Controlco’s Chip Cummings tells the ControlTrends Community about the KODARO’s packaged analytics for contractors, which is coupled with the TOSIBOX for an encrypted secure network, and OPTIGO, for speed of light data processing and integrity, and the Dell Edge Gateway with ported Niagara 4. Visit KODARO for more information.
Tridium University is offering a wide variety of training courses across the world in the coming months. Our award-winning instructors and certified training partners stand ready to help the global Niagara Community innovate with Niagara solutions.
Through July, you can find in-classroom training in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, China, India, Thailand and Australia. Please note that our instructors can host any of our classes at your location. Virtual instructor-led training and “always on” e-learning courses are provided as cost-effective training delivery alternatives.
All of our certification courses now offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs). To learn more about CEUs, refer to our FAQs.
Due to popular demand, Tridium University is offering several new courses:
Niagara 4 E-Signature Certification (Virtual)
Niagara 4 End User
Niagara Advanced Technical Certification (TCP)
Log into the Niagara Community website to search the catalog for agenda, dates and locations.
Be sure to check out additional free courses in multiple languages by logging into your Tridium University account and searching our catalog using the keyword “free.”
We’re committed to making it easy for you to gain knowledge and experience, and be better positioned for new business opportunities. We look forward to training you soon!
Many people in the Smart Buildings Controls Industry believe that Jim Stiber of Control Consultants, Inc., might be the best of the best when it comes to VAV controllers and VAV systems. In this video Jim shares his impression of the new EASY IO FW-8V control solution.
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Neptronic’s Luis Melgares, VP of Sales and Marketing, updates the ControlTrends Community on Neptronic’s versatile wall mount controllers and sensors, featuring the new CMMB-IP controller. Neptronic manufacturers a variety of Multi-App controllers, able to provide stand-alone or networked control for all packaged AC RTUs, Heat Pump, Fan Coil Unit, and heating and cooling equipment applications, using a configuration set up with a greatly improved menu structure. No programming is required! Neptronic also manufactures the industry’s first Smart Duct Heater, which is networkable via BACnet and Modbus — a game-changing addition to their industry-leading portfolio of ball valves, actuators, and humidifiers.
Episode 264: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending Apr 29, 2018 introduces Atlanta’s newest debutante and future ControlTalk NOW host, Ms. Evelyn Grace Stromquist, as we capture the Zeitgeist of Niagara Summit 2018 — presenting a unique compilation of interviews beginning with Neptronic’s CFO Biagio Di Lorenzo, followed by industry perspectives from Systems Integrators Jim Jancse, Renick Brothers and Casto Technical’s Charlie Gibson. Distributor insight is next up with Broudy Precision’s Joe Chandler and RSD’s Mike Schwan and Rob Thompson. Activelogix’s Jack Berryhill, Tridium’s Laura Kevitt, and OTI’s Brian Turner add much more! More ControlTrends coverage to follow!
As we begin to post our videos from the 2018 Niagara Summit, it made sense to start with a new product announcement. Terry Swope and the team at Lynxspring introduced the Lynspring JENEsys® Edge™ 510 at the NS18. This product is so new that we could not get our hands on any data sheets, but we will post these as soon as they are available. So for now, listen to what Terry has to say about this new addition to the Lynxspring product portfolio.
BAS professional Andrius Jasiulionis recently released an alarm management plugin for the EasyIO FG+, FS and FW controllers. AlarmDB extends the functionality of these controllers, has many great functions, is easy to use and free to download.
The Sedona Kit made for the F-series controllers lets you push alarms to server(s) directly from your programming app locally, or across the IP network. You can use CPT Tools to use AlarmDB, so there’s no need to learn a new tool.
The AlarmDB plugin project is a branch of the original AlarmDB project which was ported to EasyIO controllers, so the FG and FS can act as AlarmDB servers/clients and FW controllers can be clients only.
Be sure to check out how the AlarmDB plugin works by clicking this link and reading the manual. You can also download the plugin there. And don’t forget to give the developer some feedback.
We are very happy with people like Andrius, who are developing plugins to use in our controllers. Thank you Andrius!
Dear valued partner,
Tridium Professional Services has released a Niagara 4 e-signature application that helps users mitigate risk of failed regulatory audits. The new e-signature application allows Niagara 4 users to create and manage controlled audit logs to ensure data is accurate, time and date stamped, and unalterable.
The Niagara 4 e-signature application offers procedural and technical controls necessary for a compliant Method Of Procedure (MOP) and Standard Operating Procedure (SOP). It is particularly helpful to regulated businesses that are required to meet the FDA’s 21 CFR Part 11.
When manual changes and overrides are required, this new application can ensure the changes and overrides are made by authorized personnel, approved by managers and documented in audit files to maintain an accurate record.
E-signature licensing options for users of Niagara 4.2 or higher versions are available to those who have completed required training.
Be sure to:
Reserve your seat today in one of the required instructor-led virtual training courses (part number TRN-CRS-N4-ESIGN) offered by Tridium University. The 2.5-hour “Niagara 4 E-Signature Certification (Virtual)” course will be offered monthly.
Click to view the upcoming schedule.
Download the release notes, technical documentation and more that will be made available to students.
We will be sending an announcement to the global Niagara Community on May 8 to promote the Niagara 4 e-signature application, and related training courses and TridiumTalk webinars.
If you have any questions, please contact your Tridium account manager or Niagara partner. We look forward to you benefiting from the new Niagara 4 e-signature application!
APPLICATIONS OVERVIEW: A well tuned building should require minimal day to day intervention. Any intervention necessary should be accessible on your tablet or smartphone.
Imagine receiving only critical contextual alerts instead of noise, view data for analysis, receive automated energy reports, monitor and control equipment and even be able to message occupants for upcoming maintenance or events. Imagine being able to give control back to users over their space or recovering after hours HVAC usage or utility costs from tenants….Now you are starting to scratch the surface of a SMART Building.
Have you ever tried to figure out what’s in a product when making Smart Building specifying or buying decisions?
Optergy has 50+ applications to engineer/commission/operate a Smart Building. The Optergy applications overview document shows real examples of what can be applied to your specific building. View the document below and navigate the menu to see areas of interest. Download a copy (.pdf) or share the link.
For even more detail, be sure to download the Optergy guide specifications which can be downloaded here:
EasyIO leads the future of Building Automation with smarter, faster, and greener concepts and controllers. This newest video release captures the driving spirit behind EasyIO’s philosophy to master and exploit emerging technologies that are pushing expectations and performance to higher standards, while eliminating costs and barriers to implementation. Watch, and read below.
Where are we heading
We want to be innovative and different to anybody else. There is no point in doing the same thing that everybody else already does. We see a paradigm shift taking place in the M2M (machine to machine), building automation and energy management field. We see big opportunities to look for out-of-the-box thinking to the way they currently are delivered.
Different in the way to flatten the architecture of a conventional system, put more power where it needs to be and take advantage of IP and wireless technology so that we directly can go from device to enterprise and use more of the new nice analytical tools and viewing tools such as EasyStack.
In ten years M2M technology will go smaller, deeper and wider. Companies like Cisco that look at smart grid opportunities, make things cleverer, more intelligent, more stand alone and more wireless and IP based. Of course we have got Web 2.0 coming along so internet speed and availability is only getting better, not worse.
We want to get aligned with what is happening in the cellular and IP field. End users will definitely benefit from that because they will get more value for their money, more control over their facilities, there will be more powerful technology where they could not have that before.
Differences between M2M and BMS
BMS is about buildings while M2M is about how we can get devices intelligent, small and low cost enough so that they can actually talk to each other and act on their own. It’s a little bit like people, in a way, if we encourage people to talk to each other, work together and share things they are able to make decisions themselves and do not need to go to a supervisor to make things work, like with BMS that needs a supervisor on top of it because it is not powerful enough and does not have a free framework inside.
So what we do with M2M, we go from device to device and from a cluster of devices we go directly to the end device. This will be in the market for mainly metering and for small buildings or multiple small buildings. For multiple large buildings you inevitably will end up connecting a supervisor or server.
The market we are in is, obviously, the BMS market, but it is not our main focus. Our main focus is small buildings where currently, I would say, 70 to 80% of those buildings are not connected to an amplified system so that they can be analyzed, monitored and measured or benchmarked. The reason for that is: cost!
Our direction is to reduce costs and we do that by having a shorter development cycle to getting products to market.
The FG+ series
We introduced the EasyIO FG+ series because we wanted to fill the gap between a Jace and the EasyIO 30P controller. The FG+ controller does not replace the 30P at all. The 30P is great, very low at cost and very efficient but sometimes it does not have the power that it needs to bridge that gap of a Jace and an IO device. The big difference is that the FG+ controller has graphics on board and HTML-5 so you can actually work from an Ipad or something like that.
In the US they call the FG ‘The Beast’. The reason why it’s called ‘The Beast’ is that the FG+ is the first controller that has 2 processors and it has an extra SD cart under the hood, which means that we can store histories for up to 10 years! That is unheard of in our industry.
The key is: it’s all about simplicity! There are a lot of tools on the market that are very good but you have to be a software programmer to use them. They have their place in the market. At the large enterprise level they have a staff of people who can do that.
But most people who want to look at energy, at performance, are mainly non-technical people. They might know how to use a smartphone, Ipad or android and a dashboard like EasyIO Freeboard, which is very user friendly, can have these people look at their energy usage and monitor and influence them. People can see the performance of one building or many, without spending a lot of money, set environmental and energy targets and are able to benchmark this performance.
The nice thing is that EasyIO will go direct to your browser or any server, directly through the Internet without any additional devices or difficult protocols.
EasyIO has a very refreshing approach to our markets and to everything really. If you look at the individuals and their past and track record they are not new to this industry at all. They have a lot of experience working in BMS and M2M and they have staff on board that really understands; data, web technologies, marketing and have a refreshing and an open mind to progress.
So it is a little like us in EasyIO, so we can work together very nicely because we are looking outside the box. We are looking at customer needs and looking at how we can do things differently, easier, more cost effectively than the traditional systems.
Mistakes with BMS
When designing and installing a BMS there needs to be a mutual expectation of performance, after the system is commissioned, witnessed and handed over. These can then be monitored, tested and analysed thereafter, just like we would do with any other valuable building asset.
There also needs to be a set operation budget for ongoing maintenance. BMS’s do need maintenance such as calibration, tuning and replacement of sensors and actuators.
A good example is on/off valves often used in hotel rooms, yet we spend $30 on a cheap on/off valve and it fails and is jammed in the 100% open position, for years to come. This is where maintenance and performance analytics should be budgeted in the operational plan for a building. Unfortunately, not all customers in hotel, or office Tenants complain or give feedback, they simply just take their business elsewhere.