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/
This just in from Lynxspring:
The next “30 Minutes with Lynxspring”, our monthly webinar series featuring Lynxspring subject-matter experts and special guests, continues Wednesday, February 15th at 12:00 PM CST.
There is a lot going on within our industry and at Lynxspring. In this monthly edition, I will look at What’s Ahead – what’s ahead in the industry and what’s ahead at Lynxspring.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM CST
Click here to register online for this “30 Minutes with Lynxspring” Webinar on February 15, 2017, 12:00 PM CST
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information on how to join the webinar session.
Please contact Lynxspring if you have any questions. Call Toll Free: 877-649-5969 or send an email to: email@example.com.
Haystack Connect 2017, MAY 8TH – 10TH, 2017, Saddlebrook Resort Tampa & Conference Center. Early Bird Registration Discount: $795! The Early Bird Registration Discount expires at midnight on February 28th. The standard Registration fee is $895.
The Haystack Connect 2017 Conference will once again, bring together systems integrators, technology providers, A&E firms, OEMs and end users who are leading the way to advance smart-device applications and the power of data that is helping to create more efficient, sustainable built environment and streamline the interoperation of the systems and devices that permeate our modern world.
Haystack Connect 2017 will be the place where data and creating value from it gets real. As a sponsor, exhibitor, or speaker in one of the technical sessions, you’ll be able to provide attendees with the most concrete, factual information available. This information will help owners, operators, and systems integrators and end-users separate reality from hype. Attendees will get up-close and personal technical presentations and live demonstrations of solutions and their tangible value in order to better distinguish all the hype-filled claims that attempt to gloss over the real-world challenges you are facing.
All Conference Registrations are being handled online. Register today at www.haystackconnect.org/register. If you have any questions about Haystack Connect 2017, please contact our conference coordinator, Robin Bestel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are looking forward to a very successful Haystack Connect 2017 and seeing you there!
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Thanks to all our sponsors for making the 2016 ControlTrends Awards possible. Enjoy the video and click here to check out the winners.
EasyIO is proud to announce that Produal is our new partner for building automation measurement. We are working jointly with these experts in measurement to offer you efficient, excellent peripheral products with a five year warranty. With this competent peripheral product program, we now aim to be a wide one-stop-shop for our EasyIO Partners.
Our promise: Our partners will benefit from our collaboration with Produal, because the company, just like us, has the know-how and passion for helping customers navigate in the world of intelligent solutions, open technologies and faster projects. That’s a promise.
Products: We can supply various Produal products: sensors, actuators and valves. They’re available for ordering now! Check them out on our new website.
BACnet MS/TP Trouble-Shooting Simplified with Innovative Product Integration from Contemporary Controls and Optigo Networks. Vancouver, BC, January 17, 2017 – BACnet MS/TP trouble-shooting can now be done remotely on demand or via scheduled analysis thanks to a one-of-a kind product integration from Chicago-based Contemporary Controls and Vancouver-based Optigo Networks. Using Contemporary Controls’ popular BASrouterLX to capture MS/TP traffic and Optigo Networks’ Visual BACnet for analysis, technicians will no longer need to be on-site to diagnose MS/TP issues.
Recent technological developments have made diagnosing IP network issues easier, but until this collaboration, trouble-shooting MS/TP network issues has been hands-on and time consuming. When an MS/TP network breaks down, the technician has to put on his boots, drive to the site, set up a USB dongle and capture traffic right on-site. The product integration between Contemporary Controls and Optigo Networks changes that. Using a Contemporary Controls’ BASrouterLX, MS/TP traffic is captured and sent to Optigo Networks’ Visual BACnet. The MS/TP data can be captured via remote monitoring, or the capture can be scheduled at a specific time each day and then sent to VisualBACnet.com for analysis.
“Trouble-shooting BACnet MS/TP issues has always been a challenge,” said Harpartap Parmar, Senior Product Manager at Contemporary Controls. “By teaming with Optigo to use the MS/TP traffic for analysis, technicians can quickly respond to a customer’s problem without needing to be on-site.”
The BASrouterLX by Contemporary Controls is a high-performance BACnet router providing stand-alone routing between BACnet networks such as BACnet/IP, BACnet Ethernet, and BACnet MS/TP. Besides its high-speed processor, it has advanced features such as auto-discovery of MS/TP slaves, MS/TP frame capture and storage for use with Wireshark®. Up to 50 BBMD entries can be made. With the Optigo integration, MS/TP frame capture can be sent to Visual BACnet for analysis.
Visual BACnet by Optigo Networks is a powerful BACnet health analysis and monitoring software. It allows users to concretely measure the health of their networks, and quickly diagnose problems to reduce troubleshooting and downtime. Users can look at their network’s health score, drill down to pinpoint problems, and create baseline reports to compare network changes over time.
“We look forward to fully launching this integration with Contemporary Controls in the coming months,” said Dan Ronald, VP Product Management at Optigo. “This partnership is a big step towards fulfilling our vision of monitoring sites in real-time, allowing an increase in the overall up-time of Building Automation Systems.” Existing BASrouterLX users interested in the new features will be able to install the software upgrade via the BASrouterLX webpage.
Learn more about this new collaboration in Optigo’s upcoming webinar Introducing Contemporary Controls Integration, January 25, featuring Dan Ronald and Harpartap Parmar from Contemporary Controls. The product will also be showcased at the AHR Expo January 30- February 1 at Booth C861 and C1458. Look forward to more announcements and releases.
Senior Product Manager
About Contemporary Controls: Contemporary Controls designs and manufactures the system building blocks for networking, integrating and controlling automation processes where performance and reliability are important. Our products are built upon open technologies such as ARCNET®, BACnet®, CAN, Modbus®, Niagara Framework® and Sedona Framework™, and are typically found in building and industrial automation industries. Our customers are systems integrators, contractors and mechanical and controls OEMs seeking simple and reliable networking and control products from a dependable source. With headquarters based in the US, we have operations in the UK, Germany and China with self-manufacturing in the US and China. www.ccontrols.com @ContempControls
About Optigo Networks: Optigo Networks is shaping the future of the commercial Internet of Things (IoT). Optigo uses visualization and anomaly detection to enable explosive growth of IoT in buildings. With its award-winning self-learning software, Optigo analyzes the communications of the thousands of thermostats, key card scanners, cameras and smart lights in commercial buildings. This allows building operators to quickly identify faults in their operational systems and reduce downtime from hours to minutes. Optigo is the first to address the growing complexity of maintaining the thousands of little machines that make our buildings comfortable, efficient and secure. Optigo’s solutions are used every day in a rising number of buildings around the world. www.optigo.net