ControlTrends is joined by Therese Sullivan, editor of BuildingContext.me, in summarizing amazing Day 2 of 2017 Haystack Connect — which shifted into overdrive as Keynote speakers Rita H. Wouhaybi, Systems Architect, Intel and Milan Milenkovic, Principal, IoTsense, took the early morning stage and helped to bring the enormous macro potential of Project Haystack into perspective. It is quite clear that there are no boundaries when it comes to data and scaling opportunities — and scaling strategies. A full complement of breakout sessions followed till 5:30 PM, with themes ranging from Industrial IoT & Connected Buildings, to Project Haystack on the Energy Path, to Large Scale IoT Architectures – The Role of the Cloud and the Edge – Lessons Learned in Large-Scale Cellular-Connected Systems. See complete breakout schedule. Also, insightful interviews with Brian Turner, OTI; Steve Guzelimian, Optertgy; and Ron Victor, IoTium.
Award winning KMC Controls is proud to be a partner with Dell as the building automation industry leaps into the 21st century. The introduction of IoT to building automation systems is changing the way that occupants interact with their environment, their level of comfort, and the efficiency of buildings. Go ahead, we don’t mind if you call us building geniuses.
KMC Commander is a complete IoT platform for building automation that forms an end-to-end solution, from sensors and controllers (edge devices) to cloud-based remote management applications. Remote visualization and control are enabled via a cloud-hosted, mobile application based architecture with secure data access. The solution features embedded processing and security technology from Intel®, engineering and design collaboration with Dell OEM, and tagging and visualization software framework from J2 Innovations.
CANDI PowerTools software offers seamless, secure access to legacy and new Internet of Things (IoT) devices and data within smart buildings. Oakland, Calif. – October 20, 2016 – CANDI today announced that its PowerTools software has been integrated with the Intel® Building Management Platform (Intel® BMP), which is now available. Intel® BMP is a manageable IoT platform with built-in security that enables cloud-based smart building applications and services with easy access to the data and things in small to mid- sized buildings.
CANDI-enabled gateways simplify smart building deployments by making it quick and easy—and often automatic—to integrate smart products such as meters, switches, thermostats, lights, sensors, cameras, and building controls. The PowerTools device and data management platform bridges the most popular building IoT protocols, providing secure and easy access to normalized data through standard APIs.
“The IoT is rapidly expanding across industries. In the facilities and energy management markets, robust new solutions for smart buildings such as the Intel® BMP are industry-changers,” said CANDI CEO Steve Raschke. “CANDI PowerTools software provides the bridge between the Intel® BMP and the end applications that make buildings smart and connected. We make it easy to access and use more data from more devices, with a cost-effective, cloud-based solution.”
CANDI’s bidirectional edge-to-cloud data services enable an ecosystem of partners to provide comprehensive solutions for energy and facilities management, remote monitoring and control, predictive maintenance and other compelling smart building applications.
Traditionally, the high cost of building management systems (BMS) has been difficult to justify for 90 percent of North America’s commercial buildings that are under 100,000 square feet. But the proliferation of low-cost, advanced IoT technologies and open, cloud-based platforms are transforming building automation technology. Until now, the challenge has been bridging disparate legacy and IoT protocols to make smart building capabilities cost effective and easy to deploy for the small to mid-market.
Easy-to-Deploy Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Platform Accelerates Solution Providers’ Time to Revenue
PowerTools software includes easy-to-use discovery and management tools that enable integrators to quickly find and provision hundreds of installed devices to collect data, and bridge systems across a wide and growing range of protocols. The software also provides unique two- way communication capabilities to unlock remote control and management of building systems for cloud-based provisioning, monitoring, and control.
This Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform reduces development time and effort for solution providers with a pre-integrated building management platform that helps them quickly deploy, monitor, and maintain data and devices for complete smart building applications. As a result,solution providers can quickly offer exciting new solutions that scale across more sites, reduce cost of deployment, access more data, and deliver new services to new markets.
For more information on CANDI PowerTools, visit: www.candicontrols.com
For more information on the Intel® Building Management Platform, visit: www.intel.com/bmp
CANDI is disrupting the cost and scalability limitations of the smart building market. Its innovative, open technology easily and cost-effectively connects devices and data to the services that create smart buildings. CANDI PowerTools software is built into leading, low-cost Internet of Things (IoT) gateways, enabling building managers, smart building systems integrators, and enterprise service providers to instantly integrate communication with legacy building systems and next-generation IoT sensors and devices. CANDI handles the complex protocol and networking problems required to integrate smart device communications and provides a secure cloud operations center so that customers can deploy and manage multiple locations and assets using popular smart building services—quickly, easily, and with significant ROI. For more information, visit www.candicontrols.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast|PodCast for Week Ending August 21, 2016 introduces the ControlTrends Community to the executive forces now driving Distech’s redoubled efforts to deliver maximum synergy and value within the building space. Gain some invaluable insight into the innovation at work inside Acuity Brands Inc. Scott Muench and J2 Innovations at Realcomm| IBcon; Updated Honeywell software and contractor releases; Lynxspring reveals their JENEsys® Edge™ 100 Controller; Intel’s influence on the Smart Building; NexDefense SANS Institute Fictional Cyber Attack; and BASSG — Getting Better all the Time!The Easy Way to Move and Use Data in a Smart Building. Data, data everywhere! Big data is in vogue in the building automation and smart buildings controls industry, but like everything else that is new and exciting, there are lot’s of things that have to be dealt with once the initial buzz of excitement is replaced with “how the heck do we implement this?” For one thing, the cost… data might be free, but moving it around and using it can get expensive quickly.
You Missed the VFD Training Live Stream… We will post a copy of class soon! Tim Chamblee conducted Variable Frequency Drive training and provided an in-depth explanation of the application benefits, the potential energy savings, and the importance of proper grounding and wiring methods — and then demonstrates of the standard VFD applications, and highlighted the tremendous energy savings opportunities — available using a VFDs. Look for many more live training events from the Stromquist & Company in the near future.
Honeywell | Home 3rd Quarter 2016 Residential Partner Update. Please join us as we introduce Honeywell’s latest residential products designed to better serve your business. FROM THE HONEYWELL NEWSROOM: A recent study from Honeywell found that 9 in 10 Americans long for a connected device to automate and control features in their home when they’re out of town. In fact, more Americans (39%) worry about locking their doors than about packing essentials like toothbrushes, underwear or mobile phone chargers (36%), and one-third of Americans with a security system can’t even remember if they turned on the alarm before leaving.
Honeywell Releases MAXPRO Driver for WEBs-AX Software. Availability of MAXPRO driver for WEBs-AX Software. Honeywell is pleased to announce the release of the MAXPRO driver for WEBs-AX Controllers and WEBs-AX Supervisors which is based on the Niagara AX framework. The MAXPRO driver has been tested and qualified on WEBs-AX 3.6.407.2, WEBs-AX 188.8.131.52, WEBs-AX 184.108.40.206, WEBs-AX 3.8.111 and on the latest MAXPRO NVR software version (v.3.5.0 build 81).
Lynxspring Announces Immediate Availability of the JENEsys® Edge™ 100 Controller. New Controller Delivers the Niagara Framework® to the Edge! Dear Lynxspring Business Partner: We are pleased to announce the release and availability of our new JENEsys® Edge™ 100 Controller (JENE-EG100). Purpose-built, this Niagara-based controller is the first of its kind. Delivering the Reliability of Niagara to the Edge! JENEsys® Edge™ products are a new generation of controllers combining the Niagara Framework® with Lynxspring’s Onyxx® platform.
Distech Announces New VP of Global Sales. Controls people never die they just change companies… This just in from Martin Villeneuve, President, Distech Controls: Acuity Brands continues to position itself as the global market leader to deliver high-performance and innovative solutions to our customers. Acuity Brands is committed to building an infrastructure designed to extend our leadership positon; intensifying our efforts around our tiered solutions strategy is an essential component to accomplish our breakthrough objectives. To successfully execute our strategy, I am pleased to announce Dan Flaherty as the new VP of Sales for Distech Controls reporting to me. Dan has over 20 years of experience leading sales and marketing organizations that go to market through distribution, contractor, and agent channels in the HVAC, Security, and Fire Suppression industries.
ControlTalk NOW interview with Martin Villeneuve, President at Distech Controls, Dan Flaherty, Distech’s VP Global Sales, and Eugene Mazo, Eugene Mazo, VP — IoT, Customer Experience. While Acuity is deciphering and translating all the possible value synergies it now has available, these three top industry experts will help to set new standards in the HVAC, BAS, and a host of other emerging markets. Each of these executives is a formidable expert in their fields and with their combined talents, they are confident that they will deliver the next generation of innovation and technology — because they have the talent, engineering, and the resources needed — to get it done. Don’t miss this great video interview!
How Intel is Influencing the way we do Smart Buildings. If you want to see how you might be doing smart buildings in the future, look at what Intel is doing using IOT strategies now…. once Pandora’s box is open… As human beings we like consistency …..”if it’s not broke ” …. and other adages that pass as wisdom, influence us whether we like it or not. This kind of thinking will get you killed in today’s smart buildings controls market. We have been doing building automation controls since the death of pneumatic controls. We know what works — and we don’t mess around with what works… because it works!
NexDefense SANS Institute – Fictional Cyber Attack. CAUTION: Regardless of your position in the world, this video should almost ruin your day, and linger long enough to bother you… for at least a week… but, will it motivate you to allocate the resources and processes your organization’s needs to deal with this kind of cyber incident? Therein lies the cyber security rub. This NexDefense SANS Institute module provides a demonstration of a fictional cyber attack against a control system reliant infrastructure. It is a learning tool for educational purposes and designed to help organizations better understand and develop exercise scenarios. While the module was played during a large industry exercise, it was utilized to provide cybersecurity training awareness for the participants.
BASSG — Getting Better all the Time! We saw the original “Young Gun”, Alper Üzmezler, managing partner and chief innovator at BASSG Graphics, showed us his new Edge controller at the 2016 Niagara Summit Product showcase. Alper, never one to sit still, has made some improvements since New Orleans. His Edge controller packs a powerful punch. Among other things it includes: Visualytik (HTML5 drag and drop visualization engine with block programming), EAC Engine (Optimization engine in which it will consume live, historical and analytics data and write to real-time controls), Analytics Engine, and a Sedona Realtime control engine.
If you want to see how you might be doing smart buildings in the future, look at what Intel is doing using IOT strategies now…. once Pandora’s box is open…
As human beings we like consistency …..”if it’s not broke ” …. and other adages that pass as wisdom, influence us whether we like it or not. This kind of thinking will get you killed in today’s smart buildings controls market. We have been doing building automation controls since the death of pneumatic controls. We know what works — and we don’t mess around with what works… because it works!
Unfortunately, not only is there more than one way for things to work, there might even a better way that does not involve a JACE or the control systems that we know and love… hell, it might not even involve us.
This video was made over two years ago, and Intel and the players in Silicon Valley have not been standing still. If this does not serve as a wake up call to the new realities of smart buildings and smart building controls, then I don’t know what will.
So, wake up, smell the coffee, and get busy figuring out how you are going to play in the Smart Buildings future being created by companies like Intel, Cisco , and Google.
The last several years Intel has been showing up in force at smart buildings and building automation controls conferences. So, what is their play in our space? To find out I was lucky enough to have a conversation with one of the people in charge of Intel’s smart buildings initiative, Sunita Shenoy, Intel’s Director of Products, whose mission statement is: Fueling “Internet of Things” through Smart Building Solutions. Great interview and special thanks to Sunita — for giving us deeper insight to Intel’s vision and product road map.
(By therese554) Smart Building technology isn’t being adopted at the pace expected. Why aren’t more property owners getting off the sidelines? Chicago Bulls Basketball star Michael Jordan inspired a lot of sports watchers to become sports Do-ers in the 1980s and 90s. And, of course, there was the ‘Sneaks.’ Can tech-firm smart building All Stars be as motivating? Are their methods and tools a fit for the rest of us?
Last week Realcomm’s annual corporate real estate conference, CoRE Tech, happened in Silicon Valley. There were half-day tours of Stanford University, Cisco and Google campuses as well as of the new football stadium in Santa Clara. (For a photo collection of the day’s events, click here.) Intel hosted one afternoon of the conference at their headquarters. The next day Intel, Google, Microsoft and other IT companies were prominent on the stage. All these large-scale property owners have rich stories about their journey to the smart campus. But are they relatable role models when it comes to deploying intelligent building tech? Companies full of data scientists with lots of spare cash and enthusiastic C-Level cheering sections have certain advantages. I’m using the Michael Jordan/Nike metaphor here to say that, in spite of their exceptional-ism, the tech companies brought a mix of inspiration and tool showcasing that may be just what the market needs to break the inertia. When it comes to taking steps toward more comfortable, energy-saving buildings through digital controls, it is time to ‘Just Do It.’
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Ken Smyers caught up with Paul Rauker, VP of Systems and Controls, Daikin Applied, on the ground floor of the 2015 AHR Show. Paul expertly reviews the features of Daikin’s latest Intelligent Equipment, the Rebel RTU — that is the first IoT HVAC RTU. Paul shows us what extraordinary innovation is possible when collaboration takes place between industry and technology leaders, Daikin and Intel. This is innovative disruption that may (will) change the way Building Automation Controls are deployed inside of buildings and serve as the precursor of pushing equipment data directly to the cloud. Check it out, and let us know your thoughts in comments.
ControlTalk NOW for the Week ending January 4, 2015. Pod Cast Show Notes: ControlTalk NOW thanks this week’s Premium sponsors Honeywell and Siemens. This week, we review the major trends and events of 2014 — the Year of Disruption. Special interviews with Executive of the Year nominee and industry stalwart George Thomas, founder and President of Contemporary Controls, and Young Gun, Jason Houck, Director of IT and Integration at Hepta Controls Systems.
Honeywell invents and manufactures technologies to address some of the world’s toughest challenges initiated by revolutionary macrotrends in science, technology and society. A Fortune 100 company, we create solutions to improve the quality of life of people around the globe: generating clean, healthy energy – and using it more efficiently. Increasing our safety and security.
Siemens: 2014 European Building Technologies Company of the Year. Siemens offers a complete technical infrastructure portfolio for building automation, energy efficiency, fire safety, security, total building solutions and market-specific solutions in buildings and public places. Siemens offers a comprehensive range of building automation systems and HVAC products for every area of use like heating, ventilation, air conditioning, cooling application, and for every technical requirement.
ControlTrends 2014 Year in Review. We thank the ControlTrends Community for sharing another incredible year for the HVAC and Controls Industry that began with the 2014 ControlTrends Awards in NYC, and took us across the country and around the world to the 2014 CGNA Conference, 2014 Niagara Summit, 2014 Realcomm/IBcon, International Systems of America, Neptronic, Easy IO World Conference in Madrid, as well as our continuing coverage of all the major control trends, from wearable technology to cybersecurity.
ControlTrends is delighted to interview George Thomas founder and president of Contemporary Controls. Nominated for five ControlTrends Awards, Contemporary Controls enters its 40th year in the business! George Thomas and Contemporary Controls are a story that movies are made from. Few people have the personal and professional moxie it takes to build an enduring company from the cliched humble origins of a home-made microprocessor business started in a visionary’s basement, to a thriving international manufacturer of Industrial, Building, and Commercial Automation Components; Communication and Network Devices; and Building Automation Controllers.
George Thomas and his team at Contemporary Controls have weathered every sort of economic and competitive storm that an entrepreneur can expect, and their continued success reveals two very unique attributes: George Thomas and Contemporary Controls are just plain good and just plain smart! Visit George Thomas and Contemporary Controls at the 2015 AHR Show, booth 3531 and get your copy of “Network Communications for Buildings,” a compilation of articles Contemporary Controls has written on Ethernet, IP networks, Modbus and BACnet protocols.
ControlTalk NOW second interview with Jason Houck, Director of IT & Integration at Hepta Control Systems. Jason personifies the next generation of precocious master systems integrators whose career began while he was still in grade school. Jason shares his own experience, the Linux theory of self-accomplishment, and how he became an expert in Design & Implementation of Smart Building Networks, Integration of HVAC Controls, Lighting Controls, Electrical Metering, Fire Alarm Systems, Electrical Equipment and Elevators via multiple protocols such as Bacnet, LON, Modbus, OPC, Obix, and DDE.
2014 ControlTrends Awards PID Finalist Laura Kevitt. See why the World-Wide ControlTrends Community nominated the hard working Laura Kevitt as a finalist for the PID Award. The PID Award, which stands for Passion, Integrity, and Dedication is an honor bestowed on the individual that exudes these qualities. Those in the community that have had the opportunity to work with Honeywell’s Laura Kevitt can attest to her personification of these virtues. Laura, heads up national accounts for Honeywell’s ECC Building Automation Group.
2014 Energy Savings Solution Product of the Year Nominee — Belimo Energy Valve. Belimo’s Energy Valve is a strong favorite to win the 2014 Energy Savings Solution Product of the Year because of its incomparable engineering sophistication and bonafide performance that takes HVAC energy savings to the highest levels. Belimo is delivering the future of energy savings — today! Overview:The Energy Valve is a pressure independent valve that measures and manages coil energy by using an embedded electromagnetic or ultrasonic flow meter, along with supply and return water temperature sensors.
Ken Sinclair’s January 2015 Edition of Automated Buildings: Auto’s Autodidacticism. Another great edition of Automated Buildings is now available! The January, 2015 edition introduces AB’s editor Ken Sinclair’s critical evaluation on how self-learning is rapidly becoming such a necessary and essential tool for the HVAC. In 2011, Seth Godin declared that the internet freed us all from the tyranny of being selected. That it was time to select yourself. We are seeing this self-selection tenet in full motion and experiencing the impact that self-selection has already had on many industries — that have lost their once inalienable gate-keeper rights.
Johnson Controls Chris Eichmann: in the Hunt for ControlTrends Executive of the Year. Johnson Controls, Chris Eichmann is no stranger to success. As a former winner of the ControlTrends Executive of the Year, the hard working Chris, has been nominated as a finalist for the 2014 ControlTrends Executive of the Year – Large Manufacture.I had a chance to catch up with Chris in Atlanta. Check out my interview with Chris to see why he is so popular with the world wide ControlTrends community. Voting ends January 15th, so make sure to vote for your ControlTrends favorites.
Caution: Disruption Ahead! Data Sent to Cloud (Not to BMS) — Daikin Applied Intelligent Equipment. The Daikin-Intel disruption bell tolled rather loudly and clearly at the June 2014 Realcom/IBcon show in Las Vegas. Daikin, one of the world’s largest and most progressive equipment manufacturers, had already rolled out their Rebel Rooftop line, which put them in the pole position (kinda), because merging equipment and controls by utilizing the potency of IoT and new disruptive technology is great and does offer additional value to Daikin’s customers.
ControlTrends thanks Neptronic, this week’s ControlTalk NOW Platinum sponsor. Founded in 1976, Neptronic has a rich history of HVAC industry firsts, beginning with the earliest adoption and advancement of the direct coupled actuator (DCA) conversion in the North American market. Neptronic continued its industry innovation with the introduction of the ball valve and the capacitance fail safe feature (1996 Patent) — and more recently, won a coveted 2014 AHR Expo Innovative Award for their SKD Humidifier. Neptronic is a private corporation that designs, manufactures and distributes products for the HVAC industry, whose product line includes intelligent controllers, electronic actuators, actuated valves, humidifiers and electric heaters.
U.S. Department of Energy Webinar on Smart Grid Data Privacy: A Voluntary Code of Conduct. ControlTrends Community, here it is. Participation is requested (and important)! DOE information release, November 17, 2014: On Wednesday, December 11, 2014 the Energy Department’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability in coordination with the Federal Smart Grid Task Force will conduct a webinar to conclude the development phase of a Voluntary Code of Conduct (VCC) related to privacy of customer energy usage data for utilities and third parties.
ControlTrends Training: High Pressure Refrigeration Controls: A special thanks to Mike Glenn from Johnson Controls for putting this training video on High Pressure Refrigeration controls together. You can also check out Mike’s video on low pressure refrigeration controls by clicking here. These switches regulate critical functions within a refrigeration system and are essential to its proper operation. Low-pressure switches are commonly used to control compressor operation or act as a low-limit control.
We Need to Talk: Intel’s MICA — My Intelligent Communications Accessory. Okay, this version is a limited featured, fashion accessory for stylish women, but a few beefed-up wearable siblings, with shock-proof and waterproof features, can’t be far behind. This is the CONTEXTUALIZATION PRINCIPAL’s best example so far — that has figured out, “INTELigently,” how to claim enough wearable body real estate without significant negative consequence, and takes the lead as the Star-Trecky IoT game-changer that will link every aspect of your life to a connected device worn on your wrist. Get your VISAs out, it’ll probably be ready for your holiday purchases. Read more on Intel’s website!
GC Valves TIP: Solenoid Valves for Oil & Gas Burner Pilot Applications: GC Valves offers very competitive, high-quality solenoid valve solutions for general purpose, oil and natural gas burner, and custom-solenoid valve applications. Now that the cold weather has arrived, here is a reminder that GC Valves manufactures some of the most popular pilot valves for oil and natural gas burners.
Introducing 2014 Residential Thermostat of The Year Nominee: Honeywell Lyric Round is cool again! Round is cool again! Honeywell introduced the T87 Round thermostats when Ken Smyers, the man, the myth, the legend was but a mere tike. Round gave way to rectangular shaped thermostats and round stats got lost in the thermostatic style wars. It took a guy from Apple, Tony Fadell, to make round cool again when he introduced the Nest thermostat a couple of years ago. Not to be out done, Honeywell, the original purveyors of round, packed over 100 years of Honeywell control know-how into the ultra cool Honeywell Lyric.
How a VFD Pays for Itself:This week Stromquist hosted a Drive to Savings Day with Siemens and GA Power to educate our customers on the benefits of Variable Frequency Drives and GA Power’s current rebate programs for VFDs and other HVAC equipment. Most people already know that installing a VFD can save money by cutting back on the energy it takes to run equipment, but not everyone is aware that there are additional savings to reap by taking advantage of GA Power’s rebate opportunity. For any NEW drive installed on existing equipment, GA Power will issue a $50 per HP rebate. So a 20 HP drive will bring a $1000 rebate. Add that to the money saved in energy costs, and the new drive will pay for itself very quickly!
Smart Meters and Big Brother Video Editorial. Check out this video from Minivan Jack! Is he just being paranoid or does he have a point? If not through a smart meter, what about through a Nest thermostat collecting your information? Let me know what you think in comments.
Contemporary Controls’ Modbus Profile Builder Software for the BASgatewayLX is Now Available! November 2014 — The BASgatewayLX uses a csv (comma separated value) file that is uploaded to it to provide the modbus point list that will be polled. Contemporary Controls builds these Modbus maps and posts them on our BASgatewayLX profile page. If you need a Modbus that is not currently on line please contact us, and we will enjoy creating it for you.