Mom and Dad… I want to be a hacker when I grow up!”

What if your child said this to you?  What would you do?  I would ask them which kind.

Yes, which kind. If they said a white hat hacker I would not only say yes but I would try and help them. If you don’t know what a white hat hacker is, they are the good guys. In today’s society (at least to me) white hat hackers are the fireman, solider, policeman, etc. that we use to say when asked “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

hacker 2White hat hackers, cyber warfare teams, etc. are truly our frontline in defense of not only our corporate networks but our country’s infrastructure as well. In recent articles that I have read and posted our government has begun to [Read more…]

ControlTalk Now For The Week Ending August 25, 2013

dglux_building_automation_iconControlTalk NOW thanks this week’s sponsor: DG Logik. DGLux The Visualization Platform: DGLux is a “drag & drop” visualization platform that enables you to design real-time, data-driven applications and dashboards without ever writing a single line of code. DGBox is a low-cost end to end solution for creating and utilizing appliance applications. The solution consists of DGLux embedded into a commodity hardware box.

RedLinkHoneywell e-Learning LIVE: Join Honeywell’s WiFi Thermostat Training! Millions of homes today are equipped with Wi-Fi enabled devices, and while a consumer might not understand the technology, they certainly understand what it allows them to do on a daily basis. Learn about the features and benefits of Honeywell’s Wi-Fi thermostats. [Read more…]

James Johnson Instructs VYKONPro Training — September 30th Class Almost Full! Act Now!

vykon VYKONPro Training is a 5-day class designed to help system engineers streamline engineering processes by using the latest NiagaraAX features and best practices. The VYKONPro module is a collection of station components and px widgets that are provided as a value add to the VYKON channel partners.

This class will be taught by James Johnson, recipient of the Control Trends Award for Most Valuable Support Person of the Year. His expertise will guide students through a variety of best practices and dive into the latest features available in NiagaraAX.

Topics include:
* NiagaraAX 3.6 and 3.7 Enhancements
* Px (Graphics) Design [Read more…]

ControlTalk Now For The Week Ending August 4, 2013

LynxspringControlTalk NOW thanks Lynxspring — this week’s Platinum sponsor! Founded in 2002, Lynxspring is changing way devices and systems communicate and collaborate across enterprises. Lynxspring’s technologies, solutions and services are enabling users to go further to manage and operate their facilities and equipment smarter, safer, more efficiently, and at peak performance levels. Lynxspring has changed the way control systems are built and distributed.

Tim’s How to Add a New Zone Tech Tip: Shows how using a Honeywell thermostat, actuator, damper — you can improve the comfort level to a zone within a large area. Stromquist’s Tech Master provides a straight forward technical demonstration that solves a frequently occuring HVAC problem. [Read more…]

ControlTalk Now For The Week Ending July 28, 2013

BelimoControlTalk NOW thanks Belimo — this week’s Platinum sponsor! Innovations in Comfort, Energy Efficiency and Safety Solutions. Belimo Americas, a world leader in the design and manufacture of damper actuators and control valves used in commercial HVAC systems. Known for its direct-coupled actuator and innovations in pressure independent control valve technology, Belimo has solutions to maintain an energy efficient building environmen

Make a Splash This Summer with the “Dive into FIN” Program: Throughout Summer 2013, J2 Innovations is running a special program designed to help System Integrators and Distributors quickly become experts in FIN by providing personalized one-on-one support. [Read more…]

ControlTrends Presents: The Haystack Connect 2013 — Hightlight Reel

ControlTrends is excited to present its Highlight Reel coverage of the Haystack Connect 2013 featuring Scott Muench, Jason Briggs, John Petze, Marc Petock, and Brian Frank who moderated a formidable assemblage of system integrators, inventors, innovators, industry experts, and leading edge customers — representing all viewpoints and technologies in one community-centric setting.

The “emerging atmosphere” of Haystack Connect and the powerful demonstrations of [Read more…]

ControlTalk NOW for Week Ending June 2, 2013

Johnson Controls announces Platinum Sponsorship for the 2013 ControlTrends Awards: The ControlTrends Awards Steering Committee extends it sincere thanks to Johnson Controls and Chris Eichmann for being Platinum Sponsors for the second year. The 2013 ControlTrends Awards will be held at the BB King Blues [Read more…]

WattStopper Joins the 2013 CTA Awards Sponsors!

The ControlTrends Awards Steering Committee thanks Pete Horton, Pete Baseleci, and WattStopper for their generous Sponsorship support for the 2013 CTA Awards in NY Times Square at the BB King Blues Club & Grille. Visit WattStopper’s Resource Center for the most efficient lighting solutions available for every market.

is a price leader in its category. Modular design facilitates quick, easy configurations, and modular expansion necessary for successful applications.This versatile panel provides simple control to indoor and outdoor lighting. Contractors are going to love the new WattStopper LC8 modular panel, which provides cost-effective lighting control solutions and is ideal for small stand-alone retail projects, libraries or bank buildings, controlling lobbies, corridors, public spaces, even exteriors of larger buildings.

Realcomm and IBCON 2013 — Epicenter of Intelligent Buildings Thought Leaders Converge in Orlando June 11-13, 2013

revolution-smallIBcon is the largest gathering on the topic of open architected, interoperable and integrated IP centric smart, connected, high performance and intelligent buildings.

“There will be no place in the world with more focused attention to the full scope of the smart, connected, high-performance, intelligent building discussion.”

IBcon focuses on ALL aspects of the “Intelligent Building,” from automated HVAC, lighting and security, to [Read more…]

ControlTalk Now: Week Ending May 26, 2103

The sponsor for this week’s ControlTalk NOW is Realcomm 2013. Be part of the REvolution — Redefining Real Estate Operations Through Technology, Automation, & Innovation, June 12-13, at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL. Co-Locating with IBCON 2013. See RealcommEDGE here.

See The Power Of Haystack Connect Video and Haystack Connect 2013 Brings Together Companies, Technology and People who are Re-defining Smart Devices and Connected Systems: Press Release Summary: [Read more…]