Episode 299: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending Jan 20, 2019 features the 2018 ControlTrends Awards Winners, the Class of 2018 Young Guns, Hall of Fame Inductees, and the Petock Award recipient, along with a teaser highlight video of the show and some great photo captures. Project Haystack releases Winter 2019 Issue of Connections Magazine; ACI releases new BACnetTM Sensor line; Shorehill recapitalizes [Read more…]
Ken Sinclair was joined by a panel of renown industry experts at the Exploring our Human Connection, Our Seventh Annual Connection Community Collaboratory held January 15th, at the 2019 AHR EXPO in Atlanta, to assist Ken’s heightened efforts to enlighten our industry and help maximize the potential opportunities the burgeoning wave of IoT technologies that both endow — and challenge us. [Read more…]
Episode 296: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending Dec 23, 2018 features ANT Technologies’ Aaron Gorka, who podcasts his inaugural episode of Next Generation Innovation: Meet Four Emerging Leaders. Also, we have Cybersecurity expert Kevin Smith, CTO of Tridium; DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy funding update; Brad White, President, SES Consulting provides expert testimony [Read more…]
Episode 293: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending Dec 2, 2018 features owner and editor, Ken Sinclair, who discusses the theme of his December edition of Automated Buildings and the upcoming training sessions at the 2019 AHR EXPO. Product, Solutions and Event Updates from Functional Devices, Johnson Controls, [Read more…]
Episode 292: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for Week Ending Nov 18, 2018 features interviews with two industry experts: Scott Cochrane, president of Cochrane Supply and Engineering, a multi-award-winning company and a leading Industrial IoT Supplier, and Arthur Alter, VP of Business Development at Acuity Brands, who tells us that DGLUX is back, and in a big way. [Read more…]
The AHR Expo is the world’s largest HVACR event, attracting the most comprehensive gathering of industry professionals from around the globe each year. The Show provides a unique forum where manufacturers of all sizes and specialties, whether a major industry brand or innovative start-up, can come together to share ideas and showcase the future of HVACR technology under one roof. Since 1930, the AHR Expo has remained the industry’s best place for OEMs, engineers, contractors, facility operators, architects, educators and other industry professionals to explore the latest trends and applications and to cultivate mutually beneficial business relationships. The event is co-sponsored by ASHRAE and AHRI, endorsed by many industry leading organizations, and is held concurrently with ASHRAE’s Winter Conference. Badge Registration for AHR 2019 is OPEN!
In his September edition of Automated Buildings, Ken Sinclair concludes that “the most important component of the open movement is opening our minds while growing younger.” Ken also cites Self-learning Machine Vision as the newest and most cost-effective Edge Bot Capability yet. Read more!
Excerpt from Ken’s September editorial: “While whispering, I shouted these words: Those that well understand what I am talking about are younger, we all need to grow younger to understand. We all need to engage with their digitally raised thoughts to help us understand new ways of thinking and doing old things. The complete industry needs to grow younger while engaging in the discussion of digital disruption.” Read more!
Also, get your AHR 2019 EXPO Calendars out — and mark these dates for our Free Education sessions at AHREXPO.com 2019ahratlanta
MONDAY, Jan 14, 2019 — Room B311
9:00-10:00 The Future of Building Automation Creating our New Persona “Building Emotion”
10:30-11:30 Introduction to Building Automation Systems
12:00-1:00 Building Automation 101
1:30-2:30 Smart Environments for Humans
3:00-5:00 GWAC Seminar; Grid Connected Buildings as a Transactive Hub
TUESDAY, Jan 15, 2019 — Room B311
9:00-10:00 Smart Building Automation Evolution from Ethernet to Emotion
10:30-11:30 Semantic Tagging Passes an Inflection Point – Understanding Project Haystack
12:00-1:00 Next Generation HVAC Controls: Open Hardware – Open Software
1:30-2:30 Exploring our Human Connection: 7th Annual Connection Community Collaboratory
3:00-4:00 The Future of the “Super” Master Systems Integrator
More Great September Articles:
Building Better Bots with Machine Vision, Calvin Slater
Sharing of Custom Sedona Kits, Components and Tools, Zach Netsov, Contemporary Controls
Open Hardware, Open Software, and Building Bots, Nicolas Waern, Go-IoT
Elevating Smart Building Design to Create Attractive Spaces, Brad White, SES Consulting Inc.
Is Your Building Running a Fever? Keith Gipson, Phoenix Energy Technologies
We’ve Got It Backwards, Toby Ruckert, UIB
The Building Systems Integrator, Brian Turner, Buildings IOT
Hiring Elite Controls Talent – Part 4, Skip Freeman, BASI Solutions, LLC
Let’s Talk Facility IT, Anto Budiardjo, Fractional Entrepreneur
SaaS for CRE, James McHale, Memoori
Episode 273: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending July 1, 2018, features a discussion with industry expert, Chief Communications Officer and Vice President at Lynxspring, Marc Petock, who provides unique insight into this week’s industry events and trends challenging and changing business as usual. 2018 Realcomm|IBcon interviews continue with Microsoft Azure’s Group Program Manager, Abundant Power Group, and Cyber Pro. 2019 AHR Expo returns to Atlanta — and AHR announces the call for nominations for the prestigious 2019 Innovation Awards. Celebrate National HVAC Technician’s Day, and Honeywell introduces two new products.
AHR Expo Returns to Atlanta for the First Time Since 2001, Clay Stevens, AHR Expo Show Manager, “We are thrilled to be back in this great city for the first time in 17 years.” The AHR Expo will return to Atlanta for the first time since 2001 for its 2019 Show at the Georgia World Congress Center. HVACR accounts for billions of dollars in revenue and is a key economic driver for the state of Georgia, with U.S. Department of Labor projections indicating it will see nearly 20 percent growth in the coming years. With this booming HVACR market, the region is a top location to host the next AHR Expo.
AHR Expo Announced — 2019 Innovation Awards — Call for Entries! he awards call attention to the products, systems and technologies that have set elevated standards for the industry’s responsible and effective use of its resources. Here’s some additional info: Submissions are due by July 31, 2018; Entries should demonstrate innovative design, creativity, application, value and market impact; and Categories include: building automation; cooling; green building; heating; indoor air quality; plumbing; refrigeration; software; tools and instruments; and ventilation.
Microsoft’s Group Program Manager of Azure IoT, Bert Van Hoof and Willow’s CEO and Co-Founder, Josh Ridley at 2018 Realcomm|IBcon. Bert Van Hoof tells us about Microsoft’s ability to help influence what “SMART” means in the smart building context and how their new Azure platform capabilities, which Microsoft refers to as Spacial Intelligence, are helping their partners realize their innovation goals in new global markets. Willow’s CEO and Co-Founder, Josh Ridley, explains that without a Digital Twin, you don’t really have a user experience. Willow is about the digital environment for a physical world. Great Willow demonstration follows.
Cyber Pro: Smart Power Supply. No matter how good your smart building controls are, if the power coming to them is off, the controls won’t work the way they should. Get the power right and you are on your way to creating a great smart building controls system. We had the chance to catch up with Dan Niewirowicz,CEO at Next Device, LLC, about CyberPower. CyberPower designs and manufactures uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems, power distribution units (PDUs), rack enclosures, surge protectors, remote management hardware, power management software, mobile chargers, and connectivity products.
NATIONAL HVAC TECH DAY: With the days heating up, June 22nd is a perfect day for National HVAC Tech Day! Why should we show appreciation for our HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) Technicians? Though a variety of home heating and cooling techniques have existed since ancient times, central heating and air as we know it was born in the early 1900s. New inventions like the residential air conditioner and advances in older technologies, such as the thermostat and blower-equipped furnaces, gave Americans greater control over their indoor comfort than ever before.NATIONAL HVAC TECH DAY – June 22! Belated Congratulations and Thanks for a Job Well Done!Making Buildings Smarter: Catching Up with Abundant Power at 2018 RealComm|IBcon. had a chance to meet Derek McGarry, the Head Building Performance Engineer at Abundant Power. Abundant Power out of Charlotte, North Carolina, provides solution focused services, great customer service, and profit driven outcomes so that their customers get the most value out of Analytics, and as we all know making data actionable and useful is easier said than done. After hearing what Derek has to say, I believe that Abundant Power knows how to use data to make buldings smarter. And with great smart building controls integrators like McKenney’s, Atlanta, using their product, they are keeping very good company. Just Announced: New Products from Honeywell.. 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.
The awards call attention to the products, systems and technologies that have set elevated standards for the industry’s responsible and effective use of its resources. Here’s some additional info:
· Submissions are due by July 31, 2018
· Entries should demonstrate innovative design, creativity, application, value and market impact
· Categories include: building automation; cooling; green building; heating; indoor air quality; plumbing; refrigeration; software; tools and instruments; and ventilation
· Winners in each of the 10 product categories will receive special recognition prior to the Show, and will be given their awards during a ceremony on Tuesday, January 15 at the Expo venue in Atlanta
The AHR Expo will return to Atlanta for the first time since 2001 for its 2019 Show at the Georgia World Congress Center. HVACR accounts for billions of dollars in revenue and is a key economic driver for the state of Georgia, with U.S. Department of Labor projections indicating it will see nearly 20 percent growth in the coming years. With this booming HVACR market, the region is a top location to host the next AHR Expo.
We are thrilled to be back in this great city for the first time in 17 years. Atlanta, particularly the Georgia World Congress Center, is a hub for some of the country’s largest trade shows — a list that, for 2019, includes AHR. We are excited to be back in this region and to invite professionals from all over the world to experience its energy and pace.
The AHR Expo brings more than 60,000 attendees an exclusive opportunity to be at the forefront of experiencing and adopting the latest industry applications and products, as well as the chance to learn about emerging technologies before they are mainstream. Over 2,100 companies exhibit from 35 represented countries, making the three-day Show an opportunity to network with enough potential business partners to build out an entire year’s business prospects.
We receive consistent feedback at each Show that AHR is the place for best-in-class education of industry trends and practices, as well as a source for professionals to network with other people in the business of all titles and trades. Every year we see returning exhibitors and attendees who have been with us for years, as well as companies launching into business. It’s an exciting place to convene with the best in practice and it really gives an accurate snapshot of what’s going on in the industry.
“The AHR Expo is the heartbeat of the industry. Everybody that’s anybody is here, either exhibiting or attending,” said Kevin Bergin, director of Aspen Pumps Inc. at the 2018 Show. “We come to the Show to check the pulse of the industry, and to get an opportunity to build relationships with new and existing customers in the U.S. This Show lets us see how people are thinking about the year ahead. Based on the [2018 Show], we’re seeing a lot of confidence, and in our product category, the industry is still growing and that’s a big opportunity for us in the U.S.”
Atlanta is home to many popular tourism attractions to be seen outside of the Show, including the World of Coca-Cola, Centennial Olympic Park and the world-famous Georgia Aquarium. The 2019 AHR Expo’s return to Atlanta presents an exciting opportunity for professionals from all over the world to visit the Southeast region and to experience it first-hand.