ControlTrends joined Distech’s Ryan Sen, Director, Customer Experience, and Charles Pelletier, Global Product Manager, at the 2018 Realcomm|IBcon vendors exhibit to get a firsthand demonstration of Distech’s new UniTouch APP, which truly gives the occupant total control of their space — using their Bluetooth connected mobile device to control their temperature setting, lighting/dimming preference, fan speed, CO2 reading, blind positioning, and scene selection — all from the palm of their hand!
Episode 258: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending March 11, 2018 features an interview with Alper Üzmezler, BASSG’s Managing Partner and CTO of Anka Labs. Alper takes us on a deep dive into Sandstar, an open-sourced offering from Anka Labs. Check out Honeywell’s e7 Hotel Thermostat; Scott Hamilton joins Acuity Brands’ Distech team; Johnson Controls announces Verasys “Turning Up the Smart” Roadshow — coming to a city near you; Watch 8 More Minutes of Magic with the 2017 ControlTrends Awards extended video, which captures the most exciting night in the HVAC industry; and make sure to read Therese Sullivan’s “Shaking Value Chains and Channeling New Voices in BAS.”
Honeywell is Making Your Hotel Room Smarter with the e7 Smart Thermostat. You already have a smart home, and now, you can have a smart home away from home. Thanks to the launch of Honeywell’s next-generation thermostat for the hospitality industry, you’ll now be able to control the temperature not only of your bedroom, but of your hotel room, too. Meet the new Inncom e7 Thermostat (otherwise known as the e7), heralded as the first enterprise-grade environmental control and energy management solution that also features Amazon Alexa integrations.
Acuity Brands’ Distech Controls Appoints Scott Hamilton as Vice President, Sales. Brossard, QC, March 5, 2018 – Distech Controls, an innovation leader in energy management solutions, is pleased to announce a recent addition to the company’s leadership team: Scott Hamilton joins Distech Controls in the role of Vice President, Sales. With more than 20 years of industry experience, Scott will be responsible for sales channels across the Americas, Australia and Asia, as well as the organization’s OEM channel and Distech Controls Energy Services.
Johnson Controls Announces Verasys “Turning Up the Smart” Roadshow. Verasys® is a new kind of plug-and-play building control system with less complexity and more capabilities to help expand your business and service opportunity for your customers. The best way to fully appreciate this system, is by seeing it in action. The best way to see it in action, is by seeing it live. That’s why we’ll be crossing the U.S. to share it with everyone on the Verasys Roadshow.
2017 ControlTrends Awards HighLight Video Extended Version. Watch eight minutes of magic as we present the 2017 ControlTrends Awards video that captures the ControlTrends Awards ceremony and night in the industry for the superstars and heroes of the HVAC and Building Automation industries. The 2017 Top Gun Awards recipients were recognized, as was the 2017 Petock Award winner Trevor Palmer, Distech/Acutiy Brands, and the ControlTrends Awards Hall of Fame inductees.
Shaking Value Chains and Channeling New Voices in BAS. The unifying forces within the HVAC and Building Automation industries are changing. The universal laws and assumptions we held as champion truths, are no longer valid. Even the gravitational fields that kept the “constellation of value” constant in our channels — are in full flux. New galaxies are forming and steering your way through these new strong and weak interactions may be be dicey. The following article by Therese Sullivan, editor of Building Context, will help to explain why.
ControlTalk NOW interview with Alper Üzmezler, BASSG Managing Partner and CTO of Anka Labs, who begins with an overview of Sandstar, open-sourced offering from Anka Labs. Alper then goes into several demos. BASSG has been involved in commercial building informatics for over a decade, delivering realistic renderings, dashboarding, energy analytics programming, integrations, and other services. BASSG makes a vital contributions to the open-protocol controls industry. BASSG offers a variety of solutions for multi-protocol data transport, data visualization libraries, an editor for custom UI development, and HTML5 block programming tools — and delivers these tools as a unified environment. In mid-2016, BASSG delivered their first generation Edge Analytics Controllers (EACs) to the market.
Distech Controls Appoints Vice President, Sales. Proven industry executive Scott Hamilton joins leadership team.
Brossard, QC, March 5, 2018 – Distech Controls, an innovation leader in energy management solutions, is pleased to announce a recent addition to the company’s leadership team:
Scott Hamilton joins Distech Controls in the role of Vice President, Sales. With more than 20 years of industry experience, Scott will be responsible for sales channels across the Americas, Australia and Asia, as well as the organization’s OEM channel and Distech Controls Energy Services.
Having spent his career in product businesses focused on the commercial construction market, Scott most recently served as Head of Automation Channels at Siemens Building Technologies, where he was responsible for sales, operations and business development for the system integrator, reseller and OEM channels.
Scott is based out of Boston, MA, and holds a Bachelor of Science Business Administration (BSBA), with a specialization in management and marketing from Northeastern University.
“Incredibly complementary to the Distech Controls story, Scott’s unique background is one of having started in the electrical, lighting-focused world and then migrated over to the mechanical side with building management systems,” said Martin Villeneuve, President of Distech Controls. “A proven sales industry expert, Scott’s hands-on customer experience and remarkable people skills will undoubtedly play an integral role going forward in connecting buildings and occupants with Distech Controls’ innovative solutions for enhanced health, productivity and efficiency.”
About Distech Controls:
An innovation leader in energy management solutions, Distech Controls provides unique building management technologies and services that optimize energy efficiency and comfort in buildings, while reducing operating costs. We deliver Innovative Solutions for Greener Buildings™ through our passion for innovation, quality, customer satisfaction, and sustainability. Distech Controls serves multiple market segments through its worldwide business divisions, service offices and a superior network of Authorized System Integrators. Distech Controls Inc. is a subsidiary of Acuity Brands Lighting, Inc. www.distech-controls.com
Episode 250: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending Jan 7, 2018 features our interview with Dan Flaherty, Vice President of Sales, Acuity Brands|Distech Controls and Lance Patterson, Sales Support and Engineering, Distech Controls. Marketing Collateral of the Year Videos from EasyIO and Optergy; Ken Sinclair’s January edition of Automated Buildings; [Read more…]
Atrius Navigator platform service Software Development Kit (SDK) unlocks location-based (LBS) and indoor positioning services (IPS) within mobile applications. Acquiring data from your Atrius Sensory Network, Atrius Navigator delivers precise, cost-effective indoor positioning solutions, enabling applications that redefine customer journeys and enhance business operations.
• Atrius Navigator enables the development of mobile applications using indoor positioning and location-based services, such as: point of interest search, wayfinding (blue-dot navigation), proximity marketing and point of interest notifications, geo-fencing triggers and more
• Effortless IoT with the Atrius Sensory Network – Luminaires enabled with Atrius become your all-in-one technology and network deployment for your indoor and adjacent outdoor environments. Embedded Bluetooth® low energy (BLE) and/or Visible Light Communication (VLC) technologies eliminate the need for additional installation and maintenance of communication beacons
• Easy Setup and Management – Atrius Admin web-based administration tool, simplifies development of your applications, including setting action zones, maintaining venue layouts, managing multi-site requirements and user roles
• Enhance Customer Journeys – Enable real-time indoor positioning services within 10 cm to 3-meter accuracy based on selected technology and deployment
• Connect with Customers – Design precise, real-time location-based interactions with customers and associates
• Improve Operations – Develop new or integrate with existing business systems to bring additional efficiency to store operations, by capturing in-store operations data and transforming workflows such as buy online pick up in store
• Cross Platform SDK – Support for Apple™ iOS 8.0+ and Android™ 5.0+ versions
Episode 223: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast|PodCast for week ending Apr 30, 2017 takes on a special dimension as we videoed the show on location at the CGNA Synergy Conference at the Peabody Hotel, in Memphis, TN. Additionally, EasyIO releases VAV using Wi-Fi Mesh and Live Wiresheets; Hepta Systems’ Jason Houck, Award-Winning Master Systems Integrator on ControlTalk Rewind; Acuity Brands Introduces SiteView™ Energy Solution; AHR interview with Dimitri Papadopoulos of Johnson Controls; ControlTrends Rewind with Therese Sullivan; and new Edge Controllers from Lynxspring.
ControlTrends CGNA Vendor interviews with Earl Doyle, Director, Product Management & Smart Systems Efficiency, VERASYS, Johnson Controls’ Plug-and Play Controls System for Light Commercial Buildings; Josh Felphrin, Senior Sales Manager, Siemens’ TRA and BT300 Solutions; Gina Elliott, Marketing Manager, Small to Mid-Markets, Schneider Electric’s New Building Insights, Small Building & Energy Management System; Aaron Gorka, Innovation Manager, ANT Technologies’Paperless, cloud-based, operational technology for HVAC & Control Contractors; Barry Gordon, Senior Sales Engineer, ACI’s New DLP Differential Low Pressure Transmitter; Maggie Talbert, North East Regional Sales Manager, Functional Devices’ new products and continued partnerships; Bill Dunkleberger, President, Blue Ridge Technologies’ BACnet Unified Lighting Solutions; and Mike Sackett, Executive Director, CGNA Elite — Industry’s Elite Working Together.
EasyIO is CHANGING the Game — Again! VAV using Wi-Fi Mesh and Live Wiresheets. EasyIO is CHANGING the Game — Again! This time with VAV using Wi-Fi Mesh, Live Wiresheets, and you can mix wired and wireless, all running BACnet IP, with free tools and no extra fees. Does it get any better? And you get to keep the labor and wiring savings, as we are not charging a premium for this awesome device. See this in Manchester, UK, May 22-23, 2017, at the Global EasyIO Partner Event.
Hepta Systems’ Jason Houck, Award-Winning Master Systems Integrator on ControlTalk Rewind. On this episode of ControlTalk Rewind, we replay our interview with Hepta Systems’ Jason Houck, Award-Winning Master Systems Integrator. Jason, and Hepta Systems are all about taking the Smart Building Controls concept to the next level — and making their service available through The Panel Shoppe! Inquire within.
Acuity Brands Introduces SiteView™ Energy Solution! Real-Time Power Metering to Manage Energy Consumption and Costs. ATLANTA – April 25, 2017 — Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI) today introduced its SiteView™ Energy solution, which combines power metering devices and a digital dashboard, to create a detailed, real-time look at actual energy consumption within a building. The SiteView Energy solution takes advantage of software that is hosted within nLight ECLYPSE™ smart building-ready controllers, also from Acuity Brands, to help building owners track and analyze weekly, monthly and yearly energy data to identify trends and savings.
Catching Up with Dimitri Papadopoulos and Johnson Controls at the 2017 AHR Show. ControlTrends interview with Dimitri Papadopoulos of Johnson Controls, who tells us all about Johnson Controls’ new Niagara Analytics and the Johnson Controls new technology on display at the 2017 AHR Expo. Johnson Controls featured their FX Supervisory Controllers, which are web-based supervisory-class controllers in the Facility Explorer product family. FX Supervisory Controllers manage networks of field controllers using open communication protocols, such as such as BACnet®, LONWORKS®, and N2 protocols.
Edge Controls the Smart way to do Smart Building Controls: Lynxspring explains at the 2017 AHR Show. ControlTrends stopped by the Lynxspring booth at the 2017 AHR product show case. See what Marc Petock and Chris Ryan had to show us about the edge and Edge controllers. The Edge is the next great frontier in making smart building controls smarter.
Smart Buildings ControlTalk Rewind: Therese Sullivan. On this episode of ControlTalk Now Smart Buildings Control Rewind we feature Therese Sullivan, editor buildingcontext.me. Therese is writer/technologist and marketing professional providing news and analysis for commercial building system integrators, facilities managers and real estate professionals about innovations in building automation with emphasis on data analytics, mobile apps, cloud services and wireless networking.
ATLANTA – April 25, 2017 — Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI) today introduced its SiteView™ Energy solution, which combines power metering devices and a digital dashboard, to create a detailed, real-time look at actual energy consumption within a building. The SiteView Energy solution takes advantage of software that is hosted within nLight ECLYPSE™ smart building-ready controllers, also from Acuity Brands, to help building owners track and analyze weekly, monthly and yearly energy data to identify trends and savings.
The award-winning nLight ECLYPSE controller leverages available BACnet/IP and WiFi networks to allow seamless and reliable integration of nLight® lighting control systems from Acuity Brands with building management systems that use the BACnet communication protocol. nLight ECLYPSE is also one of a limited number of controllers with both building management and lighting control capabilities to earn a BACnet Testing Laboratories’ BACnet Building Controller (B-BC device) listing, and is now further enhanced with the SiteView Energy functionality.
The SiteView Energy solution is easy to implement and supports up to five, revenue-grade power meters per nLight ECLYPSE device. The SiteView Energy edge application is hosted directly within the controller and features a graphical user interface that displays power consumption dashboards that can be viewed on any PC or mobile device. With the added functionality of SiteView Energy, building owners and property managers can analyze energy consumption for a single tenant, multiple tenants or an entire facility with no programming required.
Building owners and property managers can compare load type or floor-to-floor usage, pinpointing areas of higher consumption. These energy usage logs can be exported and submitted to local utilities to help qualify for available utility incentive programs. Also, the SiteView Energy solution capabilities can assist building owners in achieving compliance with regional energy codes such as Local Law 88 in New York and Title 24 in California.
“Lighting is one of the largest electrical loads in today’s buildings. Accurately metering this load easily as a part of the control system only makes sense,” said Acuity Brands Lighting’s Trevor Palmer, Vice President, Applications and User Experience. “The simplified, browser-based configurability and deployment of the SiteView Energy solution make it easier for building owners and property managers to see and manage energy consumption over time and help support their ‘green’ initiatives at a lower total cost than legacy systems. nLight ECLYPSE with the SiteView Energy solution was the logical ‘next step’ in updating our unified lighting controls and building management systems offering, and further demonstrates Acuity Brands’ commitment to bringing innovative products and technology to market,” said Palmer.
The SiteView Energy solution’s user interface can also be used by property managers as a public information dashboard to promote occupant engagement and demonstrate corporate social responsibility by providing tips on saving energy and information on other sustainability initiatives. Please visit SiteView Energy for more information, or www.acuitybrands.com for other lighting control solutions from Acuity Brands.
About Acuity Brands: Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI) is the North American market leader and one of the world’s leading providers of lighting and building management solutions. With fiscal year 2016 net sales of $3.3 billion, Acuity Brands currently employs approximately 12,000 associates and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia with operations throughout North America, and in Europe and Asia. The Company’s products and solutions are sold under various brands, including Lithonia Lighting®, Holophane®, Peerless®, Gotham®, Mark Architectural Lighting™, Winona® Lighting, Juno®, Indy™, Aculux®, Healthcare Lighting®, Hydrel®, American Electric Lighting®, Carandini®, Antique Street Lamps™, Sunoptics®, Distech Controls®, Acuity Controls™, nLight®, ROAM® and Sensor Switch®.
Visit us at www.acuitybrands.com.
Distech Controls‘ EC-Net building management system (BMS) is a comprehensive Web-based platform powered by the Niagara Framework®. The open structure of EC-Net building management system (BMS) creates a common development and management environment for the integration of BACnet®, LONWORKS®, Modbus™, and other standards. More than a building management system, EC-Net system provides all the tools you need to gain intelligence into your buildings’ performance and arm you with the ability to rapidly react to any situation that may adversely affect energy costs, business performance, and ultimately, your bottom line.
ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast|PodCast for week ending Dec 18, 2016 begins with special thanks to two of our Platinum Sponsors: Optergy and Panel Shoppe. We have amazing interviews with Blue Ridge Technology’s President Bill Dunkelberger, Distech’s Vice President, Sales & Energy Services, Dan Flaherty, and ControlTrends People Episode 6 with EasyIO’s Lim Hoon Chiat. Updated coverage of 2017 AHR EXPO; 2017 Lynxspring Exchange Conference date set; Johnson Controls Showcase at the 2017 AHR EXPO; Acuity Brands Lighting Technology Center; KMC, Lynxspring, and Belimo Impact Videos; and DOE’s Solar in Your Community Challenge.
Don’t Miss AHR EXPO 2017 — New Technology & Industry Best-Practices Highlight the Largest AHR Educational Program Ever. AHR 2017’s New Technology & Industry Best-Practices Highlight the Largest AHR Educational Program Ever! With over 75 seminars, technical sessions and certifications offered at the Convention Center, there’s something new to learn at the Show. Many are free with no advance registration necessary. Use the Online Interactive Floor Plan to Map Out Your Time More Effectively!
Lynxspring Announces Dates for 2017 Lynxspring Exchange Conference — October 1–3, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa. LEE’S SUMMIT, MISSOURI (PRWEB) DECEMBER 07, 2016 Lynxspring, Inc. (http://www.lynxspring.com), a premier developer and provider of open, IP-control solutions for building automation, energy management, cyber protection, and device-to-enterprise integration today announced they will hold their second biennial Lynxspring Exchange Conference on October 1 – 3, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Johnson Controls Leads the HVAC Industry with Innovation and New Technology at the 2017 AHR Expo. Johnson Controls will showcase several innovative new technologies at the 2017 AHR Expo, January 30 to February 1 in Las Vegas (booth numbers C2929, C3124 and C3329). The technologies include Verasys™, YORK® YVFA chiller, YORK EcoAdvance, BlueStream™ Hybrid Cooling System and VRF Smart Gateway. These technologies are designed to advance energy efficiency and increase building intelligence.
Touring Acuity Brands Lighting Center. Dan Flaherty, Distech’s Vice President, Sales & Energy Services, takes the ControlTrends Community on a tour of Acuity Brands’ Disney-like technology center, a new mecca for young engineering talent. Join in as Dan shows us some of the really cool ways lighting technology has significantly enhanced the user experience within the Hospital, K-12, and Retail spaces. With the acquisition of Distech and DGLogik, Acuity has re-engineered the way lighting and sensors are deployed and how lighting sensor data and the Distech Eclypse Building Automation Systems are driving the next-gen smarter buildings. Gone are the days of the 72 degree thermostat… for sure.
Our next ControlTrends Interview is with Bill Dunkleberger, President of Blue Ridge Technologies, a manufacture of proven energy management solutions with a focus on Unified Lighting Control. Blue Ridge Technologies (BTR) solutions complete the Building Automation System. Bill Dunkelberger is an industry expert on occupant-centric building and lighting control. Join in as Bill explains the origins of lighting integration issues and how Open Systems, Open Devices, Open Standards, and Open Distribution are the future. We also get to meet Christy O’Neil, BRT’s Support Manager and finalist for the 2016 ControlTrends Support Person of the Year.
2016 ControlTrends Most Impactful Video of the Year — Take One: KMC+DELL Customer Beginnings. Award winning KMC Controls is proud to be a partner with Dell as the building automation industry leaps into the 21st century. The introduction of IoT to building automation systems is changing the way that occupants interact with their environment, their level of comfort, and the efficiency of buildings. Go ahead, we don’t mind if you call us building geniuses.
ControlTrends People Episode 6: EasyIO’s Lim Hoon Chiat. In this episode of ControlTrends People, we explore the life of Lim Hoon Chiat. Lim is now recognized as one of the most successful and prolific minds in our industry. In Episode 6, we follow Lim’s rise from the humblest of origins in Singapore, where as a child, he tinkered with discarded parts to make a television set work for three months, through his days at the University and winning an International Robotic Competition, to his present position at EasyIO. Lim shares the influence and effect that his earliest mentor had on his life and how the philosophic fundamentals of simplicity, constantly challenging one’s self, and the desire to maintain a worldly perspective developed into a life-long passion for innovation.
2016 ControlTrends Most Impactful Video of the Year — Take Two: Introduction to the Lynxspring Onyxx BH311 BACnet to Haystack Data Pump. Overview: The Onyxx™ BH311 Data Pump provides BACnet to Haystack network communication and data exchange. The Onyxx BH311 Data Pump is part of Lynxspring E2E, an edge-to-enterprise ecosystem for the Internet of Things, that enables collaboration between smart systems, smart devices, intelligent equipment and Cloud services. The Helixx™ Framework embedded in the Onyxx BH311 handles the BACnet to Haystack protocol translation, translating BACnet points to manageable Haystack points.
Belimo’s New Advanced Butterfly Valve Technology for High Flow Applications. The newly designed butterfly valve and actuator assembly is the most intelligent, energy efficient, and reliable high flow solution in the HVAC market. With a focus on the ease of installation, application flexibility and longevity, this series sets new performance standards in HVAC applications. Innovative – User Friendly – Reliable, Belimo’s New Advanced Butterfly Valve Technology for High Flow Applications is the Most Intelligent Butterfly Valve on the Market!
DOE: Solar in Your Community Challenge — Application Deadline is January 6, 2017. Dear SunShot Supporter: Have you heard about the Solar in Your Community Challenge yet? It’s a $5 million prize competition funded by the SunShot Initiative that aims to expand solar electricity access. Specifically, it focuses on low-and moderate-income (LMI) households and nonprofits that haven’t been able to take advantage of the booming solar market. Challenge participants are eligible to win cash prizes and technical assistance over the course of 18 months.
I had a chance to go see Distech’s Ryan Sen at Acuity Brands headquarters in Conyers, Georgia. Ryan gave me a very cool demo of how Distech is using their BAS system, along with DGLogik and Acuity lighting controls to take lighting to a new level. Well done!