New ecobee3: The Smarter Wi-Fi Thermostat with Remote Sensor (Read The VERGE Review!)

ecobee3Ordinary thermostats read the temperature in only one room, but are supposed to deliver comfort in all rooms. ecobee3 remote sensors deliver the right temperature in the rooms that matter most.

Featuring a 3.5″ full-color LCD touchscreen, 320 x 480 pixel display with highly intuitive iconography and
controls, just like your smartphone. Reads temperature in multiple locations solving for uneven
temperatures in the rooms that matter most.

Ecobee3_Box Whats in the box? ecobee3 thermostat, Remote Sensor
with detachable stand, Power Extender Kit (PEK), Screws and drywall plugs, Standard and large trim plates, Quick Start Guide, Installation Guide and wire labels. Warranty: 3 years

Review from The Verge: One of the first things Stuart Lombard will tell you is how much he spent on the solar panels that are on top of his house. It’s not to brag so much as to explain why buying one of his company’s new $249 thermostats is as good of an idea as strapping $26,000 worth of solar panels to your roof. It saves, he says, about as much energy as the solar array by doing a better job at regulating indoor climate controls.

Lombard co-founded Ecobee, a Canadian company that made the world’s first Wi-Fi-connected thermostat, only to spend the past three years watching the world fawn over its competitor Nest’s futuristic design. Today the company is unveiling its answer to Nest, the Ecobee 3. It’s a jet-black square with rounded edges that looks like nothing else the company has made before, especially its predecessor: a white box with a touchscreen that Ecobee sold patterned Gelaskin stickers for, basically to hide the thing.

By comparison, the Ecobee 3 is something the company wants you to stop and look at each time you walk by it in your house. When it’s not showing you the temperature inside your house, it doubles as a weather station, giving you the upcoming forecast. And just like Nest, Ecobee is pitching it as something that does all the scheduling for you, saving time and money in the process.

VAV Zoning Made Easy! KMC Introduces Zone Equipment Control (ZEC)

KMC2KMC Introduces Zone Equipment Control (ZEC) — VAV Zoning Made Easy!

KMC has introduced a significantly improved system for either retrofitting older VVT-type systems or installing new light-commercial zoning systems. KMC’s Zone Equipment Control (ZEC) system consists of a special model of KMC’s award-winning Flexstat unitary controller along with up to 16 KMC SimplyVAV controllers for pressure-independent VAV control in their respective zones without the need for software.

The new BAC-120063CW-ZEC FlexStat controls common commercial packaged unitary equipment and automatically switches between heating and cooling control based on local zone demands. The ZEC controller automatically discovers and communicates with the associated SimplyVAV controllers via the integral BACnet MS/TP network to provide integration of the entire system. Additionally, it can also provide a 0-10 VDC static pressure setpoint signal to an optional KMC CSP-4702 pressure controller used with the system for pressure bypass control.

KMC_FlexStat_ZoningA local VVT zone is converted to pressure-independent operation with the insertion of a KMC SSS-1000 series differential pressure flow sensor, and the local zone is operated by the SimplyVAV terminal unit controller.

With no software required, the ZEC system is quick and user-friendly to install and configure. Yet it also communicates with any Building Automation System using a BACnet network for monitoring and additional control options.

Take a moment to check out both SimplyVAV by KMC and our new Zone Equipment Control FlexStat today!

Panoramic Power and Connexx Energy Webnar: Device Level Energy Management Solutions

connexenergyNew Solution Offering: Device Level Energy Management Solutions. Join us for a Webinar on October 8 at 3:00PM ET/2:00 CT. Join us for this 45 minute webinar to learn about the joint offering between Panoramic Power and Connexx Energy. The two companies have combined Panoramic Power’s innovative circuit level energy management solution with Connexx Energy’s CONNEXXION™ energy data platform to deliver complete energy interoperability. The solution offers management and control, automatic demand response and actionable real-time data and analytics into a single system that manages energy data across the building enterprise within a cyber-secured environment.

You will learn how you can use the joint solution to uncover new energy conservation and efficiency opportunities with your customers and prospects. We’ll wrap up with a Q&A session so you’ll be armed with all the information you need to start selling. Presenters: Anno Scholten, President Connexx Energy and Safi Oranski, VP Business Development, Panoramic Power.

Space is Limited! Click here to register

ControlTrends Interviews UK’s Smart Building DALI Lighting Experts Mike Welch and Graham Turner

ControlTrends traveled to Basingstoke, United Kingdom, to meet with DALI experts Mike Welch and Graham Turner and get the current 411 on Digital Addressable Lighting Interface (DALI). It was an opportune time because Mike and Graham were preparing for the upcoming Energy Event 2014 trade show next week at NEC Birmingham, UK. Our conclusions: Despite the present maturity of the Smart Buildings market, lighting integration opportunities still abound, and the Niagara AX systems integrators, incorporating DALI technology into their solutions are in an especially auspicious position to tap the lighting integration market.

CNSMike Welch of Controls Network Solutions is excited about DALI’s future, literally, and not just about DALI’s integration of low-hanging light-fruit, but the future-proof solutions DALI offers building owners. Mike’s article “How to Avoid Stranded Investments in Intelligent Buildings” explains in great detail, that DALI is a converged solution and as changes are made within the building space, control over the DALI lighting remains absolute.

Also, many of the market headwinds and barriers are diminishing as the pricing of DALI components are normalizing in the North American markets. There are fewer risks and more instances of successful large-scale deployments. Control Network Solutions offers Niagara AX integrators a certified partner program and the additional expertise to navigate past the lighting market’s history and the lighting specification split between the mechanical and electrical sections. Incorporating EnOcean technology into the existing DALI product platform and tools will only enhance and accelerate deployments.

onesightGraham Turner, with OneSight Solutions,a well-established distributor and solutions provider shares his perspective on DALI, as one of UK’s leading building and data center intergators. Many of the building’s systems are already on the Niagara network and this is fantastic opportunity to bring the whole lighting architecture onto the Niagara network as well.

More on DALI to come!

Are You in Pendulum Jeopardy? It Should be Social WE-dia not Social ME-dia


The book Pendulum by Roy H. Williams and Michael R. Drew is said to be a veritable blue-print of our civilization for the last 3000 years. Williams and Drew have chronicled how past generations — shape present generations, and are able to predict the actions of future generation — so accurately, that if you don’t seriously consider the contents of the Pendulum, your next marketing campaign, product release, or business venture could be in serious jeopardy and fail, because you weren’t in sync with the “Me”-“We” Pendulum cycles that operate with all the subtle certainty and force of time and gravity. McDonald’s marketing adherence to the Pendulum theory provides compelling testament.

Now that I get what the Pendulum says and operate as a newly converted Pendulumist, I examine most things through the Pendulum-lens for compliance, whether it’s a new product, new advertisement, new television series, or the latest multi-million dollar marketing campaign. It’s apparent that many of these new aspirations have not yet read the Pendulum.

Bear in mind that we are in the middle of a serious “WE-upswing,” that began in 2013 and is not particularly favorable to the individual and that it will be another ten years before the direction of the Pendulum reverses and starts downward towards the next “Me” swing with all its new implications. The Pendulum’s present state places a clarion warning out to avoid “Me-first style” marketing and tells us to be wary of witch hunts and other unsavory actions taken against “Me-thinkers” and “Me-things.”

Questions. If something is to be successful shouldn’t it be correctly oriented to current “We” sided thinking? No wonder there is so much reluctance and inherent resistance by certain people to partake in Social Media. They can’t get on board the social me-dia train because they just don’t like it, or doesn’t feel right. Maybe, if the whole social media culture had been in true synch with the Pendulum, it would have been called social We-dia, and everyone would be social wedia-ists, right?

Anyhow, what does the Pendulum have to do with the HVAC world? And what kind of insight does the Pendulum offer in the marketing of a smart, high-tech, data generating, talking thermostat? In this keen battle for domination of the smart thermostat market, there may be very good reason to pay attention to the Pendulum, and the manufacturer using the “We-style” marketing approach would seem to have a significant advantage over the other manufacturers who are using the ill-timed “Me-style” approach.

Now, let’s take a look at these thermostat marketing campaigns… And their successes…

International Systems of America, LLC — Setting the Address on a SimplexGrinnell 4098-9714 Smoke Head and a 4098-9792 Base

ISA125ISA is a unique systems provider, beginning with their ability to quickly deliver new parts for existing and legacy systems from virtually any manufacturer. In this ISA Video, Nick Dumeyer talks with ISA Lab Technician Dexter Hall about setting the address on SimplexGrinnell addressable smoke detectors. About ISA: ISA adheres to the industry-recognized standards of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). NFPA 72 establishes minimum requirements for inspection, maintenance and testing of fire alarm systems, including required qualifications for technicians and proper test methods and frequency of testing for system components. All senior ISA technicians have extensive fire alarm training and at least five years of experience. Supervisors are certified by the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technology (NICET) at a minimum of NICET Level II. A NICET Level II is an independent, journeyman-level engineering technician.

DeviceTech 2015 Teams with IOTNA 2015 — in Chicago. Speaking Opportunities Available!

Another ControlTrends Calendar heads-up! DeviceTech 2015 is an intellectual mashup that places innovation squarely on a head-on collision course with investors and opportunity. DeviceTech 2015 is an innovative new trade fair focused on the design and manufacturing of handheld devices and portable, connected electronics. The event is designed to serve the educational and information needs of OEM design engineers and product developers involved in connected, portable electronics and mobile applications. It will be held April 15-16, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency in Schaumburg, IL.

To be held in conjunction with the 2015 Internet of Things North America (IOTNA). IOTNA is an innovative event covering advanced connectivity and cloud based monitoring/control of devices, facilities, automobiles and enterprise operations. After a successful 2014 event in Milwaukee, the 2015 will be held in Chicago on April 15-16, and will be co-located with Webcom’s newest event: the Device Technology Conference.

– See more at:

IOTNA from Webcom Communications on Vimeo.

Market demands are calling for profound advancements in system intelligence, smaller size, low power design, connectivity, mobile applications and ergonomics to make devices that are smarter, longer lasting and more connected. This event will explore the strategies, solutions and technologies that product developers can employ to improve their existing products and create their next generation.

DeviceTech continued from above… There are a limited number of speaking opportunities available, so it is imperative that you submit your abstract by the October 23rd, 2014. Join other industry visionaries and speak at DeviceTech 2015, April 15-16, in Chicago. This event provides a forum to discuss new developments in technology, market conditions and end-user requirements that are driving innovation, capabilities and features, application trends and performance improvements in handheld devices and portable, connected electronics. For more information on submitting an abstract, contact Shannon Given, program manager, at 608-351-9245 or

DeviceTech 2015 Trade Fair will consist of two full days of educational sessions along with an exhibition showcasing solutions in:
Wireless Charging & Power
Energy Harvesting, Advanced Power Sources
Motion Sensing, Orientation, Tracking/Location
Display, Interface and Lighting
Prototyping, Manufacturing & Assembly
MEMS (MicroElectroMechanical Systems)
Advanced Materials
Product Development Strategy & Roadmaps
Certification & Testing
Shielding, Rf Safety
Data Acquisition & Analytics
Usability and Reliability

DeviceTech 2015 attendees will include Design Engineers, Product Developers, Materials & Component Suppliers, Carriers & Data Service Providers, Packaging & Assembly Professionals and Developers of Bluetooth, ZigBee, NFC, Qi products, applications and tools.

IOTNA continued from above… Internet of Things North America will consist of two full days of educational sessions along with an exhibition showcasing solutions in:
Machine and Device Connectivity
IoT Standards and Standardization
Big Data: Data Acquisition & Analytics
Building a Business Model for IoT
Enterprise-wide Connectivity
Networking: Wireless, Wired, Fiber & Telemetry Networks
Cloud-based monitoring and control of equipment, assets, facilities & operations
Integrating Multiple Networks & Communications Systems for Maximum Interoperability
Remote & Smart Service Management
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Young Gun Chris Schneider Shakes it up with Open BMCS

We got a chance to catch up with the innovative Chris Schneider at the 2014 Niagara Summit. Chris’ system is a One-size-fits-all building management and control system, that is ideal for small commercial or residential projects to large campus wide installations, his solution can be scaled to suit multiple needs.

With Chris’ system you can control and monitor anything from a garage door to a complete campus wide network of devices. With everything you need on-board.

Click here to see training videos on Open BMCS

With the pre-built and designed UI you don’t have to spend time or money on having to create a user interface again. A framework that was built to be used on your clients desktops or large wall mounted dashboards down to their mobile devices in their pockets. With a library of 3D [Read more...]

CNS’ Mike Welch Sheds Some DALI Light on “How to Avoid Stranded Investments in Intelligent Buildings”

CNS ControlTrends is delighted to share this informative expertise from Mike Welch, Managing Director of Control Network Solutions, founded in 1996, and headquartered in Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK (approximately 45 minutes from London). Mike is a DALI™ (Digital Addressable Lighting Interface) lighting control specialist and makes a compelling case as to why it makes commercial sense to adopt a more flexible, open approach to the control and management of lighting systems today.


At a recent RBS Innovation Gateway meeting, Professor Doug Crawford-Brown from the Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research at Cambridge University spoke on the concept of ‘stranded investments’. A stranded investment is one where a particular technology or solution is acquired to address one set of issues. But, in the time it takes to implement the solution, the reality dawns that the situation has changed and a whole range of new issues have emerged which will not be effectively addressed by the investment made.

This concept applies readily enough to the way we construct and manage buildings. We spend huge amounts of time, effort and money in trying to plan for a building that will operate in a certain way before the foundation holes have even been excavated. When we arrive at the point of occupation, the world around us has invariably moved on. Business conditions, the environment, energy prices, regulations and other factors are rarely, if ever, fixed points for any considerable length of time. Occupier expectations of the spaces they inhabit have also changed and will constantly evolve over the lifetime of the building.

Of course, every building can be reconfigured to adapt to changing factors and user needs. But, this type of renovation often requires a fleet of trucks and an army of trades to put in new cables or remove existing ones; to move partition walls; fit new lighting fixtures and shift other equipment around. It’s a very labour-intensive and expensive process. But, it doesn’t have to be this way. Increasingly, we live in a world of soft, easily reconfigurable technologies, especially in the world of building controls. If the right technology decisions are made at the beginning of a project, then the building can be easily adapted to cope with the impact of office churn.

Take the recently completed Standard Bank office in Johannesburg as an example. In this prestigious building, some years in the planning, everything was delivered and installed according to specification. However, as soon as the building became occupied, reconfiguration took place very quickly. Many of the people moving into the building were not those initially consulted about their space requirements by the building’s designers. And, if they were, their views and needs had altered since that first consultation. A number had changed their job within the company or, fundamentally,wanted their desks in a different part of the workspace, so re-organising their space in a way that impacted on how the lighting was grouped, switched and controlled. Sending in specialist engineers to reconfigure the lighting could have proved a nightmare. Instead, on this project, change has proved a much more straightforward process.

This 65,000m² office development features an elitedali™ solution which is controlling, maintaining and managing the lighting system for the entire building, incorporating 4,500 Digital Addressable Lighting Interface (DALI®) light fixtures and 1,600 DALI® multi-sensors. elitedali enables Tridium’s Niagara AX platforms to provide the building with intelligent, automated dimming and switching off of lights in response to daylight and occupancy sensors to save considerably on energy consumption. It also speeds up maintenance, by reducing the time required to replace or reconfigure luminaires according to user demand. From the site or wherever they might have been in the world, the systems integrator has the freedom to simply access the wire sheets via their PC, then re-group, re-zone and re-adjust control strategies, as necessary. They could re-associate groups of lights with new switches and sensors, different numbers of lighting or whatever was needed to meet the new requirements of its occupants in real time.

This was all accomplished quickly, cost-effectively and with minimum impact on the actual business that the end client was trying to transact in the space. And, it’s a process that will inevitably continue to be repeated over the lifetime of the building.

The lessons are clear. In my view, we should simply resist trying to work out what’s going to happen with our buildings and its occupants in the future. It makes far better sense to implement solutions, such as those at Standard Bank, which maximise the ability of those tasked with managing or using that space to be as flexible as possible so that they can adapt to what is in front of them at minimum cost and as near as possible in real time.

An open approach brings the opportunity to realise these and other substantial benefits. I think of it as an inverted pyramid. With the pointed end at the bottom, we emerge through the pyramid, and, as it widens out, we find greater and greater opportunity to achieve more and more desirable outcomes – flexibility of reconfiguration, energy savings, reduced CO2 emissions, better value assets, improved building ratings, easier operation and maintenance, lower costs and so on. By bringing together elitedali™ lighting control and Tridium’s NiagaraAX Framework, energy managers can change the way the lighting operates and observe changes in energy use in real time.

They can also receive in-depth and accurate information about the performance of the lighting through the BMS as never before. Without such an open solution, it is only possible to access such data in a proprietary format, making it difficult to combine with data gathered from other areas of the building services. This approach puts that information directly into the clients’ hands, and enables them to specify the format of the information produced for “cloud analytics and big data” applications.

It’s a world that liberates energy managers and buildings owners and transforms buildings from stranded investments to valued assets.

For further information please contact:
Mike Welch or Ruth Chrisp
Managing Director Wildwood Public Relations
Control Network Solutions Ltd
The Stables Studio 7, Intec2, Intec Business Park Meadow Court
Wade Road, Basingstoke Faygate Lane, Faygate
Hampshire, RG24 8NE West Sussex, RH12 4SJ
Tel: 01256 818700 Tel: 01293 851115
Fax: 01256 812520 Fax: 01293 852448
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Editor’s notes: Based out of the UK and serving markets globally with its range of energy-saving open control
solutions, CNS is a Certified Tridium Developer Partner. Using Tridium’s web convergent technology platform, CNS creates smart open standards products and solutions. elitedali™ for Niagara AX® is available for installation via a global network of Certified elitedali Partners (CeP™). CNS also manufactures the CNS-Enocean™ Niagara AX Driver which leverages the company’s experience with elitedali and device modelling techniques to offer wireless/energy harvesting control solutions for intelligent building management, automation and lighting systems. For more information on elitedali™, visit Follow elitedali™ on twitter @elitedali or join the discussion on LinkedIn at elitedali for Niagara AX Group.

Neptronic: The Power of Innovation — Innovation that Changed the HVAC Industry

ControlTrends traveled past the Niagara Falls on its way to Montreal to capture the Power of Innovation at Neptronic. The force of the Niagara Falls represents well the swift and powerful current of innovation coursing through Neptronic, where several of the HVAC industry’s most significant innovations and products originated. In this first segment of ControlTrends coverage, Luis Melgares, Regional Sales Manager, offers some amazing history and insights into Neptronic, a rapidly growing provider of building automation products and solutions.