Niagara Framework Changed Our World!

NiagaraAXTridium’s Niagara AX is nominated for the 2014 ControlTrends Awards Building Integration & Automation Software of the Year. And understandably so. The Niagara Software platform has driven change and innovation — and made the smart connected building, as we able to perceive it, a reality. Tridium’s next gen framework, Niagara 4, whose full release is imminent, is even more awesome. Stay tuned!

Buildings have a profound impact on the quality of our lives and the world around us. They enhance our communities, enrich our well being and support and enable our business. The Niagara Framework has changed how the world operates and manages buildings. Niagara has made buildings intelligent.

Lynxspring Nominated for Multiple 2014 Control Trends Awards! E-news from Marc Petock

Lynxspring_enews We are pleased to announce that Lynxspring has been nominated as finalists in the 2014 Control Trend Awards in several categories. The Control Trend Awards recognize the people, product, and manufacturers in our industry that make the HVAC, Controls, and Building Automation Industry what it is today. We have been nominated for the following:

Building Automation Plant/Equipment Controller of the Year: JENEsysONETM
Programming Software Tool of the Year: Lynxspring UMT
Innovative Product of the Year: LYNX CyberPROTM
Building Automation Control System of the Year: JENEsys®
Best Technical Support Person – Small Manufacturer: Lynxspring, Inc.
Best Technical Support Company – Small Manufacturer: Peter Leonard
Control Trends Executive of the Year – Small Manufacturer: Terry Swope
Control Trends Vendor of the Year – Small Manufacturer: Lynxspring, Inc.

We appreciate it if you would please take a moment and participate by voting and showing your support. The ballot can be found at: Voting is open until January 15th. Your vote makes a difference.


Marc Petock
Vice President, Marketing

ControlTrends Awards Finalist Sky Foundry

Are you drowning in a sea of Big Data? John Petze and his team at Sky Foundry have created a Building Automation Controls analytics package that allow you to easliy find the data that matters to you. Wether you are looking at trends, alarms, or faults Sky Foundry enables the creation of “Sparks”( events) that allow you to interact with your data in powerful ways that make your buildings safer and more efficient.
Sky Foundry has been nominated by the world wide ControlTrends Community for The Buildings Analytics Software of The Year Award.
Good luck to John and the team at Sky Foundry. Click here to vote for your favorites.

Check Out Project Assist for DGLux5! DGLogik Training Summit, January, 2015

DGLux5AppIcon Project Assist for DGLux5: If you didn’t get a chance to experience the latest modern development environment of Project Assist, Check It Out Now! Download the latest version both DGLux5 and Project Assist by logging into your account through our website and checking out the “Downloads” section. DGLux5 is the most mature and sophisticated IoT Application Platform that easily enables the unification of all your data systems and multiple data providers into a singular interface with the most comprehensive functionalities, data visualization tools, and workflows available.

NEW! Introducing Project Assist for DGLux5 from DGLogik, Inc. on Vimeo.

PA_dglux5_imageReview of Project Assist from Brad Royal, Building System Solutions: “I can say that we have never finished our graphics as quickly and easily as we have on our last two projects using the new Project Assist in DGLux5. I would say it cut our development time in half…it is very intuitive to use, you do not have to be a DGLux5 expert to dive right in and start building out your system graphics.”

dguniversityJanuary 14-16, 2015 in Oakland, CA. DGLogik, Inc. will be kicking off the new year with a 3-day, training course! This course will provide a fundamental understanding of the basic principles, concepts and knowledge necessary to develop and support powerful applications using the enhanced DGLux5! Please reserve your seat as soon as possible. Register Now –Seating is limited!

dgLogik5LEARN THE LATEST WORKFLOWS, SHORTCUTS & TIPS OF THE NEW DGLux5. DGLux5 Introductory Training is a 3-day, instructor-led course that provides lectures, exercises and hands-on labs designed to provide a fundamental understanding of the basic principles, concepts and knowledge necessary to develop and support applications using DGLux5. The focus of this course is to illustrate how to use the new DGLux5 design tools and functionality so that you can begin building applications on your own. We ensure that you walk away with shortcuts, tips, best practices and advanced knowledge of DGLux. By the end of your training, you will be both creative and efficient in engineering cutting-edge user experiences.

The Perfect Gift for the Control Pro that Has Everything

Just in time for the holidays, Ken Smyers, the man, the myth, the legend, discovers the perfect gift for the HVAC and Building Automation Control Pro. Introducing the 24 Karat Gold thermostat from Neptronic. That’s right, those innovative Canadians are at it again. In addition to providing building automation controls, energy saving equipment, and world class service, the team at Neptronic make a beautiful 24 Karat gold thermostat. Get your orders in now, rumor has it that the Donald wants them all.

Neptronic is nominated for several Controltrends Awards, so if you like what you see click here and show them some love.

Delta Controls Poised To Do Well at The 2014 ControlTrends Awards

Ken Smyers and I had the chance to meet some of the folks from Delta Controls and Copper Tree Analytics at the 2014 IBCON Event. Although neither of us handle the product line, we were impressed. Check out is video to see some of the reasons Delta Controls and CopperTree Analytics are so popular and why they were nominated by the world wide controls community for so many awards. A special thanks to Delta Controls and Copper Tree Analytics for their Platinum Sponsorship for the 2014 ControlTrends Awards to be held January 26, 2015 in Chicago.

Automated Building’s December Theme: “Creating Your Collaboration”

automatedbuildings Special note from Ken Sinclair: The December issue is Automated Buildings’ AHRExpo 2015 Chicago preview. Editorial excerpt: “Our December theme ‘Creating your Collaboration’ started with my puzzling with the process of how industry knowledge gets past on. AHRExpo is the annual event where we present our free education sessions to the industry. This is our 16th year of presenting these sessions and hosting the third annual Connection Community Collaboratory meeting. Online Collaboration is how today’s education occurs.

Education is not an affair of “telling and being told” but an active process; I am a poor presenter but a good connector of concepts and resources for the active process. As a connector of concepts and resources I need to be questioned by those seeking knowledge to be of use. My value is not the knowledge that I can share, but the knowledge I can connect folks to so they can self-teach themselves their way. I am but a catalyst in the process of learning.

I am still struggling with the best way to transfer the industry dumps of information to incoming practitioners of our industry. We came to call this “The Dinosaur Dump” when we dropped 20 to 30 years of industry experience on some poor incoming practitioners who did not even ask one question…” Read complete editorial!

First Hack was in 1903: Wikipedia’s Timeline of Computer Security Hacker History

Dot-DashAccording to Wikipedia (in the midst of a donation drive), the origins of Cyber-attacks can be traced back to the first “hacking,” which took place in 1903 “when magician and inventor Nevil Maskelyne disrupts John Ambrose Fleming’s public demonstration of Guglielmo Marconi’s purportedly secure wireless telegraphy technology, sending insulting Morse code messages through the auditorium’s projector.” Maskelyne’s motives were twofold: first, to disprove Marconi’s boasts about a secure transmission, and second, a mild revenge motive brought on by Marconi’s broad patents and wealth. which were stifling Maskelyne’s own genius ambitions.

Bitcoin_logo.svgWikipedia’s final timeline entry is February 7, 2014: Bitcoin exchange Mt.Gox filed for bankruptcy after $460 million was apparently stolen by hackers due to “weaknesses in [their] system” and another $27.4 million went missing from its bank accounts.

Excerpted from: NewScientist. “In 1903, Marconi claimed that his wireless messages could be sent privately over great distances. “I can tune my instruments so that no other instrument that is not similarly tuned can tap my messages,” Marconi boasted to London’s St James Gazette in February 1903.

That things would not go smoothly for Marconi and Fleming at the Royal Institution that day in June was soon apparent. Minutes before Fleming was due to receive Marconi’s Morse messages from Cornwall, the hush was broken by a rhythmic ticking noise sputtering from the theatre’s brass projection lantern, used to display the lecturer’s slides. To the untrained ear, it sounded like a projector on the blink. But Arthur Blok, Fleming’s assistant, quickly recognised the tippity-tap of a human hand keying a message in Morse. Someone, Blok reasoned, was beaming powerful wireless pulses into the theatre and they were strong enough to interfere with the projector’s electric arc discharge lamp.

Mentally decoding the missive, Blok realised it was spelling one facetious word, over and over: “Rats”. A glance at the output of the nearby Morse printer confirmed this. The incoming Morse then got more personal, mocking Marconi: “There was a young fellow of Italy, who diddled the public quite prettily,” it trilled. Further rude epithets – apposite lines from Shakespeare – followed.

The stream of invective ceased moments before Marconi’s signals from Poldhu arrived. The demo continued, but the damage was done: if somebody could intrude on the wireless frequency in such a way, it was clearly nowhere near as secure as Marconi claimed. And it was likely that they could eavesdrop on supposedly private messages too.

Marconi would have been peeved, to say the least, but he did not respond directly to the insults in public. He had no truck with sceptics and naysayers: “I will not demonstrate to any man who throws doubt upon the system,” he said at the time. Fleming, however, fired off a fuming letter to The Times of London. He dubbed the hack “scientific hooliganism”, and “an outrage against the traditions of the Royal Institution”. He asked the newspaper’s readers to help him find the culprit.

He didn’t have to wait long. Four days later a gleeful letter confessing to the hack was printed by The Times. The writer justified his actions on the grounds of the security holes it revealed for the public good. Its author was Nevil Maskelyne, a mustachioed 39-year-old British music hall magician. Maskelyne came from an inventive family – his father came up with the coin-activated “spend-a-penny” locks in pay toilets. Maskelyne, however, was more interested in wireless technology, so taught himself the principles. He would use Morse code in “mind-reading” magic tricks to secretly communicate with a stooge. He worked out how to use a spark-gap transmitter to remotely ignite gunpowder. And in 1900, Maskelyne sent wireless messages between a ground station and a balloon 10 miles away. But, as author Sungook Hong relates in the book Wireless, his ambitions were frustrated by Marconi’s broad patents, leaving him embittered towards the Italian. Maskelyne would soon find a way to vent his spleen.”

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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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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!