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

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

ControlTrends is delighted to present the 2014 ControlTrends Award winners:

2014 ControlTrends Awards Residential Thermostat of the Year: Honeywell RedLINK

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

2014 ControlTrends Awards VFD Manufacturer of the Year: Siemens BT300

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

2014 ControlTrends Awards Peripheral Product of the Year: Contemporary Controls

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

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

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

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

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

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

2014 ControlTrends Awards Building Analytics Software of the Year: SkyFoundry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ControlTalk NOW: The Smart Building Podcast January 4, 2015

ControlTalk NOW for the Week ending January 4, 2015. Pod Cast Show Notes: ControlTalk NOW thanks this week’s Premium sponsors Honeywell and Siemens. This week, we review the major trends and events of 2014 — the Year of Disruption. Special interviews with Executive of the Year nominee and industry stalwart George Thomas, founder and President of Contemporary Controls, and Young Gun, Jason Houck, Director of IT and Integration at Hepta Controls Systems.

Honeywell 180x120 Honeywell invents and manufactures technologies to address some of the world’s toughest challenges initiated by revolutionary macrotrends in science, technology and society. A Fortune 100 company, we create solutions to improve the quality of life of people around the globe: generating clean, healthy energy – and using it more efficiently. Increasing our safety and security.

Siemens Siemens: 2014 European Building Technologies Company of the Year. Siemens offers a complete technical infrastructure portfolio for building automation, energy efficiency, fire safety, security, total building solutions and market-specific solutions in buildings and public places. Siemens offers a comprehensive range of building automation systems and HVAC products for every area of use like heating, ventilation, air conditioning, cooling application, and for every technical requirement.

ControlTrends 2014 Year in Review. We thank the ControlTrends Community for sharing another incredible year for the HVAC and Controls Industry that began with the 2014 ControlTrends Awards in NYC, and took us across the country and around the world to the 2014 CGNA Conference, 2014 Niagara Summit, 2014 Realcomm/IBcon, International Systems of America, Neptronic, Easy IO World Conference in Madrid, as well as our continuing coverage of all the major control trends, from wearable technology to cybersecurity.

GEORGE_THOMAS ControlTrends is delighted to interview George Thomas founder and president of Contemporary Controls. Nominated for five ControlTrends Awards, Contemporary Controls enters its 40th year in the business! George Thomas and Contemporary Controls are a story that movies are made from. Few people have the personal and professional moxie it takes to build an enduring company from the cliched humble origins of a home-made microprocessor business started in a visionary’s basement, to a thriving international manufacturer of Industrial, Building, and Commercial Automation Components; Communication and Network Devices; and Building Automation Controllers.

George Thomas and his team at Contemporary Controls have weathered every sort of economic and competitive storm that an entrepreneur can expect, and their continued success reveals two very unique attributes: George Thomas and Contemporary Controls are just plain good and just plain smart! Visit George Thomas and Contemporary Controls at the 2015 AHR Show, booth 3531 and get your copy of “Network Communications for Buildings,” a compilation of articles Contemporary Controls has written on Ethernet, IP networks, Modbus and BACnet protocols.

jason_houck ControlTalk NOW second interview with Jason Houck, Director of IT & Integration at Hepta Control Systems. Jason personifies the next generation of precocious master systems integrators whose career began while he was still in grade school. Jason shares his own experience, the Linux theory of self-accomplishment, and how he became an expert in Design & Implementation of Smart Building Networks, Integration of HVAC Controls, Lighting Controls, Electrical Metering, Fire Alarm Systems, Electrical Equipment and Elevators via multiple protocols such as Bacnet, LON, Modbus, OPC, Obix, and DDE.

Laura K2014 ControlTrends Awards PID Finalist Laura Kevitt. See why the World-Wide ControlTrends Community nominated the hard working Laura Kevitt as a finalist for the PID Award. The PID Award, which stands for Passion, Integrity, and Dedication is an honor bestowed on the individual that exudes these qualities. Those in the community that have had the opportunity to work with Honeywell’s Laura Kevitt can attest to her personification of these virtues. Laura, heads up national accounts for Honeywell’s ECC Building Automation Group.

Belimo E Valve2014 Energy Savings Solution Product of the Year Nominee — Belimo Energy Valve. Belimo’s Energy Valve is a strong favorite to win the 2014 Energy Savings Solution Product of the Year because of its incomparable engineering sophistication and bonafide performance that takes HVAC energy savings to the highest levels. Belimo is delivering the future of energy savings — today! Overview:The Energy Valve is a pressure independent valve that measures and manages coil energy by using an embedded electromagnetic or ultrasonic flow meter, along with supply and return water temperature sensors.

KenSinclair+IBconKen Sinclair’s January 2015 Edition of Automated Buildings: Auto’s Autodidacticism. Another great edition of Automated Buildings is now available! The January, 2015 edition introduces AB’s editor Ken Sinclair’s critical evaluation on how self-learning is rapidly becoming such a necessary and essential tool for the HVAC. In 2011, Seth Godin declared that the internet freed us all from the tyranny of being selected. That it was time to select yourself. We are seeing this self-selection tenet in full motion and experiencing the impact that self-selection has already had on many industries — that have lost their once inalienable gate-keeper rights.

Chris E PicJohnson Controls Chris Eichmann: in the Hunt for ControlTrends Executive of the Year. Johnson Controls, Chris Eichmann is no stranger to success. As a former winner of the ControlTrends Executive of the Year, the hard working Chris, has been nominated as a finalist for the 2014 ControlTrends Executive of the Year – Large Manufacture.I had a chance to catch up with Chris in Atlanta. Check out my interview with Chris to see why he is so popular with the world wide ControlTrends community. Voting ends January 15th, so make sure to vote for your ControlTrends favorites.

daikinCaution: Disruption Ahead! Data Sent to Cloud (Not to BMS) — Daikin Applied Intelligent Equipment. The Daikin-Intel disruption bell tolled rather loudly and clearly at the June 2014 Realcom/IBcon show in Las Vegas. Daikin, one of the world’s largest and most progressive equipment manufacturers, had already rolled out their Rebel Rooftop line, which put them in the pole position (kinda), because merging equipment and controls by utilizing the potency of IoT and new disruptive technology is great and does offer additional value to Daikin’s customers.

ControlTalk NOW for the Week Ending November 2, 2014

delta_controls_logoWelcome to this week’s ControlTalk NOW where the 2014 ControlTrends Awards finalists are featured. Congratulations to all of the finalists. ControlTrends thanks our Platinum sponsor Delta Controls. Delta Controls is a global leader in Building Automation Systems (BAS), with over 300 distributors, and many thousand of installations in more than 80 countries. Delta Controls is recognized as a market leader in the manufacture of open-protocol BAS.

ChicagoPicIt has been a very exciting week! Marc, Eric, and I visited Chicago and McCormick Place to reveal this year’s nominees as voted by the world-wide ControlTrends community. Join us in celebrating these heroes and superstars, and the products and solutions that make our HVAC and Building Automation industries so successful. And be sure to join us this January 26th, 2015, in the Hyatt’s Prairie Ballroom (a fabulous and convenient venue) for the 2014 ControlTrends Awards Show. [Read more…]

2014 ControlTrends Awards Finalists Announced! Congratulations to All!

CTA_LOGO1It has been a very exciting week! Marc, Eric, and I visited Chicago and McCormick Place to reveal this year’s nominees as voted by the world-wide ControlTrends community. Join us in celebrating these heroes and superstars, and the products and solutions that make our HVAC and Building Automation industries so successful. And be sure to join us this January 26th, 2015, in the Hyatt’s Prairie Ballroom (a fabulous and convenient venue) for the 2014 ControlTrends Awards Show. We made some final arrangements that will ensure this year’s show will the most exciting and entertaining event in the HVAC industry — an event you don’t want to miss!

2014 CTA Opener from Eric Stromquist on Vimeo.

CLICK HERE TO VOTE

Here are the 2014 ControlTrends Awards Finalists: [Read more…]

ControlTalk NOW for the Week Ending October 26, 2014

BelimoBelimo is ControlTalk NOW’s sponsor for the Week Ending October 26, 2014. Belimo products help create comfort, safety, and efficiency in buildings. Belimo customer satisfaction and loyalty have made Belimo a leader in HVAC throughout the world. Visit Belimo Projects to view an overview sampling of recent installation with energy savings.

KMC2ControlTrends People: KMC Controls’ Erich Kreuter: I had a chance to sit down and talk to Erich Keuter, from KMC Controls. Eric is the grandson of Ken Kreuter, the founder of Kreuter Controls which is now KMC Controls. Hear what Erich had to say about the company philosophy that makes KMC Controls different from most controls companies, as well as, what makes Simply VAV such a special VAV controls solution. Click here for a specification sheet on this easy to use VAV controller. [Read more…]

Better Valve Design Equals Better Coil Performance

Are you better off with a flow dependent or pressure dependent control valve? Watch this video, from the  team at Belimo, and you will know how selecting the right type of control valve can improve coil performance, tenant comfort, and save energy all at the same time.

The Belimo Energy valve is on the nomiantion ballot for the 2014 ControlTrends Awards. Click here to nominate Belimo or your favorite HVAC products, people,and companies.

Click here for more training videos from Belimo.

ControlTalk Now: The Smart Building Podcast September 21, 2014 from Valencia, Spain

BelimoControlTalk Now: The Smart Building Podcast September 21, 2014 from Valencia, Spain. This week’s CTN Podcast Platinum Sponsor is Belimo, a listed technology company with a staff of close to 1400 worldwide. Belimo has developed, manufactured and distributed electric actuators for air dampers and valve technology for heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems since 1975. With our comprehensive range of products, we have become world leaders in this specific market.

pan_logoPanoramic Power and Connexx Energy Webnar: Device Level Energy Management Solutions: New Solution Offering: Device Level Energy Management Solutions. Join us for a Webinar on October 8 at 3:00PM ET/2:00 CT. Join us for this 45 minute webinar to learn about the joint offering between Panoramic Power and Connexx Energy. The two companies have combined Panoramic Power’s innovative circuit level energy management solution with Connexx Energy’s CONNEXXION™ energy data platform to deliver complete energy interoperability. The solution offers management and control, automatic demand response and actionable real-time data and analytics into a single system that manages energy data across the building enterprise within a cyber-secured environment.

KMC_FlexStat_ZoningVAV Zoning Made Easy! KMC Introduces Zone Equipment Control (ZEC):KMC has introduced a significantly improved system for either retrofitting older VVT-type systems or installing new light-commercial zoning systems. KMC’s Zone Equipment Control (ZEC)system consists of a special model of KMC’s award-winning Flexstat unitary controller along with up to 16 KMC SimplyVAV controllers for pressure-independent VAV control in their respective zones without the need for software. The new BAC-120063CW-ZEC FlexStat controls common commercial packaged unitary equipment and automatically switches between heating and cooling control based on local zone demands.

ecobee31New ecobee3: The Smarter Wi-Fi Thermostat with Remote Sensor (Read The VERGE Review!): Ordinary thermostats read the temperature in only one room, but are supposed to deliver comfort in all rooms. ecobee3 remote sensors deliver the right temperature in the rooms that matter most. Featuring a 3.5″ full-color LCD touchscreen, 320 x 480 pixel display with highly intuitive iconography and controls, just like your smartphone. Reads temperature in multiple locations solving for uneven temperatures in the rooms that matter most.

EasyIO’s World Event Presentation Highlights: (ControlTrends gives special thanks to Anja Nilsen, from Bergen, Norway, for helping out with the photography and videography!)

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 Schakenraad : 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.”

Wrap-up:

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!

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 Schakenraad : 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.”

Wrap-up:

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.

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