Ken Sinclair’s February, 2015 Automated Buildings: AHR and HVAC Industry Roundup!

KenSinclair+IBconThe February,2015 automatedbuildings.com is ready for reading and the content is a pure assemblage of relevant, need to know information, plus Ken included his coverage of the 2014 ControlTrends Awards, where H. Michael Newman and Contemporary Controls’ George Thomas were inducted into the ControlTrends Hall of Fame. Ken’s prevalent February theme is Growing our only Asset our People, and the 2014 ControlTrends Young Guns Awards brought seven amazing and talented young HVAC representatives to the stage to personify what the future of the HVAC Industry looks today, and help spread the message that to sustain our HVAC Industry, we need engage today’s talented youth in new ways.

Excerpts from Ken’s article: “I just returned from a very successful AHRExpo in Chicago. Read my review of this record breaking show of over 62,000 attendees, 10 acres of exhibits, from over 130 countries. This all flies in the face of the digital world and the Internet of Things replacing good old face to face interaction and networking.

So what was my take away from this massive show? People are our only asset, technology may come and go but at the core of the industry is the same people that have been there for years. The problem is these core people are growing older and much of the discussion at this record breaking event was that we all need to plant new people, nourish them, and help them grow.

All of our education sessions also returned the conclusion that people are the only assets. Your company’s and industry’s technologies may come and go but the people are our only true asset that remain and recreates and keeps the industry strong.”

February Articles:

Growing our Only Asset our People
Editorial – Ken Sinclair, Publisher

Commercial HVAC Optimization Technology
Mark Boliaris, Enerliance

IoT vs Culture
Harry Kohal, Eagle Technology, Inc.

Round Up the Right Data
Therese Sullivan, BuildingContext Ltd

The Errant Race to Embedded Linux Systems
Chris Favre, Automation Integrated, LLC

LEED Platinum Awarded to Reliable HQ
Karina Wright, Reliable Controls

A Smart Building Is….
Marc Petock, Lynxspring & Connexx Energy

Smarter Workplaces for the Digital Age
Vishal Mallick, Raja Bose, Performance Buildings AG

The Chinese Video Surveillance Market
Allan McHale, Memoori

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

ControlTrends HighLight: Werner Buck Inducted into ControlTrends Hall of Fame

Werner Buck’s illustrious career is punctuated by yet another award, as the former president of Belimo Aircontrols (USA) and one of the most recognized innovators in the HVAC industry, is awarded the inaugural ControlTrends Hall of Fame Award for his outstanding professional and community contributions. ControlTrends will continue its efforts to chronicle the origins, people, and legacies of our HVAC Industry.

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Honeywell Walks the Red Carpet at the 2013 ControlTrends Awards

As we prepare for another exciting and entertaining evening of ControlTrends Awards memorable moments, meet Honeywell’s Roger Rebennack, Laura Kevitt, Patty Hall, and the eventual 2013 Executive of the Year, Honeywell’s Tom Rosback as they celebrate the 2013 ControlTrends Awards at NCY’s BB King Blues Club.

On The Red Carpet With Honeywell from Eric Stromquist on Vimeo.

2014 ControlTrends Awards Highlight Week!

As we get ready for the 2014 ControlTrends Awards next Monday, January 26, 2015, we take a look back at all the good times and great winners from previous ControlTrends Awards. The ControlTrends Awards is the marquee event that recognizes and celebrates the Super Stars of the HVAC and Building Automation Controls Industry. See you in Chicago!

Control Trends Awards 2013 from Eric Stromquist on Vimeo.

Why the World Loves The Belimo Energy Valve

See why the Belimo Energy Valve is a finalist for the 2014 ControlTrends Energy Savings Solution/Product of the Year and the 2014 ControlTrends Awards Innovative Product of the Year. The Belimo Energy Valve was recognized and nominated by the world-wide ControlTrends Community. Good luck to Belimo and all the finalist for the 2104 ControlTrends Awards to be held January 26, 2015 in Chicago.

ControlTalk Now: The Smart Building Podcast Aug 31, 2014

Easy-IOControlTalk Now: The Smart Building Podcast for the week ending August 31, 2014. This week’s CTN Podcast sponsor is EasyIO, whose Worldwide Conference 2014, will take place this September 15-17, in Madrid, Spain, and is certain to be one of the premiere HVAC events of the year. This week’s Smart Building Tip is get serious about your smart share of energy savings through Tax Credits, Rebates, and Savings at Energy.Gov, EnergyTaxIncentives.Org, and Wiki’s Energy Rebate Program.

neptronic_logoControlTrends Awards thanks Neptronic, our newest Platinum Sponsor! Neptronic, founded 1976, has a rich history of HVAC industry firsts, beginning with the earliest adoption and advancement of the direct coupled actuator (DCA) conversion in the North American market. Neptronic continued its industry innovation with the introduction of the ball valve and the capacitance fail safe feature (1996 Patent) — and more recently, won a coveted 2014 AHR Expo Innovative Award for their SKD Humidifier. Even the NEP of Neptronic was prescient, meaning National Environmental Products, which highlights Neptronic’s early leadership in green technology — long before the term green became common place on the HVAC scene. Stay tuned for more ControlTrends coverage of this growing force in the HVAC industry.

Kenwithwriting.001CTN Special Guest: Ken Sinclair of Automated Buildings automatedbuildings.com. The venerable Ken Sinclair is passionate about education and the September, 2014 edition of Automated Buildings (AB) will focus on Education for our Vocation with its Back to School edition. This edition of AB will be remembered as one of HVAC industry’s most important source documents in recent times because of the educational resources and contents it brings under one view (click). Automated Buildings will be hosting four very important educational sessions at the 2015 AHR Chicago event.

J2Special Updates and Training Announcements from J2 Innovations: J2 Innovations is excited to announce the upcoming release and launch of FIN 3.0 (FIN Builder / FIN Stack / FIN Mobile)! FIN Stack is a brand new applications server technology that embraces tagging and data modeling, enabling unprecedented new functionality and Automating much of the traditional workflow.Come join the best system integrators for a FIN 3.0 Training class, which will be hosted at the J2 Innovations’ headquarters located in beautiful sunny California. Also learn first hand how our new “just works!” technology speeds job creation and produces mobile-friendly content automagically.

JCI2Johnson Controls Supports HVAC Education and Scholarships for University of Hawaii Students
More students at the University of Hawaii may pursue HVAC careers thanks to funding from Johnson Controls. The company’s recent $58,000 gift will fund scholarships and provide equipment for Honolulu Community College’s Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (RAC) program. The vice president for community colleges, Dr. John Morton said, “Sustainability is an important goal but also an important value for the UH Community Colleges. We thank Johnson Controls for its continued support and partnership, and for this generous gift in support of training the future workers in Hawaii’s green industries.”

Nominate12014 ControlTrends Awards Nomination Ballot — The Nominating has Begun! The 2014 ControlTrends Awards nomination ballot is released! This is your opportunity to nominate the products, solutions, and the people that make all of the HVAC wheels go round. Based on your valuable suggestions we received over the past year, we have increased the number of categories; divided certain categories to include more products and solutions; and created criteria for large and small vendors — ultimately improving both the nominating and voting processes. Thank you in advance for your support and making Smart Buildings smarter, and recognizing the leaders and innovators of our industry leading the way with 3rd Party Visualization Software, Data Analytics, and Lighting Integration Solutions. Please forward this nomination ballot to your coworkers and colleagues.

realcomm1Don’t Miss Realcomm’s Webinar: Extreme Operations – Connecting Everything to the Network (IoT) Thurs, Sept 11, 2014 12:30 – 2:00 pm EDT: Realcomm’s Webinar: Extreme Operations – Connecting Everything to the Network (Internet of Things). Automating HVAC, lighting, security cameras and utility meters are the obvious critical areas for smart, connected, high-performance, intelligent buildings. What about all the other electro-mechanical devices in a building that provide some type of functionality, sometimes require human interaction and have “secret data” utilized to provide insight and business value? Digital signage, elevators, escalators, parking gates, water meters, bathroom fixtures, drinking fountains and even fire extinguishers are just a few of the secondary but important systems to be discussed in this session. Register now!

appy2DGLogik, Inc. Relocates Headquarters! 1830 Embarcardero, Suite 106, Oakland, CA 94606. San Francisco, CA — August 29, 2014 — We are proud to announce that Appy has decided, mid-season, to become a season ticket holder for MLB baseball team, Oakland A’s. Due to their team’s success, as well, as DGLogik’s success, we will be relocating our office headquarters. The move allows Appy to arrive to his Premium box seats quicker while allowing DGLogik to expand their space, providing the ability to host larger training seminars and exclusively showcase latest and future technologies of all things IoT. Our office numbers and emails all remain the same.

ControlTrends Award Highlight: The 2013 HVAC Executive of the Year

This magic moment in HVAC history captured Honeywell’s Tom Rosback receiving the coveted 2013 ControlTrends Awards Executive of the Year, voted by the ControlTrends Community for his executive leadership as Honewyell’s Vice President, General Manager, Commercial Control Systems overseeing marketing, sales, engineering, and operations of a complex multi-brand, multi-channel global business. Congratulations again to Tom Rosback and Honeywell!

EasyIO Supercharges FG-20 and FG-32 Controllers — Now BACnet Client and Server Ready!

Easy-IOFew corporations have the temerity to publicly release the contents of their business model and their goal to increase their global controller sales from 2000 units a month, to 6000 units a month — in 3 years. Yet, when considering how much “open controller octane” EasyIO shares and puts into their FG-20 and FG-32 controllers, along with the ebullient “YouTube support” training maestro Mike Marston makes available, EasyIO’s exponetial growth seems inevitable. The FG-32 is running with 2 ARM Processors, Flashable SD Card, Built-in HTML5, Free drivers for Modbus, BACnet server, BACnet Client, and with the inclusion of the free CPT Programming Tool it’s readily apparent why the Beast from the East won the 2013 ControlTrends Building Automation Controller of the Year.

Video 1: Flash Controller (Firmware Update): Download here.
Video 2: YouTube, BACnet Driver explained: View here, you will need to set YouTube to HD quality or the text will not be so clear.
Video 3: Client mstp VLT device discovery: Download here.

2014_EasyIO_PartnerEventYou fancy a nice break in Madrid, Spain? – with your friends from EasyIO? – we have lots of new goodies to show you (include the Mega Beast V2 FG hardware) over an action-packed three days in Madrid, Spain. Includes Training and Developer Sessions.

More details to follow! Please put this awesome event in your calendars and diaries for 2014, and treat yourself to an unforgettable business event and experience in the of the most marvelous and beautiful cities in the world.Easy-IO

Attendee details and sign-up here.

ControlTalk NOW for Week Ending March 9, 2014

The prospects of Spring and warmer weather are certainly worth the lost hour of time as we reach the March daylight savings milestone. This week’s ControlTalk NOW features more highlights and interviews from the 2013 ControlTrends Awards, presents several new products, solutions, a great training video, software upgrade announcement, and a host of other breaking HVAC Industry news and information. Welcome to ControlTalk NOW.

connexenergyConnexx Energy Announces SkySpark® Analytics Platform Availability As Cloud Based Application: Lee’s Summit, Missouri, March 4, 2014 — Connexx Energy, a leading developer and implementer of ‘last mile’ energy solutions for Smart Grid and Smart Building technologies, in cooperation with parent company Lynxspring, Inc. today announced the first DaaS (Data-as-a-Service) SkySpark application available as a hosted cloud solution. This offering now makes it easy for ESCO’s, building system integrators and automation contractors that may not have the resources to deliver the benefits of analytics and building diagnostic data to their customers.

siemensSiemens Air Velocity Sensor: The QVM62.1 Air Velocity Sensor/Transmitter from Siemens is ideal for ventilation control applications that require a high degree of accuracy and reliability in a compact package. The sensor features an innovative hot film anemometer element which provides high accuracy throughout the measuring range and is less sensitive to dust and dirt than other common anemometer designs. This increases reliability and decreases maintenance costs.

OpenADR23rd Annual Demand Response Virtual Summit, March 20, 2014: Advances in automatic demand response (ADR) coupled with recent regulatory trends, developing capabilities of the smart grid, and the drive by customers to cut energy costs are leading to significant new opportunities for ADR.

tim_chambleeThe HVAC Service Tech’s Guide To Valves and Actuators: If you work with HVAC or Building Automation Controls this is a must watch video. Stromquist & Company’s Tim Chamblee gives you the 411 on HVAC control valves and actuators. In this short, information packed video, filmed at a Stromquist & Company HVAC Controls training class, Tim gives you all the information you need to effectively work with the valves and actuators you will find in the buildings you service.

energy.govENERGY.gov Announces $10 Million for Innovative Commercial Building Technologies and Unveils New Commercial Buildings 101 Video. March 5, 2014: The Energy Department today announced a $10 million funding opportunity to help demonstrate and deploy energy efficiency technologies for commercial buildings, including projects that will bring next generation building systems and components to a broader market faster – helping to save building owners and businesses money by saving energy. The Department also released a new video in its Energy 101 series highlighting how commercial buildings can incorporate whole-building design and innovative technologies to improve energy performance.

Honeywell 180x120Honeywell WEBs-AX 3.8 is Now Available for Download on the Buildings Forum. Honeywell is pleased to announce the availability of the WEBs-AX 3.8 system software which includes software tools for Spyder, Stryker and Venom. This packaged software saves substantial amount of time by not requiring customers to download and install the tools separately.
The WEBs-AX software is now updated with several new features which include significant security enhancements, improved data management, with updated vector graphics support, enhanced mobile functions, and support on Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.

Johnson-ControlsRocking The Red Carpet With Johnson Controls: Johnson Controls showed up in a big way at the 2013 ControlTrends Awards in New York City. See what Chris Eichmann, Chris Lane, Dan Flaherty and King Thomas had to say on the Red Carpet. Johnson Controls won the Best Commercial Vendor of the Year, and Chris Lane was co-winner of the Most Valuable Support Person of the Year.

Rob-Allen.0017 Minutes in Control: What To Expect With Niagara 3.8. 7 Minutes in Control is the brain child of Stromquist & Company’s Rob Allen. Rob wanted to put together a weekly show that was short, concise and offers useable information to the building automation control tech. Based on Episode 1: What to expect with Niagara 3.8, we think Rob has a winning formula. Stay tuned to controltrends.org for the latest episodes of 7 Minutes in Control.

James-Johnson-10.54.41-AMControlTrends Awards Highlight: James Johnson Support Person of The Year. See Tridium’s James Johnson accept the Award for the 2013 ControlTrends most Valuable Support Person. James won this Award in 2012 and the world wide ControlTrends Community recognized James again the year as co-winner of this prestigious award. Keep up the great work James!!

CTA_Museum1ControlTrends Museum: The design and development wheels continue to turn and we are excited to share with the ControlTrends Community, the progress we are making with ControlTrends Museum. We thank the support that we have received so far for the ControlTrends Museum and we look forward to working with key industry leaders in the near future for their additional ideas and support.

Nest_FeatureOpenness and Connectivity are not the Same Thing: Stacey Higginbotham’s “A Tale of Two Thermostats” Thanks to Marc Petock for bringing this article from Gigaom’s Stacey Higginbotham’s to the ControlTrends Community’s attention. Not only does Stacey share some updated information and insight into the Ecobee and Nest thermostats, but she explains that openness and connectivity are not the same thing.

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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