EasyIO Brings Smart Building Control to the World: Partner Event HighLights

Easy 3EasyIO’s first global partner event was a gathering of EasyIO success stories from around the world. The deep networking between manufacturers and vendors, specifying engineers, 3rd party solution providers, systems integrators, and a rather new entity to the scene — solution entrepreneurs with accomplished technical skills and the dashboard/analytic/graphic tools to meet every application, large and small, was a unique integration meld. Everyone present was an experienced guru in some field, and represented a company well-primed and ready for travel to the next round of market opportunities, where ever they may arise. A sort of, have EasyIO, will travel.

Easy IO’s FG-32+ and BMS in a Box, a European residential application (!), and Belimo’s engineering innovations in VAV control and their controller-in-an-actuator technology, will make immediate market impact in Europe and Asia, and once they officially let their “MP-Bus Genie” out of its bottle (because it’s already embedded in every installed actuator) they are going to make major impacts in the North and South American markets as well. Watch out!

ControlTrends gives special thanks to Anja Nilsen, from Bergen, Norway, for helping out with the photography and videography!

Presentation Highlights:

realmadridGuido van Erp: Welcome and review of Agenda. Anyone who has coordinated a world-wide meeting on this scope can appreciate the prodigious preparations and successful delivery of dinners and golfing. The VIP executive business center inside of Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, Real Madrid’s Soccer Stadium, was enough, but the tour of the locker room, walking the pitch, and sitting on the players’ bench, and the lighter than air portrayal of Real Madrid’s prolific history was absolutely amazing. The crescendo Flamingo guitarist banquet was truly a befitting finale!

Easy IO’s Mike Marston: The most advanced open controller to date, the FG-32+ Mega Beast product launch is around the 4th quarter’s bend, and EasyIO’s new VAV initiatives with Belimo are prefaced with “shock and awe” warnings, because the next version of the FG-32+ with its Belimo driver will be able to discover all the Belimo DCA’s on your MP Bus network. You heard that right.

Easy IO’s Lim Hoon Chiat: Speaking as one of the industry’s most accomplished masters of technology (patents), EasyIO’s product road map opens the Linux side up for ambitious integrators, and there will be more memory, 3X faster processor speeds, and more drivers will be added to the existing tool sets. (C’mon… give everybody else a chance to catch up.)

Johan Schakenaad: CEO at EasyIO, Europe B.V: The Residential is the World’s first real BMS in a Box and Easy IO’s fast-track success in Europe — 103 partners in three years, has not been left to chance. Johan Schakenraad’s vast industry experience has traversed and converted many of the well-worn BMS integration paths with EasyIO and with his enormously talented team, Johan is looking anxiously across the waters.

Pedro Jorge, CTO at EasyIO Europe: EnOcean technology adds another fully developed technology to the EasyIO product offering. EnOcean opens up not only the Residential market, but the hospitality suite market as well. The days of intrusive installations are almost over — and the reductions to both the installation and operational costs are two of the most critical price drivers in an increasingly competitive market.

Barry Light, Fire and Ice, LLC: Special presentation on the EasyIO’s “Barry-App” for AON. The EasyIO FG-32 controller gave Barry, one of the leading experts on AON integration, HTML5, unceasing support through the critical path development phase, the additional memory and speed features he wanted, while eliminating the license issue and delayed support.

Sponsor Presentations:

telefonicaEmilio Martínez de la Fuente, Head of Smart Metering at Telefónica, the number one Spanish multinational corporation. Overview of Telefónica’s own green initiatives, and the massive project undertakings in Germany, Brazil, and especially the UK, where Telefónica was awarded the project that will smart meter 2/3’s of the homes in the UK.

BelimoBelimo’s Chris Jones and Tom Daenzer: First order of business was the opening of Belimo’s new 200,000 square feet production facility in Danbury, CT, facility, and the significance of the MP Bus story, that presents the realization — that every one of your Belimo DCA’s and Energy valves (which ALREADY have MP Bus embedded communications in them), means that when the integration moment is right, you’ll be able to add them to your network, using EasyIO’s FG-32+. As Belimo continues its partnerships, especially with EasyIO, it will continue to change the world of VAV’s and the best way to integrate buildings — conceptually, and one day, may include residential market.

innonRadu Petrescu, Innon: Engineering and Intellectual Elegance at its Finest. Innon provides “Analytics that engage with your business.” Innon helps your business seamlessly integrate data from different sources by providing the analytics tools to help you take the right actions, whether related to contractual obligations, or to simply improve internal efficiency.

Fidelix Reino Ederveen, (aka: the man with many degrees) Fidelix. Fidelix is a rapidly growing building automation and security systems developer. Fidelix, Finland has more than 95 employees, and has sales exceeding 14 million Euro (2013). Fidelix’s main office is located in Vantaa, Varisto and has regional offices in Turku, Tampere, Vaasa, Kokkola, Kuopio, Lahti, Jyväskylä and Oulu. Fidelex’s advanced technology and service concepts are based on transparency (open protocols), and significant portion of their products are for export. Fidelix is actively developing products and services to meet the current challenges in the construction industry and to provide innovative products and services.

openBCMSChris Schneider, Open BMCS: Chris Schneider is a software engineer by degree, and a building integrations expert by trade. Open BMCS merges multiple technologies into an end-user first version of the typical one-size-fits-all integrations. Open BMCS is an open user interface system that provides all the features that systems integrators expect, with the additional value that end-users get what they want, instead of “this is what we sell.”


Unfortunately, there are so many people that we are missing, but the ControlTrends has many new friends from around the world from Norway to South Africa, from Wisconsin to Mombai, and we are grateful for the opportunity to meet and listen to your important messages. Special thanks to H.W.Yu, Bryon Harp, Runar Solli, and Vinayak Sane, Elmark Environ, Bhartesh Jamdade, GMP Technical and the distinguished group of engineers from India. For those that we missed, please contact us ASAP, so we can add you to this post!

We filled up all of our memory cards at the event, so stay tuned for many more highlight videos from EasyIO’s Event that Brings Smart Building Control to the World!

ControlTalk Now: The Smart Building Podcast September 14, 2014 from Madrid, Spain

2014_EasyIO_PartnerEventThis week’s CTN Podcast Platinum Sponsor is EasyIO, who has taken a global leadership role in manufacturing of open source controllers and solutions. ControlTrends interviewed EasyIO integrators from South Africa, India, Netherlands, Canada, Norway, UK, the US, and many more countries that are taking part in this first edition EasyIO World Event — interspersing business, training, networking, and a little bit of you know what…

Join Special ControlTalk NOW guests Mike Marston, Lim HoonChiat, along with Terrance Hall from Johannesburg, and Johan Schakenraad and Guido van Erp, from the Netherlands as this one-of-a-kind discussion on the common trends and developments within the global HVAC industry, and the tremendous progress and commercial success of EasyIO as they strengthen their partnership channel with technology, quality, and personal commitment. Event features include EasyIO’s release of the FG-32Plus or Mega Beast, and Belimo’s VAV Controller with MP Bus, which will structurally change the European VAV market.

Breaking News Key Shows Newsflash Broadcast OnlineDeviceTech 2015 Teams with IOTNA 2015 — in Chicago. Speaking Opportunities Available! Another ControlTrends Calendar heads-up! DeviceTech 2015 is an intellectual mashup that places innovation squarely on a head-on collision course with investors and opportunity. DeviceTech 2015 is an innovative new trade fair focused on the design and manufacturing of handheld devices and portable, connected electronics. The event is designed to serve the educational and information needs of OEM design engineers and product developers involved in connected, portable electronics and mobile applications.

ISAInternational Systems of America, LLC — Setting the Address on a SimplexGrinnell 4098-9714 Smoke Head and a 4098-9792 Base. ISA is a unique systems provider, beginning with their ability to quickly deliver new parts for existing and legacy systems from virtually any manufacturer. In this ISA Video, Nick Dumeyer talks with ISA Lab Technician Dexter Hall about setting the address on SimplexGrinnell addressable smoke detectors. About ISA: ISA adheres to the industry-recognized standards of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Functional Devices logo for thumbnailFunctional Devices Introduces the SIB05S -Switch in a Box! Functional Devices, Inc. has been designing and manufacturing quality electronic devices in the United States of America since 1969. Current product offerings include relays, current sensors, power control, enclosures, power supplies, transformers, and accessories. Functional Devices has established itself as a leader in the HVAC, Building Controls, Energy Management, Energy Savings, Lighting Controls, and Wireless industries.

bt300_3Siemens’ BT300 Variable Frequency Drive: Siemens has upped their game in the Variable Frequency Drive market with the new BT300 series drives. Siemens engineers have retooled and field tested their VFD portfolio to ensure it delivers optimum results. Available in frame sizes up to 250 hp, the BT300 is well-suited for demanding HVAC environments. Using the BT300 helps save 20-50% of energy compared to equipment with little or no control. Built-in features like a real-time clock, energy savings optimization programming and a sleep function help measure energy savings.

pendulum_book_bigAre You in Pendulum Jeopardy? It Should be Social WE-dia not Social ME-dia: The book Pendulum by Roy H. Williams and Michael R. Drew is said to be a veritable blue-print of our civilization for the last 3000 years. Williams and Drew have chronicled how past generations — shape present generations, and are able to predict the actions of future generation — so accurately, that if you don’t seriously consider the contents of the Pendulum, your next marketing campaign, product release, or business venture could be in serious jeopardy and fail.

Ken and Mike WControlTrends Interviews UK’s Smart Building DALI Lighting Experts Mike Welch and Graham Turner. ControlTrends traveled to Basingstoke, United Kingdom, to meet with DALI experts Mike Welch and Graham Turner and get the current 411 on Digital Addressable Lighting Interface (DALI). It was an opportune time because Mike and Graham were preparing for the upcoming Energy Event 2014 trade show next week at NEC Birmingham, UK. Our conclusions: Despite the present maturity of the Smart Buildings market, lighting integration opportunities still abound, and the Niagara AX systems integrators, incorporating DALI technology into their solutions are in an especially auspicious position to tap the lighting integration market.

ControlTalk Now for the Week Ending August 10, 2014

This week’s ControlTalk NOW gives notice of the upcoming HVAC and DDC classes at the new Stromquist Atlanta facility; More highlights of 2013 ControlTrends Awards Winners; More DOE Stimulus money; More excitement builds as Belimo’s new facility opens in October; Contemporary Controls and KMC Controls come on as Platinum Sponsors; Marc Petock’s Cyber Security update; and Therese Sullivan poses the question, does IoT or OT, hold the pole position?

NewStromquistLogoStromquist Atlanta Upcoming Classes: The following classes are held at Stromquist at 4620 Atlanta Rd, Atlanta, GA and begin at 7:30 a.m. unless otherwise noted. Prices include training material and certificate of completion, plus continental breakfast and full lunch. For more information contact nancy@stromquist.com. To register, click the Class Registration tab at the top of the page. Chiller Workshop – August 20-21 focuses on basic operations, maintenance and troubleshooting of chilled water systems. Topics will include basic refrigeration cycle of water chillers; design and overall op-eration of chilled water systems; and more.

jci4ControlTrends Awards Highlight– The 2013 HVAC Controls Vendor of the Year: Congratulations to Johnson Controls winner of the 2013 ControlTrends HVAC Controls Vendor of The Year. Johnson Controls was selected by the world wide ControlTrends Community to receive the 2013 HVAC Vendor of the Year honor. Johnson Controls is about creating Comfortable Environments! Message from JCI: Every one of our HVAC controls is created with one thought in mind – to keep people comfortable.

MtBelimo2 Belimo is Moving! Place Your September Orders by Aug 1st — Aug 15th, 2014 and get 60-Day Payment Terms! Belimo Americas headquarters will move to a new energy-efficient facility located at 33 Turner Road, Danbury, Connecticut. Place your September orders by August 1st through August 15th, 2014 and we will provide you 60-day payment terms to encourage early ordering. To maintain delivery schedules during the move, production lines will relocate in stages from September 8 through 30.

Eugene 1ControlTrends Awards Highligh — The 2013 Building Application of The Year: Congratulations to DG Logik for winning the 2013 Building Application of the Year. DG Logik’s graphics and analytics package, DG Lux, is used by building automation controls professionals and end users across the globe. DGLogik, Inc., provides innovative IoT software solutions that enable and visualize the (IoT) Internet of Things. DGLogik products illustrate the internet of things by allowing users to easily interact data from diverse IoT devices and building automation controls devices that allow owners to better manage cost and energy efficiency.

DOE1Energy Department Invests $6 Million to Increase Building Energy Code Compliance Rates: The Building Technologies Office (BTO) has awarded $6 million to fund projects that will: Measure current residential energy code compliance rate using a methodology that provides statewide results with 90% reliability; Implement an education, training, and outreach program designed to increase residential building energy code compliance; and Measure the post-program residential building energy code compliance rate using the same methodology employed in the pre-program study.

IoTBoyTherese Sullivan Asks — How do You Spell IoT Smart Building Analytics? All the Big IT companies are running campaigns touting their role in the coming Internet of Things (IoT) computing era. A common vision is that software, particularly mobile apps, will reign supreme over embedded systems-on-a-chip, sensors, wireless communications and other components making more of the physical world digitally addressable. But, it is building automation and control firms – sometimes called OT, or operations technology companies – that have had to slog through decades of navigating relationships with big equipment makers to tap silo-ed data and do the necessary integration.

Contemporary ControlsContemporary Controls — Your Ideal Partner for Applying Network Technology to Automation Projects: ControlTrends is delighted to announce that Contemporary Controls will be a Platinum Sponsor for the 2014 ControlTrends Awards at the 2015 AHR Show in Chicago. Contemporary Controls is a leading manufacturer of Industrial, Building, and Commercial Automation Components; Communication and Network Devices; and Building Automation Controllers. George Thomas and Contemporary Controls are ready to assist with your next project!

KMC ControlsKMC Controls is on the Move! Joins 2014 ControlTrends Awards as Platinum Sponsors: ControlTrends thanks KMC Controls for their 2014 ControlTrends Awards Platinum Sponsorship! A little bit about KMC: Since 1969, KMC Controls has been helping facilities achieve higher levels of indoor environmental quality and energy efficiency by automating and controlling building systems. KMC innovations include pneumatic and electronic control devices for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) applications; a complete line of fully programmable digital hardware and intuitive software for local and remote web-based facility management.

Executive Briefing — Cybersecurity — Points That Need to be Part of the Conversation: By Marc Petock, Vice President, Marketing, Lynxspring, Inc. Today’s connected business world means there are thousands of entry points in and out of companies. The truth is that network security does not work as well as we thought. Hacks, breaches, vulnerabilities, threats we can’t ignore them. They are undesired events. Cyber threats are changing constantly. Threats are targeted, and they continue to get even more targeted. It used to be a virus was thrown out there and whomever it hit, it hit.

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.

Belimo is Moving! Place Your September Orders by Aug 1st — Aug 15th, 2014 and get 60-Day Payment Terms!

MtBelimo2 Belimo Americas headquarters will move to a new energy-efficient facility located at 33 Turner Road, Danbury, Connecticut. Place your September orders by August 1st through August 15th, 2014 and we will provide you 60-day payment terms to encourage early ordering.

To maintain delivery schedules during the move, production lines will relocate in stages from September 8 through 30. We are increasing inventory levels of stocked product and adding additional capacity to our Sparks, Nevada production and shipping facility. From September 8 through September 30th, lead-times may extend to a minimum of 5 days.

Belimo is delighted to move forward and thanks you for your continue business and support!

The Easy Way To Replace a Globe Valve Actuator

Do you want to always have a replacement globe valve actuator in stock or on your truck? Not just any actuator but one of the best valve actuators in the world? An actuator that will work on 98% of the HVAC control globe valves on the planet.

You might be thinking that would be great but the investment is way to high, I can’t afford to keep 20 different actuators and linkage kits just in case I need a replacement valve actuator.

What if you could stock one or two actuators and a handful of low cost linkages that would easily adapt a high quality Belimo Actuator to virtually any commercial globe valve? Life would be good ! You could save time and money by not having to inventory and learn multiple valve actuators.

Check out this video from the innovative team at Belimo to see how easy it is to replace a globe valve actuator.

Additionally,the Belimo New Generation Globe Valve Actuators and Retrofit Linkages offer greater power and flexibility. Engineered to suit a broad range of HVAC applications, both the New Generation Actuators and Retrofit Linkages are highly adaptable making selection, installation, and long-term service worry-free. New force ranges from 112 lbf to 337 lbf and broader travel ranges from .6″ (15 mm) to 2″ (50 mm).

ControlTalk Now for the Week Ending July 27, 2014

This week’s ControlTalk NOW reveals the progress of important trends affecting the status quo of our industry beginning with the growing Project Haystack community and their 501-(c)(6) status; DGLux5 is out of the Box; Belimo retrofits your next project; hugs inside Bank of America, more OME Facility Solutions, click and mortar changes in the distribution business; interview with Siemens’ Adnan Akbari; DOE dollars are flowing; COMFY media; and a must watch ControlTalk 2.0 and Johnson Controls Tech Talk session with Chris Lane and Matt Krieger.

project haystackJohn Petze Delivers Project-Haystack 501-(c) (6) Status Announcement at IBcon 2014: John Petze, a leading spokesperson for Project-Haystack, the open source initiative focused on developing semantic modeling conventions and taxonomies for smart device data today, announced the formation of a 501-C6 Corporation made possible by its founding members: Airmaster, J2 Innovations, Lynxspring, Siemens, SkyFoundry, Wattstopper, and Yardi.

DGLogik_SurferTherese Sullivan Reviews DGLux5 Training – Hop Aboard the Future Express: It’s easy to bat around the term “Internet of Things.” But until you’re in a room full of interface designers trying to make the implied thousands and thousands of connections visible and manageable—you don’t appreciate what it means. I came to this realization while attending the 3-day DGLux5 Introductory training course last week near San Francisco. It’s also now clear why the DGLogik brand mascot is a futuristic space-traveler: the DGLux5 users in that room were well on their way to defining how building operations will be accomplished tomorrow.

Bank of AmericaSmart Building Story: Bank of America Plaza Atlanta — Atlanta’s Architectural Masterpiece: This ControlTrends’ Smart Building Story takes an in-depth look at the Bank of America Plaza Atlanta — Atlanta’s Architectural Masterpiece and the remarkable open systems success delivered by the Stromquist Company and John Smith, Honeywell WEBs-AX Systems Integrator with Mallory & Evans Service. Parkway Realty’s Alan Winfrey explains the course of action taken and the reason why they chose Honeywell when their existing controls system reached its end-of-life and needed the best open-systems upgrade available — one that offered the owners and tenants the greatest value and most flexible solution.

The Innovator meets the Optimizer

The Innovator meets the Optimizer

The Innovation Corner with Rick Warner and the Data Center Optimzer Mike Yanosko: This ControlTalk NOW excerpt features the infamous INNOVATOR, Mr. Rick Warner, from OME Facility Solutions. Rick shares his 20+ years of integration experience in nearly every facet of the HVAC and BAS industries. OME is a market leader in providing industry and user specific solutions. Joining Rick, is Smart Building Works’ CTO, Mike Yanosko, aka, the Optimizer. Mike’s professional passions are chiefly focused on reducing capital and operational expenses.

BelimoRetrofit2Belimo Free Webinar Today at 11:00AM EST: Introduction to Retrofitting Globe Valves
Introduction to Retrofitting Globe Valves: In this free Belimo webinar, you will gain an understanding of how to retrofit globe valves. The New Generation Globe Valve Actuators incorporate not only strength, but flexibility too. Engineered to suit a broad range of HVAC applications, these new actuators and retrofit linkages are highly adaptable making selection, installation and service hassle-free.

Siemens1Siemens Features Advantage™ Navigator at IBCON 2014 — and goes CTA Platinum! Adnan Akbari, Senior Manager Strategic Marketing, at Siemens Industry, was genuinely excited about Advantage™ Navigator, the energy management system performance platform that Siemens featured at the IBcon 2014. Advantage™ Navigator offers a number of energy analytics that take existing Siemens technologies and services to the next level by giving Siemens customers distinct business advantages — making costs easier to predict and delivering key insights into the total energy and operational performance of their buildings — locally, or worldwide.

DOE1Energy Department Invests $6 Million to Support Commercial Building Efficiency: The Energy Department’s Building Technologies Office (BTO) today announced up to $6 million in funding to deploy and demonstrate four emerging energy-saving technologies in commercial buildings across the country. These projects will help businesses cut energy costs through improved efficiency, while also reducing carbon pollution. Last year, commercial buildings consumed about 20 percent of all energy used in the United States at an estimated cost of nearly $180 billion, and are responsible for 18 percent of total U.S. carbon emissions.

comfy1Can’t Get Enough of this COMFY Stuff: Where Social Media meets Building Automation Controls
As a member of the System Intelligence Redefined panel, Lindsay Baker, VP, Research & Marketing, at Building Robotics, addresses the attendees of the 2014 IBcon Smart HVAC Track with High Tech, High Touch technology from Building Robotics that drives participatory comfort attainment and energy savings. The ultimate compliment to any existing BMS BACnet system, COMFY takes VAV Zone Control to the next level.

JCIJohnson Controls Tech Talk with Chris Lane and Matt Krieger — the Power of FX Appliance Unveiled. Welcome to ControlTalk 2.0 and Johnson Controls Tech Talk with Chris Lane, FX Senior Product Manager along with technical support guru and Product Manager, Matt Krieger, who gives us a very comprehensive hands-on demonstration on one of the best end-to-end DDC solutions in the HVAC Industry that keeps getting better, the Johnson Controls FX Appliance. The FX Appliance is loaded with integration expertise and does a lot of heavy lifting behind the software curtains.

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.

Belimo Free Webinar Today at 11:00AM EST: Introduction to Retrofitting Globe Valves

BelimoRetrofit Introduction to Retrofitting Globe Valves: In this free Belimo webinar, you will gain an understanding of how to retrofit globe valves. The New Generation Globe Valve Actuators incorporate not only strength, but flexibility too. Engineered to suit a broad range of HVAC applications, these new actuators and retrofit linkages are highly adaptable making selection, installation and service hassle-free.

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ControlTalk Now for the Week Ending July 13, 2014

This week’s ControlTalk NOW reviews the CABA and Belimo webinars, interview with Lynxspring’s Bob Mealy, DOE’s July updates, Honeywell’s new WEBs-AX checker, more on robotic technology, and features special guests, Rob Allen, Stromquist; Rick Werner, OME Facility Solutions; and Mike Yanosko, CTO Smart Building Works. ControlTrends is delighted to announce that 2014 ControlTrends Awards will be held Monday evening, January 26, 2015, from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Convention Center.

CABALast Chance to Register For CABA OnLine Event Today! The CABA Intelligent & Integrated Buildings Council (IIBC) and BSRIA would like to invite you to the Webinar on the “Market Sizing for North America: Intelligent and Integrated Buildings v2″ Research Project. Come learn how your organization can become involved in helping to shape the focus and scope of this important and timely research. This will be a high level presentation on this upcoming research project, and there are still opportunities to sponsor this research.

Bob MealeyFun With Lynxspring at IBCON 2014 ControlTrends got a chance to catch up with Bob Mealey at IBCON. Bob is the Chief Operating Officer at Lynxspring. Bob, enlightened us on Lynxspring’s, CyberPro, an effective approach to handling the Cyber security problems that are affecting building owners. Lynxspring changed the way control systems are built, secured and distributed. SP 800-82 Rev.2 DRAFT Guide to Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Security.

Belimo E ValveBelimo July 11, 2014 Webinar on Communicating with the Belimo Energy Valve: Belimo July 11, 2014 Webinar on Communicating with the Belimo Energy Valve with WebView, Data Analysis Tool, and BACnet. Learn how the Energy Valve standard analog signal and feedback wiring communicates its data to the Building Management System (BMS) via BACnet MS/TP or BACnet IP. The built-in web server collects up to 13 months of data that can be downloaded to external tools for further optimization.

Therese_Face1Building Integrator Summit (SBIS) at IBcon 2014: Building Context’s Therese Sullivan, the eyes and ears of Silicon Valley, wraps up her thoughts about the 2014 Realcomm/IBcon with piercing insight: Big-brand tech companies and Rock Star-caliber personalities in real estate management and data security came calling on the buildings industry at the Smart Building Integrator Summit (SBIS) on June 17th, the day before IBcon 2014 opened in Las Vegas. Their common message was that open-architected, interoperable building automation systems (BAS) are at the nucleus of the next phase of human-to-machine connectivity.

SPINThe Other Robots are Coming — But the SPIN Robot (Sanborn Platform for Indoor Mapping) is Already Here!The SPIN Robot services are available NOW. Contact Sharad Oberoi and Team Sanborn for more information. The Sanborn Platform for Indoor Mapping (SPIN) is a semi-autonomous mobile robotic platform designed exclusively for indoor mapping applications. By utilizing the recent advances made in a variety of 3D technologies including laser scanning, photogrammetry and computer vision, and the state-of-the-art approaches used in robotics, SPIN is a leap forward in accurately mapping the building interiors SPIN is a compact, easy-to-operate and self-navigating system which generates pre-registered spatial data almost in real-time. Sanborn’s geospatial products, location based services, and solutions to business, engineering, government, natural resources, telecommunications, and utilities sectors.

IdeaMediumRob Allen’s 7 Minutes in Control: The New Honeywell AX Compatibility Checker Tool. Software version management can be a challenging task. The level of challenge magnifies exponentially when the number of software varieties increases and inter-dependency exists among them. WEBs-AX Compatibility Checker is an add-on tool that helps users to discover the multiple versions of AX software components or tools.

ITo ThingsSeeing is Believing: The Internet of Things At Work: The IoT-A movie introduces us to the spectacular story of how the Internet of Things could benefit people and society in the future and how the European Lighthouse Project on the Internet of Things will “make things talk”. It provides you with a glimpse into a concept being worked on by the IoT-A project team for several years, namely the Architecture Reference Model, ARM, a dictionary for the IoT, a toolbox for developers.

DOE Building AmericaJuly 2014 Issue of the DOE’s Building America Update: Dear Building America colleague: The July 2014 issue of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America Update newsletter is now available! This month’s issue highlights examples of zero energy ready homes across the country that are delivering outstanding levels of energy savings, comfort, health, and durability. Read these articles and more: “A 2013 Top Innovation Spotlight on Zero Energy Ready Single Family Homes and “July 11 deadline for feedback on effective power words.”

powerofniagaraPowered by Possibilites: Video Welcome to the 2014 Niagara Summit. The power of this video lingers and it continues its vision of what the future holds. Awesome kick-off to the “Welcome to the 2014 Niagara Summit,” where the power of the Niagara Framework and Innovation met — and keep meeting. With the open internet of things and Niagara, buildings are more efficient, data centers are optimized, industrial plants are improving quality and precision, and city infrastructures are connected and smarter.

IamcomfyBuilding Robotics’ Comfy is Real High Tech-High Touch — Is it the NEST-Best Thing? John Naisbitt, inventor of “Megatrends” (watch below) would have to be proud of COMFY’s High Touch solution to a challenging High Tech problem. As building management systems (BMS) continue to increase energy efficiency, the satisfaction of the building occupants could well be decreasing, because the occupants are not comfortable and they assume the technologies around them — are being used against them. Comfy provides instant high-touch by providing instant streams of warm or cool air to people while also using high-tech machine learning in the background to reduce energy use. The High Touch words “Warm my Space” or “Cool my Space” or better yet, “I’m Comfy,” replace the set points and the numeric temperature displays.

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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Belimo July 11, 2014 Webinar on Communicating with the Belimo Energy Valve

BelimoEnergyValve714Belimo July 11, 2014 Webinar on Communicating with the Belimo Energy Valve with WebView, Data Analysis Tool, and BACnet.

Learn how the Energy Valve standard analog signal and feedback wiring communicates its data to the Building Management System (BMS) via BACnet MS/TP or BACnet IP. The built-in web server collects up to 13 months of data that can be downloaded to external tools for further optimization. To register, click here!

ControlTalk Now for the Week Ending July 6, 2014

This week’s ControlTalk NOW delivers vital information directly affecting the HVAC Industry status quo. Dell delivers their IoT and Productization Roadmap for the Smart Building; ControlTalk 2.0 reviews: “Is Intel coming for your lunch?”; More of Fred Gordy’s IT Security insights; Interviews with Schneider Electric’s Simon Leblond, CopperTree’s Keith LaRose, Cylon Energy acquires American Auto-Matrix, and more news on Products, Industry Information, and Training.


BetterBuildingsDOE’s Better Buildings Case Competition Challenges Collegiate Teams: Join us for presentations of the winning solutions to the 2014 Better Buildings Case Competition. The Better Buildings Case Competition challenges collegiate teams to present unique and innovative solutions for reducing energy waste and improving the efficiency of our nation’s homes and commercial buildings to industry leaders.

Dell_smartcontrols_5Dell’s IoT Roadmap and Productization for the Smart Buildings Market Segment is Just the Beginning! This roadmap and productization for the smart buildings market segment is just the beginning of Dell’s service offerings. Look for more to come on IoT and building automation in the future! (Source: AutomatedBuildings: July, 2014 Edition). dell is introducing new research on smart buildings and will join Intel to discuss its findings at the Intelligent Buildings Conference (IBcon) in Las Vegas today. Enabling building automation is a key element of Dell’s strategy of supporting customers around the world and across various industries in realizing their vision for the Internet of Things (IoT).

KenSinclair+IBconAutomated Building’s July Theme “Our Assets R U!” Ken Sinclair Nominated for Digie Award: Excerpts from Automated Buildings July, 2014. Editor’s Note: We are experimenting with a virtual wrapper for our July issue. The flyover is based on the same format used for our Over 150 past issues and 15 years in the collaborator. The graphical presentation is more people centric following the theme of this issue. Powered by a web service it should present well on all devices, as more and more of our readers are BYOD. Also here is a short url http://goo.gl/ahcnO7 to wrapper for tweeting. Please let us know if this is useful or just plain annoying……..smile. It is simply a different way to view the same information.

Belimo_NEWBelimo is Delighted to MOVE Forward & Thanks You for Your Continued Business & Support! Dear Belimo Customers: On October 1, 2014, BELIMO Americas headquarters will move from our present Danbury location to a new energy efficient headquarters at 33 Turner Road, Danbury, CT 06810. Calling, faxing or emailing us will not change.

IntelBreaking Down 2014 IBCON: Does Intel Want to Eat your Lunch? This episode of ControlTalk 2.0 is a panel discussion led by yours truly, along with Therese Sullivan, BuildingContext.me; Rick Warner,PE, OME Innovative Facility Solutions; and Ken Smyers, ControlTrends/DMS Controls Group, that continues to break down 2014 IBcon and the massive amount of change lurking around the immediate bend.

ViconicsVT8Viconics’ VT8000 Series Thermostat & Room Comfort Controller: Simon Leblond, Schneider Electric’s Director of Strategy & Marketing, Buildings Division, explains to the Niagara and ControlTrends Communities — why year in and year out — Viconics is the thermostat or room comfort controller of choice that offers the lowest installed cost. The new VT8000 series is available with wireless and all the communication protocols, along with a customizable display that allows color matching decor, branding emphasis, live language changes, other features that will help pull the sale of Viconics through the interior designer and architect channels.

FredGordySocial Engineering and the Cyber Black Market: In movies you see some guy sitting at his computer banging away at the keys and creating sophisticated algorithms that can go around advanced cyber security measures or can crack strong passwords or anything else that looks really cool for the camera The reality is (and not as glamorous) that hackers can shop for hacking tools online. Or better yet, they can ask you how to get into your system and you will tell them. Social engineering, if you are not familiar with the term, means basically a “con game” to get information needed to access networks/equipment.

AAMCylon Energy Inc. Acquires American Auto-Matrix:June 30, 2014 – American Auto-Matrix was acquired by Cylon Energy Inc., a subsidiary of Cylon Controls Ltd., based in Manchester, New Hampshire. Cylon Controls is one of the largest independent control manufacturers in Europe and a leading developer of energy management systems with a global distribution network. The acquisition marks over 60 combined years of technological development and product implementation.

DeltaControlTrends Catches up with CopperTree Analytics, aka, Delta Controls — Who “Does it Right! Keith La Rose, Director of Business Development at CopperTree, was delighted with the attendees at 2014 IBcon. According to Keith, “The people here really understand the space — and, they are the influential decision-makers.” The Delta Controls’ story is one of prolific success. Delta Controls, a privately held corporation, has been manufacturing BAS controls (all made in North America) for over 30 years, and is the world’s largest independent BAS manufacturer! The Delta Controls’ motto, which permeates throughout the organization is “Do it Right!” CopperTree Analytics, wholly owned by Delta Controls and ESC Automation, is an agnostic solution that works with anyone’s control system focusing on data analytics and building optimization.

Eve2Happy 4th of July! Did You Know…? Disney Fireworks & Celebration Included: Did you know: John Adams believed that July 2nd was the correct date on which to celebrate the birth of American independence, and would reportedly turn down invitations to appear at July 4th events in protest. Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Variously known as the Fourth of July and Independence Day, July 4th has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83).

DGLux5_IoT_App_IconBecome a DGLux5 Expert — Training July 16-18, 2014 @ DGLogik, Inc. Headquarters: Learn the latest WORKFLOWS, SHORTCUTS & TIPS of the NEW DGLux5. DGLux5 Introductory Training is a 3-day, instructor-led course that provides lectures, exercises and hands-on labs designed to provide a fundamental understanding of the basic principles, concepts and knowledge necessary to develop and support applications using DGLux5. The focus of this course is to illustrate how to use the new DGLux5 design tools and functionality so that you can begin building applications on your own. We ensure that you walk away with shortcuts, tips, best practices and advanced knowledge of DGLux. By the end of your training, you will be both creative and efficient in engineering cutting-edge user experiences. Sign up today!

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