CRB’S 30TH ANNIVERSARY — THE RELENTLESS PURSUIT OF SUCCESS. YOURS.™

CRB_3ControlTrends is proud to feature one of the most outstanding networks of global consultants, engineers, architects, and constructors — driven to deliver the right solutions to life science and advanced technology clients around the world. CRB, well done, and here’s to 130 more years of extraordinary success!

April of 2014 marks CRB’s 30th year as a global consulting, design and construction services firm that relentlessly pursues and delivers success for our clients in advanced technology industries. Founded in 1984 as a single three-person office, we have grown to a team of 600+ in 12 offices serving clients throughout the world.

Every day, on every project, CRB shows the world what makes us most unique as a company: our single-minded dedication to doing what’s best for our clients. Or as we like to put it — “The Relentless Pursuit of Success. Yours.”

Fueling this growth is our people and CRB’s approach to serving our clients: an unrivaled passion for seeking out the right solution on every project; deep technical expertise to tackle the toughest challenges; a network of team members who thrive on collaboratively performing work of the highest caliber; thought leaders who dedicate their expertise to advance our industry and make the world a better place… and individuals committed to developing trusted, longstanding partnerships with our clients.

The Worlds of Big Data, Cloud Services, and Infographics According to Bitpool: A Cloud Data Collection Platform for All

ControlTrends serves as a valuable pivot site for our industry’s trends, whether they’re leading products, solutions, software and products updates and releases, web-meetings, seminars, as well as industry insights — many of them global in origin. This industry insight is from Rav Panchalingam, a self-declared software geek from Australia. Rav uses an interesting hamburger analogy to comment on some of the biggest trends unfolding in 2014: The worlds of big data, cloud services, and infographics, as viewed from the land down under. Rav and Bitpool seem to know where the beef is and how to get it… (and the disruption continues).

For the complete article by Bitpool’s Rav Panchalingam, Director of Research & Development, please use this link to the January 2014 automatedbuildings.com

Excerpted: Connecting commercial buildings into the cloud is still something which must be championed by ambitious and technically savvy people who are acting in the interest of the building owner – mainly consultants or switched-on real estate managers, who have a good grasp of what they want to use the software tools for. There are definitely some very good software packages in the market right now, but they are selling themselves as exactly that, a one-size-fits-all package. Once you buy in, you’re seemingly locked in, which is ironic since the software world is supposed to be all about freedom of choice.

So we have some companies with great cloud-based energy management packages (burgers), but you’re pushed to buy all the sides and extras that come along with it, whether they are useful to you or not. Some people just like very plain and simply want to get their data into the cloud. They have their own analysis tools, gizmos and contraptions to get what they want from the data after that.

Bitpool (bitpool.com) is a cloud data collection platform. As a platform, it’s key feature is simply to provide the infrastructure for people to start pushing HVAC and any other building data into the cloud. The API developed around it allows people to build connectors for uploading from equipment or systems and retrieving data for use in applications.

Published on Oct 13, 2012 Bitpool is a cloud-based data collection service specifically designed for use in the Building Controls industry. It can be used with a variety of protocols, including BACnet and Modbus as well as with multiple BMS vendors, such as Schneider Electric and Johnson Controls.

Panoramic Power and Connexx Energy to Deliver Enterprise Energy Management Solutions for the REIT Industry

LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo., Feb. 4 , 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Panoramic Power, the leading provider of device level energy management solutions, and Connexx Energy a premier developer and provider of ‘last mile’ solutions for Smart Buildings and the Smart Grid, today announced a partnership to deliver a complete, fully integrated energy and operational efficiency solution for REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust) buildings.

panoramic powerAbout Panoramic Power: Panoramic Power is the leading provider of circuit level energy management solutions – enabling businesses to optimize their energy consumption, improve operational efficiency and generate income through load response programs. Using its innovative and affordable circuit-level cloud-base analytics solution, companies across a wide range of retail and commercial industries gain insight into their energy usage and are able to optimize operations, processes and maintenance resources. For more information, visit www.panpwr.com

connexenergyAbout Connexx Energy: Established in 2010 as a subsidiary of Lynxspring, Inc., Connexx Energy is a leading developer and implementer of ‘last mile’ solutions for Smart Grid and Smart Building technologies. Connexx Energy has significant knowledge, expertise and relationships in both building automation systems and energy management systems, which enable it to create cost effective and highly scalable connectivity solutions in four key strategic areas, Energy Interoperability, Management and Control, Automatic Demand Response and Cyber Protection. For more information, visit www.connexxenergy.com

The two companies will combine Panoramic Power’s innovative circuit level energy management solution with Connexx Energy’s CONNEXXION™ energy data platform. This approach delivers complete energy interoperability, management and control, automatic demand response and actionable data and analytics into a single system that manages energy data across the building enterprise within a cyber-secured environment.

The joint solution brings together device level energy management technology, an energy data warehouse and analytics engine framework that streamlines the secure integration and creation of energy data and actionable insights into the corporate business intelligence layer. This will enable REIT companies to improve efficiencies and lower total cost of ownership by providing device level energy visibility and actionable information while integrating existing energy management solutions and sending all energy data through one, integrated platform.

“The accuracy and quality of the data available from our joint solution is far superior to what has been available to REIT companies in the past. We are eliminating multiple, disparate energy solutions that organizations must manage by integrating all energy data into one dashboard,” said Yaniv Vardi, CEO of Panoramic Power. “Panoramic Power’s wireless device level data, coupled with the Connexx Energy’s CONNEXXION energy management platform finally enables REIT companies to streamline data and provide them with unmatched visibility into their entire energy landscape for a more cost effective operation.”

“Connexx Energy is committed to working-hand-in-hand with complementary technology providers in order to deliver cost effective and highly scalable energy management solutions,” said Anno Scholten, president of Connexx Energy. “Our goal is to offer our clients the most comprehensive technology needed to not only reduce and control energy consumption, but also to manage and report on energy usage in the most effective way. Our joint solution with Panoramic Power delivers REIT companies the first cost effective energy efficiency solution that easily integrates with other energy management solutions, allowing them to import all energy data through a single platform.”

Media Contact: Marc Petock, Connexx Energy, (866) 665-8570, marc.petock@connexxenergy.com
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Best Christmas Marketing Event Ever !!


West Jet, out of Canada, created one of the best marketing events I have ever seen. Over 32,000,000 Youtube views and counting since this video was posted on December 8. How smart is that! As Marshall Thurber says, ” In the Networked Economy Givers Get.” Great job!!

Controls Group North America (CGNA), Together We Accomplish More.

Jim Hayman The ControlTrends Awards Committee thanks CGNA’s Mike Sackett and Jim Hayman for their sponsorship of the 2013 ControlTrends Awards. Controls Group North America (CGNA) is the leading network of Distributor Members and Manufacturer Preferred Vendors in the HVAC/R industry.

CGNA provides innovative solutions and takes a progressive approach to evolving your business. Through committees, conferences, webinars, and networking opportunities, CGNA impacts our Members’ and Preferred Vendors’ bottom line by increasing their market share. CGNA works to challenge our Members and Preferred Vendors with business ideas and opportunities beyond the boundaries of their current business model. Members and Preferred Vendors work together in the CGNA network to accomplish what they cannot do alone.

Distributors and manufacturers partner with CGNA to:
• Understand their target audience and effectively promote their products with our marketing.
• Increase their market share while making their business stand out with our cutting-edge technology.
• Receive the right resources they need to grow their business with our training and education.
• Get and stay connected with the top professionals in the HVAC/R industry with our networking.
• Establish unique relationships for increased gross profits with our unified buying power.

As the Leading HVAC/R Network, Together We Accomplish More.

Indianapolis’ Contractors of Quality Connection and Electrical Workers of IBEW #481 Present – Circle of Lights

CircleOfLights Special thanks to Honeywell’s Roger Rebennack for sharing Indianapolis’ Circle of Lights® presented by Quality Connection and IBEW #481: a must-see holiday tradition! Video available.

100,000 spectators. 4,784 colored lights. 52 garland strands. 52 larger-than-life decorations. 51 years. One must-see holiday tradition! For 51 years, thousands of spectators have gathered Downtown at Monument Circle to see the most spectacular holiday display illuminate. Indy’s most beloved holiday tradition is here again. Circle of Lights® presented by the Contractors of Quality Connection and Electrical Workers of IBEW #481 will take place the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 29, 2013.

Generations of families are drawn to this beautiful centerpiece each year. The Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Monument will again be surrounded with 26 larger-than-life toy soldiers and sailors, along with 26 peppermint sticks. Additionally, 52 garland strands with 4,784 colored lights will be strung from the top of the Monument to its base.

More than 100,000 spectators are expected for the FREE Circle of Lights® presented by Quality Connection and IBEW #481 ceremonial lighting and holiday kickoff on Friday, Nov. 29. Entertainers chosen from statewide auditions will share the stage with Indianapolis native Sandi Patty and The von Trapp Family singers, both appearing at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Duke Energy Yuletide Celebration. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. with the televised show running from 7 – 8 p.m. The Monument light-up will occur at approximately 7:45 p.m.

Each year, a lucky child is chosen from a coloring contest to help “flip the switch” with Santa and the Mayor. The show stage features a Santa’s Workshop theme complete with toy soldiers and sailors, peppermint sticks, ornaments, elves in the workshop and an abundance of toys. The stage centers around a countdown box.

Millions of sightseers will take in this brilliant spectacle throughout the holiday season, lit through Jan. 11. The decoration of Monument Circle is one of Central Indiana’s favorite holiday traditions! Travelocity named the Circle of Lights® one of the top five “must-see Christmas trees” in the nation.

“The Contractors of Quality Connection and Electrical Workers of IBEW #481 are thrilled to be the presenting partners of Circle of Lights,” said Sean Seyferth, IBEW #481 business manager. “The tradition is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the standards and craft of the union electrical construction industry along with our community commitment. We invite all Hoosiers to kick off their holiday celebration with us!” As the presenting partners of Circle of Lights®, Quality Connection is a labor management partnership that represents more than 100 union electrical contractors and more than 3,000 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) #481 electrical workers. Together labor and management provide the needed expertise, highly trained workforce, safety and dedication to help build many of Central Indiana’s premiere education, health care, utility and logistics projects. The unique business relationship spans more than 50 years and represents a strong tradition of quality electrical construction, progressive labor negotiations and community service. With an unprecedented commitment to workforce training, job safety and worker standards, Quality Connection… Quality Work, Customer Connected. Visit www.qc-indy.com

ControlTrends Awards Thanks Engineered Systems for Their Media Sponsor Support

EngineeredSystems Editor The ControlTrends Steering Committee thanks ES Engineered Systems’ Robert Beverly for his editor’s note and we look forward to ES’s continued coverage of our 2013 ControlTrends Awards at the BB King Blues Club, in NY Times Square, January 21, 2014. For those of you who missed the March 5 edition of Engineered Systems, which covered our 2012 ControlTrends Awards in Dallas, TX, here it is: [Read more...]

Ken’s TOP 5 Information Pivot Points of Week 31

OX 5 1. The Energy Department will present a live webinar titled “The Buildings Performance Database: The Power of Data” on Tuesday, August 6, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The webinar will offer an overview of the Buildings Performance Database goals and design principles, a live demo of the database, information on how to contribute data, and a question and answer session. Pre-registration required.

2. SmartPlanet Daily reports that Saudi Arabia is building a massive $22 billion metro to cut oil use: Imagine if all 6 million people in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area drove everywhere. Without the metro and bus systems there would be massive gridlock (way more than there already is). [Read more...]

Ken’s TOP 5 Information Pivot Points of Week 30

OX 5 1. Building a Digital Culture: Patrick Hoffstetter, the Chief Digital Officer of Renault, describes the challenges that many companies face in creating a culture with digital at its core. It starts with providing a clear vision of what digital is, and what it can do, for everyone in the organization. Patrick spoke at the Chief Marketing & Sales Officer Forum event in Barcelona. Source: McKinsey & Company

2. ITworld invites you to tell them your plans, expectations and apprehensions around Big Data. What factors are driving adoption of this technology? What challenges have you experienced, or do you expect to encounter, with Big Data? How do you think Big Data can most benefit your organization? If you have something to tell ITworld regarding Big Data, click on the link below and share it with ITworld. [Read more...]

Good News in Business

I’ve been in the beautiful (and very hot) upstate of South Carolina this week, and I have been visiting some of our wholesale friends up here.  One thing that I have heard over and over is that business is picking up, and that is a very good and encouraging thing to hear.  For years, we have all been hearing (and feeling) that business is down, business is slow…  so it is great to finally have an upswing.  Just thought I would share the encouragement!  May business continue to grow and be strong for all of us!