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!
Episode 263: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending April 22, 2018 is co-hosted by Therese Sullivan, editor of Building Context, as we do an in-depth review of the 2018 Niagara Summit. This ControlTalk NOW will be invaluable to those interested members of the Niagara and Haystack communities that were unable to attend. Day 1 and 2 summary interviews with Tridium’s Ed Merwin, Director, Vykon Automation Energy Security, and Kevin Smith, CTO, offer some great insight to Tridium’s pending release of N4.6, Edge 10.0, and Bulk Deploy. The Future will be open, connected, always On. EasyIO is ready for the future, are you?
Niagara Summit 2018 Connecting the World Begins with a Festive Reception in Champions Square. The Niagara Summit 2018, held New Orleans Hyatt Regency, began under very festive and favorable conditions inside the Champions Square — as the world’s top Niagara Systems Integrators, Systems Distributors, OEMs, 3rd Party Solutions providers, and End Users — all gathered for the gala event. Also held earlier in the day, were the Niagara 4 Training Session and Developer Boot Camp. The masquerade masks were provided compliments of Cochrane Supply, who hosted a Masquerade Ball celebration later in the evening.
CEO and President Jim Bland Re-ignites the Spirit of Tridium! DAY 1 at Niagara Summit 2018. 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, CEO and President, took the wand from the cyber maestro of the screen and handed it, figuratively, to the expectant audience of over 1000 global Niagara Community members — challenging them that NOW — is the time to really think outside the box, Disney example provided. The possibility of failure should no longer restrain the efforts to achieve the spectacular possibilities and payoffs of innovation.
Kevin Smith Tridium’s CTO Reviews DAY 2 at Niagara Summit 2018. Tridium’s CTO, Kevin Smith possesses advanced and distinguished expertise in the fields of Cybersecurity, Semantics, Analytics, and Software Development. When Kevin Smith talks, people listen — and for good reason. That’s why we were delighted when Kevin joined ControlTrends in summarizing DAY 2 of Niagara Summit 2018. Kevin touches all the new Niagara bases as he hits this interview out of the park (his affable style of engagement almost outdoes his technical prowess). The Niagara Framework and team are strong, getting stronger, and committed under great leadership. The Niagara Community and ecosystem are growing world-wide and leading the way with innovation.
The Future will be Open, Connected, Always On. EasyIO is Ready for the Future, are You? 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.
Episode 262: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending April 15, 2018, features an interview with owner and editor, Ken Sinclair, who gives us insight to the Automated Buildings’ April Issue entitled “Meta-Morphing Mashup.” Niagara Summit 2018 begins today with an evening welcome reception. Stay tuned for more ControlTrends coverage. If you are coming to the summit make sure to visit Jackson Control’s new BASS Security Automation Products in Booth 418, and Contemporary Controls BASautomation Products in Booth 318. And be sure to check out the Pittsburgh’s 449 Technology Center VIDEO Tour
ControlTrends interview with Automated Buildings owner and editor, Ken Sinclair, tells us about his April edition of Automated Buildings: “As always this new issue is a nest of great articles, columns, reviews, new products, interviews and of course the steady stream of news depicting our rapid Meta Morphic Mashup.” Now, what the heck is Meta-Morphing Mashup? Listen in to find out.
Visit Jackson Control’s new BASS Security Automation Products Booth 418 at Niagara Summit 2018. If you’re attending the Niagara Summit 2018 in New Orleans, stop by the newest and a very exciting booth 418 of Niagara Security & Video Products technology to see what’s new! The latest in Niagara Enterprise Security & Video offerings to help you once again promote the Intelligent Building solution by extending the framework with a new and improved offering N4 Security & Video products.
Final Details Before Heading to Niagara Summit 2018. We’re looking forward to welcoming you to the Niagara Summit! Registered guests are invited to the Welcome Reception on Sunday evening and can join attendees for meals on Monday and Tuesday. For access to the Niagara 4 training session or Developer Bootcamp on Sunday, and the breakout sessions on Monday and Tuesday, guest registrations would have to be changed to attendee.
BASautomation Products at Niagara Summit 2018. If you’re attending the Niagara Summit 2018 in New Orleans, stop by booth 318 to see our latest BASautomation products, including our BASpi, the BAScontrol series and the always popular BASrouters. Be sure to let us brag a little about our BASrouter obtaining BTL certification.
Pittsburgh’s 449 Technology Center — Take the Tech Center VIDEO Tour. ControlTrends had the unique opportunity to meet with representatives of Pittsburgh’s 449 Technology Center recently and tour their state-of-the-art Technology Center, which sets a new precedent in training excellence. The video says it all.
If you’re attending the Niagara Summit 2018 in New Orleans, stop by the newest and a very exciting booth 418 of Niagara Security & Video Products technology to see what’s new!
The latest in Niagara Enterprise Security & Video offerings to help you once again promote the Intelligent Building solution by extending the framework with a new and improved offering N4 Security & Video products.
Booth 418 is the Brain child of Roger Rebennack who is now a Diamond distributor at Jackson Control. Jackson Control has launched a new division called Building Automated Security Solutions (BASS) to serve the Niagara security systems community. BASS will be a national resource to help each Niagara Distributor & integrator grow there integrated building solutions offerings by providing world class security products and design support.
BASS is now an authorized National Honeywell WEBs N4 & Honeywell Video Security distributor servicing all WEBs automation partners.
In addition, we also have a differentiated security product offering for the Vykon and other Niagara security brands.
We believe each Niagara security integrator could play a major role by deploying our Niagara Enterprise Security Threat Level management in the commercial buildings and schools in our home town’s.
We will be showcasing a new technology that you may have never seen before to help detect Gun Shots of an active shooter. BASS will help you learn, design, estimate and sell Gun Shot detection systems that integrate with Niagara.
Please stop by the BASS Security booth 418 to get engaged in security system integration and let’s not only help make our clients buildings safer, more comfortable and more energy efficient by capitalizing on the power of a Connected Niagara solutions.
ControlTrends had the unique opportunity to meet with representatives of Pittsburgh’s 449 Technology Center recently and tour their state-of-the-art Technology Center, which sets a new precedent in training excellence. The video says it all. [Read more…]
Episode 261: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending Apr 8, 2018 features an update on the April 1st announcement of the Invisible Stat. Updates from the 449 Technology Center in Zelienople, PA, and Aaron Groka, ANT Technologies’ Innovation Manager, from Uruguay. Have you heard about the April 1st I-Stat marketing release? Project Haystack on the march; Optergy’s awesome new smart phone APP; CGNA Cyber Power Systems Webinar; IBcon SBIS is invite only, register now; Advertise in Project Haystack Spring 2018 Connections Magazines; Optigo pioneers Edge-to-Cloud Network; Lynxspring expands partner channel; Ken Sinclair’s April AB edition; IOTday is April 9th; Don’t miss Niagara NS18 Summit!; and Intesis and DMS Controls exciting new partnership.
ControlTrends Update from 449’s Innovation and Technology Center in Zelienople, PA with 449 instructor, Tim Takacs, who provides more insight to the amazing cutting-edge resources and training available at the new innovation and technology center. The training staff recently added an 110″ monitor to the computer lab and building automation section, where students can program and monitor DDC controllers networked to live loads such as chillers, boiler, AHUs, and other equipment loads.
Hello Haystack Community, This is an Invitation to the Project-Sandstar Working Group. Hello, this is an invitation to the Sandstar projects working group. Sandstar is a project that we are open sourcing which merges Haystack with Sedona. The way we merge haystack with Sedona improves the processes of tagging points and implementing controls. Call to action: Read Project-Sandstar intro doc.
NEW Optergy Smart Phone Application Datasheet. Did you know that every Enterprise and Proton site can take advantage of the the FREE Optergy companion smart phone App? Enabled for both Android and IOS smart phone devices, the App is available NOW to download with unlimited users from Itunes or Google play. The App has a number of cool features to offer value add solutions to your clients including: Multi-site integration, User configurable site dashboards, and more.
ControlTrends Young Gun, Aaron Gorka, Innovations Manager, ANT Technologies, providers of paperless, cloud-based, operational technology for HVAC & Control Contractors, interviews ANT’s Mike Simmons, sales ejecutivo, stationed in Uruguay. Cranes and condominiums abound, gorgeous region of South America. Get your passports in order. These guys from ANT Technologies believe Uruguay presents significant business opportunities.
CGNA Complimentary Webinar — Cyber Power Systems BAS34U24V Product Launch – Wed., 4/11/18 at 2pm Central. Introducing Cyber Power Systems Power Management Solutions from the Edge to the data center. REGISTER NOW! Webinar Topics: Introduction of CyberPower; BAS34U24V Product Launch / market relevance/IT vs OT networks; Learn about the importance of powering and protecting equipment and controls at the edge; Partner Benefits/Product training; and Question & Answer Session.
IBcon Smart Building Integrator Summit 2018 – June 5 – You’re Invited! The Smart Building Integrator Summit (SBIS) is a by-invitation event for the integrator community. You must also be a registered Realcomm|IBcon conference attendee to participate. Once you are registered for the conference, please reserve your seat using the link below. Space is limited. RESERVE YOUR SEAT by contacting Dee Shockley, Special Events Coordinator, Phone: 919-985-3988, email@example.com.
DEADLINE APPROACHING: Advertise in Project Haystack Spring 2018 Connections Magazine. Project Haystack Connections Magazine Spring 2018 Issue Call for Advertisers. AD SPACE PURCHASE DEADLINE: April 13, 2018. The Spring 2018 issue which will be our fourth issue of Haystack Connections and it is growing in readership as the industry comes to understand the mission of the Project Haystack Organization and the importance of making it easy to work with the data produced by smart, connected devices and equipment systems. Promoted via a variety of digital media outlets, the Connections Magazine is now subscribed to by over 8,000 known readers. Here is your opportunity to reach them.
In The News: Optigo pioneers the Edge-to-Cloud network with Visual BACnet Capture Tools. April 4, 2018, Vancouver, BC – The future of centralized, Edge-to-Cloud systems has arrived. Optigo Networks is happy to announce an exciting new suite of Capture Tools, for complete network visibility from server toMS/TP. The sophisticated Visual BACnet Capture Tools collect network data at the edge and push it to the Visual BACnet cloud, our advanced visualization platform for building automation system service providers.
Lynxspring Is Expanding Our Technology Solution Partner Channel! There are exciting times happening at Lynxspring. If you are a building/facility system integrator or contractor, now is the time to join our Technology Solution Partner (TSP) Program. Lynxspring, a premier developer and provider of open platform control solutions for building automation, intelligent buildings, energy management and edge-to-enterprise integration is seeking new technology Solutions Partners in selected geographic markets in North America and selected international opportunities.
Ken Sinclair’s Automated Buildings’ April Issue “Meta-Morphing Mashup.” We agree with what owner and editor, Ken Sinclair, says about his April edition of Automated Buildings: “As always this new issue is a nest of great articles, columns, reviews, new products, interviews and of course the steady stream of news depicting our rapid Meta Morphic Mashup.” Now, what the heck is Meta-Morphing Mashup? Ken describes it as “yet another annoying alliteration.” but, we know there is gold in those hills. Start digging!
You’re Invited to a Live Webinar: Building Cybersecurity is a Legacy Building Risk. Ron Victor, CEO & Founder, IoTium, and Fred Gordy, Dir. of Cyber Security, Intelligent Buildings. Before the smart buildings concept digital, Internet-connected controls systems, such as HVAC, lighting, and elevators have been installed and managed by non-IT persons from architects, engineers, contractors and property managers. Without IT best practices, much-less cybersecurity requirements there is significant exposure to: Life Safety Risks, Equipment Failure, Productivity Loss, Network Hopping, and Brand Damage.
April 9th, 2018 — IOTday! An Open Invitation to the Internet of Things World-wide Community. Iotday is an open invitation to the Internet of Things Community to participate in an event, host a hackathon, or just share a beer/coffee with a friend or fellow collaborator focused around the IoT and its implications. IoT Council initiated the iotday in 2010. The event has grown in scale and scope as Internet of Things is sinking into the everyday.
Meet Niagara at the Edge During NS18! Throughout the exhibit hall at the Niagara Summit this year, you’ll get a look at how Tridium and our partners are running Niagara at the edge. You’ll learn during select breakout sessions about the new controllers that are simplifying Niagara edge device management. Register NOW!
Intesis Software Announces an Exciting New Partnership with DMS Controls Group. Intesis Software, a member of the HMS Group, is pleased to announce the addition of DMS Controls Group to its North American Distribution network. This agreement will allow customers to have unprecedented access to the Intesis solution set for the integration of HVAC systems to building, hotel, industrial, and home automation systems. With the outstanding reputation and support capabilities of DMS Controls Group, it is a natural fit.
Intesis Software, a member of the HMS Group, is pleased to announce the addition of DMS Controls Group to its North American Distribution network. This agreement will allow customers to have unprecedented access to the Intesis solution set for the integration of HVAC systems to building, hotel, industrial, and home automation systems. With the outstanding reputation and support capabilities of DMS Controls Group, it is a natural fit.
IntesisBox is designed specifically for Air Conditioner integration and the integration protocols supported are KNX, BACnet, ASCII, EnOcean, Modbus, LonWorks, OPC, and WiFi. With DMS Controls Group’s expertise in building automation and systems integration and Intesis’ new product range, they are now able to provide complete solutions specialized for Ductless Split and VRF Air Conditioners. The integration capabilities of Intesis products are an outstanding complementary line.
Intesis Software is looking forward to a successful relationship with DMS Controls Group, helping them to solve the AC integration needs of home automation professionals nationwide.
About Intesis Software
Intesis Software, a member of the HMS Group, was founded in 2000 and is today a leader in design, fabrication, and commercialization of innovative solutions for building, home, hotel, and industrial automation. With HQ in Igualada (Barcelona), Spain, and customers in more than 90 countries worldwide, Intesis offers a wide portfolio of products under the IntesisBox and IntesisHome brands as the result of a continued commitment to and investment in R&D.
The Intesis vision is to contribute to this world with easy-to-use and reliable solutions for systems integration and control of smart buildings.
About DMS Controls Group
At DMS Controls Group, we provide you with the specific visibility into your building where you need solutions first. It’s about taking proven steps that produce immediate results. We provide the tools, hardware, software and the qualified integration support that you need to leverage your existing assets with future-ready solutions providing for the next best step.
We help to build owners, facility operators and facility managers at many levels with varying degrees of support to make their buildings more energy efficient and safer environments. We help decision-makers with the latest industry knowledge and the products that make the biggest impacts, quicker. With over 60 years of industry experience in the buildings controls distribution market, we look forward to assisting you with your controls needs.
Throughout the exhibit hall at the Niagara Summit this year, you’ll get a look at how Tridium and our partners are running Niagara at the edge. You’ll learn during select breakout sessions about the new controllers that are simplifying Niagara edge device management. Register NOW!
Mike Westerfield, a senior product manager at Tridium talks about the top-to-bottom Niagara experience we’ll be introducing during NS18:
P.S. …Need help convincing your boss? Just copy, paste and start looking for flights to New Orleans…
Attending Niagara Summit 2018 will be a tremendous opportunity for the organization and for me. Here are a few reasons why:
* I will have a chance to learn about the latest innovations in the Niagara Framework®
* I will learn to optimize our use of the Niagara platform through expanded application possibilities, lowered costs, increased efficiency and maximized integration
* I will attend enlightening keynotes from industry leaders and experts
* I will walk away with a clear, informed strategy for our Niagara solutions and my own professional growth
* If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans!
Iotday is an open invitation to the Internet of Things Community to participate in an event, host a hackathon, or just share a beer/coffee with a friend or fellow collaborator focused around the IoT and its implications.
IoT Council initiated the iotday in 2010. The event has grown in scale and scope as Internet of Things is sinking into the everyday.
iotday is about having coffee and lunch and a chat with someone in your street as that is where you live and that is where washing machines might get connected.
It is clear that we are in the network. The agency lies with organized networks that consist of different parts of what used to be large industry, startups and activists. Not only can individuals belong to all or some of these groups, the innovation and agency lies with those who are able to act and plan with qualities taking from all three: the swiftness, dedication and passion of the hackers, makers, and activists, the planning and management and scaling capabilities of big industry and the longing to make your product and service real beyond your immediate family in the startup and SME’s.
IoT Council advises you on Ecosystem management. We help you curate quality relationships with all stakeholders by curating a conversation.
Introducing Cyber Power Systems Power Management Solutions from the Edge to the data center. REGISTER NOW!
• Introduction of CyberPower
• BAS34U24V Product Launch / market relevance/IT vs OT networks
• Learn about the importance of powering and protecting equipment and controls at the edge
• Partner Benefits / Product training
• Question & Answer
Dan Niewirowicz, Special Projects Group
Scott Koller, Vice President of Channel Sales
Who Should Attend? CGNA Customer Contractors are welcome!
Cyber Power Systems (USA), Inc., Shakopee, Minn. – Cyber Power Systems (USA), Inc., a leader in power protection and management products, today introduced an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) system designed to protect building and industrial controls and devices from power failure, interruptions, over-voltages and surges. The CyberPower BAS34U24V protects controller and server platforms, networking devices, data loggers, remote facility monitors, and other equipment from power disruptions to avoid loss of vital data and service failures. The UPS system is the first in a series of automation power-protection products to safeguard equipment within building automation systems (BAS), energy management systems (EMS) and other production-related systems which run smart buildings and factories.
CyberPower is launching the product at the 2018 ASHRAE Winter Conference and AHR Expo for the HVAC and controls industries, January 22-24, at McCormick Place in Chicago. During the AHR Expo, CyberPower will feature product briefings at booth #4058 in the Building Automation and Control Showcase at McCormick Place. The product is compliant to the Construction Specification Institute (CSI) Division 25 standard for integrated building automation regarding facility controller backup.
The CyberPower BAS34U24V serves the growing shift from siloed building systems to an interconnected system of Internet of Things (IoT) devices and sensors that collect and share data within and across portfolios. According to research by IHS Markit, there are more than 4.3 million IoT devices in use in the commercial and industrial electronics sector which includes smart buildings and factories, contributing to more than 27 billion connected IoT devices worldwide in 2017.
A UPS system engineered for control panels and edge networks
Designed for IoT technologies, the BAS34U24V is a UPS system featuring line-interactive topology to regulate voltage without having to switch to the battery.
“Today’s smart buildings and industrial systems rely on computing and analytics placed close to the network edge. The CyberPower BAS34U24V protects connected edgedevices on the plant or building floor, such as controllers and sensors, from damaging power events like surges, spikes and black-outs. The unit provides a continuous flow of clean power to ensure efficient building and equipment operation that, in turn, will flow clean data and analytics to maintain accurate building management,” said Tim Derochie, director of product management at CyberPower.
The UPS system provides DC power supply, surge protection and an internal, space-saving backup battery for long-lasting protection. Features of the CyberPower BAS34U24V include:
Compact form factor and DIN rail mount allows for secure installations inside controller cabinets.
A high density lithium-ion battery and an innovative electronic design with DC output yields an extended battery runtime of up to four hours at 80 percent rated capacity. SNMP internet-standard protocol provides critical information and alerts, such as remaining battery runtime and power conditions. Regulatory and safety certifications for the UPS system include UL 60950-1 and FCC Class B.
About Cyber Power Systems (USA), Inc.
CyberPower designs and manufactures uninterruptible power supply systems, power distribution units, surge protectors, remote management hardware, power management software, mobile chargers and connectivity products. The company serves customers in enterprise, corporate, industrial, government, education, healthcare and small office/home office environments. CyberPower products are available through authorized distributors and sold by value-added resellers, system integrators, managed service providers, select retailers and online resellers.
For more information, visit: www.cyberpowersystems.com.
Cyber Power Systems (USA), Inc.
Tim Madsen, 952-403-9500