ControlTalk NOW for Week Ending April 20, 2014

ControlTalk NOW for week ending April 20, 2014 features another segment of The INNOVATOR, OME Facility Solutions’ Rick Warner does it again, and some informative posts on the Niagara Summit 2014 Powered By Possibilities, and with Tridium’s Nino DiCosmo and Jenny Graves(@AllThingsJLG), along with a barrage of new of ideas, products, and solutions shaping our HVAC industry.

ControlTalk Now Week Ending April 20, 2014 Master from Eric Stromquist on Vimeo.

Wayne_JennyOne More Reason to Attend the Niagara Summit: The Business Track!The Niagara Summit will be the hottest show in town. See the products, meet the people, and learn about the technologies that make building automation controls work around the world. The Business Track will focus on the business aspects of integration, connectivity and interoperability – the business value of Niagara. With over 400,000 instances of the Niagara Framework deployed globally, this track provides a look into use cases of Niagara-based solutions, explores new application offerings; new revenue stream opportunities and the market trends that are driving adoption today and tomorrow.

Honeywell 180x120Honeywell Announcement SymmetrE R410.2 Global Schedules Service Pack 1 is Now Available: Honeywell is pleased to announce the availability of Global Schedules Service Pack 1 for SymmetrE R 410.2. The changes include: Improved scheduling capabilities including a redesigned schedule calculation engine, new generic software based scheduler, and a simplified scheduling interface that is more consistent with an operator’s concept of scheduling.

HW RedlinkSee What Makes the Honeywell RedLINK So Cool!!! Thanks to our knowledgeable and multi-talented friend David Witherspoon, the ControlTrends Community can see just how cool, powerful, and flexible the Honeywell RedLINK System is. Great video David! Honeywell’s exclusive RedLINK Wireless Technology – and our full-suite of wireless-enabled comfort systems – help you better meet your customer’s comfort needs and connect you to expanded business opportunities. Accessory add-ons offer comfort, convenience and connection your customers are willing to pay for.

Rob Allen8.51.33 PMRob Allen’s 7 Minutes of Control: Lighting it Up with Blue Ridge Technologies Pt.1: In this episode Rob Allen and Michael Bonner talk to Blue Ridge Technologies and get the 411 on how to do better lighting control. Unified Lighting Control completes the BAS, incorporating lighting and HVAC controls on the same network. This network consolidation eliminates surplus hardware required for stand-alone and gateway lighting control.

jennygravesSubmission Deadline For Tridium Awards: Jenny Graves Explains. One of the things that will make this year’s Niagara Summit epic is that for the first time ever Tridum will be presenting Achievement Awards. Niagara Summit 2014 Powered By Possibilities, and Tridium’s VP of Marketing and Communications, Jenny Graves(@AllThingsJLG). Jenny brings the ControlTrends Community up-to-speed with NS14 and the Niagara Innovator of the Year Award and the Niagara New Product Showcase Award and their respective prizes (HUGE!).

ControlcoSystems Integrator Controlco Now Offering Hosting Services to the Building Automation Industry. There are plenty of standard business options for datacenter storage and server space, but Controlco, after spending five years customizing traditional data center storage packages, has invested in the infrastructure to supply the real-time control that they and other energy and building managers need.

Niagara_Summit2014Help Make Vegas the New Silicon Valley. Niagara Summit 2014 Powered by Possibilities April 27–29, 2014, at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The world of business doesn’t just benefit from innovation – it demands it. To meet that demand, we work tirelessly, pushing the Niagara Framework to the forefront of technology. This April 27-29, visit Las Vegas for Niagara Summit 2014 and see how innovation and technology are transforming the possibilities of the Niagara platform.

BelimoA Peek at Belimo’s New America’s Headquarters… WOW! Mt. Belimo to Open October, 2014. The new Belimo facility is an impressive, ultlra-modern, and simply a massive facility that overlooks the peaceful landscape of the neighboring areas. As the Belimo manufacturing facility nears its grand opening, Belimo moves closer to releasing another powerful measure of brand-building, as well as undoubtedly securing their unparalleled future success — and growth.

RickWarner ControlTalk NOW’s guest this week is the infamous INNOVATOR, Mr. Rick Warner from OME Facility Solutions. Rick shares his vast knowledge of the industry from the inside out, explaining the genesis of innovation within OME, who focuses on the enhancement of automation and the ease of use of interface with automation technology for facility management. After 20 years and the integration of computerized and automated technology in nearly every facet of every industry within the United States and across much of the world, OME is a market leader in providing industry and user specific solutions which enable not only an analysis of efficiency, usage and management of facility technologies, but also a means of control of those same building and facility controls.

LynxspringUsing Lynxspring Drivers to Control Building Automation Systems: Clayton Plymill showed the group at the Stromquist & Company Lynxspring lunch and learn how to use the wide range of Lynxspring drivers to be more competitive on retrofit building automation control jobs. Lynxspring drivers give contractors the ability to to communicate and control different building automation control systems.

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The Easy Way to Offload Your JACE’s Modbus Traffic: The following is from our friends at Contemporary Controls: April 2014 — Although the JACE has the ability to communicate Modbus RTU over one of its serial ports, Modbus points cannot be discovered like BACnet points requiring manual configuration of each Modbus register. By using external Modbus RTU to BACnet gateways, with pre-defined Modbus device profiles, configuration of Modbus registers is just as quick as configuring BACnet points allowing to greatly reduce the time to configure Modbus devices in the field.

MarcPetock“Just Because” — Credibility, Choose Your Words Carefully, by Marc Petock, Vice President Marketing, Lynxspring. In today’s business world and especially in our industry, we are all in sales even though we may not have “sales” as part of our titles or imprinted on our business cards. I recently came an article in INC magazine by Eric Holtzclaw that got me to thinking about sales and the sales pitch. The article was entitled “One Word That Kills Your Credibility.” “I have watched more salespeople and companies pitch their ideas over the years than I care to count. And during thousands of interviews with consumers about how they use different products and services and respond to marketing messages.”

BillJonesMr. Jones’ Control Tip: Burner Ignition Basics: Mr. Jones has done it again! Check out his excellent training video on the basics of burner ignition control. Whether you have a hot water heater and a gas valve, a domestic boiler, or a huge industrial boiler the burner ignition basics are the same. Stromquist & Company’s Bill Jones shares some more of his control knowledge. In this video, Mr. Jones explains the basic of ignition control. Must watch; great effects.

NinoTridium’s Nino DiCosmo on Why This Year’s Summit is Going to Be Great! One of the many reasons this is a must attend event is the opportunity to meet and rub elbows with the likes of Nino DiCosmo and Jenny Graves. As the president of Tridium, Nino will be sharing his vision for how Tridium will catapult the building automation business forward. Jenny Graves, VP of Marketing and Communications, will share ways to use social media to expand your business reach.

DG_DontMissItDGLogik Takes IoT, Building Data Technology to Las Vegas! April 28, 2014 at Booth 101 in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is where big data meets advanced, REAL-time visualizations! We will be introducing the elevated, data visualization experience of our building automation systems technology to executives, building owners, engineers, developers, programmers, Niagara users and more!

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Honeywell Announcement SymmetrE R410.2 Global Schedules Service Pack 1 is Now Available

Honeywell 180x120Honeywell is pleased to announce the availability of Global Schedules Service Pack 1 for SymmetrE R 410.2. The changes include: Improved scheduling capabilities including a redesigned schedule calculation engine, new generic software based scheduler, and a simplified scheduling interface that is more consistent with an operator’s concept of scheduling.

Enhanced download status information with a new Download Status summary that provides more detail about download progress such as the status of current downloads, time elapsed/time remaining, and failed downloads.
An improved schedule audit trail for improved diagnostics and logging for troubleshooting.

Note that this service pack includes some changes to advanced configuration settings stored in SQL Server. DailyDownloadTime changes are automatically migrated but all other settings (such as ScheduleHistoryMonths) are not migrated. If you have customized these settings ensure you review the changes and re-apply as appropriate after installation.

Before installing Global Schedules Service Pack 1, you must review the Software Release Bulletin, as this explains the installation process for the service pack and the items resolved since the original introduction of R410.2, which can be downloaded from the Buildings Forum.
Please review the Configuration & Operators Guide included in the software update package thoroughly with your customer before installing this update. Review the Base Schedules concept introduced in this package with the system operators before it is installed.
This software update requires SymmetrE R410.2 Service Pack 1.
The following documents can be downloaded from the Buildings Forum, which can be accessed by the link:

ControlTalk NOW for Week Ending April 6, 2014

ControlTalk NOW for week ending April 6, 2014 features Niagara Summit 2014 Powered By Possibilities, and Tridium’s VP of Marketing and Communications, Jenny Graves(@AllThingsJLG). Jenny brings the ControlTrends Community up-to-speed with NS14 and the Niagara Innovator of the Year Award and the Niagara New Product Showcase Award and their respective prizes (HUGE!). With over 350,000 global instances of Niagara in operation, these new awards represent great opportunities for businesses using the Niagara Framework! Submit your Innovation or Product form by April 14, 2014! Winners will be voted on by Summit attendees using crowd sourcing through the social media channels.

ControltalkNow For The week Ending April 6, 2014 from Eric Stromquist on Vimeo.

CCControlsContemporary Controls: Three Quick Facts about Our BASautomation Products: Three quick facts from Contemporary Controls: Did You Know – that BASrouters used in pairs can extend your MS/TP wiring? For example if you have a new building or a remote location and you would like to extend your MS/TP wiring to the new cabling without having to pull new wires.

Ken SinclairKen Sinclair’s April Theme for Automated Buildings — Keeping the Cloud Open. Read about the very serious concerns that automatedbuildings.com Ken Sinclair raises regarding the openness of the CLOUD and what the cloud giants may be proposing — forewarning us of how the proprietary cloud noose knot is tied. Excellent articles by John Petze, Therese Sullivan, Toby Considine, Jim Sinopoli, and more.

J2_FinbuilderJ2 Innovations — Visualize Any Data Source with One Technology: With FIN Builder you can now use one technology to visualize a variety of data sources. Whether you want data from a CSV file, Niagara, Sedona, BACnet IP, or content from the stock market, FIN Builder provides the one tool to do it all. Why is this important? You can now train employees in FIN Builder (who don’t need to understand details about Niagara, Sedona, etc.) to build the entire Graphical User Interface (GUI), lowering your total direct costs on the job.

Easy-IOEasyIO is Proud Premier Sponsor at the 2014 Niagara Summit, in Las Vegas. A message from EasyIO’s Mike Marston: EasyIO is delighted and proud, to again be a Premier Sponsor at the 2014 Niagara Summit, in Las Vegas. At this 2014 Summit, EasyIO will release many new features that have been added to its flagship FG Series range of Controllers. The FG is not to be confused with a JACE, as it is targeted at the smaller building’s market sector, however, it does leverage the Niagara Framework, and works perfectly with a JACE or Supervisor, as its Area Controller and/or Supervisor.

jennygravesControlTalk NOW welcomes Tridium’s VP of Marketing and Communication, Jenny Graves(@AllThingsJLG) — who tells ControlTrends what the new Innovation and New Product Awards are all about. Make sure to get signed up for NS14, and for those Niagara Gurus, get your submission forms into NiagaraSummit@tridium.com right away (Must be received by Tridium NLT 5:00 PM EST to be eligible)!

Johnson-ControlsJohnson Product Update: Johnson Controls Variable Frequency Drives. Ken Smyers gets the 411 on the new and improved Johnson Controls line of Variable Frequency Drives: Micro Variable Speed Drives, Open Variable Speed Drives, IntelliPass Variable Speed Drives, and Enclosed Variable Speed Drives. Johnson Controls Variable Frequency Drives from Eric Stromquist on Vimeo.

wattstopper1More Great Energy Savings Products from WattStopper — New Optional Neutral Wall Switch Sensors. Marketing message from WattStopper’s Director of Product Marketing, Carlos Villalobos: I am pleased to announce a new family of Optional Neutral Wall Switch Occupancy Sensors, featuring WattStopper’s patent pending Neutral Sense Technology. This latest innovation from the brand you can trust for rock-solid reliability allows contractors to use any of these devices for two-wire OR three-wire applications, without any special configuration.

TheSmartGridSmart Meter Investments Benefit Rural Customers in Three Southern States. April 1, 2014: Since 2009, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the electricity industry have jointly invested over $7.9 billion in 99 cost-shared Smart Grid Investment Grant projects. Tri-State Electric Membership Corporation’s (Tri-State) Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) project has produced benefits for small, member-owned cooperatives and their customers in rural Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee in several ways.

jade_economizerHoneywell JadeTM Economizer Firmware Update. Honeywell is continuously working to improve the Jade economizer controller. We update the firmware when we make significant changes to the product that will enhance the user’s experience. The last version of the Jade firmware was 1.07 released in 2011.

DozierAdding GM8 Energy Monitors to Entouch Thermostats: Stromquist & Company’s Dozier Mills shows you step by step how to add an Entouch GM8 energy monitoring module to the Entouch thermostats. Entouch Smart Thermostats not only provide great temperature control but do a great job monitoring energy consumption. Great job Dozier !! Keep the videos coming !!!

dglux_building_automation_iconDGLux QR Code Reader Released! “A New Technology For Enhancing Operational Efficiency.” DGLogik releases “A New Technology For Enhancing Operational Efficiency” QR Codes, the 2-Dimensional barcodes that resemble a pixelated square, are a free, open media for embedding links, downloads, geographical data, technical documents, instructions, tutorial videos and other content. The ability to apply a tag (QR Code) to your equipment which is directly integrated with your work order management systems, building automation system, and geographic location is set to become an incredibly useful tool for building operators to increase efficiency.

BillJones_2Mr. Jones Control Tech Tip: How A Maxitrol Gas Pressure Regulator Works. Stromquist & Company’s Bill Jones shares some more of his control knowledge. In this video, Mr. Jones breaks down the Maxitrol gas pressure regulator design and shows you everything you need to know to install and troubleshoot the Maxitrol straight-through gas pressure regulators.

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Honeywell JadeTM Economizer Firmware Update

jade_economizer Honeywell is continuously working to improve the Jade economizer controller. We update the firmware when we make significant changes to the product that will enhance the user’s experience. The last version of the Jade firmware was 1.07 released in 2011.

We are pleased to announce the release of new firmware on new products assembled after April 1, 2014. Listed below are the changes from W7220 (Jade) firmware version 1.07 to version 1.11.

New Features

Added stall actuator alarm suppression to avoid nuisance alarms on dampers that do not go open the full 90 degrees. Operator can suppress the stall alarm in a range of damper motion using the PC tool.
For example, if the damper only opens 50% then the damper alarm stall would initiate. On the 1.11 version the operator through the PC MOD tool can suppress the alarm in a specified range (ex: 35% to 50% open) and the alarm will still initiate out of the selected range (ex: below 35%).

Added Discharge Air (DA) temperature alarms for lower out of range (discharge air temperature too cold) and high out of range (discharge air temperature too high) Ex: if the discharge low end of range is set for 45F and the DA goes below 45F then an alarm will initiate. If the upper end of the range is set for 80F then when the DA goes above 80F an alarm will initiate. The operator can set the range using the input buttons on the Jade or using the PC tool. Default is 45F for the low range and 80F for the high range.

Hid “Factory defaults” so operators in the field cannot go back to factory defaults unless they use the PC tool to turn on the factory default setting.

Increased Fan cfm for DCV auto calibration from 15000 cfm to 50000 cfm.

Added table to instructions for minimum position settings and checkout menu. See table.

There are 4 minimum position settings on the 2-speed fan and CO2 options and only 2 minimum positions checked out in the CHECKOUT menu. Therefore the lowest setting (VENT MIN High Speed fan) and highest (VENT MAX Low speed fan) settings are on the CHECKOUT menu. The table assists the operators in determining what will show on the CHECKOUT menu based on the speed of the fan and DCV settings chosen.

PC Mod tool software has been updated to allow the existing PC tools to communicate with the new 1.11 Jade firmware. You will need to go online to customer.honeywell.com/economizertools and download the new software for the PC tool on your computer. Follow the instructions on the PC ModTool instruction sheet. The latest software is compatible with all firmware versions of Jade.

ControlTalk NOW for Week Ending March 30, 2014

Welcome to ControlTalk NOW for week ending March 30, 2014. Spring is in the air (finally!) and the baseball season begins. This week’s guests are OME Solutions’, Rick Warner, AKA the INNOVATOR, and Honeywell National Accounts Executive, David Witherspoon, who gives ControlTrends the big-picture perspective of the vast resources national accounts require.

HighlightThe 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.

sy actuatorBelimo SY Actuator for Butterfly Valves: Belimo’s SY Series actuators were designed to work with their butterfly valves and other quarter turn valve applications. The patented gear drive mechanism provides for efficient, smooth operation while allowing easy manual override at any time. The SY actuators are NEMA 4, 4x rated and designed to meet the needs of HVAC and Commercial applications. Offered on the HSU and HS butterfly valve series, these actuators are available for on/off and modulating applications. Depending on the application, they are available in 24 VAC, 120 VAC and 230 VAC.

realcomm1Today’s Realcomm Live Webinar: BAS, BMS, EMS, BOS – Uncovering the Smart Building Platform. Today’s LIVE Webinar: 12:30pm – 2:00pm EDT We’re starting to see widespread acceptance of the concept of a smart, connected building. While considering a comprehensive plan that involves operations, energy, sustainability and occupant systems, there arethere are myriad challenges but the opportunities of connectivity, integration and interoperability are extraordinary.

RickWarnerControlTalk NOW first guest is the president of OME Solutions, RICHARD K. WARNER, PE, LEED BC&D, CEM, DCEP, CXA, EBCP. The string of titles and certifications after Rick’s name give immediate testament to the wealth of knowledge and experience Rick possess and so willingly shares with the ControlTrends community through his Innovation Corner. Rick, AKA, the INNOVATOR, will be back — providing much important content in the upcoming weeks. Don’t miss the INNOVATOR series!

irs_imageIRS Virtual Currency Guidance & March 26th Update — In Case You Were Wondering. On a not too distant ControlTalk NOW, the subject of virtual currency and Bitcoin as a virtual payment, brought up some interesting dialogue, which left us speculating on the future impact it may make to our industry, if any impact at all. In either case, for the benefit of our ControlTrends Community, here is the latest information from the IRS concerning virtual currency.

trendview_v5_recorderHoneywell Paperless Recorders: Honeywell offers Trendview data recorders and an advanced analysis software suite to meet data recording needs. Three models are available with screen types that display various combinations of horizontal and vertical charts, digital values and bar graphs.

NiagaraNiagara Summit 2014 Awards: Call for Entries! Since the last Summit, have you launched a new product that is based on or interfaces with the Niagara framework? Have you completed a Niagara-based project that exemplifies innovation, creativity and collaboration? If so, we hope that you will submit an entry for two new awards that Tridium will be presenting at the Niagara Summit to customers for exemplary industry achievement.

DavidWitherspoonOur second guest on ControlTalk NOW, Honeywell National Accounts Executive, David Witherspoon. David provides great insight on how Honeywell has many channels to offer their national, even global customers with the open and consistent solutions they need and how products like Honeywell’s RedLINK wireless products now add to the modular concept of increasing the value of solutions over time.

VEM-Diagram (1)“Just Because” — Improved Energy Efficiency Insights from Marc Petock, Vice President, Marketing at Lynxspring. Lynxspring is changing the way devices and systems communicate and collaborate across enterprises. Energy efficiency continues to be the largest contributing factor to flat-lining electricity use. The decline is due to many factors, from changing weather and economic recessions to the wider adoption of energy efficiency measures. But it is the latter that might explain the trend in recent years, according to a new study from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

PublicPrivacyPublic Privacy — An Oxymoron Worthy of Consideration. This ControlTrends post takes a small step towards addressing the enormous subject of Public Privacy as it pertains to Big Data. The boundless use and proliferation of Big Data is now everywhere at once — for every conceivable purpose from medical diagnoses and corresponding treatment plans, advertising networks, data brokers, insurance providers, smart grid operators and energy usage managers (our insertion point to this subject), public and private traffic management, border control, access to employment, criminal investigations and sentencing, justice authorities, scientists, the granting of social welfare, and combating social security fraud. The benefits are all too obvious. But what next? IBM has introduced “autonomic computing.”

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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.

ControlTalk NOW for Week Ending March 16, 2014

Mike Welch’s interview and review of DALI and LED Lighting are featured in this week’s ControlTalk NOW, along with another batch of new products, solutions, and as always, breaking news from the HVAC Industry and need-to-know information. Welcome again, to ControlTalk NOW.

ControlTalk Now March 16 from Eric Stromquist on Vimeo.

cyber-pro-200Lots to Learn from the Target Cyber Incident: Building management cyber security should be part of an overall risk management process and a company procedure. “We Can Learn From the Target Cyber Incident,” by Marc Petock, Vice President Marketing, Lynxspring and Connexx Energy as published originally in the March, 2014 edition of automatedbuildings.com. The Target incident is another example of a cyber-incident that struck close to our industry and is another stark wake up call to businesses to be more vigilant and to take more preventative care when it comes to the cyber security of their assets.

realcomm1Realcomm Advisory Update: SPRINT Real Estate & CBRE Embrace Mobility to Set High Innovation Benchmark. The Sprint real estate group together with CBRE created an innovation program focusing on mobile technologies. The goal was to create e Sprint real estate group together with CBRE created an innovation program focusing on mobile technologies. The goal was to create a formal structure where leading ideas could be explored, vetted, implemented and evaluated.

aci logoACI Brings Home The Trophy: ACI, won again at the ControlTrends Awards! This year ACI won the Award for the 2013 ControlTrends Awards Peripheral Product of the Year from a Small Manufacture. If you need sensors ACI has a solution for you. Congratulations ACI! Few manufacturing companies are able to balance an aggressive competitive spirit with a palpable corporate heartbeat. ACI is not just an industry leader, but a committed community member able to sustain an active and viable community commitment, which is not an easy task to perform. ACI does it all so well and they make it seem easy. Take a look at ACI’s intuitive website, you’ll be very impressed.

Mike-WelchWhy LED Lighting Might Not Be Your Best Choice: Mike Welch Explains. Thanks again to our friend Mike Welch, from Control Network Solutions UK, for how outstanding thoughts and insights on lighting, lighting control and how to have a smarter building. CNS is a Niagara AX® Developer, Tridium and Honeywell Partner. CNS has a successful track record of creating both client specific and off the shelf web based solutions to the SMART buildings control environment world. They are based upon open standards network communication protocols and compatible with the “Internet of Things” (IoT) and demands for “big data” cloud based analytics.

HW_TalkingStat2020 Thermostat Odyssey: Picking a Smart Thermostat for Stanley Kubrick’s House. In perhaps the most current and comprehensive smart thermostat report to date, Rachel Cericola reviews the next-gen “quasi-stats” now available. The list contains many of the usual suspects, but also includes a few “outside the box and not just a thermostat” thermostats, or “quasi-stats,” that are competing in the smart-stat market — especially aimed at the feature-hungry, up-scale, and smart DIY homeowners. Rachel also provides some good advice to consider before buying a smart thermostat.

HW.001Honeywell Wins The Trendy: Best Marketing Tools and Support. Congratulations to Amy Anderson and her marketing team at Honeywell for the winning the 2013 ControlTrends best Marketing and Support Award. Honeywell’s new approach to reach the hearts, minds, and warehouses of its distributors means that Honeywell will be busy touring the country the months of October and November, launching new high-end integration items like the competitively priced Sylk LCD wall module, Sylk IOs, and new additions to their Spyder and Stryker family, as well as their expanding field devices including new valves and actuators.

TS_ImHere_ceiling-tileTherese Sullivan on the SensorWeb: Is ‘Finding Stuff’ the Killer App that Will Drive IoT adoption in Buildings? Therese Sullivan, Buildingcontext.me highlights the brands and people that are succeeding at marketing to buildings professionals via digital media. In this article Therese keeps the ControlTrends Community on top of the SensorWeb developments. We just took one big step toward the Sensor Web—a concept that combines sensors, Geographical Information Science (GIS) and mobile telecom’s location-based services (LBS).

DataFlow_graphic_2DGLogik’s Latest Feature Release: Dataflow – Modern Visual Programming for Building Automation
San Francisco – March 7, 2014 — DGLogik is excited to announce the addition of a revolutionary feature called Dataflow, to our 2013 award winning product – DGBox. With Dataflow, DGBox users now have the ability to create logic sequences within a modern visual programming UI. Connect and command all devices, objects and operations as “smart blocks” with inputs and outputs…without having to write any script!

HW_AX3_1Honeywell Announces the New AX3-PPC Programmable Plant Controller: Honeywell is pleased to announce the availability of the AX3-PPC programmable plant controller, which is ideal for controlling and monitoring a building system including HVAC equipment, lighting and meters. The AX3-PPC programmable plant controller, which is ideal for controlling and monitoring a building system including HVAC equipment, lighting and meters.

S1‐TTSCC02 York Affinity Wi‐Fi JCI – York Announce Affinity S1‐TTSCC02 Wi‐Fi Communicating Control Product Introduction. In JCI’s continued effort to expand their Affinity product offering, JCI is pleased to introduce the Wi‐Fi capable version of their Affinity Residential Communicating Control. The Wi‐Fi capability provides homeowners with remote access to the control system from their Smartphone or tablet device using the IntelliComfort™ mobile app, allowing them to easily monitor the status of every enabled system device.

BBkings112013 ControlTrends Awards Highlights: And the Award Goes To… Thanks to our Mr.Jones (Bill Jones) for this great video of the 2013 ControlTrends Awards. Bill and his team worked very hard behind the cameras to make sure the magic of the 2013 ControlTrends Awards was captured on film. Nice job Mr.Jones!

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Honeywell WEBs-AX 3.8 is Now Available for Download on the Buildings Forum

Honeywell 180x120Honeywell is pleased to announce the availability of the WEBs-AX 3.8 system software which includes software tools for Spyder, Stryker and Venom. This packaged software saves substantial amount of time by not requiring customers to download and install the tools separately.

The WEBs-AX software is now updated with several new features which include significant security enhancements, improved data management, with updated vector graphics support, enhanced mobile functions, and support on Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.

WEBs-AX 3.8 Features:
•Integrated Package: ◦Release also includes BAS tools Spyder, Stryker and Venom App
•Security Enhancements
•Data Management
•Vector Graphics Support
•Enhanced Mobile Function
•Niagara Guest Account
•Enhanced Password Management
•Asian Character Support
•Windows 8 and Windows 12 Support

Learn more about what’s new with WEBs-AX 3.8

WEBs-AX 3.8 integrated software can now be downloaded from the Honeywell Buildings Forum by navigating to the Buildings Forum.

Resources: The Buildings Forum – Home > Honeywell WEBs™ > WEBs-AX Software Releases > WEBs-AX 3.8
•WEBs-AX 3.8.38.1 Release Notes
•WEBs-AX 3.8.38.31 Software Release Bulletin
•WEBs-AX 3.8 Features & Technical document
•WEBs-AX 3.8 Features Presentation (power point)
•WEBs-AX 3.8. Test Summary (power point)
•White Paper Niagara Framework AX 3.8 Secure Computing for Protected Premises

WEBs-AX 3.8.38.31 Package Content: The WEBs-AX 3.8.38 package consists of WEBs-AX 3.8 release as well as the following tools and new drivers. The WEBs-AX software has been thoroughly tested with the above tools. The software release bulletins for these tools are available in the doc folder of the build package. In addition, please check out the following link, which provides you audio & video of step by step instruction of the VAV balancing using the Venom tool on WEBs-AX 3.8 software.

ControlTalk NOW for Week Ending March 1, 2014

Welcome back to ControlTalk NOW. This week’s edition features interviews and articles with Mike Welch, Control Network Solutions who provides insight to the success (and still untapped potential) of DALI Lighting and the “Up-skilling” of the traditional systems integrator; Ken Sinclair, Automatedbuildings.com explains the origin and evolution of the oBIX Standard; Brian Turner,Controlco, reviews the limits and possibilities of wireless technologies; and OME Facility Solutions’, Rick Werner discusses a variety of relevant industry issues. Enjoy.

FazioMechanical“Statement on Target Data Breach” Released by Fazio Mechanical. ControlTrends thanks Paul Burke, VP, M&M Controls out of Timonium, MD for passing along Fazio Mechanical’s Official Statement on the Target Data Breach. Fazio Mechanical wasn’t monitoring any of Target’s facilities remotely; rather, the data connection exclusively for (Target’s) electronic billing, contract submission and project management.

CTA_LOGO1HVAC Superstars on The Red Carpet at the 2013 ControlTrends Awards: Thanks to Stromquist & Company’s, Bill jones, for putting this video together. Our Mr. Jones, was working hard at the ControlTrends Awards to make sure the rest of the world got to see how the HVAC Stars shine.

bob kochWatch Bob Light off a Maxon Burner…….Boom!!! Stromquist & Company’s Bob Koch demonstrates in a very effective simulation how a typical commercial burner operates, using real and fully functioning parts and pieces (quite professionally, we might add) that create the safest burner environment possible and assure that there is NO BIG BOOM! Bob walks through every aspect of the combustion train, from the main gas pressure and Maxitrol appliance regulators,to the Antunes high-low gas pressure switches, to the MAXON double block and bleed gas safety shutoff valves, to the Honeywell UV scanner and RM7800 series flame safeguard controller with its display module used for start-up and trouble-shooting. Great job Bob!

lynxspring_logo Lynxspring Adds to JENEsysONE Controller Portfolio with New JO-PC3-MC Controller: February 20, 2014 Lee’s Summit, MO – Lynxspring, a premier developer and provider of open platform control solutions for building automation, energy management, cyber security and edge-to-enterprise integration today announced the market availability of the availability of the JENEsysONE JO-PC3-MC controller. JENEsysONE is part of Lynxspring’s portfolio of JENEsys® branded internet based automation technology and edge to enterprise solutions for Building Automation, Energy Management, Cyber Security, Equipment Control and Specialty Applications.

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Sean Johnson interviews Honeywell’s Tom Rosback after Tom received the coveted 2013 ControlTrends Awards Building Automation System of the Year on behalf of Honeywell at the BB King Blues Club. Congratulations to Honeywell!

automatedbuildingsKen Sinclair, Building Automation’s Emeritus Extraordinare, Shares Deep Insight on ControlTalk NOW: Thanks once again to Ken Sinclair for appearing on this week’s ControlTalk Now. This video is the just 12 minute segment of Ken’s part of the show. Please watch — and share this video with others, so that our industry may better understand and appreciate what Ken Sinclair, and his wife Jane and automatedbuildings.com has done, and continues to do, for our industry.

Johnson-ControlsJohnson Controls Reaches Out to All Distributors: MERCURY THERMOSTAT COLLECTION: Subject: MERCURY THERMOSTAT COLLECTION. Johnson Controls requests your support to establish a collection point at all your business locations for waste mercury containing thermostats. Dear Distributor: Johnson Controls requests your support to establish a collection point at all your business locations for waste mercury containing thermostats. All states require the proper handling of waste mercury containing thermostats in accordance with state and federal “universal wastes” regulations in order to streamline their collection and transport. Furthermore, many states have gone beyond the federal requirements and are requiring thermostat manufacturers to implement collection programs.

N4PREMIERE_SPONSORNiagara Summit 2014 Powered By Possibilities! Did We Mention it’s in Vegas? This is one event Niagara users can’t miss. In Vegas, baby! Tracks: Business // Applications // Developer // Technology Trends. What can you expect from the Niagara Summit? Amazing keynotes from industry leaders and experts. Relevant and helpful brainstorming sessions. Valuable networking opportunities. Thoughtful discussions about next-generation solutions for automation infrastructure technology. Did we mention it’s in Vegas? REGISTER NOW!

smartgrid.govChattanooga has the World’s Only “Innovation Accelerator” — GIGTANK and Next-Gen Businesses. February 24, 2014: DOE believes an “All of the Above” Energy strategy must be pursued with an “All of the Above” Innovation Strategy. As we have demonstrated through our investments in fundamental research and development, ambitious deployments under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and public-driven activities like the American Energy Data Challenge, we are committed to supporting public and private innovation to build a smarter, cleaner and more resilient grid.

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WattStopper Introduces Their NEW Wireless RF Occupancy Sensors & Switches:
WattStopper is pleased to announce the launch of their new Wireless RF Occupancy Sensors and Switches, available individually or in kits. The following marketing tools and resources are available: Flyer, WattStopper.com, and Press Release.

CNSControlTalk NOW’s first guest, Mike Welch from Control Network Solutions (CNS), Global Suppliers of Smart Products and Solutions for Intelligent Buildings since 1996. Mike is bona fide expert and industry leader in Digital Addressable Lighting Interface. CNS is a Niagara AX® Developer, Tridium and Honeywell Partner. It has a successful track record of creating both client specific and off the shelf web based solutions to the SMART buildings control environment world. They are based upon open standards network communication protocols and compatible with the “Internet of Things” (IoT) and demands for “big data” cloud based analytics. CNS is the creator of the world’s first web DALI intelligent lighting control solution called elitedali™ and EnOcean Ethernet wireless/batteryless device network solution called CNS-Enocean™.

Chris-Lane.001Johnson Controls’ Chris Lane Wins at The 2013 ControlTrends Awards: Congratulations to Chris Lane from Johnson Controls. Chris was Co-winner of the 2013 ControlTrends Best Technical Support Person of The Year. This is quite an honor as Chris was chosen by the world-wide ControlTrends community for his dedication and excellence

OMERick Warner Shares His Knowledge on ControlTalk: A special thanks to the very knowledgeable and informative Rick Warner from OME Facility Solutions. Ken and Eric talk to Rick about a variety of relevant topics, from the systems integrator of the future, to the must read book on innovation, to how to find and hire the right talent to be successful in today’s competitive building automation, and the DDC controls market. Rick is one of the brightest minds in our industry and we are very grateful for his willingness to share his expertise and insight.

Brian-Turner-Thumb.Limits and Possibilities of Wireless Technologies: Exploring this trend with a critical eye Wireless Technologies: Limits In this new digital age, wireless technologies can’t help but sound sexy. Where would you be now if you had to plug your computer into an Ethernet cord every time you wanted to watch a movie on Netflix? But while there are extremely useful consumer applications for wireless technologies, building automation systems are not always one of them.

tim_chambleeTim’s Tech Tips: Understanding Chiller Surge: “Just the Facts ma’am.” No, it’s not Joe Friday from the 70′s television series Dragnet, it’s Stromquist & Company’s Tim Chamblee. Tim in addition to being a super star salesman for Stromquist & Company is one of the best trainers in the country.

Ed-and-Eric1.0012013 ControlTrends Awards HighLight: Congratulations to Ed Merwin from Tridium and Mike Marston from Easy IO, co winners of the 2013 ControlTrends PID Award. The PID Award is an honor bestowed on an individual(s) that consistently exhibit the qualities of Professionalism, Integrity, and Dedication by the world wide ControlTrends community. Great job Ed and Mike!

MikeM.001ControlTrends Award Highlight: On The Red Carpet With EASY IO:Check out Mike Marston and the team from Easy IO as they walk the Red Carpet at the 2013 ControlTrends Awards at BB King’s Club in New York City. Congratulations to Ed Merwin from Tridium and Mike Marston from Easy IO, co winners of the 2013 ControlTrends PID Award. The PID Award is an honor bestowed on an individual(s) that consistently exhibit the qualities of Professionalism, Integrity, and Dedication by the world wide ControlTrends community.

kensinclair1oBIX Redux, ControlTalk NOW’s second guest is AB’s Ken Sinclair, who traces the Life Cycle and Refresh Cycle of a XML Standard: It was in January 2002, that automatedbuildings.com first sensed the tremors conveying both the direction and impact (Information Model: The Key to Integration) of the coming IT-quake that the internet and Web Services would have on the building automation industry. AutomatedBuilding’s rich archives contain the evolving history of a standard that begins with the Open Letter, and the first oBIX chairman, Paul Ehrlich’s interview and continues on to present times, with the 30-day Public Review and oBIX’s 1.1 refresh cycle and automatedbuildings.com’s contributing editor, Toby Considine’s oBIX, Smart TVs, and Commercial Buildings. Make sure you read! “oBIX & Project Haystack — Understanding where each fits.”

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