ControlTalk Now for the Week Ending June 29, 2014

Technology drives the trends, and the trends keep coming! Welcome to this week’s ControlTalk NOW featuring interviews with visionary Dave Lorenzini (WAVE COLLAPSE), Realcomm’s Jim Young, Australia’s VAE Group & Bitpool, N2 Guru Dave Jones, The S4 Group; and a host of new product updates, industry events, and software releases impacting our industry.

Contemporary ControlsContemporary Controls Sponsors First German-speaking Niagara Forum:June 2014 — The inaugural Niagara Forum Deutschland introduced the German-speaking market to the benefits of Niagara Framework in providing a complete solution from device to the Internet. Contemporary Controls was one of the four sponsors to the first-ever Niagara Forum given in the German language that was held on June 3, 2014 at The Squaire. Conceptualized by Christian Heim – Tridium Europe sales manager – approximately 95 people registered for the event held at the new Squaire Conference center located at the Frankfurt, Germany airport.

energy.govBetter Buildings Challenge, Atlanta Nears Halfway Mark in Meeting Citywide Goal of 20% Energy Savings: The Energy Department yesterday recognized Atlanta for its progress and leadership in meeting a citywide goal to improve the energy performance of its buildings by 20% by 2020. Through the Better Buildings Challenge, Atlanta is engaging local business leaders, building owners and operators, and other organizations to increase energy and water efficiency across more than 50 million square feet of building space, achieving over 9% energy savings since 2011.

Dave LControlTrends’ Ken Smyers Interviews Visionary Dave Lorenzini at 2014 Realcomm/IBcon: At the 2014 Realcomm/IBcon, ControlTrends met up with Dave Lorenzini, a premiere technology visionary and entrepreneur that is changing the way people look at the world. Dave commented on the explosion of intelligent building interaction at a level never seen before; the amazing adoption of technology that has occurred since last year; and the exciting impact technology is having within the building industry. As the former Director of Keyhole, the first global 3D visualization System online that became the Google Earth, and serves over a billion users worldwide, Dave Lorenzini, has seen the structural transformation that innovative products can make and is very excited about the Sanborn Platform for Indoor Mapping (SPIN) and describes the role of the semi-autonomous mobile robotics platform in the next generation of intelligent buildings.SPIN

Jim young23Realcomm/IBcon is the Industry Vortex that Delivers! ControlTrends Interviews Jim Young:To make Realcomm/IBcon the world’s leading conference on technology, automated business solutions, intelligent buildings, and energy efficiency for the commercial and corporate real estate industry, the charismatic Jim Young begins the 16-hour telephone days in January. It takes practiced and passionate networking to gather the industry’s top thought leaders, the world’s largest and most advanced next gen projects, and the creation of an industry vortex so powerful, that it drew a billion dollars worth of perspective from Yardi, Cisco, Intel, Google, Microsoft, and Tridium (oh, and Dell’s in, too).

HW ExWhat Makes The Honeywell’s Experion LX Distributed Control System Special: Honeywell’s Experion LX Experion® LX is a purpose-built distributed control system (DCS) for continuous and batch process control applications. Boost plant efficiency and flexibility with a proven distributed control system from Honeywell that lowers your total cost of ownership. It’s ideal for a wide range of processes from smaller 1,000 process I/O points to mid-size 10,000 process I/O points and up to 50,000 SCADA points. It supports 10-15 operator stations and up to five DSA clusters.

DownUnderControlTrends Fans From Down Under With Cool Products: We caught up with a couple of Controltrends fans from Australia at the 2014 Niagara Summit. Thanks to the team from the VAE Group from Brisbane Australia for helping make Controltrends the world-wide source for HVAC and Building Automation Control News you can use. The VAE Group adds value to construction, automation, asset management, commissioning, mining, oil & gas and engineering projects. The Value Added Engineering Group (VAE Group) and Bitpool provide links between project stakeholders, design engineers and the trades people who are responsible for the installation and commissioning of HVAC systems.

wattstopper5Wattstopper Introduces New HBP-100 Series High/Low Bay Sensors — 40′ Range! Wattstopper is pleased to announce the launch of WattStopper’s competitively priced next generation High/Low Bay Passive Infrared Occupancy Sensors that offer an exclusive ladder-free configuration and maintenance option. This game-changing functionality delivers significant labor savings when coupled with fixture-integrated sensors mounted at up to 40 feet! Product features include: * Preinstalled universal lens for mounting heights from 15 to 40 feet; * Test button to confirm operation as soon as wiring is connected; * Selectable Fail-on or Fail-off parameter to meet codes and qualify for rebates.

ken11Smart Buildings Redefined at IBcon 2014 — Ken Smyers Moderates Session: IBcon’s Smart Building Redefined Session brought together three unique and distinguished industry experts: Kevin Facinelli, EVP, Daikin Applied, Lindsay Baker, VP Research & Marketing, Building Robotics, and William MacGowan, Director Smart Connected Real Estate, Cisco Systems Canada. The panel presented and discussed innovative technologies developed recently for Building HVAC Systems.

steveControlTalk 2.0: This Week’s Guest is Steve Jones from The S4 Group — The N2 Gurus: Lots of great information as ControlTalk 2.0 gets a healthy dose of integrator know-how from S4 Group’s Managing Partner, Steve Jones. When it comes to delivering seamless, open-systems integration solutions, for non-IT and building automation solutions, nobody does it better than The S4 Group; particularly, with JCI N2 applications. Steve says, “It’s all about leveraging legacy systems and providing building owners and operators cost-effective solutions and establishing the integration plan that will let them move to the new technology on a scheduled/budgeted basis.” Watch and see how. S4 Solutions are network appliances that enable technology!

DGLux5AppIconDGLux5 – Data Visualization Tools At Their Best! DGLux5 provides a modern design environment containing: Tabbed Document windows, Application bar, Tools Panel, Quick Access Panel, Panel title bar, Widgets Palette, Property Inspector Panel, Outline Panel. The HTML5 based, DGLux5 workspace provides clean organization and easy navigation through panels and menus for quick access to necessary functionality, modern design tools in set areas which provide users with creative flexibility, and several shortcuts and hidden features that enhance the user experience and minimize design time. Setting up your workspace has never been easier or more efficient.

webs_stationAXHoneywell WEBs-AX 3.7.106.24 Software Release: Honeywell Announces the Release of WEBs-AX 3.7.106.24 Software: Honeywell is pleased to announce the availability of WEBs-AX 3.7.106.24 software release, which is an update to WEBs-AX 3.7.106.1. This new release includes all patched modules that were released since WEBs-AX 3.7u1. Honeywell WEBs-AX Software Release Bulletin: Software Release PDF. Consolidated patches for 3.7 Update 1: Issues Fixed.

Easy IO Logo 2EasyIO Supercharges FG-20 and FG-32 Controllers — Now BACnet Client and Server Ready! Few corporations have the temerity to publicly release the contents of their business model and their goal to increase their global controller sales from 2000 units a month, to 6000 units a month — in 3 years. Yet, when considering how much “open controller octane” EasyIO shares and puts into their FG-20 and FG-32 controllers, along with the ebullient “YouTube support” training maestro Mike Marston makes available, EasyIO’s exponential growth seems inevitable.

ControlTalk NOW will continue to provide a weekly episode featuring the people, products, and the News of the Week shaping our world of controls, building automation, and the HVAC industry.

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ControlTalk NOW for Week Ending June 1, 2014

Welcome to this week’s ControlTalk NOW in which we introduce the Smart Building Series, along with new products from Magnum Energy Solutions, JCI, and the mash-up with Virgin Airlines and Nest. Rob Allen previews BlueRidge Technologies and Tridium’s Ed Merwin’s Sensei training, along with more on Big Data and J2 Innovation’s new FIN 3.0 training.

Controltalk Now June 1, 2014 from Eric Stromquist on Vimeo.

R BransonIs Temperature Control at the Heart of a Contextualized Experience? Virgin America Airlines Mashes with Nest!One of the trends that Ken Smyers and I have been tracking on ControlTrends is a concept called Contextualization. One definition of Contextualization is taking different ideas or things and using them in different contexts to create a new experience. We have talked about the concept of “mash ups” in the music industry and how we believe mashing up different things or re-contextualizing them is at the heart of modern day innovation.

Rallen7 Minutes of Control: BlueRidge Technologies Part 2: In this episode Stromquist & Company’s Rob Allen and Michael Bonner continue their talk with Blue Ridge Technologies and get the 411 on how to do better lighting control. Unified Lighting Control completes the BAS, incorporating lighting and HVAC controls on the same network. This network consolidation eliminates surplus hardware required for stand-alone and gateway lighting control. As a result, installation and maintenance costs decrease while simple and complete building control increases energy savings. This approach provides more savings for less cost.

ibcon_2World’s Most Progressive and Successful Implementations of Smart Buildings, Portfolios and Campuses to be Featured at IBcon! If you are interested in smart, connected, high performance intelligent buildings then you cannot afford to miss our Smart Building Best Practice Showcase at IBcon this year! For this showcase we’ve assembled 30+ of the world’s most progressive and successful implementations of smart buildings, portfolios and campuses. These projects represent the next generation of open, interoperable, integrated, and IP-centric buildings and their leaders have offered to share both their challenges and successes.

Internet1Watch Data Grow Bigger Than Life (Comprehension): The Internet in Real-Time! A Little Different Than National Debt. Watch Data Grow Bigger Than Life (Comprehension): The Internet in Real-Time! The first time I watched this sort of “too-live to be true” effect,” was the national debt clock, which remains rather alarming. Watching “The Internet in Real-Time” reminds me of something Samuel Clemens supposedly asked his father when the two of them were looking out over the great expanse of the Mississippi River. Young Samuel asked his father, “Where does all that water come from?” The way I remember it, his father smacked him on the back of the head and didn’t answer.

New Johnson Controls Wireless ThermostatJCI_WT4000 Simplifies Commercial Building Digital Automation: Inexpensive transition to digital technology creates efficient, comfortable buildings! MILWAUKEE – Johnson Controls, a global multi-industrial company, released a new series of pneumatic-to-digital thermostats, the WT-4000. Inexpensive transition to digital technology creates efficient, comfortable buildings! MILWAUKEE – Johnson Controls, a global multi-industrial company, released a new series of pneumatic-to-digital thermostats, the WT-4000. The WT-4000 series efficiently converts older pneumatic room control systems and enables communication with newer digital building automation systems.

Magnum Energy Solutions’ eBOX — Delivers EnOcean to BACnet Gateway Solutions! The 2014 Niagara Summit Vendor Show featured some game-changing technologies — one of which, was Magnum Energy Solutions’ eBOX, an EnOcean to BACnet gateway for Tridium Niagara users to discover, display, and control EnOcean device points as BACnet points. Cory Vanderpool, Business Development Director at Magnum Energy Solutions explains the details. Magnum manufactures wireless and battery-less energy management products and technologies for energy, lighting, HVAC, and plug load applications.

Smart BuildingsSmart Building Series: San Francisco Public Utilities Commission — Smartest Office Building in N.A. Thanks to Tridium’s Ed Merwin for sharing this video with us. What a great smart building story! See the struggles and triumph of the Best Value Approach taken by this amazing cast of professionals determined to set the highest civic example — and how working together, they overcame every obstacle imaginable and remained within budget. Explore the new San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFUPC) Headquarters, located at 525 Golden Gate Avenue, for ideas and inspiration.

Rob FeaturedRob Allen’s 7 Minutes in Control Catchs Up With Ed Merwin: Stromquist & Company’s Rob Allen caught up with Tridium’s Ed Merwin at one of Ed’s Sensei Training classes. Ed Merwin, aka “the great communicator” and “the Godfather of Tridium” is one of the people directly responsible for the rapid proliferation of building automation systems in use today, and a venerable forecaster of the changes our industry can expect in the near future. Rob Allen, is one of the great young talents in our industry that will shape the future of building automation controls for many years to come. His internet show, “7 Minutes in Control” continues to gain popularity.

ControlTalk NOW will continue to provide a weekly episode featuring the people, products, and the News of the Week shaping our world of controls, building automation, and the HVAC industry.

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Magnum Energy Solutions’ eBOX — Delivers EnOcean to BACnet Gateway Solutions

The 2014 Niagara Summit Vendor Show featured some game-changing technologies — one of which, was Magnum Energy Solutions’ eBOX, an EnOcean to BACnet gateway for Tridium Niagara users to discover, display, and control EnOcean device points as BACnet points. Cory Vanderpool, Business Development Director at Magnum Energy Solutions explains the details. Magnum manufactures wireless and battery-less energy management products and technologies for energy, lighting, HVAC, and plug load applications, along with many other innovative solutions for Hotel and Resort Communities, University and College Campuses, Commercial and Retail Businesses, and Residential and Home Communities. For more information, contact Cory Vanderpool c.vanderpool@magnumes.com today!

Contemporary Controls: Your Ideal Partners in Network Management

Contemporary ControlsIf you are at the AHR Show in NYC next week, ControlTrends Awards Nominee Contemporary Controls invites you to visit them at Expo Booth 239. Until then, Contemporary Controls has shared this informative Tech Update: Successful Router Installation is available on-line: “Quite a few installers of our BASrouters have a limited knowledge of BACnet. To assist them in achieving a successful router installation, an Information Sheet has been prepared and posted online.”

Great stuff again from the network experts at Contemporary Controls!

Connect-Air Wire and Cable: 2013 ControlTrends Award Sponsor Highlight

Connect-AirTwisted pair cables were invented by Alexander Graham Bell in 1881, and ever since — cables and wires have become the ARTERIAL systems of every building and certainly the critical life-lines of every Building Management and Integrated System.

In 1978, Connect-Air International, with an experienced staff and vast resources, emerged as an industry leader in supplying electronic cable, cable assemblies, and solutions. Connect-Air’s extensive knowledge grew early with the industry and they are uniquely poised to provide you with superior technical assistance with your most challenging interconnection applications.

Considering that a typical building structure may have a life cycle of 60 years or more, while a data system life cycle is around 3-4 years; digital voice and video systems with life cycles of 5-7 years; and Building Management Systems ranging 7-14 years (often guaranteed only with specific cable types) you can find yourself working with control cabinets and panels full of incompatible spaghetti, costing you fits and big money!

Electricity travels at approximately 299,330 km per second (180,000 miles per second)! Mistakes and oversights travel almost as fast! Let Connect-Air guide you through your most difficult interconnection needs, especially when you are dealing with capacitance, resistance, attenuation, near-end cross talk, and proprietary bus issues.

With eight strategically-located warehouses and a network of distribution partners, throughout North America, Connect-Air has incomparable industry experience and logistical leverage. Connect-Air is able to provide you all of your cable and wire needs — when you need them, at competitive prices!

ControlTrends Awards thanks Connect-Air for being a 2013 Sponsor! Connect with Connect-Air today!

KMC’S In Touch Newsletter​, Q4 2013

KMC Controls KMC Wins Big in Vegas! Each year, the industry organization, BACnet International, uses the platform of the National Facilities Management and Technology (NFM&T) Exposition in Las Vegas, Nevada to recognize outstanding contributions to the BACnet community. And each year, it seems, KMC walks away as a winner in the BACnet “Leaders of the Pack” awards.

For the second time in 4 years, KMC (and a KMC rep) were recognized with top honors. “Best in Show” for the outstanding BACnet project of the year, went to The Bullitt Center of Seattle Washington. KMC representative, Roger Norman of Northwest Automation, was the controls contractor/system integrator for the project and KMC products highlight this landmark facility.

The Bullitt Center is the first commercial building in the U.S. to meet the requirements of the Living Building Challenge (think LEED on steroids). This 50,000 sq ft space is “off the grid” in every possible sense of that phrase.

Failure is Not an Option: We’ve introduced a new line of ultra-compact, fail-safe actuators that can be used in even very cramped spaces. These petite but powerful direct-coupled actuators provide control for critical dampers or valves in HVAC systems. A minimum torque of 25 (MEP-42xx), 45 (MEP-45xx), or 90 (MEP-49xx) in-lb. is available over the 95° angular rotation. The capacitor-driven fail-safe in this series has many advantages over a traditional spring-return fail safe: •switch-selectable fail-safe direction •easy manual positioning •consistent torque in both powered and fail-safe modes
•smaller size •higher energy efficiency •greater durability •and much lower life-cycle cost. A patent-pending noise reducer provides whisper-quiet operation in both powered and fail-safe modes.

New White Papers: If you haven’t yet visited the Answers & Education section of the KMC public web site, you’re missing out on some great educational information in both web article and white paper format. Both are deigned to bring you quickly up to speed on important topics related to your facility control, automation, and energy savings. We’ve recently added three new white papers to this page of resources. The three new titles include: •BAS Requirements for FDA-Regulated Environments
•Pneumatic to Digital–Open System Conversion •Oh, No! It’s ALIVE! (Or, Do We Really Want Smart Buildings?)

Stay in touch!
Ben H. Dorsey III
Sr. VP of Marketing
LEED Green Associate
KMC Controls, Inc.

CONTEMPORARY CONTROLS: Your Industry Experts in Network Technology

Contemporary ControlsBuilding on BACnet® George Thomas and Contemporary Controls are the reigning experts in network technology for a wide range of applications. The new EIPR-V Skorpion, is a VPN Router that provides secure remote Virtual Private Network (VPN) access to the Internet via a cellular or Ethernet connection. Contemporary Controls offers an unparalleled range of industrial and BAS solutions (see below). Need answers or ideas? Visit Contemporary Control’s extensive learning resource center and video library.

Contemporary Controls is your ideal partner for applying network technology to your BACnet building automation project. The industry is embracing Ethernet connectivity to Direct Digital Controllers (DDC) along with open protocols such as BACnet, Modbus, and Sedona Framework. Access to the Internet is now assumed. Our products include BACnet/IP to BACnet MS/TP routers, BACnet/IP and Modbus TCP remote I/O devices, Modbus Serial to BACnet/ gateways, and Powered by Sedona Framework controllers. Also included are managed and unmanaged Ethernet switches and IP routers – all that is needed to attach your building automation equipment to an IP network.

Network With Us – Contemporary Controls designs and manufactures the system building blocks for networking, integrating and controlling automation processes where performance and reliability are important.

Background – George Thomas established Contemporary Controls in 1975 as a system integration and consulting business focusing on microcomputer and PLC applications.

Industrial Automation Solutions
◾Assembly
◾Food and Beverage
◾Glass
◾Packaging
◾Semiconductor
◾Textiles

Building Automation Solutions
◾Access Control
◾Building Intelligence
◾HVAC
◾Life Safety
◾Lighting
◾Security

Commercial Automation Solutions
◾Healthcare
◾Laboratory
◾Material Handling
◾Point of Sale
◾Printing
◾Surveillance

Communications & Networking Solutions
◾CATV
◾Data Security
◾Local Area Networks
◾Wire Area Networks
◾Mobile Communication
◾Wireless Networking

Energy, Utilities & Transportation Solutions
◾Air and Rail
◾Automotive
◾Energy Generation
◾Power Distribution
◾Mining
◾Water and Wastewater

Embedded Networking Solutions
◾COTS
◾Gaming
◾Homeland Security
◾Medical
◾Research
◾Robotics

Associations – Proud members of several industry associations.

Quality Policy – Contemporary Controls develops, manufactures and markets innovative networking and control products to the benefit of our automation customers worldwide. We are committed to delivering products and services that meet customer requirements and strive to exceed their expectations through our continuous improvement efforts.

Social Responsibility – Within today’s innovative global community, our most significant priority is to meet the needs of the manufacturing sector without forfeiting our commitment to the betterment of society.

Contact Us – Regional contact information.

Contemporary Controls Video: Understanding EIA-485: Connectors, Grounding and Protection

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EIPR-E Skorpion IP Router Goes Wireless:
We have added a wireless option to the EIPR-E Skorpion IP Router making the automation firewall/router even more useful plus the USB port is available at no price increase. The new EIPR-E wireless router will be released in August.
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KMC Needs Your Vote to Win 2013 BACnet International Competition!

KMC ControlsFor the next couple of weeks a window of opportunity is open for you to acknowledge the role of KMC Controls in the BACnet community. The annual BACnet International Leaders of the Pack award nominations are now underway. We encourage you to take advantage of this open window to nominate KMC or KMC-submitted success stories for recognition.

The “Best of the Show” award is given to a stellar project success story. KMC is responsible for 13 or the 55 success stories on the site including 5 of the 10 eligible in this year’s competition! That’s significantly more than any other member company. LOTP

We especially encourage you to consider The Bullitt Center (Seattle, WA) and the Headway Technologies (TDK) (Milpitas, CA) stories as they are characterized by aggressive goals, media notoriety, and outstanding [Read more...]

BACNet Made Easy: Part 6 BACNet BIIB’s

If you have been following this excellent video training series on BACNet you know in part five the concept of Interoperability was introduced and discussed. In part six you will learn about BACNnet BIIBs interoperability building blocks). Thanks to our friends at Contemporary Controls for this informative video.