ControlTrends Awards Announces the 2014 CTA Award Winners, Young Guns, Petock Award Recipients, and Hall of Fame Inductees

CTA_LOGO1 The 2014 ControlTrends Awards were held in the elegant Prairie Ballroom at the McCormick Hyatt Hotel. Marc Petock and Kimberly Brown co-hosted the standing room only awards ceremony that recognized the 2014 ControlTrends heroes and superstars of the HVAC and Building Automation industry. The awards also recognized 2014’s seven Top Gun Awards recipients and Tom Shircliff and Bob Murchison received the coveted Petock Award. The pinnacle event of the evening — Michael Newman and George Thomas induction into the ControlTrends Awards Hall of Fame. Photo and video highlights to follow!

ControlTrends is delighted to present the 2014 ControlTrends Award winners:

2014 ControlTrends Awards Residential Thermostat of the Year: Honeywell RedLINK

2014 ControlTrends Awards Commercial Thermostat of the Year: Schneider Electric SE8000

2014 ControlTrends Awards VFD Manufacturer of the Year: Siemens BT300

2014 ControlTrends Awards Wireless Product/Solution of the Year: Can2Go (SmartStruxure Lite) and Thermokon

2014 ControlTrends Awards Peripheral Product of the Year: Contemporary Controls

2014 ControlTrends Awards Lighting Integration Solution of the Year: Delta DLS

2014 ControlTrends Awards Innovative Product of the Year: Lynxspring Lynx CyberPro

2014 ControlTrends Awards Energy Savings Product of the Year: Belimo Energy Valve

2014 ControlTrends Awards Building Automation VAV Controller of the Year: KMC SimplyVAV

2014 ControlTrends Awards Building Automation Plant/Equipment Controller of the Year: EasyIO FG-32

2014 ControlTrends Awards 3rd Party Visualization Software of the Year: DG Logik DGLUX

2014 ControlTrends Awards Building Analytics Software of the Year: SkyFoundry

2014 ControlTrends Awards Programming Software Tool of the Year: Johnson Controls FX ASSET Tool

2014 ControlTrends Awards Building Integration & Automation Software of the Year: Niagara AX

2014 ControlTrends Awards Building Automation Control System of the Year: Delta Controls

2014 ControlTrends Award Best Technical Support Person of the Year — Small Manufacturer: Lim Hoon Chiat, EasyIO

2014 ControlTrends Award Best Technical Support Person of the Year — Large Manufacturer: Greg Halloway, Delta Controls and Greg Wilmer, Johnson Controls

2014 ControlTrends Award Best Technical Support Company of the Year — Small Manufacturer: ACI

2014 ControlTrends Award Best Technical Support Company of the Year — Large Manufacturer: Belimo

2014 ControlTrends Awards Vendor of the Year — Small Manufacturer: Neptronic

2014 ControlTrends Awards Vendor of the Year — Large Manufacturer: Schneider Electric

2014 ControlTrends Awards Professionalism, Integrity, Dedication (PID) Award: Laura Kevitt, Honeywell

2014 ControlTrends Award Executive of the Year — Small Manufacturer: Gordon Chan, EasyIO

2014 ControlTrends Award Executive of the Year — Large Manufacturer: Nino DiCosmo, Tridium

ControlTrends Awards Highlight: In the Winner’s Circle with ACI’s Brian Stats

Automation Components, Inc. — ACI won the 2013 ControlTrends Awards Small Manufacturer of the Year because the ControlTrends Community voted ACI 2013’s top manufacturer and distributor of sensors and integration accessories vital to the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Industry. Founded in 1991, ACI continues to grow and now employs over 160 quality individuals!

ControlTalk NOW: The Smart Building Podcast/Videocast Week Ending January 11, 2015

ControlTalk NOW thanks this week’s Premium sponsors Delta Controls and Neptronic. This week’s posts included updated SmartGrid.gov information; Visionary Jim Sinopoli’s Smart Buildings Predictions for 2015; New Products review from ACI’s Barry Gordon; Rob Allen breaks down 2014 CTA Awards nominee Blue Ridge Technologies; and Siemens’ product discussion with Joshua Felperin. Don’t miss our very special interview with EasyIO’s globetrotter, Mike Marston, who provides EasyIO updates from Cambodia.

Delta2 The Delta Difference: At Delta Controls, the mantra Do It Right is the “how”. It is how we design, manufacture and support our products. It is how we serve our customers. It is how we treat our employees, partners and vendors. And it is how we view business in general and respect the planet we live on. Delta Controls is one of the largest independent manufacturers of building automation systems with more than 300 installers in over 80 countries. For more than 3 decades Delta Controls has offered dependable and user-friendly building control solutions to commercial, healthcare, education, leisure buildings and more.

Neptronics 1 HVAC products and solutions since 1976. Founded in 1976, Neptronic is a private corporation that designs, manufactures and distributes products for the HVAC industry. Our product line includes intelligent controllers, electronic actuators, actuated valves, humidifiers and electric heaters. Our products are designed and manufactured by over 250 dedicated employees in our 7,500 m2 (80,000 ft2) state-of-the-art facility located in Montreal, Canada.

smart_grid139 Utilities Share Smart Grid Deployment Results at DOE-EPRI Conference: January 6, 2015: Thirty nine utilities met October 27-29, 2014, in Charlotte, North Carolina, to share results and lessons learned resulting from smart grid deployments supported through funds provided by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). This report provides a summary of the conference – the Smart Grid Experience: Applying Results, Reaching Beyond.

Jim SJim Sinopoli’s Smart Buildings Predictions for 2015. DRIVERLESS BUILDINGS. Predictions for Smart Buildings 2015 by Jim Sinopoli, PE, LEED AP Smart Buildings LLC.

Over the last few years companies have developed and demonstrated driverless car technology; Google, Audi, BMW and dozens of other companies and universities have been involved. With the use of cameras, sensors, “decision and driving strategy and logic”, traffic sign recognition, pedestrian spotting and lane departure warnings, many but not all of the technical aspects have been addressed.

MikeMarstonControlTalk NOW interview with special guest, EasyIO’s Mike Marston, from Cambodia. Few people in the HVAC and Building Integration industry enjoy their profession. and are as successful at it, as Mike Marston. Mike’s enthusiasm and pride of ownership are infectious. Led by Gordon Chen, Mike Marston, and Lim Hoon Chiat, EasyIO is on the move with partners in over 30 countries. EasyIO has been nominated for eight 2014 ControlTrends Awards. Watch this interview and see why!

aci logoMessage from Barry Gordon: ACI Releases New Products for 2015!ACI is always standing by it’s motto to “Engineer a Better Sensor Solution.” We take great pride in our engineering achievements and have invested substantially in new product development. With that in mind, I am excited to introduce our newest product offerings; A/CO2 Series, WPR Wet to Wet DP, and PowerScout(TM) 3037 Series.

blue ridgeRob Allen Breaks Down 2014 ControlTrends Awards Finalist Blue Ridge Technologies. Rob Allen investigates Blue Ridge Technologies and Unified Lighting Control on this episode of 7 Minutes in Control. Many believe that when a complete Building Automation System (BAS) is required, Unified Lighting Control is a superior lighting control solution. We will know January 26, 2015 if the world-wide ControlTrends Community agrees with this statement when their votes will be heard. Nominated for the 2014 Lighting Integration Provider/Solution of The Year Award, we wish Blue Ridge Technologies all the best.

SiemensSiemens Gets Ready for the 2014 ControlTrends Awards. Monday, January 26, 2015, between 6-8, the Prairie Ball Room at the Hyatt McCormick Place will be rocking as the Super Stars of the Building Automation and HVAC controls industry walk the Red Carpet and celebrate the 2014 ControlTrends Awards. ControlTrends Awards Platinum Sponsor Siemens is in the hunt for four Awards at this year’s show. The very talented, Joshua Felperin, stopped by to talk about Siemens entries and give us a run down on the new Siemens Variable Frequency Drive.

Honeywell-WEBs-AXHoneywell WEBs AX: In the Hunt for 2014 Building Automation Control System of the Year. Honeywell’s WEBs AX offers a Smart Solution for your Intelligent Buildings applications. WEBs AX connects buildings with maximum efficiency, reduces maintenance costs with centralized control. Additionally, WEBs AX offfers an open, scalable solution that lets you take immediate control of your HVAC control starting with thermostatic control, IAQ control, lighting, on your way to total access and video surveillance integration. The Honeywell WEBs AX possibilities are endless!

ControlTalk NOW for the Week Ending December 14, 2014

PodCast Show Notes:

DGLux5_IoT_App_IconControlTalk NOW thanks this week’s sponsor DGLogik–the game changer in the Internet of Things and the building automation industry leader in designing custom IoT software tools. With deep integration to multiple data providers, DGLogik’s IoT visualizations are guaranteed to help you monitor more effectively, save time and decrease costs directly translating into increased revenues.

US_DOEDOE Publishes Priority Enabling HVAC Technology R&D Initiatives. Energy Department Releases Roadmaps on HVAC Technologies, Appliances, and Low-GWP (Global Warming Potential) Refrigerants. For HVAC, BTO targets 12% and 24% primary energy savings by 2020 and 2030, respectively. The recommended initiatives in the report each target one or more R&D needs for residential and commercial HVAC technologies and related systems, such as controls, distribution systems, and design, installation, operation, and maintenance practices.

Neptronics1The Perfect Gift for the Control Pro that Has Everything: Just in time for the holidays, Ken Smyers, the man, the myth, the legend, discovers the perfect gift for the HVAC and Building Automation Control Pro. Introducing the 24 Karat Gold thermostat from Neptronic. That’s right, those innovative Canadians are at it again. In addition to providing building automation controls, energy saving equipment, and world class service, the team at Neptronic make a beautiful 24 Karat gold thermostat.

Neptronics feat imControlTalk NOW interviews Neptronic’s Luis Melgares. Luis has been nominated for the 2014 ControlTrends Awards’ Best Technical Support (Small Manufacturer) and the PID Award categories. Luis’ enormous breath of experience, passion for excellence, and genuine concern for his customers, make Luis one of the most recognized and respected experts in the HVAC industry. Listen in, as Luis shares his deep insights into the HVAC industry and what he feels are the Neptronic differentiators that elevate Neptronic people and products above their competitors.

Functional Devices logo for thumbnailSee Why Functional Devices is a ControlTrends Community Favorite. Why is Functional Devices such a favorite within the ControlTrends Community and a go to supplier for peripheral devices? Well we can start with the really innovative cool products like the RIB ( Relay in a Box) relay. Products made by Functional Devices are just that…functional…and price competitive….and easy to use. The PSH500A-LVC power supply fits the Functional Devices mode: it is a cost-saving, prepackaged solution for HVAC applications.

RIBTW24B-BCAOFunctional Devices Introduces the RIBTW24B-BCAO Analog Output Network Device. This week Functional Devices released yet another innovative product that gives users a low cost and convenient solution loaded with features. The Enclosed BACnet® MS/TP Network Relay Device; One Binary Output (20 Amp Relay SPDT + Override); One Binary Input (Dry Contact, Class 2); One Analog Voltage Output (0-5 Vdc / 0-10 Vdc); One Analog Current Output (4-20 mA); 24 Vac/dc Power Input; Optional End of Line Resistor (EOL) Included.

BarryGACI purchased ACT’s Line of Interface Devices. ACI’s Barry Gordon Reminder — ACI purchased ACT’s Line of Interface Devices. You might already be aware that ACI purchased ACT’s line of Interface Devices a while back. They are now manufactured in the USA at our Middleton based production facility. We stock an impressive variety of Interface Devices at ACI, and they can be combined with your Temperature, RH, Pressure, Gas, or Current Sensor orders.

DGLogik_SurferCheck Out Project Assist for DGLux5! DGLogik Training Summit, January, 2015. Project Assist for DGLux5: If you didn’t get a chance to experience the latest modern development environment of Project Assist, Check It Out Now! Download the latest version both DGLux5 and Project Assist by logging into your account through our website and checking out the “Downloads” section. DGLux5 is the most mature and sophisticated IoT Application Platform that easily enables the unification of all your data systems and multiple data providers into a singular interface.

isa_logoInternational Systems of America: ISA’s Mike Epperson has been nominated for Executive of the Year (Small Manufacturer) and it’s easy to see why! ISA is a growing solutions provider with six locations throughout the US. ISA takes great pride in their extensive product and service offerings for fire, energy, security and communication systems. And when ISA solutions come together to make a real difference for their customers –helping solve critical issues — ISA knows its focus and dedication are paying off!

ACI’s Barry Gordon Reminder — ACI purchased ACT’s Line of Interface Devices

aci-actYou might already be aware that ACI purchased ACT’s line of Interface Devices a while back. They are now manufactured in the USA at our Middleton based production facility. We stock an impressive variety of Interface Devices at ACI, and they can be combined with your Temperature, RH, Pressure, Gas, or Current Sensor orders.

Here is a link to the datasheets for all of the Interface Devices, along with list prices: workaci.com/catalog/interface-devices”>workaci.com/catalog/interface-devices. Please give me a call or email for your net pricing, or with any application or technical questions.

Below you will find links to some information on common models:

ARM analog rescaling module-convert one analog signal to another (http://workaci.com/products/arm-analog-re-scaling-module)

PXP series analog to pneumatic converter (http://workaci.com/products/pxp23-dual-valve-control)

EPC series analog to pneumatic converter with selectable output (http://workaci.com/products/epc2-field-adjustable-dual-valve-control)

AAR analog input to two adjustable relay outputs (http://workaci.com/products/aar-analog-input-2-adjustable-relay-outputs)

6N1-ISO six analog inputs to hi, low, average, or binary output (http://workaci.com/products/6n1-iso-six-analog-average-hilo-difference-and-binary-conversion)

Interface Devices, also known as Interface Control Components (ICC), are primarily used to transfer, modify, condition and isolate signals between computer controllers, sensors, actuators and any other field devices. Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning systems often require Interface Devices to link equipment from different manufacturers and different technologies, and are especially common in retro-fit applications.

Industrial Processes also monitor inputs from various sensors and condition signals for acceptance and manipulation by their computer controllers. ACI Interface Devices help Building Automation System managers address the need to improve energy efficiency, regardless of the software, firmware or hardware involved.

As always, feel free to get in touch with me if I can answer questions, or be of assistance.

Thank you and have a great day!

Barry Gordon
Sales Engineer
Automation Components, Inc.
888-967-5224
fax(608-831-7407)
www.workaci.com

ControlTalk NOW for the Week Ending November 9, 2014

Honeywell 180x120ControlTrends thanks this week’s ControlTalk NOW Platinum sponsor, Honeywell! Honeywell invents and manufactures technologies to address some of the world’s toughest challenges initiated by revolutionary macrotrends in science, technology and society. A Fortune 100 company, Honeywell creates solutions to improve the quality of life of people around the globe: generating clean, healthy energy – and using it more efficiently.

Ken SinclairKen Sinclair’s November Edition of Automated Buildings: The “I of Me” of IoT. Excerpt from Automated Building’s Ken Sinclair’s comments on IoT: “Your present IoT understanding, which I choose to whimsically call “The I of Me” greatly controls your comprehension and expectations of what those three letters might mean to you and those around you. The art, science, and social interaction of our time “The Internet of Things” (IoT), reflects life and is affecting all of our lives daily so get over it.” Another flurry of great articles in automatedbuildings.com’s November issue.

aci logoACI’s TSENSE — Combination CO2 Sensor with Temperature, RH, & Display. TSENSE is an advanced and versatile 3 in 1 transmitter. Designed for installation in the air conditioned zone, it measures CO2 concentration, temperature, and humidity in the ambient air. The data is transmitted to a BMS system or a stand-alone controller using industry-standard output signals and communication protocols, including BACnet. Visit ACI!

Marshall1Eric’s Teacher on Ted Talk. Marshall Thurber is a teacher that has had a profound impact on my life and business philosophy. I had the good fortune to study and work with Marshall for many years.I quote him often on ControlTalk Now. To get a feel for Marshall, check out this video Marshall doing a Ted Talk in Melbourne. Marshall Thurber has been named the godfather of business and has been responsible for teaching some of the world’s greatest business minds including Tony Robbins, Robert Kiyosaki and Jack Canfield to name a few.

BelimoControlTalk NOW’s first guest: Gary Weber, Distribution Sales Manager, North America, Belimo Air Controls, USA. Gary discusses the Belimo Platinum Distributor meeting in St. Kitts, The Energy Valve, the Belimo BAcnet communication feature, the business philosophies that have made Belimo so successful for so many years, and many more topics.

BelimoEnergyValveStreamWhy the World Loves The Belimo Energy Valve. See why the Belimo Energy Valve is a finalist for the 2014 ControlTrends Energy Savings Solution/Product of the Year and the 2014 ControlTrends Awards Innovative Product of the Year. The Belimo Energy Valve was recognized and nominated by the world-wide ControlTrends Community. Good luck to Belimo and all the finalist for the 2104 ControlTrends Awards to be held January 26, 2015 in Chicago.

Delta2Delta Controls – A Cradle of Innovation. At Delta Controls, Innovation is at the core of what we do. We take BACnet to heart, and have been committed to contributing to BACnet for the last 20 years. We invest in product development and R&D. With over 200 years of industry experience in our R&D department alone, we know that innovation requires having teams in the field and involving our customers in the development process. Innovation, quality, and customer satisfaction.

SGIPSGIP’s Smart Grid Cybersecurity — Importance & Resource Guide. The Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) mission is to accelerate the implementation of interoperable Smart Grid devices and systems. SGIP is a valuable source of information and guidance on all matters concerning the Smart Grid. One particularly resourceful tool is their SGIP’s Cybersecurity infographic an easy-to-use User’s Guide for NISTIR 7628 and Understanding How to Manage Smart Grid Cybersecurity Risk.

Chris E PicControlTrends People: Chris Eichmann from Johnson Controls. I had a chance to sit down and talk with the ever impressive Chris Eichmann from Johnson Controls. Find out what Chris had to say about how Johnson Controls is adding even more to their value proposition, a special Johnson Controls Event for 2015, and what makes the Johnson people and products such compelling choices for the 2014 ControlTrends Awards. Chris Eichmann, VP & General Manager, Controls & BAS Distribution, is a former recipient of the ControlTrends HVAC Controls Executive of The Year, and because of his outstanding leadership and commitment to excellence, is in the hunt for another trophy at this year’s awards.

ACI’s TSENSE — Combination CO2 Sensor with Temperature, RH, & Display

ACI_TSENSE TSENSE is an advanced and versatile 3 in 1 transmitter. Designed for installation in the air conditioned zone, it measures CO2 concentration, temperature, and humidity in the ambient air. The data is transmitted to a BMS system or a stand-alone controller using industry-standard output signals and communication protocols, including BACnet.

TSENSE combines all the necessary elements for effective climate control in commercial office buildings, hospitals, hotels, schools, and other facilities. This allows for a comfortable and healthy environment for the occupants. It is flexible in design and is suitable for use in many different energy efficient ventilation strategies.

The TSENSE Series is covered by ACI’s Five (5) Year Limited Warranty.

Some features of the TSENSE include:

-0 to 10 VDC outputs based on 0-2000 ppm, 32-122 degrees F, 0-95% RH
-Relay On/Off, based on 1000/900 ppm (CO2)
-Life expectancy based on 15 years
-Backlit LCD displays: CO2 (ppm), Temperature (F), and Humidity (%RH)
-Touch display menu system

As always, please feel free to call 608-831-2585 or email Barry Gordon, bgordon@workaci.com if you have any questions or need assistance!

Meet Your Device Companion for Any Job — ACI’s JOB KIT

ACI_JOB_KITThe ACI JOB KIT is a comprehensive A-Z peripheral tool chest, which equates to an assortment of the most common component parts that seem to be the most elusive and inexpensive set of thermistor probes and sensors, power supplies, relays, current switches, and basic rescaling and analog to relay interface devices that can rescue most of the BMS service calls, and save the enormous expense and operational disruption of a return trip to the site for a relatively low cost item — that should always be readily available (But somehow, isn’t).

ACI JOB KITS are available now! — from your local ACI distributor and ACI. Give your service team the confidence in the tools they need to get the job done the first service call.

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ACI Takes Contractor Support to the Next Level — New JOBKIT: “Ultimate Job Saver,” Peripheral Preparation!

aci logoBarry Gordon always asks us, “How can ACI better serve the controls contractors, who have the greatest pressure to “just get it done;” yet, are so often plagued by not having the right critical part to finish the service call, and move on to the next urgent customer?”

That inquiry spawned this amazing response from ACI who selected the most likely items to get you out of a jam. ACI has your back when you’re out in the field and stays busy adding new and unique options to their product portfolio. As Troy A. Schwenn, President, ACI: work-aci proudly adds, “This is why our company motto is Engineering a Better Sensor Solution!”

ACI_JOBKITThe ACI JOBKIT is a comprehensive A-Z peripheral tool chest, which equates to an assortment of the most common component parts that seem to be the most elusive and inexpensive set of thermistor probes and sensors, power supplies, relays, current switches, and basic rescaling and analog to relay interface devices that can rescue most of the BMS service calls, and save the enormous expense and operational disruption of a return trip to the site for a relatively low cost item — that should always be readily available (But somehow, isn’t).

ACI JOBKITS are available now from your local ACI distributor. Give your service team the confidence in the tools they need to get the job done the first service call. ACI_JOBKIT2 Invest in a JOBKIT for each of your service vehicles and watch your profits grow! Order your JOBKIT from your ACI distributor, TODAY!

ControlTalk NOW for Week Ending May 25, 2014

Welcome to this week’s ControlTalk NOW, which features several new product releases, valuable technical information, new web-site info, video interviews with industry leaders, previews of upcoming calendar events, a host of industry updates and more on Cyber Security from Marc Petock.


newhwwebsiteHoneywell’s New Website and 10 New Product Innovations: A Lot is New with Us! Did you know we launched over 10 new products since last fall and built a new website? There are also some new guidelines for the ACI/BCS/BCA program that you need to be aware of among other exciting news. Visit Honeywell’s Solution Center to get the latest ideas on how to increase the efficiency, comfort, and security of your building projects.

Belimo-Energy-Valve11The Belimo Energy Valve Video Training Class:The Belimo Energy Valve, in addition to winning the 2012 ControlTrends Awards Commercial product of The Year, is a unique product that measures, controls, and improves performance of HVAC equipment. The Belimo Energy Valve combines five functions in one valve and that includes energy monitoring. In this video (nice job, Belimo) you can see that the Belimo Energy Valve measures, controls, balances, and shuts off — all in one valve body, while serving up all the point data.

JCI+Dampers-700x400Johnson Controls Leading Provider of Air Control Products, HVAC Dampers & Louvers:Johnson Controls, 2013 ControlTrends Awards Commercial HVAC Controls Vendor of the Year is one of the few manufacturers that offers a complete line of HVAC controls! Whether it’s Actuators, Air Control Products, Control Panels, Control Sensors, Current Sensors & Transducers, Thermostats, Valves, or Variable Speed Drives, look to Johnson Controls for your solution. Since 1905, Johnson Controls has manufactured industry-leading temperature control dampers!

smv_3000Increase Plant Efficiency with the SMV Transmitter:Effective control and monitoring of a process requires accurate and consistent measurement of different process variables. Honeywell’s SMV 3000 Smart Multivariable Flow Transmitter measures the flow of virtually any liquid, gas or slurry for which a primary flow element exists to provide a differential measurement. This transmitter combines integrated sensor and microprocessor technologies, as well as dynamic flow compensation, to produce the most accurate and consistent flow measurement possible.

asco 8214ASCO Gas Shut Off Valves:ASCO’s 8214 Series valves are internal pilot operated shutoff valves providing on-off control of fuel gas. Features include: Unique double disc design with overtravel provides redundant sealing for leak tight shutoff; Visual indication of open and shut position (Suffix “VI” & “C”)asco 8214; Proof of closure switch 1 amp (Suffix “C”); Silicon free construction (Suffix “SF”) available; Zero differential piloted diaphragm; For on-off control of fuel gas in commercial and industrial gas burners; Valves provided with 1/8″ NPT upstream and downstream pipe taps with plugs for routine testing; and Optional flange adapters for ease of installation and service.

Ron ZimmerControlTrends Talks with CABA’s Ron Zimmer:Ken and I got to catch up with Ron Zimmer at the 2014 Niagara Summit. Ron makes things happen at CABA, an international not-for-profit industry association dedicated to the advancement of intelligent home and intelligent building technologies. CABA is supported by an international membership of nearly 400 companies involved in the design, manufacture, installation and retailing of products relating to home automation and building automation. Public organizations, including utilities and government are also members.

CTA_Museum1ControlTrends Museum: The design and development wheels continue to turn and we are excited to share with the ControlTrends Community, the progress we are making with ControlTrends Museum. We thank the support that we gave received from Eugene Mazo and his team at DGLogik and Ken Sinclair/AutomatedBuildings.com. We will be releasing phase one of the Museum in the next 30-35 days and we look forward to working with key industry leaders in the near future for their additional ideas and support.

BelimoWhy The Belimo Energy Valve Will Make Your Life Easier:Are the heating and cooling coils on your upper floors not controlling properly? Can’t get your system balanced? Are you being asked to find ways to reduce energy consumption? Is your control world already too complicated and you need a simple solution that just works? Then, my HVAC friends, Belimo has a solution for you!

Darrell SmithMicrosoft’s Darrell Smith On How To Make Your Building Smarter:We had a chance to talk with Darrell Smith last year at the IBCON Show. Darrell is the Director of Facilities & Energy at Microsoft and was one of the highlights of IBCON 2013. Darrell’s compelling presentation featured mega-sized results in a mega-sized application that now collects 500,000,000 data transactions every 24 hours from 125 buildings that occupy 15 million square feet and house 57,000 people. All the data is in the cloud and secure.

IBCON_2014Where Do People Go to Discuss Smart Buildings, Energy Efficiency & Innovative Real Estate Operations? This June, people from all over the world will be coming to Las Vegas to meet at the intersection of Commercial & Corporate Real Estate, Technology, Automation and Innovation. IBcon will focus on the most current case studies and issues pertaining to smart, connected, high-performance, energy efficient, hyper-operational, financially optimized and sustainable buildings, portfolios, campuses and cities. Realcomm will continue to explore innovative, efficiency driven operations and present topics such as cloud, big data, mobility, social and integrated business solutions delivered by world class speakers.

smartgridNIST Smart Grid e-Newsletter: Updates & World Metrology Day — Signed in 1875!:May 20 was World Metrology Day, celebrated annually by more than 80 countries, honors the signing of the Treaty of the Meter on May 20, 1875. This international treaty established a collaborative global framework for the advancement of measurement science. For all of us involved in the smart grid industry, the celebration theme “Measurements and the Global Energy Challenge” was especially apt.

ACI_AWARDACI Wins Yet Another Trophy: 2014 Wisconsin Family Business Award! Amongst some intense competition, ACI prevailed winning the grand prize for the 2014 Wisconsin Family Business Award for a medium-sized company. “To be nominated alongside some of Wisconsin’s most historic and successful family-owned businesses was truly humbling, and served as a manifestation of the culture we have worked so hard to create.”

FatherofLEEDsRob Watson, Father of LEED, to Co-Chair IBcon Sustainability Executive Smart Building Symposium: Realcomm | IBcon is pleased to announce that Rob Watson, the “Father of LEED”, will join Dave Pogue of CBRE as Co-Chair of the Sustainability Executive Smart Building Symposium. Rob will add his extraordinary knowledge and experience from the last 30 years as a visionary in sustainability to the Smart Building Symposium.

KMC_CONew KMC Controls Carbon Monoxide Detectors Can Save Lives!Exposure to excessive CO (carbon monoxide) is responsible for an estimated 15,000 emergency room visits and 500 deaths in the United States each year. Most such tragedies caused by the deadly odorless gas are preventable by having working CO detectors installed. All CO sensors have a finite life, and they must be replaced periodically to ensure reliable operation in detecting conditions that are potentially hazardous to human health and safety.

cybersecurity_imageBMS/EMS Cyber Security – A Top Priority, Realcomm Advisory with Marc Petock: Realcomm Advisory: Author: Marc Petock, Vice President, Marketing, Lynxspring & Connexx Energy. Security is no longer a technical challenge; it is a core business issue. Our modern systems consist of many connected, integrated, interoperable systems and devices and intertwined business applications — all are critical for the building to run and perform at maximum efficiency and financial optimization. A security breach or an outage to a business application or an entire network has a direct impact on a company’s bottom line.

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