ControlTrends Award Highlight: The 2013 HVAC Executive of the Year

This magic moment in HVAC history captured Honeywell’s Tom Rosback receiving the coveted 2013 ControlTrends Awards Executive of the Year, voted by the ControlTrends Community for his executive leadership as Honewyell’s Vice President, General Manager, Commercial Control Systems overseeing marketing, sales, engineering, and operations of a complex multi-brand, multi-channel global business. Congratulations again to Tom Rosback and Honeywell!

ControlTalk Now for the Week Ending June 29, 2014

Technology drives the trends, and the trends keep coming! Welcome to this week’s ControlTalk NOW featuring interviews with visionary Dave Lorenzini (WAVE COLLAPSE), Realcomm’s Jim Young, Australia’s VAE Group & Bitpool, N2 Guru Dave Jones, The S4 Group; and a host of new product updates, industry events, and software releases impacting our industry.

Contemporary ControlsContemporary Controls Sponsors First German-speaking Niagara Forum:June 2014 — The inaugural Niagara Forum Deutschland introduced the German-speaking market to the benefits of Niagara Framework in providing a complete solution from device to the Internet. Contemporary Controls was one of the four sponsors to the first-ever Niagara Forum given in the German language that was held on June 3, 2014 at The Squaire. Conceptualized by Christian Heim – Tridium Europe sales manager – approximately 95 people registered for the event held at the new Squaire Conference center located at the Frankfurt, Germany airport.

energy.govBetter Buildings Challenge, Atlanta Nears Halfway Mark in Meeting Citywide Goal of 20% Energy Savings: The Energy Department yesterday recognized Atlanta for its progress and leadership in meeting a citywide goal to improve the energy performance of its buildings by 20% by 2020. Through the Better Buildings Challenge, Atlanta is engaging local business leaders, building owners and operators, and other organizations to increase energy and water efficiency across more than 50 million square feet of building space, achieving over 9% energy savings since 2011.

Dave LControlTrends’ Ken Smyers Interviews Visionary Dave Lorenzini at 2014 Realcomm/IBcon: At the 2014 Realcomm/IBcon, ControlTrends met up with Dave Lorenzini, a premiere technology visionary and entrepreneur that is changing the way people look at the world. Dave commented on the explosion of intelligent building interaction at a level never seen before; the amazing adoption of technology that has occurred since last year; and the exciting impact technology is having within the building industry. As the former Director of Keyhole, the first global 3D visualization System online that became the Google Earth, and serves over a billion users worldwide, Dave Lorenzini, has seen the structural transformation that innovative products can make and is very excited about the Sanborn Platform for Indoor Mapping (SPIN) and describes the role of the semi-autonomous mobile robotics platform in the next generation of intelligent buildings.SPIN

Jim young23Realcomm/IBcon is the Industry Vortex that Delivers! ControlTrends Interviews Jim Young:To make Realcomm/IBcon the world’s leading conference on technology, automated business solutions, intelligent buildings, and energy efficiency for the commercial and corporate real estate industry, the charismatic Jim Young begins the 16-hour telephone days in January. It takes practiced and passionate networking to gather the industry’s top thought leaders, the world’s largest and most advanced next gen projects, and the creation of an industry vortex so powerful, that it drew a billion dollars worth of perspective from Yardi, Cisco, Intel, Google, Microsoft, and Tridium (oh, and Dell’s in, too).

HW ExWhat Makes The Honeywell’s Experion LX Distributed Control System Special: Honeywell’s Experion LX Experion® LX is a purpose-built distributed control system (DCS) for continuous and batch process control applications. Boost plant efficiency and flexibility with a proven distributed control system from Honeywell that lowers your total cost of ownership. It’s ideal for a wide range of processes from smaller 1,000 process I/O points to mid-size 10,000 process I/O points and up to 50,000 SCADA points. It supports 10-15 operator stations and up to five DSA clusters.

DownUnderControlTrends Fans From Down Under With Cool Products: We caught up with a couple of Controltrends fans from Australia at the 2014 Niagara Summit. Thanks to the team from the VAE Group from Brisbane Australia for helping make Controltrends the world-wide source for HVAC and Building Automation Control News you can use. The VAE Group adds value to construction, automation, asset management, commissioning, mining, oil & gas and engineering projects. The Value Added Engineering Group (VAE Group) and Bitpool provide links between project stakeholders, design engineers and the trades people who are responsible for the installation and commissioning of HVAC systems.

wattstopper5Wattstopper Introduces New HBP-100 Series High/Low Bay Sensors — 40′ Range! Wattstopper is pleased to announce the launch of WattStopper’s competitively priced next generation High/Low Bay Passive Infrared Occupancy Sensors that offer an exclusive ladder-free configuration and maintenance option. This game-changing functionality delivers significant labor savings when coupled with fixture-integrated sensors mounted at up to 40 feet! Product features include: * Preinstalled universal lens for mounting heights from 15 to 40 feet; * Test button to confirm operation as soon as wiring is connected; * Selectable Fail-on or Fail-off parameter to meet codes and qualify for rebates.

ken11Smart Buildings Redefined at IBcon 2014 — Ken Smyers Moderates Session: IBcon’s Smart Building Redefined Session brought together three unique and distinguished industry experts: Kevin Facinelli, EVP, Daikin Applied, Lindsay Baker, VP Research & Marketing, Building Robotics, and William MacGowan, Director Smart Connected Real Estate, Cisco Systems Canada. The panel presented and discussed innovative technologies developed recently for Building HVAC Systems.

steveControlTalk 2.0: This Week’s Guest is Steve Jones from The S4 Group — The N2 Gurus: Lots of great information as ControlTalk 2.0 gets a healthy dose of integrator know-how from S4 Group’s Managing Partner, Steve Jones. When it comes to delivering seamless, open-systems integration solutions, for non-IT and building automation solutions, nobody does it better than The S4 Group; particularly, with JCI N2 applications. Steve says, “It’s all about leveraging legacy systems and providing building owners and operators cost-effective solutions and establishing the integration plan that will let them move to the new technology on a scheduled/budgeted basis.” Watch and see how. S4 Solutions are network appliances that enable technology!

DGLux5AppIconDGLux5 – Data Visualization Tools At Their Best! DGLux5 provides a modern design environment containing: Tabbed Document windows, Application bar, Tools Panel, Quick Access Panel, Panel title bar, Widgets Palette, Property Inspector Panel, Outline Panel. The HTML5 based, DGLux5 workspace provides clean organization and easy navigation through panels and menus for quick access to necessary functionality, modern design tools in set areas which provide users with creative flexibility, and several shortcuts and hidden features that enhance the user experience and minimize design time. Setting up your workspace has never been easier or more efficient.

webs_stationAXHoneywell WEBs-AX 3.7.106.24 Software Release: Honeywell Announces the Release of WEBs-AX 3.7.106.24 Software: Honeywell is pleased to announce the availability of WEBs-AX 3.7.106.24 software release, which is an update to WEBs-AX 3.7.106.1. This new release includes all patched modules that were released since WEBs-AX 3.7u1. Honeywell WEBs-AX Software Release Bulletin: Software Release PDF. Consolidated patches for 3.7 Update 1: Issues Fixed.

Easy IO Logo 2EasyIO Supercharges FG-20 and FG-32 Controllers — Now BACnet Client and Server Ready! Few corporations have the temerity to publicly release the contents of their business model and their goal to increase their global controller sales from 2000 units a month, to 6000 units a month — in 3 years. Yet, when considering how much “open controller octane” EasyIO shares and puts into their FG-20 and FG-32 controllers, along with the ebullient “YouTube support” training maestro Mike Marston makes available, EasyIO’s exponential growth seems inevitable.

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Honeywell WEBs-AX 3.7.106.24 Software Release

webs_stationAXHoneywell Announces the Release of WEBs-AX 3.7.106.24 Software: Honeywell is pleased to announce the availability of WEBs-AX 3.7.106.24 software release, which is an update to WEBs-AX 3.7.106.1. This new release includes all patched modules that were released since WEBs-AX 3.7u1.
Honeywell WEBs-AX Software Release Bulletin: Software Release PDF
Consolidated patches for 3.7 Update 1: Issues Fixed

What’s in this release?
1. All Honeywell tools – Spyder, Stryker, Venom and AX Wizards have been tested
2. A new version of the RedLINK driver jar file is included
3. Following documents have been included in this release
a. 31-00001 RedLINK Install instructions.pdf
b. 31-00002 RedLINK Operating Guide.pdf
c. 31-00010 WEB-300E Install Instructions.pdf
d. 31-00012 SEC-602-616 Install Instructions.pdf

The following documents and images are available on the Buildings Forum.
1. WEBs-AX images (WEBStation-AX, WEBPro-AX, SoftJACE and Alarm Console)
2. Issues fixed WEBs-AX 3.7.106.24
3. Software Release Bulletin for WEBs-AX 3.7.107.24

Honeywell’s Lyric Thermostat — Comfort Made Simple. Honeywell Regains Round High Ground!

lyricIntroducing the Lyric thermostat from Honeywell. The next generation of smart technology from the company that invented The Round thermostat. No learning curve, no rigid scheduling—just comfort and control.

The Lyric thermostat is among the most compatible on the market. There’s no power wire required, so will it be compatible with your home’s heating and cooling system? We’re pretty sure.

Stay Connected. Lyric was designed with your dynamic schedule in mind. We moved the thermostat controls to your smart device, so you stay connected no matter where the day takes you. Coming soon!

ControlTalk NOW for Week Ending June 8, 2014

Welcome to this week’s ControlTalk NOW featuring Chris Lane and Episode One of Johnson Controls TechTalk Live. Our special guest and co-host is Mike Schwan from RSD Total Controls’ Fresno, CA location. Mike shares 40 years of experience in the HVAC industry as well as his unique purpose for being in Atlanta, GA last week. Don’t miss Fred Gordy’s White Hat Hacker post on IT Security, or WattStopper’s Pete Horton live from the 2014 Niagara Summit. So, read on and keep up with the latest product releases, awards, industry meetings, and other HVAC news of the week!

Frost&SullivanLynxspring Recognized for the 2014 Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Award for Customer Value Leadership: Lynxspring has been recognized for enhancing the customer experience with a holistic approach, bringing many aspects of building automation under one umbrella, providing a seamless and intuitive ownership experience with the JENEsys® Building Operating Platform that breaks down siloes that could otherwise hinder the optimization of the complete facility ecosystem and for greatly simplifying the BAS information architecture.

Pete HortonControlTrends Catches Up with WattStopper Legrand’s Pete Horton at 2014 SummitPete Horton shares his excitement about Niagara 4.0 and the Titan JACE, and how they will become important tools for WattStopper LeGrande’s integrated solutions. Pete shares how WattStopper has evolved from the sensing industry into the systems integration business, and the recent 2.5 million square feet Dallas hospital project involving over 500,000 configurable variables.

hacker 11Mom and Dad… I want to be a hacker when I grow up!”What if your child said this to you? What would you do? I would ask them which kind. Yes, which kind. If they said a white hat hacker I would not only say yes but I would try and help them. If you don’t know what a white hat hacker is, they are the good guys. In today’s society (at least to me) white hat hackers are the fireman, solider, policeman, etc. that we use to say when asked “What do you want to be when you grow up?” White hat hackers, cyber warfare teams, etc. are truly our frontline in defense of not only our corporate networks but our country’s infrastructure as well.

applehomekit3Apple Launches Home Kit for the Connected Home: “Siri, Go to Bed.” ControlTrends has been waiting for the next major development in the “race for the home space” after watching how Samsung, Google, and Honeywell took such formidable investment strides to ensure their participation (share) of the burgeoning home market. Does Apple’s announcement place them ahead of Google in the race — by at least unveiling a proposed strategy for the smart home market? “An announcement at Apple’s developer conference begins to fill in the blanks.” Published by Katherine Tweed, June 2, 2014, greentechmedia.

totalcontrol_rsd1ControlTalk NOW’s special guest and co-host is Mike Schwan, from RSD/Total Controls‘ Fresno, CA location. Mike was accompanied by Randy Albracht of Modest City Schools and Rob Thompson of RSD/Total Control who as a team, visited the SEASONS 4 manufacturing facility. RSD has been in business for over 100 years, and has 75 branch locations in 10 western states. Total Control, a division of RSD, is a Johnson Controls ABCS (Authorized Building Control Specialist) and a Honeywell Authorized Systems Distributor.

DGLux5AppIconDownload DGLux5 Today! Game-Changer of IoT and Building Automation Software: San Francisco, CA — June 4, 2014 — DGLogik, Inc. announces that HTML-5 based IoT Software, DGLux5, is now available for purchase and download. Entirely rebuilt from the ground up with stunning features, DGLux5 brings an enhanced workflow experience, the latest modern visual programming tool–Dataflow, smarter design tools, greater interconnectivity, mobile responsive environment, and an ultrafast core for breakthrough power performance.

2014_EasyIO_PartnerEventEASYIO’s Annual Conference in Madrid, Spain! September 14-17, 2014, World Event: You fancy a nice break in Madrid, Spain? – with your friends from EasyIO? – we have lots of new goodies to show you (include the Mega Beast V2 FG hardware) over an action-packed three days in Madrid, Spain. Includes Training and Developer Sessions. More details to follow! Please put this awesome event in your calendars and diaries for 2014, and treat yourself to an unforgettable business event and experience in the of the most marvelous and beautiful cities in the world. The goal of EasyIO Europe is to deliver Energy Management Systems that increase the well being of human beings, by optimizing the interaction between human, building and work.

IBCON1June 17-19, 2014 IBcon – Where Facilities and IT Converge! Embracing Change! REThink! Innovate! Transform! IBcon is not your traditional BAS conference! It is the largest gathering of authorities with international case studies on the topic of open architected, interoperable and integrated IP centric smart, connected, high performance and intelligent buildings. IBcon focuses on ALL aspects of the “Intelligent Building”, from automated HVAC, lighting and security, to new components such as digital signage, parking, fire/life safety, access control, command and control centers, and grid connectivity.

JCI Tech TalkEpisode One: Johnson Controls Tech Talk Live: Johnson Controls Chris Lane joins Eric and Ken on the first episode of Johnson Controls Tech Talk Live. This show will cover all things Johnson Controls. Do you have a question about Johnson Controls Valves and actuators? Want to know why the Johnson Controls variable frequency drive is the VFD of choice for control pros in the know? Do you have questions on the Johnson Controls Building Automation Controls offering? Johnson Controls Tech Talk Live is the place to get your answers.

wearable_intelligenceContextualization Take 2: Wearable Technology and the Beat Goes On! Wearable Intelligence is a technology company building enterprise solutions using wearable computing hardware such as Google Glass. This amazing video from Wearable Intelligence previews the future of contextualized wearable technology (but, is available now for the health and energy industries). Once you don the glasses, you have access to the Director (Procedural Checklists), Avatar (Multimedia Communication and Remote Assistance), Mentor (Video Training and Continuous Improvement), and the Informant (Content-Aware Data & Alerts). The Oil and Gas structure is based on information and wearable technology places instantaneous information at your fingertips. Okay, where is the HVAC industry with wearable technology?

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ControlTalk NOW for Week Ending May 25, 2014

Welcome to this week’s ControlTalk NOW, which features several new product releases, valuable technical information, new web-site info, video interviews with industry leaders, previews of upcoming calendar events, a host of industry updates and more on Cyber Security from Marc Petock.


newhwwebsiteHoneywell’s New Website and 10 New Product Innovations: A Lot is New with Us! Did you know we launched over 10 new products since last fall and built a new website? There are also some new guidelines for the ACI/BCS/BCA program that you need to be aware of among other exciting news. Visit Honeywell’s Solution Center to get the latest ideas on how to increase the efficiency, comfort, and security of your building projects.

Belimo-Energy-Valve11The Belimo Energy Valve Video Training Class:The Belimo Energy Valve, in addition to winning the 2012 ControlTrends Awards Commercial product of The Year, is a unique product that measures, controls, and improves performance of HVAC equipment. The Belimo Energy Valve combines five functions in one valve and that includes energy monitoring. In this video (nice job, Belimo) you can see that the Belimo Energy Valve measures, controls, balances, and shuts off — all in one valve body, while serving up all the point data.

JCI+Dampers-700x400Johnson Controls Leading Provider of Air Control Products, HVAC Dampers & Louvers:Johnson Controls, 2013 ControlTrends Awards Commercial HVAC Controls Vendor of the Year is one of the few manufacturers that offers a complete line of HVAC controls! Whether it’s Actuators, Air Control Products, Control Panels, Control Sensors, Current Sensors & Transducers, Thermostats, Valves, or Variable Speed Drives, look to Johnson Controls for your solution. Since 1905, Johnson Controls has manufactured industry-leading temperature control dampers!

smv_3000Increase Plant Efficiency with the SMV Transmitter:Effective control and monitoring of a process requires accurate and consistent measurement of different process variables. Honeywell’s SMV 3000 Smart Multivariable Flow Transmitter measures the flow of virtually any liquid, gas or slurry for which a primary flow element exists to provide a differential measurement. This transmitter combines integrated sensor and microprocessor technologies, as well as dynamic flow compensation, to produce the most accurate and consistent flow measurement possible.

asco 8214ASCO Gas Shut Off Valves:ASCO’s 8214 Series valves are internal pilot operated shutoff valves providing on-off control of fuel gas. Features include: Unique double disc design with overtravel provides redundant sealing for leak tight shutoff; Visual indication of open and shut position (Suffix “VI” & “C”)asco 8214; Proof of closure switch 1 amp (Suffix “C”); Silicon free construction (Suffix “SF”) available; Zero differential piloted diaphragm; For on-off control of fuel gas in commercial and industrial gas burners; Valves provided with 1/8″ NPT upstream and downstream pipe taps with plugs for routine testing; and Optional flange adapters for ease of installation and service.

Ron ZimmerControlTrends Talks with CABA’s Ron Zimmer:Ken and I got to catch up with Ron Zimmer at the 2014 Niagara Summit. Ron makes things happen at CABA, an international not-for-profit industry association dedicated to the advancement of intelligent home and intelligent building technologies. CABA is supported by an international membership of nearly 400 companies involved in the design, manufacture, installation and retailing of products relating to home automation and building automation. Public organizations, including utilities and government are also members.

CTA_Museum1ControlTrends Museum: The design and development wheels continue to turn and we are excited to share with the ControlTrends Community, the progress we are making with ControlTrends Museum. We thank the support that we gave received from Eugene Mazo and his team at DGLogik and Ken Sinclair/AutomatedBuildings.com. We will be releasing phase one of the Museum in the next 30-35 days and we look forward to working with key industry leaders in the near future for their additional ideas and support.

BelimoWhy The Belimo Energy Valve Will Make Your Life Easier:Are the heating and cooling coils on your upper floors not controlling properly? Can’t get your system balanced? Are you being asked to find ways to reduce energy consumption? Is your control world already too complicated and you need a simple solution that just works? Then, my HVAC friends, Belimo has a solution for you!

Darrell SmithMicrosoft’s Darrell Smith On How To Make Your Building Smarter:We had a chance to talk with Darrell Smith last year at the IBCON Show. Darrell is the Director of Facilities & Energy at Microsoft and was one of the highlights of IBCON 2013. Darrell’s compelling presentation featured mega-sized results in a mega-sized application that now collects 500,000,000 data transactions every 24 hours from 125 buildings that occupy 15 million square feet and house 57,000 people. All the data is in the cloud and secure.

IBCON_2014Where Do People Go to Discuss Smart Buildings, Energy Efficiency & Innovative Real Estate Operations? This June, people from all over the world will be coming to Las Vegas to meet at the intersection of Commercial & Corporate Real Estate, Technology, Automation and Innovation. IBcon will focus on the most current case studies and issues pertaining to smart, connected, high-performance, energy efficient, hyper-operational, financially optimized and sustainable buildings, portfolios, campuses and cities. Realcomm will continue to explore innovative, efficiency driven operations and present topics such as cloud, big data, mobility, social and integrated business solutions delivered by world class speakers.

smartgridNIST Smart Grid e-Newsletter: Updates & World Metrology Day — Signed in 1875!:May 20 was World Metrology Day, celebrated annually by more than 80 countries, honors the signing of the Treaty of the Meter on May 20, 1875. This international treaty established a collaborative global framework for the advancement of measurement science. For all of us involved in the smart grid industry, the celebration theme “Measurements and the Global Energy Challenge” was especially apt.

ACI_AWARDACI Wins Yet Another Trophy: 2014 Wisconsin Family Business Award! Amongst some intense competition, ACI prevailed winning the grand prize for the 2014 Wisconsin Family Business Award for a medium-sized company. “To be nominated alongside some of Wisconsin’s most historic and successful family-owned businesses was truly humbling, and served as a manifestation of the culture we have worked so hard to create.”

FatherofLEEDsRob Watson, Father of LEED, to Co-Chair IBcon Sustainability Executive Smart Building Symposium: Realcomm | IBcon is pleased to announce that Rob Watson, the “Father of LEED”, will join Dave Pogue of CBRE as Co-Chair of the Sustainability Executive Smart Building Symposium. Rob will add his extraordinary knowledge and experience from the last 30 years as a visionary in sustainability to the Smart Building Symposium.

KMC_CONew KMC Controls Carbon Monoxide Detectors Can Save Lives!Exposure to excessive CO (carbon monoxide) is responsible for an estimated 15,000 emergency room visits and 500 deaths in the United States each year. Most such tragedies caused by the deadly odorless gas are preventable by having working CO detectors installed. All CO sensors have a finite life, and they must be replaced periodically to ensure reliable operation in detecting conditions that are potentially hazardous to human health and safety.

cybersecurity_imageBMS/EMS Cyber Security – A Top Priority, Realcomm Advisory with Marc Petock: Realcomm Advisory: Author: Marc Petock, Vice President, Marketing, Lynxspring & Connexx Energy. Security is no longer a technical challenge; it is a core business issue. Our modern systems consist of many connected, integrated, interoperable systems and devices and intertwined business applications — all are critical for the building to run and perform at maximum efficiency and financial optimization. A security breach or an outage to a business application or an entire network has a direct impact on a company’s bottom line.

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Honeywell’s New Website and 10 New Product Innovations

Honeywell 180x120A Lot is New with Us! Did you know we launched over 10 new products since last fall and built a new website? There are also some new guidelines for the ACI/BCS/BCA program that you need to be aware of among other exciting news. Visit Honeywell’s Solution Center to get the latest ideas on how to increase the efficiency, comfort, and security of your building projects. These Honeywell case studies are an excellent resource to demonstrate how other contractors are tackling their projects, how Building Momentum practices are put into action, and what success looks like!

newhwwebsite In case you haven’t checked it out yet, we have a new website! buildingcontrols.honeywell.comThis is the go-to place for everything you need to know about the latest and existing product innovations from Honeywell Building Control Systems.

Is Your Contractor Locator Listing up to Date? The contractor locator is now on buildingcontrols.honeywell.com. All ACI and BCS contractors get listed on the locator and we have made it easier than ever to customize your listing.

All you need is your Contractor PRO number. Visit the link above then click on the big red “Login Now” button. Here is a list of all the ways you can customize your listing: Add your phone number, company email and/or website.

Add additional locations that meet BCS (1 trained/certified technician) or ACI requirements (2 trained/certified technicians). Add your company logo. Add information and details about your company in the About Us, Product Overview and Support/Resources sections.Request changes to the icons that appear on your listing.

We’ll review your requested changes within 1-2 business days and let you know when they have been approved. So what are you waiting for? Update your listing today!

ControlTalk NOW for Week Ending May 11, 2014

Welcome to this week’s ControlTalk NOW, which features interviews 2014 Niagara Summit sponsors EASYIO, SysMik, and Lynxsrping, Yardi’s strategic acquisition, Honeywell’s voice-controlled thermostat, several new product releases, SBI certification, CABA research initiatives, and more. Make sure to make your arrangements to attend the Realcomm/IBcon conference June 17-19, 2014 at the Wynn Resort, Las Vegas. Enjoy!

ControlTalk Now For The week Ending May 11, 2014 V2 from Eric Stromquist on Vimeo.

level controlChoosing The Right Type Level Control: Thanks to our friends at Lesman Instruments for this excellent webinar on how to chose the correct level technology for measuring and controlling level in your industrial process. Lesman can provide you with everything from the simplest float-type mechanical switch to radar level transmitters that work in tanks obstructed by ladders, mixers, and baffles.

EasyioPremiere Sponsor EasyIO at the Niagara Summit:ControlTrends got chance to catch up with Mike Marston and his team at the 2014 Niagara Summit vendor showcase. EasyIO, who was one of four Niagara Summit premiere sponsors, showed us their EasyIO controllers and hinted that their formidable “Beast From The East Controller” might be getting a bigger more powerful brother in the near future.

Breaking News Key Shows Newsflash Broadcast OnlineBreaking News: Yardi Acquires Energy Efficiency Software Provider Enerliance: Deal will integrate award-winning LOBOS energy consumption software with Yardi’s real estate platform. Yardi announced that it has acquired Enerliance, a leading developer of energy efficiency software. Enerliance produces the Load Based Optimization System (LOBOS), an intelligent HVAC platform that significantly reduces energy consumption in large buildings and campuses.

Realcomm_IBCON-2014 Jim Young and Howard Berger preview what to expect at this can’t miss event. his June, people from all over the world will be coming to Las Vegas to meet at the intersection of Commercial & Corporate Real Estate, Technology, Automation and Innovation. IBcon will focus on the most current case studies and issues pertaining to smart, connected, high-performance, energy efficient, hyper-operational, financially optimized and sustainable buildings, portfolios, campuses and cities. Realcomm will continue to explore innovative, efficiency driven operations and present topics such as cloud, big data, mobility, social and integrated business solutions delivered by world class speakers.

breaking news 2Smart Building Institute: Specifying Automated Integration: Division 25 (Advanced Class). Upcoming Web Classes: Specifying Automated Integration: Division 25 (Advanced Class) May 14, 2014 – Registration ends May 12. Division 25 is within the specification group of the MasterFormat and part of the Facility Services subgroup which includes fire suppression, plumbing, heating/ventilating/air conditioning, electrical, communications and electronic safety and security. Integrated automation is clustered with all the other sections in which individual building systems may be specified.

Hot key for breaking newsCABA Launches: “Intelligent Buildings and Big Data (IBBD)” and “Zero Net Energy Buildings: Building Automation Driving Success (NZEB)” The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) Board of Directors and the Intelligent & Integrated Buildings Council (IIBC) will launch on May 8 the ‘Intelligent and Integrated Building Technologies: Market Size North America version 2 (MSNA v2). Use this link for more information on this report and how to secure one of the final Steering Committee spots.

SysmikSee Niagara Summit Premiere Sponsor SysMik: SysMik was one of this year’s Niagara Summit Premier Sponsors! They presented SCALIBUR: the world’s first truly modular controller operating Niagara 3.8 or Sedona on top of a powerful, scalable, industrial hardware. SCALIBUR is not just a controller – it’s a game changer.

SylkHow Honeywell Sylk Makes Life Easy: Check out Honeywell Sylk, the first two-wire polarity-insensitive communications bus that’s powerful enough to allow multiple types of devices to be added to a single communication wire. Sylk carries power and communications between Sylk enabled controllers and and sensors while freeing up inputs/outpouts (I/O) on the controller for more installation and programming flexibility. Sylk reduces installation time and costs with fewer cables and less copper wire to run back to the controller.

HW Com.This TV Commercial Changes Everything: I saw this commercial on TV last night. Honeywell’s Total Connect Comfort is the perfect solution if you travel frequently, own a vacation home,
a business, or manage an investment property or if you are simply looking for peace of mind. Great commercial, but does it change everything in terms of how vendors could go to market? How will this effect how products get to the marketplace? How does this affect your business? Please share your thoughts in comments.

SEC-JACE-616Honeywell WEBs-AX Enterprise Security Controller 201 Exchange Program. WEBs-AX Enterprise Security Controller 201 Exchange Program The SEC-H-201/U WEBs-AX Security controller was introduced in 2007. The Honeywell exchange program has been created to allow customers that purchased an SEC-H-201/U security controller the opportunity to exchange them for an SEC-H-602 security controller at a reduced price vs. purchasing a new SEC-H-602 security controller.

LynxspringRocking The Niagara Summit with Lynxspring: Great fun was had at the Lynxspring booth during the 2014 Niagara Summit Vendor Showcase. We got to spend time with Lynxspring President and CEO, Terry Swope, who shared his views about Lynxspring’s products and philosophies.

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How Honeywell Sylk Makes Life Easy

Checkout Honeywell Sylk, the first two-wire polarity-insensitive communications bus that’s powerful enough to allow multiple types of devices to be added to a single communication wire. Sylk carries power and communications between Sylk enabled controllers and sensors while freeing up inputs/outpouts (I/O) on the controller for more installation and programming flexibility. Sylk reduces installation time and costs with fewer cables and less copper wire to run back to the controller. We like it.

Day 2 @ 2014 Niagara Summit: Cyber Security Panel, Author Don Tapscott, & M2M

NS142 Day 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: Marty Edwards, ICS-CERT; Fred Gordy, McKenney’s; Shane Riggio, VP IT Macerich; and Kevin Staggs, CISSP, Senior Engineering Fellow, ATL, Honeywell Automation and Control. Unfortunately, our buildings and building networks are highly vulnerable — and the bad guys are getting better. Some important takeaways: Get the cyber security conversation started; make security part of the organizational and building DNA; seriously budget for security, send people to training, and then evaluate your first experience; rotate your system around and view it as an “evil bit,” and prepare your worst case scenario answers now — so, if an attack does happen, you control the message and certainly know who is responsible to respond; regulations tend to create a culture of minimum compliance; and finally, effective cyber security requires good security citizenship — awareness and and concern from everyone in the chain at every level.

Day Two Niagara Summit Highlights from Eric Stromquist on Vimeo.

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. Perhaps Tapscott’s most provocative insight was from his most recent and relative e-book entitled Radical Openness: Four Unexpected Principles for Success. We are at a turning point in history, experiencing the transformation of the physical world. So, get off the burning platform; and with great optimism, realize and accept that the future is something yet to achieve!

The 3rd presentation was by Machina Research, Global advisors on M2M, the Internet of Things, and Big Data. Machina provided the results of the Niagara Community survey and IoT market intelligence and strategic emerging market insights.

Stay tuned for more on 2014 Niagara Summit!