Episode 248: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for Week Ending December 17, 2017 features Ken Sinclair, owner and editor of Automated Buildings, who continues his query into IoT and the building automation industry. Be sure to cast your votes for the 2017 ControlTrends Awards! Use the voting link below. [Read more…]
Episode 237: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings PodCast for week ending August 27, 2017 spotlights three prominent industry experts, starting with Honeywell’s National Accounts Sales Leader, David Witherspoon, followed by Hepta Systems’ CIO, Jason Houck, and J2 Innovations’ CEO, Jason Briggs. Honeywell rolls out their LCBS Connect™ Cloud-Based Light Commercial Control; 3 Emerging Technologies from Computrols’ Scott Holstein; and don’t miss our special ControlTrends farewell tribute to John Sublett.Honeywell Rolls Out The New LCBS Connect System The wait is over and Honeywell has officially launched their New Light Commercial Building System, the LCBS Connect. Join the fun at Smart Buildings Controls Master Distributor Stromquist & Company and see what all the excitement is about! LCBS Connect™ Cloud-Based Light Commercial Control improves service to your customers and grow your business. Remote HVAC system monitoring and diagnostics help you better serve your customers while spending less time in your truck.
ControlTalk NOW first interview is with Honeywell’s National Accounts Sales Leader, David Witherspoon, who shares with the ControlTrends Community his personal initiation and experience in a family business to his present position in the HVAC and Building Automation industry. David believes that Honeywell has taken the race to the small space to next level with their their new LCBS Connect™ Cloud-Based Light Commercial Control portfolio, a potential solution for light commercial buildings.
3 Emerging Technology Trends in Building Automation — Scott Holstein, Marketing Manager, Computrols, Inc. This article was provided by Scott Holstein, Marketing Manager, Computrols, Inc. Generally speaking, we see technology trends progress at a much faster rate in consumer products like cell phones and televisions than we do in the building automation industry. This is mostly because the building automation industry is slow to adapt to new technology, wanting to see it proven in other fields before implementing it in large-scale commercial applications.
ControlTalk NOW second interview is with Hepta Systems’ CIO, Jason Houck, and J2 Innovations’ CEO, Jason Briggs. Jason Houck is an Award-Winning Master Systems Integrator with Hepta Systems, a premiere MSI taking the leadership role in the Smart Building Controls industry. J2 Innovations’ Jason Briggs tells the ControlTrends Community about the game-changing technology inside FIN 4.0
ControlTrends Pays Tribute to John Sublett. had a chance to interview John, a while back, for ControlTrends People and thought publishing his Episode was the best way to capture some of his accomplishments and get a flavor for how this brillant gentleman has shaped building automation and smart buildings controls. John, thank you! You will be missed!
Day 2 introduced EasyIO’s World Class Leadership team spearheaded by Mike Marston, VP of EasyIO Holdings Pte Ltd., Lim Hoon Chiat, CTO/R&D EasyIO Holdings Pte Ltd., Johan Schakenraad, President & CEO EasyIO Europe, B.V. and Guido van Erp International Sales Manager, and Bullzevents. Lim demonstrated wireless wizardry for retrofits and Jim Stiber of Control Consultants, Inc., reviewed VAV and CVAHU applications for the new FW-8V. Guest Presenters included David Kipling, Vice President of Jabil Circuit Inc. (US), Andrius Jasiulionis, Automation Engineer, Helgevold Electro (Norway)and Scott Muench, VP Marketing, J2 Innovations (US)
GAME-CHANGING TECHNOLOGY: Lim Hoon Chiat and his EasyIO team continue to raise the bar introducing the FS-32, a high performance, server class controller with a quad-core processor and 8GB flash. Lim issued an industry-wide challenge to see if you have application or project big enough to slow it down (by then, he’ll have the 10 core processor ready). With the powerful CPT tool, software capabilities with HTML5 graphics, multi-functional adapter widgets, and the built-in VPN client/server, the FS-32 BMS controller is the industry’s biggest bang for the buck!
FW Series leads the Wireless Way! The FW-14 and FW-8 are freely programmable, Wi-Fi Sedona controllers that offer significant labor and wiring savings — simplify the extension your BMS network. Featuring SOX, TCOM, FGP2P and BACnet communication protocols, they are ideal for fan coil, AHU, and stand-alone applications. The FW-8V is a FW VAV controller that includes a built-in pressure pick-up sensor for air flow measurement.
The afternoon highlight was the tour of the Manchester United stadium, which was an amazing chance to see up-close and real, the playing field and facilities of one of the greatest sport franchises in the world. The evening at Audacious Church was the best team-building event of all times.
This ControlTrends video proves that our industry is full of superstars by day and rock stars by night. DAY 3 at 2017 Haystack Connect was another fire-hose day of new information, new perspectives, and technical insight beginning with opening remarks from Scott Muench, Vice President, J2 Innovations, followed by a special presentation from Keynote speaker, Rawlson O’Neil King, Communications Director, CABA “Intelligent Buildings and the Impact of the Internet of Things.” Donny Walker, PE, RCDD, Partner at Newcomb & Boyd and Rawlson O’Neil King join ControlTrends and Therese to discuss some of the highlights from DAY 3. A sumptuous closing Gala Dinner was followed by the fantastic Interoperable Blues Band led by Leighton Wolffe (aka Eric Clapton) and featuring John “Buddy Rich” Petze and Electric Factory X Recording Artists Jon Butcher and Megan Wolf.
Congratulations and thanks to Robin Bestel of BESTEL & ASSOCIATES, John Petze, Marc Petock, and the entire body of Haystack sponsors, speakers, panelists, breakout leaders, and all of the supporters — for another hugely successful and beneficial Haystack Connect. The global spirit of purpose, collaboration, and commitment — to maximize and optimize the meaning and value of data is unprecedented, and bodes extremely well for the continued progress and future of Project Haystack.
Episode 211: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast|PodCast for Week Ending Jan 8, 2017 features our interview with Ken Sinclair, owner and editor of Automated Buildings, who in his January, 2017 edition, continues his prescient insight into the future of our industry and talks about AB’s new Mission Statement to create a change in thinking and attitudes — and bringing satisfaction and comfort to the forefront as the new Measured Variables. Additionally, we review five more nominees for the 2016 Most Impactful Video category. Make sure to Vote for the 2016 ControlTrends Awards, which will be held at the Hard Rock Cafe, January 29, 2017!
2016 ControlTrends Most Impactful Video of the Year: Introducing FIN 4.0. A lot has been going on here at J2 Innovations! We recently announced our game-changing technology FIN 4.0 along with exciting new FIN Certified Hosts platforms. Check out the video below to experience first hand how FIN 4.0 uses tagging, data modeling, and HTML 5 to fundamentally change our industry.
Energy Department Launches New Manufacturing USA Institute Focused on Recycling and Reusing Materials. As part of the Manufacturing USA initiative, today the Energy Department announced its new Reducing Embodied-energy and Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) Institute, which will be headquartered in Rochester, New York and led by the Sustainable Manufacturing Innovation Alliance. REMADE will leverage up to $70 million in federal funding, subject to appropriations, and will be matched by $70 million in private cost-share commitments from over 100 partners.
Ken Sinclair’s Automated Buildings January, 2017 Theme: “Our Assets are People, not Technology.” Don’t miss this prescient interview with Ken Sinclair. We might suppose that it was the relentless rays of disruptive IoT light recently shone on our industry, that inspired Ken Sinclair, owner and editor of Automated Buildings, to rewrite his Automated Buildings’ mission statement, entitled: “Be the Catalysis/Harbinger of the IoT Future of Building Automation.” Yet, the real focus of the AB’s January, 2017 edition is the concept that people are still our greatest asset, not technology. As Ken reminds us, “We need to focus instead on our only assets, our people who have all been through several technology shifts in their life. They have seen hardware evaporate into software and become data in the IoT cloud or processes acted on at the edge.”
2016 ControlTrends Awards Details for Attendees. The 2016 ControlTrends Awards will be held on January 29, 2017 from 6:30 – 9:30 at the Hard Rock Café on the Las Vegas Strip. Please note that the Hard Rock Café is not part of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. The address of the venue is: 3771 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109. Please plan to arrive on time as we have a packed show this year that will kick off with a special treat, and you will want to be in your seat when it starts. If you have not voted yet, VOTE NOW! You have until January 19th, to cast your vote.
2016 ControlTrends Most Impactful Video of the Year: Contemporary Controls’ Understanding BACnet Part 1. Thanks to George Thomas and the team at Contemporary Controls for putting together this eight-part video series “Understanding BACnet.” Contemporary Controls is a leading global manufacturer of system building blocks for networking, integrating and controlling automation processes where performance and reliability are important.
2016 ControlTrends Most Impactful Video of the Year: Johnson Controls Smart Connected Chillers. Monitor Johnson Controls Smart Connected Chillers performance from anywhere. With buildings consuming 47 percent of global energy and about half of that coming from chillers, keeping on top of chiller performance is critical, not just for efficiency, but for occupant comfort and productivity. New technologies that form the Internet of Things (IoT) are making it easier than ever to stay on top of chiller maintenance – with data available anywhere, remote monitoring and diagnostics allow service technicians to proactively tackle potential issues, making preventative care and maintenance scheduling easier than ever.2016 ControlTrends Most Impactful Video of the Year: Schneider Electric’s SmartX Actuator MG350. The Schneider Electric SmartX MG 350 is the first NEW SmartX Actuator released globally. It is designed to control two and three-way globe valves in a wide range of applications. The MG350 SmartX Actuator is the platform for the future, acting as the foundation of both a SmartStruxure™ solution and SmartStruxure Lite solution. The critical information delivered by the actuator helps the BMS operate at optimal efficiency.
2016 ControlTrends Most Impactful Video of the Year: Johnson Controls, A New Evolution. In 1885, long before anyone talks about carbon footprints or climate change, Warren Johnson launches a company to explore new ways to harness and conserve precious energy resources. In doing so, he also launches a tradition of customer-focused innovation — a tradition that has inspired thousands of employees for more than 130 years and that continues to drive the success of Johnson Controls.
A lot has been going on here at J2 Innovations! We recently announced our game-changing technology FIN 4.0 along with exciting new FIN Certified Hosts platforms. Check out the video below to experience first hand how FIN 4.0 uses tagging, data modeling, and HTML 5 to fundamentally change our industry. Attention Systems Integrators! Get Jobs Done Faster and Easier — with industry leading software tools and cool applications that will help you sell more jobs, which you can engineer quicker, at a lower cost, generating more revenue for you — and more value for your customers.
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.
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.
ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast/PodCast for week ending July 31, 2016 offers a modified show, because of the excellent, but lengthy audio content. Our Podcast listeners get an extended bonus with the full interviews with industry expert and Lynxspring’s VP pf Marketing, Marc Petock, and Josh Bradshaw, the global-minded technologist and technical product strategist from Silicon Valley. Both, were too important and insightful to cut, hence, the extended Podcast. Additionally, more great product information, updates, and webinars from Alerton, Schneider Electric, EnTouch, Belimo, J2 Innovations, Loytec, Douglas Lighting Control, Siemon, and NEST PRO.
ACHR News FREE Webinar — Selling the Connected Home: How to Grow Your Business July 26, 2016 2pm EST. More than simply building connected products, Nest’s mission is to create a home that’s thoughtful – one that takes care of itself and the people inside it. Gene LaNois, general manager of Nest’s professional channel, will share his thoughts on the future of the connected home, what it means for the HVAC industry, and the important steps to becoming a smart home provider. During this webinar, attendees will: Gain an in-depth understanding of Nest products; Discover how the new “Connected Trade” removes seasonality; and Recognize how HVAC is best positioned to be the leader in this new “Connected Trade.”
ControlTalk NOW first interview is with industry expert and Lynxspring’s VP Marketing, Marc Petock — who takes the lid of IoT; reviews why edge devices will play an expanding role in the journey to a smart building and Lynxspring’s Edge 2 Enterprise products performing edge applications; remote connection using the secured wireless cellular option is on the rise as IT departments seek to reduce network vulnerabilities amidst the increasing number of cyber security threats; Project Haystack and Haystack Connect updates; and a preview of the 2016 ControlTrends Awards in Las Vegas.
Our second guest on ControlTalk NOW is Josh Bradshaw, a global-minded technologist and technical product strategist from Silicon Valley. Josh’s website worktechwork.com is a profusion of relevant technologies disrupting the world as we presently know it. Our one-of-a-kind discussion included an explanation of Blockchain; Building Robotic’s rebranded COMFY. coverage of SRI International researcher Roy Kornbluh, Interviews with Bertrand Piccard, who completed the first non-stop balloon flight around the world (1999), setting world records for aviation’s longest flight in both distance and duration. Interview with André Borschberg, Entrepreneur, Engineer and Explorer.
Siemon: A Unified Intellige(nt Smart Building Cabling Solution. Thanks to our friend Ted Houck, from Hepta Systems, for this video. As we look for ways to make buildings smarter and installations more affordable, Siemon provides a powerful new way to look at how we connect the devices in our Smart Buildings. Siemon ConvergeIT is a unified intelligent building (IB) cabling solution that combines Siemon’s proven quality with advanced copper and fiber cabling technology to create a structured cabling system that converges critical data, voice, video and low-voltage building systems onto a single unified physical infrastructure, providing significant cost savings and sustainability over the life of the facility.
EnTouch Shines at Stromquist Contractor Day. EnTouch is a very progressive company that produces very cool thermostats and light commercial building solutions. Check out what they had to say to the Atlanta HVAC contractors at Stromquist & Company. EnTouch, Founded in 2008, is a team of energy, services and telecomm industry veterans with a history of using technology to solve real-world problems. The EnTouch 360° offers the ultimate in facilities and energy management intelligence. Our turnkey installation, energy analysis and prompt resolution can simplify the lives of your facility management team while it delivers savings to your enterprise’s bottom line.
Mark Your Calendar: Easy Retrofit Solutions for Valves and Damper Actuators. Our man, Joe Carcare, Belimo retrofit master extraordinaire, will be sharing his knowledge on Wednesday, August 1 at 1 PM EST. Valves and actuators are responsible for ensuring reliable functioning hydronic and air control HVAC systems all over the world. Belimo Retrofit provides airside and waterside retrofit application solutions, with direct coupled or remote access linkages, and efficient actuators Here is the official notice, but I can tell you from experience, Joe is not to be missed. He has worked in the field, and his hands-on experience, makes him a great teacher. So, click here and register now! This might be the only class you ever need to take on retrofitting valves and dampers.
If You Like Lon… We have a Product for You. BACnet and Lon have been competing for years to win the hearts and networks of Smart Buildings and smart buildings systems integrators. Although BACnet seems to be in vogue in today’s smart buildings marketplace, many swear by the Lon protocol. We caught up with a company that makes outstanding smart building controls and specializes in optimizing the Lon protocol. Loytec, might be one of the best kept secrets in the United States, but globally they are a dominate force in building automation controls. Loytec’s Daryl Clasen walks us through the Loytech product portfolio that includes beautiful touch screen displays and wall sensors, and shows us how their mobile app works.
How to Reduce Your BACnet Troubleshooting Time by 100x. As I am fond of telling my three year old daughter, when she refuses to go to brush her teeth, “We can do this the easy way or the hard way.” The easy way is you brush your teeth, the hard way is you brush your teeth after a time out. The hard way takes way more time and way more effort. Until Opitgo introduced their really cool new product, there was only one way to troubleshoot a BACnet problem, the hard way.
Mark Your Calendar: Lighting Control Presented by Douglas Lighting. Our Friends at Lynxspring have a very special training session on lighting control planned. Douglas Lighting Control has been around for decades, but the latest lighting control advancements have only just recently gained traction. Now, lighting is becoming a platform for other applications. It’s creating an opportunity to provide services to the people in buildings that we couldn’t even dream of years ago. These new services are going to make building space more valuable, and ideally, make the building space more effective.
Can Your Smart Thermostat Start Your Toaster and Monitor Energy Consumption? Can a thermostat really turn on a toaster and monitor energy consumption? Not that you would want to use your thermostat to start a toaster, but you could. The bigger feature is having a smart thermostat that has the on board capacity to monitor electrical consumption and loads. We have had great success doing just this with a smart thermostat we sell by EnTouch.
Smart Buildings’ New Vocab Word: Muench’s Corollary. J2 Innovations‘ very own Scott Muench was recently featured on AutomatedBuildings.com with an article about the benefits and payoffs of tagging and data modeling. With the amount of connected devices increasing every day, potential value is also increasing exponentially. The reality is that it takes a lot of effort or mouse clicks to derive value from the data in the connected world. J2 Innovations has been focusing their efforts on great software and more efficient workflows to unlock this potential.
Intelligent Buildings’ Tom Shircliff: A Smart Buildings Perspective on Realcomm|IBcon. We had a chance to catch up with one of our favorite people at the 2016 Realcomm|IBcon show, Intelligent Buildings Tom Shircliff. Tom, the co-founder of Intelligent Buildings, gives us his thoughts on the show and the new trends he is seeing in Smart Buildings. Tom gives us a must do — regarding Cyber Security to make our smart buildings safer from cyber attack. Tom also shares with us the importance of water analytics as a way to make our buildings more energy efficient and safer (yes, I did say safer).
How is Your Body Like A Smart Building? Alerton Explains. Is your body really like a smart building? I never thought about it this way before, but it makes sense. Very cool video from the folks at Alerton, who are totally committed to helping you get the best performance from your buildings. Alerton is a pioneer and an industry leader in providing building management solutions for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning equipment for all types and sizes of buildings. Alerton can also help simplify building management by integrating fire, life safety, lighting, access management and other building systems. You’ll find Alerton’s proven solutions in thousands of buildings around the world, and their dealers are part a global independent dealer network, providing solid service and support that is second to none.
Schneider Electric Company Story: Our Technology is Everywhere. At Schneider Electric’s Innovation Summit 2016, the Keynote Highlight was CEO Jean-Pascal Tricoire’s explanation why Schneider Electric is the global leader in sustainable energy management and industrial automation. Schneider Electric’s mission is supply the technologies which permit, drive, and catalyze the transition to make the world of energy — more electric, more digitized, more decarbonated, and more decentralized. Schneider Electric’s five guiding principles: Customer Insights; Quality 1st; Simple & Easy; System View (Integratable); and Digital. Click here to find out all the information you need about Schneider Electric.
ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast will resume full video and podcast operations next week. Summer scheduling only permited a quick review of week ending July 17, 2016, which was another amazing week in our industry — featuring interviews with Lynxspring’s Marc Petock, WorkTechWork’s Josh Bradshaw, Lucid’s Vladi Shunturoy, Hepta Systems’ Jason Houck and Tavis Kerr, and CABA’s Ron Zimmer. Catch up on the latest product and solutions announcements from Contemporary Controls, Honeywell, Sierra Monitor Corporation (SMC), and J2 Innovations. Additionally, be sure to register for SMC’s IIoT Webinar, and check out the major additions to Project Haystack’s website.
Lynxspring’s Marc Petock takes it to the Edge. Working as a roving reporter for the RealComm Conference Live team, I track down Marc Petock from Lynxspring and get the 411 on their cool new Edge devices. Smart Buildings get even smarter when information can be gathered and processed at the edge with products like the Lynxspring Onyxx. Onyxx™ is an embedded edge platform consisting of a family of modular, open, hardware, bridges and gateways supporting multiple devices across key market segments, edge to enterprise and Cloud applications.
Lynxspring Webinar Series: Java Plug-In, Applet and the Niagara Framework. 30 Minutes with Lynxspring Webinar Series continues with: JAVA Plug-in, Applet and the Niagara Framework. The next “30 Minutes with Lynxspring,” featuring Lynxspring subject-matter experts and special guests, is scheduled for Wednesday, July 20th at 12:00 PM CDT. July’s Webinar looks at the JAVA Plug-In and Applet with the Niagara Framework.
Contemporary Controls — Need to Expand Your Network Quickly and Efficiently? From your network experts and solution providers at Contemporary Controls. Use our compact, high-density Skorpion 16-port plug-and-play Ethernet switch for a cost-effective solution. The unmanaged Skorpion EISK16-100T provides a data rate of 10/100 Mbps with Auto-negotiation and Auto-MDI/X making it ready to be put into service without adjustments.
ControlTrends Interviews WorkTechWork’s Josh Bradshaw. We met the very interesting and tech-savvy Josh Bradshaw at the 2016 Realcomm/IBcon conference in Silicon Valley. Josh tracks the technology trends from his home in Northern California, and his blog WorkTechWork is the go to place for people interested in the latest IoT technology trends. Josh covers everything from wearable technologies to smart homes and smart buildings. His mantra is “Don’t work for technology… make technology work for you.” In this video Josh gives us his thoughts on the 2016 Realcomm/IBcon conference.
Data, Data Everywhere! Lucid’s Vladi Shunturoy Explains. As a roving reporter for the Realcomm live team, I got to interview really cool people like Vladi Shunturoy from Lucid. Lucid brings different systems and different data streams together to make better business through better buildings. The Lucid product is used across over a billion square feet of building space. Watch this video to see why so many people use Lucid.
Honeywell Introduces TB3026 and TB3026-W Commercial BACnet Fixed Function Thermostat. Honeywell is pleased to announce the introduction of the Commercial BACnet Fixed Function Thermostat (BACnet FF). BACnet FF is a BACnet communicating controller with integrated temperature and humidity sensing that targets common controls applications such as 2-pipe/4-pipe fan coil units, roof top units, and heat pumps.
Catching Up with Master Systems Integrator Hepta Systems at 2016 IBcon Vendor Showcase. Hepta Systems, Jason Houck and Tavis, help us understand what it means to be a master system integrator in today’s smart buildings controls market. Jason walks us through the Hepta platform as it controls a million square foot building. See how they give their customers a live carbon emission reading, and other unique data points they gather. See how they use these data points to make smarter buildings. Very cool stuff from one of the bright stars in smart buildings.
CABA’s Ron Zimmer @ 2016 Realcomm|IBcon on The Smart Way to Get Useful Data. As a teacher of mine once said, “Nothing is obvious to the uninformed.” So, where do you go to get solid research data on smart and intelligent buildings, and connected homes? And, have access to competitive intelligence including the world’s largest smart buildings and smart homes research library? The answer is CABA.
Sierra Monitor: 4 Steps to Transform Your Devices into Smart, Cloud-Connected Devices. Before embarking on a journey of IIoT integration, an OEM must determine the precise business opportunities they want to achieve through the IIoT—whether that means improving service and support, knowing more precisely where all its connected devices are located and what they’re actually doing, or gaining the insights that will lead to better products. With our IIoT On-Ramp Suite, we can make it simple rather than daunting to get there. Visit Sierra Monitoring Corporation today!
Mark Your Calendar: How to Gain Complete Visibility Over Your Devices. Sierra Monitoring Corporation’s Upcoming Webinar: How to Gain Complete Visibility Over Your Devices. When: Wednesday, August 17, 2016 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM PDT. What: Have you ever installed your device into a facility and lost all visibility over it? Or, have you wondered what kind of data is sitting within your device that could help you provide better service and support to your customer?
Systems Integrator Alert: Automation Integrated Introduces GLIFF, the FREE On-line Back-up Service for Niagara and the New Service Contract-Maker, BLUEFORGE. Jeff Houpt and Chris Farve lead one of the most progressive and formidable master systems integration support services in the country. Automated Integration can radically increase your ability to sell service contracts and generate recurring revenue through the disruptive times ahead — with their next-gen asset management system BLUEFORGE.
Project Haystack eNEWS: Major Additions to Project Haystack Website. Major Additions to Project Haystack Website Includes a New Blog Feature! The Project Haystack Organization (www.project-haystack.org) is excited to introduce a number of important enhancements to the Project Haystack website. These include: A new Blog feature that allows us to promote postings of general market interest to the Blog level. Check it out here: http://project-haystack.org/forum/blog.
J2 Innovations’ Jason Briggs and the Game-Changing Technology inside FIN 4.0. A lot has been going on here at J2 Innovations! We recently announced our game-changing technology FIN 4.0 along with exciting new FIN Certified Hosts platforms. Check out the video below to experience first hand how FIN 4.0 uses tagging, data modeling, and HTML 5 to fundamentally change our industry. Attention Systems Integrators! Get Jobs Done Faster and Easier — with industry leading software tools and cool applications that will help you sell more jobs.