Episode 294: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending Dec 9, 2018 brings us another week closer to the 2018 ControlTrends Awards. Vote today, and be sure to pass the ballot on to your colleagues and network. Voting ends at midnight 12/31/2018! Check out these great solutions: Optergy’s new Help Desk Live [Read more…]
The EasyIO-FW series is a free programmable controller ideal for all kind of applications such as Fan Coils, AHU’s, room applications, stand-alone applications etc. Ideal also for vertical markets such as schools and retail to have extended IO for the FG+ series without any downtime [Read more…]
Episode 282: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending September 9, 2018 continues with its international flavor with reportage from Tuscany, Italy. HVACR industry update and best States for technicians to work in; Register for Johnson Controls’ Custom Solution Webinar; EasyIO releases updated Education & Training Announcement and Advanced Class Training Schedule; and Project Haystack Connections Magazine Fall 2018 edition call for Contributions.
HVACR Careers: Choosing the Right State — The Top States to Work in. Heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) contractors looking for plentiful job opportunities, high salaries, available training and large numbers of service calls should head to Ohio or California, according to a list of top states to work in HVACR compiled by Emerson. (Source: Becky Hoelscher, AC & Heating Connect| Aug. 17, 2018)
Johnson Controls Integrated Comfort Solution Webinar: 6 Way Valves, Actuators & Terminal Units: The Efficient HVAC System Choice for Your Building. Building owners today are seeking a new solution with greater accuracy and more precise control of their HVAC system for improved efficiency and energy-savings. Join us for a one-hour webinar on Thursday, September 20 at 1pm CST to hear why terminal units paired with a six-way valve and a 270 degrees proportional actuator is the right choice for an energy efficient building.
EasyIO’s Education & Training Announcement and Advanced Class Training Schedule. Education & Training: Before you purchase any product from EasyIO from an authorized partner, you must complete our CPT training. You may find upcoming training classes here or contact an authorized partner. You may also familiarize yourself with our online CPT training videos on this page. If you are new to HVAC and controls technology, the BEST program is a collaboration of nationwide colleges that provide beginning to advanced training and other resources.
Project Haystack Connections Magazine Fall 2018 Call for Contributions. Project Haystack is excited to announce that the next issue of Connections Magazine is in development and will be published in early January 2019. The Connections Magazine reports the news from the Project Haystack community from around the world and provides updates on the development of working groups, new tagging models, reference implementations, complimentary applications, and use case stories from the community working together to make device data easier to use across applications of all types.
Education & Training: Before you purchase any product from EasyIO from an authorized partner, you must complete our CPT training. You may find upcoming training classes here or contact an authorized partner. You may also familiarize yourself with our online CPT training videos on this page. If you are new to HVAC and controls technology, the BEST program is a collaboration of nationwide colleges that provide beginning to advanced training and other resources.
2018 Advanced Class
Prerequisites: Students must have completed CPT Training
Class Duration: 8:30AM to 5:30PM
Materials: Laptop with CPT loaded, FS-32 Controller
This is an advanced class. Class size is limited.
Dates and Locations
September 17 – Philadelphia at Broudy Precision
September 18 – Nashville, at ControlCo
September 19 – Madison Heights, MI at Cochrane Supply
October 29 – Weymouth, MA at Control Consultants, Inc
November TBD – Bay Area
November TBD – Bay Area
Best Practices to keep applications working efficiently – 1.5 Hours
* Creating logic to track available memory
* Creating folders to isolate logic
* Using NTP to sync time
* Measuring limits in BACnet Devices Client and Point Count Client / Server, Modbus Device Count and Point Count Master/Slave, P2P points, Max Schedules, Max Web Client Connections, device backups
Taking a deep dive into SQL databases – 2 Hours
* Setup data sources in CPT
* Building widgets
* Other Data Sources
* Using Adaptor Widget from Dashboard
Product Overview – 1 Hour (during a working lunch)
* Product Roadmap
Using the Email Service – 30 minutes
* Setup Email Service
* Sending Emails with Alarms
* Attaching history in email
Developing custom Kits in CPT – 2 Hours
* How to use the develop kit function in CPT
* Creating a Sedona kit
* Build a Manifest file
* Built a Sedona object
* Compile Kits
* Loading new Kits into controller
Developing Graphics – 1.5 hours
* Learning Objectives
* Creating graphics for application, monitoring, reporting
* Creating one graphic and using for multiple integrated controllers.
* Create your own widget utilizing the adapter Widget (multiple examples)
Learn more about EasyIO products and services at www.easyio.com.
NEW – Customer Solutions System
To better serve our partners, we have implemented a new tool for support requests. This will enable us to utilize our global team to provide 24/7 service, ensure that no request is overlooked, measure our effectiveness, and identify recurring problems. For all non-partner requests, we will notify your support department. Support Ticket.
NEW – RMA Procedure
You asked and we have delivered. For our Americas partners, you have the option of sending your RMAs stateside (Ohio). Effective immediately, you can continue to email the RMA form or you can use an online form for EasyIO products. This is for all defective products within warranty. Of course, you can also send to Malaysia if you prefer.
We will be making other infrastructure changes in the near future.
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Product Spotlight – The MIG The MIG-FE gateway integrates legacy systems. The MIG normalizes the data and behavior of diverse devices, regardless of manufacturer or communication protocol, to enable implementation of internet-connected, web-based systems. The MIG is available from Maxline. Drivers are ordered separately.
Case Study – 10 Trinity Square London (UK) This former office building is now used as a residential building and hotel with a spa. It has seven levels above the ground and three below, 41 apartments and a 100 bed hotel. 250 FC-20 controllers, 40 FG-32+ controllers, 12 FG-20+ controllers, 30 SH-FX-RP-A displays and 40 SystemView 9” tablets are used in this retrofit project executed by our UK partner SSE Enterprise Energy Solutions. Read more.
About Case Studies… We often get requests for case studies, use cases and references. As the manufacturer, we have to rely on our partners as we do not have a direct relationship with the contractor or customer. It benefits all to share a customer experience as everyone can use documented testimonials. If you have a potential case study, we would like to work with you to develop and promote it.
Episode 272: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending June 24, 2018 brings us to the mid-year point of 2018 (already). Stay on top of the HVAC and Building Automation industries: Get your Niagara 3.8 and Niagara 4.4 updates; Great interviews from 2018 Realcomm|IBcon with Distech’s Ryan Sen and Charles Pelletier, and KMC’s Scott Taylor; Contemporary Controls’ new line of EIGR Gigabit IP routers allow faster routing throughput. and EasyIO’s ultimate mini Wi-Fi controller opens up a wealth of new opportunities; and, for those who were unable to attend the NS 2018 Niagara Summit, voila, here’s your opportunity to watch the Day 1 Keynote speakers.
Tridium Technical Bulletin: Niagara AX 3.8 Update 4/Niagara 4.4 Update 1.Dear VYKON partner, New updates for Niagara AX (3.8 update 4) and Niagara 4 (4.4 update 1) are available on Niagara Central. The Niagara AX 3.8 Update 4 release (3.8.401) includes several fixes an important vulnerability mitigations for cybersecurity protection of Niagara AX systems, including, but not limited to, an important revision of the Java Virtual Machine that fixes critical security vulnerabilities.
Distech’s Ryan Sen and Charles Pelletier Demo the UniTouch APP at 2018 Realcomm|IBcon. ControlTrends joined Distech’s Ryan Sen, Director, Customer Experience, and Charles Pelletier, Global Product Manager, at the 2018 Realcomm|IBcon vendors exhibit to get a firsthand demonstration of Distech’s new UniTouch APP, which truly gives the occupant total control of their space — using their Bluetooth connected mobile device to control their temperature setting, lighting/dimming preference, fan speed, CO2 reading, blind positioning, and scene selection — all from the palm of their hand!
KMC’s VP of Business Development, Scott Taylor Interview from 2018 Realcomm|IBcon. Our ControlTrends interview with KMC’s VP of Business Development, Scott Taylor, at the vendor show at the 2018 Realcomm|IBcon Conference was a great opportunity to hear the latest from KMC Controls, who offers one of the industry’s most comprehensive array of options that allow contractors to use the right-sized and right-priced software tool, namely, the KMC Commander, for small to mid-sized buildings.
Contemporary Controls New Products Announcement: New EIGR Series of Gigabit IP Routers Introduced. The Contemporary Controls’ EIGR series of Gigabit IP Routers are being introduced with features beyond our popular EIPR series of 10/100 Mbps IP routers while retaining the EIPR’s ease-of-use. Besides gigabit speed on both LAN and WAN ports, the new line of EIGR Gigabit IP routers allows for faster routing throughput, VPN server in addition to VPN client, and outdoor temperature operation. In addition to the basic EIGR-E model is the EIGR-V offering the choice of OpenVPN client or server.
EasyIO The Ultimate mini Wi-Fi Controller that Opens up a Wealth of New Opportunities. The ultimate mini Wi-Fi controller that opens up a wealth of new opportunities for you. That’s what the new EasyIO FT-04 controller is going to be all about. In this newsletter we share the preliminary datasheet and a few benefits of the FT-04 with you, so you get to know more about it’s features and capabilities.
Niagara Summit 2018 Day 1’s Keynote Speakers: Tridium’s President and General Manager, Jim Bland and CTO, Kevin Smith. Following the dazzling electronic imagery of the Niagara blue spread of connected data through a city landscape on three-screen wide presentation, Tridium’s Jim Bland, President and General Manager, takes the wand from the cyber maestro of the screen and hands it, figuratively, to the expectant audience of over 1000 global Niagara Community members — challenging them that NOW — is the time to really think outside the box.
Episode 268: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending May 27, 2018 features an interview with Siemens’ Senior Sales Manager, Josh Felperin, who tells us about Siemens’ two latest acquisitions: J2 Innovations and Enlightened, and some of the exciting things we can expect from Siemens in the near future. We have an urgent call for ControlTrends Community help for Sarah Felperin (read below). Honeywell releases new WEBs-N4.4 software; Blue Ridge Technologies Bill Dunkelberger explains Unified Lighting Control; Ken Sinclair’s Digital Mindfulness podcast; EasyIO updates; and mark your calendars for the January 13th, 2018, ControlTrends Awards at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre.
With its unique functionality and intelligent cloud services, the Belimo Energy Valve™ sets new standards for automatic optimization and offers an all-round care-free package. Belimo created a new product category with its introduction of the Belimo Energy Valve™. This control valve continuously optimizes the water flow, automatically adjusts it to current climatic conditions and eliminates the so called Delta-T syndrome. Since its market launch in 2012, the Belimo Energy Valve™ has won 20 awards from industry organizations worldwide.
ControlTalk NOW interview with Siemens’ Senior Sales Manager, Josh Felperin. Josh brings us up-to-date with some of the exciting developments at Siemens, particularly Siemens’ recent acquisitions of J2 Innovations and Enlightened. Josh also addressed the changing face of distribution and the concept of value over volume; and Siemens’ new indoor IAQ combo sensor.
A call for ControlTrends Community help. On April 20th, 2016, Sarah Felprin suffered a fractured skull paralyzing the right side of her body. Josh, and the Felperin family are looking for our help in raising funds for Sarah to receive Stem Cell Therapy, which is 100% out of pocket. Please visit Sarah’s GoFundMe site listed below. The Felperin family greatly appreciatesyour support. https://www.gofundme.com/sarahfelperinNew Honeywell WEBs-N4.4 Software. Honeywell announces the release of the WEBs-N4.4 software packaged with Spyder, Stryker, Venom and BACnet FF Tstat programming tools. This release supports both legacy and the newer WEB-8000 controllers. Main Features: Single-Sign On (SSO); HTML5 Views for Scheduler and Alarm console views have been updated using HTML5, completing the last User views on the Java Applet needing to be updated; Performance improvements: WEBs-N4.4 now has server side caching, optimized HTML5 HX profile and an updated internal workbench web browser; Haystack Dictionary: and much more.
Blue Ridge Technologies’ Bill Dunkleberger Explains Unified Lighting Control at the the 2018 Niagara Summit. Unified Lighting Control: One network, one service provider, and one front end — lighting control from the network’s user interface down to each zone. Bill and his team provide a very powerful and easy to use lighting solution. Unified Lighting Control completes the BAS, incorporating lighting and HVAC controls on the same network. This network consolidation eliminates surplus hardware required for stand-alone and gateway lighting control.
Ken Sinclair on Digital Mindfulness Podcast. If you watched or listened to Episode 267 of ControlTalk Now, you know that Ken Sinclair, the founder of Automated Buildings, was a guest on Lawrence Ampofo’s podcast. Ken talks to Lawrence about the potential for buildings to become more digitally mindful to improve the lives of people who are more connected and work from multiple locations. Click here to hear the podcast.
EasyIO Update: EasyIO FW-Series Controllers and FS-32 Controllers Communicate with MQTT Protocol! We have some exciting news to share with you all. The topics in this newsletter are: MQTT in EasyIO controllers; EasyIO offices in the UK; New website; EasyIO attends Relevant Solutions’ Trade Show & BBQ Lunch; Recap ARBS show in Sydney; and Upcoming training courses in the US, Canada, the Netherlands.
2018 ControlTrends Awards Date and Location! Mark your Calendars for January 13th, at Atlanta’s Historic Fox Theatre. ControlTrends is excited to announce the 2018 ControlTrends Awards will be held January 13, 2019, from 6:30PM to 9:30PM, at Atlanta’s Historic Fox Theatre. ControlTrends Awards attendees will enjoy a sumptuous banquet style plated dinner and a fully inclusive beverage and bar package that will allow sponsors the perfect opportunity to host their customers and staff (the Sunday night before the AHR Show) at the most exciting and entertaining industry celebration of the year.
BAS professional Andrius Jasiulionis recently released an alarm management plugin for the EasyIO FG+, FS and FW controllers. AlarmDB extends the functionality of these controllers, has many great functions, is easy to use and free to download.
The Sedona Kit made for the F-series controllers lets you push alarms to server(s) directly from your programming app locally, or across the IP network. You can use CPT Tools to use AlarmDB, so there’s no need to learn a new tool.
The AlarmDB plugin project is a branch of the original AlarmDB project which was ported to EasyIO controllers, so the FG and FS can act as AlarmDB servers/clients and FW controllers can be clients only.
Be sure to check out how the AlarmDB plugin works by clicking this link and reading the manual. You can also download the plugin there. And don’t forget to give the developer some feedback.
We are very happy with people like Andrius, who are developing plugins to use in our controllers. Thank you Andrius!
EasyIO leads the future of Building Automation with smarter, faster, and greener concepts and controllers. This newest video release captures the driving spirit behind EasyIO’s philosophy to master and exploit emerging technologies that are pushing expectations and performance to higher standards, while eliminating costs and barriers to implementation. Watch, and read below.
Where are we heading
We want to be innovative and different to anybody else. There is no point in doing the same thing that everybody else already does. We see a paradigm shift taking place in the M2M (machine to machine), building automation and energy management field. We see big opportunities to look for out-of-the-box thinking to the way they currently are delivered.
Different in the way to flatten the architecture of a conventional system, put more power where it needs to be and take advantage of IP and wireless technology so that we directly can go from device to enterprise and use more of the new nice analytical tools and viewing tools such as EasyStack.
In ten years M2M technology will go smaller, deeper and wider. Companies like Cisco that look at smart grid opportunities, make things cleverer, more intelligent, more stand alone and more wireless and IP based. Of course we have got Web 2.0 coming along so internet speed and availability is only getting better, not worse.
We want to get aligned with what is happening in the cellular and IP field. End users will definitely benefit from that because they will get more value for their money, more control over their facilities, there will be more powerful technology where they could not have that before.
Differences between M2M and BMS
BMS is about buildings while M2M is about how we can get devices intelligent, small and low cost enough so that they can actually talk to each other and act on their own. It’s a little bit like people, in a way, if we encourage people to talk to each other, work together and share things they are able to make decisions themselves and do not need to go to a supervisor to make things work, like with BMS that needs a supervisor on top of it because it is not powerful enough and does not have a free framework inside.
So what we do with M2M, we go from device to device and from a cluster of devices we go directly to the end device. This will be in the market for mainly metering and for small buildings or multiple small buildings. For multiple large buildings you inevitably will end up connecting a supervisor or server.
The market we are in is, obviously, the BMS market, but it is not our main focus. Our main focus is small buildings where currently, I would say, 70 to 80% of those buildings are not connected to an amplified system so that they can be analyzed, monitored and measured or benchmarked. The reason for that is: cost!
Our direction is to reduce costs and we do that by having a shorter development cycle to getting products to market.
The FG+ series
We introduced the EasyIO FG+ series because we wanted to fill the gap between a Jace and the EasyIO 30P controller. The FG+ controller does not replace the 30P at all. The 30P is great, very low at cost and very efficient but sometimes it does not have the power that it needs to bridge that gap of a Jace and an IO device. The big difference is that the FG+ controller has graphics on board and HTML-5 so you can actually work from an Ipad or something like that.
In the US they call the FG ‘The Beast’. The reason why it’s called ‘The Beast’ is that the FG+ is the first controller that has 2 processors and it has an extra SD cart under the hood, which means that we can store histories for up to 10 years! That is unheard of in our industry.
The key is: it’s all about simplicity! There are a lot of tools on the market that are very good but you have to be a software programmer to use them. They have their place in the market. At the large enterprise level they have a staff of people who can do that.
But most people who want to look at energy, at performance, are mainly non-technical people. They might know how to use a smartphone, Ipad or android and a dashboard like EasyIO Freeboard, which is very user friendly, can have these people look at their energy usage and monitor and influence them. People can see the performance of one building or many, without spending a lot of money, set environmental and energy targets and are able to benchmark this performance.
The nice thing is that EasyIO will go direct to your browser or any server, directly through the Internet without any additional devices or difficult protocols.
EasyIO has a very refreshing approach to our markets and to everything really. If you look at the individuals and their past and track record they are not new to this industry at all. They have a lot of experience working in BMS and M2M and they have staff on board that really understands; data, web technologies, marketing and have a refreshing and an open mind to progress.
So it is a little like us in EasyIO, so we can work together very nicely because we are looking outside the box. We are looking at customer needs and looking at how we can do things differently, easier, more cost effectively than the traditional systems.
Mistakes with BMS
When designing and installing a BMS there needs to be a mutual expectation of performance, after the system is commissioned, witnessed and handed over. These can then be monitored, tested and analysed thereafter, just like we would do with any other valuable building asset.
There also needs to be a set operation budget for ongoing maintenance. BMS’s do need maintenance such as calibration, tuning and replacement of sensors and actuators.
A good example is on/off valves often used in hotel rooms, yet we spend $30 on a cheap on/off valve and it fails and is jammed in the 100% open position, for years to come. This is where maintenance and performance analytics should be budgeted in the operational plan for a building. Unfortunately, not all customers in hotel, or office Tenants complain or give feedback, they simply just take their business elsewhere.
Episode 260: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending March 25, 2018 features visionary Jim Young, Founder and CEO of Realcomm Conferences. Register now to take advantage of ControlTrends’ discounted rate for Realcomm20, at the Cosmopolitan, June 4-8, Las Vegas. Young Gun Aaron Gorka, Innovations Manager, ANT Technologies, introduces the ControlTrends Community to the CMPX Show and more. Great demo from Mike Glenn, Penn Controls, who is celebrating its 100th Anniversary! Gina Elliott joins EasyIO as VP of the Americas. Belimo releases New Globe Valve Assemblies with a Webinar; and make sure to register for the Iotium/Intelligent Building Cybersecurity Webinar.
ControlTalk NOW interview with Jim Young — founder of Realcomm Conference Group, an education organization that produces Realcomm, IBcon and CoRE Tech, the world’s leading conferences on technology, automated business solutions, intelligent buildings and energy efficiency for the commercial and corporate real estate industry. Stay tuned for more important updates and other conference information as it becomes available. Register now — using our ControlTrends’ discount code.
Young Gun Aaron Gorka,Innovations Manager, ANT Technologies, providers of paperless, cloud-based, operational technology for HVAC & Control Contractors, brings the ControlTrends Community up-to-speed with the CMPX Show (with over 500 exhibitors) that was held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, March 21-23, as well as introducing two other prominent Young Guns: Lawrence Beauchamp, Arrow Electronics and Mark Riley, Track GPS Fleet Management. Great question and answer session — and great assessment of our industry. Thanks Aaron, we look forward to your next update!
EasyIO News Update: Gina Elliott Vice President of the Americas. Gina Elliott has joined the EasyIO team as Vice President of the Americas. Throughout her career, Gina has worked to develop GTM strategies for emerging technologies in IT and OT. Gina started her “ITOT” career as a VAR for converged IT solutions and has continued to work with emerging technologies. Transitioning to OT in 2007, Gina has worked in design consulting for multi-system integration and interoperability of smart buildings.
Belimo’s New Globe Valve Assemblies — Greater Force & Flexibility! Webinar on Wed, April 4 at 1:00 PM EDT. Belimo now offers a full range of NPT pressure compensated globe valves. The new G2 and G3 with ANSI Class VI leakage and 100:1 rangeability provide accurate modulation at low flow. Belimo globe valve actuators incorporate Multi-Function Technology™ to allow for easy and flexible field configuration. Register today to learn more about Belimo’s new globe valve assemblies.
ControlTrends and Michael Glenn, Penn Refrigeration Business Development Manager at Johnson Controls review two exciting new controls from Penn Controls, who is celebrating its 100 year anniversary. Eric and Mike review the A525 Series Electronic Refrigeration Controllers with Adaptive Defrost, which manages cooling, defrost, alarms, communications and costs, offering a wide range of options that allow for customized control functions. The Quick Response Expansion Valve (QREV) with Precision Superheat Controller (PSHC) form an electronic solution that will maximize evaporator efficiency and save energy by maintaining target superheat, regardless of outside conditions.
Live Webinar: Building Cybersecurity is a Legacy Building Risk — Thursday, April 12, 2018, 8 am PT/ 11 am ET. It’s not smart buildings – but any commercial building built or renovated in the past 30 years are what you should worry about. Before the smart buildings concept, digital, Internet-connected controls systems, such as HVAC, lighting, and elevators have been installed and managed by non-IT persons from architects, engineers, contractors and property managers. Without IT best practices, much-less cybersecurity requirements, there is significant exposure to: Life Safety Risks, Equipment Failure, Productivity Loss, Network Hopping, and Brand Damage.