Episode 277: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending August 5, 2018, continues its inquiry into the humanization of buildings — talking a deep-dive around Ken Sinclair’s August editorial theme, the “Building Whisperer.” Honeywell announces Momentum 2018 — You’ve Got Connections!; 2018 Energy Exchange and Buildings Summit in Cleveland, OH; Facilo’s Rajavel Subramanian and Awair’s Ronald Ro new product video interviews from the Realcomm20 Launch Pad; and don’t miss J2 Innovations’ [Read more…]
Episode 276: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending July 30, 2018 features another field interview update from Aaron Gorka, Innovation Manager, ANT Technologies; Sentient Buildings’ David Unger at Realcomm20/IBcon Live; Vykon releases Niagara 4.6; Honeywell Name Reveal: Resideo; Blue Ridge Technologies’ Dennis Swaboda’s BACnet Journal article: BACnet and Total Environmental Control; and don’t miss this week’s Flashback Friday: The Beatles and the Smart Buildings Controls Renaissance video.
Sentient Buildings’ “Building Awareness” at Realcomm20/IBcon Conference — Conference Live Launchpad Interview with David Unger ControlTrends learned about Sentient Buildings at the Realcomm20/IBcon Conference Live Product Launchpad. Sentient Buildings provides Cloud-Connected Controls and Gateways for Building Monitoring and Control Systems — transforming the built environment delivering real-time “building awareness” through the application of IoT technologies connected to smart controls and gateways reporting to cloud platforms.
VYKON Announcement: Niagara 4.6 is Here — Modernize Your Framework to Save Time, Effort and Money! 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.
Honeywell Homes Name Reveal: A Message from Michael G. Nefkens, President and CEO, Resideo. 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.
Listen in to some great heads-up interviews with ControlTrends Young Gun, Aaron Gorka, Innovations Manager, ANT Technologies, and four guests: Nick Benton, Manager Professional Development, HARDI. Columbus, OH; Jake Charleston, Territory Manager, Charleston, Inc. Omaha, NB; José Loubet, Owner, Rafacciones Loubet. Tijuana, Mexico; and Raul Ruiz, Owner — Refaccionaria Ruiz., Ciudad Victoria, Mexico. ANT Technologies are providers of paperless, cloud-based, operational technology for HVAC & Control Contractors. Technicians love this paperless solution that simplifies the business end-of-the-stick, and allows them to focus on maintenance. ANT Technologies solutions add more value!
BACnet and Total Environmental Control: Shining a Light on BAS Controls. 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).
Flash Back Friday: The Beatles and The Smart Building Controls Renaissance. Ken and I first noticed the controls Industry was in a renaissance period in Paris, at the EASYIO Global Conference. Sitting at a side walk cafe, drinking cafe au lait, discussing what we had seen and heard from the participants at the event,it became apparent that the smart building controls world as we had known it was changing and would never be the same. Over the next year, we noticed how quickly things had changed, and it was at the at EASYIO Global Conference in Manchester, that we confirmed that the New Age and Smart Building Controls Renaissance had indeed arrived, and there was no turning back.
Episode 275: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending July 22, 2018 features interviews with Therese Sullivan, Director of Channel Marketing at Tridium, and Alper Uzmezler, Managing Partner, BASSG and Founder of Anka Labs. Contemporary Controls introduces their new EIGR Routers; Lynxspring offers Analytics at the edge; Acuity’s Lucid delivers a data and analytic platform; Why Project SandStar could change the Smart Building Controls world forever; and a message to contractors from Honeywell’s General Manager, Mike Garceau.
Contemporary Controls News: New Product — EIGR Routers Add OpenVPN Server Functionality. 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.
ControlTalk NOW interview with Therese Sullivan, who in her new role as Tridium’s Director of Channel Marketing, tells us how she still monitors the technology quakes emanating from the Silicon Valley, while taking a deeper focus on the Voice of the Customer. Therese also brings us up-to-speed on tagging, mobile first, bulk deploy, and the increased efficiency between the supervisors and controllers — features of Tridium’s Niagara 4.6 impending release.
Lynxspring Edge-to-Enterprise Solution Now Offers Analytics at the Edge for the Building Environment and Operational Systems. 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.
ControlTrends’ Ken Smyers gets the 411 on Acuity’s Acquisition of Lucid at Realcomm20/IBcon. Ken Smyers digs in at RealComm|IBcon and talks with the team at Lucid about how their products will add to the great product portfolio Acuity Brands already has like DG Logik and Distech. Lucid provides a data and analytics platform to make data-driven decisions to improve building efficiency and drive energy conservation and savings. Its SaaS-based BuildingOS platform enables owners, operators, and occupants to gain powerful insights into the operations of their buildings, providing the ability to make them more efficient and improve the performance of the people and businesses utilizing these strategic assets.
ControlTalk NOW second interview is with Alper Uzmezler, Managing Partner, BASSG and Founder of Anka Labs. Alper tells us about Sandstar, an initiative that combines two open industry standards, Sedona and Project Haystack, which replaces hardware dependent code with self-describing haystack-based tagging. Alper follows with a demonstration and explains that the key to AI-infused PID loops is clean data. The next step is to develop the Sandstar ecosystem. Community participation is welcome!
Why Project SandStar Could Change The Smart Building Controls World Forever. 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.
Honeywell Building Controls 2018 Contractor Guide Book. A message from Mike Garceau, General Manager – Honeywell Brand: Dear Honeywell Contractor, Honeywell has a long tradition of working with independent contractors and integrators to provide complete, successful building control solutions. And thanks to your hard work and partnership, we feel our channel-to-market approach is the strongest it’s ever been. That’s why we’re committed to investing in the tools and resources and introducing more partner benefits — such as Contractor Pro Rewards — that help make you a success each and every day.
Episode 274: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending July 15, 2018, features Ken Sinclair, owner and editor Automated Buildings, who shares some more of his amazing industry voyage (viewers and listeners will be richly rewarded). Siemens puts the pedal to the metal on its way to “Perfect Places” — adding Building Robotics and Comfy to its J2 Innovations and EnLightened acquisitions. Kele acquires MI Controls; Belimo Fire Protection Scenarios Video; Microsoft’s perceived 30,000 foot participation in the Smart Buildings Space is really hovering at an altitude closer than you may think; Realcomm20/IBcon Conference Live Interview with Rajavel Subramanian of Facilio; and more!
Why Siemens bought Comfy and how they will make “Perfect Places.” 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.
Kele Acquires MI Controls. This just in: Kele has acquired MIControls, Inc., co-located in Seattle and Portland, OR. According to Kele President and CEO Richard Campbell: “This strategic move enables us to serve our customers in the Western United States better and faster by locating products closer to you. Nothing changes in how you do business with us today. We will be working through the integration with MIControls in the coming months. You can expect the same great service you already receive from Kele but with even faster delivery once the integration is complete.
Ken Sinclair’s Automated Buildings’ July 2018 Issue, “Building Emotion.” In his July, 2018, edition of Automated Buildings, owner and editor, Ken Sinclair suggests it’s time for us to create “an emotional sense of our building space.” Siemens CEO, Matthias Rebellius agrees — because we spend up to 90% of our lives in buildings. We know that art and architecture trigger our emotions, but will buildings ever evoke their own emotions? Ken Sinclair believes there is need for “An improved relationship between the physical, the virtual and the emotional world.”
Belimo – Fire Protection Scenarios — Great Visual Presentation of Motorized Fire Dampers versus Non-motorized Fire Dampers. 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.
Watch (and or listen) to our amazing ControlTalk NOW conversation with Ken Sinclair, owner and editor of Automated Buildings. Ken reviews his Automated Buildings‘ July edition, important take-aways from his Helsinki excursion, some of his most recent 20 year industry journey, most of which is digitally documented, and then brings us to the crest of change and digital mindfulness and building emotions. Ken leaves us with one possible solution: instead of trying to make humans more technically savvy, make technology more human. Great industry insight and conversation.
What Ken Sinclair and Julie Miner have to teach you about your next Smart Building Controls Opportunity. One of the really cool things about ControlTrends, is that we get to go to great conferences like Real Comm IBcon and talk with insightful people like Jim Young and Ken Sinclair. We get to see trends unfold and are hopefully able to convey these to the ControlTrends Community in such a way that our insights can prepare you for the next turn in the road and the next opportunity. Well listen up, because putting great controls and analytics in a building are not going to be enough. It is going to be about the experience that the building creates.
Realcomm20/IBcon Conference Live Interview with Rajavel Subramanian of Facilio. ControlTrends had the opportunity to interview Rajavel Subramanian of Facilio at the Realcomm20/IBcon Conference Live Product Launchpad. Facilio is new to the North American market and is seeking to develop a channel with Niagara partners. Facilio offers a great facility management product for buildings in the 50,000 to 100,000 square foot range.
Episode 273: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending July 1, 2018, features a discussion with industry expert, Chief Communications Officer and Vice President at Lynxspring, Marc Petock, who provides unique insight into this week’s industry events and trends challenging and changing business as usual. 2018 Realcomm|IBcon interviews continue with Microsoft Azure’s Group Program Manager, Abundant Power Group, and Cyber Pro. 2019 AHR Expo returns to Atlanta — and AHR announces the call for nominations for the prestigious 2019 Innovation Awards. Celebrate National HVAC Technician’s Day, and Honeywell introduces two new products.
AHR Expo Returns to Atlanta for the First Time Since 2001, Clay Stevens, AHR Expo Show Manager, “We are thrilled to be back in this great city for the first time in 17 years.” The AHR Expo will return to Atlanta for the first time since 2001 for its 2019 Show at the Georgia World Congress Center. HVACR accounts for billions of dollars in revenue and is a key economic driver for the state of Georgia, with U.S. Department of Labor projections indicating it will see nearly 20 percent growth in the coming years. With this booming HVACR market, the region is a top location to host the next AHR Expo.
AHR Expo Announced — 2019 Innovation Awards — Call for Entries! he awards call attention to the products, systems and technologies that have set elevated standards for the industry’s responsible and effective use of its resources. Here’s some additional info: Submissions are due by July 31, 2018; Entries should demonstrate innovative design, creativity, application, value and market impact; and Categories include: building automation; cooling; green building; heating; indoor air quality; plumbing; refrigeration; software; tools and instruments; and ventilation.
Microsoft’s Group Program Manager of Azure IoT, Bert Van Hoof and Willow’s CEO and Co-Founder, Josh Ridley at 2018 Realcomm|IBcon. Bert Van Hoof tells us about Microsoft’s ability to help influence what “SMART” means in the smart building context and how their new Azure platform capabilities, which Microsoft refers to as Spacial Intelligence, are helping their partners realize their innovation goals in new global markets. Willow’s CEO and Co-Founder, Josh Ridley, explains that without a Digital Twin, you don’t really have a user experience. Willow is about the digital environment for a physical world. Great Willow demonstration follows.
Cyber Pro: Smart Power Supply. No matter how good your smart building controls are, if the power coming to them is off, the controls won’t work the way they should. Get the power right and you are on your way to creating a great smart building controls system. We had the chance to catch up with Dan Niewirowicz,CEO at Next Device, LLC, about CyberPower. CyberPower designs and manufactures uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems, power distribution units (PDUs), rack enclosures, surge protectors, remote management hardware, power management software, mobile chargers, and connectivity products.
NATIONAL HVAC TECH DAY: With the days heating up, June 22nd is a perfect day for National HVAC Tech Day! Why should we show appreciation for our HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) Technicians? Though a variety of home heating and cooling techniques have existed since ancient times, central heating and air as we know it was born in the early 1900s. New inventions like the residential air conditioner and advances in older technologies, such as the thermostat and blower-equipped furnaces, gave Americans greater control over their indoor comfort than ever before.NATIONAL HVAC TECH DAY – June 22! Belated Congratulations and Thanks for a Job Well Done!Making Buildings Smarter: Catching Up with Abundant Power at 2018 RealComm|IBcon. had a chance to meet Derek McGarry, the Head Building Performance Engineer at Abundant Power. Abundant Power out of Charlotte, North Carolina, provides solution focused services, great customer service, and profit driven outcomes so that their customers get the most value out of Analytics, and as we all know making data actionable and useful is easier said than done. After hearing what Derek has to say, I believe that Abundant Power knows how to use data to make buldings smarter. And with great smart building controls integrators like McKenney’s, Atlanta, using their product, they are keeping very good company. Just Announced: New Products from Honeywell.. 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.
NATIONAL HVAC TECH DAY: With the days heating up, June 22nd is a perfect day for National HVAC Tech Day!
Why should we show appreciation for our HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) Technicians?
Though a variety of home heating and cooling techniques have existed since ancient times, central heating and air as we know it was born in the early 1900s. New inventions like the residential air conditioner and advances in older technologies, such as the thermostat and blower-equipped furnaces, gave Americans greater control over their indoor comfort than ever before.
This newfound power was more than a luxury; it shaped the growth of the country. Sun Belt cities with triple-digit summer temperatures became much more attractive places to live and vacation, once AC was more widely adopted on the 1960s.
Today, many of us take the indoor comfort for granted. But it’s the technicians who keep our HVAC systems running, day and night. If that’s not reason enough to show them a little love, here are a few more:
Extreme conditions are just another day at the office for an HVAC hero.
A few hours without AC or heat may be uncomfortable for us, but imagine working in those conditions every day of the week! HVAC technicians tirelessly brave the sweltering heat and numbing cold to restore our comfort, often at the hottest and coldest times of the year.
They go everywhere you’d hate to be!
Crawl spaces, attics and all points in between—that’s where you’ll find an HVAC pro. Depending on the age and condition of the building, they may run into anything from dust, debris and cobwebs to pests, mildew and claustrophobically close quarters.
HVAC technicians can save you some green…
Want your next HVAC system to maximize your energy savings? An HVAC expert can help you choose the right equipment for your home’s needs and your family’s heating and cooling habits. He or she can even recommend different thermostat options that range from set-it-and-forget-it simplicity to real-time smartphone controls with power usage tracking.
The savings don’t stop there! Regular maintenance, provided by your trusted HVAC technician, helps keep your system running at peak efficiency. That prevents energy waste and minimizes wear and tear that can shorten the life of your HVAC investment.
…and they help you live greener!
Don’t forget that saving energy means saving the earth’s valuable resources. When an HVAC professional helps you select and maintain efficient heating and cooling systems, he’s also helping you reduce your carbon footprint.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Celebrate the day by showing appreciation to your HVAC technician. Use #NationalHVACTechDay when using social media.
In 2016, National HVAC Tech Day was created by ARS/Rescue Rooter, a national provider of home services, to show appreciation for all HVAC technicians in the industry.The Registrar at National Day Calendar approved the day. See ARS.com for more details about the company.
Episode 272: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending June 24, 2018 brings us to the mid-year point of 2018 (already). Stay on top of the HVAC and Building Automation industries: Get your Niagara 3.8 and Niagara 4.4 updates; Great interviews from 2018 Realcomm|IBcon with Distech’s Ryan Sen and Charles Pelletier, and KMC’s Scott Taylor; Contemporary Controls’ new line of EIGR Gigabit IP routers allow faster routing throughput. and EasyIO’s ultimate mini Wi-Fi controller opens up a wealth of new opportunities; and, for those who were unable to attend the NS 2018 Niagara Summit, voila, here’s your opportunity to watch the Day 1 Keynote speakers.
Tridium Technical Bulletin: Niagara AX 3.8 Update 4/Niagara 4.4 Update 1.Dear VYKON partner, New updates for Niagara AX (3.8 update 4) and Niagara 4 (4.4 update 1) are available on Niagara Central. The Niagara AX 3.8 Update 4 release (3.8.401) includes several fixes an important vulnerability mitigations for cybersecurity protection of Niagara AX systems, including, but not limited to, an important revision of the Java Virtual Machine that fixes critical security vulnerabilities.
Distech’s Ryan Sen and Charles Pelletier Demo the UniTouch APP at 2018 Realcomm|IBcon. ControlTrends joined Distech’s Ryan Sen, Director, Customer Experience, and Charles Pelletier, Global Product Manager, at the 2018 Realcomm|IBcon vendors exhibit to get a firsthand demonstration of Distech’s new UniTouch APP, which truly gives the occupant total control of their space — using their Bluetooth connected mobile device to control their temperature setting, lighting/dimming preference, fan speed, CO2 reading, blind positioning, and scene selection — all from the palm of their hand!
KMC’s VP of Business Development, Scott Taylor Interview from 2018 Realcomm|IBcon. Our ControlTrends interview with KMC’s VP of Business Development, Scott Taylor, at the vendor show at the 2018 Realcomm|IBcon Conference was a great opportunity to hear the latest from KMC Controls, who offers one of the industry’s most comprehensive array of options that allow contractors to use the right-sized and right-priced software tool, namely, the KMC Commander, for small to mid-sized buildings.
Contemporary Controls New Products Announcement: New EIGR Series of Gigabit IP Routers Introduced. The Contemporary Controls’ EIGR series of Gigabit IP Routers are being introduced with features beyond our popular EIPR series of 10/100 Mbps IP routers while retaining the EIPR’s ease-of-use. Besides gigabit speed on both LAN and WAN ports, the new line of EIGR Gigabit IP routers allows for faster routing throughput, VPN server in addition to VPN client, and outdoor temperature operation. In addition to the basic EIGR-E model is the EIGR-V offering the choice of OpenVPN client or server.
EasyIO The Ultimate mini Wi-Fi Controller that Opens up a Wealth of New Opportunities. The ultimate mini Wi-Fi controller that opens up a wealth of new opportunities for you. That’s what the new EasyIO FT-04 controller is going to be all about. In this newsletter we share the preliminary datasheet and a few benefits of the FT-04 with you, so you get to know more about it’s features and capabilities.
Niagara Summit 2018 Day 1’s Keynote Speakers: Tridium’s President and General Manager, Jim Bland and CTO, Kevin Smith. 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.
Episode 271: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending June 17, 2018 features an interview with Ken Sinclair (recently returned from Helsinki, Finland), who delivers an amazing account of the European thought process when it comes to our common denominators: buildings, occupants, and trends. Aaron Gorka travels to Minvalco, MN, where ANT Technologies trains on paperless solutions; Dwyer Instruments designs and manufacturers innovative controls, sensors, and instrumentation solutions; CUBE brings compelling efficiencies and cost savings to systems integrations contractors; and Honeywell sunsets their W7752G2000 fan controller.
Ken Sinclair, owner and editor of Automated Buildings (automatedbuildings.com) proved his reputation as a building automation prophet and seer (proof paragraph from 1999 to follow) a long time ago. Our ControlTrend’s interview with Ken (recently returned from the Nordic Smart Building Convention) presents an informative update on the ways other parts of the world go about their business of making Property-Tech’s supreme variable — the occupant — happy and more productive. Plus, a quick review of Automated Buildings’ June edition.
Proof Paragraph: ” In 1999 we started AutomatedBuildings.com, during the dot-com days, we wrote, we have selected this article to be in our first launch issue because we think it sends us all a wake-up call as to how significant the internet is going to be in the future. The concept of a large building as an internet identity with its own web address is now the latest step in presenting and managing your Automated Buildings.”
Dwyer Mission Statement: “To continuously improve our position as a Global leader in designing and manufacturing innovative Controls, Sensors and Instrumentation solutions.” We work tirelessly to get it right. That’s why Dwyer holds over 650 technical patents and that number grows every year. We are an enthusiastic group of people headquartered in Michigan City, Indiana with satellite locations around the globe. We take great pride in the intellect and integrity of our employees who are passionate about the work we do, the products we develop and the industries we serve.
How Can Smart Building and HVAC Contractors be More Efficient and Save Money. As we begin our video tour of the 2018 RealComm|IBcon conference held last week in Las Vegas, we begin with a company we were not familiar with — Cube. In this video, Hector Hernandez, the CEO of Cube, tells us about his software and how it saves contractors major dollars by making sure all the data needed to run a successful smart building or HVAC contracting business is in one place and easy to access.
ControlTrends Young Gun, Aaron Gorka, Innovations Manager, ANT Technologies, providers of paperless, cloud-based, operational technology for HVAC & Control Contractors. Aaron (back from his honeymoon) conducted training at Minvalco, with John Hyden, and Archer Mechanical. Technicians love this paperless solutions that simplifies the business end-of-the-stick, and allows them to focus on maintenance. ANT Technologies solutions add more value!
Honeywell W7752G 2000 Fan Coil Unit to Be Discontinued. As Honeywell adds new and improved controllers to their product portfolio, they need to let older products go. So heads up: the W7752G 2000 Lonmark Fan Coil unit is being discontinued. If you need some of these reach out to your local Honeywell authorized distributor to buy any inventory they might have. A better option would be to have your local Honeywell distributor recommed a good replacement controller. Although, I found many of these on eBay, I would steer clear of that option ( no warranty, no tech support, and you have no idea were the controller has been). As my dad use to say, “trouble cost more than quality”.
Episode 270: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending June 10, 2018, features an amazing capture of the 2018 Realcomm|IBcon Conference from Las Vegas with recaps of Day 1 and Day 2 and interviews from a host of industry experts: Stephen Johnson, McKenney’s Inc., Leroy Walden, Highrose Consultants; Ron Zimmer, CABA; Richard Campbell, Kele; Michael Garceau and David Witherspoon, Honeywell; Tom Shircliff, Intelligent Buildings; Leon Wurfel, BUENO; Courtenay Dill Glander, Lucid Design Group; Steven Guzelimian, Optergy; Josh Bradshaw, Built Alpha; Alper Üzmezler, BASSG and Anka Labs; Scott Meunch and Ryan Schlotfeldt, J2 Innovations; and Therese Sullivan, Building Context.
Steven Guzelimian Tells us about Optergy’s New VRF Application Document. Hi Guys, we just came out with a great new application data sheet for VRF and making those buildings smarter. Check it out, we elevate the VRF buildings and help consultants and contractors get more scope of work. Variable Refrigeration Flow (VRF) has become very prevalent in recent years as an efficient and effective HVAC technology. This technology dramatically changes the market for those accustomed to installing controllers on equipment like AHU, FCU, VAV, chiller and boiler plant and other traditional equipment requiring control.
Project Haystack Organization Publishes Spring 2018 Issue of Connections Magazine. RICHMOND, VIRGINIA – June 5, 2018 – The Project Haystack Organization (www.project-haystack.org), a collaborative community addressing the challenge of utilizing semantic modeling and tagging to streamline the interchange of data among different systems, devices, equipment and software applications, today announced they have published the fourth issue of their Connections Magazine.
Realcomm|IBcon Day 1 Begins with Realcomm Lifetime Achievement Awards — Bob Sulentic, President and CEO of CBRE Shares Views on Digital Transformation. Realcomm|IBcon set new records in both attendance and exhibitor participation as it celebrated its 20th Year Anniversary. As Jim Young, CEO and Co-founder remarked, its not a conference anymore, it’s a community event that is transforming the industry. Realcomm|IBcon began with a powerful message from keynote speaker Bob Sulentic, President and CEO of CBRE. Hype is not sustainable; technology must be embedded, commercial, and make important client impact. Realcomm Lifetime Achievement Awards followed recognizing the visionaries that have helped transform the Commercial, Corporate, and Institutional Real Estate industries. The daylong business tracks were followed by the Digie Awards.
Realcomm|IBcon Celebrates its 20th Anniversary at Las Vegas’ Cosmopolitan! Pre-Con Event Opens to over 2000 Attendees! Realcomm’s founder and CEO, Jim Young, opened 2018 Realcomm|IBcon’s PRE-CON Event to a crowd of over 2000 of the most creative, forward-thinking, and insightful commercial and corporate real estate professionals from around the world. The PRE-CON Events included the Commercial and Corporate Real Estate CyberSecurity Forum, the 15th Annual CIO Rountable, the COO|CFO|CAO Innovation Summit, the Intelligent Buildings Boot Camp, and the Smart Buildings Integrator Summit, the Higher Education Smart Campus Summit, and the Smart Building Leadership Forum.
Realcomm|IBcon Day 2 “The Age of Acceleration” Theme Continues — This Community is Changing the World! Forget the fire hose. Day 2 at the 2018 Realcomm|IBcon Conference was hourly eruptions (like the Mirage Casino 1/2 mile away) of technology and innovation tracks that included the latest smart business practices — to the most up-to-date information on cybersecurity. ControlTrends got to experience the entrepreneurial spirit of Conference Live firsthand as we hosted a portion of the “Launch Pad” that introduced and promoted products, applications, and solutions from all over the world.
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA – June 5, 2018 – The Project Haystack Organization (www.project-haystack.org), a collaborative community addressing the challenge of utilizing semantic modeling and tagging to streamline the interchange of data among different systems, devices, equipment and software applications, today announced they have published the fourth issue of their Connections Magazine.
The Connections Magazine Spring 2018 issue reports on the latest news from the Project Haystack community from around the world, since their previous Fall 2017 issue. The Spring 2018 issue documents how fast the evolution toward smarter buildings can happen once building operational data has been tag-enabled. Both IT and OT contingents are recognizing that metadata tagging is key to clearing hurdles related to ease-of-use, unified data flow, edge-to-cloud, data security and even adhering to new GDPR data privacy rules. Not to be missed is the fact that the storytellers in this issue, especially those that were interviewed in the Conversations section, are not solution vendors, but are from the ranks of design engineers, commissioning experts, smart building consultants and largeportfolio property managers.
“The theme of this issue of our Connections Magazine is “Tagging the World of Data”. Given the continued growth and adoption of Haystack tagging around the world, this theme seemed merited,” said John Petze, Executive Director of the Project Haystack Organization. “But there is another aspect to the growing reach of Project Haystack that is equally important, and that is the increased use of the Haystack methodology across applications of all types. We are not just focusing on building systems anymore.”
Since the earliest days of our efforts, we have always viewed the challenge as bigger than simply building systems, and we have made design decisions that are enabling Haystack tagging to be used in all types of applications and with all types of device data,” added Marc Petock, Executive Secretary of the Project Haystack Organization. “No matter what the singular application or solution, the easier it is to connect, exchange and interpret device data, the better society can benefit from the value inherent in smart devices.”
The 46-page Connections Magazine Spring 2018 issue includes interviews with James McHale of Memoori Research, Energy Consultant Jim Meacham of Altura Associates, Design Engineer Ruairi Barnwell of the DLR Group, Property Manager Sarah Boll of the State of Utah, Division of Facilities Construction and Management and Project Haystack Member Scott Lanigan and Craig Payne of Intelligent Buildings. Articles were contributed by Patrick Coffey of VRT Systems on how Haystack Tagging is improving the occupant experience, and Ken Sinclair of automatedBuildings.com contributed “Tagging All Internet Things”. This issue also includes updates on their technical resources, Project Haystack Working Groups, as well as the Project Haystack Organization roster of members.
While building systems have been the place where Project Haystack gained traction and adoption, the Haystack methodology is not just about HVAC, temperature sensors, fans, meters, and building systems. The Internet of Things is bringing diverse smart devices into homes, high-rise commercial buildings, industrial facilities, factories and agriculture. As smart devices proliferate into solutions no one could have ever imagined even a few years ago, and come from different suppliers around the world, the need for Haystack’s data tagging methodology has become even more critical.
The Project Haystack Connections Magazine Spring 2018 Issue is available for download at https://project-haystack.org/forum/topic/616.
The Project Haystack Organization consists of Founding Member and Board Member companies Conserve It, Intel® , J2 Innovations, Legrand, Lynxspring, Siemens and SkyFoundry, Associate Member companies Accu-Temp Systems, Altura Associates, Arup, BASSG, Bueno Systems, CABA, Connexx Energy, Intellastar, Intelligent Buildings, IoT Warez, KMC Controls, KNX Association, Kodaro, sensorFact, Tridium, VRT Systems and Yorkland Controls, and numerous Haystack supporters involved in Working Groups.
More information about the Haystack methodology, the Project Haystack Organization and membership is available at: www.project-haystack.org. The Discussion Forums can be found at: www.projecthaystack.org/forum/topic. About Project Haystack Since its formation in March of 2011, the Project Haystack Organization (a 501(c) non-profit trade association) has been providing the industry with an open-source, collaborative environment to address the challenge of making data self-describing using semantic modeling, also known as data tagging.
The work developed by the Project Haystack member companies and community streamlines the process of managing, presenting and analyzing the vast amount of data produced by smart devices and equipment systems. The Haystack methodology can be used with virtually any type of system and device data and is not tied to any vendor or communication protocol.
More information about Project Haystack is available at: www.project-haystack.org. Intel is a registered trademark of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the U.S. and/or other countries.
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