As 3D printing, alias additive manufacturing, becomes more pervasive, when and where will it enter the Building Automation and HVAC industry [Read more…]
Episode 247: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending December 3, 2017 features interviews with Network as a Service expert Ron Victor, CEO and Founder of IoTium, along with Master Systems Integrator Extraordinaire, Jason Houck, CIO of Hepta Systems and The Panel Shoppe. More insights and updates from [Read more…]
Episode 246: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings PodCast for week ending November 19, 2017 features interviews with two of the industry’s most prominent thought leaders, BuildingContext.me’s editor, Therese Sullivan, provides CoreTech coverage and Co-Founder and Partner, John Petze discusses SkyFoundry’s 13 Billion Sq Ft worth of success and the roadmap ahead. Special shout out to Samuel Elkins, Portrait & Commercial Photographer extraordinaire, based in Salt Lake City, UT. [Read more…]
Episode 245: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings PodCast for week ending November 12, 2017 features another great interview and discussion with Ken Sinclair, owner and editor of Automated Buildings, as Ken reviews his November theme and other key industry updates. Meet Andrew Kearnes photographer, videographer, and vlogger extraordinaire; [Read more…]
Episode 244: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast and PodCast for week ending November 5, 2017 features interviews with industry experts, Steven Guzelimian, President, Optergy, and Belimo’s Manager of Sensor Solutions, David Alliband. The Active Cyber Defense Certainty Act now allows for the hacked — to hack back. Lynxspring is on the move [Read more…]
Which manufacturer has taken a page out of legendary Green Bay Packers football coach Vine Lombardi’s playbook?
There is a new player in the sensor game, that wants to revolutionize the way sensors are done in smart buildings, do you know who it is?
“Making the turn” is not just a golf term, find out how it relates to John Donahue, Kele and the Smart Buildings Controls world.
As the man, the myth, the legend, Ken Smyers, and I complete our fall travel schedules, we will be getting back to the weekly ControlTalk Now Episodes starting next week. Until then, please enjoy this much shorter version of the show.
Episode 242: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast and PodCast for week ending October 15, 2017, features our interview with Ken Sinclair, owner and editor, Automated Buildings. Ken is a true catalyst and harbinger of change, which he believes will involve our full embrace of IoT. EasyIO releases their FW wireless series challenge; Tridium introduces Niagara Cloud Backup Service and Asset Manager and publishes a White Paper on Niagara in the Industrial IoT; Lynxspring Exchange 2017 Initiatives updates; Siemens’ Ingenuity for Life video; KMC Genius Summit 2018 Hosted at The Langham Luxury Hotel in Chicago, IL, January 18-20, 2018; Acuity Brands Atrius Navigator SDK video; Kele acquires distributor Control Consultants Inc.; Schneider Electric Helping JA World Student Leaders; Optergy’s leadership role in BMS for small buildings; Blue Ridge Technologies’ Completing the BAS – Unify HVAC and Lighting Controls webinar; Honeywell’s President and CEO, Darius Adamczyk, announces portfolio changes ahead; and Stromquist’s Tim Chamblee explains chiller surge.
Introducing Niagara Cloud Backup as a Service and Asset Manager now available. Tridium’s latest advancement means you can protect the enterprise from losing valuable Niagara station and configuration data, and manage your Niagara licenses from one online location. Introducing Niagara Cloud, a growing suite of services that can help you leverage the Internet of Things in new and powerful ways.
New Lynxspring Edge-to-Enterprise Business Initiatives Announced at the 2017 Lynxspring Exchange and Technology Showcase. Lynxspring, Inc., a premier developer and provider of open, IP solutions for building automation, energy management, IoT, equipment control and device-to-enterprise integration, made several new announcements today at the 2017 Lynxspring Exchange and Technology Showcase Conference being held October 1st – 3rd at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Siemens — Ingenuity for Life Creates Perfect Places. Something drives us every day to make buildings better With people spending about 90 percent of their lives indoors, there is no place where we spend more time in our life. So buildings are far more than just four walls. They are the places where we learn the most important lessons in life, where we encounter the personalities that inspire us, where the best of our ideas are born. Buildings are the places where we spend time with the people we love. And at the end of it all: They are our homes – and there is no place in the world that feels so special to us.
KMC Genius Summit 2018 Hosted at The Langham Luxury Hotel in Chicago, IL, January 18-20, 2018. KMC is proud to present the 2018 KMC Genius Summit, hosted at The Langham Luxury Hotel in Chicago, IL. We’re bringing together our best partners for two days of world-class training sessions and in-depth technical product training. Not to mention evenings of fun and new networking opportunities! Attending the KMC Genius Summit will open your eyes to new possibilities and potentially revolutionize the way you do business.
Acuity Brands Atrius Navigator Indoor Positioning and Location-based Platform Service Software Development Kit (SDK). Atrius Navigator platform service Software Development Kit (SDK) unlocks location-based (LBS) and indoor positioning services (IPS) within mobile applications. Acquiring data from your Atrius Sensory Network, Atrius Navigator delivers precise, cost-effective indoor positioning solutions, enabling applications that redefine customer journeys and enhance business operations.
Kele, Inc. Completes Acquisition of Control Consultants, Inc. MEMPHIS, Tenn. and BOSTON – Kele, Inc. (Kele) announced today the acquisition of Control Consultants, Inc. (CCI). This strategic combination highlights each company’s long-term commitment to providing industry leading products and solutions to its customers. The combined entity will operate as separate brands, but will leverage the strengths each bring.
ControlTalk NOW interview with Ken Sinclair, owner and editor of Automated Buildings. Ken is a catalyst and harbinger, whose goal is to inform his readers of the future of building automation. Ken reviews the highlights of his October, 2017 Theme: “People-Powered Transformation, which is another stellar assemblage of industry expertise, insight, and a host of significant interviews and articles. Ken’s editorial message is emphatic and crystal clear: Embrace the change that is coming! Make your plans now! to attend Ken Sinclair’s education sessions at 2018 AHR in Chicago.
Schneider-Electric Helping Junior Achievement Prepare Today’s Students to Lead Tomorrow’s World. As a non-profit organization, Junior Achievement depends on help and donations from corporations. To assist the organization, Schneider Electric® and C-Tech Controls donated an intelligent building management system, with installation, for the three Junior Achievement Biztown locations in Tennessee: Nashville, Memphis, and Knoxville.
Product Updates, Vital Links, and Latest News from EasyIO’s SK Foo. Hi all! It has been busy for us since the launching of our new products, our wireless range of controller FW series, our server spec FS32 and also our small little green module which converts one Analogue output to two Digital Output the FR-02. Since launching we received overwhelming response from customers and also our partners. We keep improving adding more features to these range of products.
Saving Time is Saving Money with Optergy BMS! Installing building management systems in small buildings can be very cost effective. For end-users it’s easy to imagine a building you know that often leaves lights or HVAC on when the system really should not be running, it’s not hard to see that small buildings can pile up huge bills. In fact much of the buildings load (~70%) can be controlled simply and economically. Visit Optergy today!
Project Haystack Organization Publishes Fall 2017 Issue of Connections Magazine. RICHMOND, VIRGINIA, October 09, 2017 — 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 third issue of their Connections Magazine.
Looking for New Business Opportunities with Tridium — Check this out! You are a skilled systems integrator, and if you are like most, it seems like things are starting to slow down a bit or have just gotten more competitive, either way, there is a space that you can take you skills to that is less crowded. This IIot update, just in from the team at Niagara is worth checking out.
How California Title 24 and the other State Energy Codes Effect You and System Design. As a teacher of mine use to say, “nothing is obvious to the uninformed”. And when getting informed is free and the best of the best is teaching you, it is a time to take action and register now for something that is or will be effecting the smart buildings control pro, which is how lighting control is being changed by California Title 24. Visit Blue Ridge Technologies Unified Lighting..
Honeywell Announces Planned Portfolio Changes. A message from Darius Adamczyk, Honeywell President and CEO. Dear Colleague: Today, we announced several important planned changes to our portfolio that will position the Company for sustainable organic sales growth and margin expansion within a more focused set of end markets. You can read the details about these changes – including our intention to spin off our Homes product portfolio and ADI global distribution business as well as our Transportation Systems business into two stand-alone, publicly-traded companies – in this morning’s press release and in our presentation to investors.
Pro Tech Tip: Understanding Chiller Surge. Join, Stromquist & Company’s, master trainer and control pro, Tim Chamblee,as he walks us through chiller surge. Tim teaches you what you need to know about chiller surge, and how to protect your chillers. Tim, with over 40 years in the HVAC service and controls business offers practical tech tips and training, reach out to him directly at email@example.com, or call him at 1-800-241-9471 to find out about his training classes, or to buy York Chiller parts. Stromquist & Company is a stocking distributor of York chiller parts and would love to help provide these parts when you have a need.
Episode 241: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast and PodCast for week ending October 1, 2017 returns to the videocast format and begins with The Role of the OT Master Systems Integrator, by Brian Turner, OTI, followed by the CGNA Fall Synergy Conference summary; Computrols Release of its LX Controller to Replace their Flagship X-Line Controller; LONMARK’s September eNewsletter; Carrier Launches New Digital Solutions for Commercial HVAC Systems; Register for the SCADA Conference; EasyIO Wants to Show You Something New and Amazing — and is giving away controllers and 3-round trip tickets to the 2017 CTA Awards in Chicago– to prove their point; and you’ve to watch CCI’s Jim Stiber’s presentation on EasyIO’s wireless VAV application; and for those who need to get a hold of us, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Role of the OT Master Systems Integrator, by Brian Turner, OTI. Great read from Brian Turner, OTI (Nominated for ControlTrends Systems Integrator of the Year). A good Master Systems Integrator (MSI) can do a lot of things to help building owners and IT groups navigate the complexities of the Internet of Things, particularly on the Operational Technology side of the house.
Controls Group North America (CGNA) Turns Things Upside Down in Chicago! Controls Group North America (CGNA) met in Chicago on September 7-8, for their 2017, Fall Synergy Conference. “Engagement ²” was the theme of a very focused and elite event to connect and “engage” the Member Distributors and Preferred Vendors of the top controls group in the industry. Scott Cochrane, CEO and President of Cochrane Supply, was the keynote speaker who shared the 50-year journey of his company, “From Parts to Smarts.”
Computrols Releases LX to Replace Flagship X-Line Controller. Today, Computrols announced the release of their latest and most advanced line of HVAC controllers to date. The new LX Controllers are designed to be drop-in replacements to Computrols’ classic X-Line and are 100% backward compatible. Offered in the same point count versions (8, 16, 32, and 64), these controllers introduce the next generation of technology.
Johnson Controls Reaches Out To Their Valued ABCS Channel Contractors, ABCS Distributors, Points Plus Contractors and ARW Distributors. ohnson Controls is happy to announce uLearn, an interactive web platform where employees, distributors and partners can view instructional videos, is up and running. The uLearn site, which promises to be a one-stop shop for how-to and other instructional videos, officially went live earlier this year. Each video is typically between three and five minutes in length and is intended to be used in conjunction with training and other educational tools provided by Johnson Controls. LEARN MORE
LONMARK eNewsletter – September 2017 Empowering Intelligent Control Networking Solutions. LONMARK International is a member-based, non-profit organization that supports open, multi-vendor integration of interoperable systems for products based on the ISO/IEC 14908 series of standards in the lighting, building, smart city, industrial and other industries. In This September Issue: New Certified Professionals, Member Focus, LonMark Updates, Liaison News, and Upcoming Events. Membership to LonMark International is open to any company, organization or individual committed to the development, manufacture, and use of interoperable open, multi-vendor control systems utilizing ISO/IEC 14908-1 and related standards.
Carrier Launches New Digital Solutions for Commercial HVAC Systems. CHARLOTTE, Sept. 28, 2017 – Carrier is introducing a suite of digital solutions that will improve engagement and remote management of commercial heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Customers with Carrier® SMART Service will now have visibility into their system’s performance and energy usage through a new equipment dashboard and mobile application.
SCADA Technology Summit Oct. 4-5, Denver, CO — Register Today. The SCADA Technology Summit is fast approaching. Come visit us on Oct. 4th and 5th and learn about the latest advances in SCADA, Remote Monitoring and Automation technology. Speakers include: SoCal Edison, Newton-Evans Research Corp., Siemens, FreeWave Technologies, UTC, the FCC, LiveData Utilities, and many more. Don’t miss out and sign up today.
EasyIO Wants to Show You Something New and Amazing! Win a WIFI VAV Controller and a VIP Trip to the 2017 ControlTrends Awards in Chicago. With the CTA Awards approaching, EasyIO wants to show you somehow new and amazing. Take your chance to easily win a Wireless Wi-Fi VAV Controller and get it delivered to your door before 13 October 2017. You need to be quick! The first 25 people to register and answer these 8 questions correctly will get a free VAV Controller. And there is more, the three best case studies received before October 30, 2017, will receive three VIP invites to the 2017 CTA Awards at the Hard Rock Cafe (January 21, 2018) in Chicago as guests of EasyIO. Flights and Hotel provided, within USA.
The New VAV Controller and Approach from EASY IO. 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 controlers and VAV sytems. In this video Jim shares his impression of the new EASY IO FW-8V control solution. The EasyIO-FW-14 is a new breed, high performance, freely programmable, wireless Wi-Fi Sedona controller. It has never been easier to extend your BMS because of its wireless possibilities. You will save on labor and wiring. The EasyIO-FW-14 is a perfect fit for vertical markets such as schools and retail, to have extended IO for the F-series controllers, without any downtime during installation as the network can be wireless.
CHARLOTTE, Sept. 28, 2017 – Carrier is introducing a suite of digital solutions that will improve engagement and remote management of commercial heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.
Customers with Carrier® SMART Service will now have visibility into their system’s performance and energy usage through a new equipment dashboard and mobile application. In addition, they will have access to an online community portal to help them manage the service and maintenance activity on their HVAC assets. With greater connectivity and system insight, building owners and facility managers can be more proactive about increasing the performance, efficiency and uptime of their systems. Carrier, a world leader in high-technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions, is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
Leveraging the rapidly expanding capabilities of the internet of things (IoT) and cloud-based applications and data management, Carrier has designed these tools to enable mobile-first, on-demand customer engagement.
“This is an exciting time for Carrier and the HVAC industry as the IoT enables innovative and intuitive tools such as these that can improve the customer experience and keep buildings comfortable and efficient,” said Chris Opie, director, North America Commercial Marketing. “We anticipate technologies to continue to evolve and we will continue collaborating with our customers to ensure we deliver solutions that best serve their needs.”
A new equipment dashboard connects customers with their complete portfolio of Carrier SMART Service-enabled equipment, providing real-time visualization of vital system and component level health measures and deeper insight into operating performance and efficiency. Information can be analyzed remotely, so that service technicians can deliver faster, more accurate diagnosis of equipment issues on site.
Customers can also get connected via the Carrier SMART Service mobile app now available for iOS and Android devices. With its simple and intuitive interface, users can remotely monitor the health of their portfolio of chillers in real-time and have oversight of key operating parameters, recent energy consumption trends, as well as weather forecasts to help predict future usage. Advanced notifications can be setup within the app to alert when equipment is operating outside pre-defined parameters.
An online community portal provides Carrier SMART Service customers with a new way to keep track of service and maintenance history, and improves their asset management capabilities for their complete portfolio of HVAC equipment. Users can request and track service online, as well as automate service requests from smart connected equipment, improving budgeting and scheduling. The system also stores site-based service history and account information to provide greater continuity between service technicians, facility managers and others involved in the HVAC system’s operation and maintenance.
“By enabling a more seamless connection between our customers, their HVAC assets, and our field service organization, Carrier SMART Service is improving system-wide performance and reliability at customer sites as a result of faster, more accurate diagnoses of issues and delivering the right service at the right time,” said Chris Nelson, president, North America HVAC Systems & Service. “We’re intensely focused on delighting our customers by delivering services that make them more productive and can help their bottom line.”
For more information, visit www.carrier.com/smartservice and follow @Carrier on Twitter.
About Carrier: Founded by the inventor of modern air conditioning, Carrier is a world leader in high-technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions. Carrier experts provide sustainable solutions, integrating energy-efficient products, building controls and energy services for residential, commercial, retail, transport and food service customers. Carrier is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. For more information, visit www.carrier.com or follow @Carrier on Twitter.
Episode 240: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings PodCast for week ending September 24, 2017 features an interview with Tridium’s Ed Merwin, Director, Vykon Automation Energy Security. The 2017 ControlTrends Award Nomination period has begun and Your Ballot is ready for your completion. Tridium released their JACE 8000 IO R, and is now offering a limited time JACE Trade-in, Trade-up program, and be sure to read Kevin Smith’s white paper entitled “Cyber Security and the IoT.” Lynxspring announces their JENEsys® PC 8000 and JACE® 8000 Trade Up Program; and Wayne Tighe joins Optigo Networks as VP of Global Sales; and don’t miss “Using Request and Promise” by Eric Stromquist.
ControlTalk NOW interview with Ed Merwin, Director, Vykon Automation Energy Security. Ed brings the ControlTrends Community up-to-date with several Tridium products and programs including the release of the JACE 8000 IO R, The JACE Trad-in, Trade-up Program, Kevin Smith’s new white paper and webinar on Cyber Security and the IoT–Threats, Best Practices, and Lessons Learned, which is now available for view on TridiumTalks.
Tridium’s Defending Your Business Against Cyber Threats Webinar. Tridium chief architect Kevin T. Smith led the TridiumTalk, joined by recognized industry expert James Johnson as moderator. Kevin overviewed how to develop a strategy to defend against cyber threats, and he detailed the organizational best practices to mitigate risk. Kevin and James took questions, and among the materials available for download are the Q&As.
Critical Facilities Summit — Join Us Oct 23-25 Minneapolis, MN. Join Us Oct 23-25 Minneapolis, MN. Critical Facilities Summit is designed for senior-level professionals responsible for the design, construction, management and operations of Data Centers, Labs, Hospitals, Financials, Telecoms or other mission critical facilities. 35+ sessions, organized into tracks which offer you an unbeatable way to create an agenda that’s tailored to your needs and interests. Tracks include: Cloud and Co-location Trends, Higher Ed, Medical, Labs, and Life-Safety, Optimizing Uptime, Project Spotlight, and The FM-IT Link.
Tridium Announcement: Introducing a Leap Forward for the JACE 8000. New IO solution adds power and offers straightforward migration path. JACE® 8000 IO R is now available. Supported by Niagara 4.3, the new IO R enhances the JACE 8000 by providing a direct connection to simple sensor and device inputs and outputs remotely located up to 4,000 feet (1,200 metres) away. This new capability will allow you to monitor, control, schedule and analyze your building assets like never before.
2017 ControlTrends Awards Nominations have Begun! ControlTrends is excited to announce that the 2017 ControlTrends Awards nomination period has begun. This is your opportunity to ensure your organization’s champions and the great people, products, and solutions in our industry are recognized. Several categories have changed and three new categories have been added to the awards: Progressive Consulting Engineer of the Year (Demonstrated Industry Leadership in Advancing the Smart Building), ControlTrends Most Impactful Marketing Collateral (Video, Product Rollout, etc…) of the Year, and HVAC, Building Automation, or IoT Solutions Trainer of the Year. Click here to begin the nomination process!
2JENE_PC_8000_Trade_Up_PPTLynxspring’s Announces JENEsys® PC 8000 and JACE® 8000 Trade Up Program. Make the move from your legacy JENEsys and JACE Controllers and save $$$ Now! Recently, Tridium announced a special, limited time program that enables you to move from legacy JACE controllers to the JACE 8000 series. And Lynxspring is pleased to support this program. Introducing the JENEsys PC 8000 and JACE 8000 Trade Up Program, a program featuring discounts now through December 22, 2017. The JENEsys PC 8000 and JACE 8000 Trade Up Program enables you to leverage the features and functions of Niagara 4 with the speed of the JENEsys PC 8000 and any JACE 8000 by allowing you to trade up your legacy controllers at discounts on JENEsys PC 8000’s.
Wayne Tighe joins Optigo Networks as VP of Global Sales. Vancouver, BC, September 21, 2017 – Optigo Networks is proud to welcome Wayne Tighe, formerly Vice President of Software Sales at Tridium Inc. of the Software Solutions Group in Honeywell, as our new Vice President of Global Sales. Tighe’s guidance and insight will be key to driving Optigo Networks’ explosive growth in the smart building industry. “After more than two decades working for Fortune 100 corporations, I’m excited to join Optigo Networks at this pivotal moment in the company’s history,” said Tighe. “Optigo’s entering its next phase of evolution. The team is agile and innovative, and the technology has tremendous upset potential.”
Sales and Communication Strategies that Work! With all the great products, support and prices, sales has become more important than ever. In fact, I believe it might be one of the only differentiators left. Sales is harder today than it has ever been. Your clients have more choices and less time to consider these choices than ever. This means low price usually wins and due to lack of access you cannot help them see past the price only mentality. Getting access to a client is very difficult. They simply do not have the time to see most vendors. We all have existing customers that we can get to, and when business is good we tend to be reactive and take care of our customers, which must be done. But what about finding new business? How do you get in front of new customers and how can you be effective when you have these opportunities?