DGLogik Updates: May 27th-29th Training & DGLogik Partnership with QA Graphics

Screen Shot 2015-05-24 at 10.59.31 AM May 27th-29th in Oakland: DGLogik, Inc. will be hosting DGLux5 Application Development Training course at our headquarters in Oakland. The training course takes place from Wednesday, May 27th through Friday, May 29th. Take advantage of progressing your rapid development skills through our collaborative training exercises. They are instructor-led with lectures, exercises and hands-on labs designed to provide an understanding of the basic principles, concepts and knowledge necessary to develop and support cross-platform HTML5 applications. There are very few seats left so hurry and register!

Screen Shot 2015-05-24 at 11.03.03 AMDGLOGIK PARTNERS WITH QA GRAPHICS!

QA Graphics is proud to announce a partnership with DGLogik, Inc., providing enhanced graphic services for customers utilizing DGLogik’s IoT Application Platform, DGLux5. For over 8 years, QA Graphics has developed and maintained long-term relationships by providing graphic services to control manufacturers, building owners and system integrators – QA Graphics is confident that this partnership with DGLogik will only enhance the level of services provided.

“The application development time for our dev team will be far less than what we have experienced. Having this drag and drop environment for our developers allows us to create these modern applications without heavy, manual coding. It will allow us to further our creativity and quickly hand over a complete IoT solution to our clients” says President of QA Graphics, Dan McCarty.

New Product Review : Functional Devices BACnet Network Relay

We had a chance to catch up with Kelly Holmes from Functional Devices at the 2015 CGNA Vendor Showcase. Kelly showed us a cool new product from Functional Devices, the RIBTW24B-BCAO enclosed BACnet® MS/TP Network Relay Device.

Functional Devices designs products that make the contractors life easier. Competitively priced and easy to use the RIBTW24B-BCAD is no exception. With One Binary Output (20 Amp Relay SPDT + Override); One Binary Input (Dry Contact, Class 2); One Analog Output (0-5 Vdc, 0-10 Vdc, or 4-20 mA), One Analog Input (T2/T3 Thermistor / 0-5 Vdc / 0-10 Vdc); 24 Vac/dc Power Input; and an Optional End of Line Resistor (EOL) included the RIBTW24B-BCAD has everything you need to connect to your Building Automation Control System.

Fort more information reach out to your local CGNA distributor.

2015 Haystack Connect — Day 2 Highlights — Interoperable Blues Band Rocks the House!

Screen Shot 2015-05-15 at 9.21.37 AMDay Two of 2015 Haystack Connect began with a hoax-busting integration experience, as Jason Briggs and Scott Muench configured a Haystack project involving 10 participating vendors, employing a uniquely entertaining and unprecedented live demonstration of the potency and inevitability of Haystack tagging (Video to follow). Adoption of Haystack’s naming conventions and taxonomies — will make it more cost effective to analyze, visualize, and derive value from our operational data, period.

Keynote speakers Jack McGowan, The McGowan Group reminded the audience that neither the strongest nor the smartest ones are the most likely to survive; but rather, the ones most responsive to change. Electricity is the highest quality fuel we have and the most volatile. The cost of energy is a pain point that the Haystack Community has the skills that can help alleviate that pain, while maintaining a sustainable competitive advantage over non-adopters. Peter Kelly-Ditwiler, North Energy Partners followed with a very powerful message — Power to the Periphery: The Future of Electricity. Peter’s renown stems from global experience and over 200 Fortune Magazine articles, though his humorous anecdotes, including Sprint’s streaming of a celebrity’s funeral that took their global network down, revealed how improbable events will require extraordinary measures of redundancy and foresight.

Many videos and highlights to follow. Visit Project Haystack in the near future for review of all the 2015 Haystack Connect general and breakout sessions.

CGNA 2015 Vendor Show Case: Honeywell Genesis Cable

All great control systems need the right cable and wire. ControlTrends caught up with Randy Lee, VP Sales, Electrical & HVAC Division and Honeywell Genesis Series Cable, at the 2015 CGNA Vendor Showcase and got the 411 on Honeywell’s new merchandising efforts, which include adding Contractor Pro Point rewards, new point of sale displays, and the new wire legend — marked on every reel, to know exactly how much more wire is left in the box. The newly designed carton is strong enough to stand on, made of 100% recyclable cardboard, and includes brake mechanism options — to make pulling wire a lot easier.

Contemporary Controls’ BASintegratorJ2: Niagara AX Integration via Haystack

Screen Shot 2015-05-15 at 9.21.01 AMMay 2015 — The BASintegratorJ2 uses a subset of J2innovations’s FIN stack to create a powerful, yet flexible intelligent gateway that integrates Modbus and BACnet points up to Project Haystack clients.

Built on Contemporary Controls’ open automation Linux platform, the BASintegratorJ2 can discover points and apply Haystack tags to serve up to building supervisors such as Niagara’s AX Supervisor. Using an open and free Haystack driver in the AX Supervisor, the AX Supervisor only needs to know the IP address of the BASintegratorJ2s in the network for a seamless interface to all points on a job regardless of the type of point. The result is an inexpensive, yet modern approach to building automation where access to structured data is critical.

Project Haystack is an open-source initiative that incorporates a data model that creates structure to this data through naming conventions. The tagging convention is driven through public comment. Using Project Haystack conventions, the BASintegratorJ2 not only provides structure to data but also captures the data in a cost-effective manner while delivering tagged field data up to building supervisors.

Haystack Connect 2015: Smart Data. Smart Devices. Smart Buildings => Smart Business

Screen Shot 2015-05-15 at 9.21.37 AMHaystack Connect, THE conference that focuses on real world solutions for connecting data from diverse systems and devices from across the Internet of Things, begins on Monday May 18. There is still time to register to attend this important and informative event. For professionals involved in systems integration, and applications that utilize sensor and operational data its not to be missed.

Here are just a few reasons to attend:

* A stellar lineup of keynote speakers including: David Mantell, Vodafone, Dr. Milan Milenkovic, Intel, Jack McGowan, The McGowan Group, Peter Kelly Detwiler, Northbridge Energy Partners
* Technical sessions by industry experts on topics including: Data Modeling in the real world, Wireless Technology – from cellular to the sensor, Analytics, Key Business Trends Affecting Systems Integrators, Cyber Security, and Data Visualization
* An in-person, working group meeting of the Project-Haystack community
* Key announcements about Project-Haystack
* The return of the Interoperable Blues Band — an industry legend!
* J2 Poker Tournament

And… the unique camaraderie and networking provided by the only industry conference produced by and for the community.

There is still time to register at: http://haystackconnect.org/

We hope to see you there!

Siemens has a winner with the RDY2000 Thermostat

We caught up with Siemens at the 2015 CGNA Vendor Showcase. They introduced us to several cool new products. One of the ones we like a lot is the RDY2000 light commercial thermostat.The RDY2000 thermostat that has big time features for small business solutions. The Siemens RDY2000 controls more than just temperature. With ventilation, economizer, and humidification interfaces, the RDY2000 can quickly and economically solve the needs of small business customers. From coffee shops to machine shops, the RDY2000 provides the flexibility to optimize room comfort while reducing energy consumption.

The RDY2000 can do the work of several thermostats. Proving its versatility, this thermostat can control conventional systems with up to three stages of heating and three stages of cooling, as well as heat pumps with up to two compressors and up to two stages of auxiliary heat. Perfect for commercial HVAC equipment, the RDY2000 features outputs that control humidification/dehumidification equipment, maintain indoor air quality with optional CO2 sensor, maximize energy savings with interface to economizer controls, and interface with lighting systems based on business day schedule to reduce operating costs. The unit puts advanced HVAC control strategies within reach of small businesses, without the cost of a Building Automation System. The “brains” behind its beauty allow businesses to use the onboard temperature and humidity sensors or optional external sensors (up to four) to create a customized, yet affordable solution.

The best place to get more information or to purchase a Siemens RDY2000 is from one of our friends at CGNA ( Controls Group North America). Click here to locate your closest CGNA distributor and tell them “Kenny and Eric sent you.”

Realcomm & IBcon General Session Program Announced — Register NOW!

Screen Shot 2015-05-10 at 12.16.47 PMGeneral Session Program Announced! June 8-10 meeting in San Antonio, TX. Be sure to take advantage of the special ControlTrends Rate: $895.00 — valid till 6/1/15. Use Promo Code: IB15CTL1.

The impact that technology, automation and innovation have had on the commercial and corporate real estate industry over the last 3-5 years is unprecedented. These changes are most clearly seen in four specific areas; 1) how we use information management solutions to organize our business processes, 2) how we communicate with our customers and partners, 3) how the Internet of Things is influencing the next generation of high-performance, smart buildings and 4) how we use space as seen in office space utilization and the online assault of bricks and mortar retail.


Screen Shot 2015-05-10 at 12.17.17 PMNew ideas and innovative ways of looking at the world are the catalysts for change. Few understand more about nurturing ideas and waiting for the world to understand them than Bran Ferren. Bran is an American technologist, engineer, scientist, entrepreneur, and inventor. He is the former President of R&D for Walt Disney Imagineering, as well as founder of Associates & Ferren, a multidisciplinary engineering and design firm acquired in 1993 by Disney. Today, he is Chief Creative Officer of Applied Minds, which he co-founded in 2000 with fellow inventor, Danny Hillis. Apple’s “pinch-to-zoom” patent, which features prominently in its legal battle with Samsung, was invalidated by the US Patent and Trademark Office in 2013 based on a 2005 patent by Ferren and Hillis for multi touch gestures. Bran was also involved in the technology that could prove to be the framework for the next generation of Google Search.

His current company, Applied Minds, has worked with some of the world’s largest corporations on innovation, change and transformation, including Intel, Lockheed Martin, The Smithsonian, MIT Media Lab and others. Bran is going to use his life-long experience to help us understand how technology and innovation will continue to transform the Commercial and Corporate Real Estate Industry.


• Decision-Makers Representing 35+ Billion SF of Commercial & Corporate Space
• Three Days of World Class Education and Networking
• 1,400+ Professionals in One Location
• Leading-Edge Educational Program Featuring Over 95 Sessions and 175 Speakers
• Demonstrations of Emerging Technologies
• Smart Building Best Practices Showcase Featuring Over 50 of the World’s Smartest Next Generation Buildings
• CIO Roundtable
• COO, CFO & CAO Innovation Summit
• Investment Managers Technology Track
• Sustainability Executives Smart Building Symposium
• Intelligent Buildings Boot Camp
• Smart Building Integrator Summit
• Information Systems & Smart Buildings CYBERSECURITY Forum
• Vendor Expo Featuring 100+ Top Industry Solution Providers
• Conference LIVE News Desk Featuring Live Streamed Interviews with Industry Leaders

Unboxing the Sierra Monitor Dual Port BACnet Router

We had the privilege to review Sierra Monitor’s BTL Certified BACnet Router – the protocol router spearheading the theme of ease-of-use. We’re sure system integrators love saving time and costs, right? Sierra Monitor introduced this great product back in January, and since then, it has gained a lot of traction in the building automation industry.

It really is easy to use, with great features like DeviceFind™, their unique BACnet device discovery feature, and two RS-485 ports for connecting up to 64 devices without the use of additional line drivers. With BTL certification to the latest revision, a smooth web interface, and competitive pricing to boot, we think Sierra Monitor’s BACnet Router deserves its recognition in the industry as a terrific product.

Tridium — Discover the Possibilities: JACE® 8000 and Niagara 4 Licensing

Screen Shot 2015-05-07 at 7.42.46 AMJoin us for our next TridiumTalk highlighting the Niagara Framework® With nearly half a million instances worldwide, Niagara is quickly becoming the operating system of the Internet of Things. And with the anticipated release of Niagara 4 and the JACE 8000 controller, the opportunity to achieve operational excellence is even greater than before.

Join us for TridiumTalk: JACE 8000 Features and Niagara 4 Licensing, an overview of Tridium’s powerful new hardware platform and a look at our new capacity-based licensing designed for simplicity and ease of use.

Register today for one of our free hour-long sessions:

Wednesday, May 13, 8:30 a.m. Eastern

Tuesday, May 19, 10 a.m. Eastern

Thursday, May 21, 1 p.m. Eastern

We’re looking forward to sharing with you the many ways we’re making the world’s leading open framework more powerful and flexible than ever. Register today!

For more than 15 years, Tridium has led the world in business application frameworks—advancing truly open environments that harness the power of the Internet of Things. Our products allow diverse monitoring, control and automation systems to communicate and collaborate in buildings, data centers, manufacturing systems, smart cities and more. We create smarter, safer and more efficient enterprises and communities—bringing intelligence and connectivity to the network edge and back.