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…]
Episode 237: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings PodCast for week ending August 27, 2017 spotlights three prominent industry experts, starting with Honeywell’s National Accounts Sales Leader, David Witherspoon, followed by Hepta Systems’ CIO, Jason Houck, and J2 Innovations’ CEO, Jason Briggs. Honeywell rolls out their LCBS Connect™ Cloud-Based Light Commercial Control; 3 Emerging Technologies from Computrols’ Scott Holstein; and don’t miss our special ControlTrends farewell tribute to John Sublett.Honeywell Rolls Out The New LCBS Connect System The wait is over and Honeywell has officially launched their New Light Commercial Building System, the LCBS Connect. Join the fun at Smart Buildings Controls Master Distributor Stromquist & Company and see what all the excitement is about! LCBS Connect™ Cloud-Based Light Commercial Control improves service to your customers and grow your business. Remote HVAC system monitoring and diagnostics help you better serve your customers while spending less time in your truck.
ControlTalk NOW first interview is with Honeywell’s National Accounts Sales Leader, David Witherspoon, who shares with the ControlTrends Community his personal initiation and experience in a family business to his present position in the HVAC and Building Automation industry. David believes that Honeywell has taken the race to the small space to next level with their their new LCBS Connect™ Cloud-Based Light Commercial Control portfolio, a potential solution for light commercial buildings.
3 Emerging Technology Trends in Building Automation — Scott Holstein, Marketing Manager, Computrols, Inc. This article was provided by Scott Holstein, Marketing Manager, Computrols, Inc. Generally speaking, we see technology trends progress at a much faster rate in consumer products like cell phones and televisions than we do in the building automation industry. This is mostly because the building automation industry is slow to adapt to new technology, wanting to see it proven in other fields before implementing it in large-scale commercial applications.
ControlTalk NOW second interview is with Hepta Systems’ CIO, Jason Houck, and J2 Innovations’ CEO, Jason Briggs. Jason Houck is an Award-Winning Master Systems Integrator with Hepta Systems, a premiere MSI taking the leadership role in the Smart Building Controls industry. J2 Innovations’ Jason Briggs tells the ControlTrends Community about the game-changing technology inside FIN 4.0
ControlTrends Pays Tribute to John Sublett. had a chance to interview John, a while back, for ControlTrends People and thought publishing his Episode was the best way to capture some of his accomplishments and get a flavor for how this brillant gentleman has shaped building automation and smart buildings controls. John, thank you! You will be missed!
Episode 230: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast|PodCast for week ending July 2, 2017 features interviews with Ken Sinclair, owner and editor of automatedbuildings.com, and best-selling author, Mark Jewell who is offering the ControlTrends Community a reduced rate for his July 24-27, 2017 virtual live internet training course. Video interview coverage of 2017 RealComm|IBcon continues with IOT’s Brian Turner, Hepta Systems’ Jason Houck, and Bedrock’s John Guardiola. EasyIO introduces industry leading FS-32 Server Class Controller, and take advantage of Lynxspring’s Early Bird registration for their October E2E Conference, in Scottsdale, AZ.
ControlTalk NOW’s first guest is Ken Sinclair, owner and editor of automatedbuildings.com, who shares his thoughts on his July edition theme, Building Health, and another look back at the 2017 RealComm|IBcon. The Healthy Buildings Program at the Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment created HPIs to rate a building’s health, while building health into every aspect of occupied space has become (perhaps) the most predominant buzz-theme in our BAS Industry. In his July edition, Ken Sinclair, owner editor of automatedbuildings.com, has assembled a rich collection of perspectives from Building Health experts. And, the insight is utterly amazing.
ControlTalk NOW’s second guest is Wall Street Journal best-selling author and award-winning sales trainer,. Mark Jewell. More than a thousand professionals have taken Mark’s four-day energy-focused Sales Boot Camp over the last five years. More than 10,000 people have taken one- or two-day versions of this training. This month, for the first time time in five years, Mark is making his award-winning four-day sales training available ONLINE, both a virtual remote version of the actual 7/24-7/27/17 San Diego event, and afterwards online/on-demand for anyone who can’t make those four days in July.
As a special accommodation for us, he’s making this training available to the ControlTrends Community for a reduced rate of $920.00. Just enter the discount code ControlTrends when registering to receive this special rate.
Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to work with a renowned expert trainer and coach, business consultant, and solutions designer. Selling Power magazine recently ranked Mark’s company, Selling Energy, as one of the nation’s Top 20 Sales Training Firms. Mark has influenced energy efficiency decisions in three billion square feet of real estate in his 25+ years in this industry and has trained countless controls manufacturers, distributors and contractors how to differentiate themselves with segment-specific, concise messaging and more effective approaches to driving their revenues and margins. This Boot Camp will supercharge your controls career, and it has never been more time-efficient or cost-effective to attend. To register, visit www.SellingEnergy.com and click on the Boot Camp link under in-person trainings.
Wanted: Power Partners for the SCTE•ISBE Energy 2020®/CABA Smart Zone at Cable-Tec Expo®. The electric atmosphere of SCTE•ISBE Cable-Tec Expo® is a galvanizing force for advancing the industry toward the cost-saving goals of Energy 2020®. And, the landmark energy program will get an added energy boost at Expo 2017 courtesy of CABA, the Continental Automated Buildings Association.
What to do When a Master Systems Integrator wants to Put All Your Systems on a Single Pane of Glass. Somethings are great in theory but are disastrous in reality. Bringing all your building systems under one front end, or “single pane of glass,” is one of those things that sounds great, but does it really work? What are the pitfalls? The unintended consequences? The benefits? In this video John Guardiola,from Bedrock, and Jason Houck, Hepta Systems, answer these questions and offer perspectives and advice that are priceless.
Join Us at the 2017 Lynxspring Exchange and Technology Showcase – The E2E (Edge-To-Enterprise) Conference. The 2017 Lynxspring Exchange and Technology Showcase being held October 1st – 3rd at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona, will bring together system integrators, contractors, building operators and facility managers, engineers, service technicians, OEM’s and IoT executives and practitioners. The EARLY BIRD Registration Fee for Lynxspring Exchange 2017 is $595.00 per person.
EasyIO’s NEW FS-32 Server Class Controller. The EasyIO-FS-32 is a high performance server class controller with a 1.2 Ghz quad core processor, 512 MB RAM and 8GB flash memory. Its software capabilities are very powerful with HTML5 graphics and multifunctional adapter widgets. The built-in VPN client and server makes your connectivity safe and unique for BMS controllers.
The Smart Building Controls Renaissance. How to Survive as a Distributor in the Smart Building Controls Renaissance. We talk a lot about how quickly things are changing in the world of building automation and smart building controls. In the Smart Buildings Controls Renaissance, the big question we are all asking is how to survive and thrive in these new realities. We have looked at this from the perspectives of systems integrators, consulting engineers, and owners. But what about the proverbial middleman, the distributor? We had the good fortune to catch up with Brian Turner, who has taken his company ControlCo, a successful, well established controls distributor, and reinvented and reorganized the company as a way to embrace the new realities of the Smart Buildings Controls Renaissance.
Episode 223: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast|PodCast for week ending Apr 30, 2017 takes on a special dimension as we videoed the show on location at the CGNA Synergy Conference at the Peabody Hotel, in Memphis, TN. Additionally, EasyIO releases VAV using Wi-Fi Mesh and Live Wiresheets; Hepta Systems’ Jason Houck, Award-Winning Master Systems Integrator on ControlTalk Rewind; Acuity Brands Introduces SiteView™ Energy Solution; AHR interview with Dimitri Papadopoulos of Johnson Controls; ControlTrends Rewind with Therese Sullivan; and new Edge Controllers from Lynxspring.
ControlTrends CGNA Vendor interviews with Earl Doyle, Director, Product Management & Smart Systems Efficiency, VERASYS, Johnson Controls’ Plug-and Play Controls System for Light Commercial Buildings; Josh Felphrin, Senior Sales Manager, Siemens’ TRA and BT300 Solutions; Gina Elliott, Marketing Manager, Small to Mid-Markets, Schneider Electric’s New Building Insights, Small Building & Energy Management System; Aaron Gorka, Innovation Manager, ANT Technologies’Paperless, cloud-based, operational technology for HVAC & Control Contractors; Barry Gordon, Senior Sales Engineer, ACI’s New DLP Differential Low Pressure Transmitter; Maggie Talbert, North East Regional Sales Manager, Functional Devices’ new products and continued partnerships; Bill Dunkleberger, President, Blue Ridge Technologies’ BACnet Unified Lighting Solutions; and Mike Sackett, Executive Director, CGNA Elite — Industry’s Elite Working Together.
EasyIO is CHANGING the Game — Again! VAV using Wi-Fi Mesh and Live Wiresheets. EasyIO is CHANGING the Game — Again! This time with VAV using Wi-Fi Mesh, Live Wiresheets, and you can mix wired and wireless, all running BACnet IP, with free tools and no extra fees. Does it get any better? And you get to keep the labor and wiring savings, as we are not charging a premium for this awesome device. See this in Manchester, UK, May 22-23, 2017, at the Global EasyIO Partner Event.
Hepta Systems’ Jason Houck, Award-Winning Master Systems Integrator on ControlTalk Rewind. On this episode of ControlTalk Rewind, we replay our interview with Hepta Systems’ Jason Houck, Award-Winning Master Systems Integrator. Jason, and Hepta Systems are all about taking the Smart Building Controls concept to the next level — and making their service available through The Panel Shoppe! Inquire within.
Acuity Brands Introduces SiteView™ Energy Solution! Real-Time Power Metering to Manage Energy Consumption and Costs. ATLANTA – April 25, 2017 — Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI) today introduced its SiteView™ Energy solution, which combines power metering devices and a digital dashboard, to create a detailed, real-time look at actual energy consumption within a building. The SiteView Energy solution takes advantage of software that is hosted within nLight ECLYPSE™ smart building-ready controllers, also from Acuity Brands, to help building owners track and analyze weekly, monthly and yearly energy data to identify trends and savings.
Catching Up with Dimitri Papadopoulos and Johnson Controls at the 2017 AHR Show. ControlTrends interview with Dimitri Papadopoulos of Johnson Controls, who tells us all about Johnson Controls’ new Niagara Analytics and the Johnson Controls new technology on display at the 2017 AHR Expo. Johnson Controls featured their FX Supervisory Controllers, which are web-based supervisory-class controllers in the Facility Explorer product family. FX Supervisory Controllers manage networks of field controllers using open communication protocols, such as such as BACnet®, LONWORKS®, and N2 protocols.
Edge Controls the Smart way to do Smart Building Controls: Lynxspring explains at the 2017 AHR Show. ControlTrends stopped by the Lynxspring booth at the 2017 AHR product show case. See what Marc Petock and Chris Ryan had to show us about the edge and Edge controllers. The Edge is the next great frontier in making smart building controls smarter.
Smart Buildings ControlTalk Rewind: Therese Sullivan. On this episode of ControlTalk Now Smart Buildings Control Rewind we feature Therese Sullivan, editor buildingcontext.me. Therese is writer/technologist and marketing professional providing news and analysis for commercial building system integrators, facilities managers and real estate professionals about innovations in building automation with emphasis on data analytics, mobile apps, cloud services and wireless networking.
On this episode of ControlTalk Rewind, we replay our interview with Hepta Systems’ Jason Houck, Award-Winning Master Systems Integrator. Jason, and Hepta Systems are all about taking the Smart Building Controls concept to the next level — and making their service available through The Panel Shoppe! Inquire within.
Episode 217: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast|PodCast for week ending Mar 5, 2017, features an in-depth interview with Master Systems Integrator, Jason Houck of Hepta Systems and coverage of the Sedona Alliance update from Contemporary Controls; Automated Buildings’ March edition; KMC Controls at 2017 AHR; SK Foo, winner of the 2016 ControlTrends Support Person of the Year, Small Manufacturer; CABA’s “Intelligent Buildings and the Impact of the Internet of Things” research project; Intel® becomes a Founding Member of Project Haystack; 2016 ControlTrends Hall of Fame Inductees; and Mena CMO 2017.
In the News: The Sedona Alliance. Downers Grove, Illinois (January, 2017) – The Sedona Alliance, which represents the interests of developers and users of an open control language technology called Sedona Framework, has launched a website at www.sedona-alliance.org. Developed by Tridium Inc., Sedona Framework is a software environment designed to make it easy to build smart, networked, embedded devices which are well suited for implementing control applications.
2016 ControlTrends Awards Highlight: The Hall of Fame Inductions. Watch the 2016 ControlTrends Awards highlight of the evening as Jack McGowan, Steven Bushby, and Ken Sinclair are inducted into the ControlTrends Awards Hall of Fame. In recognition of his career contributions to the BACnet protocol, Steven Bushby was also inducted into the BACnet International Hall of Fame. Be sure to check out the bonus track at the end of the video.
Mena CMO 2017: Championing Digital Ecosystems. Guy Hughes-Wilson, Vice President of Sales – Western Europe from BBC Worldwide is keynote speaker for ACI’s MENA CMO Conference: Championing Digital Ecosystems, scheduled for the 15th to 16th May 2017 in Dubai, UAE. Guy is the true definition of a modern marketer who is responsible for commercial revenues across all BBC platforms; (TV, online, app and mobile) for clients in Western Europe, and for leading the sales teams based in London and Paris. In the 2014/2015 year, Guy delivered 55% of the annual revenue growth.
ControlTalk NOW Interview with Jason Houck, CTO at Hepta Sysytems. Jason discusses Hepta Systems‘ early adoption of IT expertise and Hepta’s continued recognition as one of North America’s top Master Systems Integrators — and some of the award-winning projects that serve as Hepta Systems’ bonafide credentials, Additionally, Jason tells the ControlTrends Community about the The Panel Shoppe.
CABA completes “Intelligent Buildings and the Impact of the Internet of Things” Research Project. The Continental Automated Buildings Association is pleased to announce that it has completed its “Intelligent Buildings and the Impact of the Internet of Things” research project. This landmark research study was a major initiative of the CABA Research Program, which offers a range of opt-in technical and advisory research services designed to provide industry stakeholders with collaborative research and R&D opportunities. The CABA Intelligent Buildings Council, a core working council of CABA, commissioned the landmark research project to examine the impact of IoT related to intelligent buildings.
Ken Sinclair’s Automated Buildings March, 2017 Theme: “Engaging Satisfaction & Wellness.” Ken Sinclair, owner and editor of Automated Buildings continues his thought process on how our industry is very well-suited to utilize the evolving social media connections available to us, in terms of feedback — to participate in the wellness and productivity campaigns emerging from every aspect and dimension of the building space. As Ken’s March, 2017 Automated Buildings theme suggests: “Engaging Satisfaction & Wellness,” we need get more active in understanding and processing these new user-metrics, because we are in a prime position to take advantage of the benefits.
KMC Controls at 2017 AHR. With a record attendance, it was no wonder AHR 2017 was so impactful for so many. For us at KMC, the people we had the pleasure to meet and the conversations we had were fantastic. Plus, the feedback we received when sharing our innovative solutions solidified our optimism for the rest of the year (and beyond!) In our booth, we shared product enhancements and features for our latest IoT and automation solution. KMC Commander, KMC Conquest, KMC Connect, KMC Connect Lite, and KMC Converge.
Project Haystack Organization Announces Intel® Joins as a New Founding Member. This just in… Richmond, Virginia – March 3, 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 that Intel® has joined the Project Haystack Organization as a Founding Member and will hold a seat on the Board of Directors. “Having Intel join the Project Haystack Organization is very exciting for us,” said John Petze, Executive Director of Project Haystack.“
2016 ControlTrends Awards Highlight: Best Tech Support Person and Small Manufacturer of The Year. Watch the excitment as Pete Walsh from Columbus Temperature Control Co. and Jim Hayman from CGNA present the Best Technical Support Person of the Year Award — Small Manufacturer, to SK Foo from Easy IO, and Vendor of Year — Small Manufacturer, to Contemporary Controls. Congratulations and Great Job!
ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast will resume full video and podcast operations next week. Summer scheduling only permited a quick review of week ending July 17, 2016, which was another amazing week in our industry — featuring interviews with Lynxspring’s Marc Petock, WorkTechWork’s Josh Bradshaw, Lucid’s Vladi Shunturoy, Hepta Systems’ Jason Houck and Tavis Kerr, and CABA’s Ron Zimmer. Catch up on the latest product and solutions announcements from Contemporary Controls, Honeywell, Sierra Monitor Corporation (SMC), and J2 Innovations. Additionally, be sure to register for SMC’s IIoT Webinar, and check out the major additions to Project Haystack’s website.
Lynxspring’s Marc Petock takes it to the Edge. Working as a roving reporter for the RealComm Conference Live team, I track down Marc Petock from Lynxspring and get the 411 on their cool new Edge devices. Smart Buildings get even smarter when information can be gathered and processed at the edge with products like the Lynxspring Onyxx. Onyxx™ is an embedded edge platform consisting of a family of modular, open, hardware, bridges and gateways supporting multiple devices across key market segments, edge to enterprise and Cloud applications.
Lynxspring Webinar Series: Java Plug-In, Applet and the Niagara Framework. 30 Minutes with Lynxspring Webinar Series continues with: JAVA Plug-in, Applet and the Niagara Framework. The next “30 Minutes with Lynxspring,” featuring Lynxspring subject-matter experts and special guests, is scheduled for Wednesday, July 20th at 12:00 PM CDT. July’s Webinar looks at the JAVA Plug-In and Applet with the Niagara Framework.
Contemporary Controls — Need to Expand Your Network Quickly and Efficiently? From your network experts and solution providers at Contemporary Controls. Use our compact, high-density Skorpion 16-port plug-and-play Ethernet switch for a cost-effective solution. The unmanaged Skorpion EISK16-100T provides a data rate of 10/100 Mbps with Auto-negotiation and Auto-MDI/X making it ready to be put into service without adjustments.
ControlTrends Interviews WorkTechWork’s Josh Bradshaw. We met the very interesting and tech-savvy Josh Bradshaw at the 2016 Realcomm/IBcon conference in Silicon Valley. Josh tracks the technology trends from his home in Northern California, and his blog WorkTechWork is the go to place for people interested in the latest IoT technology trends. Josh covers everything from wearable technologies to smart homes and smart buildings. His mantra is “Don’t work for technology… make technology work for you.” In this video Josh gives us his thoughts on the 2016 Realcomm/IBcon conference.
Data, Data Everywhere! Lucid’s Vladi Shunturoy Explains. As a roving reporter for the Realcomm live team, I got to interview really cool people like Vladi Shunturoy from Lucid. Lucid brings different systems and different data streams together to make better business through better buildings. The Lucid product is used across over a billion square feet of building space. Watch this video to see why so many people use Lucid.
Honeywell Introduces TB3026 and TB3026-W Commercial BACnet Fixed Function Thermostat. Honeywell is pleased to announce the introduction of the Commercial BACnet Fixed Function Thermostat (BACnet FF). BACnet FF is a BACnet communicating controller with integrated temperature and humidity sensing that targets common controls applications such as 2-pipe/4-pipe fan coil units, roof top units, and heat pumps.
Catching Up with Master Systems Integrator Hepta Systems at 2016 IBcon Vendor Showcase. Hepta Systems, Jason Houck and Tavis, help us understand what it means to be a master system integrator in today’s smart buildings controls market. Jason walks us through the Hepta platform as it controls a million square foot building. See how they give their customers a live carbon emission reading, and other unique data points they gather. See how they use these data points to make smarter buildings. Very cool stuff from one of the bright stars in smart buildings.
CABA’s Ron Zimmer @ 2016 Realcomm|IBcon on The Smart Way to Get Useful Data. As a teacher of mine once said, “Nothing is obvious to the uninformed.” So, where do you go to get solid research data on smart and intelligent buildings, and connected homes? And, have access to competitive intelligence including the world’s largest smart buildings and smart homes research library? The answer is CABA.
Sierra Monitor: 4 Steps to Transform Your Devices into Smart, Cloud-Connected Devices. Before embarking on a journey of IIoT integration, an OEM must determine the precise business opportunities they want to achieve through the IIoT—whether that means improving service and support, knowing more precisely where all its connected devices are located and what they’re actually doing, or gaining the insights that will lead to better products. With our IIoT On-Ramp Suite, we can make it simple rather than daunting to get there. Visit Sierra Monitoring Corporation today!
Mark Your Calendar: How to Gain Complete Visibility Over Your Devices. Sierra Monitoring Corporation’s Upcoming Webinar: How to Gain Complete Visibility Over Your Devices. When: Wednesday, August 17, 2016 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM PDT. What: Have you ever installed your device into a facility and lost all visibility over it? Or, have you wondered what kind of data is sitting within your device that could help you provide better service and support to your customer?
Systems Integrator Alert: Automation Integrated Introduces GLIFF, the FREE On-line Back-up Service for Niagara and the New Service Contract-Maker, BLUEFORGE. Jeff Houpt and Chris Farve lead one of the most progressive and formidable master systems integration support services in the country. Automated Integration can radically increase your ability to sell service contracts and generate recurring revenue through the disruptive times ahead — with their next-gen asset management system BLUEFORGE.
Project Haystack eNEWS: Major Additions to Project Haystack Website. Major Additions to Project Haystack Website Includes a New Blog Feature! The Project Haystack Organization (www.project-haystack.org) is excited to introduce a number of important enhancements to the Project Haystack website. These include: A new Blog feature that allows us to promote postings of general market interest to the Blog level. Check it out here: http://project-haystack.org/forum/blog.
J2 Innovations’ Jason Briggs and the Game-Changing Technology inside FIN 4.0. A lot has been going on here at J2 Innovations! We recently announced our game-changing technology FIN 4.0 along with exciting new FIN Certified Hosts platforms. Check out the video below to experience first hand how FIN 4.0 uses tagging, data modeling, and HTML 5 to fundamentally change our industry. Attention Systems Integrators! Get Jobs Done Faster and Easier — with industry leading software tools and cool applications that will help you sell more jobs.
ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast for week ending July 3, 2016 brings attention to the people-side of the Buildings Automation industry while manning the vendor shows at two of the industry largest and most significant shows: 2016 Tridium Summit and the 2016 Realcomm/IBcon. Interviews with these Industry superstars: Intellastar’s Terry Casey; Johnson Controls’ Dimitri Papadopoulos; Hepta Systems’ Ted and Jason Houck; Page Southerland’s Tim Howell; Viconics’ Matt Krueger; Interactive Energy, LLC’s James Burtch; along with ACI’s Barry Gordon webinar and a product review of Honeywell’s Lyric thermostat.
Honeywell Lyric: Redefining What a Thermostat Can Do. Honeywell keeps coming up with cool stuff. Yes, thermostats are cool, because there are different shapes, sizes, colors, and apps. But, look at this video to see how Honeywell takes the cool thermostat to the next level and makes it practical. No need to worry about coming home and finding out your pipe burst or a leak turned into a flood. The Honeywell Lyric will let you know before problems get out of hand. I wonder what else they will hang onto their residential thermostat network?
Catching Up with Intellastar’s Terry Casey. Lots of great people and Smart Buildings Controls Experts at the 2016 RealComm/IBcon show. I got a chance to be the “in the field reporter” for Realcomm Conference Live, and one of the people I interviewed was Intellastar’s Terry Casey. With the likes of controls superstars Terry, Steve Lynch, and Jerry, Andy, and Brian Frank, Intellastar has put together the “dream team” of the smart buildings controls industry.
Learn About the Most Current Current Sensors — Right Here, Right Now! Yes, I know it is a bit of a play on words, but Barry Gordon and the team at ACI do not play around — when it comes to making current sensors and other products for the smart buildings controls professional. ACI has started doing live video training! We announced the first one a couple of weeks ago. If you missed it, no worries, you can watch it right here, right now.
Johnson Controls’ Dimitri Papadopoulos at the 2016 Niagara Summit — Facility Explorer is Better than Ever! Dimitri Papadopoulos, Senior Product Manager explains why Facility Explorer® is better than ever! To celebrate Facility Explorer’s tenth anniversary, Johnson Controls released Facility Explorer 14. Featuring a cleaner, faster user experience, enhanced cybersecurity and new ways to improve user productivity. Dimitri was particularly excited about the Mobile Access Portal, which offers an excellent display on your iPad, smart phone, or laptop; serves as a great commissioning tool; and can be used as a main user interface for smaller-sized projects.
Mark Your Calendar for Digital Transformation 2016. Digital transformation is everywhere. We recently covered the 2016 Niagara Summit and Realcomm/IBcon and posted lots of videos showing how technology in the Smart Buildings and Intelligent Buildings space is evolving at a very rapid pace. And speaking of pace, this conference coming up in Portland in September looks interesting. Here is what they have to say about it: “Leaders facilitating the digital transformation within their companies converge to share best practices. This is the leading conference from digital game-changers for digital game-changers.”
Ted and Jason Houck Make Big Connections at Realcomm Conference Live. Ted and Jason Houck, from Hepta Systems, do one of the coolest demo’s I have ever seen, and they do it on a live stream at the 2016 Realcomm/IBcon Conference Live. Hepta Control Systems has won numerous awards, including being voted co-winner of the ControlTrends Awards Systems Integrator of the Year Award. They are a leader in integrated building automation and security controls. Hepta provide single driver seat solutions for energy efficiency, security, and tenant comfort systems. Watch this video to see what makes Hepta so special.
Enlightened Consulting Engineers at the 2016 Niagara Summit — Part 1. The man, the myth, the legend, Ken Smyers and I are constantly talking about the need for a new breed of consulting engineer for the Smart Buildings Controls industry. Cut and paste specifications are no longer acceptable. This new breed of engineer can be found at smart building conferences like the Niagara Summit and Realcomm/IBcon. They know that open is not just something you do to a can of beer on a hot summer’s day.
Matt Krueger and the Viconics VT8000 Series at the 2016 Niagara Summit. Matt Krueger is an integral member of the Viconics technologies sales team with a passion for providing excellent customer support. Matt does an outstanding 411 presentation of the VT8000 series controller, which provides a very cost-effective alternative to direct digital controls to control roof top units, heat pumps, and indoor air quality applications — dramatically reducing project delivery cost at the installation and commissioning phases.
Enlightened Consulting Engineers Part 2 — James M. Burtch at the 2016 Niagara Summit. ControlTrends had the opportunity to interview James M. Burtch, a young, up-and-coming Energy Sustainability Consultant. Actually, it’s James M. Burtch, C.R.M., C.D.S.M., C.B.C.P., C.L.E.P., C.E.M., and Honeywell EEO Certified. As evidenced by the host of certification designations following his name, Jim has dedicated much of his professional career pursuing and obtaining the professional expertise that enables him to write enlightened building automation systems specifications that ensure owners gets what they want and that the contractors meet the specification.
>Honeywell’s Larry Andriunas at the 2016 Niagara Summit. We had a chance to catch up with one of our favorite people at the 2016 Niagara Summit Product Showcase. Honeywell’s Larry Andriunas is the “Controls guy..Controls Guy”. Larry grew up working with his father’s HVAC and integrator business. Larry knows first hand how important quality products and great customer support are to systems integrators. Larry, winner of the 2015 ControlTrends PID Award, helps Honeywell stay on top of their Smart Buildings control game. Larry gives us the 411 on Niagara 4 and how Honeywell is making the most of this new version of Niagara.
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J2 Innovation highlights Systems Integrator’s Digie Award winning success in Detroit, Michigan. In order to integrate the smartest building in downtown Detroit, Hepta Control Systems had to not only be innovative, but be inventive. The goal was to fully integrate everything sharing data in the 66,000 square foot facility from the electrical systems to computer systems to mechanical systems. On the integration list were the mounted PDU, electrical switch gear, rack asset management, computer room HVAC, building HVAC, fire alarm, leak detection, standby emergency generation, and lighting.
Hepta Control Systems is known for transforming buildings into intelligent, responsive, environmentally conscious structures, which is why they were perfect for the job. By using FIN as a development platform for their DCIM software named EntroCIM, HCS was able to get the product to market in a fraction of the time. EntroCIM was a crucial component that made the total data center integration possible because of its fully-customizable nature. The software tracks and analyzes the use of energy to allow the operators of the facility to keep it running efficiently and sustainably.
“The goal was to create an intuitive interface that’s easy to use despite the fact that it’s responding to an incredibly complex facility,” said Jason Houck, CIO of HCS. “The end result was the development of an application unlike anything out there.”
This capacity for forward-thinking resulted in HCS earning the 2015 Digie Award for the Most Intelligent Specialty Building, a prestigious honor to receive among exceptional competition in the intelligent building community.
I had a chance to catch up with Ted Houck from Hepta Systems at the 2015 Lynxspring Exchange. Hepta Systems, one of the best Smart Building and Building Automation Controls integrators on the planet, is one of the finalist for the 2015 ControlTrends Systems Integrator of the Year Award. Ted offers his thoughts on the Lynxspring Exchange and how the Smart Buildings and Systems integration markets are changing. Ted also shares some of the things that Hepta is doing to stay ahead of those changes — to meet the demands of today’s building owners. Be sure to check Ted and his team out, and if you like what you see, remember to vote for Hepta Systems when the time comes!