Episode 301: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending Feb 3, 2019, features interviews with Ken Sinclair, owner and editor of Automated Buildings, who helps to navigate our journey through the perilous “Path of Least Disruption,” and rising entrepreneur and SandStar founder, Alper Üzmezler, CEO of BASSG and Alta Labs. [Read more…]
Episode 300: ControlTalk NOW — The Smart Building and HVAC controls Videocast and PodCast for week ending Jan 27, 2019 celebrates the 300th episode of ControlTalk NOW with our guests: Lynxspring’s Marc Petock, Jackson Control’s Roger Rebennack, and EasyIO’s Mike Marston, and Lim Hoon Chiat. A very special thanks to all the members of the ControlTrends Community that joined in on our celebration, particularly, the team at Jackson Control; Ken Sinclair, Automated Buildings; Howard Berger, Realcomm; Jim Hayman, CGNA; Aaron Gorka, ANT Technologies; and Stephen Johnson, McKenney’s. [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…]
Ant Technologies’ Aaron Gorka takes over as the host of The Next Generation Innovation Podcast. Through interviews and conversations with the smart building and HVAC young guns ( younger superstars) in our industry, Aaron will get unique perspectives and insights from these emerging leaders.
And what better place to start than the Emerging Leaders conference at the 2018 Hardi meeting.
Episode 295: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending Dec 16, 2018 features our interview with ACI’s Tech Support Manager, Matt Buchholz, who is a finalist for the 2018 ControlTrends Awards Technical Support Person of the Year. Next up, Aaron Gorka, Innovation Manager at Ant Technologies, [Read more…]
Episode 276: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending July 30, 2018 features another field interview update from Aaron Gorka, Innovation Manager, ANT Technologies; Sentient Buildings’ David Unger at Realcomm20/IBcon Live; Vykon releases Niagara 4.6; Honeywell Name Reveal: Resideo; Blue Ridge Technologies’ Dennis Swaboda’s BACnet Journal article: BACnet and Total Environmental Control; and don’t miss this week’s Flashback Friday: The Beatles and the Smart Buildings Controls Renaissance video.
Sentient Buildings’ “Building Awareness” at Realcomm20/IBcon Conference — Conference Live Launchpad Interview with David Unger ControlTrends learned about Sentient Buildings at the Realcomm20/IBcon Conference Live Product Launchpad. Sentient Buildings provides Cloud-Connected Controls and Gateways for Building Monitoring and Control Systems — transforming the built environment delivering real-time “building awareness” through the application of IoT technologies connected to smart controls and gateways reporting to cloud platforms.
VYKON Announcement: Niagara 4.6 is Here — Modernize Your Framework to Save Time, Effort and Money! Dear valued partner, Tridium has released Niagara 4.6, a significant advancement in our open framework. Niagara 4.6 provides fertile ground for developing applications that drive building automation systems forward and help businesses take full advantage of the IoT. Niagara 4.6 (22.214.171.124.4) follows the internal release of Niagara 4.5, a build used internally for testing and validating technology upgrades found in this newest release.
Honeywell Homes Name Reveal: A Message from Michael G. Nefkens, President and CEO, Resideo. As you’ve heard from previous communications, Homes and ADI Global Distribution will be spinning off from Honeywell to become an independent company. We expect the spin to be completed by the end of 2018. Many of you have been wondering how we’ll continue to deliver on the heritage and reliability of a great brand like Honeywell and have asked what will the brand become after the spin. In this letter, I’m excited to share with you the new corporate name of the Homes business, how we will go to market using the Honeywell name and a little background on the development of the name.
Listen in to some great heads-up interviews with ControlTrends Young Gun, Aaron Gorka, Innovations Manager, ANT Technologies, and four guests: Nick Benton, Manager Professional Development, HARDI. Columbus, OH; Jake Charleston, Territory Manager, Charleston, Inc. Omaha, NB; José Loubet, Owner, Rafacciones Loubet. Tijuana, Mexico; and Raul Ruiz, Owner — Refaccionaria Ruiz., Ciudad Victoria, Mexico. ANT Technologies are providers of paperless, cloud-based, operational technology for HVAC & Control Contractors. Technicians love this paperless solution that simplifies the business end-of-the-stick, and allows them to focus on maintenance. ANT Technologies solutions add more value!
BACnet and Total Environmental Control: Shining a Light on BAS Controls. With all the conversation about the 3-30-300 metrics and Ken Sinclair’s thoughts on the humanization of buildings and the new ways occupants and buildings will interact, it was interesting when I came across this article from the team at Blue Ridge Technologies (published in the recent edition of the BACnet International Journal).
Flash Back Friday: The Beatles and The Smart Building Controls Renaissance. Ken and I first noticed the controls Industry was in a renaissance period in Paris, at the EASYIO Global Conference. Sitting at a side walk cafe, drinking cafe au lait, discussing what we had seen and heard from the participants at the event,it became apparent that the smart building controls world as we had known it was changing and would never be the same. Over the next year, we noticed how quickly things had changed, and it was at the at EASYIO Global Conference in Manchester, that we confirmed that the New Age and Smart Building Controls Renaissance had indeed arrived, and there was no turning back.
Episode 271: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending June 17, 2018 features an interview with Ken Sinclair (recently returned from Helsinki, Finland), who delivers an amazing account of the European thought process when it comes to our common denominators: buildings, occupants, and trends. Aaron Gorka travels to Minvalco, MN, where ANT Technologies trains on paperless solutions; Dwyer Instruments designs and manufacturers innovative controls, sensors, and instrumentation solutions; CUBE brings compelling efficiencies and cost savings to systems integrations contractors; and Honeywell sunsets their W7752G2000 fan controller.
Ken Sinclair, owner and editor of Automated Buildings (automatedbuildings.com) proved his reputation as a building automation prophet and seer (proof paragraph from 1999 to follow) a long time ago. Our ControlTrend’s interview with Ken (recently returned from the Nordic Smart Building Convention) presents an informative update on the ways other parts of the world go about their business of making Property-Tech’s supreme variable — the occupant — happy and more productive. Plus, a quick review of Automated Buildings’ June edition.
Proof Paragraph: ” In 1999 we started AutomatedBuildings.com, during the dot-com days, we wrote, we have selected this article to be in our first launch issue because we think it sends us all a wake-up call as to how significant the internet is going to be in the future. The concept of a large building as an internet identity with its own web address is now the latest step in presenting and managing your Automated Buildings.”
Dwyer Mission Statement: “To continuously improve our position as a Global leader in designing and manufacturing innovative Controls, Sensors and Instrumentation solutions.” We work tirelessly to get it right. That’s why Dwyer holds over 650 technical patents and that number grows every year. We are an enthusiastic group of people headquartered in Michigan City, Indiana with satellite locations around the globe. We take great pride in the intellect and integrity of our employees who are passionate about the work we do, the products we develop and the industries we serve.
How Can Smart Building and HVAC Contractors be More Efficient and Save Money. As we begin our video tour of the 2018 RealComm|IBcon conference held last week in Las Vegas, we begin with a company we were not familiar with — Cube. In this video, Hector Hernandez, the CEO of Cube, tells us about his software and how it saves contractors major dollars by making sure all the data needed to run a successful smart building or HVAC contracting business is in one place and easy to access.
ControlTrends Young Gun, Aaron Gorka, Innovations Manager, ANT Technologies, providers of paperless, cloud-based, operational technology for HVAC & Control Contractors. Aaron (back from his honeymoon) conducted training at Minvalco, with John Hyden, and Archer Mechanical. Technicians love this paperless solutions that simplifies the business end-of-the-stick, and allows them to focus on maintenance. ANT Technologies solutions add more value!
Honeywell W7752G 2000 Fan Coil Unit to Be Discontinued. 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”.
Episode 261: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending Apr 8, 2018 features an update on the April 1st announcement of the Invisible Stat. Updates from the 449 Technology Center in Zelienople, PA, and Aaron Groka, ANT Technologies’ Innovation Manager, from Uruguay. Have you heard about the April 1st I-Stat marketing release? Project Haystack on the march; Optergy’s awesome new smart phone APP; CGNA Cyber Power Systems Webinar; IBcon SBIS is invite only, register now; Advertise in Project Haystack Spring 2018 Connections Magazines; Optigo pioneers Edge-to-Cloud Network; Lynxspring expands partner channel; Ken Sinclair’s April AB edition; IOTday is April 9th; Don’t miss Niagara NS18 Summit!; and Intesis and DMS Controls exciting new partnership.
ControlTrends Update from 449’s Innovation and Technology Center in Zelienople, PA with 449 instructor, Tim Takacs, who provides more insight to the amazing cutting-edge resources and training available at the new innovation and technology center. The training staff recently added an 110″ monitor to the computer lab and building automation section, where students can program and monitor DDC controllers networked to live loads such as chillers, boiler, AHUs, and other equipment loads.
Hello Haystack Community, This is an Invitation to the Project-Sandstar Working Group. Hello, this is an invitation to the Sandstar projects working group. Sandstar is a project that we are open sourcing which merges Haystack with Sedona. The way we merge haystack with Sedona improves the processes of tagging points and implementing controls. Call to action: Read Project-Sandstar intro doc.
NEW Optergy Smart Phone Application Datasheet. Did you know that every Enterprise and Proton site can take advantage of the the FREE Optergy companion smart phone App? Enabled for both Android and IOS smart phone devices, the App is available NOW to download with unlimited users from Itunes or Google play. The App has a number of cool features to offer value add solutions to your clients including: Multi-site integration, User configurable site dashboards, and more.
ControlTrends Young Gun, Aaron Gorka, Innovations Manager, ANT Technologies, providers of paperless, cloud-based, operational technology for HVAC & Control Contractors, interviews ANT’s Mike Simmons, sales ejecutivo, stationed in Uruguay. Cranes and condominiums abound, gorgeous region of South America. Get your passports in order. These guys from ANT Technologies believe Uruguay presents significant business opportunities.
CGNA Complimentary Webinar — Cyber Power Systems BAS34U24V Product Launch – Wed., 4/11/18 at 2pm Central. Introducing Cyber Power Systems Power Management Solutions from the Edge to the data center. REGISTER NOW! Webinar Topics: Introduction of CyberPower; BAS34U24V Product Launch / market relevance/IT vs OT networks; Learn about the importance of powering and protecting equipment and controls at the edge; Partner Benefits/Product training; and Question & Answer Session.
IBcon Smart Building Integrator Summit 2018 – June 5 – You’re Invited! The Smart Building Integrator Summit (SBIS) is a by-invitation event for the integrator community. You must also be a registered Realcomm|IBcon conference attendee to participate. Once you are registered for the conference, please reserve your seat using the link below. Space is limited. RESERVE YOUR SEAT by contacting Dee Shockley, Special Events Coordinator, Phone: 919-985-3988, email@example.com.
DEADLINE APPROACHING: Advertise in Project Haystack Spring 2018 Connections Magazine. Project Haystack Connections Magazine Spring 2018 Issue Call for Advertisers. AD SPACE PURCHASE DEADLINE: April 13, 2018. The Spring 2018 issue which will be our fourth issue of Haystack Connections and it is growing in readership as the industry comes to understand the mission of the Project Haystack Organization and the importance of making it easy to work with the data produced by smart, connected devices and equipment systems. Promoted via a variety of digital media outlets, the Connections Magazine is now subscribed to by over 8,000 known readers. Here is your opportunity to reach them.
In The News: Optigo pioneers the Edge-to-Cloud network with Visual BACnet Capture Tools. April 4, 2018, Vancouver, BC – The future of centralized, Edge-to-Cloud systems has arrived. Optigo Networks is happy to announce an exciting new suite of Capture Tools, for complete network visibility from server toMS/TP. The sophisticated Visual BACnet Capture Tools collect network data at the edge and push it to the Visual BACnet cloud, our advanced visualization platform for building automation system service providers.
Lynxspring Is Expanding Our Technology Solution Partner Channel! There are exciting times happening at Lynxspring. If you are a building/facility system integrator or contractor, now is the time to join our Technology Solution Partner (TSP) Program. Lynxspring, a premier developer and provider of open platform control solutions for building automation, intelligent buildings, energy management and edge-to-enterprise integration is seeking new technology Solutions Partners in selected geographic markets in North America and selected international opportunities.
Ken Sinclair’s Automated Buildings’ April Issue “Meta-Morphing Mashup.” We agree with what owner and editor, Ken Sinclair, says about his April edition of Automated Buildings: “As always this new issue is a nest of great articles, columns, reviews, new products, interviews and of course the steady stream of news depicting our rapid Meta Morphic Mashup.” Now, what the heck is Meta-Morphing Mashup? Ken describes it as “yet another annoying alliteration.” but, we know there is gold in those hills. Start digging!
You’re Invited to a Live Webinar: Building Cybersecurity is a Legacy Building Risk. Ron Victor, CEO & Founder, IoTium, and Fred Gordy, Dir. of Cyber Security, Intelligent Buildings. Before the smart buildings concept digital, Internet-connected controls systems, such as HVAC, lighting, and elevators have been installed and managed by non-IT persons from architects, engineers, contractors and property managers. Without IT best practices, much-less cybersecurity requirements there is significant exposure to: Life Safety Risks, Equipment Failure, Productivity Loss, Network Hopping, and Brand Damage.
April 9th, 2018 — IOTday! An Open Invitation to the Internet of Things World-wide Community. Iotday is an open invitation to the Internet of Things Community to participate in an event, host a hackathon, or just share a beer/coffee with a friend or fellow collaborator focused around the IoT and its implications. IoT Council initiated the iotday in 2010. The event has grown in scale and scope as Internet of Things is sinking into the everyday.
Meet Niagara at the Edge During NS18! Throughout the exhibit hall at the Niagara Summit this year, you’ll get a look at how Tridium and our partners are running Niagara at the edge. You’ll learn during select breakout sessions about the new controllers that are simplifying Niagara edge device management. Register NOW!
Intesis Software Announces an Exciting New Partnership with DMS Controls Group. Intesis Software, a member of the HMS Group, is pleased to announce the addition of DMS Controls Group to its North American Distribution network. This agreement will allow customers to have unprecedented access to the Intesis solution set for the integration of HVAC systems to building, hotel, industrial, and home automation systems. With the outstanding reputation and support capabilities of DMS Controls Group, it is a natural fit.
Episode 260: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending March 25, 2018 features visionary Jim Young, Founder and CEO of Realcomm Conferences. Register now to take advantage of ControlTrends’ discounted rate for Realcomm20, at the Cosmopolitan, June 4-8, Las Vegas. Young Gun Aaron Gorka, Innovations Manager, ANT Technologies, introduces the ControlTrends Community to the CMPX Show and more. Great demo from Mike Glenn, Penn Controls, who is celebrating its 100th Anniversary! Gina Elliott joins EasyIO as VP of the Americas. Belimo releases New Globe Valve Assemblies with a Webinar; and make sure to register for the Iotium/Intelligent Building Cybersecurity Webinar.
ControlTalk NOW interview with Jim Young — founder of Realcomm Conference Group, an education organization that produces Realcomm, IBcon and CoRE Tech, the world’s leading conferences on technology, automated business solutions, intelligent buildings and energy efficiency for the commercial and corporate real estate industry. Stay tuned for more important updates and other conference information as it becomes available. Register now — using our ControlTrends’ discount code.
Young Gun Aaron Gorka,Innovations Manager, ANT Technologies, providers of paperless, cloud-based, operational technology for HVAC & Control Contractors, brings the ControlTrends Community up-to-speed with the CMPX Show (with over 500 exhibitors) that was held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, March 21-23, as well as introducing two other prominent Young Guns: Lawrence Beauchamp, Arrow Electronics and Mark Riley, Track GPS Fleet Management. Great question and answer session — and great assessment of our industry. Thanks Aaron, we look forward to your next update!
EasyIO News Update: Gina Elliott Vice President of the Americas. Gina Elliott has joined the EasyIO team as Vice President of the Americas. Throughout her career, Gina has worked to develop GTM strategies for emerging technologies in IT and OT. Gina started her “ITOT” career as a VAR for converged IT solutions and has continued to work with emerging technologies. Transitioning to OT in 2007, Gina has worked in design consulting for multi-system integration and interoperability of smart buildings.
Belimo’s New Globe Valve Assemblies — Greater Force & Flexibility! Webinar on Wed, April 4 at 1:00 PM EDT. Belimo now offers a full range of NPT pressure compensated globe valves. The new G2 and G3 with ANSI Class VI leakage and 100:1 rangeability provide accurate modulation at low flow. Belimo globe valve actuators incorporate Multi-Function Technology™ to allow for easy and flexible field configuration. Register today to learn more about Belimo’s new globe valve assemblies.
ControlTrends and Michael Glenn, Penn Refrigeration Business Development Manager at Johnson Controls review two exciting new controls from Penn Controls, who is celebrating its 100 year anniversary. Eric and Mike review the A525 Series Electronic Refrigeration Controllers with Adaptive Defrost, which manages cooling, defrost, alarms, communications and costs, offering a wide range of options that allow for customized control functions. The Quick Response Expansion Valve (QREV) with Precision Superheat Controller (PSHC) form an electronic solution that will maximize evaporator efficiency and save energy by maintaining target superheat, regardless of outside conditions.
Live Webinar: Building Cybersecurity is a Legacy Building Risk — Thursday, April 12, 2018, 8 am PT/ 11 am ET. It’s not smart buildings – but any commercial building built or renovated in the past 30 years are what you should worry about. Before the smart buildings concept, digital, Internet-connected controls systems, such as HVAC, lighting, and elevators have been installed and managed by non-IT persons from architects, engineers, contractors and property managers. Without IT best practices, much-less cybersecurity requirements, there is significant exposure to: Life Safety Risks, Equipment Failure, Productivity Loss, Network Hopping, and Brand Damage.
Episode 235: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings PodCast for week ending August 13, 2017 features two insightful interviews with Marc Petock, Lynxspring’s Chief Communications Officer & Vice President, Marketing, and Aaron Gorka, Innovation Manager for ANT Technologies. Check out ACI’s European Smart Homes 2017; ControlTrends Discovers Monnit Wireless Sensors at Realcomm|IBcon 2017; Belimo’s Correcting Low Delta T Webinar: Internet of Things (IoT); Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017; The Dark Web Goes Corporate; NIST Cybersecurity for IoT Program; and Therese Sullivan: Appreciating How Metadata Makes Artificial Intelligence Possible.
Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017 Introduced by Senators Mark Warner, Cory Gardner, Ron Wyden, and Steve Daines. On August 1, 2017, the U.S. Government took a significant “lead by example” step forward in the battle of Internet of Things (IoT) security. Chief among the vendor commitments — that must be made to the U.S.Government: That their IoT devices are patchable; that the devices don’t contain known vulnerabilities; and that the devices don’t contain hard-coded passwords.
ACI’s European Smart Homes 2017 will be taking place in London, UK, on 25th & 26th of October 2017.Join European Smart Homes 2017 conference on 25th & 26th October in London, UK and hear John Hutchins’ presentation entitled “Smart Homes and Utility Customer Experience – exploring the link between smart homes, connected devices and better customer experience for utility customers.”
The Dark Web Goes Corporate, by Josh Fruhlinger, CSO. By Josh Fruhlinger, CSO. The “dark web” is a phrase strikes an ominous tone, conveying an impression of a marketplace where anything is for sale: hacking tools, weapons, drugs, child pornography, even freelance assassination services. And according to experts we spoke to, all of that’s still true. But something has changed in the way the dark web does business. If there was a time when venturing online to buy these illegal items was like taking your life in your hands in a dark alley, today the experience in quite different.
ControlTrends Discovers Monnit Wireless Sensors at Realcomm|IBcon 2017. One of the really cool things about covering shows like Realcomm|IBcon is that we quite often get first looks at new vendors and technologies. Although wireless sensors are not new to Smart Buildings, Monnit’s approach and product offering are. Check this video out to see why. Monnit remote monitoring systems can be setup in just a few minutes and our intuitive interface makes managing your system a snap, and Mommit’s optimized RF communications platform provides superior wireless range for covering large areas.
Ken’s Calendar: Belimo’s Correcting Low Delta T Webinar, Wednesday, August 23 at 1:00 PM EDT. Chilled water provided from a utility plant is commonly used in a building’s HVAC system in lieu of installing chillers. This results in lower return water temperatures which decreases the efficiency of the entire chilled water system resulting in the condition known as “Low ∆T Syndrome.” In this webinar we will review the design of a district chilled water system and discuss a study of a building where “Low ∆T Syndrome” was corrected at the point of water to air heat transfer.
NIST Cybersecurity for IoT Program (20.8 Billion Connected Devices in Use by 2020). Though each of us, in our own way and at our speed, has willingly or unwillingly, become more acclimated and accepted the rapid proliferation of IoT devices connecting us to the data bases in the clouds, it is still a challenge to fully comprehend the impact this hatching reality will have on our personal lives and professional careers — and we probably should know a lot more. Among the many sources of valuable insight and guidance available to ControlTrends Community, the NIST’s Cybersecurity for the Internet of Things is certainly one of the best.
Therese Sullivan: Appreciating How Metadata Makes Artificial Intelligence Possible. Therese Sullivan, editor of BuildingContext.me, and our ControlTrends’ eyes and ears from Silicon Valley, takes us on a data journey that begins at the ethereal origins of Artificial Intelligence (Dartmouth, 1956) and delivers us to metadata and Project Haystack — introducing some of the label makers in between.
ControlTalk NOW’s first interview is with industry veteran Marc Petock, Lynxspring‘s Chief Communications Officer & Vice President, Marketing. Marc first updates the ControlTrends Community on the 2017 Lynxspring Exchange, which is open to everybody. This will be the best Exchange ever. Everything is good: Location (Scottsdale, AZ); Speakers (Roberta Gamble, Frost & Sullivan; Tom Schircliff and Rob Murchinson, Intelligent Buildings; and Mark Jewell, Selling Energy); can’t miss technology and product updates, and an all-star cast of Vendor-Sponsors. Marc also addresses Cyber Security, Edge Controllers, and the 2017 ControlTrends Awards.
ControlTalk NOW’s second interview is with Aaron Gorka, Innovation Manager for ANT Technologies, who extends the ControlTrends Community a special offer with Ant Technologies. ANT Technologies software portfolio is designed to make contractors more profitable. Aaron grew up in the contracting world — working with his father in a family business environment. He knows the business and financial challenges firsthand. ANT Technologies has the curated software tools: Management of Projects, Service Tools, and Tenant Energy Billing — that will make contractors more efficient and, more profitable. Click here to find your local CGNA distributor and take advantage of Aaron’s special ControlTrends offer that he made during the podcast.