ControlTalk Now: The Smart Building Podcast September 14, 2014 from Madrid, Spain

2014_EasyIO_PartnerEventThis week’s CTN Podcast Platinum Sponsor is EasyIO, who has taken a global leadership role in manufacturing of open source controllers and solutions. ControlTrends interviewed EasyIO integrators from South Africa, India, Netherlands, Canada, Norway, UK, the US, and many more countries that are taking part in this first edition EasyIO World Event — interspersing business, training, networking, and a little bit of you know what…

Join Special ControlTalk NOW guests Mike Marston, Lim HoonChiat, along with Terrance Hall from Johannesburg, and Johan Schakenraad and Guido van Erp, from the Netherlands as this one-of-a-kind discussion on the common trends and developments within the global HVAC industry, and the tremendous progress and commercial success of EasyIO as they strengthen their partnership channel with technology, quality, and personal commitment. Event features include EasyIO’s release of the FG-32Plus or Mega Beast, and Belimo’s VAV Controller with MP Bus, which will structurally change the European VAV market.

Breaking News Key Shows Newsflash Broadcast OnlineDeviceTech 2015 Teams with IOTNA 2015 — in Chicago. Speaking Opportunities Available! Another ControlTrends Calendar heads-up! DeviceTech 2015 is an intellectual mashup that places innovation squarely on a head-on collision course with investors and opportunity. DeviceTech 2015 is an innovative new trade fair focused on the design and manufacturing of handheld devices and portable, connected electronics. The event is designed to serve the educational and information needs of OEM design engineers and product developers involved in connected, portable electronics and mobile applications.

ISAInternational Systems of America, LLC — Setting the Address on a SimplexGrinnell 4098-9714 Smoke Head and a 4098-9792 Base. ISA is a unique systems provider, beginning with their ability to quickly deliver new parts for existing and legacy systems from virtually any manufacturer. In this ISA Video, Nick Dumeyer talks with ISA Lab Technician Dexter Hall about setting the address on SimplexGrinnell addressable smoke detectors. About ISA: ISA adheres to the industry-recognized standards of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Functional Devices logo for thumbnailFunctional Devices Introduces the SIB05S -Switch in a Box! Functional Devices, Inc. has been designing and manufacturing quality electronic devices in the United States of America since 1969. Current product offerings include relays, current sensors, power control, enclosures, power supplies, transformers, and accessories. Functional Devices has established itself as a leader in the HVAC, Building Controls, Energy Management, Energy Savings, Lighting Controls, and Wireless industries.

bt300_3Siemens’ BT300 Variable Frequency Drive: Siemens has upped their game in the Variable Frequency Drive market with the new BT300 series drives. Siemens engineers have retooled and field tested their VFD portfolio to ensure it delivers optimum results. Available in frame sizes up to 250 hp, the BT300 is well-suited for demanding HVAC environments. Using the BT300 helps save 20-50% of energy compared to equipment with little or no control. Built-in features like a real-time clock, energy savings optimization programming and a sleep function help measure energy savings.

pendulum_book_bigAre You in Pendulum Jeopardy? It Should be Social WE-dia not Social ME-dia: The book Pendulum by Roy H. Williams and Michael R. Drew is said to be a veritable blue-print of our civilization for the last 3000 years. Williams and Drew have chronicled how past generations — shape present generations, and are able to predict the actions of future generation — so accurately, that if you don’t seriously consider the contents of the Pendulum, your next marketing campaign, product release, or business venture could be in serious jeopardy and fail.

Ken and Mike WControlTrends Interviews UK’s Smart Building DALI Lighting Experts Mike Welch and Graham Turner. ControlTrends traveled to Basingstoke, United Kingdom, to meet with DALI experts Mike Welch and Graham Turner and get the current 411 on Digital Addressable Lighting Interface (DALI). It was an opportune time because Mike and Graham were preparing for the upcoming Energy Event 2014 trade show next week at NEC Birmingham, UK. Our conclusions: Despite the present maturity of the Smart Buildings market, lighting integration opportunities still abound, and the Niagara AX systems integrators, incorporating DALI technology into their solutions are in an especially auspicious position to tap the lighting integration market.

ControlTalk NOW for Week Ending May 4, 2014

Special thanks to EasyIO’s Mike Marston (of FG-32, Beast from the East fame) for that awesome introduction to ControlTalk NOW! This week, our Kerouac-ic trip came to end, but the changes and impacts to our industry previewed on the Road to the 2014 Niagara Summit Experience are just beginning. 2014 represents a period of time when unceasing, disruptive changes are being introduced to our industry, each posing a uniquely significant challenge. HTML5, is a game-changer that was featured by several of the next gen software, data and graphic applications providers that are heading to a market near you. The summary of the 2014 Niagara Summit is one our most informative and important ControlTalk NOW’s to date, and confirms our constant contention that our HVAC industry is full of amazing people. Please enjoy our industry at its finest!

ControlTalk Now For The week Ending May 3, 2014 from Eric Stromquist on Vimeo.

Summit Check in 7002014 Niagara Summit Underway! Registration on the 4th Floor:Eric was so anxious to get registered for the 2014 Niagara Summit that he didn’t even comb his hair before he went to the 4th Floor at the Cosmopolitan. A full contingent of Tridium staff are actively processing the over 1,300 attendees registrations from all points around the world. Here’s what you need to have: Your email address and a photo ID.

Summit Check in 2International Contingency of Niagara Community Arrives at the 2014 Summit:ControlTrends had the pleasure of meeting a bunch of Niagara Community members arriving from across the country and from around the world. Among the early arrivals were the team from Cochrane Supply, SysMik’s Einat Shlomiuk, BASSG’s Alper Uzmezler, Magnum Energy Solutions’ Craig Opalich, Renick Brother’s Jim Jancse, and host of others. Stay tuned for ControlTrends’ next 2014 Niagara Summit Update, your eyes and ears at the Summit!

Club ShotNiagara Summit Rocking The Marquee Club: Where’s Waldo? Thanks to Tridium for a great time at the coolest club in Vegas, The Marquee. See how the smartest people in building automation controls roll. Waldo? He was not invited. Featuring interviews with Wayne Tighe, VP of Sales, Jenny Graves, Vice President, Marketing Communications, and John Petze, SkyFoundry, and Mike Schwan, RSD.

DataEye News Release: Tridium Acquires DataEye Energy Analytics Application From Controlco.Tridium, a global leader in open platforms and automation solutions, announced today that it has acquired DataEye, an energy analytics application, from Controlco, a California-based controls products and solutions provider. The DataEye application will be incorporated into Tridium’s industry-leading NiagaraAX automation platform to provide customers with data and information to improve energy efficiency.

Brian TurnerControlTalk NOW Interview with Controlco’s Brian Turner. DataEye is the only cloud-based analytics engine native to the Niagara platform. DataEye can provide real-time, historical information on energy efficiency opportunities in Niagara users’ facilities, along with the economic impact of making improvements. Tridium expects the DataEye module to be available to the Niagara community later this year.

video_stillSee How the Niagara General Session Wows the Tridium Community!One word best summarizes the general session that ended in exuberant applause from the standing-room only auditorium: Awesome. The Tridium highlight reel began with Tridium’s Chief Technology Officer John Sublett’s welcome message that spoke of Tridium’s accomplishments really being the results of putting a powerful, open technology in the hands of an open, innovative, and collaborative community. Nino DiCosmo, President & General Manager, then took the stage, thanked the attendees and the Premier Sponsors: Distech Controls, EasyIO, Pacific Controls and SysMik. Nino wasted no time in delivering Tridium’s State of the Niagara Union to the large and often enthusiastic Niagara Community.

EDMerwinEd Merwin at the Niagara Summit Vendor Show Case: Ed Merwin is one of the most recognized and successful people in the building automation business and possesses an evangelistic style of explaining the powers of Niagara. Ed reviews the new features of Niagara 4, DatatEye, and the amazing number of new faces at the 2014 Niagara Summit.

EugeneDGLogik at The 2014 Niagara Summit Vendor ShowcaseDGLux5 Now Available! DGLogik’s Eugene Mazo unveiled DGLux5, one of the most exciting products released at the 2014 Niagara Summit Vendor Show. The benefits of HTML5 are extraordinary and makes using DGLux easier and faster — and the application options are limitless.

Day2.001Day2 @ 2014 Niagara Summit: Cyber Security Panel, Author Don Tapscott, & M2MDay 2′s General Session began by directing the Niagara Community’s focus to the serious issue of cyber security. “Security is a journey, not a destination.” PBS NewsHour Senior Correspondent Jeffery Brown moderated a formidable team of security experts. Day 2′s second speaker was the amazing Don Tapscott, Thinkers50′s 4th most influential living management thinker, Co-author of both Wikinomics and Macrowikinomics, and author of the Grown Up Digital.

KS_InternetControlTrends congratulates Ken Sinclair, who on May 1, 1999, with his first prescient post, “Internet Comes to Building Automation,’ established the automatedbuildings Collaboratory, which is truly, “a center of information without walls.” Ken, together with the ingeniously creative curator, Therese Sullivan, have delivered to the Building Automation and HVAC industries, a revitalized and significant presentation of the people, ideas, products, general knowledge, applications, and solutions that have shaped and sustained our industries for the past 15 years.

NewRIBFunctional Devices Introduces New RIB Product! RIBMW24B-44-BC Big building automation and HVAC controls solution option for small project miss or addition: Mounts on a 4.00″ Track, this BACnet® MS/TP Network Relay Device has Four Binary Outputs (20 Amp Relay SPDT + Override) and Four Binary Inputs (Dry Contact Binary Inputs), as well as a 24 Vac/dc Power Input and Optional End of Line Resistor (EOL), which is included.

WATER_USEWaterSense (Not so Silly) — BTW, APRIL was Official Water Month in AZ”>EPA’s Test Your WaterSense (Not so Silly) — BTW, APRIL was Official Water Month in AZ. Water is a precious resources and as summer and high temperatures approach, it’s a good idea to help raise Water Awareness (1% of the world’s water is drinkable.) According to the EPA, 50% of the the water used for irrigating lawns and gardens is wasted! Integrating drip-irrigation, moisture sensors, and rain shut-off devices into your existing home and building automation systems is a smart and easy solution and could potentially save 11 billion gallons a year.

distechlogo1Distech Controls at the Niagara Summit Ken and I got a chance to visit with Niagara Summit Premiere sponsor Distech Controls. After visiting the both and receiving an extensive product overview by Sam Sharma, Director of Technical Support and Training, we saw why Distech was a finalist for The Building Automation Controller of The Year at the 2013 ControlTrends Awards.

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Functional Devices Introduces New RIB Product! RIBMW24B-44-BC

RIB_LOGOBuilding Automation and HVAC Controls: 4.00″ Track Mount BACnet® MS/TP Network Relay Device; Four Binary Outputs (20 Amp Relay SPDT + Override); Four Binary Inputs (Dry Contact Binary Inputs), 24 Vac/dc Power Input, Optional End of Line Resistor (EOL) Included.

* BACnet MS/TP network relay device & status input device
* Four binary inputs (dry contact)
* 24 Vac/dc power input
* Four 20 AMP SPDT relay outputs with override
* Relay & input LED status lights
* 1/8 unit load
* Selectable baud rate

7 Plus Minutes of Enchantment — Inside the HVAC Industry’s 2013 ControlTrends Awards

The ControlTrends Awards is an amazing concept of cohesive goodwill. It is a time when we come together as an industry and celebrate as kindred spirits. We encouraged Vladamir Chaloupka to take complete artistic license in capturing the 2013 ControlTrends Awards and apply his professional lens and talents to our HVAC Industry, and this Vlad certainly did. This 7 Plus minute video is a tour de force of recognition and prestige; excitement and entertainment; and in perhaps one of the most positive and important HVAC Industry commentaries to date, Vlad’s video is a fait accompi in capturing some of the world’s best corporations, best products and solutions, and most importantly, the superstars and heroes of our HVAC Industry within a celebrated and memorable occasion.

As Eric said so eloquently at the close of the show, “We want to thank our sponsors and we want to thank all of you for just being the amazing people that you are, and it’s a privilege to know you, and work in the same industry together. So, thanks!”

ControlTalk NOW for Week Ending March 23, 2014

This week’s ControlTalk NOW features Tech Tips, Red Carpet Interviews, Meeting Announcements, Product and Solution Infomercials, and HVAC News and Updates. As always, welcome to ControlTalk NOW.

RRHW1 On The ControlTrends Awards Red Carpet with Honeywell: Check out some of the stars from Honeywell: Roger Rebennack, Laura Kevitt, Patty Hall, and Tom Rosback, as they walk the Red Carpet and get interviewed at the 2013 ControlTrends Awards. The Honeywell team took trophies home in four ControlTrends Awards categories: Thermostat of the Year: Honeywell Prestige RedLINK, Marketing Tools and Support of the Year, Building Automation System of the Year: Honeywell WEBS, and Executive of the Year: Tom Rosback.

BillJones_2Mr. Jones’ ControlTech Tips: How to Size A Gas Pressure Regulator: Thanks to Stromquist & Company’s Bill Jones for this great Control Tech Tip. In this episode, Mr. Jones shows you the four things you need to know size a gas pressure regulator. Stromquist & Company has one of the largest gas pressure regulator inventories in the country and can meet your all of your gas pressure regulators needs.

Brian-Turner-Thumb.More on Wireless Lighting Controls — Viable Options from WattStopper, by Brian Turner. After posting our recent article “Limits and Possibilities of Wireless Technologies,” our business partner over at WattStopper, Bryan Pike, got in touch with some concerns. They’ve been making wireless BULIT® (Basic Utility Light Intelligent Transceiver) controllers specifically for outside parking lot installations for a few years now, and we’ve been selling them with some success.

MarkP“Just Because.” In the Field with Marc Petock: The very versatile Marc Petock does it again — in his latest post to ControlTrends that puts us on the other side of the business table. As Lynxspring’s veteran VP of Marketing, Marc shares some of his vast knowledge of the Building Automation industry and marketing expertise. The ControlTrends community can look forward to much more of Marc’s profound industry insight in Marc’s new column, “Just Because.” Thanks Marc!

2014EnergySummitDon’t Miss! Global Visionaries Featured at Town Hall Meeting, April 1, 2014. *NEW* CLOSING TOWN HALL MEETING April 1, 4:30-5:30 p.m. The Closing Town Hall Meeting of the 2014 Building Energy Summit will feature an open mic discussion with The Energy Gang and international visionaries Jigar Shah, Stephen Lacey, Katherine Hamilton, John Picard, and Roger Frechette. What will the coming decades bring for energy efficient buildings? In this town hall discussion, we’ll take a deep look at cutting edge design, technology integration, environmental impact, and the global financial benefits of energy efficiency in buildings.

NewRIBIntroducing New RIB Product! PSH500A-LVC: * High/Low Voltage Separation * Five isolated 100 VA Class 2 outputs * 480/277/240/120 Vac to 24 Vac * 500 VA transformer * Perfect for VAV applications * Also available in PSH200A-LVC and PSH300A-LVC * Low Voltage wiring made easy with our power supply with low voltage wiring made easy with our plugable terminal blocks for easy access.

D.SmithMicrosoft’s Darrell Smith Predicts Seahawks Super Bowl Win and Saves Energy. In addition to optimizing energy savings, Darrell collects 500,000,000 data transactions every 24 hours from 125 buildings that occupy 15 million square feet and house 57,000 people. Darrell was kind enough to share how he uses data to make the Microsoft campus one of the most energy efficient complexes on the planet.

Lynxspring-RobLynxspring Training Streamed Live at Stromquist & Company Part 1: Stromquist & Company had a Lynxspring day at their Atlanta location. We streamed the event live. The following is part one of that Live Steam. In this episode Marc Petock and Clayton Plymil walk us through the Lynxspring portfoilo of building automation products including the JENEsys and Lynxspring CyberPro.

EliteDali1Controlco Partners with Control Network Solutions to Bring Innovation to Lighting Controls: Industry leaders add Big Data capabilities to NiagaraAX® platform. OAKLAND, March, 2014 – Lighting controls demand increasingly more attention from building managers across the globe. In California alone at the end of 2013, the state’s Department of Energy updated its Building Energy Efficiency Program with a lighting requirement that demands multi-level lighting controls (at least three to four levels), putting strain on existing systems that aren’t able to integrate at this volume.

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Introducing New RIB Product! PSH500A-LVC


PSH500A-LVC* High/Low Voltage Separation
* Five isolated 100 VA Class 2 outputs
* 480/277/240/120 Vac to 24 Vac
* 500 VA transformer
* Perfect for VAV applications
* Also available in PSH200A-LVC and PSH300A-LVC
* Low Voltage wiring made easy with our plugable terminal blocks for easy access.

5 Secondaries: 24 Vac, with LED Indicators
4 Amp breaker for each output
24 Vac ON/OFF: On / Off Switch & Breaker
Input: 480/277/240/120 Vac Finger-Safe Terminals, 8-18 AWG
Output: 5 Ungrounded, Isolated, 100 VA Class 2, 24 Vac Outputs.
Removable Terminals accept16-22 AWG wire.
Ambient Temperature Derating:
4A up to 40˚ C ; 3A up to 50˚ C ; 2A up to 55˚ C
(When All 5 Outputs Operated Simultaneously)

Contact Info:
Phone: 800.888.5538
310 S. Union St.
PO Box 368
Russiaville, IN 46979

ControlTalk Now for the Week Ending February 2, 2014

Welcome back to ControlTalk NOW. This week’s spotlight is the review of the 2013 ControlTrends Awards Show in NYC, at the B.B. King Blues Club and Grill. Please enjoy the myriad of photos and videos on ControlTrends. We will posting a variety of interviews and highlights and a wrap-up video in the very near future — that you won’t want to miss.

CTA_LOGO12013 ControlTrends Achievement Awards: TrendSetters Recognized. The ControlTrends Achievement Awards, given at start of the 2013 ControlTrends Awards show, recognized those people, products, and companies that provided our industry with swift and innovative market and product leadership, as well as solutions that met the changing needs and imperatives facing our industry.

CTA AWARDControlTrends Awards Announces the 2013 CTA Award Winners, Petock Award Recipient, and Hall of Fame Inductee, Jerry Frank. The 2013 ControlTrends Awards and red carpet event at NYC’s BB King Club and Grill were a huge success! The same fierce storm that delayed this post (hotel internet service down) unfortunately, also caused many to miss this exciting industry milestone.

wattstopper-image-01WattStopper’s Product Selection Guide (PSG) Vital Product and Code Information at Your Fingertips. WattStopper’s Product Selection Guide (PSG) includes vital information about every product WattStopper offers. ◦ Easy-to-use softbound publication, 544 full color pages ◦ Complete product cut sheets for every lighting control product from Digital Lighting to Lighting Control Panels, Occupancy Sensors to Vacancy Sensors, Daylighting Controls to Wireless Lighting Controls ◦ Energy code information ◦ Lighting control strategies ◦ Design and application information ◦ Lighting control resources and services.

SEC-JACE-616Honeywell Announces New WEBs Security Products: Honeywell is pleased to announce new products and part numbers for the WEBs Security controllers. These new products have a pricing model that is more competitive, particularly in the Small Building Market that requires a lower cost for a two reader controller.

gcvalvesMeet the U.S. Safe Drinking Water Act “Lead Free” Standards with GC Valves NSF Solenoids. GC Valves is now manufacturing and shipping solenoid valves that meet state and federal requirements for drinking water. The S20 and S21 Series stainless steel and Noryl solenoid valves are fully certified to NSF/ANSI 61, which establishes minimum health effects requirements for the materials, components, or systems that contact drinking water or drinking water treatment chemicals.

automatedbuildingsOver the last several years organizations and groups have been extremely successful in connecting our industry with standards. The name “Connection Communities” has been attached to the purpose and function these organizations provide. Great job by Ken Sinclair and Don’t forget to read Ken Smyers’ interview referencing of our 2013 ControlTrends Awards show.

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HVAC Control Stars on The Red Carpet at The 2013 ControlTrends Awards

For many of the heroes and superstars of our HVAC industry, The 2013 ControlTrends Awards began with a walk on the red carpet and photo op with the Rockettes, before the luncheon and the awards ceremony were started. Thanks once again to everyone that made the 2013 ControlTrends Awards such a resounding success, especially our corporate and media sponsors. It is a pleasure and an honor to produce this entertaining and memorable event for such a deserving industry.

ControlTrends Awards Announces the 2013 CTA Award Winners, Petock Award Recipient, and Hall of Fame Inductee, Jerry Frank

CTA_LOGO1The 2013 ControlTrends Awards and red carpet event at NYC’s BB King Club and Grill were a huge success! The same fierce storm that delayed this post (hotel internet service down) unfortunately, also caused many to miss this exciting industry milestone. Austin Powers, Marilyn Monroe, and Frank Sinatra were on-hand to assist MC, Marc Petock in recognizing the HVAC and Building Automation superstars, heroes, and award winners of 2013. ControlTrends Awards also unveiled the ControlTrends Awards Museum, the future digital home of all the nominees, award winners, and members of the Hall of Fame, as well as the integrated information source and documented history of the HVAC-related industries. Also announced, were its second Hall of Fame Inductee, Jerry Frank and the Petock Award recipient, John Petze.

Jerry Frank, Hall of Fame Inductee: Jerry Frank created Tridium in 1995, introducing the Niagara development platform that would forever change the building automation industry, and positively impact many other neighboring industries. For over a decade, Jerry Frank and Tridium, then provided next generation technology, vision, and forged the future roadmap that continued to expand Tridium’s position as the industry leader and most recognized innovator.

Presenting the 2013 ControlTrends Award Winners:

2013 ControlTrends Awards VFD of the Year: ABB

2013 ControlTrends Awards Building Automation Graphic Tool of the Year: Niagara AX

2013 ControlTrends Awards Thermostat of the Year: Honeywell Prestige RedLINK

2013 ControlTrends Awards Marketing Tools and Support of the Year: Honeywell

2013 ControlTrends Awards Commercial Product of the Year: DG Logik DGBox

2013 ControlTrends Awards Building Application of the Year: DGLux DGLogik

2013 ControlTrends Awards Building Automation Controller of the Year: Easy IO FG-32 Beast from the East

2013 ControlTrends Awards Building Automation System of the Year: Honeywell WEBS

2013 ControlTrends Awards Peripheral Product of the Year from a Small Manufacturer: ACI

2013 ControlTrends Awards Most Valuable Support Person of the Year: James Johnson, Vykon and Chis Lane, Johnson Controls

2013 ControlTrends Award Technical Support (Vendor) of the Year: Easy IO

2013 ControlTrends Awards Commercial HVAC Controls Vendor of the Year: Johnson Controls

2013 ControlTrends Awards: Passion, Integrity, Dedication Award Mike Marston, Easy IO and Ed Merwin, Vykon

2013 ControlTrends Awards Executive of the Year: Tom Rosback, Honeywell

ControlTrends 2013 Petock Award Recipient: John Petze

ControlTrends 2013 Hall of Fame Inductee: Jerry Frank

ControlTrends Awards once again expresses its sincere thanks and gratitude to its corporate and media sponsors for their generous support and we already look forward to capturing and producing the 2014 ControlTrends Awards. Please stay tuned for complete video and photographic coverage of the awards show soon to be posted.

ControlTalk NOW Week Ending December 8, 2013

ControlTalk NOW thanks this week’s Platinum Sponsors: Vykon, EasyIO, DG Logik, and ControlCo DataEye Pro. These four industry superstars are nominated for a combined total of (22) 2013 ControlTrends Awards. The time draws near! Register to vote today.

ABBLOGOABB Poll: What is the Most Effective Energy Savings Action You’ve Taken in the Past 12 Months? ABB Reader Poll: What is the most effective energy savings action you’ve taken in the past 12 months? Reduced temperatures, Added VFDs, Added DCIM, Virtualization, or Other.

JapaneseGreeting ControlTalk NOW welcomes EasyIO’s global executive Mike Marston and special guest, William Achury, President, Sanko Telecom Ltd, a leading solutions provider from Tokyo, Japan (Thank You very much!). Great insight into EasyIO passing muster in a very challenging and competitive market.

SGIP Seminar on How SGIP Supports Electric Utilities, Regulators, Manufacturers and Integrators: How SGIP Supports Electric Utilities, Regulators, Manufacturers and Integrators in 2014 to Ensure Electric Grid Reliability in 2014 to Ensure Electric Grid Reliability Seminar. Join SGIP Thursday, December 12, 2013 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST.

AICAQUISITION NEWS! WattStopper Buys AIC-Wireless — Lighting Solutions for the High Performance Buildings WattStopper’s Pete Horton delivered this exciting announcement on the November 24th ControlTalk NOW. The combination of AIC Wireless and Bryan Pike’s expertise of the Tridium Niagara architecture with WattStopper’s extensive application understanding of the lighting and electrical infrastructures offers the high performance building industry new and exciting opportunities.

CGNA logoControls Group North America (CGNA), Together We Accomplish More. The ControlTrends Awards Committee thanks CGNA’s Mike Sackett and Jim Hayman for their sponsorship of the 2013 ControlTrends Awards. Controls Group North America (CGNA) is the leading network of Distributor Members and Manufacturer Preferred Vendors in HVAC/R industry. CGNA provides innovative solutions and takes a progressive approach to evolving your business. Through committees, conferences, webinars, and networking opportunities, CGNA impacts our Members’ and Preferred Vendors’ bottom line by increasing their market share.

ControlTalk NOW’s second guest, Brian Turner, President of ControlCo, an Oakland-based control solution provider and one of USA’s largest integration distributors, reviews DataEye Pro, which is a candidate for the 2013 ControlTrends Awards Best Building Application of the Year Award. After watching this interview, it’s easy to understand why DataEye Pro was nominated.

OX 5Five More HVAC Giants: Ken’s TOP 5 Information Pivot Points of Week 48: 1. Watts Water Technologies: In 1857, at the age of 17, Joseph E. Watts emigrated to Lawrence, Mass., from Cheshire, England seeking his fortune as a machinist. Just 17 years later Watts set up an independent machine shop, known as the Watts Regulator Company, to supply machinery parts and fittings to the local textile mills. In addition to his success at running his own business, Joseph Watts was extremely inventive—and he soon achieved widespread fame in the manufacturing world as the patentee and maker of steam and water pressure regulators.

lynxspring_logoThe Value of the Collaborative Community, by Marc Petock, Vice President, Marketing, Lynxspring, Inc. Original article published in Automated Buildings’ December, 2013 edition, entitled, “Collaborating Convergence.” Collaboration simply means “to work together with a shared vision and desired outcome for the future.” Today, many innovations are being fueled by collaborative, connected community efforts. We see it most clearly in the Internet and web, where new capabilities are continuously developed by communities that build on the work of others, creating “mashups”, and new complimentary applications.

nest protectNest Encounters of the Second Kind — Nest Protect: Something Different, Something Better! I wonder if its the golden-green Palo Alto sun? But, without a doubt, Tony, and the outside-the-box-thinkers at Nest have struck synergy-oil again. And, with every single modern residence in the world as a possible customer, any electrical appliance, gas, or water consuming device is the next likely egg in the nest (get it). Immediate future plans: Early 2014, will introduce Nest Protect model that works with wired security systems. If you add enough “nestrogen” to anything, you can make it more lovable, networkable, energy efficient, and practical. If we’re going to keep taking bites out of our own poison privacy apple, we might as well make them as economically and aesthetically delicious as possible.

JenesysLynxspring JENEsys — Nominee for ControlTrends Awards 2013 Building Automation System of the Year: Lynxspring’s JENEsys® is an open, operational and informational platform that combines building automation (connectivity, integration and interoperability), supervision and control, energy management and actionable information (data & analytics) into a single system within a cyber-secured environment. The JENEsys Platform is scalable and deployment allows organizations to continually build off the same network deployment for adding additional applications as desired.

J2_FinbuilderJ2 FINBuilder Cool Feature of the Month — nHaystack Tagging Basics: J2 Innovation reviews nHaystack Tagging Basics: nHaystack is a software module that enables external applications to get data out of Niagara stations quickly and efficiently. Once a system is tagged many new and exciting things become possible. By setting up a Site, Equipment, and tags on your points, you can combine data from multiple networks, and view them in one organized list within the haystack service. Now queries can easily be run against any tags on a nHaystack station to dynamically simplify the implementation of visualization, analytics, reporting and mobile apps. Download the nHaystack Service module and get started!

OpenADR2Demand Response Analysis Tools Available — The OpenADR Alliance is partnering with Joule Assets to provide the OpenADR community with free access to their DR market analysis tools for the next 30 days. After 30 days, only members of the OpenADR Alliance will have access to the free tools.

Functional_DevicesFunctional Devices Inc. Switching Smart Transceivers in LonMark RIBs from FT3120 to FT5000 12/1/2013: Message to Valued Customers. Functional Devices Inc. will be switching the Smart Transceiver in the LonMark RIB Devices below from FT3120 to FT5000 starting December 1, 2013. Devices that contain an override switch will now give the customer the ability to switch the output from N/O to N/C with an on-board jumper. The layout and connections have changed slightly, and FDI will included a new DI status LED (pink). The main advantage to customers will be the elimination of commissioning fees.

YaskawaZ1000Yaskawa Nominated for the 2013 ControlTrends Variable Frequency Drive of The Year: For the second year in a row, the Yaskawa Z1000 has been nominated for the ControlTrends Variable Frequency Drive of The Year. Yaskawa provided the Control Trends Community this video on their Z1000 Series. The Drives & Motion Division of Yaskawa America, Inc. announces the release of the Z1000 variable speed drive designed specifically for commercial HVAC applications.

momitst-eleganceWe introduce you to momit Smart Thermostat, a Spanish manufacturer, Thanks to Chantal Marin-Bourceraau, Product Manager and Business Development at Introducing the momit Smart Thermostat — (Europe’s Version of the Nest) Green momit, ControlTrends has learned of yet another innovative and smart thermostat sweeping across European markets, with a possible eye on the North American market as well.

control_MichaelWelchControlTalk NOW welcomes its fourth guest, Michael Welch, Co-founder, Control Network Solutions Ltd. from Chineham, Hampshire, United Kingdom. Michael shares with us, another global perspective of ControlTrends and our industry.

iBeaconsnowglobe_2Connecting More IoT-dots: Apple’s iBeacon Debuts This Christmas Season, Previews Connections Yet to Come: ControlTrends thanks Building Context’s Therese Sullivan,, once again for her timely and relevant insight (and image) into the cataclysmic change that is moving into place around us as IoT-dots (Internet of Things) so fast that we can barely see or perceive them, let alone comprehend the impact (disruption) these IoT-dots will be making in our lives, homes, and quite possibly to our industry, once connected. Be sure to access the linked content, and especially, read the comments at the end of the post.

Honeywell 180x120 Can The Honeywell VFD Repeat as ControlTrends Best Variable Frequency Drive of The Year? Honeywell, winner of the coveted 2012 ControlTrends Awards Variable Frequency Drive of the Year, is nominated again in the Best Variable Frequency Drive of The Year category. Watch this video to see why many in the world wide ControlTrends Community think the Honeywell Smart VFD has the right stuff.

bruce-stimpson Sad News from Lynxspring’s Terry Swope, Bruce Stimpson, CIO and Dear Friend Passes. It is with a heavy heart that I announce the unexpected passing of Bruce Stimpson. Bruce was co-founder of Lynxspring, Vice President, CIO and dear friend. Please join me in offering his family and friends our sincerest condolences during this sad time. We will miss his smile, jokes, hard work, direction and undeniable passion for Lynxspring.

KMC ControlsKMC’S In Touch Newsletter​, Q4 2013: KMC Wins Big in Vegas! Each year, the industry organization, BACnet International, uses the platform of the National Facilities Management and Technology (NFM&T) Exposition in Las Vegas, Nevada to recognize outstanding contributions to the BACnet community. And each year, it seems, KMC walks away as a winner in the BACnet “Leaders of the Pack” awards. For the second time in 4 years, KMC (and a KMC rep) were recognized with top honors. “Best in Show” for the outstanding BACnet project of the year, went to The Bullitt Center of Seattle Washington. KMC representative, Roger Norman of Northwest Automation, was the controls contractor/system integrator for the project and KMC products highlight this landmark facility.

Johnson-Controls2013 ControlTrends VFD Award Nominee: Johnson Controls — A VFD for Every HVAC Application. Johnson Controls featured the significant additions and improvements they made to their VFD offering at the 2013 ABCS Building Championship Teams Conference. Take a look! Johnson Controls is anxious to save you and your customer energy and money on your next VFD purchase. The Johnson Controls VSD series of variable speed drives offers a broad range of competitively priced open drives and drives with bypass, specifically engineered for Heating, Ventilating and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) applications.

edwin_ruud1 5 More HVAC Giants: Ken’s TOP 5 Information Pivot Points of Week 49 1. More than 100 years ago, Edwin Ruud, a Norwegian mechanical engineer, came to America and developed the first successful automatic water heater. That early success marked the beginning of a tradition of innovation and value that led to the introduction of RUUD heating and air conditioning equipment in the 1950s.

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