP This year’s Annual Conference and Fall Members Meeting will take place in Nashville, Tennessee on September 15-18, 2014.

SGIP’s preliminary program is now available and features three content-packed tracks: Data Transmission and Grid Protection, Distributed Generation and Renewables Integration, and Storm Resiliency and Restoration.

About the SGIP Annual Conference: The Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) Annual Conference: Harmonizing Interoperability provides an opportunity to learn from Smart Grid experts and network with peers. It attracts stakeholders from all domains of the power energy ecosystem. Connect with partners and peers while learning and discussing the orchestration of the standards that critically impact, enhance, and accelerate the deployment of a smarter grid.

Where: Sheraton Music City, Nashville, Tennessee Conference information and hotel registration instructions.

SGIP Fall Members Meeting will take place September 15-16, prior to the SGIP Annual Conference.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the latest developments and key benefits of interoperable systems and devices in the Smart Grid industry.

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What Makes The Siemens Pressure Independent Control Valve Different?

Siemens Pressure Independent Control Valves and Actuators. Pressure Independent Control Valves make a significant contribution to efficient energy usage and offer cost savings by preventing over- or under-supply of heating or cooling energy. They also improve the control accuracy and, therefore, enhance room comfort.

Siemens’ Pressure Independent Control Valves portfolio is comprised of:
• 8 different valves covering a flow range from 0.3 gpm to 37 gpm with a differential pressure operating range from 2.3 psi to 58 psi.
• 6 different actuators providing floating and 0-10V proportional control with fail-in-place or fail-safe operation.

Siemens’ Pressure Independent Control Valves integrate three functions into a single device: control valve, adjustable flow limiter, and automatic pressure regulator. Siemens’ PICV unique selling points include:

1. A control valve for temperature control
2. An automatic differential pressure regulator for balancing pressure fluctuations in the hydronic system, and
3. An adjustable flow limiter (not available on most competitive valves) for setting the required flow rate.

• The full stroke of the valve is always used regardless of the maximum flow setting. Competitors reduce the flow with a fixed limiter and/or by limiting the stroke of the actuator.
• The automatic differential pressure regulator operating range is from as low as 2.3 psi up to 58 psi. Most competitive products require at least 5 psi for proper pressure independent operation. This lower minimum differential pressure allows the system pumps to be turned down more, resulting in less wasted pump energy and higher savings than required by competitive pressure independent control valves.
• Optional P/T plug kits are available for measuring the differential pressure across the valve body.
• Free valve tagging on all valves and assemblies.

For more information on this valve contact your local Siemens distributor. Not sure who your Siemens distributor is? No problem, leave us your location in comments or email us at control trends@gmail.com and we will hook you up.

Therese Sullivan’s A Tale of Two Battles: Or the Building Automation-ization of Consumer IoT

EPA2Headlines this month alerted the building automation and controls community to two battles set to rock our world: EPA Energy Star’s ‘Battle of the Buildings’ and the IT Industry’s “Battle of the Internet of Things (IoT) Standards.” Participants in the first battle are open to leveraging any new IoT concepts that might serve to save energy. Participants in the second battle appear to be closed to any protocol standardization effort that isn’t tipped in their favor. To summarize all the July announcements about new and changing alliances in IoT protocol standardization efforts, the Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) with Intel, Atmel and Samsung as anchor members was announced on July 7. This new body seems to be in direct competition with AllJoyn, an effort launched by Qualcomm and taken over by the Linux Foundation. Notably Microsoft joined AllJoyn on July 1, as well as the Industrial Internet Consortium – a collection of big names including Intel that launched its efforts in March. On July 15, Google’s Nest Labs, and Samsung among others announced the Thread Group, an alliance devoted to the development of an open standard for low-power wireless networking for the IoT.

Getting on with the work of energy efficiency while industry titans battle it out over protocols is nothing new in the world of commercial building systems integration. The CTO of DGLogik, an IoT visualization platform developer with a large customer base among building energy retrofitters and systems integrators, commented in a recent interview: “By first dealing with buildings and all of the proprietary protocols, various interconnection mechanisms, and use cases involved while visualizing sensor data and controlling equipment, we have learned lessons that are 100% applicable to the current consumer IoT market and how the industry is approaching it.”

It’s true, building automation is actually way ahead on the IoT curve. Market researcher Earl Perkins of Gartner comes to the same conclusion in a March blog post: “Before it was cool to talk about the IoT, the industrial control and automation world built fit-for-purpose systems with technology that used RFID tags, M2M communications, embedded systems, sensors, wireless communications and other IoT components — literally for decades.” Perkins takes a cautionary tone in his reaction to the Industrial Internet Consortium and voiced concern that if the vision and direction of the Internet of Things becomes too IT-centric — that is, if the viewpoint and experiences of Operations Technology (OT) experts are blocked and ignored — it will be much longer before anything substantive emerges from all the IoT noise.

Substantive issues like the mechanics and physics of actually moving air and water inside a building are not the topics of current IoT marketing or press clippings. Mention BACnet and you see the eyes of the professed IoT experts glaze over and revert to the excuse “Oh, that’s the Industrial IoT. We mean Consumer IoT — like home automation.”

The IT industry’s massive IoT marketing and awareness campaign wants to stay in familiar territory, so it has invented this Consumer IoT versus Industrial IoT framing. Certainly in the case of home automation and commercial building automation and control, only very porous boundaries exist. Does anyone think that Google doesn’t intend to sell Nest thermostats and smoke detectors into commercial offices and other buildings? And what about Apple’s new alliance with IBM whereby IBM will be taking Apple technology into the enterprise? Does anyone doubt that the Apple Home Kit, with familiar building automation names like Honeywell, Philips and Lutron as early partners, will soon morph into Apple MUSH Kit (Municipalities, Universities, Schools and Hospitals)?

As of the July launch of the Battle of the IoT Protocols, however, there is some braking action on this momentum. Let’s take this pause to put some media focus on where the IoT action is happening, in the Battle of the Buildings and Building automation and control.

Could the lesson of the Tale of Two Battles be that we are not set to witness the Consumerization of Industrial IoT, but rather the Big Building-ization of Consumer IoT?

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DGLogik visualization featuring an embedded-floor radiant cooling system in a data center. Radiant systems can save a lot of energy compared to forced air. However, operators need to continuously monitor floor temperature and humidity to ensure against condensation. This IoT application allows the user to oversee the data center from any location on any device at any time. It gives a geographic and physical representation of the equipment itself along with its most relevant set of realtime information, historic trends and alarms – if they exist. Rendered in HTML5, the dashboard visualization will upload quickly and respond on desktop, tablet or phone. More informative than line graphs and pie charts, such visualizations facilitate better, faster decision making.

A DGLogik visualization featuring an embedded-floor radiant cooling system in a data center. Radiant systems can save a lot of energy compared to forced air. However, operators need to continuously monitor floor temperature and humidity to ensure against condensation. This IoT application allows the user to oversee the data center from any location on any device at any time. It gives a geographic and physical representation of the equipment itself along with its most relevant set of realtime information, historic trends and alarms – if they exist. Rendered in HTML5, the dashboard visualization will upload quickly and respond on desktop, tablet or phone. More informative than line graphs and pie charts, such visualizations facilitate better, faster decision making.

This entry was posted in MARKET ANALYSIS, NEWS and tagged Building Automation, Energy Efficient Buildings, Facilities Management, Internet of Things, IoT Visualization, Wireless Networking Solutions on July 25, 2014.

Therese_Face1 Therese Sullivan, Principal, BuildingContext.me.

CoRE Tech2014 – Nov 10-11, 2014 – Sprint Campus and OPCC, Overland Park, KS

coretech2014 CoRE Tech 2014 is a unique gathering of the world’s most proactive, visionary corporate real estate executives who’ve elected to come together in order to focus on innovative automation and technology strategies that will enable them to move their respective corporate real estate organizations into the 21st century.

Embracing Change : REThink | Innovate | Transform

Over the last decade, technological advancements have (1) reduced the need for traditional office space, (2) radically transformed CRE information management strategies and (3) introduced a new era of smart buildings and campuses. At the heart of this change is the ubiquity of high-speed Internet access, mobile technologies and cloud-based collaboration tools. The CoRE Tech 2014 conference, with its theme, Embracing Change: REThink | Innovate | Transform, will showcase how technology continues to drive how we design, develop, lease, manage and use corporate facilities today.

Sprint, a longtime pioneer in the mobility industry, along with its partners, have developed a series of mobile technology offerings designed specifically for the CRE and facilities environment. They will be the host of this year’s CoRE Tech conference, giving attendees a unique opportunity to tour their corporate campus and explore their ‘Innovation Program’ focused on solving real estate problems using mobile and other leading-edge technologies.

A few of the many mobile-based solutions to be showcased on the campus tour include: Building Alarm Monitoring, Electronic Key & Access Control System, Fleet Management Tracking, 3G/4G Remote Surveillance, Workplace Utilization Tracking, Wireless Lighting Controls, Fire Extinguisher Monitoring, and others.

Technology, automation and innovation are at the center of Corporate Real Estate and Facilities!

* Information systems are organizing real estate, facility, energy, finance and human resource data like never before.
* Smart buildings and campuses are redefining corporate real estate best practices.
* Mobility and all the changes it brings to the workplace represent a major paradigm shift in how corporations and their employees operate.
*For anyone who touches corporate real estate and facilities, the skills and organizational chart are quickly changing.

The conference education program will focus on the issues facing corporate real estate, facility, sustainability and energy executives and explore the technology tools available that can positively impact the bottom line of their companies – from automating business processes, to general technology solutions specifically for corporate real estate organizations, to smarter “green” intelligent building technologies.

ControlTalk Now for the Week Ending July 27, 2014

This week’s ControlTalk NOW reveals the progress of important trends affecting the status quo of our industry beginning with the growing Project Haystack community and their 501-(c)(6) status; DGLux5 is out of the Box; Belimo retrofits your next project; hugs inside Bank of America, more OME Facility Solutions, click and mortar changes in the distribution business; interview with Siemens’ Adnan Akbari; DOE dollars are flowing; COMFY media; and a must watch ControlTalk 2.0 and Johnson Controls Tech Talk session with Chris Lane and Matt Krieger.

project haystackJohn Petze Delivers Project-Haystack 501-(c) (6) Status Announcement at IBcon 2014: John Petze, a leading spokesperson for Project-Haystack, the open source initiative focused on developing semantic modeling conventions and taxonomies for smart device data today, announced the formation of a 501-C6 Corporation made possible by its founding members: Airmaster, J2 Innovations, Lynxspring, Siemens, SkyFoundry, Wattstopper, and Yardi.

DGLogik_SurferTherese Sullivan Reviews DGLux5 Training – Hop Aboard the Future Express: It’s easy to bat around the term “Internet of Things.” But until you’re in a room full of interface designers trying to make the implied thousands and thousands of connections visible and manageable—you don’t appreciate what it means. I came to this realization while attending the 3-day DGLux5 Introductory training course last week near San Francisco. It’s also now clear why the DGLogik brand mascot is a futuristic space-traveler: the DGLux5 users in that room were well on their way to defining how building operations will be accomplished tomorrow.

Bank of AmericaSmart Building Story: Bank of America Plaza Atlanta — Atlanta’s Architectural Masterpiece: This ControlTrends’ Smart Building Story takes an in-depth look at the Bank of America Plaza Atlanta — Atlanta’s Architectural Masterpiece and the remarkable open systems success delivered by the Stromquist Company and John Smith, Honeywell WEBs-AX Systems Integrator with Mallory & Evans Service. Parkway Realty’s Alan Winfrey explains the course of action taken and the reason why they chose Honeywell when their existing controls system reached its end-of-life and needed the best open-systems upgrade available — one that offered the owners and tenants the greatest value and most flexible solution.

The Innovator meets the Optimizer

The Innovator meets the Optimizer

The Innovation Corner with Rick Warner and the Data Center Optimzer Mike Yanosko: This ControlTalk NOW excerpt features the infamous INNOVATOR, Mr. Rick Warner, from OME Facility Solutions. Rick shares his 20+ years of integration experience in nearly every facet of the HVAC and BAS industries. OME is a market leader in providing industry and user specific solutions. Joining Rick, is Smart Building Works’ CTO, Mike Yanosko, aka, the Optimizer. Mike’s professional passions are chiefly focused on reducing capital and operational expenses.

BelimoRetrofit2Belimo Free Webinar Today at 11:00AM EST: Introduction to Retrofitting Globe Valves
Introduction to Retrofitting Globe Valves: In this free Belimo webinar, you will gain an understanding of how to retrofit globe valves. The New Generation Globe Valve Actuators incorporate not only strength, but flexibility too. Engineered to suit a broad range of HVAC applications, these new actuators and retrofit linkages are highly adaptable making selection, installation and service hassle-free.

Siemens1Siemens Features Advantage™ Navigator at IBCON 2014 — and goes CTA Platinum! Adnan Akbari, Senior Manager Strategic Marketing, at Siemens Industry, was genuinely excited about Advantage™ Navigator, the energy management system performance platform that Siemens featured at the IBcon 2014. Advantage™ Navigator offers a number of energy analytics that take existing Siemens technologies and services to the next level by giving Siemens customers distinct business advantages — making costs easier to predict and delivering key insights into the total energy and operational performance of their buildings — locally, or worldwide.

DOE1Energy Department Invests $6 Million to Support Commercial Building Efficiency: The Energy Department’s Building Technologies Office (BTO) today announced up to $6 million in funding to deploy and demonstrate four emerging energy-saving technologies in commercial buildings across the country. These projects will help businesses cut energy costs through improved efficiency, while also reducing carbon pollution. Last year, commercial buildings consumed about 20 percent of all energy used in the United States at an estimated cost of nearly $180 billion, and are responsible for 18 percent of total U.S. carbon emissions.

comfy1Can’t Get Enough of this COMFY Stuff: Where Social Media meets Building Automation Controls
As a member of the System Intelligence Redefined panel, Lindsay Baker, VP, Research & Marketing, at Building Robotics, addresses the attendees of the 2014 IBcon Smart HVAC Track with High Tech, High Touch technology from Building Robotics that drives participatory comfort attainment and energy savings. The ultimate compliment to any existing BMS BACnet system, COMFY takes VAV Zone Control to the next level.

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

ControlTalk NOW will continue to provide a weekly episode featuring the people, products, and the News of the Week shaping our world of controls, building automation, and the HVAC industry.

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Energy Department Invests $6 Million to Support Commercial Building Efficiency

u-s-department-of-energyThe Energy Department’s Building Technologies Office (BTO) today announced up to $6 million in funding to deploy and demonstrate four emerging energy-saving technologies in commercial buildings across the country. These projects will help businesses cut energy costs through improved efficiency, while also reducing carbon pollution. Last year, commercial buildings consumed about 20 percent of all energy used in the United States at an estimated cost of nearly $180 billion, and are responsible for 18 percent of total U.S. carbon emissions.

The Energy Department today announced up to $6 million in funding to deploy and demonstrate four emerging energy-saving technologies in commercial buildings across the country. These projects will help businesses cut energy costs through improved efficiency, while also reducing carbon pollution. Last year, commercial buildings consumed about 20 percent of all energy used in the United States at an estimated cost of nearly $180 billion, and are responsible for 18 percent of total U.S. carbon emissions.

The projects announced today will generate data, case studies, and information intended to help commercial building owners adopt new energy efficient technologies, including advanced ventilation, building energy use optimization software, more efficient commercial refrigeration fan motors, and advanced lighting controls. The selected projects include:

enVerid Systems (Houston, Texas) – enVerid will retrofit building ventilation systems with modules that remove indoor air pollutants such as carbon dioxide. This enables the indoor air to be recycled while greatly reducing the amount of outside air ventilated into the building and reducing the loads on the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. Facilities could experience significant energy savings with this retrofit technology. Ten separate commercial building demonstrations will be conducted over 3 years.

BuildingIQ, Inc. (Foster City, California) – BuildingIQ will optimize HVAC energy use across commercial buildings using Predictive Energy Optimization (PEO), a cloud-based software application that runs on top of existing building automation systems. PEO uses data from weather forecasts, utility tariffs, demand response event signals, and occupant schedules to automatically adjust energy-consuming building systems. These adjustments are based on building-specific modeling that PEO uses over time employing building use data, as well as predictive algorithms and advanced control strategies. Sixteen separate building demonstrations will be conducted.

QM Power, Inc. (Lee’s Summit, Missouri) – QM Power has developed high efficiency 7-16 watt fan motors that are often used in commercial refrigeration systems. QM Power intends to install and demonstrate approximately 12,000 high efficiency fans in more than 50 grocery stores throughout the U.S., focusing on open display case retrofits that could result in significant efficiency improvements. If fully adopted, the motor application has the potential to achieve more than 0.6 quads in energy savings and reduce energy costs by $1 billion.

Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (Lexington, Massachusetts) – The project is designed to further the implementation of advanced lighting controls (ALCs), which turn off or dim lights when they are not in use. The project will demonstrate and evaluate two or more ALC technologies in 10 buildings, which should experience significant energy savings compared to a traditional lighting retrofit without controls. Designers and installers will be trained to use the technologies. The demonstration results will be used to support development of utility incentive programs to help further drive adoption of ACLs.

The 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. For more information on building technologies, visit the Building Technologies Office website.

Belimo Free Webinar Today at 11:00AM EST: Introduction to Retrofitting Globe Valves

BelimoRetrofit Introduction to Retrofitting Globe Valves: In this free Belimo webinar, you will gain an understanding of how to retrofit globe valves. The New Generation Globe Valve Actuators incorporate not only strength, but flexibility too. Engineered to suit a broad range of HVAC applications, these new actuators and retrofit linkages are highly adaptable making selection, installation and service hassle-free.

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Therese Sullivan Reviews DGLux5 Training – Hop Aboard the Future Express

Therese_Face1 ControlTrends is delighted to post another excellent review by Buildingconext.me’s Therese Sullivan, the eyes and ears of Silicon Valley who highlights the brands and people that are succeeding at marketing to buildings professionals via digital media. Click here for more from Building Context content, social media profiles, case studies, white papers, webinars and webcasts.

DGLogik_SurferIt’s easy to bat around the term “Internet of Things.” But until you’re in a room full of interface designers trying to make the implied thousands and thousands of connections visible and manageable—you don’t appreciate what it means. I came to this realization while attending the 3-day DGLux5 Introductory training course last week near San Francisco. It’s also now clear why the DGLogik brand mascot is a futuristic space-traveler: the DGLux5 users in that room were well on their way to defining how building operations will be accomplished tomorrow.

This training session attracted a representative cross-section of the buildings industry from energy consultants, to lighting control application developers, to HVAC specialists and system integrators of all levels. Some were brand new to the DGLux platform and others were making the transition from the previous version of the software to new DGLux5.

ArthurDGLed by Arthur Alter, DGLogik VP of Business Development, the class covered fundamental design tools and the intelligent elements that make it possible to quickly filter data flows from disparate system sources and deliver a desired result to the end user’s phone, tablet or desktop screens.

I can attest that the platform can make interacting with a smart building’s vast data resources push-button simple, having seen some of my classmates’ existing projects. However, delivering this simplicity to the customer requires a non-trivial level of skill and aptitude on the part of the dashboard designer/application developer. Others in the room came to class with years of experience in HVAC, lighting, security, energy and, in some cases, ‘all of the above,’ and they also seemed to be masters of the IT concepts that underlie spreadsheets, system management directories and computer graphics. The DGLux development projects demo’ed for me were designed to pull real-time data from hundreds of VAV boxes, multiple air handlers, as well as other building resources such as physical access systems. Manipulating all those streams is inevitably complex. DGLux mitigates this complexity through its own graphical user interface that spares developers the need to write and render lines of code. Whether you are building a data flow diagram or a digital replica of an air handler, you can complete most actions by selecting elements from libraries and folders, dragging them onto the design stage and dropping them into place. Intelligent elements and concepts, such as Bindings, Repeaters and Relativization are indispensable when dealing with such large data sets because they make bulk actions possible.

The concept of an ‘IoT Visualization Platform,’ as DGLux is described, is a recent innovation. You can understand its fast adoption by considering an earlier visualization platform category—Electronic Design Automation (EDA). EDA emerged when the components and wires that comprised chip designs became so small and numerous that electronics designers could only do their work via Computer-Aided Design (CAD) graphics systems. It was adapt or change professions — the trend toward miniaturization would never reverse. Similarly, the number of smart devices in a building and their complex interdependencies is growing beyond the capacity of human operators to keep in mind. So we’re extending our capacity to visualize with 3D graphics. Here too, there will be no going backwards. The type of real-time data-driven imagery that a DGLux interface delivers is becoming essential to managing the complexities of building operations. Building automation and controls companies that understand this new reality are investing now in the skills needed to create and maintain DGLux dashboards and applications for their customers.

Over my 3 Days of hands-on training, I definitely got the ‘Why’ of DGLux. And, I even gained skill at the ‘How,’ despite the fact that it was a first-time experience. I was more than inspired by others in class that already had their HVAC monitoring, energy analysis, load shedding and other projects in the field improving building comfort and performance, while saving time and money. By necessity, the class moved at a very fast clip, as there were so many product features to cover. Importantly, I found the challenge of the HTML5 interface not insurmountable, but rather fun. It’s a good thing, because I predict that just about everyone in the controls industry is going to need to be familiar with this technology sooner rather than later.

ControlTalk Now for the Week Ending July 20, 2014

This week’s ControlTalk NOW updates the ControlTrends Community on the DOE’s latest investments in Innovative Technologies and the EPA’s 2014 National Building Competition; Hepta Controls, Integrators Extraordinaire; 2013 PID Co-Winner, Vykon’s Ed Merwin; IB Advisory Starter Kits from Intelligent Buildings; IoT Summit, Contemporary Controls’ new controller application and the latest on drone technology. Also featured, is these first links to the HVAC Youth Superstars and Automated Building’s Ken Sinclair’s article on Seeking Youth for the IOT Journey of our Industry and his Linkedin Repurposing YoungEnergy Group

DOE Building AmericaEnergy Department Invests $14 Million in Innovative Building Efficiency Technologies. The Energy Department today announced up to $14 million in funding for 15 research and development projects to support technologies that will contribute to advancing early- stage, breakthrough energy-efficient solutions for buildings and homes.

EdMerwin2013 ControlTrends Awards Highlight: Tridium’s Ed Merwin Co Winner PID Award. The PID Award, which standS for Professionalism, Integrity, and Passion, is one of the highest honors possible in the HVAC and Building Automation Controls Industry. In a field of dedicated professionals and deserving nominees, Ed and Mike were chosen by the world-wide ControlTrends Community to receive this Award. Congratulations Ed and Mike!

madrid3Why You Have to be at the EASY IO World Event! We truly live and do business in a World Economy. Sometimes, the world comes to you and sometimes, you have to go to the world. Need a good reason and great opportunity to take a break from the daily grind of business as usual in the good old USA and see the world? EASY IO’s World Event taking place in Madrid, Spain this September 15-17, 2014 and is filling up fast! So, act now or a navy recruiter might be your next best option for a European tour.

IB2Intelligent Buildings: Start Simple with an IB Advisory Starter Kit, but Get Started! ControlTrends met up with Tom Shircliff, Co-founder, Intelligent Buildings, LLC at IBcon 2014. Intelligent Buildings, LLC is premiere Buildings Solution Provider with one of the most impressive client lists in the smart real estate industry. Tom’s message was clear enough: Sometimes, the hardest part is just getting the solution process started. To facilitate the get-started process, Intelligent Buildings has developed several well-scaled Advisory Starter Kits to make the first step — towards achieving the customer’s specific project solution, easier.

HeptaWhat Makes Master Systems Integrator Hepta Controls Special? In search of what todays master systems integrator looks like, we tracked down Hepta Systems at the 2014 IBCON show. As you can see, Hepta has a unique way of doing things and very diverse skills. Founded in 1993, Hepta Control Systems is headquartered in Sarnia, Ontario, with a recent expansion to the Detroit, Michigan area. With customers across Ontario and United States, Hepta has no geographical restrictions, which deems us as one of, if not the most versatile system service companies.

EnergyStarEPA Launches the 2014 National Building Competition — See the List of Competing Teams! It’s finally here! Last week U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched the 2014 National Building Competition. In addition to individual building competitors, this year’s battle features a new special theme: “Team Challenge!” At the end of the competition period, FEMP will recognize the highest-performing federal government building that participates in EPA’s 2014 competition.

CC_SumpControllerContemporary Controls’ Residential Redundant Sump Pump Controller: July 2014 — If your home is in a low-lying area prone to flooding and you have experienced a flooded basement more than once, you are acutely aware of redundant sump pump schemes. And if your area has overhead power lines, losing power in a storm is your worst nightmare. Installing a backed-up battery sump pump for emergencies is common, but they lack pumping power, need periodic exercising and lack energy capacity for long outages. Portable gasoline generators have more energy capacity but you must be home during a storm to start the generator. Visit Contemporary Controls.

iot3Internet of Things Privacy Summit — Top Guns Meet in Silicon Valley. The one-day TRUSTe Powering Trust Event, Internet of Things Privacy Summit, was held this week at the Rosewood Hotel, Menlo Park, Silicon Valley, CA. The IoT Privacy Summit reads like a crash course attempt to catch government regulators up with the advanced privacy (and security) issues that the collection of big data, rampant emerging mobile technologies, and the after-the-tech style of regulating pose. One of the top agenda items was The Big Debate, which asked the million-dollar question, “Can We Have Privacy and the Internet of Things?” — Or, are they just plain mutually exclusive?

drones 1How Savvy Systems Integrators, Property Owners, and Police Departments WILL use Drones! ControlTrends caught up with AJ Jolivette from Terosaur at the 2014 IBCON show. In addition to finding the coolest toy ever to add to our wish list, we also discovered some innovative ways to make buildings safer and easier to maintain. As Terosaur gains more visibility and acceptance, it seems very likely that we will see drones soon perform very important and practical applications not only — in and around the building space, but “drone-assistance” will become an indispensable asset for every police and fire department; every security company; every college and corporate campus.

Tom_Rob_IBMore from Intelligent Buildings’ Tom Shircliff and Rob Murchison: Intelligent Building’s methodology is based on extensive experience working for both real estate owners and solution providers aligns internal and external stakeholders resulting in a strategy customized to the objectives of our clients. Throughout the process we consider the fundamental principles of People, Buildings, and Technology. These services apply to your specific project solution. Intelligent Buildings has worked extensively throughout the US and Canada in over 50 different cities along with selected other international work and market research in The Middle East, Asia and Central America.

ControlTalk NOW will continue to provide a weekly episode featuring the people, products, and the News of the Week shaping our world of controls, building automation, and the HVAC industry.

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