Episode 247: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending December 3, 2017 features interviews with Network as a Service expert Ron Victor, CEO and Founder of IoTium, along with Master Systems Integrator Extraordinaire, Jason Houck, CIO of Hepta Systems and The Panel Shoppe. More insights and updates from [Read more…]
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Catch all the excitement as Smart Building Controls Powerhouses Contemporary Controls and Functional Devices are Awarded the Peripheral Product of The Year. Contemporary Controls designs and manufactures the system building blocks for networking, integrating and controlling automation processes where performance and reliability are important. Functional Devices, Inc. has been designing and manufacturing quality electronic devices in the United States of America since 1969.
Episode 219: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast|PodCast for week ending Mar 19, 2017 Congratulates Distech Controls, Honeywell Spyder, Blue Ridge Technologies, and EasyIO. We bring you AHR Coverage of Functional Devices and Siemens’ 2017 Automation Partner Summit from San Antonio, TX. Don’t miss the latest updates from Vykon Enterprise Security, EasyIO CPT, and Lynxspring.
Sporting a 10-gallon Stetson cowboy hat, Josh Felperin, Siemens’ Senior Sales Manager, tells us what’s in store for the 350-plus Summit partners attending the 3-day Siemens Partner Summit. Featuring DXR training; golfing at the on-site JW Marriott TPC course; various breakout business sessions and technical sessions, mixed with major league fun and evening entertainment, this is the Siemens event of the year.
The 2016 ControlTrends Awards VAV Controller of The Year — Goes to Distech Controls. Who makes the best VAV Controllers on the planet? According to the global ControlTrends Community that would be Honeywell and Distech. Congratulations to these two fine companies for being selected as co-winners of the 2016 ControlTrends Awards VAV controller of the year.
ControlTrends watches on at the busy Siemens’ Talon Partner Vendor Show as Bob Byron demos the latest features of Siemens’ RDY2000 commercial thermostat. When used with the Siemens QPA CO2 sensor, the RDY2000 can provide a very well-priced, yet very effective solution to meet ASHRAE’s minimum fresh air requirements.
VYKON Enterprise Security Supervisor Updates. Dear VYKON Partner, Tridium has issued a software patch for a recently discovered technical issue affecting VYKON Enterprise Security Supervisors that use an MSSQL database. When updating these VYKON Enterprise Security Supervisors to version 184.108.40.206, the update does not complete, and the MSSQL database is rendered unusable.
Siemens’ Senior Sales Director, Building Automation, Scott Hamilton shares with us that this is the 20th Siemens Partner Summit, celebrating the accomplishments of the best integrators and control contractors in the country and how grateful Siemens is for their partnerships and success. Later, at the Awards Banquet, these high-performers would be recognized for their continued growth and success. Scott must be getting it right — he’s already got a boulevard named after him!
EasyIO March Newsletter — Updates for CPT Tools and FG firmware. CPT Tools and the firmware of our FG series got a major update. In this newsletter we will share the most important things of that update with you. By clicking on the blue buttons below, you will be able to download the latest versions. If you are interested in more details, you can have a look at the change log.
Blue Ridge Technologies Wins Lighting Control Solution of the Year. Congratulations to Bill Dunkleberger and the team from Blue Ridge Technologies for being Awarded the 2016 ControlTrends Awards Lighting Controls Solution of the Year by the global ControlTrends Community. Bill and his team provide a very powerful and easy to use lighting solution. Blue Ridge has developed an approach called Unified Lighting Control. 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.
30 Minutes with Lynxspring Webinar Series — Niagara 4 Hierarchies. Join Lynxspring for the next “30 Minutes with Lynxspring”, their monthly webinar series hosted by Lynxspring subject matter experts and special guests scheduled. Due to schedules, this month’s session will take place on Wednesday, March 22nd at 12:00 PM CST. Amanda Toomey, IEC Developer and a member of Lynxspring’s Training Team will look at Niagara 4 Hierarchies. Amanda will examine all facets of creating a user-friendly data-model-based navigation tree in Niagara 4, using the new hierarchies feature.Functional Devices Rocks the 2017 AHR Show. Ken stopped by the Functional Devices booth at the 2017 AHR Show and spoke with Maggie Talbert, Functional Devices‘ North East Sales Manager, Inc. Maggie reviews several new products including the PSH550-UPS-BC. Functional Devices, Inc. a leading manufacturer of high quality, contractor-friendly products since 1969, was a co-winner of the 2016 ControlTrends Peripheral Product of the Year
ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast|PodCast for week ending Nov 6, 2016 begins with a review of Ken Sinclair’s November edition of Automated Buildings followed by: Functional Devices Tech Tuesday with Henry Smith; Next Generation Innovation Episode 2 features Comfy’s Lindsay Baker; Gas Pressure Regulator’s 101 with Matt Koenig; Honeywell’s Release of WEBs-N4.2 with Spyder and Stryker Tools; Siemens OpenAir Damper Actuators; Sierra Monitor’s ProtoAir Wireless Gateway; Call for speakers and sponsors for the Haystack Connect 2017; Optergy, one CIO’s most promising energy management solution providers; EasyIO’s Mike Marston’s TCOM Video; and the 2 latest BAM podcasts from Phil Zito.
Ken Sinclair’s Automated Buildings November Theme — Open Edge Software Fuels Self-learning Operability. Ken Sinclair, owner and editor of automatedbuildings.com continues his quest of pulling the lid off of the next future of our industry — before it’s bottled. Granting IoT no sanctuary, Ken Sinclair’s November pursuit is clear: “Our revolutionary themes for the last few months have led us to the importance of the open software movement as part of our journey.”
Functional Devices’ Energy Saving Applications — TECH TUESDAY with Functional Device‘s customer support engineer, Henry Smith. “Whether it is for environmental or monetary reasons, many people constantly look for ways to save energy. I am one of those people, and I have implemented many energy saving technologies in my own home. I have automated lighting, a smart thermostat which controls a high efficiency heat pump, and many energy saving appliances. These additions have cut my average monthly electric bill by about 10%.”
Episode 2 Next Generation Innovation features Lindsay Baker from Comfy. In episode 2 of Next Generation Innovation, young guns Rob Allen and Brad White catch up with Lindsay Baker from Comfy. Topics include: How Comfy is redefining how Smart Buildings use social media and a unique version of crowd sourcing to make buildings more energy efficient, how women are able to make smart buildings even smarter, and what it’s like to be a venture capitalist funded company. Great interview and very insightful tale always.The Right Way to Install a Gas Pressure Regulator. It’s getting cold outside…..well maybe not yet, but it will start getting cold soon. When it get’s cold we turn the heat on, and when we turn the heat on, we find out what broke during the warm days of spring and summer. In the spirit of making sure replacement heating stuff get’s installed properly, we are re releasing one of our most popular technical videos on how to install a gas pressure regulator the right way.
Honeywell’s New Packaged Release of WEBs-N4.2 with Spyder and Stryker Tools. Honeywell is pleased to announce the release of the WEBs-N220.127.116.11 Software packaged that includes Spyder, Stryker, Venom and BACnet FF Tstat programming tools. This release includes user interface enhancements, bundled Web Start application, as well as the Niagara Analytics 2.0 modules.
Siemens OpenAir Damper Actuators — Speak Your Language. Siemens’ OpenAir speaks your language: Long-life, sturdy damper actuators for HVAC applications, air volume control as well as fire and smoke protection dampers. OpenAir™ is a comprehensive portfolio of damper actuators tailored to suit your requirements. You’ll benefit from a wide selection of positioning forces, control signals, communications standards and add-on options.
Let’s go Wireless: Cool New Product from Sierra Monitor. The ProtoAir wireless gateway is an external, high-performance, low-cost building automation and industrial control protocol gateway for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that provides manufacturers instant multi-protocol deployment of field protocols, enabling new or legacy devices to easily interface with other protocols.
Call for Speakers and Additional Sponsors of Haystack Connect 2017. Project Haystack (www.project-haystack.org), a non-profit, 501(c) organization focused on developing common standards to streamline the interchange of data among today’s smart devices, systems and equipment, today announced the Call For Speakers for Haystack Connect 2017 and the latest additions to the list of Sponsors.
CIO’S 20 MOST PROMISING ENERGY MANAGEMENT SOLUTION PROVIDERS. ControlTrends Awards Platinum sponsor and nominee, Optergy, is poised to make an impact on the Smart Buildings Controls market in North America. Check out this press release and video to get the 411 on Optergy. This might be the first time you have heard of Optergy, but it will not be the last! Optergy, a business division of the Oberix Group, a a software provider of building automation and energy management tools, has announced it has received notable recognition as one of the “20 Most Promising Energy Management Solution providers” of 2016 by CIOInsights.
EasyIO’s Mike Marston Video — Use TCOM for Tight Integration to N4 and AX. EasyIO’s Mike Marston’s Video on how to use TCOM for tight Integration to N4 and AX demonstrates how very cool and efficient the process is. All the Points, Schedules and Histories are instantly accessible. EasyIO is able accommodate general and specific applications featuring the SOX, TCOM, FGP2P and BACnet MSTP communication protocols.
Don’t Miss Phil Zito’s PodCasts: What is a BAS? and What is a Network? Part 1. BAM 036: What is a BAS? In Episode 36 of the Building Automation Monthly Podcast I discuss the age old question. What is a BAS? In today’s episode I will cover: What is a BAS; BAS vs Control Systems; Control System types; Common functions of BAS; Control Processes; and Control Devices. BAM Episode 36: What is a BAS?
Whether it is for environmental or monetary reasons, many people constantly look for ways to save energy. I am one of those people, and I have implemented many energy saving technologies in my own home. I have automated lighting, a smart thermostat which controls a high efficiency heat pump, and many energy saving appliances. These additions have cut my average monthly electric bill by about 10%. While that might not be a lot of money back in my pocket, big energy users like office buildings and hotels can realize large savings with small efforts.
Problem #1: Leaving lights on in an unoccupied office or meeting room can be a big waste of electricity, and no one remembers to turn them off every time.
Solution #1: Our EnOcean® wireless RIB® products can be paired with an occupancy sensor to control lighting in two different modes.
The first mode, Auto ON, allows the light to be controlled by the sensor alone. When occupancy is detected, the lighting load turns ON and remains ON until 30 minutes after the last motion detection. The other mode, Manual ON-Auto OFF, allows a wireless rocker switch to also be linked to the control device. In this mode, the rocker switch can control the ON/OFF function of the light load, and the occupancy sensor will turn the load OFF 30 minutes after the last motion detection.
Problem #2: Another application that I am receiving more frequent inquiries about is hotel room energy management. The concern is that a guest would unknowingly leave a hotel room window or patio door open while the room is being heated or cooled. This would, at the least, waste energy, and at the worst, potentially damage the HVAC system.
Solution #2: Fortunately, we have a solution using an EnOcean enabled RIB® relay and one or more wireless door/window sensors (WDWS-EN3). When linked with any of our EnOcean® relay devices, the door/window sensor sends a CLOSE command when the window or door is closed and an OPEN command when the window or door is opened.
This application can also utilize an alarm and/or delay mode. The alarm mode allows multiple sensors to be linked to one control device. In this mode, all linked sensors would need to send a CLOSE command for the load to turn ON. The delay mode adds a 10 second delay before the relay will turn ON and a 90 second delay before the relay will turn OFF. The 90 second delay allows door/window sensors to temporarily open and close without affecting the load, and it will prevent the HVAC unit from short cycling.
If you are interesting in learning more about these applications or products, review the Application Manual available on our website, or call or email our technical support team.
About the Author: Henry Smith is a 34-year-old engineer at Functional Devices, Inc. He has a BSEET obtained from Purdue University in 2014 and a lifelong interest in electronics. As an engineer at Functional Devices, he gets to provide Technical Support to our customers, from distributors to specifying engineers and installers.
Henry enjoys providing tech support, as it allows our company to assist at every level of our product’s lifecycle and exposes us to interesting and unique applications. While not every technical question is unique, even answering a simple question or providing someone with the information in a timely manner can go a long way to helping him or her meet a deadline.
Functional Devices, Inc. a leading manufacturer of high quality, contractor-friendly products since 1969,has just released their PSH550-UPS-BC, which is an Enclosed BACnet Network 550 VA UPS Backup Power Control Center that can be integrated into your BACnet network to monitor these variables/integer values:
BACNET® VARIABLES USED IN THIS MODEL
• Integer Value 1
Line or UPS
Indicates whether the power is being supplied to the UPS via battery or utility line
0 = Line
1 = UPS
• Integer Value 2
UPS Percent Load
Percentage (of 100%) of the total capacity of the battery UPS battery-backed outlets currently
• Integer Value 3
VA (Volt-Amperes) being consumed by loads connected to the battery backed outlets of the UPS
• Integer Value 4
UPS Battery Capacity
Percentage of the total battery power remaining (of 100%)
• Integer Value 5
Shows the connection between PSMN2RB10 to UPS is viable
0 = No connection
1 = Connected
• Integer Value 6
Remaining Battery time
Run time, when powered by battery, remaining (minutes)
*UPS Percent Load and VA Load are only calculated when power is cycled to the UPS and refer
only to the loads plugged into the UPS backed-up outlets (top row of UPS).
ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast for week ending June 12, 2016 features a rather deep and dark Cyber Security update from Fred Gordy, and an enlightening interview with Automated Buildings’ Ken Sinclair discussing his June edition; next, a look at new technology with Cisco’s Digital Ceiling and Optigo Networks’ solution to eliminate BACnet complexity; Lynxspring and SkyFoundry offer a combo webinar on Data and Analytics; Functional Devices released a pre-enclosed panel; and don’t miss out on Neptronic’s special product sample offering — available through ControlTrends!
Cyber Security Expert Fred Gordy Waives the Cyber Security Caution Flag! Censys Device Search Engine Picking Up Exposed Niagara 4 — Wake Up! Thanks once again to Intelligent Buildings’ Director of Cyber Security, Fred Gordy, who keeps the global ControlTrends Community and systems integrators current with his Cyber Security updates. Fred is calling for the widest dissemination of this information possible, and for responsible parties, at every level to take immediate actions to eliminate their exposure and safeguard their building against eminent attack. Fred Gordy: “I did a cursory search using Censys device search engine of building control systems and the first systems to pop up were Niagara 4 systems.”
Cisco’s Digital Ceiling WILL Change the Way You Do Smart Building Controls. Building Automation Systems Integrators, meet your new BAS partner — Cisco. That’s right, Cisco. Cisco just might be your new front end, and the ceiling in the building you are working in, right now, might be your new junction box to the future. The lighting world is evolving from the analog world to the digital world and soon, those lights connected to the network, not just for a data path, but also for power, will have temperature, occupancy, and daylight harvesting sensors in them — that will finally bridge the gap between building automation and connected lighting control.
ControlTalk NOW Interview with Ken Sinclair, owner and editor of Automated Buildings. Always an informative experience, Ken Sinclair reviews Automated Buildings’ June theme of Measured Variables; Health, Wellbeing, & Productivity. More insight into HVAC by engineers and HVAC by Behavioral Experts that are driving the $3-$30-$300 metrics, and the realization that the most promising potential value lies in building wellness that leads to greater productivity, greater tenant retention, and less absenteeism. Also, understanding the benefit differences between digital ceilings versus the 24 VDC ceiling (Edison wins the current war after all, though Tesla has scheduled a return bout) and much more!
30 Minutes with Lynxspring Webinar Series — Data and Analytics by Lynxspring and SkyFoundry. 30 Minutes with Lynxspring Webinar Series Presents: Data and Analytics. The next “30 Minutes with Lynxspring,” our monthly webinar series featuring Lynxspring subject-matter experts and special guests, is scheduled for Wednesday, June 15th at 12:00 PM CDT. This month’s installment looks at Data and Analytics. Data and analytics are changing the way companies in EVERY industry do business and manage business. And yes, it is changing ours — it’s changing the way buildings and facilities are managed and operated.
Optigo — The New Way to Cut through BACnet Complexity. As IoT continues to intersect with the Smart Buildings Controls Industry, more and more new players are showing up in our space with proven solutions that will work well in our applications. Ken and I had the chance to connect with just such a company, Optigo Networks. We had the privilege of speaking with their CEO Pook-Ping Yao. We were very impressed with Ping and his product solutions. Check out the video below to see the elegance and efficiency of the of the Optigo Connect network solution.
A Special Offer From Neptronic at the 2016 Niagara Summit. We had a chance to catch up with Biagio Delorenzio and Luis Melgares from Neptronic at the 2016 Niagara Summit. Great stuff from our innovative friends in Canada. As you can see in the video, the TUCB is a very flexible universal wall mount controller with built-in temperature sensor and scheduler. The unit is designed for simple and accurate control of a heat pump or other heating/cooling equipment. Its field configurable algorithms enable versatile implementation of required control sequences. but what is even more impressive is the new TRLG 24. The TRLG 24 takes al that is good about the TUCB and adds an on board humidity and CO2 sensor.
Functional Devices — Innovation at the Panel Level. Nick Walker at the 2016 Niagara Summit Vendor Show. Functional Devices — Innovation at the Panel Level 2016 Niagara Summit Vendor Show. Nick Walker, Strategic Account Manager for Functional Devices walks the ControlTrends Community through the new MHP pre-enclosed enclosure series that features a 100 VA (or (2) 100 VA) transformers along with with a convenience outlet and a polymetal or perforated back drop. Functional Devices products are a contractors’ best friend — offering savings in installation time and money for all of your building automation projects.
Functional Devices — Innovation at the Panel Level 2016 Niagara Summit Vendor Show. Nick Walker, Strategic Account Manager for Functional Devices walks the ControlTrends Community through the new MHP pre-enclosed enclosure series that features a 100 VA (or (2) 100 VA) transformers along with with a convenience outlet and a polymetal or perforated back drop. Functional Devices products are a contractors’ best friend — offering savings in installation time and money for all of your building automation projects.
ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast and Podcast for week ending May 8, 2016 features interviews with Smart Buildings Controls Renaissance expert Ken Sinclair, owner editor of Automated Buildings, and Cyber Security expert, Fred Gordy, Director of Cyber Security at Intelligent Buildings, LLC. Register now for the June 21st Realcomm/IBcon Smart Building Integrators Summit in San Jose. Additionally, BASSG introduces Analytics at the Edge Device; Functional Devices offers a new Fan Safety Alarm Control; and Peter Greisinger from Intermatic talks about some great products to battle Light Litter.
ControlTalk NOW’s first interview is with Smart Buildings Controls Renaissance expert Ken Sinclair, owner editor of Automated Buildings. Ken Sinclair discusses Automated Buildings May Theme “Our Open IoT Centric Future,” Acquisition Impacts, and Open, Cheap, & Sexy Lighting Report. Ken Sinclair’s editorial in May’s Automated Buildings has a few Paul Revere like messages in the first two paragraphs. The first being that four relatively large control companies were bought recently, and the efficacious assimilation of their technologies will allow for much larger and more successful market penetration in the Building Automation arena from non-traditional directions.
The Smart Buildings Controls Renaissance Begins — Review of Global EasyIO Partner Event in Paris. The Smart Buildings Controls Renaissance began a year ago in Paris as the great minds of smart buildings and building automation controls gathered at the EASY IO Event to discuss and reinvent the way we save energy and make buildings smarter. That week marked the beginning, but not the end of innovation in the Smart Buildings Control space. The vendors and systems integrators that gathered at the Global EasyIO Partner Event — from six continents, all agreed that buildings are the common language and currency — and EasyIO is the common language spoken.
Pre-Con’s Smart Building Integrators Summit: Chart Your Next Moves from a Single Building to a Large Portfolio. Realcomm/IBcon 2016 Pre-Con Smart Building Integrators Summit provides a detailed map where the next-generation Master Systems Integrator is — and how you can get there. Today we are dealing with three different generations of smart building technologies: (1) Past (closed, proprietary, single system), (2) Current (more open and attempting to retrieve data and functionality of the older more closed systems) and (3) Future (IP-enabled, intuitive GUIs, analytics, edge devices pumping data directly to the cloud). But, with all of these new changes comes more and more involvement with IT technologies.
BASSG Joins The Smart Buildings Controls Renaissance Introducing Analytics Processed at the Edge Device! When people say that we are living in the post-PC era they mean that the personal computer is being eclipsed as the center of the IT universe by the smartphone. With the advent of the Smart Buildings Controls Renaissance, operations technology is experiencing a similar reordering. In this new era of the Internet of Things (IoT), compute resources equivalent to a PC or smartphone are being integrated into all sorts of equipment and devices. For commercial buildings, a new category of IoT device is emerging -— the BASSG Energy Analytics Controller (EAC). Smart building applications development may soon revolve around the enormous possibilities of these edge devices.
Functional Devices — A Much Simpler Decision Than Picking a 2016 Presidential Primary Candidate. Functional Devices does it again! The RIBMNLB-1 gives you a simple and effective FAN SAFETY ALARM CIRCUIT control. Functional Devices, Inc. has been designing and manufacturing quality electronic devices in the United States of America since 1969. Alarm Fault Application Explained: When the Latch/Fault Input is Closed (Normal state), the Relay is activated, and Red LED is Off. When Latch/Fault Input Opens (Alarm state), the Relay deactivates, and Red LED turns On. Until the Latch/ Fault Input is Closed AND either power is cycled or the RESET button is pressed, relay will remain in the Alarm state.
Light Litter is Costing 2 Billion Dollars a Year! Light Litter, a term Ken Smyers coined, wastes two billion dollars a year in energy. What is Light Litter? Light Litter is when you have a beautiful sunny day and outside lights are still on. To see examples of light litter you can go to The Green Marines Facebook Page. If you see examples of Light Litter, please go to The Green Marines Facebook Page and upload a picture. Change starts with awareness, and as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. Reach out to your local politician and ask them to stop Light Litter. this is a problem the HVAC and Smart Buildings Control Community can easily solve. In this video, Ken reaches out to Peter Greisinger from Intermatic to learn about the easy to use affordable lighting timers and controls that Intermatic has to eliminate light litter.
ControlTalk NOW’s second interview is with Fred Gordy, Director of Cyber Security at Intelligent Buildings, LLC. Fred Gordy is one of the leading evangelists on Cyber Security, particularly as it applies to Operational Technology (OT) versus Information Technology (IT). In this interview, Fred delivers another critical collection of cyber security and cyber terrorism information — as it pertains the building management systems’ world. The threat is real and increasing, and the human variable in the equation is the most important. If you don’t have a policy or internal guidance yet, click here.