In this episode of ControlTrends People, we explore the life of Lim Hoon Chiat. Lim is now recognized as one of the most successful and prolific minds in our industry. In Episode 6, we follow Lim’s rise from the humblest of origins in Singapore, where as a child, he tinkered with discarded parts to make a television set work for three months, through his days at the University and winning an International Robotic Competition, to his present position at EasyIO. Lim shares the influence and effect that his earliest mentor had on his life and how the philosophic fundamentals of simplicity, constantly challenging one’s self, and the desire to maintain a worldly perspective developed into a life-long passion for innovation, and how those philosophic fundamentals and passion are the driving force behind the industry-leading products developed by EasyIO. Truly, a genuinely personal and wonderfully detailed story, we invite you to listen in — as Lim navigates through the meteoric shower of technology that changed our industry and the impact that technology has made on his own amazing career. It is no wonder that Lim and EasyIO have played a leading role in the Smart Buildings Controls Renaissance, and as you will soon hear, the best is yet to come.
ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast and Podcast for week ending April 17, 2016 takes a good look at the technology driving Honeywell’s second generation Lyric thermostat — featuring geofencing that triggers a mobile device application when the device enters or exits the specified area, and Ecorithm’s use of Artificial Intelligence in Smart Buildings. Functional Devices asks why pay for more? Don’t miss the the latest Pub Talk with Mike Marston and the Easy IO partners from Australia, and of special note: Make your plans NOW to attend the RealComm/IBcon 2016 coming to San Jose June 21-24!
30 Minutes with Lynxspring Webinar Series: Lynxspring’s New E2E Cellular Data Service and Onyxx™ CE121 Cellular Router. The next “30 Minutes with Lynxspring,” our monthly webinar series featuring Lynxspring subject-matter experts and special guests, is scheduled for Wednesday, April 20th at 12:00 PM CDT. April’s Webinar looks at Lynxspring’s new E2E Cellular Data Service, a high-security, private cellular data network, and the new Onyxx™ CE121 Cellular Router. Register here!
Watch Out Nest: The Second Generation Lyric is Making Beautiful Music. Many think that Nest owns the “cool factor” when it comes to residential thermostats. Not so fast, the orginators of the round thermostat are coming on strong with their second generation Lyric thermostat. That’s right, Honeywell, the company that, as far as we know, has built more thermostats than any other company on the planet, and advanced thermostat technology since 1885, is showing that in addition to unsurpassed technology and engineering, they know a think to two about style. Don’t settle for another pretty face. With Honeywell you get style and substance.
Check out the Smart, Connected, High Performance Intelligent Buildings Conference. Where else can you learn about the latest trends in Smart Buildings and rub elbows with potential customers? RealComm/IBcon 2016 offers this unique opportunity, and is the place to be June 21-24. Click here to register. Act Now Early bird discount ends April 15th. IBcon has grown to become the world’s most comprehensive and leading edge discussion on the next generation of smart, connected, high-performance, green, sustainable, intelligent buildings. This event is not about the traditional one building, one system, one vendor smart building of yesterday, but rather the open architected, interoperable, integrated, IP, IT centric smart buildings of tomorrow. Register here!
Functional Devices Asks: Why Pay More Than You Need? Functional Devices, Inc. has been designing and manufacturing quality electronic devices in the United States of America since 1969. Our goal is to provide high quality products for the most reliable and economical solutions to the needs of our customers, along with world-class support from our sales and engineering experts. Current product offerings include relays, current sensors, power control, enclosures, power supplies, transformers, and accessories.
Ecorithm’s Dr. Igor Mezic and John Morris Explain True Analytics and Using Artificial Intelligence in Smart Buildings. This is next-gen analytics! Dr. Igor Mezic, Ecorithm’s Chief Scientific and Technology Advisor & Co-Founder, and John Morris, VP Marketing and Sales, tell ControlTrends about what inspired Igor to develop Ecorithm’s technology, why Ecorithm is able to provide faster and more accurate results that other analytics companies, and why Ecorithm’s SaaS is necessary for the entire lifetime of the system.
Easy IO’s Mike Marston, one of the leaders of the Global Smart Buildings Controls Renaissance, takes us ‘Down Under” to visit with some of the top smart buildings controls integrators on the planet. Scott Muench, from J2 Innovations joins Mike and the gang on this episode of Control Pub Talk with Mad Mike Marston.
What do Jimi Hendricks, Mad Mike Marston, and saving energy have in Common?
They all know Brian Anderson from Commtech Asia. On this episode of BAS Control Pub Talk with Mike Marston, Mike introduces us to the fascinating Brian, as they talk controls, rock and roll, and check out chicks in Thailand.
Here is a bit of Brian’s history:
Brian left school at 16 in 1961 and became a drummer in many several rock bands, playing rock an roll for over 2 decades. To put this in perspective 1961 was the year that Mike was born. Mike, how come Brian looks so young? Speaks well of the after effects of over 20 years of S__, D__-s, and Rock and Roll.
Brian was taught to play by Jim Marshall in Hanwell UK near london. He is famous now for the Marshall Amplifiers that you see on many stages.
Brian met and hung out with many new musicians through out the sixties like Jimi Hendrix. Drummer Mitch Mitchel,like Brian, was was also a student of Jim Marshall. Brian also worked in the Marshal Musical instrument shop.
His good friend Kenny, was Joe Cocker’s drummer. Kenny worked in the betting shop ( did he know the Krays?) next door as a settler ( the muscle) and often borrowed Brian’s drums when his weren’t available. The list of characters, Brian met goes on and on. Brian met his first wife while having a beer with one really Ian Pace the drummer for Deep Purple fame was having a beer with Brian….Smoke on the Water….
He joined Satchwell Control System UK in 1975 as Project manager and was involved with hardwired scanner systems until 1980 when Satchwell released its first real networked BMS. It had two 8 inch floppy drives but changed to a 5MB Winchester hard drive in 1981.. Yes 5MB, not big enough for a Jpeg now.
He met Mike in 1979 at Satchwell where Mike was in the sales department.Brian moved to Thailand after spells in Hong Kong 1991-92 and Singapore 1992-96.
Brian introduced Mike to Thailand. Mike would come and stay with Brian, getting to know the country and the women. Mike finally moved to Bangkok where he has put down roots.
Brian was involved in one of Mike’s first projects. In 2006,CareFour of France, did a project in Thailand, which included 22 BMS Energy Systems. Brian used EasyIO controllers. With assistance from the team from EASY IO including Gordon, Lim, and Mike they wrote a chiller control sequence, and got the DDNS systems on line and connected to the Internet. All 22 systems were implemented in one year, aprox. 1 store every two weeks, Installation, software and handover!
Brian and Easy IO saved US$ 950,000.00 first year with an ROI of 18 months.
Since then, Brian and Mike have been involved on many projects. Mike is never too busy to help via Team Viewer any day, at any time, and from any place.
As you can see from the video Brian appreciates Mike’s passion and dedication.
They often meet for breakfast in the Robin Hood in Bangkok, to just have a chat and discuss the latest ideas and products. The last time they met, Mike pulled out FG32 and a wireless sensor, and did a demo in the pub!
Brian concentrates on providing Energy Saving systems,and energy saving strategies. A recent client, Vattanac Tower in Phnom Penh, had 5 chillers, 3,000 VAV boxes and more than a 120 AHU’s and PAU’s. Brian saved the owner 35% of the total energy bill of US$100,000.00 per month. In addition 50% of the cooling cost was reduced.
Brian works with Commtech Asia, a specialist commission company based in Hong Kong. Brian proves that Rock and Roll and BAS controls go together. Great job Mike, thanks for introducing us to Brian.
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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.