Contemporary Controls’ Modbus Profile Builder Software for the BASgatewayLX is Now Available!

CC_BLDGPROF5November 2014 — The BASgatewayLX uses a csv (comma separated value) file that is uploaded to it to provide the modbus point list that will be polled. Contemporary Controls builds these Modbus maps and posts them on our BASgatewayLX profile page. If you need a Modbus that is not currently on line please contact us, and we will enjoy creating it for you.

There have been situations especially with PLC implementers where a defined map is not applicable. For example when we develop a Modbus map for a specific boiler model, those Modbus points are always the same for the identical boiler model. In PLC applications the logic developer defines what values will be assigned to which Modbus points. For every job the point mapping may be unique. We can still build the map, but many times the PLC developer will build their own since the point mapping may be a last minute decision.

So to support this type of customer requirement and also to support the BAS implementer who may only need a few points we offer the Modbus Profile Builder_a.xls file. The software is available on our BASgatewayLX profile page as is a link to the “how to use” explanation video.

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As always, if you have questions please contact us.

We Need to Talk: Intel’s MICA — My Intelligent Communications Accessory

MICA_NEARMEOkay, this version is a limited featured, fashion accessory for stylish women, but a few beefed-up wearable siblings, with shock-proof and waterproof features, can’t be far behind. This is the CONTEXTUALIZATION PRINCIPAL’s best example so far — that has figured out, “INTELigently,” how to claim enough wearable body real estate without significant negative consequence, and takes the lead as the Star-Trecky IoT game-changer that will link every aspect of your life to a connected device worn on your wrist. Get your VISAs out, it’ll probably be ready for your holiday purchases. Read more on Intel’s website!

Niagara Analytics Framework Webinars! Register Now for Information and Demo!!

TridiumNIAGARA ANALYTICS FRAMEWORK WEBINARS! Be sure to register for more information and a demo!

Tridium’s new data analytics platform has all of the appealing hallmarks of the truly open Niagara Framework®, enabling you to leverage its power to transform data into actionable information. It combines a historical perspective with real-time insight, moving you from a reactive response to a more powerful proactive position. It’s easy to use and requires no specialized programming skills, yet it gives you advanced analytics.

Register for one of our informational webinars that will feature a demo:

Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 11 a.m., Eastern

Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 2 p.m., Eastern

Monday, Nov. 24, at 11 a.m., Eastern

Tuesday, Nov. 25, at 2 p.m., Eastern

Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 11 a.m., Eastern

Thursday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m., Eastern

We invite those of you who haven’t done so already to visit the Niagara Analytics Framework website to join our Early Adopter Program, which is filling fast. Be among the first to experience the power of this new product. Early adopters receive:

Niagara Analytics Framework certification training for one person; One Niagara Analytics starter license; Invitation to participate in a monthly contest in 2015 for visibility within the Niagara community, recognition at the 2016 Niagara Summit and the opportunity to win a grand prize.

Space is reserved for the first 200 eligible participants who join before the November 21 deadline.


DGLogik Introduces Project Assist for DGLux5

Easily creating an application or dashboard to monitor your building data CAN happen in the nick of time with DGLogik’s evolutionary new wizard, Project Assist for DGLux5. Their team has created a “plug and play” wizard that allows users you to start designing and developing data-driven applications with some clicks and drags of a few buttons within a modern-design environment. There are four main menu components that provide a “hand-holding”, design and development experience. Read below.

The Four Main Building Components of Project Assist

Project Navigation

Project Navigation is where users build a navigation tree and prepare relativization through device templates. It allows users to build, organize and define an entire project, query and pull in selected devices and data points. Creating a full project hierachy includes: Regions, Campuses, Buildings, Floor Plans, Schedulers, Charts, Alarms, and Custom HVAC Equipment.

Manage Templates

Managing Templates is where users define tree components with graphical references, zones and equipment visualizations. It’s essentially where one builds all “user side” graphical assets for the entire project. Import all building models and/or floor plans, link relevant nodes, and create fully customizable building equipment with DGLogik’s stock HVAC library entirely via a drag and drop environment. Have some of your own HVAC Graphics? No problem! Project Assist allows users to easily add their own HVAC graphics to the project!

Style Manager

The style manager gives users project property editability and style element flexibility that helps brand the entire application. Project Assist provides users with the modern necessities to customize applications and projects without having to completely think and create like a designer. Control and customize things like: Colors, Corner Styles (Round or sharp), Shadows & Reflections, Background Images & Watermarks. The best part is that you can save multiple themes and save them as style templates.

Launch Viewer

This feature simply serves as your landing page. It gives you the end result of your entire creation. LEARN MORE about Project Assist for DGLux5 by visiting

Cyber Security for Oil and Gas Summit Canada, Early Bird Rates End November 14th!

Cybersecurity_Canada An invitation from Carrie Simon, Marketing Manager, IQPC: “I would like to inform you that IQPC’s Cyber Security for Oil and Gas Summit Canada agenda is now available for download! This year’s summit will include elite speakers and engaging panel discussions.”

Cyber Security for Oil and Gas Summit Canada will provide you with industry-specific insight to get your information/cyber security team prepared to overcome challenges like targeted cyber attacks and data loss and exploitation. You can also look forward to learning how to effectively manage the risks of operating in a threat landscape in order to advance your corporate goals by aligning information & cyber security to enable better business practices.

To view the just released 2014 agenda click here or visit To receive a copy directly, email me at

Confirmed Speakers Include:
Zoltan Palmai, Team Lead, Network Security – Security & Access Operations IRSM, Chevron
Craig Coughlan, Supervisor Incident Response Threat Assessment, Enbridge
James Williamson, IT Compliance & Risk, Enbridge
Hani Mansi, Director, Risk & Information Security, ATCO
Richard Rowlandson, Network Security Analyst, AECOM
Staff Sergeant Ryan Jepson, Electronic Surveillance Unit, Calgary Police Service
Senior Constable Shafik Punja, Technological Crimes Team (TCT), Calgary Police Service
Geoff Shukin, Senior SE Western Canada, Palo Alto Networks
Vincent Chiew, President & Co-Founder, (ISC)2
Owen Key, CSO, City of Calgary

Oil & Gas Cyber Security 2014: Threats & Countermeasures: Cyber attacks have become the scourge of the Information Age. In a recent report by Think Tank and publisher, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), the global energy sector was cited as the most vulnerable global industry to cyber incursion. With this in mind, we surveyed our database of IT and cyber security professionals to see what they thought about threats to the hydrocarbon industry.

You can download the infographic here. To receive a copy via email, you can contact me directly at

Pricing & Registration Information: Reserve your spot by November 14th and take advantage of our early bird rates to save $500 OFF standard pricing. To receive the early bird discount, enter the promo code: COS_MCD.

To register, visit, call 1-800- 882-8684 or email

SGIP’s Smart Grid Cybersecurity — Importance & Resource Guide

SGIP The Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) mission is to accelerate the implementation of interoperable Smart Grid devices and systems. SGIP is a valuable source of information and guidance on all matters concerning the Smart Grid. One particularly resourceful tool is their SGIP’s Cybersecurity infographic an easy-to-use User’s Guide for NISTIR 7628 and Understanding How to Manage Smart Grid Cybersecurity Risk.

Cybersecurity threats exploit the increased complexity and connectivity of critical infrastructure systems, placing the United States security, economy, and public safety and health at risk. Similar to financial and reputational risk, cybersecurity risk affects a company’s bottom line. It can drive up costs and impact revenue, harm an organization’s ability to innovate and impact its ability to gain and retain customers.

In 2013, President Obama shared that “repeated cyber intrusions into critical infrastructure demonstrate the need for improved cybersecurity. The cyber threat to critical infrastructure continues to grow and represents one of the most serious national security challenges we must confront. To better address these risks, U. S. President Obama issued Executive Order 13636, “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity” in February of that same year, which called for the development of a voluntary risk-based Cybersecurity Framework to enhance the security and resilience of the Nation’s critical infrastructure and to maintain a cyber environment that encourages efficiency, innovation, and economic prosperity while promoting safety, security, business confidentiality, privacy, and civil liberties.

The electric grid is critical to the economic and physical well-being of the nation, and emerging cyber threats targeting the grid highlight the need to integrate advanced cybersecurity to protect these critical assets.

Complete article and SGIP Website

Delta Controls – A Cradle of Innovation

Delta2At Delta Controls, Innovation is at the core of what we do. We take BACnet to heart, and have been committed to contributing to BACnet for the last 20 years. We invest in product development and R&D. With over 200 years of industry experience in our R&D department alone, we know that innovation requires having teams in the field and involving our customers in the development process. Innovation, quality, and customer satisfaction.

Ken Sinclair’s November Edition of Automated Buildings: The “I of Me” of IoT

IoTavnet Excerpt from Ken Sinclair’s comments on IoT: “Your present IoT understanding, which I choose to whimsically call “The I of Me” greatly controls your comprehension and expectations of what those three letters might mean to you and those around you. The art, science, and social interaction of our time “The Internet of Things” (IoT), reflects life and is affecting all of our lives daily so get over it.” Click here for complete article.

Another flurry of great articles in’s November Issue featuring:

Standardizing the Internet of Things by Jim Sinopoli, Smart Buildings LLC

IoT is Changing Facility Management by Eric Graham, CrowdComfort

Wearable Technologies — Is this the Next Thing? by Chip Pieper

Haystack Connect 2015 by John Petze, Marc Petock, Project Haystack

The Cutting-Edge of IoT by Therese Sullivan, BuildingContext Ltd

Coil “Crime Scene” Investigation by Dean Taylor, Jim Lee, Cimetrics Inc.

USGBC and a new Electric Standard by Jack McGowan, The McGowan Group

Let There be Lighting Control by Roger Woodward, Tridium Europe

Return on Internet of Things Investments? by Allan McHale, Memoori

Is Your Office a Downer? by Bob Best, JLL

#NaaS (Niagara as a Service) by Rav Panchalingam, VAE Group

Echelon Goes “All In” on IoT by Allan McHale, Memoori

Data Center Infrastructure Management by Sev Onyshkevych, FieldView Solutions.

ControlTalk NOW for the Week Ending November 2, 2014

delta_controls_logoWelcome to this week’s ControlTalk NOW where the 2014 ControlTrends Awards finalists are featured. Congratulations to all of the finalists. ControlTrends thanks our Platinum sponsor Delta Controls. Delta Controls is a global leader in Building Automation Systems (BAS), with over 300 distributors, and many thousand of installations in more than 80 countries. Delta Controls is recognized as a market leader in the manufacture of open-protocol BAS.

ChicagoPicIt has been a very exciting week! Marc, Eric, and I visited Chicago and McCormick Place to reveal this year’s nominees as voted by the world-wide ControlTrends community. Join us in celebrating these heroes and superstars, and the products and solutions that make our HVAC and Building Automation industries so successful. And be sure to join us this January 26th, 2015, in the Hyatt’s Prairie Ballroom (a fabulous and convenient venue) for the 2014 ControlTrends Awards Show. [Read more…]

Tridium Launches New Niagara Analytics Framework

TridiumPut the power of the new Niagara Analytics Framework to work for your business! Early Adopter Space is reserved for the first 200 eligible participants. Join before the November 21 deadline.

Tridium is excited to announce the availability of the new Niagara Analytics Framework* – the only data analytics engine native to Niagara. This powerful new product will enable you to leverage the power of Niagara to shrink big data and grow performance. The new Niagara Analytics Framework can be used in any industry or with any application. It runs on any system that produces data and can be applied to any operation.

What this means for you:

It has all the appealing hallmarks of the truly open Niagara platform, enabling you to leverage its power to transform data into actionable information.
It combines a historical perspective with real-time insight, moving you from a reactive response to a more powerful proactive position.
It’s easy to use and requires no specialized programming skills, yet it gives you advanced analytics.

Introducing our Early Adopter Program

We invite you to be among the first to experience the power of the Niagara Analytics Framework. Join our Early Adopter Program to receive:
Special introductory pricing on a starter license;
Niagara Analytics Framework certification training for one person;
Invitation to participate in a monthly contest in 2015 for visibility within the Niagara community, recognition at the 2016 Niagara Summit and the opportunity to win a grand prize;
Space is reserved for the first 200 eligible participants who join before the November 21 deadline.

We look forward to giving you more information and welcoming you to our Early Adopter Program so that you can begin using the framework to drive efficiency and capture cost savings.

*The Niagara Analytics Framework runs on NiagaraAX SupervisorTM and uses the standard Niagara toolset. It’s compatible with NiagaraAX 3.7.106 or later. Our open API supports third-party visualization and other complementary apps.