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.

CoRE Tech 2014 – The Number One Program on Corporate Real Estate Innovation in the World!

A message from Jim Young, Co-Founder and CEO CoRE Tech: There are many moving parts in managing the real estate assets of a corporation; hundreds of processes, a great amount of data and many analog tools. Because of this, innovation, technology and automation will continue to significantly impact how we use and operate corporate facilities.

CoRE Tech 2014 will be at the epicenter of the Corporate Real Estate and Facility transformation. We have assembled the most innovative users of space, the ones taking the risks along with the solution providers at the forefront of these changes, all in one place.

There is simply no other place, no other education program in the world, that focuses on transforming corporate real estate and facilities through the use of innovation, technology or automation.

Using Cube I/O With Honeywell Spyders

Thanks to our friends at Contemporary Controls for this great way to make the Honeywell Spyder even more powerful.

Honeywell Spyder VAV and unitary controllers are available with either a LON or BACnet interface. These controllers typically have 21 physical points but this point count can be expanded on the BACnet versions by adding BACnet Cube I/O modules instead of adding another Spyder. Cube I/O modules are low-cost, low-density DIN-rail modules with a variety of I/O point configurations. Installation can be accomplished using a Honeywell WEBstation-AX (Niagara workstation) with an installed Honeywell Spyder Tool for configuration and commissioning. Connecting the WEBstation to the Spyder is facilitated with a Contemporary Controls’ BACnet MS/TP to BACnet/IP router.

The Cube I/O series is available as either BACnet MS/TP or Modbus RTU devices. They all are DIN-rail mountable and can be powered from 24 VAC/VDC power source. They can share power with the Spyder controllers. They are available in several I/O configurations including a model that supports four binary inputs and two binary outputs. The BMT-DIO4/2 is the module used in the application note that we authored giving step-by-step instructions on how to install a typical Cube I/O device to expand point count in a Honeywell Spyder.

Click here to see how easy it is to use the Cube I/O with the Honeywell Spyders.

Rob Allen’s 7 Minutes in Control: Neptronic’s EVC Controller — Low Cost, High Performance VAV

This ultra-informative episode of Rob Allen’s 7 Minute in Control reviews the Neptronic EVC Conroller. Neptronic offers an exceptional low cost, high performance stand-alone or BACnet MS/TP, VAV solution — that works! The EVC products are geared for the Light Commercial Contractor, DDC Controls Contractors, and the savvy end-user customer. NO sign-up fees, NO sales minimums, and NO training requirements, Neptronic’s VAV low cost solution features easy to configure, drop-down menu programming.

ControlTrends Around the World: India

Do you want to know what it takes to be a successful building automation controls system integrator or smart buildings controls provider in India? India is one of the fastest growing markets in the world for building automation and smart building controls and we had a chance to talk with the top movers and shakers in this expansive market.

Our guests include:
Vinayak Sane
Principal Consultant & Chief Technical Architect
Mumbai Area, India Environmental Services

Bhartesh Jamdade
GM-Sales & Operations (BMS Division) at GMP Technical Solutions
Mumbai Area, India Security and Investigations

Ajay Shirgurkar
Sangli, Maharashtra, India Design

Pradip Sheth_Gmail
Ahmedabad Area, India Design

L D engineering college, Ahmedabad, India

Sunil Gupta has an unmatched experience in an industry (IT Infrastructure Services – IDC, Hosting and Cloud)) that’s barely over a decade old. He is best known as the person who has built and run the most number of data centers in India. With an experience of setting up 12 data centers spread over 12,000,000 sq.ft. of space, he can guide an organization who wants to build and operate large data centers both from a macro and micro perspective.

Thanks to Easy IO for introducing us to our new friends at the Easy IO world conference in Madrid, Spain. Remember, “Pound the rock and release the beast.”

2014 ICS Cyber Security Conference October 20-23, 2014 in Atlanta, GA

ics_cybersecurityAs the longest-running cyber security-focused conference for the industrial control systems sector, the 2014 ICS Conference will cater to the energy, utility, chemical, transportation, manufacturing, and other industrial and critical infrastructure organizations. The conference will address topics covering ICSs, including protection for SCADA systems, plant control systems, engineering workstations, substation equipment, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), and other field control system devices.

The 2014 ICS Cyber Security Conference will address the myriad cyber threats facing operators of ICS around the world, and will address topics covering ICSs, including protection for SCADA systems, plant control systems, engineering workstations, substation equipment, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), and other field control system devices.

Bigger and better than ever before, select sessions of interest in the 2014 ISC Conference will include:

* A summary and status of the two utilities performing Aurora hardware mitigation projects in conjunction with the Department of Defense
* A summary and status of the two utility ICS cyber security test beds (the equipment is the same as in water, oil/gas, pipelines, chemicals, etc.
* A summary and status of the Department of Defense ICS cyber security test bed
* A summary of the recovery and remediation actions from one the most significant ICS cyber incidents to date – complete loss of DCS logic with plants at power
* A summary of Project Shine findings
Discussions of recent non-North American ICS cyber incidents
* Immerse yourself in the reality of managing a plant under cyber-attack: Play KIPS, the Kaspersky Industrial Protection Simulation

Online Registration!

Cyber Security EYE-OPENER: Project SHINE (SHodan INtelligence Extraction) Reveals Magnitude of Internet-connected Critical Control Systems

lock-cyber-security2ControlTrends thanks Marc Petock, VP, Marketing Lynxspring, Inc for this Cyber Security eye-opener article about Project SHINE that revealed that 2.2 million SCADA and BACnet devices were identified as being directly or indirectly exposed to hacking.

In review of Rasshid’s article, Marc writes, “Project SHINE Reveals Magnitude of Internet-connected Critical Control Systems. We have witnessed that SCADA, building management and energy management systems can have security weaknesses, such as inadequate password protection, software that can be breached and various unmonitored/unprotected access points within the network.”

Excerpts from Fahmida Y. Rasshid’s October 6th, 2014, Project SHINE article in

Project SHINE was undertaken to determine the magnitude of SCADA/control systems’ devices that are exposed directly to the Internet. The results were astounding. Roughly 2.2 MILLION devices were identified as being exposed either directly or indirectly related to SCADA or control systems.

Researchers identified 182 manufacturers who were considered traditional SCADA and control system manufacturers, and built relevant search queries based on those names to find devices. That was a surprise, considering the team expected only a dozen or so manufacturers. In the end, the team sampled about 2.2 million devices during the course of the project.

The project didn’t end in January because the team found everything. “We didn’t see an end to this effort, so we decided to put a stake in the sand and say, ‘At this point we have enough data to report about this.’ This is a snapshot,” Radvanosky told SecurityWeek.

Of the sampled devices, roughly a quarter of them, or 586,997 industrial systems—such as RTUs and PLCs—were manufactured by vendors such as Allied-Telesys, Niagara, DIGI International, Intoto, Siemens, Lantronix, Moxa, EnergyICT, and VXWorks. EnergyICT, Siemens, and Moxa were the most widely used.

Another 13,475 devices were HVAC and building automation systems from Bacnet International, Bosch Automation, Honeywell, Lennox, and LG Electronics. Heatmiser and Honeywell accounted for the most of the devices in the sample. Considering HVAC and automation systems as part of SHINE’s data set was important considering many attackers are using these systems as an indirect avenue of attack, Radvanosky said. These systems let attackers come into the network and scan to find out what other systems are accessible. Consider what happened with Target, and with a number of healthcare organizations recently, he said.

FahmidaFahmida Y. Rashid is a Senior Contributing Writer for SecurityWeek. She has experience writing and reviewing security, core Internet infrastructure, open source, networking, and storage. Before setting out her journalism shingle, she spent nine years as a help-desk technician, software and Web application developer, network administrator, and technology consultant.

Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) – 2015 Funding Opportunity Announcement

DOE1The Building Technologies Office (BTO)’s Emerging Technologies Program has announced the availability of nearly $8 million under the Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Innovations Technologies (BENEFIT) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0001166. This FOA combines an early-stage research and development topic (Innovations) with a later-stage research and development topic (Frontiers) that complements the core funding provided to the national labs. The FOA allows all interested parties, including corporations, universities, and non-profits as well as the national labs, to contribute to advancement in two of these core technological areas: non-vapor compression HVAC technologies and advanced vapor compression HVAC technologies. It is anticipated that six awards will be made and range from $500,000 to $1.5 million

Applications for this funding opportunity are open under the following topics:

INNOVATIONS: Non-vapor Compression HVAC Technologies – This topic includes developing approaches and technologies for heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) that replace vapor compression technologies, which are currently the dominant HVAC technologies due to their scalability, relatively compact size, high reliability, and other attributes. However, vapor compression technologies make use of conventional refrigerants. This research topic seeks to explore long-term non-vapor compression solutions that result in HVAC equipment that does not use refrigerants. Solutions for both natural gas and for electric HVAC equipment are of interest.

FRONTIERS: Advanced Vapor Compression HVAC Technologies – Regional HVAC solutions offer significant energy saving potential for new construction and the existing building stock. Today’s vapor compression equipment has limited cooling control. This topic seeks to develop equipment optimized for specific environments and that can provide dramatic improvements in energy efficiency with modest increases to equipment costs. Because the building stock increases by only a few percent annually, concepts which are applicable only to new construction will have limited energy savings potential. Therefore, concepts that are applicable to both new construction and retrofits of existing buildings are particularly encouraged.

HOW TO APPLY: This funding opportunity is open to individuals, corporations, universities, non-profits, as well as national labs. The final funding amount is subject to congressional appropriations.

See How Honeywell Integrates Access and Security

We caught up with the very knowledgable and passionate Roger Rebennack at the 2014 ASIS Show in Atlanta. See what makes the Honeywell Webs-AX Access and Security so special. From modular control to seamless integration, WEBs-AX Security offers a range of options for meeting the needs of nearly any size or type of building or network of facilities. WEBS-AX Security is open and scalable, offers complete, seamless integration, and it can provide you energy savings — that’s why you should want WEBS-AX Security in your building!