ControlTrends had a chance to catch up with Distech at the 2017 AHR Expo. In this video Ken checks out the cool building automation controls made by Distech and gets and update on how the Acuity Brands purchase of Distech and DG Logik will affect the Smart Buildings controls world.
Downers Grove, Illinois (January, 2017) – Contemporary Controls is proud to announce our win as the ControlTrends Awards “Vendor of the Year – Small Manufacturer” in addition to winning “Peripheral Product of the Year” and the “Best Technical Support Company – Small Manufacturer”. Thank you to all that participated in the ControlTrends Awards and voted for us.
“The CTA Award for Vendor of the Year is a valued recognition of the quality of our products by the people who really matter – the system integrators who are depending on our products to get the job done,” said George Thomas, President of Contemporary Controls. “It is also a recognition of the efforts of our employees who design, produce and support these products.”
We shared the “Peripheral Product of the Year” award with our friends at Functional Devices. Our BASrouter has been a popular peripheral product for several years now and we’re excited to be unveiling several new security features for the BASrouter this year. “The BAS Router is extremely popular because it provides a low-cost solution for attaching a BACnet/IP network to BACnet MS/TP without the expense of installing a building controller,” said Joe Stasiek, Sales Manager of Contemporary Controls.
The BAS Router provides stand-alone routing between BACnet networks such as BACnet/IP, BACnet Ethernet, and BACnet MS/TP – thereby allowing the system integrator to mix BACnet network technologies within a single BACnet internetwork. Stay tuned for more news about the upgrades we have planned for the BASrouter.
“We’re also very proud of the recognition of our technical support team. We work hard to support our customers not just in their buying decisions, but in implementation and trouble-shooting in the field. We really believe that our customers success is our success,” said George Thomas.
The ControlTrends Awards were created in June 2012 by Eric Stromquist and Ken Smyers as a way to recognize innovations and achievements in the HVAC, Controls, and Building Automation Industry. Contemporary Controls is grateful for the continued support and effort Ken and Eric have invested in this community-building event.
About Contemporary Controls
For more than 40 years, Contemporary Controls has been designing and manufacturing the system building blocks used to automate buildings, machines and processes. Our BASautomation BACnet routers link IP networks to BACnet MS/TP. Gateways adapt other protocols such as Modbus to BACnet. BACnet/IP controllers — Powered by Sedona Framework or Niagara Framework — do the work. Once on Ethernet, our CTRLink family — with its collection of managed and unmanaged Ethernet switches, media converters, wired and wireless IP routers — can complete the connectivity process. Contemporary Controls has manufacturing locations in the United States and China, and additional support offices in the United Kingdom and Germany.
For more information, visit www.ccontrols.com, call 630-963-7070 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to Siemens for having their Variable Frequency Drive being selected by the global ControlTrends Community as the 2016 ControlTrends VFD of the Year. The BT300 was also the winner at the 2015 ControlTrends Awards as well! Click here to learn more about the Siemens BT300.
Want to try a Siemens BT300 variable frequency drive? Reach out to your local CGNA Controls distributor.
As we begin posting our ControlTrends coverage of the 2017 AHR show, we begin with Ken stopping by the Honeywell booth. Ken gets updates from Larry Weber on Honeywell’s new Light Commercial Buildings Controls Connect, Honeywell’s new Cloud-Based Light Commercial Control offering — giving contractors the opportunity to improve their service to their customers and grow their businesses with remote HVAC system monitoring and diagnostics. Roger Rebennack follows, bringing the ControlTrends Community up-to-speed on Honeywell’s WEB Security, with a deep-dive look at true integration in its most seamless form.
For our global community, if you cannot play You Tube video, click here to get the same video on Vimeo.
As we begin our 2016 ControlTrends Awards Highlight Videos, we thought the best place to start was with the superstars of the Building Automation, HVAC, and Smart Building Controls Industry — walking the Red Carpet. One of the main reasons Ken and I created the ControlTrends Awards was to shine a spotlight on the great people in our industry and give them their well-deserved “Hollywood Moment.” And, what would a Hollywood Moment be without a Red Carpet interview?
“Power to the People, Power to the People, Ride on…..”
These lyrics are in a song written by the great John Lennon. If John had known our friend Ken Sinclair or attended his Connection Community Collaboratory, the lyrics would have been more like this:
“Power of the People, Power of the People, Ride on”
Everyday we see technology advancements in the Smart Building’s controls market, better controllers, better software and better analytics. Is there a correlation between how good a technology can be and the people that use it? This is just one of the questions that, the ever insightful, Ken Sinclair, poses to a group of Industry Experts at this year’s Connection Community Collaboratory, entitled “The Power of People, an Industry Discussion.”
ControlTrends captures this Event as Industry thought leaders discuss their views on productivity, occupant engagement, and comfort. If we only consider energy as the justification, then we are missing the bigger issue – the impact on the building environment and ultimately, people.
This Year’s Speakers:
Andy McMillan Strategy Consultant & President BACnet International http://automatedbuildings.com/editors/amcmillan.htm
John Petze Executive Director Project Haystack Haystack Headlines
Project-Haystack.org is excited to announce the publication of the second issue of Haystack Connections magazine. Haystack Connections reports the news from the Haystack community around the world and provides updates on the development of tagging models, reference implementations, complimentary applications, and success stories from the community as we work together to make device data easier to use across applications of all types.
Marc Petock Project Haystack, Secretary Lynxspring, Inc. http://automatedbuildings.com/editors/mpetock.html
Paul Oswald Managing Director CBRE ESI Global Workplace Solutions | Global Energy & Sustainability What Does It Mean To Be A System Integrator
Troy Davis Western North America Sales Manager EnOcean Inc. do not have info but we do have this EnOcean, ZigBee, and BLE
Neil Cannon, EnOcean Inc.
Trevor Palmer VP Controls, Applications & User Experience, Acuity Brands Distech Controls Merging the Two Domains
Ken Sinclair, (Moderator) Editor/Owner/Founder AutomatedBuildings.com http://automatedbuildings.com/editors/ksinclair.htm
As we begin our video highlights from the 2016 ControlTrends Awards, we want to give special thanks to our Presenting Sponsor BACnet International. The BACnet protocol is at the heart of so many of the building automation and smart building control systems, that we thought it only appropriate to begin with a tribute to the dedicated, hard working men and women that make BACnet so great.
BACnet International Award Winners:
BACnet Rising Star – Natsuko Takahashi, Delta Controls
BACnet Volunteer of the Year – Steve Jones, The S4 Group
BACnet Member of the Year – Tim Skell, ABB
BACnet Project of the Year – Air Mobility Training Centre, Ontario, Canada, Reliable Controls
BACnet Hall of Fame – Steve Bushby, NIST
About BACnet International: BACnet International is an industry association that facilitates the successful use of the BACnet protocol in building automation and control systems through interoperability testing, educational programs and promotional activities. BACnet International oversees operation of the BACnet Testing Labs (BTL) and maintains a global listing of tested products. The BACnet standard was developed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and has been made publicly available so that manufacturers can create interoperable systems of products. BACnet International complements the work of the ASHRAE standards committee and BACnet-related interest groups around the world.
Just got this video from our friend Steve Guzelimian. Steve is bringing the Proton Optergy smart buildings solution to North America. Proton won the global ControlTtrends Awards for Light Commercial Solution of the Year, and is a viable competitor in the “Race to the Small Space“. After seeing this cool video, look for Optergy to be a competitor in the Most Impactful Video Award at the 2017 ControlTrends Awards.
You can hear what Steve had to say about Optery’s North American Strategy on the November 20th Episode of ControlTalk Now The Smart Buildings Video and Podcast.
Looks like our friends at Sierra Monitor and Lencore are finding another innovative way to help reduce the spend on the $300 side of the 3-30-300 dollar rule. Having two small children, I am hoping the home version of this comes out soon.
This just in:
Lencore’s sound masking solutions for modern workplaces, along with emergency notification solutions, make workplace environments safer and more productive. In addition, Lencore’s sound masking solutions are used in medical offices and other facilities where privacy and confidentiality is important
Lencore is integrating Sierra Monitor’s FieldPoP device cloud and connectivity technologies to enable facility managers, installers, and support professionals to remotely set up, maintain and control Lencore systems in offices, buildings, and facilities worldwide. The secure remote connectivity provided by Sierra Monitor makes it easier for facility managers to set up and manage these private audio spaces.
The sound masking technology uses white noise and “pink” noise to cancel out unwanted sound from the surrounding environment, ensuring privacy and enabling the worker to concentrate better and become more productive. In addition, the system also enables security personnel and management to securely send critical messages as needed.
Sound Masking and Its Vital Role in Healthcare
Sound masking involves the strategic placement of sound sources and unobtrusive “pink noise” to reduce distracting noises and increase privacy within a space. Currently, it is estimated that the healthcare segment makes up between 20% and 25% of the sound masking industry—and that sound masking can help to reduce noise distractions by as much as 35% to 40% in any given space. Furthermore, sound masking technology has evolved to allow the integration and zoning of paging and background music. Through proper design, a healthcare facility is able to get three systems in one.
If you find this interesting, I would be happy to set up a follow up phone call with SMC & Lencore executives.
High res image supplied upon request. Image of Lencore Head End Unit
Sierra Monitor’s FieldPoP™ Device Cloud IIoT-Empowers Modern Workspaces
Lencore takes advantage of remote connectivity to improve occupant comfort, productivity, and safety
MILPITAS, Calif., Jan. 27, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sierra Monitor Corporation (OTCQB:SRMC), a provider of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions that connect and protect high-value infrastructure assets, today announced that Lencore, an innovative provider of comfort and safety solutions to modern commercial workplaces will use the FieldPoP device cloud as a foundation for its cloud strategy.
Modern workspaces are moving towards open and flexible environments, but the need for collaboration must be balanced with the employees’ need to focus on individual tasks. Additionally, shared and open workspaces must not compromise safety. Lencore, based out of Woodbury, New York, offers sound masking along with emergency notification solutions to modern workplaces as to make them more productive and safe. Each installation consists of a head-end controller that networks with input sources like microphones, telephones, music systems, fire alarm systems and public emergency notification systems, and output devices such as speakers, visual indicators, and paging horns distributed across the facility.
Typically, the head-end controller is accessed, managed, and supported by the installer and the facility manager locally within the facility. However, Lencore is introducing a “FieldPoP-Enabled” connector in their next-generation head-end controller that will automatically and securely register and connect the controller to the FieldPoP device cloud over the facility’s Internet connection, thereby creating a virtual instance of the physical controller. Facility managers, installers, and Lencore support professionals will be able to remotely interact with their assigned systems through the FieldPoP device cloud.
The benefits of secure remote connectivity are manifold. Individual employees can make changes to their personal spaces, security personnel can use it to send critical messages, and facility managers can make configuration changes and perform preventive maintenance upgrades remotely.
“Commercial office spaces are being redesigned due to generational and attitudinal shifts in work culture,” said Jonathan Leonard, President of Lencore. “Our products are enabling this transition, and cloud-enabling our system using FieldPoP is a key step in our innovation roadmap.”
“We are working with more than 20 OEMs in our beta and proof-of-concept program to understand customer use cases and to prepare FieldPoP for commercial deployment,” said Varun Nagaraj, CEO of Sierra Monitor. “I am pleased to see our program starting to bear fruit, with several customers including Lencore deciding to IIoT-Empower their solutions with our FieldServer gateway and FieldPoP device cloud.”
To learn more about how OEMs use the FieldServer IIoT gateway and the FieldPoP device cloud, please visit www.sierramonitor.com/iiot-empower/fieldpop-fieldserver.
About Sierra Monitor Corporation
Sierra Monitor Corporation addresses the industrial and commercial facilities management market with Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions that connect and protect high-value infrastructure assets.
The company’s FieldServer brand of protocol gateways is used by system integrators and OEMs to enable local and remote monitoring and control of assets and facilities. With more than 200,000 units, supporting over 140 protocols, installed in commercial and industrial facilities, FieldServer is the industry’s leading multi-protocol gateway.
Sierra Monitor’s Sentry IT fire and gas detection solutions are used by industrial and commercial facilities managers to protect their personnel and assets. Sentry IT branded controllers, sensor modules, and software are installed at thousands of facilities such as natural gas vehicle fueling and maintenance stations, wastewater treatment plants, oil and gas refineries and pipelines, parking garages, US Navy ships, and underground telephone vaults.
Headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley in Milpitas, California, Sierra Monitor was founded in 1979 and has been a public company since 1989. By combining its distinguished track record in industrial sensing and automation with emerging IoT technologies such as cloud connectivity, big data, and analytics, Sierra Monitor is at the forefront of the emerging IIoT trend.
For more information visit: http://www.sierramonitor.com/