Episode 295: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending Dec 16, 2018 features our interview with ACI’s Tech Support Manager, Matt Buchholz, who is a finalist for the 2018 ControlTrends Awards Technical Support Person of the Year. Next up, Aaron Gorka, Innovation Manager at Ant Technologies, [Read more…]
Episode 294: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending Dec 9, 2018 brings us another week closer to the 2018 ControlTrends Awards. Vote today, and be sure to pass the ballot on to your colleagues and network. Voting ends at midnight 12/31/2018! Check out these great solutions: Optergy’s new Help Desk Live [Read more…]
Episode 293: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending Dec 2, 2018 features owner and editor, Ken Sinclair, who discusses the theme of his December edition of Automated Buildings and the upcoming training sessions at the 2019 AHR EXPO. Product, Solutions and Event Updates from Functional Devices, Johnson Controls, [Read more…]
Episode 292: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for Week Ending Nov 18, 2018 features interviews with two industry experts: Scott Cochrane, president of Cochrane Supply and Engineering, a multi-award-winning company and a leading Industrial IoT Supplier, and Arthur Alter, VP of Business Development at Acuity Brands, who tells us that DGLUX is back, and in a big way. [Read more…]
Episode 291: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending Nov 11, 2018 is one of our most exciting and anticipated CTN’s of the year, as we announce the finalists for the 2018 ControlTrends Awards! Congratulations to all of the nominees and all of the finalists! [Read more…]
Episode 290: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending Nov 4, 2018, features Lynxspring’s Marc Petock, who is joined by Adam Haynes, Sr Product Owner and Justin McCullough, Chief Innovation and Product Officer, with the Facility Solutions Group, one of North America’s top Master Systems Integrators. Next up, we have Ken Sinclair, owner and editor of Automated Buildings, who discusses his November edition theme: “Edge-ification.” Register now for the upcoming TridiumTalk Webinar on Niagara 4.6 System Database Features; Siemens delivers Maximum Hydronic System Efficiency; and Honeywell’s Steve Hoffman’s interview “What You need to Know About IP Controls.”
Our first ControlTalk NOW interview is with Lynxspring’s Marc Petock, who introduces Adam Haynes, Sr Product Owner and Justin McCullough, Chief Innovation and Product Officer, of Facility Solutions Group, one of the largest and most prolific Master Systems Integrators in North America. FSG has over 2000 employees at its 33 branch locations across the U.S., that offer a wide array of lighting, electrical, and advanced control systems. FSG specializes in reducing your energy consumption to improve your bottom line. Take control of your business’s future with control technologies from FSG.
Our second ControlTalk NOW interview is with Ken Sinclair, owner and editor of Automated Buildings, who discusses his November edition theme: “Edge-ification.” We know from last month that “Edge-ification” is the process of moving intelligence and control to the Edge. A host of industry experts are chiming in on this all-important conversation, as the IoT heavy-weights hone their sites on the HVAC and BAS markets.
TridiumTalk: Niagara 4.6 System Database Feature Webinar — Nov 8, 2018, 11:00 AM, EST. The release of Tridium’s Niagara 4.6 introduced the ability for a Niagara Supervisor to examine all the Niagara devices in the Niagara Network and pull up Entity data (tags and relations) into a new System Database. During this TridiumTalk, a high level view will be provided of the System Database feature including setup and configuration of the system indexer.
Siemens’ Hydronic Flow Optimization: How to Maximize Hydronic System Efficiency. This Siemens Hydronic Flow Optimization video makes a strong case for using Siemens’ PICV in conjunction with their BT300 VFD series for maximum occupant comfort and energy savings by assuring accurate flow changes are made when needed.
Honeywell Momentum’s Steve Hoffman: What You Need to Know About IP Controls. We had a chance to catch up with Honeywell’s Steve Hoffman at the 2018 Honeywell Momentum Event. Steve works with consulting engineers making sure they understand the value Honeywell brings to the Smart Buildings Controls market. In this video, Steve shares what we need to know about IP controllers and what makes Honeywell’s new IP controllers special.
Ken Sinclair’s Automated Buildings’ November, 2018 Issue: Our Next Two Semesters of Edge-ifcation. In Ken Sinclair’s November edition of AutomatedBuildings.com, we continue our quest down the Edge Rabbit Hole. We know from last month that “Edge-ification” is the process of moving intelligence and control to the Edge. Ken’s interview with John Petze takes us even deeper into our understanding of “edge-ication” or more correctly, “by computing at the edge,” we are referring to performing essential data acquisition and computation functions as close to the data source as possible.
Episode 289: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending October 28, 2018 features our extensive video coverage of the 2018 Honeywell Momentum, held in Orlando, FL. Lots of great interviews with many of the contractors, distributors, and Honeywell executives in attendance. We are also joined this week by special guest Therese Sullivan, Director Channel Marketing at Tridium. Therese explains Edge 10 economics and applications. Project Haystack 2019 Conference dates are May 13-15, 2019 in San Diego, CA. More information to follow. And, Opertgy’s P864 Controller is now available for your next Smart Energy Monitoring and Control project.
Haystack Connect 2019 will take place May 13-15, 2019 at Paradise Point Resort & Spa in San Diego, California. Haystack Connect provides a unique, open-forum for professionals involved in automation, control and the Internet of Things to learn and share the latest technologies and techniques for connecting systems and utilizing device data in applications including intelligent buildings, energy management, remote monitoring, and other IoT devices and applications.
Our guest on this week’s CTN is Therese Sullivan, Director Channel Marketing at Tridium. Therese explains the Edge 10 ROI is there! And, it’s time to get data out of the historic, older, smaller, and more pedestrian buildings — that couldn’t justify a costly investment before, now — represent a great opportunity. The Edge 10 is a perfect fit for these buildings and with additional features like Niagara’s Bulk Deploy, it’s even easier than ever.
Honeywell Momentum 2018 Day 1 Opens with Innovation Evangelist Terry Jones: “Disruption and Innovation are Two Sides of the Same Coin.” Some 400 of Honeywell’s top distributors, integrators, and contractors joined together inside the Crystal Ballroom of the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld®. Expectations were high. Keynote speaker Terry Jones, Mike Keller, Honeywell’s North America Buildings Sales Director, and Michael Garceau, Honeywell’s new General Manager, quickly met and exceeded all expectations.
Honeywell Momentum 2018 “You’ve Got Connections” Day 2 Features Cybersecurity Expert — Kevin Smith, Tridium’s CTO & Chief Architect.Honeywell Momentum 2018 Day 2 featured Cybersecurity Expert — Kevin Smith, Tridium’s CTO & Chief Architect. Breakouts continued throughout the day, with sessions including: IP Controller Programming, Niagara 4 Security Updates, Sales Acceleration, and Analytics on the Edge. The evening ended with a Gala Celebration and the 2018 Honeywell Momentum Awards Dinner, which recognized Honeywell’s top Distributor and Contractor Performers.
2018 Honeywell Momentum Executive Summaries from Mike Keller and Michael Garceau. Mike Keller, Honeywell’s North America Buildings Sales Director, and Michael Garceau, Honeywell’s new General Manager shared center stage to deliver Honeywell Building Technologies’ State of the Union Address, taking past problems and operational issues head-on, they then unveiled a host of transformative innovation and technology that nailed the event’s themes of Momentum, Connections, and It’s a New Day at Honeywell. Two great video interviews, with more 2018 Honeywell Momentum video coverage to follow.
Optergy’s P864 Edge Controller Provides Smart Energy Monitoring and Control. Introducing the P864 Edge controller that operates building equipment autonomously and expands up to 8 IO modules total (144 hardware points). Connectivity is made easy via BACnet IP (PoE), MS/TP, and MS/ TP routing. Applications include HVAC, central plant, lighting and hydraulic systems control and monitoring.
Episode 288: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending Oct 20, 2018, comes to you from the Renaissance Orlando at Seaworld, Orlando, FL, where our coverage of Honeywell’s 2018 Momentum Event begins with interviews with rising industry star, Phil Zito, CEO, Building Automation Monthly (BAM), and veteran Building Automation Systems and Security Integrations expert, Roger Rebennack, CEO, Jackson Control. Contemporary Controls featured at Building Automation Training; Belimo Demand Control Ventilation Webinar; and Connect-Air’s Wire & Cable Division Focuses on Wire and Cable Distribution for HVAC, Security & Fire Alarm Systems.
Honeywell’s Momentum 2018 Conference theme is “You’ve Got Connections,” and is dedicated to next-gen building innovations. ControlTrends is amidst a network of over 400 elite distributors, integrators, contractors, product experts, and exhibitors for three days of business-building insights and a chance to interact with the latest products and solutions. Day 1 will begin early AM with a General Session, followed by a myriad of Breakout Sessions and Vendor Trade Show.
Our first ControlTalk NOW interview is with Phil Zito, CEO, Building Automation Monthly (BAM), who previews BAM’s fast-track training options. BAM is all about increasing the profitability of your building automation business. BAM provides online building automation training that increases the ability of your building automation employees to execute their jobs as profitably as possible. Check out BAM’s online courses that will provide the skills that your employees need — to execute their building automation work as profitably as possible.
Our second ControlTalk NOW interview is with Roger Rebennack, CEO of Jackson Control. Very few people in our industry possess Roger’s passion, innovation, and dedication to the security sector of enterprise security integrations. The team at Jackson Control have taken Threat Level Management and Shooter Detection Systems to the next level. Jackson Control is now the Honeywell National WEBs N4 Security Distributor and Solutions Design Center.
Connect-Air’s Wire & Cable Division Focuses on Wire and Cable Distribution for HVAC, Security & Fire Alarm Systems. Since 1978, Connect-Air, now part of the Genuine Cable Group, has been a leader in supplying electronic cable and cable assemblies. In 2015 Connect-Air was acquired by EIS, Inc., a North American Distribution Leader in the electrical industry, and part of GPC, a Fortune 200 Company. Connect-Air is now part of EIS’s Genuine Cable Group, which includes Seacoast Electric, Cobra Wire & Cable, and Electro Wire.
Belimo Demand Control Ventilation: Indoor Air Quality & Energy Savings Webinar, Wed, Oct 31, at 1:00 PM EDT. Register now for Belimo‘s Demand Control Ventilation Webinar and learn how you can maximize your Indoor Air Quality & Energy Savings. What exactly is demand control ventilation and how does it help my building? Join Belimo for a webinar to learn how using demand control ventilation helps you to have better indoor air quality and improved energy savings. By utilizing Belimo’s humidity, temperature, air quality, and air differential pressure sensors accurate measurements will ensure optimal HVAC system performance for the life-cycle of a building.
Contemporary Controls BAScontrol22 and BAScontrol Toolset Featured at Building Automation Training. Contemporary Controls is excited to announce that their BAScontrol22 and BAScontrol Toolset were utilized at a 4-day course on Building Automation Systems (BAS) taught at the newly completed International Training and Conference Center in Cosby Texas. This 237-acre facility is the largest and most comprehensive training facility for union Operating and Stationary Engineers in North America.
In an effort to keep the ControlTrends Community in the loop during Cybersecurity Month, here is an interesting update on how IoT devices including microwaves, toys, thermostats, and security cameras are to be securitized. Of particular interest was the My Friend Cayla Smart Doll — a prime target for cyber hackers, who can use the toy’s technology to spy on families and collect private information — because the doll is designed to collect and transmit everything it hears to a voice recognition company. Yikes!
In short, the bills basically direct IoT device manufacturers to equip their devices with reasonable security features, requiring companies to take responsibility for considering the security aspects of their devices as they’re developed and produced.
AUTHOR: THEO DOUGLAS OCT 8, 2018. SOURCE: GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY (TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE).
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed two bills that could make manufacturers of Internet-connected devices more responsible for ensuring the privacy and security of California residents.
The governor’s office announced on September 28 that Brown had signed the legislation, Assembly Bill 1906 and Senate Bill 327. He had until the end of the day on Sept. 30 to do so. Both bills will become law in about 15 months, on Jan. 1, 2020. That delayed effect, one of the lawmakers behind the legislation said, is designed to hold industry accountable but not stifle innovation or unduly burden it with regulation. Senate Bill 327 is the older of the two and was introduced in Feb. 2017 by state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, but as currently amended, the senator told Government Technology, is “pretty much a mirror” of AB 1906, introduced in January by Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin, D-Thousand Oaks.
Both require manufacturers of connected devices to equip them with a “reasonable security feature or features” that are appropriate to their nature and function, and the information they may collect, contain or transmit — and are designed to protect the device and its information from “unauthorized access, destruction, use, modification or disclosure.”
The bills also specify that if such a device has a “means for authentification outside a local area network,” that will be considered a reasonable security feature if either the preprogrammed password is unique to each device made; or the device requires a user to create a new “means of authentication” before initial access is granted.
They define “connected device” as a device with an Internet Protocol (IP) or Bluetooth address, and capable of connecting directly or indirectly to the Internet.
Jackson said she’s had “concerns about privacy issues for many, many years,” and was prompted to act last year after hearing from constituents and learning that the My Friend Cayla smart doll, which had been banned in Germany due to concerns about the safety of children, had not been banned in the U.S. She questioned how IoT devices including microwaves, thermostats and security cameras were securitized and was shocked by the lack of security she found.
“This bill basically directs those manufacturers to equip their devices with reasonable security features,” Jackson said, adding she thinks the legislation is “the first of its kind” calling on companies to take responsibility for considering the security aspects of their devices as they’re developed and produced.
However, the question of what defines a “reasonable security feature or features” is one of several that industry groups — among them, the Security Industry Association, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and the California Manufacturers and Technology Association (CMTA) — cited in their opposition to AB 1906.
In a statement provided to GT, the CMTA said the bills are an attempt to “create a cybersecurity framework by imposing undefined rules on California manufacturers,” but instead create a loophole allowing imported devices to “avoid implementing any security features.” This, it said, makes the state less attractive to manufacturers, less competitive and increases the risk of cyberattacks.
“We recommend an approach that would ensure that all connected devices are compliant and secure, no matter where they are produced. These two innovation-stifling measures not only fail to protect consumers, but will drive away California manufacturing investment,” the CMTA said.
The Entertainment Software Association, one of three industry groups including NEMA that are opposed to SB 327, said existing law already requires manufacturers to set up “reasonable privacy protections appropriate to the nature of the information they collect.”
Jackson said the bills still leave it to industry to use “their best judgment” to determine reasonable security and disagreed with the idea that the bills might create a loophole for imported devices.
“The concern, I think, is misplaced, because when the products are sold in this country, they will have to meet those standards even if they’re manufactured elsewhere,” she said.
State law would have allowed the bills to become law if they were neither signed by Brown nor vetoed — but both pieces of legislation specified they must be signed by the governor and can only become law if the other bill is also signed. A member of Jackson’s staff characterized this as a provision aimed at ensuring both houses remain on the same footing.
Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to indicate that the Governor signed both pieces of legislation. An earlier version was published before this was reported.
Theo Douglas is a staff writer for Government Technology. His reporting experience includes covering municipal, county and state governments, business and breaking news. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Newspaper Journalism and a Master’s in History, both from California State University, Long Beach.
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Episode 286: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending October 7, 2018 features our interview with Dan Preston, Director, Independent Distribution Channel, North America, who brings us on-line with all “systems go” at Johnson Controls. Automated Buildings’ Ken Sinclair’s releases his October edition; Your 2018 ControlTrends Awards Nomination Ballot is ready; The New Dialogue in Smart Buildings from Mark Petock;October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month; Learn How to do KMC Connect Customs Applications; and Vykon Integrated Analytics, Enterprise Security Updates, and More — are here!
2018 ControlTrends Awards Nomination Ballot. It is time to nominate your favorite people, products, solutions and companies, for the 2018 ControlTrends Awards. The top 5 to 6 in each category will move on to the ControlTrends Awards finals. If you don’t already see your nominee on the ballot, or don’t already see a nominee in a category, please use the other option, and write in your choice, we will then add them on to the ballot. Make sure not to check the option 1 box — if you are the first to write in a candidate, as this will result in an error code saying “too many choices.” Just un-click the Option one box, and your ballot will work.
ControlTalk NOW interview with Johnson Controls‘ Dan Preston, Director, Independent Distribution Channel, North America, who brings the ControlTrends Community up-to-speed with the JCI Roadshows (already underway); JCI’s two most recent acquisitions: Triatek and Lux Products Corporation; Verasys: JCI’s red hot product line for the Light Commercial Building Space; and JCI’s portfolio of FX IP Controllers.
Ken Sinclair’s Automated Buildings’ October, 2018 Issue, Features a uniquely “Edge-You-Cation” Editorial. Ken Sinclair’s October edition of AutomatedBuildings.com, is nothing short of punderful. Ken’s deliberate play on words delivers yet another deep deliberation on humanized interactions, integrated and deployed with the hatching technologies — and how they are soon to reside within the smart and holistic building space, with its occupants and AI-enabled edge devices.
The New Dialogue in Smart Buildings, Marc Petock, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, Lynxspring. Published in Linkedin on September 27, 2018. Commercial real estate operators and building owners are adapting to the change in building automation technology that is occurring in the industry. Innovation has reshaped how we manage, operate and interact with our buildings and facilities. Connected systems, data and analytics is broadening our conversation in the world of smart buildings — engaging not only facility operators in the discussion, but the C-Suite as well.
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM). NCSAM is a collaborative effort between DHS and its public and private partners—including the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA)—to raise awareness about the vital role cybersecurity plays in the lives of U.S. citizens. NCCIC will be participating in NCSAM through weekly posts in the Current Activity section of the NCCIC website.
Learn How to do KMC Connect Custom Applications. In this webinar, Building Genius, Tom Joslin, shows us Custom Applications in KMC Connect. KMC Connect™ Operator Workstation is a configuration software tool with which you can configure KMC BACnet controllers for a building automation system. Key time-saving features of KMC Connect include: Build jobs offline and then deploy them on-site with a single click. Use the wizards to quickly and easily configure alarms, schedules, and trends on native BACnet devices. Choose from a library of hundreds of HVAC applications, with pre-configured setups for KMC controllers and accompanying documentation.
VYKON Integrated Analytics, Enterprise Security Updates & More are Here! VYKON Integrated Analytics 2.1 brings the ability to create and run energy reports to the end user. The seven new energy report templates available with this release are configurable from the web UI and can be saved for future use. New HTML5 Analytic Web Chart and Analytic Web Table widgets that improve visualization capabilities are available with this release. Analytic Web Chart and Analytic Web Table are configurable from the browser view. The Analytic Web Table supports multiple analytic bindings.