Project Haystack Conference — May 18-20, 2015 Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs, CO

Haystack2015Today’s automation systems, equipment, metering systems, smart devices and IoT applications produce tremendous amounts of data. This data can be very hard to organize and use across different applications because it is stored in many different formats; has inconsistent naming conventions and very limited data descriptors. In essence it lacks information to describe the meaning of the data. And without meaning a time-consuming manual effort is required before value creation can begin.

Taking cues from other data intensive applications such as Facebook, Twitter, Google and others who utilize tags and semantic data models, the work developed by the Project-Haystack community addresses this challenge by defining and easy to use methodology to describe the meaning of data. This enables software applications to automatically consume, analyze and present data from devices and equipment systems.

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The open source Project Haystack effort has streamlined the interchange of data and the techniques for managing, presenting and analyzing the vast amount of data generated by today’s smart devices and building and energy systems.

Join us May 18th – May 20th for the Haystack Connect conference: The place where the community of automation and IoT professionals come together to learn and share the latest techniques for connecting systems and using data to advance the efficiency of buildings, equipment systems and processes.

How to Navigate Change in the Building Automation Controls Industry

Special thanks to Ken Sinclair, from Automated Buildings, for having the vision to put together the Connected Community Collaboratory. We had the privilege of filming the last two collaboratories. This video epitomizes the intent of the collaboratory as Andy McMillan, the president of BACnet International, gives some priceless advice to one of the attendees.

Johnson Controls Business Conference Update: The New Digital Thermostats

Rob Allen’s latest update comes from the Johnson Controls Product show. Rob gets the 411 on Johnson Controls New Digital thermostats, new features on the Johnson Controls Energy meters.and Johnson Controls wireless pneumatic thermostats.

Wearable Technology in the HVAC Industry: Just Around the Bend. Explore the World of AWE

Wearable-technology(Photo Credit: procore.com blog) While an increasing concerted effort to grow the HVAC industry young is under way, the need for immediate competent presence (ICP) won’t let HVAC wait. Wearable technology, especially Smart Glasses adapted for the HVAC/Systems Integration markets, may extend the existing talent pool well enough to serve as the necessary interim measure.

The sheer scarcity of human resources available and the relatively long learning curve and apprentice phase needed to provide unassisted smart HVAC services requires the use of wearable HVAC-oriented technology as soon as it becomes available. Customers will expect the use of wearable technology solutions to ensure that their needs are being met. And as the favorable shift of economic, social, and technological forces continue to reduce the barriers of entry, imminent use of wearable technology in the HVAC industry, is just around the bend.

aweAugmented World ExpoTM (AWE) is the world’s largest conference and expo for professionals focused on making the world more interactive – featuring technologies such as Augmented Reality, Wearable Computing, Smart Glasses, Gesture and Sensors devices, and The Internet of Things.

Now in its 6th year, AWE is again assembling the top innovators – from the hottest startups to Fortune 500 – to showcase the best augmented world experiences in all aspects of life and work: from entertainment and brand engagement, to enterprise and industrial, urban and architecture, education and training, automotive and navigation, government, and commerce.
AWE 2014 was the largest ever exposition of Augmented Reality and Wearable Technology with over 200 demos, 150 speakers, and nearly 2000 attendees!

AWE 2015 is poised to set a new record and draw 3000 attendees from all over the world: a mix of CEOs, CTOs, designers, developers, creative agencies, futurists, analysts, investors, and top press – and offer a fantastic opportunity to learn, inspire, partner, and experience first hand the most exciting industry of our times.

2014 ControlTrends Awards Best Technical Support Person – Large Manufacturer

Congratulations to Johnson Controls’ Greg Wilmer and Delta Controls’ Greg Holloway co-winners of the 2014 ControlTrends Award Best Technical Support Person of the Year — Large Manufacturer. It was with extreme pleasure to recognize these two most deserving and dedicated HVAC veterans — in such a befitting and exciting venue. Congratulations once again!

In the 2014 ControlTrends Awards Winners Circle with Thermokon

Let the good times roll! Thermokon’s David Alliband celerbartes with Sean Johnson at the 2014 ControlTrends Awards. Why are they so happy? Thermokon had just won the 2014 Wireless Product Solution of The Year. Congratulations to David and the team at Thermokon.

Contemporary Controls’ Gift to the Industry: “Network Communications for Buildings” Free Download

ContemporaryControls_NetworkBookCoverMarch 2015 — The year 2015 marks our 40th anniversary as a company and as we reflect on this milestone, we cannot help but marvel at the technological changes that have impacted both the automation systems we produce as well as how companies are now doing business. We have witnessed the migration from standalone controllers to fieldbus-networked controllers to IP-based network controllers. The open-systems movement has helped smaller companies participate in markets once dominated by larger companies with their proprietary systems. The building automation market is a great example with technologies such as BACnet, Modbus and Ethernet for all to use.

As a company, we have always tried to educate the industry on best practices by publishing application notes, PowerPoint presentations, tutorials and videos. We believe all companies benefit if we effectively educate the industry on the best use of open-system technologies. In that spirit, Contemporary Controls has published Network Communications for Buildings from a collection of prior articles from our Extension and Essentials that were supplements to our print newsletters beginning in 1999. All the articles have been updated to the latest practice so now the best material on network communications can be found in one concise book.

The intention of Network Communications for Buildings is to present the material in a commercial-free format in keeping with the mission of the open-systems movement.

Network Communications for Buildings includes coverage of the following technologies: EIA-485 Physical Layer, Shared Ethernet, Switched Ethernet, Ethernet with Fiber Optic Cabling, Power over Ethernet (PoE), Internet Protocol (IP), Transmission Control Protocol (TCP), Subnetting IP Networks, Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), Virtual Local Area Network (VLAN), Spanning Tree Protocol (STP), Modbus, and BACnet. It also includes applications about using Managed Switches and using IP Routers. It concludes with troubleshooting advice and a glossary of terms.

To download your free copy, simply click here and provide your name and email below and you will be given a link to the PDF.

How to use Social Engineering to Hack into a System

Thanks to Fred Gordy from McKenney’s Inc. for sharing this video with us. Fred had told me that no matter how good your cyber security system is, the biggest loop hole and security threat is human error. Are you as disturbed as I am by just how easy it was for these teenagers to take over Matt’s digital life? Let me know what you think in comments.

Live Event: Introduction to DDC Controls Part 1

In Part 1 of a Live Event DDC Controls, Rob Allen, Stromquist’s DDC guru gets the group up to speed on the basics of DDC Controls. This course was designed for control techs that are relativity new to building automation controls and as a review for more experienced DDC controls professionals. There are six more parts to follow, please check back soon.