ControlTrends Event Information Calendar Update

Screen Shot 2015-06-28 at 9.01.48 AMJune 30, 2015, at 1PM ET. Advances in lighting controls allow for improved control and increased energy savings at your facility, not to mention reduced maintenance costs and increased occupant satisfaction. To reap the full benefits of advanced lighting control systems requires commitment, and a proper education, which is precisely what you can expect when you attend the free webcast “Advances in Lighting Controls: A Facilities Update.” This information-rich event will walk you through the critical points necessary to successfully implement an advanced lighting control system. You will also learn about the major implementation strategies and the different system types. Register here.

Screen Shot 2015-06-28 at 9.47.32 AMIEC 61850: Communication Networks and Systems for Power Utilities — Tuesday, July 14, 1-2PM ET: IEC 61850 “Communication Networks and Systems for Power Utilities” is a powerful standard that provides a holistic view of designing and managing utility substation and field device communication, automation systems, and applications. It is a collection of multiple protocols, concepts, and component standards. With the objective of understanding the issues, challenges and benefits of implementing the IEC 61850 standard, we have developed a case study that presents a summary and analysis of deployments of the standard at the New York Power Authority (NYPA), Kansas City Power and Light (KCP&L), and Southern California Edison (SCE). Each utility had very different experiences and value achievement in their respective implementations. They are also quite different in their plans for future implementations.Register here.

Screen Shot 2015-06-28 at 9.21.45 AMUPCOMING REALCOMM WEBINARS: Energy Management vs. Building Automation – Understanding the Differences – 7/16/2015. There has been a lot of “energy” in the smart building industry in the last two years. The activity has been coming from established companies, new Fortune 50 entrants and a host of start-ups. Many firms are interested in Energy Management Systems (EMS) and are implementing solutions. If they are not careful, they could find themselves in a segregated solution-set twenty-four months from now. It is important to understand the broader characteristics of an integrated, interoperable, open-architected, IP centric building automation platform that could include energy, security, parking, resource management, user experience and other applications. This webinar will discuss the differences between energy management and building automation. Register now!

Screen Shot 2015-06-28 at 9.10.53 AMNFMT Orlando Registration is Now Open: The perfect blend of solutions, strategies and sunshine, NFMT Orlando is a free conference and expo for facilities professionals wanting to better themselves and their buildings. The event takes place October 27-28, 2015, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Register here.

Screen Shot 2015-06-28 at 8.56.47 AMThe Lynxspring Exchange and Partner Conference being held October 26th-28th at the Argosy Hotel and Casino, Riverside, Missouri brings together Lynxspring’s ecosystem and community of business partners, integrators, contractors, OEMs, technology partners, industry professionals and practitioners to exchange, collaborate, network and learn about today’s operating systems and solutions for operating facilities smarter, safer, securely, more efficiently, and at peak performance levels and the latest in advanced smart-device applications. Registration to attend Lynxspring Exchange 2015 is $295.00 per person. The registration fee includes admission to all sessions, workshops, exhibits, and food and beverage during the course of the conference. Register here.

Screen Shot 2015-06-28 at 8.42.23 AMThe SGIP Annual Conference takes places in the vibrant city of New Orleans, Louisiana for 2015 at the centrally-located InterContinental Hotel. The 2015 Annual Conference promises to be filled with the latest in grid modernization and many networking opportunities for members and guests to reconnect and collaborate. AGENDA: To view the agenda, please click here. SPEAKERS: To view the list of speakers, please click here. Register now!

Lynxspring Announces 2nd Generation Modbus to BACnet® Bridge

lynx_enews2New unit translates up to 1000 Modbus points standard and option to increase upto to 2500 Modbus points; converts Modbus slave devices into virtual BACnet devices; manages all Modbus RTU or TCP slave devices and is faster with more RAM.

Lee’s Summit, MO – February 2, 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 release of the OnyxxTM-MB311, their 2nd generation Modbus to BACnet Bridge solution.

Embedded with a Lynxspring’s Smart ModuleTM and running Lynxspring’s HelixxTM IP-software framework, the Onyxx-MB311 is more powerful and takes Modbus to BACnet protocol translation to the next level by not only translating up to 2500 Modbus points to manageable BACnet points but also converts Modbus slave devices into Virtual BACnet Devices using virtual BACnet routing. Acting as the Master Modbus device, the Onyxx-MB311 manages all Modbus RTU or TCP slave devices connected to it.

“This latest generation of the Modbus to BACnet bridge is all about ease of use, speed, performance and the user experience, said Marc Petock, Vice President, Marketing, Lynxspring. “The advanced technology we built into this product has revolutionized the construction, implementation, and interaction of Modbus to BACnet network communications”.

The Onyx-MB311 has been developed to address the need for simplicity, ease of use and increased functionality of bridging Modbus and BACnet networks. Product features include:

No programming experience or third-party software tools required
Intuitive browser interface allows for easy setup and configuration
Documentation and help guides embedded within the bridge
Flexible installation allowing for flat panel and/or 35mm DIN rail mounting
Bridges up to 2500 Modbus points to BACnet points
Converts any Modbus device to a Virtual BACnet Device
BACnet Objects are automatically created with Modbus points
Faster processor/More RAM
Micro-SD slot for future proofing

“Technology is expanding at breakneck speed; we at Lynxspring are committed to incorporating the latest technology available that makes the most since for our customers.” said Terry Swope, President, and CEO. “The Lynxspring Smart Module utilizes the fastest processor and most amount of memory available to date in our industry. The Lynxspring Smart Module, Onyxx and Helixx are just the first of many exciting new products and solutions yet to come from Lynxspring.”

About Lynxspring: Lynxspring is changing the way devices, systems, and people communicate and collaborate across enterprises. Embracing open, interoperable IP-based software and hardware platforms, we design, manufacture and distribute JENEsys®, OnyxxTM and HelixxTM based automation and cyber security technology and edge-to-enterprise solutions for Building Automation, Energy Management, Cyber Protection, Equipment Control and other Specialty applications. Our technologies simplify the automation and information architecture across the enterprise and significantly lowers cost and enables users to go further to manage and operate their facilities and equipment smarter, safer, securely, more efficiently, and at peak performance levels.


Marc Petock
Vice President, Marketing
Toll Free: 877-649-5969 | Office: 816-347-3500

Haystack Connect 2015 Countdown! 8 Days Left Till Early Bird Discount Ends

PH_2015 There are 8 days remaining to receive the Early Bird rate of $695 per attendee.

The regular rate of $795 will take effect January 31, 2015. Haystack Connect 2015 provides a unique opportunity for professionals involved in automation, control and the Internet of Things to learn and share the latest techniques for connecting systems and utilizing device data in applications, including intelligent buildings, energy management, remote monitoring and other smart-device applications.

Session topics will include data acquisition, communications, wireless technologies, protocol translation, data visualization, analytics and methods, which can effectively bring data together for improved systems and equipment performance.

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Project Haystack Announces Haystack Connect 2015 Conference

Project HaystackThis is THE EVENT that Connects Community and Ecosystem — Driving Smart Data, Smart Devices, Smart Buildings and Smart Business!

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO –October, 14, 2015 Project Haystack, a non-profit, 501C organization focused on developing common standards to streamline the interchange of data among today’s smart devices announced the dates and venue for the Haystack Connect 2015 conference.

Taking place May 18-May 20, 2015 at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs Colorado, Haystack Connect 2015 is an open forum conference where the community of leading technology suppliers, systems integrators and forward looking end users come together to advance the state of the art in managing, presenting and analyzing the vast amount of data generated by today’s smart devices and equipment systems.

Haystack Connect provides a unique venue for professionals involved in automation, control and the Internet of Things to come together to learn and share the latest techniques for connecting systems and utilizing device data in applications including intelligent buildings, energy management, remote monitoring, and other smart-device applications. Session topics will include data acquisition, communications, protocol translation, data visualization, analytics and methods to effectively bring data together for improved systems and equipment performance.

What Is Project Haystack? The devices that make up the Internet of Things – automation systems, metering systems, sensors and smart devices – produce tremendous amounts of data. This data is very hard to organize and use across different applications because it is stored in several different formats; has inconsistent naming conventions and very limited data descriptors. In essence it lacks information to describe the meaning of the data. And without meaning a time-consuming manual effort is required before value creation can begin.

Taking cues from other data intensive applications such as Facebook, Twitter, Google and others who utilize tags and semantic data models, the work developed by the Project-Haystack community addresses this challenge by defining and easy to use methodology to describe the meaning of data. This enables software applications to automatically consume, analyze and present data from devices and equipment systems.

Project Haystack is an open, flexible, extensible, data modeling approach and standard for today’s common equipment systems and devices that makes it easy and simple for software applications to consume, analyze and present data from devices and equipment systems in the same way and with the same meaning.

Since its formation in March of 2011, has grown tremendously providing the industry with an open-source, collaborative environment where people and organizations work together to address the challenge of utilizing semantic modeling (also known as tagging) to streamline the interchange of data among software applications. The community has developed a flexible, extensible, data modeling approach and standard models for common equipment systems. The standard includes detailed documentation describing the data modeling techniques, significant libraries of equipment models, and software reference implementations to easily enable software applications to consume smart device data that is “marked up” with Project-Haystack data descriptions. More information on Project-Haystack can be found at:

About Haystack Connect 2015: Connecting Companies, Communities and People who are re-defining smart and connected systems, Haystack Connect 2015 is the event that brings together the systems integrators, technology suppliers and customers who are leading the way to more efficient and sustainable buildings and advanced smart-device applications. Haystack Connect is a unique “open forum” conference organized and sponsored by the community, for the community.


John Petze
Project Haystack, Executive Director
Principal, SkyFoundry

Marc Petock
Project Haystack, Secretary
Lynxspring, Inc. Vice President, Marketing

Johnson Controls Sees Smart Buildings as the Future for Smart Cities in India

Johnson-Controls JCI Media Center: Building Technology & Services expert shares insights on smart buildings at the 12th India Green Building Congress. INDIA – September 05, 2014 – Johnson Controls, a global multi-industrial company, will present the importance of smart buildings in helping India achieve its goal of creating smart cities – cities that are highly advanced in terms of overall infrastructure, sustainable real estate, integrated communications and technology, energy management and governance – at the 12th India Green Building Congress 2014 (IGBC). Dennis Kelsey, director, Building Technology & Services, Asia, Johnson Controls, will share how smart buildings are vital to supporting the government’s ‘100 smart cities’ project announced by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in July.

The IGBC event, held in Hyderabad from 4 to 6 September 2014, focuses on advancing India’s green building movement. According to a UN forecast, 66 per cent of the global population will live in urban areas by 2050, and India is projected to add 404 million urban dwellers. Approximately 500 new cities will need to be built across the country to accommodate the influx of new urban migrants.

EPA Launches the 2014 National Building Competition — See the List of Competing Teams!

EnergyStarIt’s finally here! Last week U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched the 2014 National Building Competition. In addition to individual building competitors, this year’s battle features a new special theme: “Team Challenge!” At the end of the competition period, FEMP will recognize the highest-performing federal government building that participates in EPA’s 2014 competition.

EPA provides a suite of free technical and communication resources on the competition website that you can leverage for your own energy management efforts. Use these free tools, read stories from past competition winners, and follow #ESNBC for inspiration throughout the year. If you have any questions about the competition or using Portfolio Manager to measure, track, and report your building’s monthly energy consumption, please contact the Energy Star HelpDesk.

Let the games begin!

List of Competing Teams

The Worlds of Big Data, Cloud Services, and Infographics According to Bitpool: A Cloud Data Collection Platform for All

ControlTrends serves as a valuable pivot site for our industry’s trends, whether they’re leading products, solutions, software and products updates and releases, web-meetings, seminars, as well as industry insights — many of them global in origin. This industry insight is from Rav Panchalingam, a self-declared software geek from Australia. Rav uses an interesting hamburger analogy to comment on some of the biggest trends unfolding in 2014: The worlds of big data, cloud services, and infographics, as viewed from the land down under. Rav and Bitpool seem to know where the beef is and how to get it… (and the disruption continues).

For the complete article by Bitpool’s Rav Panchalingam, Director of Research & Development, please use this link to the January 2014

Excerpted: Connecting commercial buildings into the cloud is still something which must be championed by ambitious and technically savvy people who are acting in the interest of the building owner – mainly consultants or switched-on real estate managers, who have a good grasp of what they want to use the software tools for. There are definitely some very good software packages in the market right now, but they are selling themselves as exactly that, a one-size-fits-all package. Once you buy in, you’re seemingly locked in, which is ironic since the software world is supposed to be all about freedom of choice.

So we have some companies with great cloud-based energy management packages (burgers), but you’re pushed to buy all the sides and extras that come along with it, whether they are useful to you or not. Some people just like very plain and simply want to get their data into the cloud. They have their own analysis tools, gizmos and contraptions to get what they want from the data after that.

Bitpool ( is a cloud data collection platform. As a platform, it’s key feature is simply to provide the infrastructure for people to start pushing HVAC and any other building data into the cloud. The API developed around it allows people to build connectors for uploading from equipment or systems and retrieving data for use in applications.

Published on Oct 13, 2012 Bitpool is a cloud-based data collection service specifically designed for use in the Building Controls industry. It can be used with a variety of protocols, including BACnet and Modbus as well as with multiple BMS vendors, such as Schneider Electric and Johnson Controls.

ControlTalk Now For The Week Ending August 25, 2013

dglux_building_automation_iconControlTalk NOW thanks this week’s sponsor: DG Logik. DGLux The Visualization Platform: DGLux is a “drag & drop” visualization platform that enables you to design real-time, data-driven applications and dashboards without ever writing a single line of code. DGBox is a low-cost end to end solution for creating and utilizing appliance applications. The solution consists of DGLux embedded into a commodity hardware box.

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CAN2GO Demo Suitcase — The Most Powerful Sales Tool in the Industry!

Can2GoRS Can2Go has packaged a full Building Energy Management System (BEMS) to demonstrate the power of CAN2GO’s technology and its interaction with a varied ecosystem of wireless devices. Contact your Schneider Electric or Viconics representative to order your CAN2GO Demo Suitcase today!

CAN2GO™ is perfect for new installations and retrofits, in all building types – whether as a stand-alone solution or integrated to an existing BACnet IP system.

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ControlTalk Now For The Week Ending July 21, 2013

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