ControlTrends closes its video coverage of the 2018 Honeywell Momentum Event with a Voice of Customer wrap-up with Mike Schwan, Regional Manager and Rob Thompson, Technical Services Manager, Total Controls, a division of RSD, and Pat Marsala, President M & M Controls, and Jeff Ashe, Vice President, Electrical Automation Services, who all together, provide an in-depth recap of the 2018 Honeywell Momentum highlights and some of the major take-aways — from the all important — customer’s perspective. Congratulations, once again, to M & M Controls for winning the 2018 Distributor of the Year Award.
ControlTrends learned about Sentient Buildings at the Realcomm20/IBcon Conference Live Product Launchpad. Sentient Buildings provides Cloud-Connected Controls and Gateways for Building Monitoring and Control Systems — transforming the built environment delivering real-time “building awareness” through the application of IoT technologies connected to smart controls and gateways reporting to cloud platforms. Sentient Buildings systems imbue a building with active intelligence radically changing how energy is used, comfort is managed, and overall system health is maintained.
4th Of July Trivia Facts: 15 Fun Things To Know About Independence Day from International Business Times. On a more serious note read The Story of the Fourth of July and How did the Fourth of July become a national holiday? — from ConstitutionFacts.com.
For the first 15 or 20 years after the Declaration was written, people didn’t celebrate it much on any date. It was too new and too much else was happening in the young nation. By the 1790s, a time of bitter partisan conflicts, the Declaration had become controversial. One party, the Democratic-Republicans, admired Jefferson and the Declaration. But the other party, the Federalists, thought the Declaration was too French and too anti-British, which went against their current policies. By 1817, John Adams complained in a letter that America seemed uninterested in its past. But that would soon change.
After the War of 1812, the Federalist party began to come apart and the new parties of the 1820s and 1830s all considered themselves inheritors of Jefferson and the Democratic-Republicans. Printed copies of the Declaration began to circulate again, all with the date July 4, 1776, listed at the top. The deaths of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams on July 4, 1826, may even have helped to promote the idea of July 4 as an important date to be celebrated. Celebrations of the Fourth of July became more common as the years went on and in 1870, almost a hundred years after the Declaration was written, Congress first declared July 4 to be a national holiday as part of a bill to officially recognize several holidays, including Christmas. Further legislation about national holidays, including July 4, was passed in 1939 and 1941.
ControlTrends had the opportunity to interview Distech’s new VP Sales for North America, Scott Hamilton. Scott believes Distech and Acuity bring together a true unified solution for the total integration of lighting and HVAC, offering a game-changing sensory network that provides increased productivity and optimal energy efficiency. Scott is excited about the passion of the people behind the products at Distech, and the nimble spirit and entrepreneurial desire to meet the needs of the customer and the systems integrator.
Episode 259: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending Mar 18, 2018 begins with a uniquely insightful discussion with seasoned industry experts: Jason Houck, CIO, Hepta Systems and The Panel Shoppe, and Leroy Walden, President, Highrose Consultants, LLC. — both of whom, emphatically recommend attending the 2018 Realcomm|IBcon Conference this June in Las Vegas. Lynxspring released their 7″ HD Touchscreen Display; Contemporary Controls wishes you a Happy National Pi Day; Tridium NS18 Calls for Niagara Innovator Award and New Product Showcase entries; ControlTrends Beatles Tour Re-wind; and Dent Instruments wants to see you at this year’s GLOBALCON in Boston.
ControlTalk NOW interview with seasoned industry experts Jason Houck, CIO, Hepta Systems and The Panel Shoppe, and Leroy Walden, President, Highrose Consultants, LLC. — both of whom, emphatically recommend attending the 2018 Realcomm|IBcon Conference this June in Las Vegas. The focused journey began with recollections of what building automation was like in its earliest days, advances through the proliferation of technology particularly, computer-based technologies, and then, offers tenable solutions to many the of multifaceted challenges yet ahead.
New Product Release: Lynxspring’s 7″ HD Touchscreen Display. As previously announced, Lynxspring’s new high-definition, 7″ touchscreen display is now available. This display has a wide range of use in HVAC, lighting, energy, commissioning, troubleshooting, servicing and IoT user experiences. The intuitive, easy-to-use Lynxspring TSD 7 has been priced to match the economics for use in small building environments and for multiple-display points in larger environments.
Contemporary Controls bids You Happy National Pi Day! In honor of National Pi day, we’re celebrating the Raspberry Pi, which was created by the Raspberry Pi Foundation as a way to make computers more accessible to people all over the world. Contemporary Controls strongly supports the vision of using open hardware and software to make technology more accessible to everyone. As part of our vision for open control, we’ve created the BASpi I/O board for Raspberry Pi, which turns your Raspberry Pi into a BACnet-networked, Sedona-programmable controller with 6 Universal Inputs and 6 Relay Outputs.Across the Universe with Ken and Eric. I saw a wonderful movie last night called Across the Universe. It is a revolutionary rock musical that re-imagines America in the turbulent late-1960s and features 34 compositions originally written by members of the Beatles. It reminded me of the EASY IO Global Conference in Manchester England, and the trip Ken and I took to Liverpool. As you can see in this video, Ken and I explore the places were the Beatles grew up and got started. We reflect on how Smart Building Controls are in a phase very much like music was in England in the early sixties right before the Beatles and others broke the rules and changed music forever.
NS18 Call for Entries: Niagara Innovator Award and New Product Showcase. Enter today for the chance to be recognized at Niagara Summit 2018 for your innovative projects and new products! About the Niagara Innovator Award: Innovation is what the Niagara Framework® is all about. Every day, the Niagara Community turns possibilities into realities using this powerful platform. The Niagara Innovator Award offers you a chance to spotlight your projects that exemplify innovation, creativity and collaboration. A panel of community members and Tridium employees will review the entries and select the Top 5.
Dent Instruments Wants to see You at GLOBALCON in Boston! March 21-22 at the Hynes Convention Center. Learn about the new PowerScout HD! Stop by the DENT booth #310 to see the new PowerScout HD Multi-Circuit Energy Submeters. Download your FREE EXPO PASS! If you’ve considered adding the PowerScout meter to your toolkit, do not miss the opportunity to see us at the show. We’ll have expert staff on-hand to answer your in-depth product questions. Learn how the PowerScout can help you achieve your energy management goals in 2018 and beyond.
Realcomm|IBcon 2018 JUNE 6 – 7, 2018 | THE COSMOPOLITAN OF LAS VEGAS — Early bird rates expire 5/1/2018. MARK YOUR CALENDAR! Only 79 days until Realcomm 2018! Dynamic Education Programs, Solution Provider Expo, LIVE Interviews, Tours, Networking – these are just a few of the many things that keep Commercial Real Estate, Corporate Real Estate, Institutional and Government IT, Facilities, Energy, Sustainability and HR Professionals coming back to Realcomm year after year! Register today!
Episode 235: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings PodCast for week ending August 13, 2017 features two insightful interviews with Marc Petock, Lynxspring’s Chief Communications Officer & Vice President, Marketing, and Aaron Gorka, Innovation Manager for ANT Technologies. Check out ACI’s European Smart Homes 2017; ControlTrends Discovers Monnit Wireless Sensors at Realcomm|IBcon 2017; Belimo’s Correcting Low Delta T Webinar: Internet of Things (IoT); Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017; The Dark Web Goes Corporate; NIST Cybersecurity for IoT Program; and Therese Sullivan: Appreciating How Metadata Makes Artificial Intelligence Possible.
Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017 Introduced by Senators Mark Warner, Cory Gardner, Ron Wyden, and Steve Daines. On August 1, 2017, the U.S. Government took a significant “lead by example” step forward in the battle of Internet of Things (IoT) security. Chief among the vendor commitments — that must be made to the U.S.Government: That their IoT devices are patchable; that the devices don’t contain known vulnerabilities; and that the devices don’t contain hard-coded passwords.
ACI’s European Smart Homes 2017 will be taking place in London, UK, on 25th & 26th of October 2017.Join European Smart Homes 2017 conference on 25th & 26th October in London, UK and hear John Hutchins’ presentation entitled “Smart Homes and Utility Customer Experience – exploring the link between smart homes, connected devices and better customer experience for utility customers.”
The Dark Web Goes Corporate, by Josh Fruhlinger, CSO. By Josh Fruhlinger, CSO. The “dark web” is a phrase strikes an ominous tone, conveying an impression of a marketplace where anything is for sale: hacking tools, weapons, drugs, child pornography, even freelance assassination services. And according to experts we spoke to, all of that’s still true. But something has changed in the way the dark web does business. If there was a time when venturing online to buy these illegal items was like taking your life in your hands in a dark alley, today the experience in quite different.
ControlTrends Discovers Monnit Wireless Sensors at Realcomm|IBcon 2017. One of the really cool things about covering shows like Realcomm|IBcon is that we quite often get first looks at new vendors and technologies. Although wireless sensors are not new to Smart Buildings, Monnit’s approach and product offering are. Check this video out to see why. Monnit remote monitoring systems can be setup in just a few minutes and our intuitive interface makes managing your system a snap, and Mommit’s optimized RF communications platform provides superior wireless range for covering large areas.
Ken’s Calendar: Belimo’s Correcting Low Delta T Webinar, Wednesday, August 23 at 1:00 PM EDT. Chilled water provided from a utility plant is commonly used in a building’s HVAC system in lieu of installing chillers. This results in lower return water temperatures which decreases the efficiency of the entire chilled water system resulting in the condition known as “Low ∆T Syndrome.” In this webinar we will review the design of a district chilled water system and discuss a study of a building where “Low ∆T Syndrome” was corrected at the point of water to air heat transfer.
NIST Cybersecurity for IoT Program (20.8 Billion Connected Devices in Use by 2020). Though each of us, in our own way and at our speed, has willingly or unwillingly, become more acclimated and accepted the rapid proliferation of IoT devices connecting us to the data bases in the clouds, it is still a challenge to fully comprehend the impact this hatching reality will have on our personal lives and professional careers — and we probably should know a lot more. Among the many sources of valuable insight and guidance available to ControlTrends Community, the NIST’s Cybersecurity for the Internet of Things is certainly one of the best.
Therese Sullivan: Appreciating How Metadata Makes Artificial Intelligence Possible. Therese Sullivan, editor of BuildingContext.me, and our ControlTrends’ eyes and ears from Silicon Valley, takes us on a data journey that begins at the ethereal origins of Artificial Intelligence (Dartmouth, 1956) and delivers us to metadata and Project Haystack — introducing some of the label makers in between.
ControlTalk NOW’s first interview is with industry veteran Marc Petock, Lynxspring‘s Chief Communications Officer & Vice President, Marketing. Marc first updates the ControlTrends Community on the 2017 Lynxspring Exchange, which is open to everybody. This will be the best Exchange ever. Everything is good: Location (Scottsdale, AZ); Speakers (Roberta Gamble, Frost & Sullivan; Tom Schircliff and Rob Murchinson, Intelligent Buildings; and Mark Jewell, Selling Energy); can’t miss technology and product updates, and an all-star cast of Vendor-Sponsors. Marc also addresses Cyber Security, Edge Controllers, and the 2017 ControlTrends Awards.
ControlTalk NOW’s second interview is with Aaron Gorka, Innovation Manager for ANT Technologies, who extends the ControlTrends Community a special offer with Ant Technologies. ANT Technologies software portfolio is designed to make contractors more profitable. Aaron grew up in the contracting world — working with his father in a family business environment. He knows the business and financial challenges firsthand. ANT Technologies has the curated software tools: Management of Projects, Service Tools, and Tenant Energy Billing — that will make contractors more efficient and, more profitable. Click here to find your local CGNA distributor and take advantage of Aaron’s special ControlTrends offer that he made during the podcast.
One of the really cool things about covering shows like Realcomm|IBcon is that we quite often get first looks at new vendors and technologies. Although wireless sensors are not new to Smart Buildings, Monnit’s approach and product offering are. Check this video out to see why.
A very special thanks to the Global ControlTrends Community as we take a moment to celebrate going over two million views on our ControlTrends WordPress Site! With our 1.5 million views on YouTube and 5,000 subscribers, along with our Vimeo viewers and PodCast only listeners, we are now reaching out to 52 countries! Thank you all once again.
Episode 231: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast|PodCast for week ending July 9th, 2017, highlights Mark Jewell’s on-line Four-Day Energy-focused Boot Camp. Take advantage of ControlTrends Community’s special offer. EasyIO introduces their Asian-Pacific VP, Simon Mahoney; Vykon Enterprise Security Updates available; Belimo’s Energy Valve Solves Low Delta T and Leverages IoT; Women in HVACR’s 2017 WHVACR Conference filling up a fast; ControlTrends Beatles Repost; Fearless Phil Zito’s How to Communicate with IT Webinar; JENEsys Edge 534 Controller delivers Niagara to the edge; Tridium’s Jim Bland interviewed at RealComm|IBcon; and DGLogik rolls out significant updates to Project Assist 2.0.
EasyIO Introduces Simon Mahoney, Vice President, Asia Pacific. We welcome Simon Mahoney to EasyIO, as Vice President – Asia Pacific. Simon comes to us with almost 30 years experience in the building automation industry having worked around the world, in the U.K., Australia and for the last 12 years in Asia. Based in Singapore, Simon will lead the business development and marketing efforts in the Asia Pacific region, building the distribution channels and creating market awareness for the complete EasyIO product range.
VYKON Enterprise Security 2.3 Update Now Available. Dear valued VYKON Partner, We have released a VYKON Enterprise Security 2.3 update, along with an updated Niagara AX 3.8 platform (3.8u2) that supports this release. VYKON Enterprise Security 2.3u1 is a best-in-class access control and security system that goes beyond access control for total integration. Customers can use VYKON Enterprise Security 2.3u1 to centralize operations and unify the building ecosystem, while protecting everything inside.
Belimo Energy Valve — Solving Low Delta T and Leveraging IoT. In this 30 minute webinar you will learn about the new Energy Valve that is now an IoT device utilizing advanced cloud-based analytics to leverage captured system data to provide savings and the most efficient operation. The Belimo Energy Valve is a pressure independent valve that measures and manages coil energy by using an embedded electronic flow meter and supply and return water temperature sensors.
Mark Jewell’s Four-day Energy-focused Sales Boot Camp Available ONLINE — Discount Code Available to ControlTrends Community. Special offer from Wall Street Journal best-selling author and award-winning sales trainer, Mark Jewell. More than a thousand professionals have taken Mark’s four-day energy-focused Sales Boot Camp over the last five years. More than 10,000 people have taken one- or two-day versions of this training. This month, for the first time time in five years, Mark is making his award-winning four-day sales training available ONLINE, both a virtual remote version of the actual 7/24-7/27/17 San Diego event, and afterwards online/on-demand for anyone who can’t make those four days in July.
Women in HVACR — Seats for 2017 WHVACR Conference Filling Fast! REGISTER TODAY! Seats are starting to fill up fast for WHVACR’s first time stand-alone conference at the Tarrant County College Center for Energy Excellence in Fort Worth, TX. Register today! Keynote Speaker: Elizabeth McCormick — Topic: “YOU. In the Pilot’s Seat.” As a former US Army Black Hawk pilot, Elizabeth flew command, air assault, rappelling, top-secret intelligence missions, and also transported high level government VIPs including the Secretary of Defense.ControlTrends Beatles Repost — 60th Anniversary of John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Since it’s the 60th anniversary of John Lennon and Paul McCartney teaming up, we thought we’d give this most appropriate post another play. Join us as we celebrate the Beatles and stretch our Liverpool experience into what’s happening in the Smart Building Renaissance. What’s exciting about the Beatles is that they took different styles of music and made it into their own thing — that was something new, and incredible, and thrilling. Fearless Phil Zito’s How to Communicate with IT Webinar. You will learn: Secret #1 The IT Roledex . Learn who’s who in IT and discover why talking to the right person makes all the difference in your conversations with IT. Secret #2 The Reverse Question. How to get to the heart of the objection and have the IT group tell you why they are not approving your request. Secret #3 The Exact IT Skills You Need to Know. The tricky thing about IT is that there is so much to learn! In this webinar I will teach you exactly what you need to learn about IT.
Delivering Niagara to the Edge The JENEsys® Edge™ 534 Controller. There’s a New Programmable Controller from Lynxspring! The JENEsys® Edge™ 534 IoT Controller is a fully programmable Niagara Controller with 34 IOs built-in and expandable up to 306 IOs, delivering edge connectivity, interoperability, data access and analytics for today’s buildings, energy management, machine-to-machine applications and IoT environments.
Tridium’s Jim Bland at RealComm|IBcon. How is Tridium adapting and particapating in the IOT and Smart Building Controls Renaissance? Watch this conversation and see what the future holds for Tridium. Jim joins Tridium from Snapdata.io, a start-up company that designs and develops sensors, data communications hardware and analytics software. He also has managed several national and global businesses ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 enterprises.
DGLogik Rolls Out Significant Updates to Project Assist 2.0. DGLogik has rolled out significant updates to Project Assist 2.0, enhancing the performance of your development experience, end user experience, and increased support for Niagara 4. The update includes: Schedule interface: Enhanced support for Niagara 4; Touch-friendly enhancements: better mobile experience for alarming and Niagara 4; New widgets: BQL grid, Control widgets such as slider, toggle, and switch; Custom actions on any widget: Data actions, Navigation, Hyperlinks; Ability to duplicate Templates; and Performance improvements and bug fixes.
Episode 226: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast|PodCast for week ending June 4, 2017 throws a little Scottish Enlightenment, Manchester United football, and Beatles nostalgia into mix, along with our video coverage of EasyIO’s 2017 Global Partner Event; also featuring an in-depth interview with Ken Sinclair, owner and editor of Automated Buildings; Therese Sullivan’s insightful coverage of Haystack Connect; Phil Zito offers a course for Information Technology for BAS Professionals; Upcoming events include Cochrane Supply’s Controls-Con 2017 and a don’t miss RealComm|IBcon in San Diego; Webinars from Optigo (Visual BACnet) and ACI (Gas Webinar); and ControlTrends People is back with Automation Integrated’s Jeff Houpt — and much more.
The Smart Buildings Controls Renaissance in Full Force — The Global EasyIO Partner Event to Begin in Manchester, UK! The Smart Buildings Controls Renaissance is all about making buildings better, more intelligent, more connected, and above all, the best places possible for people to live, study, and work. Where better to begin our renaissance reference than in Edinburgh, Scotland, known as the Athens of the North, a remarkable and proud city that led the 17th century world into a new age of enlightenment.
Global EasyIO Partner Event Kicks Off with Manchester United Versus Crystal Palace Premiership Football Match. EasyIO’s origins and its global growth are success stories worthy of review. The authors of those EasyIO success stories are long-standing, well-recognized industry experts, now writing the newest best sellers in buildings automation industry — and ControlTrends is here in Manchester UK, to bring the message home.
Global EasyIO Partner Event Day 2, The Rules Have Changed! Introducing the FW Series Wireless Solutions, New Quad-Core Processor Server Class Controller. Day 2 introduced EasyIO’s World Class Leadership team spearheaded by Mike Marston, VP of EasyIO Holdings Pte Ltd., Lim Hoon Chiat, CTO/R&D EasyIO Holdings Pte Ltd., Johan Schakenraad, President & CEO EasyIO Europe, B.V. and Guido van Erp International Sales Manager, and Bullzevents. Lim demonstrated wireless wizardry for retrofits and Jim Stiber of Control Consultants, Inc., reviewed VAV and CVAHU applications for the new FW-8V. Guest Presenters included David Kipling, Vice President of Jabil Circuit Inc. (US), Andrius Jasiulionis, Automation Engineer, Helgevold Electro (Norway) and Scott Muench, VP Marketing, J2 Innovations (US).The Beatles and the Smart Building Renaissance. Join us as we celebrate the Beatles and stretch our Liverpool experience into what’s happening in the Smart Building Renaissance. What’s exciting about the Beatles is that they took different styles of music and made it into their own thing — that was something new, and incredible, and thrilling. As more companies get behind the idea of the Smart Building Renaissance, we will continue to see new players reordering different approaches to the variety of buildings that make up our industry with new technologies.
Free IT Video Training from Fearless Phil Zito — Phil Shares His BEST Secrets On How To Master IT and Future Proof Your BAS Career! Take advantage of this 4-part video training series from Fearless Phil Zito, of Building Automation Monthly, as he shares his experience, knowledge, and practical insight into the often intimidating world of IT. Great opportunity to learn more about IT and ensure successful outcomes when working with the IT department. Here is the link to learn more about Phil Zito’s IT for BAS Professionals course.
Happy Memorial Day and Thank You — to all the Veterans! Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Did you know: Each year on Memorial Day a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time. Source: www.history.com
Haystack Connect and IoT World Set Foot on Common Ground — Therese Sullivan, Building Context.Me. It’s a new day. Visibility is good, as dust from previous storms and battles has settled across the plane. Observers wait in the shadows. An imposing hero figure steps into the open. Everyone knows that whatever went on before—that’s over. And something new has just begun. The story of the new sheriff bringing order to a lawless place is a common plot for Western films.
EASY IO: CPT Trainings in the UK – EasyStack in The Netherlands. We are very pleased to inform you about the upcoming trainings we scheduled in June: 26 & 27 June: CPT Tools & the F-series – London (city), UK. 29 & 30 June: CPT Tools & the F-series – Leeds (city center), UK. 28-29-30 June: EasyStack – Gemert, The Netherlands.The CPT training is the best way to get to know how to work with CPT Tools and the EasyIO F-series. Training is fun and a great opportunity to meet our team, and most important of all: it’s free for EasyIO Partners.Learn How to Use Visual BACnet to Troubleshoot a Smart Buildings Controls Network. Ken and I had a chance to check out Bueno Systems and the cool BACnet troubleshooting tools from Optigo at Haystack Connect. If you work with building automation controls networks that use BACnet, this free webinar is worth checking out. From Monica at Optigo Networks: To improve energy analytics, you need a deep understanding of your building network. When Australian energy analytics company BUENO Systems used to start working with a new building, they would have no idea what was happening on the building’s network. Now, with Visual BACnet, they can assess the health of a customer’s network and ensure it is working in prime condition, well before adding their analytics.
ControlTalk NOW interview with Ken Sinclair. In his June edition of Automated Buildings, owner and editor Ken Sinclair, asks our industry at large — if we are really getting the gist of how IoT is turning the building automation industry, and us along with it, inside out. Using a slight of phrase, “Sensing the Change,” Ken then asks what makes better sense and offers the greatest value, the good old sensor on the wall, or the “smart-sensorized occupant?” P.S. Happy 50th Anniversary to Ken and Jane Sinclair!
LIVE ACI GAS DETECTION WEBINAR — Wednesday, June 7th, 10:00 AM C.S.T. as detection has been a rising topic in the HVAC industry. As a new topic of discussion, people want to know more in order to better understand the monitoring and detection of many harmful gases. In ACI’s next installment of the 2017 Webinar Series, we break down the key elements that should be used when selecting the proper products and locations of the sensors and controllers when used in your application. Hear from one of ACI’s top Technical Support Engineers at our next live video webinar. REGISTER HERE!
ControlTrends People is Back: Check out Jeff Houpt from Automation Integrated. ontrolTrends People is back! You will remember that CTP is a project I am very passionate about. On the podcast we do a deep dive into the lives of the people that make our Industry great. Previous episodes include the likes of Marc Petock, Mike Marston, Lim Hoon Chiat, Ed Merwin. I believe that success leaves clues, and that one of the best ways to get better at anything is to study the lives of people that are already masters. On this episode we talk with one of the most respected master systems integrators in Smart Buildings, Jeff Houpt. Jeff is the President and CEO of Automation Integrated based in Oklahoma City.