With all the conversation about the 3-30-300 metrics and Ken Sinclair’s thoughts on the humanization of buildings and the new ways occupants and buildings will interact, it was interesting when I came across this article from the team at Blue Ridge Technologies (published in the recent edition of the BACnet International Journal). I think you will find the article gives testament to the theories Ken and the rest of the smart buildings control community have been discussing, and hopefully will give you ideas on how to capitalize on this emerging trend.
As you’ve heard from previous communications, Homes and ADI Global Distribution will be spinning off from Honeywell to become an independent company. We expect the spin to be completed by the end of 2018.
Many of you have been wondering how we’ll continue to deliver on the heritage and reliability of a great brand like Honeywell and have asked what will the brand become after the spin. In this letter, I’m excited to share with you the new corporate name of the Homes business, how we will go to market using the Honeywell name and a little background on the development of the name.
In a global town hall with our employees today, I shared that our new company will be named Resideo. You can learn more at resideo.com, which includes a video about the name but first let me give you some of the concepts behind the name.
Resideo is drawn from the combination of the words “residence” and “presidio.”
Residence: a person’s home; the place where someone lives
Presidio: A fortress
Together, these bring about thoughts of safety, comfort, security, strength, reliability and trust – in a combined word that expresses our identity as a technology company. These are timeless messages that are core to the Resideo business, as they express our focus on the home and our commitment to keeping the users of our products safe and secure.
I’m also excited to announce that while Resideo will be our corporate name, known by our employees and shareholders, for you, our key customers, we have also put together a long-term licensing agreement with Honeywell for use of the Honeywell brand. So, the products that our customers have known and loved for more than 100 years, and around which many of you have built your businesses, will be around for a long time to come.
I look forward to working together and I am excited about our endless possibilities for shared success.
Michael G. Nefkens
President and CEO, Resideo
The spinoff is subject to customary conditions and regulatory approvals, including final approval by Honeywell’s board of directors.
This communication shall not constitute an offer of any securities for sale, nor shall there be any offer, sale or distribution of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, sale or distribution would be unlawful prior to appropriate registration or qualification under the securities laws of such jurisdiction.
Dear valued partner,
Tridium has released Niagara 4.6, a significant advancement in our open framework. Niagara 4.6 provides fertile ground for developing applications that drive building automation systems forward and help businesses take full advantage of the IoT.
Niagara 4.6 (184.108.40.206.4) follows the internal release of Niagara 4.5, a build used internally for testing and validating technology upgrades found in this newest release.
BENEFITS OF NIAGARA 4.6
Supported by Tridium’s next-generation JACE® 8000 controller*, Niagara 4.6 offers power and potential not seen since the introduction of Niagara 4 in August 2015. Most exciting about Niagara 4.6 is how it modernizes the framework and provides ways for users to save time, effort and money during system installations through:
* Access to a System DB spanning the entire Niagara system
* Visualization enhancements, such as mobile refresh for PX views now with dynamic response
* Tools including bulk tagging and templating that reduce repetitive integration tasks and simplify consistent taxonomy in conformance with Brick, Haystack and other industry standards
Included as part of VYKON’s Niagara 4.6 image, OPC UA 1.0.103 is the updated version of Tridium’s standard open driver for industrial applications. OPC UA 1.0.103 features customer-reported defect fixes and performance improvements. More detail can be found in the release notes.
Another plus of Niagara 4.6 is data encryption on a JACE 8000 or Niagara Supervisor that meets the FIPS 140-2 federal standard. Users can leverage Niagara 4.6 to win contracts for government jobs and pursue opportunities in mission-critical industries such as banking. Be sure to download the new FIPS setup guide and pricing.
*Legacy JACEs are supported by versions up to Niagara 4.4. Compare JACE controller compatibility.
Be ready to offer Niagara 4.6 before Tridium announces the release to the global Niagara Community on July 26:
1. Learn more about Niagara 4.6 by downloading the features overview and release notes.
2. Get familiar with the one breaking change with this release, and operating system (OS) and third-party software compatibility.
4. Plan to join our Niagara 4 experts for a series of informative TridiumTalks to be announced in the coming weeks.
5. When deploying Niagara 4.6, Tridium recommends refreshing your license to pick up the new features added to the Niagara 4 Supervisor parts.
We look forward to joining with you to launch Niagara 4.6 and help users capitalize on the limitless possibilities inherent in an open technology environment.
If ControlTrends’ Young Gun, Alper Üzmezler, managing partner at BASSG, is correct with his theory that the way DDC software is done today is redundant — costly and inefficient, and if he can deliver the promises of Project Sandstar, then the smart building controls world as we know it — is getting ready to change forever.
What Sandstar allows — is for independent Direct Digital Controls to merge Sedona with Haystack — into a seamless whole, which according to Alper, means you would eliminate the need for each individual manufacturer’s software. If this works, the implications as a minimum, would represent a similar effect to Elon Musk’s electric car, and might be as revolutionary as the computer replacing the typewriter. [Read more…]
Lynxspring, Inc., a premier developer and provider of open, IP-control solutions for building automation, energy management, and edge-to-enterprise integration, announced today the full release of their Onyxx® SkySpark® Edge Analytics solution which embeds SkyFoundry’s SkySpark® Everywhere™ Analytics software in the Lynxspring Onyxx® Hardware platform.
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Lynxspring, Inc. (https://www.lynxspring.com), a premier developer and provider of open, IP-control solutions for building automation, energy management, and edge-to-enterprise integration, announced today the full release of their Onyxx® SkySpark® Edge Analytics solution which embeds SkyFoundry’s SkySpark® Everywhere™ Analytics software in the Lynxspring Onyxx® Hardware platform.
The popular Lynxspring Onyxx® Hardware platform was specifically designed to bring advanced IoT software applications to the “edge.” The Onyxx® Hardware family of modular, open, hardware, bridges and gateways support edge-to-enterprise and Cloud applications across multiple market segments.
SkySpark® Everywhere™ enables the full capabilities of SkyFoundry’s SkySpark® Analytics software to be deployed in a distributed architecture where multiple nodes work together to perform analytics at the edge, while still providing users with a unified view of their data and analytic results. It makes use of the Project Haystack tagging and data model to add semantic descriptions to data, giving the data structure and context in a uniform, normalized manner. Haystack tagging enables users to easily understand what each piece of data means and how it fits into the overall building.
By embedding SkySpark® Analytics on the Onyxx® Hardware platform, Lynxspring has created an advanced control and analytics solution that performs data acquisition, storage and automated analytics locally at the device-level, providing real-time intelligence without requiring data to be sent to the Cloud for analysis. The Onyxx® SkySpark® Edge Analytics solution supports data access via BACnet IP, Modbus TCP, Obix, Project Haystack, SNMP, OPC UA, MQTT, SQL, CSV import and a REST API to enable connection to the vast majority of equipment and control systems found in buildings. The Onyxx® SkySpark® Edge Analytics solution includes an extensive Library of built-in analytic functions, as well as customizable visualizations and reports.
“Building owners and operators are looking for faster, near real-time analysis of the mass volumes of data produced by equipment systems to improve operational decision-making. It is now being said that the data produced by a device is now more valuable than the cost of the device,” said Marc Petock, Chief Communications Officer and Vice President, Marketing at Lynxspring. “Real-time access to data within buildings and facilities is now mandatory and no longer optional. We are in an era where we need to provide customers a way to capture data from different sources, make it consistent and meaningful, and be able to analyze it and use it in multiple IoT applications.”
“The value we are bringing to the user is the ease by which they can now manage and control equipment efficiency, energy consumption and reducing operating costs by employing advanced analytics to identify issues, faults and trends in the data produced by equipment systems,” said John Petze, Co-Founder and COO of SkyFoundry. “The software functions required to process, analyze and visualize equipment data need to reside at every level of the architecture, from the edge to the Cloud. The combination of Lynxspring’s Onyxx® Hardware platform with SkySpark® Everywhere™ Analytics software, makes the Lynxspring Onyxx® SkySpark® Edge Analytics solution an ideal solution for all types of buildings, facilities and equipment systems.”
For more information about Lynxspring® SkySpark® Edge Analytics, visit https://www.lynxspring.com/technology/onyxx. More information about all of Lynxspring’s technology, products and services is available at https://www.lynxspring.com.
Embracing open software and hardware platforms, Lynxspring develops, manufactures and distributes edge-to-enterprise solutions and IoT technology, to create more intelligent buildings, better energy management, equipment control and specialty machine-to-machine applications. Lynxspring technologies and solutions are simplifying connectivity, integration, interoperability and data access and analysis from the edge to the enterprise. For more information about Lynxspring, visit https://www.lynxspring.com.
SkyFoundry provides software solutions to create value from the data produced by the Internet of Things. SkySpark® Analytics software is an open, extensible platform enabling data from a wide range of sources to be automatically collected, visualized, and analyzed, to identify opportunities for operational improvements and cost reduction. More information is available at https://www.skyfoundry.com.
Onyxx® is a registered trademark of Lynxspring, Inc.
SkySpark® is a registered trademark and SkySpark® Everywhere™ is a trademark of SkyFoundry, LLC.
Chief Communications Officer and Vice President, Marketing
The EIPR-V routers have supported the OpenVPN client functionality to provide secure remote access using the RemoteVPN service. The newly released EIGR routers support this functionality but also can be configured to as an OpenVPN server. Setting up an OpenVPN server on your own is not a trivial task. It involves setting up a root certificate authority and generating certificates and keys for the OpenVPN server and for each client device that intends to connect to this server. The EIGR-V allows you to do all this easily via its built-in webpages on the router itself and without the need to download any software to generate these certificates or keys.
The EIGR-V in the server mode can support up to 15 EIPR-V/EIGR-V routers in the client mode. Up to 15 PC clients (or any device with OpenVPN functionality like Tablets/phones) can be connected to the OpenVPN server. This setup can provide secure remote access to the IP devices on the LAN side of the EIPR-V/EIGR-V OpenVPN client routers. Each device can be accessed with a specific IP address and there is no additional requirement to setup NAT or Port Forwarding on the client routers. Furthermore, the OpenVPN client devices only require internet access – there is no requirement for a static public IP address. The only requirement for a Public IP is for the OpenVPN server router. The OpenVPN server router itself can be connected behind an existing firewall/router with a public IP and have the OpenVPN port forwarded to it.
The EIGR-V OpenVPN server also has additional ability to setup access control. Each PC client can be configured to communicate with 1 or more router clients independent of each other. With its ease of installation and flexibility, the EIGR-V is an ideal setup for troubleshooting and diagnostics for remote access at multiple remote locations.
More Performance. More Value. More Safety. Technology that Saves Lives! Belimo fire and smoke damper actuators are designed for operation in smoke and combination fire and smoke dampers in ventilation and air-conditioning systems with a torque range from 18 in-lbs to 180 in-lbs @ 350°F. For maximum safety in all situations, the fire and smoke actuators meets all codes for commercial buildings in the U.S., passes UL 555 & UL 555S at 350ºF and tested for 30,000 open-closed cycles with approved dampers. Belimo fire and smoke damper actuators exceeds UL’s requirement of 20,000 cycles at damper static load.
Fire and Smoke Damper Actuator Brochure (pdf – 911 KB)
Basic F&S Training Presentation (pdf – 1.38 MB)
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We have been talking about Siemens’ acquisition of Comfy for a while. We have wondered just what the two companies will create. In this video we get clarity on how Siemens and Comfy will work together to create “perfect places” and perfect environments for people who inhabit smart commercial buildings. Eike-Oliver Steffen, the Head of Solutions and Services Portfolio Siemens Building Technologies, and Andrew Krioukou, CEO and Co Founder of Comfy, discuss their shared vision in this enlightening video.
With the aquistion of Comfy and J2 Innovations it is clear that Siemens has been paying attention to the smart buildings yearning for more interactive buildings and the 3-30-300 dollar metric that the smart building controls industry is trying to manifest. Well done Siemens!
Honeywell is excited to announce the launch of two new lines of pressure sensors (P7650 and P7635) and a new line of current sensors and switches! The pressure sensors offer enhanced features and directly replace their P7640 pressure sensor. These easy to install current sensors will replace Honeywell’s existing line of current sensors. For more information click here.
Following the dazzling electronic imagery of the Niagara blue spread of connected data through a city landscape on three-screen wide presentation, Tridium’s Jim Bland, President and General Manager, takes the wand from the cyber maestro of the screen and hands it, figuratively, to the expectant audience of over 1000 global Niagara Community members — challenging them that NOW — is the time to really think outside the box, Disney example provided. The possibility of failure should no longer restrain the efforts to achieve the spectacular possibilities and payoffs of innovation.
Tridium’s leader of the Global Engineering Team and CTO, Kevin Smith follows with Tridium’s amazing “Look Ahead,” and the key drivers shaping tomorrow: Innovation, People Focus, and Seamless Productivity. The Niagara Framework and team are strong, getting stronger, and committed under great leadership. The Niagara Community and ecosystem are growing world-wide and leading the way with innovation.