Automated Buildings’ August Release: Working Together. Separately!

Ken Sinclair Another awesome collection of industry collaboration from Ken and Jane Sinclair, and the contributing editors at AutomatedBuildings.com. In the words of Ken Sinclair, “Although our August theme seems like an oxymoron the cloud enables us to “Work Together” while flexing our greatest resource our people, a group of individuals that separately create pieces that fit the cloud puzzle. I recently found clarity in the cloud and have started talking funny but now have a clearer vision of our future, a collaborative mosaic of our industry “Working Together, Separately”.

AutomatedBuildings.com is a great example; Jane and I working separately from the industry as publishers of a B2B magazine generating the content which is the result of our collaboratory of all the working together folks to create something we hope is useful to the industry. Open standards group like Haystack, BACnet, are based on working together but are powered by separate individuals. In Anto’s interview he tells of his free web service that brings all events together for us as a web service. He is working together separately. I have included a quick review of a digital signage company that uses their working together collaboratory to help sell their individual services.

The core of all powerful web services is providing the ability for us to work together for free or at a very low cost in the cloud, but this all happens with separate individuals building these services.

Our future is clear; we need to identify our collaboratory resources that will take us to the outer edges of the IoT of buildings, but we need to clearly convey how our individuals will add value, and why they must be part of your collaboratory.”

Visit AutomatedBuildings.com for more great reading!

SGIP 2nd Annual Conference & Fall Members Meeting in Nashville, September 15–18, 2014

SGIP This year’s Annual Conference and Fall Members Meeting will take place in Nashville, Tennessee on September 15-18, 2014.

SGIP’s preliminary program is now available and features three content-packed tracks: Data Transmission and Grid Protection, Distributed Generation and Renewables Integration, and Storm Resiliency and Restoration.

About the SGIP Annual Conference: The Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) Annual Conference: Harmonizing Interoperability provides an opportunity to learn from Smart Grid experts and network with peers. It attracts stakeholders from all domains of the power energy ecosystem. Connect with partners and peers while learning and discussing the orchestration of the standards that critically impact, enhance, and accelerate the deployment of a smarter grid.

Where: Sheraton Music City, Nashville, Tennessee Conference information and hotel registration instructions.

SGIP Fall Members Meeting will take place September 15-16, prior to the SGIP Annual Conference.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the latest developments and key benefits of interoperable systems and devices in the Smart Grid industry.

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Check out The Johnson Controls Asset Tool

Thanks to Johnson Controls for another great Johnson Controls Tech Talk. For those of you who are asking about the Johnson Controls Asset Tool for a Johnson Controls Tech Talk, here is Robert Harland doing a demo of the Asset tool at the 2014 Johnson Controls customer business conference. Keep in mind that tis tool has gotten even better, and is a great way to save money and time on building automation controls installations. We will have the Asset tool featured in the near future on Johnson Controls Tech Talk.

Therese Sullivan’s A Tale of Two Battles: Or the Building Automation-ization of Consumer IoT

EPA2Headlines this month alerted the building automation and controls community to two battles set to rock our world: EPA Energy Star’s ‘Battle of the Buildings’ and the IT Industry’s “Battle of the Internet of Things (IoT) Standards.” Participants in the first battle are open to leveraging any new IoT concepts that might serve to save energy. Participants in the second battle appear to be closed to any protocol standardization effort that isn’t tipped in their favor. To summarize all the July announcements about new and changing alliances in IoT protocol standardization efforts, the Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) with Intel, Atmel and Samsung as anchor members was announced on July 7. This new body seems to be in direct competition with AllJoyn, an effort launched by Qualcomm and taken over by the Linux Foundation. Notably Microsoft joined AllJoyn on July 1, as well as the Industrial Internet Consortium – a collection of big names including Intel that launched its efforts in March. On July 15, Google’s Nest Labs, and Samsung among others announced the Thread Group, an alliance devoted to the development of an open standard for low-power wireless networking for the IoT.

Getting on with the work of energy efficiency while industry titans battle it out over protocols is nothing new in the world of commercial building systems integration. The CTO of DGLogik, an IoT visualization platform developer with a large customer base among building energy retrofitters and systems integrators, commented in a recent interview: “By first dealing with buildings and all of the proprietary protocols, various interconnection mechanisms, and use cases involved while visualizing sensor data and controlling equipment, we have learned lessons that are 100% applicable to the current consumer IoT market and how the industry is approaching it.”

It’s true, building automation is actually way ahead on the IoT curve. Market researcher Earl Perkins of Gartner comes to the same conclusion in a March blog post: “Before it was cool to talk about the IoT, the industrial control and automation world built fit-for-purpose systems with technology that used RFID tags, M2M communications, embedded systems, sensors, wireless communications and other IoT components — literally for decades.” Perkins takes a cautionary tone in his reaction to the Industrial Internet Consortium and voiced concern that if the vision and direction of the Internet of Things becomes too IT-centric — that is, if the viewpoint and experiences of Operations Technology (OT) experts are blocked and ignored — it will be much longer before anything substantive emerges from all the IoT noise.

Substantive issues like the mechanics and physics of actually moving air and water inside a building are not the topics of current IoT marketing or press clippings. Mention BACnet and you see the eyes of the professed IoT experts glaze over and revert to the excuse “Oh, that’s the Industrial IoT. We mean Consumer IoT — like home automation.”

The IT industry’s massive IoT marketing and awareness campaign wants to stay in familiar territory, so it has invented this Consumer IoT versus Industrial IoT framing. Certainly in the case of home automation and commercial building automation and control, only very porous boundaries exist. Does anyone think that Google doesn’t intend to sell Nest thermostats and smoke detectors into commercial offices and other buildings? And what about Apple’s new alliance with IBM whereby IBM will be taking Apple technology into the enterprise? Does anyone doubt that the Apple Home Kit, with familiar building automation names like Honeywell, Philips and Lutron as early partners, will soon morph into Apple MUSH Kit (Municipalities, Universities, Schools and Hospitals)?

As of the July launch of the Battle of the IoT Protocols, however, there is some braking action on this momentum. Let’s take this pause to put some media focus on where the IoT action is happening, in the Battle of the Buildings and Building automation and control.

Could the lesson of the Tale of Two Battles be that we are not set to witness the Consumerization of Industrial IoT, but rather the Big Building-ization of Consumer IoT?

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DGLogik visualization featuring an embedded-floor radiant cooling system in a data center. Radiant systems can save a lot of energy compared to forced air. However, operators need to continuously monitor floor temperature and humidity to ensure against condensation. This IoT application allows the user to oversee the data center from any location on any device at any time. It gives a geographic and physical representation of the equipment itself along with its most relevant set of realtime information, historic trends and alarms – if they exist. Rendered in HTML5, the dashboard visualization will upload quickly and respond on desktop, tablet or phone. More informative than line graphs and pie charts, such visualizations facilitate better, faster decision making.

A DGLogik visualization featuring an embedded-floor radiant cooling system in a data center. Radiant systems can save a lot of energy compared to forced air. However, operators need to continuously monitor floor temperature and humidity to ensure against condensation. This IoT application allows the user to oversee the data center from any location on any device at any time. It gives a geographic and physical representation of the equipment itself along with its most relevant set of realtime information, historic trends and alarms – if they exist. Rendered in HTML5, the dashboard visualization will upload quickly and respond on desktop, tablet or phone. More informative than line graphs and pie charts, such visualizations facilitate better, faster decision making.

This entry was posted in MARKET ANALYSIS, NEWS and tagged Building Automation, Energy Efficient Buildings, Facilities Management, Internet of Things, IoT Visualization, Wireless Networking Solutions on July 25, 2014.

Therese_Face1 Therese Sullivan, Principal, BuildingContext.me.

CoRE Tech2014 – Nov 10-11, 2014 – Sprint Campus and OPCC, Overland Park, KS

coretech2014 CoRE Tech 2014 is a unique gathering of the world’s most proactive, visionary corporate real estate executives who’ve elected to come together in order to focus on innovative automation and technology strategies that will enable them to move their respective corporate real estate organizations into the 21st century.

Embracing Change : REThink | Innovate | Transform

Over the last decade, technological advancements have (1) reduced the need for traditional office space, (2) radically transformed CRE information management strategies and (3) introduced a new era of smart buildings and campuses. At the heart of this change is the ubiquity of high-speed Internet access, mobile technologies and cloud-based collaboration tools. The CoRE Tech 2014 conference, with its theme, Embracing Change: REThink | Innovate | Transform, will showcase how technology continues to drive how we design, develop, lease, manage and use corporate facilities today.

Sprint, a longtime pioneer in the mobility industry, along with its partners, have developed a series of mobile technology offerings designed specifically for the CRE and facilities environment. They will be the host of this year’s CoRE Tech conference, giving attendees a unique opportunity to tour their corporate campus and explore their ‘Innovation Program’ focused on solving real estate problems using mobile and other leading-edge technologies.

A few of the many mobile-based solutions to be showcased on the campus tour include: Building Alarm Monitoring, Electronic Key & Access Control System, Fleet Management Tracking, 3G/4G Remote Surveillance, Workplace Utilization Tracking, Wireless Lighting Controls, Fire Extinguisher Monitoring, and others.

Technology, automation and innovation are at the center of Corporate Real Estate and Facilities!

* Information systems are organizing real estate, facility, energy, finance and human resource data like never before.
* Smart buildings and campuses are redefining corporate real estate best practices.
* Mobility and all the changes it brings to the workplace represent a major paradigm shift in how corporations and their employees operate.
*For anyone who touches corporate real estate and facilities, the skills and organizational chart are quickly changing.

The conference education program will focus on the issues facing corporate real estate, facility, sustainability and energy executives and explore the technology tools available that can positively impact the bottom line of their companies – from automating business processes, to general technology solutions specifically for corporate real estate organizations, to smarter “green” intelligent building technologies.

Johnson Controls Tech Talk with Chris Lane and Matt Krieger — the Power of FX Appliance Unveiled

Johnson-Controls Welcome to ControlTalk 2.0 and Johnson Controls Tech Talk with Chris Lane, FX Senior Product Manager along with technical support guru and Product Manager, Matt Krieger, who gives us a very comprehensive hands-on demonstration on one of the best end-to-end DDC solutions in the HVAC Industry that keeps getting better, the Johnson Controls FX Appliance. The FX Appliance is loaded with integration expertise and does a lot of heavy lifting behind the software curtains.

In a nutshell, the FX Service is there to allow all the functions of the FX Appliance to work. Basically, JCI has created an appliance that sits on top of the Niagara Framework. The FX Appliance was built to enable time saving functions like: automatic graphic creation, new station (batch import) wizards, simple integration of N2 and BACnet points, support for mobile devices and mobile device graphics, schedule/link/point group/point summary managers, and launching PCT from the FX Workbench interface. Next up on Johnson Controls Tech Talk the JCI Application System/Selection and Estimation Tool or FX ASSET TOOL, the industry’s most comprehensive menu driven program that walks you all of the way through a new project — Preparation, Take-off, Refine, Bid, Submit, and Order sections.

Energy Department Invests $6 Million to Support Commercial Building Efficiency

u-s-department-of-energyThe Energy Department’s Building Technologies Office (BTO) today announced up to $6 million in funding to deploy and demonstrate four emerging energy-saving technologies in commercial buildings across the country. These projects will help businesses cut energy costs through improved efficiency, while also reducing carbon pollution. Last year, commercial buildings consumed about 20 percent of all energy used in the United States at an estimated cost of nearly $180 billion, and are responsible for 18 percent of total U.S. carbon emissions.

The Energy Department today announced up to $6 million in funding to deploy and demonstrate four emerging energy-saving technologies in commercial buildings across the country. These projects will help businesses cut energy costs through improved efficiency, while also reducing carbon pollution. Last year, commercial buildings consumed about 20 percent of all energy used in the United States at an estimated cost of nearly $180 billion, and are responsible for 18 percent of total U.S. carbon emissions.

The projects announced today will generate data, case studies, and information intended to help commercial building owners adopt new energy efficient technologies, including advanced ventilation, building energy use optimization software, more efficient commercial refrigeration fan motors, and advanced lighting controls. The selected projects include:

enVerid Systems (Houston, Texas) – enVerid will retrofit building ventilation systems with modules that remove indoor air pollutants such as carbon dioxide. This enables the indoor air to be recycled while greatly reducing the amount of outside air ventilated into the building and reducing the loads on the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. Facilities could experience significant energy savings with this retrofit technology. Ten separate commercial building demonstrations will be conducted over 3 years.

BuildingIQ, Inc. (Foster City, California) – BuildingIQ will optimize HVAC energy use across commercial buildings using Predictive Energy Optimization (PEO), a cloud-based software application that runs on top of existing building automation systems. PEO uses data from weather forecasts, utility tariffs, demand response event signals, and occupant schedules to automatically adjust energy-consuming building systems. These adjustments are based on building-specific modeling that PEO uses over time employing building use data, as well as predictive algorithms and advanced control strategies. Sixteen separate building demonstrations will be conducted.

QM Power, Inc. (Lee’s Summit, Missouri) – QM Power has developed high efficiency 7-16 watt fan motors that are often used in commercial refrigeration systems. QM Power intends to install and demonstrate approximately 12,000 high efficiency fans in more than 50 grocery stores throughout the U.S., focusing on open display case retrofits that could result in significant efficiency improvements. If fully adopted, the motor application has the potential to achieve more than 0.6 quads in energy savings and reduce energy costs by $1 billion.

Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (Lexington, Massachusetts) – The project is designed to further the implementation of advanced lighting controls (ALCs), which turn off or dim lights when they are not in use. The project will demonstrate and evaluate two or more ALC technologies in 10 buildings, which should experience significant energy savings compared to a traditional lighting retrofit without controls. Designers and installers will be trained to use the technologies. The demonstration results will be used to support development of utility incentive programs to help further drive adoption of ACLs.

The Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) accelerates development and facilitates deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and market-based solutions that strengthen U.S. energy security, environmental quality, and economic vitality. For more information on building technologies, visit the Building Technologies Office website.

Siemens Features Advantage™ Navigator at IBCON 2014 — and goes CTA Platinum!

Adnan Akbari, Senior Manager Strategic Marketing, at Siemens Industry, was genuinely excited about Advantage™ Navigator, the energy management system performance platform that Siemens featured at the IBcon 2014. Advantage™ Navigator offers a number of energy analytics that take existing Siemens technologies and services to the next level by giving Siemens customers distinct business advantages — making costs easier to predict and delivering key insights into the total energy and operational performance of their buildings — locally, or worldwide. Adnan sees the IoT Titans: Google, Microsoft, Cisco, and the others, entry into the HVAC market as a logical move, because they too, have significant technology plays to make in the building space. Siemens also announced their Platinum Sponsorship for the 2014 ControlTrends Awards.

Advantage Navigator’s customizable suite of applications helps you monitor building system performance, energy demand, and energy supply more effectively and efficiently. It provides transparency, giving your team and the Siemens experts who support you laser-sharp insight to make critical improvements. And using a central platform, you can maintain total control over a single building, a campus, or your entire portfolio.

Belimo Free Webinar Today at 11:00AM EST: Introduction to Retrofitting Globe Valves

BelimoRetrofit Introduction to Retrofitting Globe Valves: In this free Belimo webinar, you will gain an understanding of how to retrofit globe valves. The New Generation Globe Valve Actuators incorporate not only strength, but flexibility too. Engineered to suit a broad range of HVAC applications, these new actuators and retrofit linkages are highly adaptable making selection, installation and service hassle-free.

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The Innovation Corner with Rick Warner and the Data Center Optimzer Mike Yanosko

This ControlTalk NOW excerpt features the infamous INNOVATOR, Mr. Rick Warner, from OME Facility Solutions. Rick shares his 20+ years of integration experience in nearly every facet of the HVAC and BAS industries. OME is a market leader in providing industry and user specific solutions. Joining Rick, is Smart Building Works’ CTO, Mike Yanosko, aka, the Optimizer. Mike’s professional passions are chiefly focused on reducing capital and operational expenses, and utilizing the new optimizing technologies available to provide significant energy savings for existing data center applications. Smart Building Works, out of Pittsburgh, PA, specializes in high performance infrastructure systems, high efficiency buildings, and common sense sustainability.