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.

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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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Belimo is Delighted to MOVE Forward & Thanks You for Your Continued Business & Support!

Belimo_New2 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.

Belimo Americas is putting the finishing touches on our new energy-efficient headquarters located at 33 Turner Road in Danbury, Connecticut. The 200,000 square foot building is registered with the certification goal of LEED® Gold and will serve as a showcase for Belimo and our valued customers!

New building features expanded production capabilities ensuring quality products with industry best lead times; state-of-the-art HVAC control valve design and testing laboratories; hands-on training facility for Belimo University courses, improved space and facilities to better accommodate employees from Ability Beyond Disability; and a full range of interactive product demonstrations throughout the facility. More detailed information coming in July.

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, we may need to extend lead-times to a minimum of 5 days. In most instances, we should be able to ship on or before this 5-day lead-time. For urgent orders contact Customer Service at (800) 543-9038.

Place your September orders by August 1st through August 15th, 2014 and we will provide 60-day payment terms to encourage early ordering and receive your products with our normal short lead times.

Updated information related to our move can be accessed online. Click here.

Belimo will aim to maintain quick delivery times and special services during the move and look forward to welcoming you to our new facility.

Thank you for your business and supporting us – Together to the Top!

Belimo’s Free Webinar June 18th at 11:00 EST on How to Save Energy with Economizing

zipecon1Belimo invites you join them on June 18th for a Free Webinar on How to Save Energy with Economizing at 11:00 EST.

In this 30 minute webinar, you will learn how to get efficiency strategies back on track with easy setup, automatic code change over temperatures, and superior troubleshooting capability. You will understand how you can instantly know when failures occur and how to quickly pinpoint and address any problems.

Click on this link to join us on June 18th at 11:00 am EST. Belimo

ControlTalk NOW for Week Ending April 20, 2014

ControlTalk NOW for week ending April 20, 2014 features another segment of The INNOVATOR, OME Facility Solutions’ Rick Warner does it again, and some informative posts on the Niagara Summit 2014 Powered By Possibilities, and with Tridium’s Nino DiCosmo and Jenny Graves(@AllThingsJLG), along with a barrage of new of ideas, products, and solutions shaping our HVAC industry.

ControlTalk Now Week Ending April 20, 2014 Master from Eric Stromquist on Vimeo.

Wayne_JennyOne More Reason to Attend the Niagara Summit: The Business Track!The Niagara Summit will be the hottest show in town. See the products, meet the people, and learn about the technologies that make building automation controls work around the world. The Business Track will focus on the business aspects of integration, connectivity and interoperability – the business value of Niagara. With over 400,000 instances of the Niagara Framework deployed globally, this track provides a look into use cases of Niagara-based solutions, explores new application offerings; new revenue stream opportunities and the market trends that are driving adoption today and tomorrow.

Honeywell 180x120Honeywell Announcement SymmetrE R410.2 Global Schedules Service Pack 1 is Now Available: Honeywell is pleased to announce the availability of Global Schedules Service Pack 1 for SymmetrE R 410.2. The changes include: Improved scheduling capabilities including a redesigned schedule calculation engine, new generic software based scheduler, and a simplified scheduling interface that is more consistent with an operator’s concept of scheduling.

HW RedlinkSee What Makes the Honeywell RedLINK So Cool!!! Thanks to our knowledgeable and multi-talented friend David Witherspoon, the ControlTrends Community can see just how cool, powerful, and flexible the Honeywell RedLINK System is. Great video David! Honeywell’s exclusive RedLINK Wireless Technology – and our full-suite of wireless-enabled comfort systems – help you better meet your customer’s comfort needs and connect you to expanded business opportunities. Accessory add-ons offer comfort, convenience and connection your customers are willing to pay for.

Rob Allen8.51.33 PMRob Allen’s 7 Minutes of Control: Lighting it Up with Blue Ridge Technologies Pt.1: In this episode Rob Allen and Michael Bonner talk to 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.

jennygravesSubmission Deadline For Tridium Awards: Jenny Graves Explains. One of the things that will make this year’s Niagara Summit epic is that for the first time ever Tridum will be presenting Achievement Awards. Niagara Summit 2014 Powered By Possibilities, and Tridium’s VP of Marketing and Communications, Jenny Graves(@AllThingsJLG). Jenny brings the ControlTrends Community up-to-speed with NS14 and the Niagara Innovator of the Year Award and the Niagara New Product Showcase Award and their respective prizes (HUGE!).

ControlcoSystems Integrator Controlco Now Offering Hosting Services to the Building Automation Industry. There are plenty of standard business options for datacenter storage and server space, but Controlco, after spending five years customizing traditional data center storage packages, has invested in the infrastructure to supply the real-time control that they and other energy and building managers need.

Niagara_Summit2014Help Make Vegas the New Silicon Valley. Niagara Summit 2014 Powered by Possibilities April 27–29, 2014, at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The world of business doesn’t just benefit from innovation – it demands it. To meet that demand, we work tirelessly, pushing the Niagara Framework to the forefront of technology. This April 27-29, visit Las Vegas for Niagara Summit 2014 and see how innovation and technology are transforming the possibilities of the Niagara platform.

BelimoA Peek at Belimo’s New America’s Headquarters… WOW! Mt. Belimo to Open October, 2014. The new Belimo facility is an impressive, ultlra-modern, and simply a massive facility that overlooks the peaceful landscape of the neighboring areas. As the Belimo manufacturing facility nears its grand opening, Belimo moves closer to releasing another powerful measure of brand-building, as well as undoubtedly securing their unparalleled future success — and growth.

RickWarner ControlTalk NOW’s guest this week is the infamous INNOVATOR, Mr. Rick Warner from OME Facility Solutions. Rick shares his vast knowledge of the industry from the inside out, explaining the genesis of innovation within OME, who focuses on the enhancement of automation and the ease of use of interface with automation technology for facility management. After 20 years and the integration of computerized and automated technology in nearly every facet of every industry within the United States and across much of the world, OME is a market leader in providing industry and user specific solutions which enable not only an analysis of efficiency, usage and management of facility technologies, but also a means of control of those same building and facility controls.

LynxspringUsing Lynxspring Drivers to Control Building Automation Systems: Clayton Plymill showed the group at the Stromquist & Company Lynxspring lunch and learn how to use the wide range of Lynxspring drivers to be more competitive on retrofit building automation control jobs. Lynxspring drivers give contractors the ability to to communicate and control different building automation control systems.

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The Easy Way to Offload Your JACE’s Modbus Traffic: The following is from our friends at Contemporary Controls: April 2014 — Although the JACE has the ability to communicate Modbus RTU over one of its serial ports, Modbus points cannot be discovered like BACnet points requiring manual configuration of each Modbus register. By using external Modbus RTU to BACnet gateways, with pre-defined Modbus device profiles, configuration of Modbus registers is just as quick as configuring BACnet points allowing to greatly reduce the time to configure Modbus devices in the field.

MarcPetock“Just Because” — Credibility, Choose Your Words Carefully, by Marc Petock, Vice President Marketing, Lynxspring. In today’s business world and especially in our industry, we are all in sales even though we may not have “sales” as part of our titles or imprinted on our business cards. I recently came an article in INC magazine by Eric Holtzclaw that got me to thinking about sales and the sales pitch. The article was entitled “One Word That Kills Your Credibility.” “I have watched more salespeople and companies pitch their ideas over the years than I care to count. And during thousands of interviews with consumers about how they use different products and services and respond to marketing messages.”

BillJonesMr. Jones’ Control Tip: Burner Ignition Basics: Mr. Jones has done it again! Check out his excellent training video on the basics of burner ignition control. Whether you have a hot water heater and a gas valve, a domestic boiler, or a huge industrial boiler the burner ignition basics are the same. Stromquist & Company’s Bill Jones shares some more of his control knowledge. In this video, Mr. Jones explains the basic of ignition control. Must watch; great effects.

NinoTridium’s Nino DiCosmo on Why This Year’s Summit is Going to Be Great! One of the many reasons this is a must attend event is the opportunity to meet and rub elbows with the likes of Nino DiCosmo and Jenny Graves. As the president of Tridium, Nino will be sharing his vision for how Tridium will catapult the building automation business forward. Jenny Graves, VP of Marketing and Communications, will share ways to use social media to expand your business reach.

DG_DontMissItDGLogik Takes IoT, Building Data Technology to Las Vegas! April 28, 2014 at Booth 101 in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is where big data meets advanced, REAL-time visualizations! We will be introducing the elevated, data visualization experience of our building automation systems technology to executives, building owners, engineers, developers, programmers, Niagara users and more!

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 March 30, 2014

Welcome to ControlTalk NOW for week ending March 30, 2014. Spring is in the air (finally!) and the baseball season begins. This week’s guests are OME Solutions’, Rick Warner, AKA the INNOVATOR, and Honeywell National Accounts Executive, David Witherspoon, who gives ControlTrends the big-picture perspective of the vast resources national accounts require.

HighlightThe ControlTrends Awards is an amazing concept of cohesive goodwill. It is a time when we come together as an industry and celebrate as kindred spirits. We encouraged Vladamir Chaloupka to take complete artistic license in capturing the 2013 ControlTrends Awards and apply his professional lens and talents to our HVAC Industry, and this Vlad certainly did.

sy actuatorBelimo SY Actuator for Butterfly Valves: Belimo’s SY Series actuators were designed to work with their butterfly valves and other quarter turn valve applications. The patented gear drive mechanism provides for efficient, smooth operation while allowing easy manual override at any time. The SY actuators are NEMA 4, 4x rated and designed to meet the needs of HVAC and Commercial applications. Offered on the HSU and HS butterfly valve series, these actuators are available for on/off and modulating applications. Depending on the application, they are available in 24 VAC, 120 VAC and 230 VAC.

realcomm1Today’s Realcomm Live Webinar: BAS, BMS, EMS, BOS – Uncovering the Smart Building Platform. Today’s LIVE Webinar: 12:30pm – 2:00pm EDT We’re starting to see widespread acceptance of the concept of a smart, connected building. While considering a comprehensive plan that involves operations, energy, sustainability and occupant systems, there arethere are myriad challenges but the opportunities of connectivity, integration and interoperability are extraordinary.

RickWarnerControlTalk NOW first guest is the president of OME Solutions, RICHARD K. WARNER, PE, LEED BC&D, CEM, DCEP, CXA, EBCP. The string of titles and certifications after Rick’s name give immediate testament to the wealth of knowledge and experience Rick possess and so willingly shares with the ControlTrends community through his Innovation Corner. Rick, AKA, the INNOVATOR, will be back — providing much important content in the upcoming weeks. Don’t miss the INNOVATOR series!

irs_imageIRS Virtual Currency Guidance & March 26th Update — In Case You Were Wondering. On a not too distant ControlTalk NOW, the subject of virtual currency and Bitcoin as a virtual payment, brought up some interesting dialogue, which left us speculating on the future impact it may make to our industry, if any impact at all. In either case, for the benefit of our ControlTrends Community, here is the latest information from the IRS concerning virtual currency.

trendview_v5_recorderHoneywell Paperless Recorders: Honeywell offers Trendview data recorders and an advanced analysis software suite to meet data recording needs. Three models are available with screen types that display various combinations of horizontal and vertical charts, digital values and bar graphs.

NiagaraNiagara Summit 2014 Awards: Call for Entries! Since the last Summit, have you launched a new product that is based on or interfaces with the Niagara framework? Have you completed a Niagara-based project that exemplifies innovation, creativity and collaboration? If so, we hope that you will submit an entry for two new awards that Tridium will be presenting at the Niagara Summit to customers for exemplary industry achievement.

DavidWitherspoonOur second guest on ControlTalk NOW, Honeywell National Accounts Executive, David Witherspoon. David provides great insight on how Honeywell has many channels to offer their national, even global customers with the open and consistent solutions they need and how products like Honeywell’s RedLINK wireless products now add to the modular concept of increasing the value of solutions over time.

VEM-Diagram (1)“Just Because” — Improved Energy Efficiency Insights from Marc Petock, Vice President, Marketing at Lynxspring. Lynxspring is changing the way devices and systems communicate and collaborate across enterprises. Energy efficiency continues to be the largest contributing factor to flat-lining electricity use. The decline is due to many factors, from changing weather and economic recessions to the wider adoption of energy efficiency measures. But it is the latter that might explain the trend in recent years, according to a new study from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

PublicPrivacyPublic Privacy — An Oxymoron Worthy of Consideration. This ControlTrends post takes a small step towards addressing the enormous subject of Public Privacy as it pertains to Big Data. The boundless use and proliferation of Big Data is now everywhere at once — for every conceivable purpose from medical diagnoses and corresponding treatment plans, advertising networks, data brokers, insurance providers, smart grid operators and energy usage managers (our insertion point to this subject), public and private traffic management, border control, access to employment, criminal investigations and sentencing, justice authorities, scientists, the granting of social welfare, and combating social security fraud. The benefits are all too obvious. But what next? IBM has introduced “autonomic computing.”

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7 Plus Minutes of Enchantment — Inside the HVAC Industry’s 2013 ControlTrends Awards

The ControlTrends Awards is an amazing concept of cohesive goodwill. It is a time when we come together as an industry and celebrate as kindred spirits. We encouraged Vladamir Chaloupka to take complete artistic license in capturing the 2013 ControlTrends Awards and apply his professional lens and talents to our HVAC Industry, and this Vlad certainly did. This 7 Plus minute video is a tour de force of recognition and prestige; excitement and entertainment; and in perhaps one of the most positive and important HVAC Industry commentaries to date, Vlad’s video is a fait accompi in capturing some of the world’s best corporations, best products and solutions, and most importantly, the superstars and heroes of our HVAC Industry within a celebrated and memorable occasion.

As Eric said so eloquently at the close of the show, “We want to thank our sponsors and we want to thank all of you for just being the amazing people that you are, and it’s a privilege to know you, and work in the same industry together. So, thanks!”

ControlTalk NOW for Week Ending February 16, 2014

This week’s ControlTalk NOW lead post was HACKED: Not So Good News: Smart Building Industry Experiences Major Technology Challenge! Richard K. Warner, OM|E Facility Solutions, expounds on “the rest of the Target story.” ControlTalk also welcomes Ken Sinclair, editor of AutomatedBuilding.com, our industry’s Library of Alexandria, and one of the most useful websites available to anybody in the building automation business. Ken talks about the mission of AutomatedBuidings.com and how it has evolved over the years to accommodate the significant changes within our industry. And, make sure to watch the Therese Sullivan interview, now posted in its entirety.

zipecon1Belimo Zip Economizer, The Good, The Great, and The Incredible: The Good: We are watching the introduction of new and innovative products being released at an incredible rate! The Belimo Zip Economizer promises to deliver economizer savings and application performance on a new level! The Great: The impact of disruptive technology continues to alter the of course of business as usual. There’s going to be more ORANGE than ever — inside the building envelope, and for good reason, because the need for energy savings has never been more important.

HackedHACKED: Not So Good News: Smart Building Industry Experiences Major Technology Challenge! Richard K. Warner, OM|E Facility Solutions, expounds on “the rest of the Target story,” and brings the reality of our present state of affairs into a very sobering and focused perspective. The HVAC industry’s over-used security through obscurity has ended abruptly.

Basic RGBDOE Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium, Must-Watch LA Lights Video: The DOE Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium shares technical information and experiences related to LED street and area lighting demonstrations and serves as an objective resource for evaluating new products on the market intended for those applications. Cities, power providers, and others who invest in street and area lighting are invited to join the Consortium and share their experiences.

easyio-fg-20EasyIO FG-32 Beast From the East Update: New BACnet IP Client Feature Released: Mike Marston, EasyIO’s VP Worldwide Sales, enthusiastically announced the 2013 ControlTrends Building Automation Controller of the Year, FG-32 is now available with BACnet IP Client! Users will now be able to use a 4GB card for Graphics and Histories, and a 4GB card is plenty! One Graphic is about 200K bytes and a 1 GB will give 10 some million history records.

BitpoolThe Worlds of Big Data, Cloud Services, and Infographics According to Bitpool: A Cloud Data Collection Platform for All: ControlTrends serves as a valuable pivot site for our industry’s trends, whether they’re leading products, solutions, software and products updates and releases, web-meetings, seminars, as well as industry insights — many of them global in origin. This industry insight is from Rav Panchalingam, a self-declared software geek from Australia. Rav uses an interesting hamburger analogy to comment on some of the biggest trends unfolding in 2014: The worlds of big data, cloud services, and infographics, as viewed from the land down under. Rav and Bitpool seem to know where the beef is and how to get it… (and the disruption continues).

Therese.001 Therese Sullivan Talks Smart Buildings, Google, and System Integration: Why did Google really buy Nest? What skills does the controls system integrator of the future look like? Who will win the race to the large space? To answer some of these questions Ken and I tracked down Therese Sullivan, who explores these types of topics on her blog BuildingContext.me.

EasyIO2 Mike Marston and the EasyIO Beast – HTTP Data Histories and CSV files. Some More Show and Tell! Mike Marston, EasyIO’s VP of Worldwide Sales is passionate about his products and offering great solutions for Energy Services and overall Building Management. All done simply, via EasyIO Sedona Objects, and Open Source Tools — it’s truly amazing!

t775 copy Honeywell T775 Quality Alert Bulletin: T775 Quality Alert In this Bulletin: * A limited number of T775s were incorrectly calibrated. The result was incorrect temperature readings on the Sensor A input. * The affected T775 units start with date code 1314.

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ControlTalk Now for the Week Ending February 2, 2014

Welcome back to ControlTalk NOW. This week’s spotlight is the review of the 2013 ControlTrends Awards Show in NYC, at the B.B. King Blues Club and Grill. Please enjoy the myriad of photos and videos on ControlTrends. We will posting a variety of interviews and highlights and a wrap-up video in the very near future — that you won’t want to miss.

CTA_LOGO12013 ControlTrends Achievement Awards: TrendSetters Recognized. The ControlTrends Achievement Awards, given at start of the 2013 ControlTrends Awards show, recognized those people, products, and companies that provided our industry with swift and innovative market and product leadership, as well as solutions that met the changing needs and imperatives facing our industry.

CTA AWARDControlTrends Awards Announces the 2013 CTA Award Winners, Petock Award Recipient, and Hall of Fame Inductee, Jerry Frank. The 2013 ControlTrends Awards and red carpet event at NYC’s BB King Club and Grill were a huge success! The same fierce storm that delayed this post (hotel internet service down) unfortunately, also caused many to miss this exciting industry milestone.

wattstopper-image-01WattStopper’s Product Selection Guide (PSG) Vital Product and Code Information at Your Fingertips. WattStopper’s Product Selection Guide (PSG) includes vital information about every product WattStopper offers. ◦ Easy-to-use softbound publication, 544 full color pages ◦ Complete product cut sheets for every lighting control product from Digital Lighting to Lighting Control Panels, Occupancy Sensors to Vacancy Sensors, Daylighting Controls to Wireless Lighting Controls ◦ Energy code information ◦ Lighting control strategies ◦ Design and application information ◦ Lighting control resources and services.

SEC-JACE-616Honeywell Announces New WEBs Security Products: Honeywell is pleased to announce new products and part numbers for the WEBs Security controllers. These new products have a pricing model that is more competitive, particularly in the Small Building Market that requires a lower cost for a two reader controller.

gcvalvesMeet the U.S. Safe Drinking Water Act “Lead Free” Standards with GC Valves NSF Solenoids. GC Valves is now manufacturing and shipping solenoid valves that meet state and federal requirements for drinking water. The S20 and S21 Series stainless steel and Noryl solenoid valves are fully certified to NSF/ANSI 61, which establishes minimum health effects requirements for the materials, components, or systems that contact drinking water or drinking water treatment chemicals.

automatedbuildingsOver the last several years organizations and groups have been extremely successful in connecting our industry with standards. The name “Connection Communities” has been attached to the purpose and function these organizations provide. Great job by Ken Sinclair and automatedbuildings.com. Don’t forget to read Ken Smyers’ interview referencing of our 2013 ControlTrends Awards show.

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