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!
Honeywell is excited to announce the launch of two new lines of pressure sensors (P7650 and P7635) and a new line of current sensors and switches! The pressure sensors offer enhanced features and directly replace their P7640 pressure sensor. These easy to install current sensors will replace Honeywell’s existing line of current sensors. For more information click here.
As Honeywell adds new and improved controllers to their product portfolio, they need to let older products go. So heads up: the W7752G 2000 Lonmark Fan Coil unit is being discontinued. If you need some of these reach out to your local Honeywell authorized distributor to buy any inventory they might have. A better option would be to have your local Honeywell distributor recommed a good replacement controller. Although, I found many of these on eBay, I would steer clear of that option ( no warranty, no tech support, and you have no idea were the controller has been). As my dad use to say, “trouble cost more than quality”.
Click here to get a current spec and installation sheet on the W7752G 2000.,
Stay tuned to ControlTrends for special announcements regarding the Honeywell Momentum Conference next year in Orlando.
If you watched or listened to Episode 267 of ControlTalk Now, you know that Ken Sinclair, the founder of Automated Buildings, was a guest on Lawrence Ampofo’s podcast. Ken talks to Lawrence about the potential for buildings to become more digitally mindful to improve the lives of people who are more connected and work from multiple locations. Click here to hear the podcast.
Honeywell announces the release of the WEBs-N4.4 software packaged with Spyder, Stryker, Venom and BACnet FF Tstat programming tools. This release supports both legacy and the newer WEB-8000 controllers. Click here for more information.
Siemens Invests in J2 Innovations’ Future! Announcement from J2 Innovations: We’re pleased to announce that our longtime customer, Siemens is acquiring J2 Innovations! Siemens will be investing in our future as an independent company with our own business goals and objectives. J2 Innovations will be a wholly owned subsidiary of Siemens Industry, Inc. We will retain the company name and the FIN brand as well as the management team led by founder and CEO Jason Briggs.
What does this mean for the FIN community?
Our plans are to continue business as usual, selling FIN technology through our North American FIN Stack distribution channel and OEM partners. This acquisition means that we will have additional resources to expand our customer support and continuously improve our technology.
What is the future of J2 Innovations?
Our vision is to continue building our OEM business and grow into a global technology company. We plan to add more talent to our growing team – with new hires in the U.S. and Romania. We will have additional capital and renewed focus that will enable us to enhance FIN technology and expand into new markets.
What does this mean for FIN technology?
FIN technology, which leverages tagging and data modeling, will continue to evolve as a powerful open framework for building, energy management, and IoT. Additionally, we’ll be attracting more developers to the platform through our built-in APIs and documentation, creating an ecosystem of developers and solution providers.
How will Siemens affect J2 Innovations?
For J2 Innovations, it will be business as usual. However, we are excited to benefit from Siemens experience and business processes in the areas of HR, accounting, legal, and quality – which will be strategically applied only where they add value. We will continue our vision to “change and evolve an industry”, and together with Siemens we can accelerate our progress.
Have questions? Feel free to reach out to me or anyone on the management team. We’ll be happy to answer your questions. We’re excited about the future of J2 Innovations!
Siemon has been busy curating content for the latest Innovate magazine and are glad to release Issue 14!
The magazine provides insights into the key technologies powering the Internet of Things, Power over Ethernet Computing and the Siemon ConvergeIT benefits as part of our robust Digital Lighting Partner programme.
We also cover key product updates including our market leading Z-Plug, LightBow Termination Kit, Base 8 Plug and Play System and much more.