Eric’s Favorite Video of the Week — Joshua Foer: Feats of Memory Anyone Can Do

There are people who can quickly memorize lists of thousands of numbers, the order of all the cards in a deck (or ten!), and much more. Science writer Joshua Foer describes the technique — called the memory palace — and shows off its most remarkable feature: anyone can learn how to use it, including him.

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ControlTalk Now For The Week Ending August 18, 2013

CTA_LOGO1ControlTalk NOW thanks this week’s sponsor: The ControlTrends Awards and the ControlTrends Awards Steering Committee.

BelimoWhat Make The New Belimo Actuator Retrofit Kit Special? When Belimo’s Joe Carcare stopped in a couple of weeks ago, he showed us, the easy way to replace a valve actuator using Belimo’s new universal actuator retrofit linkages for globe valves. Here is Belimo’s video showing just how useful this product is when replacing a valve actuator [Read more…]

Ken’s TOP 5 Information Pivot Points of Week 33

OX 5 1. SmartGridNews: Sensus was selected earlier this week to provide the core communications technology to support one of the world’s largest smart metering projects: the UK government’s plan to put smart meters in millions of homes and small businesses by 2020. Sensus technology will support the rollout of electric and gas smart meters to ten million locations in the Northern region of Great Britain, subject to contract.

2. Realcomm Advisory. Read Dan Probst’s (Jones Lang LaSalle) “M2M Technology​: Smarter Buildings, Smarter Grids, Happier Investors.” Machine-to-machine (M2M) technologies are making smart buildings—and their owners—even smarter. Advances in smart building technology, combined with the development of municipal smart grids, are enabling a new era in building energy efficiency and carbon footprint reduction, yielding a return on investment for building owners within one to two years.

3. ibmIBM Awarded 10 Year $1 Billion Cloud Hosting Services Contract to Assist US Department of Interior’s Move to Cloud Computing: ARMONK, N.Y. – 14 Aug 2013: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced it will work with the United States Department of the Interior (US DOI) [Read more…]

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED): Make Black and White out of Gray by Josh Millsapps

Important watch and straightstick summary! Though this is a primer for CPTED EXAM goers, this is solid guidance for better security everywhere — especially for the schools and universities, as well as municipalities, hospital, and retail markets. Differentiating between public and private space and displaying a vested interest are vital elements of deterrence.

For more great information, visit Josh’s website or Josh’s YouTube Channel.

ControlTalk Now For The Week Ending August 11, 2013

WEBs_AX_SecurityControlTalk NOW thanks Honeywell WEBs-AX Enterprise Security — this week’s Platinum sponsor! WEBs-AX™ Security works within the WEBs architecture or as a standalone system to provide security that’s easy to set up and manage. Best of all, everything can be controlled right from your keyboard, because WEBs-AX Security can be accessed through the Internet from anywhere in the world.

There are Still Training Spots In Atlanta and Orlando J2 Innovations Training Class: J2 Innovations FIN Builder! Call Nancy at 800.241.9471 to attend this week’s J2 class in Atlanta or next week’s class in Orlando. [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…]

Enerliance’s LOBOS Leads the Way — Ray Pustinger at IBCON 2013

Enerliance was founded by two building controls experts, Scot Duncan, P.E. and Bob Johnson. Before founding Enerliance, Scot and Bob spent 30 years working together manually optimizing the performance of some of California’s premier real estate facilities. Enerliance was founded in 2005 with a single goal, bringing the concepts behind LOBOS (see below) to market. Since then, LOBOS systems have been installed in buildings in Southern California and beyond, delivering proven, verifiable results in every case.

lobos_boxLOBOS is a small box that interacts with a building’s existing management system. Once it’s installed and communicating with the HVAC components of the building, it goes to work making things run more efficiently, improving comfort, responding to demand response events and making sure that everything’s working properly. As a result, the people in the building are more comfortable while the building uses less energy, and the smart grid gets smarter

ESI’s Dan Klasen Explains the Role of Master Systems Integrator at IBCON 2013

Environmental Systems Inc. (ESI) is a leading Master Systems Integrator servicing the GSA, Kohls, Macys, and other national accounts to provide “portfolio-driven” services generating the normalized data source that optimizes efficiencies and reduces operational costs. ESI combines their own resources and experience with those of the local systems integrators to meet the challenges of large, coast-to-coast portfolios.

Visit to access/download ESI’s resources and white papers.

Ken’s TOP 5 Information Pivot Points of the Week

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1. JACE3E1Learn about the JACE-3E controller in this month’s TridiumTALK. Perfect for small facilities and remotes sites. JACE-3E This month’s TridiumTALK will review our recently released JACE®-300E controller. We’ll discuss how it is ideal for smaller facilities and remote sites, as well as useful for distributing control and monitoring in larger facilities. The JACE-3E controller will also be Niagara 4-ready when the next generation of the Niagara Framework is launched. Join Tridium Product Manager Mike Westerfield as he discusses the features enabled on this new JACE product, as well as some of the benefits users will realize with installation and use. [Read more…]

GSA’s Green Proving Ground Study: Responsive Lighting Systems Save Energy!

This report, “Responsive Lighting Systems Save Energy,” by Kevin Powell, GSA’s Green Proving Ground Program Manager, provides compelling insight, information, and facts — the energy and money saving REASONS why building owners and facility managers should be installing lighting retrofits sooner rather than later!

GreenProvingGround Despite widespread adoption of efficient lamps and ballasts over the past several decades, lighting still accounts for more than a third of the electricity used in U.S. office buildings. With a real estate portfolio of more than 9,600 assets nationwide, most of which include open office space, GSA has an abiding interest in identifying energy-efficient lighting solutions that can help its client agencies conserve energy and reduce costs. Toward that end, GSA’s Green Proving Ground (GPG) program recently evaluated the performance of occupant responsive lighting technology in five federal buildings. [Read more…]