Catch all the excitement as the 2016 ControlTrends Awards Light Commercial Control System of the Year Award is presented.
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.
By Therese Sullivan, editor of BuildingContext.me. To watch Ken Smyers and Eric Stromquist manage every detail of the ControlTrends Awards is a lesson in how to be the ultimate hosts. They made it happen on January 29, 2017, at the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas, NV. But, as if by magic – and there was a lot of that — the party moved out of their hands and seemed to be owned by everyone else in the room at large. The way the community is embracing this event is a sure sign that the CTAs will live on for many years to come. The CTAs have become an important night to many, and serve a variety of community-building functions.
Steven Guzelimian, President of Optergy, explained it to me this way: “We’re building a global, brand-agnostic company aimed at the small commercial contractor. Partners from all over the world and from all lines of equipment come to AHR. I jumped at the chance to get a table at the CTAs, recognizing that it would be a chance to come together and forge a team. We invited any partners that were in town to join us at our table. 18 people showed up! We shared ideas and built rapport in this comfortable setting. Phenomenal experience. We had a great time.”
Ryan Shultz, VP of Product Management at Distech, expressed “I’ve joined Distech just this year, and this was my first ControlTrends Awards. We were up for ten awards, when you count all of Acuity. And we were so happy to win six of them. It was quite an evening for us.”
Alper Uzmezler and the team at BASSG added a new twist to the ControlTrends Awards evening by announcing a gift of software to the community. BASSG is open-sourcing one of its popular software tools, Project Building Plus, making it easy and low-risk to convert a backlog of trend data to Project Haystack format.
A great highlight was the induction into the ControlTrends Awards Hall of Fame of three of the industry’s most well-known and liked people: Jack McGowan, Steven Bushby, and Ken Sinclair. Jack’s moment was anticipated recognition for his many contributions over the years, such as his recent book on Energy & Analytics. But, somehow, Eric and Ken managed to surprise Ken. You cannot keep many secrets from the editor of AutomatedBuildings.com, the hub of all industry news. So, just seeing Ken’s astonishment was worth the price of admission.
This year BACnet International merged its annual awards honoring members into the ControlTrends Awards ceremony. Andy McMillan, BACnet president and managing director, handed out awards in five categories including Volunteer of the Year, Member of the Year, BACnet Hall of Fame (again Steven Bushby), Project of the Year and, new this year, Rising Star. I talked to the Rising Star award winter Natsuko Takahashi from Delta Controls who commented:
“I studied robotics and automation at university. Getting involved and serving a BACnet Working Group motivates me to keep learning. The standard just keeps evolving with technology; for example, it’s starting to cover new biometric systems. Everyone can be involved, grow their careers and give back to the great group of people that is the BACnet industry.”
ControlTrends launched a new award this year as well—the ControlTrends Woman of the Year. The importance of attracting all types of smart, capable and motivated people to the industry is a topic broached often in the automation and control conference sessions. I think giving CTA recognition to the women that are enjoying their building controls-related careers is a great addition to the night. Moreover, the next morning, I attended a Women in ASHRAE breakfast where CTA Woman of the Year Winner Renee Joseph, VP of Channel and Marketing Operations, Johnson Controls, was a key speaker. At 7AM in that huge hotel ballroom, the space was packed to hear Renee and others strategize about making this industry more welcoming to women. I hope to keep participating in this group—so that is one more new relationship forged at the 2017 Control Trends Awards.
To sum it up, when it came to ControlTrends Awards 2016, all the winners, runners-up and next-year-4sure’ers did like Vegas-Institution, Ol’ Blue Eyes, Chairman of the Board, Frank Sinatra recommended: They Did It Their Way. So, Ken and Eric, you are still going to sweat the details, but ‘Daddies, your baby has grown up.’ The CTAs are out in the universe of star-studded things now.
Small Buildings often have BIG Problems. Proton by Optergy aims to transform the market and bring building and energy management to all. If you are coming to the AHR EXPO 2017, in Las Vegas, please feel free to come by our booth for a conversation about what Optergy and its featured product is all about. You can find Optergy at booth C1075 in the Building Automation area.
NEW PROTON 2nd GENERATION BUILDING CONTROLLER IS RELEASED: Designed for Simpler Monitoring and Control for Small Buildings
Sammamish, WA (January 5, 2017) – Optergy, a provider of building automation and energymanagement products, today announced the launch of its second generation Proton. Proton is the first building controller complete with 120GB storage that combines building and energy management features, uses an intuitive web interface, and can connect to a companion IOS or Android mobile application for quick and simple monitoring and control. This economical product manages up to 100 BACnet or Modbus devices, and has built-in web based programming & tools. Users now have an economical and simple means to access their building controls and energy consumption data anytime, anywhere.
Last year it was said “Proton by Optergy became the first true open supervisor and controller that can interoperate with any BACnet unitary controller and is 100% web based. It has all the needed tools to setup, operate and maintain the system, and has all of this at economical price points,” said Steven Guzelimian, Optergy USA President. “This year we are releasing many new features to build on an already impressive product and introducing Proton to a global audience”.
Optergy is releasing at AHR EXPO 2017:
• New localization capabilities; Use Google for initial language translation and tools to refine
• New license options; Support for up to 100 devices
• New software features; Support for Mobile App, BACnet Virtual devices and more
• New applications; VPN configurations, Kiosk mode, API & more
• New hardware capabilities; Contractor friendly design and installation
• New workflow tools; All web based programming, configuration and graphics editing
• New no-cost eLearning; Learn the Optergy way, self certify at your own pace
Economics for the Contractor:
• Less expensive than the next best alternative
• Better competitive position
• All-inclusive hardware, software and license
• Free eLearning and updates
• Ease of deployment/everything is in the boxRich End-User Experience:
• Visualization, automated reports, built-in features
• Easy to learn and self-manage
• All tools included in the system
• Web and mobile device connectivity
• No subscription fees
Key benefits of the PROTON Building Controller:
• Economical building controller that sits side by side or on top existing HVAC/Electrical systems
• Simple licensing based on number of devices with unlimited points (10/20/50/100). No ongoing fees!
• Robust database that can store years of analytic data
• Easily connect and manage any BACnet or Modbus device, including schedules, trends and alarms
• Save time – Secure remote connectivity, for installation, updates, and maintenance
• No extra effort – Built-in BACnet IP, BACnet MSTP, Modbus IP, Modbus RTU for improved connectivity
• Productive – HTML5 programming utilizes web to create control logic that do not require a thick client
• Accessible – Seamlessly move from big screen to a small screen phone using a feature rich mobile app
• Accountability – Unlimited users, each with their own privilege and unique navigation, all events logged
• Intuitive – Add video content, html (web pages), energy reports and to create rich visualization
• Value – Built in applications for Energy Management, Building Control, Facility Management
• Engage users with scrolling message content, video, and mobile app messaging
Proton 10 is the basic solution for a complete building automation system that supports up to 10 connected BACnet or Modbus devices in a building. Small building owners can get started with this simple and economical building control solution with Proton 10.
Proton 20 features all the essential base features of Proton 10 and adds support for up to 20 connected BACnet or Modbus devices. Proton 20 also includes scrolling display support, essential for users to communicate with their desired audience such as tenants or visitors through public displays.
Proton 50 features all the essential base features of Proton 20 and adds support for up to 50 connected BACnet or Modbus devices. Proton 50 adds 3 tenants for use with after-hours tenant billing and utility billing.
Proton 100 features all the essential base features of Proton 50 and adds support for up to 100 connected BACnet or Modbus devices. Proton 100 adds supports for 10 tenants.
Optergy is a technology company dedicated to improving the business of managing facilities with tools to improve efficiency, performance and processes, whilst providing key stakeholders with the information and reporting to make informed strategic decisions. From the simplest building, to the largest complex enterprise, our client base is extensive and includes professionals ranging from the education, healthcare, commercial, retail and government sectors. Optergy is a wholly owned business by the Oberix Group Pty.
You can learn a bit more from Optergy.com or please feel free to reach out to me at +1-425-233-2052 (voice & text), firstname.lastname@example.org
AboutOberix GroupAustralia, UK, Malaysia, Singapore & USAOberix has over 200 permanent staff while sustaining a unique and thriving culture through a devotion to continuous learning, reinvention and adaption, all united with the desire to realize our customers’ needs and stay ahead in technology, project planning, delivery and service.
ControlTrends Awards Platinum sponsor and nominee, Optergy, is poised to make an impact on the Smart Buildings Controls market in North America. Check out this press release and video to get the 411 on Optergy. This might be the first time you have heard of Optergy, but it will not be the last!
Contact: Steven Guzelimian
Cell: 425 233 2052
Issaquah, WA (June 24, 2016) – Optergy, a business division of the Oberix Group, a a software provider of building automation and energy management tools, has announced it has received notable recognition as one of the “20 Most Promising Energy Management Solution providers” of 2016 by CIOInsights.
Buildings consume more than 70 percent of the world’s energy, half of which is wasted, states a study conducted by MIT and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The study further reveals that nearly 90 percent of this wasted energy can be recovered by efficient energy monitoring. The advances seen in the IT industry over the last decade are finally working their way into energy efficiency solutions for buildings and equipment. Optergy focuses on outcomes that reduces risk involved in the customers’ business processes, improves productivity, and builds efficient energy performances. The resulting energy savings further minimizes operating expenses.
“Our focus is on the overall building economics, and we build tools to facilitate better day to day management,” says Steven Guzelimian, President, Optergy.
Aurora, the enterprise management software from Optergy, can replace a building supervisor or be used as an enterprise system offering real-time, online access to monitor and control customers’ buildings meters, control systems, create reports and perform data diagnostics and analysis. Aurora combines energy and building management features, and uses an intuitive web interface accessible using a common browser. The software can be easily installed on simple hardware or a virtual machine, and requires no operating system or any other software dependencies. Being scalable, it manages BACnet or Modbus devices, and has built-in web based programming and tools. Leveraging the software, users can effectively manage the energy usage in their buildings and be alerted if their energy consumption or building performance threatens their Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). The inherent design features of the Aurora interface, such as creating custom reports and analytics at the click of a mouse, have proven to be extremely valuable, especially in diversified, multinational organizations.
Furthermore, Optergy also offers an innovative building controller Proton, which uses an intuitive web interface, and connects, to a companion IOS or Android application to manage energy automatically. This controller and software permits even the smallest building to meter, monitor, and make use of actionable energy information. Being economical, this software manages up to 50 BACnet or Modbus devices, and has built-in programming and tools. Proton encloses some of the basic features like web displays, demand limiting program, DDC control logic, email and SMS alarm notifications.
“The building operations are often wrapped in layers of confusing events,” remarks Steven Guzelimian. Optergy’s Intuitive visualization technology helps users to have a better look at building operations. Adding HTML content to energy management software allows users to quickly add content that is rich and dynamic to better see how they can make improvements to their systems. In an implementation highlight, Optergy’s Aurora systems helped Charles Sturt University (CSU) in collecting and analyzing building data.
CSU had 17 buildings across the campuses with too many control systems managing lighting and other energy usage. The client implemented Optergy’s Aurora as a single supervisory interface for all integrated systems, including HVAC and the cogeneration plant. Aurora helped CSU to identify opportunities in HVAC control and manage peak demands in real time by using the cogeneration plant.
Optergy has recently launched Proton Building Controller product, which will democratize energy management. “To further assist our users fully benefit from this system Optergy will deploy a mobile companion app, which will offer new and interesting ways to engage users using mobile connectivity,” says Steven Guzelimian.
Optergy is a technology company dedicated to improving the business of managing facilities with tools to improve efficiency, performance and processes, whilst providing key stakeholders with the information and reporting to make informed strategic decisions.
Combining these systems improves the way our clients go about their business. This can be as simple as having a single interface to view their sub systems, or monitoring progress against budget. This ease of use in conjunction with automated processes such as real time demand response and automated billing.
Aurora enterprise management software provides a web-based, real time scalable solution to improve control and reporting within buildings. Aurora, an exclusive Building Management System that provides a full suite of tools to measure, manage, report and analyze building data to make it a Smart Building. The system can connect to a companion IOS or Android application suitable for use with mobile devices.
Aurora achieves this by unifying systems to a single platform: Integration of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and Building Management Systems (BMS); Automated Energy Management; Data, Diagnostics and Analytics; Facility Performance;and People Management;
Proton is an innovative software based supervisor/controller that combines energy and building management features, uses an intuitive web interface, and can connect to a companion IOS or Android application suitable for use with mobile devices. This economical software manages up to 50 BACnet , Modbus devices or Meters , and has built-in database, programming & tools.