In this Six Part smart building controls training series, we will introduce you to the world of building automation controls. If you are new to smart building and building automation controls, this video training series will give you a solid understanding of this exciting branch of HVAC controls. We will post a new episode every week, so check back for episode two.
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.
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Investment Led by March Capital Partners and Supported by GE Ventures, Honeywell Ventures, JC2 Ventures and Juniper Ventures Validates Strength of ioTium Solutions Deployed in Industrial Fortune 500 Enterprises Worldwide
Santa Clara, Calif. – September 19, 2018 – ioTium today announced that it has closed $13.6 million in Series B financing. This new round of investment brings the company’s total funding to $22 million and validates the strength of the company’s Software-Defined Converged Infrastructure solutions for IIoT, a vision actualized within industrial Fortune 500 deployments worldwide. The funding was led by continued investment from March Capital Partners. Honeywell Ventures, John Chambers’ JC2 Ventures and Hanna Ventures joined existing ioTium investors GE Ventures and Juniper Ventures in the round. Capital will be used to accelerate ongoing technology leadership and to fuel rapid market expansion in the U.S. and abroad.
“Since our founding, ioTium has been focused on solving the deployment complexities faced by industrial enterprises undertaking digital transformation,” said Ron Victor, [Read more…]
In a rare podcast interview Elon Musk, joins Joe Rogan (one of my favs) among other things they discuss the future of AI and how it will effect everything and everyone (yes, Ken Sinclair, even Smart Buildings).
This is intriguing, scary, thought-provoking, and controversial. This is when Elon Musk allegedly smokes pot during the interview and sends Tesla stock tumbling.
Caution: please beware there is lot of bad language and behavior in this video, but it’s worth it in my humble opinion.
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. [Read more…]
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. If this works, the implications as a minimum, would represent a similar effect to Elon Musk’s electric car, and might be as revolutionary as the computer replacing the typewriter. [Read more…]
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.
Ken and I have seen companies like Intel, Dell, Google and others showing up more and more at meetings like RealComm Ibcon and have wondered how they will affect the smart buildings controls world as we know it. We have gone back and forth wondering if the players from Silicon Valley had nefarious motives that would leave the players in the ControlTrends community as road kill, or if they were coming to play nice and work with the existing smart building controls players.
On this video, Ken does a little detective work at the 2018 RealComm Ibcon conference and investigates how Microsoft is stepping into our world. Nice job Ken!
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.
We look forward to expanding our service to you with the best products, services, and support from our Memphis, Boston, Seattle, and Portland locations!”
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.
With the aquistion of Comfy and J2 Innovations it is clear that Siemens has been paying attention to the smart buildings yearning for more interactive buildings and the 3-30-300 dollar metric that the smart building controls industry is trying to manifest. Well done Siemens!