All setup and no one to chat with…that is until my Skype rings and it is the one and only Mike Marston, EASY IO’s hard working Controls exec, fresh off the slopes of a day skiing in Aspen. So of course I had to hit the record button. Among other things, Mike gives me an update on a new business venture, how he is preparing for the 2015 ControlTrends Awards, and why the EASY IO Beast from the EAST is the BAS controller most likely to make a guest appearance on Miami Vice.
With the voting period for the 2015 ControlTrends Awards ending January 19th. We wanted to shine the spot light on EASY IO.
They are up for seven ControlTrends Awards including: Building Plant Controller of the Year, Wireless Solution of The Year, Innovative Product of The Year, Best Technical Support Small Manufacturer, Best Technical Support Person SK Foo, and Gorgon Chan, Executive of the Year Small Manufacturer.
Last but certainly not least, Mike Marston, is nominated for the PID ( Passion, Integrity, and Dedication) Award.Mike is one of hardest working people in our Industry.
How to show his passion?
We had to dig deep in the ControlTrends Video Archives to find a video that even comes close to showing the passion of this amazing individual. As you can see in the video, the technology is a bit dated, but Mike’s passion never changes. Good luck Mike!
In this episode of Control Pub Talk, with “Mad” Mike Marston from Easy IO, the consequences of giving a project to the low bidder is discussed. Mike reaches out to Rick Warner, aka “The Innovator”, sans the usual Pub, to look at the true costs involved in the bidding process that is used on most new construction projects. “Penny wise and pound foolish” comes to mind as I listen to Rick explain the difference between up front price and true cost of ownership. To see more from the Innovator click here. Get more Control pub Talk with Mike Marston here.
The Smart Buildings Revolution is taking place in India, as the country gears up and invests in Smart Buildings and Smart Cities. Who better than India’s own, Vinayak Sane, from SI Consultech in Mumbai, to discuss this phenomena.
We spent time with Vinayak at the EASY IO Global Conference, where Vinayak and Building Automation and Smart Buildings Controls integrators from around the world gathered to discuss the Smart Buildings Controls Renaissance and the latest control trends.
Vinayak gives us his thoughts on Smart Buildings and Building Automation Controls. He interviews and introduces us to several of his colleagues, including a familiar face from America. Great work Vinayak.
Are we in the midst of a Smart Building and Building Automation Controls Renaissance? With the advent of Haystack Connect, Niagara 4, HTML5, building analytics, the race to the small space, and many other trends that we track on ControlTrends, we think we are at the tipping point of Smart Building and Building Automation Controls Renaissance.
Ken and I had the chance to catch up with some of the great thought leaders from around the world at the EASY IO Global conference. We believe that this conference is one of the bridges to the future and history will remember it as a defining event in the Smart Buildings and Building Automation Controls Renaissance.
Johan Schakenraad, president of EASY IO Europe, explains EASY IO’s role in the Smart Buildings and Building Automation Controls Renaissance.
J2 Innovations makes a huge announcement at the EASY IO Global Conference in Paris. Scott Muench delighted systems integrators around the world with his demo of the new EASYStack. As Scott, explains in the video, EasyStack combines the power of EasyIO controllers with the flexibility of the J2 Innovations platform to give a powerful solution to the Smart Buildings and Building Automation Controls community. Watch the video to learn more about the features and power of EasyStack. Congratulations to Easy IO and J2 Innovations for this spectacular contribution to the Smart Buildings Controls Renaissance.
Ken got a chance to catch up with Mike Marston at the EASYIO World Event. Mike gives us an update on the role EASYIO and their partners are playing in the Building Automation and Smart Buildings Controls Renaissance.
ControlTalk NOW for the week ending August 2, 2015 has two provocative cyber security posts from SmartCore’s cyber security evangelist and guru Fred Gordy, who shows us the ballistic cyber world with real-time Threat Maps and Shodan. Fred warns, “If you have setup a customer’s system that is directly connected to the internet, Shodan has either found it or will find it and put into its database for the world to see.” Read Ken Sinclair’s AutomatedBuildings and the August theme: Transformational Change our Mission Possible. DOE funds STEM training; Lynxspring Exchange updates; Easy IO’s Mike Marston with more Control Pub Talk; and Angie Jarvis and ProLon have a VAV Solution for you!
Real-Time Threat Maps: If you haven’t seen these maps, it can be eye opening. These are real-time and/or near real-time threat maps that are readily available online. Various companies who are touting their cyber security offering like to throw these up behind them during photo ops. They are impressive, but more importantly they show us the unseen cyber world and the fact we are under attack.
Shodan – Are Your Sites Listed?If you haven’t heard what Shodan is and why do we care, I would suggest you get familiar with it. Shodan has been called the “Google” for the internet of things (IoT). Shodan is continually cataloging web facing, connected devices such as control systems, computers, CRACs, power systems, etc. Why should we care? We should care because if you have setup a customer’s system that is directly connected to the internet, Shodan has either found it or will find it and put into its database for the world to see.
Lynxspring Exchange 2015 Announces Sponsors and Supporters: LEE’S SUMMIT, MO-July 29, 2015 Lynxspring, a premier developer and provider of open, IP-control solutions for building automation, energy management, cyber protection, and device-to-enterprise integration today announced the latest sponsors and supporters for The Lynxspring Exchange and Partner Conference being held October 26th-28th at the Argosy Hotel and Casino in Riverside, Missouri.
ProLon: The Easy Way to do Zoning. Are you looking for an easy to use and configure zoning system — that has the capabilities of a much more complex zoning system? We caught up with Angie Jarvis and the team from ProLon at the 2015 CGNA Vendor Showcase and ProLon just might have the answer! Check this video out and see just how easy it is to set up a zoning system. Reach out to your local CGNA controls distributor and try ProLon on your next zoning job.
Energy Department to Fund Master’s and Doctoral Training in Power Electronics ($10 Million)! Energy Department to Fund Master’s and Doctoral Training in Power Electronics. As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to accelerating American manufacturing and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz’s support of STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) to create the next generation of engineers and manufacturers.
How to Make Beer with the EASY IO FG Controller. In episode 2 of Control Pub Talk with “Mad” Mike Marston, Mike shows us the EASY IO FG-32 Controller being used in several unique applications. Want to make beer? The powerful FG32 is the control solution of choice for micro brewers in the know. Could you control vending machines with the EASY IO Controller? Watch this video and find out!
Automated Building’s August Theme: “Transformational Change our Mission Possible.” Transformational change is the process of altering the basic elements of an organization’s culture, including the norms, values, and assumptions under which the organization functions. Getting some great comments directly, off the record and in articles and comments in our August issue about the “Transformational Change” that is happening to allow the Map of the possible.
In episode 2 of Control Pub Talk with “Mad” Mike Marston, Mike shows us the EASY IO FG 32 Controller being used in several unique applications. Want to make beer? The powerful FG32 is the control solution of choice for micro brewers in the know. Could you control vending machines with the EASY IO Controller? Watch this video and find out!
Congratulations to Lim Hoon Chiat from EasyIO — one of the most knowledgeable and affable people in the HVAC business! It was no surprise that Lim won the 2014 ControlTrends Award for Best Technical Support Person of the Year — Small Manufacturer. Those of us in the ControlTrends Community the world over, know that Lim is one of the industry’s most accomplished masters of technology (patents to his credit) and is the overseer of EasyIO’s ambitious product road map. Well done, Lim!