If you missed the 2017 ControlTrends Awards this January, no worries, you can check out all the excitment in this Extended HighLight Video.
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Chicago, IL – March 7
75 W Algonquin Rd.
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Episode 257: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending Mar 4, 2018, prefaces Ken Sinclair’s March edition of Automated Buildings, and features an Optergy update interview with Steve Guzelimian, President — followed by an informative round table discussion with CABA President & CEO, Ron Zimmer and HGA’s Associate Vice President and Director of Technology Services, Brad Kult, P.E. (MN), CTS. [Read more…]
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA (March 02, 2018) — The ASHRAE BACnet committee (www.bacnet.org), Project Haystack (www.project-haystack.org) and Brick Schema (www.brickschema.org) announced they are actively collaborating to integrate Haystack tagging and Brick data modeling concepts into the new proposed ASHRAE Standard 223P for semantic tagging of building data.
ASHRAE Standard 223P: “Designation and Classification of Semantic Tags for Building Data” provides a dictionary of semantic tags for descriptive tagging of building data including building automation and control data along with associated systems.
By integrating Haystack tagging and Brick data modeling concepts with the upcoming ASHRAE Standard 223P, the result will enable interoperability on semantic information across the building industry, particularly in building automation.
This unified effort is aiming at a formally standardized application data modeling solution which can be implemented in various ways. For example, it will be able to be used for exchanging data over established communication protocols like the Haystack web services or BACnet, or being applied on data stored in databases and cloud applications. The first public review of the initial draft of 223P is envisioned for late 2018. Ultimately, ASHRAE Standard 223P is intended to be adopted as an ISO standard.
Aside from the engineering and automation efficiency improvements machine-readable semantic descriptions of data will provide, a single and widely used global standard will enable broader interoperability among applications — creating a competitive market place to the benefit of building owners.
About Project Haystack
Project Haystack is a 501(c) tax-exempt non-stock corporation formed May 28, 2014. The corporation functions as a trade association with the purpose of fostering the common association and interests of software and technology companies focused on developing semantic modeling solutions for data related to smart devices including: building equipment systems, automation and control devices, sensors and sensing devices, promotion and education with respect to the semantic data modeling industry for building automation systems, and to engage in educational activities directed towards the improvement of business conditions of the semantic data modeling industry for smart device data, all on a not-for-profit basis. All work developed by the project-haystack.org community is provided for use as open source software under the Academic Free License 3.0. For more information, please visit www.project-haystack.org.
About ASHRAE’s BACnet Committee
The BACnet Committee is the Standing Standard Project Committee 135 within ASHRAE and is charged with the maintenance and enhancement of the ANSI/ASHRAE Standards 135 and 135.1, which are the BACnet protocol and accompanying conformance test standard. The committee is also in charge of drafting the initial version of the proposed new ASHRAE Standard 223P. Under the auspices of ASHRAE authorities, ANSI approved review and approval processes are applied that enable the standards to be adopted as national, regional, but also global standards. BACnet® is a registered trademark of ASHRAE Inc., Atlanta, Ga. For more information, please visit www.bacnet.org.
About the Brick Schema Initiative
Brick is an open-source, BSD-licensed schema for metadata in buildings. Brick defines (1) a class hierarchy describing the families of sensors, equipment, subsystems and other building assets, and (2) a minimal, well-defined set of relationships for describing the associations and connections between those entities. These concepts are captured in an extensible RDF ontology. Applications for the built environment (such as analytics, alarms, controllers and schedulers) use the standard SPARQL query language to access the Brick representation of a building and determine the set of resources and relationships that they require to operate. This declarative approach improves portability across buildings. For more information, please visit www.brickschema.org.
Project Haystack, a 501(c) Corporation
ASHRAE BACnet Committee
Chair ASHRAE SSPC 135
Honeywell announced that it will appoint former long-time company executive Roger Fradin as the Chairman of the Board for the Homes and Global Distribution business spinoff announced last year. Fradin will start immediately to help Homes transition into a separate, stand-alone business.
“In Roger Fradin, we are appointing a terrific leader to act as Chairman of our Homes and Global Distribution business once it separates from Honeywell,” said Honeywell president and CEO Darius Adamczyk. “Over many decades in the industry, Roger has forged an unparalleled track record of performance through his ability to connect with customers, anticipate their needs and drive the rapid introduction of highly desirable products. Roger’s experience, passion, technical knowledge, unwavering focus on serving customers, and ability to attract and motivate a highly talented workforce will ensure the Homes spinoff thrives as an independent company.”
“I am excited to partner with Honeywell once again, and even more excited to help build a fantastic public company that will encompass this well-established and successful product portfolio,” Fradin said. “Honeywell’s Homes and Global Distribution business is uniquely positioned to leverage its wide portfolio of Connected products and highly advanced software capabilities to generate tremendous innovation within the markets it serves. I have no doubt the new company will be at the forefront as a leading choice for consumers, a great place to work for employees, and an excellent investment for future shareowners.”
In October 2017, Honeywell announced its intent to spin off the Homes product portfolio and ADI global distribution business, as well as the Transportation Systems business, into two stand-alone, publicly-traded companies. The spins are expected to be completed by the end of 2018. The new Homes and Global Distribution business will be in the home heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) controls and security markets, and a global distributor of security, fire, and other low voltage products. Based on Honeywell’s current view of the contours of the Homes and Global Distribution business and subject to finalization of the carve-out audit, the 2017 sales of the projected spin business were approximately $4.5 billion. The spin business is expected to have a high-yield credit rating and approximately 13,000 employees.
After a 17-year career with Honeywell, Fradin retired in February 2017 as vice chairman responsible for advancing the company’s merger and acquisition strategy. Before that, Fradin served as president and CEO of Honeywell’s former Automation and Controls Solutions (ACS) business group, a global leader in the development and manufacture of environmental controls, life safety products, and building and process solutions used in homes, buildings, industrial facilities, and public and private utilities around the world. Under Fradin’s leadership, ACS grew over a 10-year period by roughly 110 percent from an $8 billion, mainly U.S. domestic business, to a $17 billion global business. In addition, Fradin oversaw the completion and successful integration of 57 acquisitions worth approximately $7.2 billion. Fradin was the original founder of the Global Distribution business and ran the Security and Distribution business from 1976 until its acquisition by Honeywell in 2000.
This is the first Board appointment for the intended spinoff. A search is underway for a CEO, which will be a separate position, and that appointment will be announced at a later date.
Episode 256: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending Feb 25, 2018 features our interview with Tridium’s Ed Merwin, Director Vykon Automation, Energy and Security. Ed believes this upcoming Niagara Summit in New Orleans is the most important and featured-packed summit yet. [Read more…]
We focus so much on BACnet these days that we sometimes forget about Lon. We still come across lots of government jobs that use Lon as their preferred network. One of the best kept secrets when it comes to Lon controls, is a company called Loytec. As you can see in this video, they make quality controllers and accessories. We have had very good success at Stromquist & Company with Loytec, and can speak very highly of the brand.
Siemens Partner Summit 2018 Day 2 opened with Dick Pope’s Looking Forward: In our Market & Portfolio, Doug Anderson’s Digitalization of Marketing, and Anika Adams’ Trends in Compliance. The Partner Summit broke into numerous workshops that included Winning with Productivity; Smart Spaces: Leveraging New Trends in Occupant Engagement for Competitive Advantage; and Positioning Your Business to “Win the Room.”
Day 2’s sessions ended with a frank discussion about the health care industry and the critical importance of functional collaboration and reliable business partnerships, as Siemens’ Josh Felperin, Sean Goings, President DAC Inc., and Mark Kenneday, Vice Chancellor, Campus Operations University of Arkansas for Medical Services took the stage for a Fireside Chat. The evening highlights included a Marilyn Monroe inspired Cocktail Reception and an entertaining Awards Dinner celebrating the Talon Channel’s 2017 top sales performers.
Siemens’ 2018 Partner Summit, held at the palatial J.W. Marriott Resort & Spa, Las Vegas, began with Josh Felperin’s warm appreciation and welcome extended to the multitude of Siemens Solution Partners, Siemens leadership, and Siemens product experts. Josh stressed that this year’s theme was a deep focus on people, passion, and partnership.
John Karczmarczyk, VP & Business Unit Head, followed with an executive summary on the great successes of 2017; an in-depth review of the business investments and improvements that Siemens has made; particularly, in warehousing, merged product management and engineering, and the exciting progress to be made in 2018.
Chris Young, from the Lee Company made an impressive business case for the Siemens Gamma Lighting portfolio. Siemens Solution Partners have two avenues to win the lighting business: Develop the Division 25 specification, or partner with the relevant electrical contractors. Chris concluded with a list of valuable best practices to ensure success.
The 2018 Siemens Partner Summit presents a well-crafted agenda that features a mix of group discussions and breakout sessions designed to provide greater insight into the Siemens portfolio, while arming Siemens Solution Partners with tools needed to help grow their respective businesses.