Episode 297: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending Dec 30, 2018 brings us to the brink of another New Year. Join ControlTalk NOW and our special guest, Marc Petock, as we engage in a comprehensive review of 2018, and then take a slightly serious and perceptive look at what 2019 is likely to bring — and which TRENDS will emerge. [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!
As our good friend John Sublett moves on from Tridium, we wanted to say good bye and thank him for all the contributions he has made to our Industry.
I 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 accomplisments and get a flavor for how this brillant gentleman has shaped building automation and smart buildings controls.
Among other things, in this episode of ControlTrends People, John shares the history of and his experiences as CTO of Tridium. He tells stories about the early days, challenges and characters that made Tridium survive and thrive.
John, thank you ! You will be missed!
Tridium is kicking off a new five-part series called Faces of Niagara to introduce you to, and get you inside, the leading minds behind the industry’s only truly open technology platform. Faces of Niagara is the story as told by those who shaped and steered a web-based management system into the technology that today powers the IoT.
This week, meet Tridium’s CTO John Sublett. John is one of the founders of the company and was there for the first Niagara project in 1998. What was once a small startup in Richmond, Va., is now a global leader shaping the future of connected devices and systems.
Niagara, with all of its prominence as an open platform and exciting potential, is made possible by John and the many other Faces of Niagara you’ll meet in the coming weeks.
Excerpt: “Inside a hot and humming mechanical room in Nashville, Tenn., John Sublett sat with a small team on overturned 5-gallon buckets, hunched over PCs. The group of young men at a startup called Tridium was brought in by the client to install a new web-based management system for an industrial chiller plant. The year was 1998.” Click to read John’s chapter of the Niagara story.
ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast|PodCast for week ending Oct 30, 2016 features interviews with three industry experts: Ken Sinclair, owner and editor of Automated Buildings; Josh Bradshaw, Silicon Valley’s tech-tracking guru; and Fearless Phil Zito, author and editor of Building Automation Monthly. Take a look at OPTERGY’s Aurora and Proton solutions — Building Management has become a whole lot easier; Belimo’s up-coming webinar on their smart butterfly valve technology; John Sublett, Tridium’s CTO, interviews ControlTrends; and Mike Marston reviews EasyIO’s Sedona based FG-32+ architecture. Please note, the nomination period for the 2016 ControlTrends Awards is well underway! This is your opportunity to nominate your favorite products, solutions, vendors, technical support people and executives.
ControlTrends’ first guest is Ken Sinclair, owner and editor AutomatedBuildings.com. Ken continues his inquiry concerning the impacts of IoT and self-machine learning in the BAS world, as well as the rapidity of change that is circling the building automation industry. Is our HVAC industry preparing itself for the explosive and disruptive evolution or will it get hit broadside? If you still need convincing that major changes are afoot, be sure to review the attention-getters and direct links to Ken’s references and articles.
Optergy — Dedicated to the Business of Managing Buildings, Facilities and Enterprises. Optergy is a technology company dedicated to improving the business of managing facilities with tools to improve efficiency, performance and processes, whilst providing key stakeholders with the information and reporting to make informed strategic decisions. Combining these systems improves the way our clients go about their business. This can be as simple as having a single interface to view their sub systems, or monitoring progress against budget.
The New Belimo Butterfly Valve—Advanced Technology for High Flow Applications. The New Belimo Butterfly Valve: Join us to learn about the newly designed butterfly valve and actuator assembly that is the most intelligent, energy efficient, and reliable high flow solution in the HVAC market. Highlights include patent pending self-adjusting end stop algorithm to ensure zero leakage, Near Field Communication (NFC) for easy troubleshooting, commissioning, and programming, and brushless DC motor technology that reduces energy consumption by up to 80%.
ControlTrends’ second guest is Josh Bradshaw, who tracks the newest technology coming out of Silicon Valley. Josh’s blog WorkTechWork is the go to place for people interested in the latest IoT technology trends and everything from sustainable energy, wearable technologies, smart homes, and smart buildings. Josh Bradshaw’s mantra is “Don’t work for technology… make technology work for you.”
Tridium’s John Sublett Interviews ControlTrends’ Ken and Eric. Tridium’s Chief Technology Officer, John Sublett turns the tables on ControlTrends with his interview with Ken and Eric. Beginning with how ControlTrends got started, John deftly steers the conversation along the open systems and integration highway, traversing the trends and the new drivers in the industry; the speed and formidability of technology and the blurry lines it creates; and perhaps most importantly, there is a lot of open road and smart building integration opportunity still ahead.
ControlTrends’ third guest is Fearless Phil Zito. One of the sharpest knives in the building automation drawer, Phil is owner and editor of Building Automation Monthly and as Phil promises, “You’ll leave educated!” And, “When it comes to working in the building automation space, no skill stands out more than HVAC. Having a solid understanding of HVAC fundamentals will get you far in the building automation space.”
FG-32+ Architecture — All EasyIO Products Run Sedona Framework. EasyIO’s Mike Marston provided ControlTrends with this update: “All EasyIO products run Sedona Framework and Sedona is very much alive. We have 300,000 plus Sedona controllers installed across 40 countries and our new FW14 Wi-Fi mesh controllers also run Sedona. Here is the Sedona Framework deployed in an FG32+:”
Here is Your Official 2016 ControlTrends Awards Nomination Ballot! The nomination period for the 2016 ControlTrends Awards is well underway! This is your opportunity to nominate your favorite products, solutions, vendors, technical support people and executives. Help us recognize the heroes and superstars of our HVAC and Building Automation industry. Nominate those people, products, and solutions that help sustain our industry and make it so important and successful. The top five or six nominees in each category will then be placed on the final voting ballot in December. Please pass this nomination ballot to your co-workers and colleagues! Click here to start the nomination process. Please share this link with your network.
Tridium’s Chief Technology Officer, John Sublett turns the tables on ControlTrends with his interview with Ken and Eric. Beginning with how ControlTrends got started, John deftly steers the conversation along the open systems and integration highway, traversing the trends and the new drivers in the industry; the speed and formidability of technology and the blurry lines it creates; and perhaps most importantly, there is a lot of open road and smart building integration opportunity still ahead. The open systems technology is there, ready to enable the next systems integrator, applications developer, or distributor. Who will fill that gap? Once again, ControlTrends thanks John Sublett and Tridium for the great experience.
ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast|PodCast for week ending August 28, 2016 — Is aptly referred to this week as “The Show that Almost Was,” because of travel constraints and preparations for the 2016 CTA Awards. Still, we are able to present an abbreviated time-lapse preview of the ControlTrends People, a new PodCast series that focuses on the life stories of the people in our industry that make it great. Special thanks to Tridium’s Jenny Graves, Nino DiCosmo, Pranay Prakash, John Sublett and Ed Merwin for their hospitality and support. Also, this week, Contemporary Controls’ introduced their new EIA-485 Terminator; an Updated Ken’s Calendar; and a Heads-up on two important Webinars: Belimo’s Webview and OPTIGO Networks’ Visual BACnet.
Contemporary Controls’ New EIA-485 Terminator Provides Fail-Safe Biasing for BACnet MS/TP and Modbus RTU Networks. New EIA-485 Terminator Provides Fail-Safe Biasing for BACnet MS/TP and Modbus RTU Networks. Contemporary Controls‘ 485-TER is a standalone active terminator that is used on popular EIA-485 networks such as Modbus RTU and BACnet MS/TP providing sufficient termination and biasing for stable operation. Fail-safe bias ensures that an un-driven line assumes a defined state.
ControlTrends Keeps an Eye on 2016 Events with Ken’s Calendar. While it has been an amazingly busy and productive year so far, many more events are on the horizon. ControlTrends will continue to post the event information as we receive notice or become aware of the event. Please note that the information is gathered from various sources, and the times, dates, and locations may have changed. Be sure to visit the appropriate website or contact the event coordinator to ensure the most up-to-date information.
Belimo — Communicating with the Energy Valve through WebView, the New Data Analysis Tool, and BACnet Webinar. Join us for a 30 minute webinar on the communication features of the Belimo Energy Valve. We will review connecting to the Energy Valve’s web server TCP/IP from a laptop or PC and discuss how to download data files using the New Belimo Data Analysis Tool. You will also learn how to use the Belimo ZTH US tool to easily adapt the flow settings of the Energy Valve as well as information on the BACnet features of the Energy Valve will be discussed.
OPTIGO Webinar: Troubleshooting BACnet in Wireshark — Featuring Steve Karg, Sep 8th, 2016, 11AM PST. Not sure what is happening in your building network? Dealing with poor network performance? Use Wireshark, a free network packet analyzer, to dig into the network traffic to uncover the root cause of the issue. Wireshark is a free network packet analyzer that helps troubleshooting by capturing network packets and allowing you to browse the network traffic to isolate the issues in a network. OPTIGO Networks provides advanced visualization tools to help you gain insight into the health of your BAS deployments.
ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast and Podcast for week ending May 22, 2016 features video and interview coverage of the 2016 Niagara Summit held May 15th through the 17th, in New Orleans, where over 1300 of the world’s top developers, programmers, building owners, engineers and executives met to take the smart, connected, and intelligent building — and the Building Renaissance to its next level. Many more videos to follow. Congratulations once again to Nino DiCosmo, Jenny Graves, and the team at Tridium, as well as the vendors, breakout speakers, and the Niagara Community at large — for the professional enrichment and networking. We already look forward to the 2018 Niagara Summit.
ControlTalk Now — DAY 1 @ 2016 Niagara Summit Recap. ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast and Podcast for week ending May 15, 2016 is all about DAY 1 @ 2016 Niagara Summit in New Orleans — and another apex moment in the Building Renaissance movement, where over 1300 of the world’s top developers, programmers, building owners, engineers and executives have joined Nino DiCosmo and the Tridium staff to participate in forums, presentations and breakout sessions that will set the precedence and pace in the realm of smart, intelligent, and connected buildings. Over 300 developer partners participated in the future of Niagara 4 at the Boot Camp session. The evening Welcome Reception was kicked off in true Mardi Gras fashion with a police-escort led parade ending at the fabulous Champions Square.
DAY 2 @ 2016 Niagara Summit — See the Niagara Community in Action! Nino DiCosmo, President and General Manager, opened DAY 2 by delivering a compelling Keynote message on just how deep the technology disruption goes and his vision of the Niagara Communities’ opportunities to fully leverage technology, achieve operational excellence, and develop new revenue streams. John Sublett, Chief Technology Officer, was next up, commenting “We will be integrating the key technologies for you — that’s the power of an open system” and Pranay Prakash, Vice President, Product Marketing, followed with “Edge and cloud technologies will completely change the IoT game and we want to lead this transformation.”
Catching Up with Ed Merwin at the Niagara Summit 2016. Ken and I catch up with Ed Merwin, one of our favorite people in the Smart Buildings Controls Industry. Ed gives us his thoughts on the 2016 Niagara Summit, N4, and how the future looks in a world connected by Niagara. Ed is one of the most recognized experts in the Building Automation and Integration industry, having introduced the Niagara Platform and the concept of system integration to many of North America’s earliest integration adopters.
Nino DiCosmo, Leadership Extraordinaire — DAY 3 @ 2016 Niagara Summit. In between all the excitement, networking, and learning at the 2016 Niagara Summit, Ken and I got a chance to catch up with Nino DiCosmo, President and General Manager at Tridium. Nino reviews the growth of the Niagara Community, the milestones already accomplished, and the global road map ahead. Hear what Nino has to say about the first three days of what is arguably the best Niagara Summit yet!
DAY 3 @ 2016 Niagara Summit Highlights — Keynote Speaker David Pogue — Out for a Funrun with Technology. DAY 3 @ 2016 Niagara Summit Highlight — Keynote Speaker David Pogue. David has over 3 million books in print, was founder of Yahoo Tech, and serves as the personal-technology columnist for the New York Times. David enlightened, entertained, challenged, and inspired the Niagara Community with his humorous, but piercing insight into the forces changing our lives and our careers. 80% of the new movies, new books and new technology will not be success stories, but the message wasn’t the math. Run with technology; not against it. Great job Tridium — on another great Niagara Summit.
Nino DiCosmo, President and General Manager, opened DAY 2 by delivering a compelling Keynote message on just how deep the technology disruption goes and his vision of the Niagara Communities’ opportunities to fully leverage technology, achieve operational excellence, and develop new revenue streams. John Sublett, Chief Technology Officer, was next up, commenting “We will be integrating the key technologies for you — that’s the power of an open system” and Pranay Prakash, Vice President, Product Marketing, followed with “Edge and cloud technologies will completely change the IoT game and we want to lead this transformation.”
New IoT based products and new solutions were on display and demonstrated throughout the day at the vendor show case area where the 2016 Niagara Sponsors featured next-generation technologies: Current, powered by GE, SysMik (part of Phoenix Contact Group), DGLogik Inc, KMC Controls, Pacific Controls, Honeywell, Distech Controls, VYKON by Tridium, Dell|Intel, Cochrane Supply, PlantPRO®, Neptronic, Connect-Air, ONICON Incorporated and Air Monitor Corporation, DENT Instruments, Ontrol, Automation Components Inc.(ACI), BASSG, Bidtracer, Contemporary Controls, Dialight, EMBA Group, Forest Rock, Facility Explorer® by Johnson Controls, Lynxspring, Measurlogic, Nordicity Training Inc., QA Graphics, sensorFact™, SkyFoundry, Veris Industries, GC5, Viconics, IoTium, Functional Devices, Inc., Continental Control Systems, Blue Ridge Technologies, and Belimo.
Breakouts included: The Future of Niagara, Using Data to Evolve Energy Efficiency, Niagara Marketplace, Web Technology, Data Models and Process Convergence in the IoT, Fog Computing, Niagara Analytics, Building an Intelligent World on GE’s Industrial Internet, IoT is Enabling Real Business Transformation, Open Smart Building Design and Commissioning, Niagara Enterprise Security 2.3 and Niagara 3.8u1, Niagara Deployment Models, and Cyber Security: Understanding the Threats and Defending against Them. Lots more coming in DAY 3!
ControlTalk Now for week ending September 13, 2015 has ControlTrends (in lieu of a video) packing its suitcases and video equipment bags as we prepare for coverage of the 2015 EasyIO Global Conference in Paris, France, while Rob Allen heads to Desert Springs, CA, for coverage the Honeywell Momentum 15 Conference. On to the news: ACI adds several new and innovative products and Tridium’s CTO, John Sublett presents what’s next for Tridium and the Niagara Framework. Connect to DOE’s Building America September release; CBRE Group buys Johnson Controls’ Global Workplace Solutions Business for $1.475 Billion; Plan on attending CoRETECH 2015 Silicon Valley, Nov 10-11; and Project-Haystack announces KNX and Building Systems Solutions as its newest Associated Members.
Check Out ACI’s Latest and Greatest Products! ACI has been a high quality manufacturer of sensors to the HVAC industry since 1991. ACI has a long-term tradition of giving back to our community and our team is very proud of the several State and Industry related awards that we have received since our inception. Our company motto is “Engineering a Better Sensor Solution” and it is the focal point of providing additional value from each and every department at ACI.
John Sublett, Tridium CTO, Presents What’s Next for Tridium. Presenting what’s next for Tridium. The Niagara Framework® is quickly becoming the operating system of the Internet of Things (IoT). Niagara gives disparate devices and systems a common language, enabling things to connect and communicate across the enterprise. Niagara is machines talking to machines talking to you — an IoT architecture that, at present, sits in the middle tier between the device level and the cloud, where integrations and local applications happen. To better understand the IoT, and why we’re extending our reach within it, be sure to watch this video. Tridium’s CTO John Sublett presents an insider’s view of how we’re unifying our IoT architecture.
Johnson Controls’ Global Workplace Solutions Business Sold to CBRE Group for $1.475 Billion. MILWAUKEE, Sept. 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI) announced today it has completed the sale of its Global Workplace Solutions (GWS) business to CBRE Group (NYSE: CBG) for $1.475 billion. Global Workplace Solutions is one of the world’s largest providers of facilities management services. The sale includes a 10-year strategic relationship between the two companies. Johnson Controls will be the preferred provider of HVAC equipment, building automation systems and related services to the 5 billion sq. ft. portfolio of real estate and corporate facilities managed globally by CBRE and GWS.
CoRETECH 2015 Silicon Valley — Nov 10-11, Santa Clara, CA. Realcomm’s CoRETECH 2015 is @ the Intersection of Corporate Real Estate, Facilities, Energy, Sustainability and Technology. Don’t miss this important industry event! IMPORTANT NOTE: General Registration for this event is open only to corporate real estate executives, facilities professionals, service providers and other real estate practitioners. Technology Solution Providers and Consultants to the industry should use this sponsorship link.
Project-Haystack Organization Adds New Associate Members. The KNX Association: KNX Association is the creator and owner of the KNX technology – the worldwide STANDARD for all applications in home and building control, ranging from lighting and blind control to various security systems, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, monitoring, alarming, water control, energy management, smart metering as well as household appliances, audio/video and many more. And, Buildings Systems Solutions: Headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, Building Systems Solutions provides a team approach to managing and reducing energy and utility usage, offering true open-source solutions from the most trusted and innovative names in the industry to provide integration of multiple systems such as HVAC, Security Card Access, Video Surveillance, Lighting, and Irrigation into a single unified, interoperable solution.
Global EasyIO Partner Event 2015 — Conference Highlights & Meeting Itinerary. Global EasyIO Partner Event 2015: Paris, September 20-22! EasyIO is changing the way Building Automation is deployed, while significantly reducing installation costs. EasyIO’s global partner event will unveil awesome new products and features that will further enhance building management and energy solutions — for all building types. Sunday September 20: EasyIO Global pre-event informal gathering. Location: The Hard Rock Cafe Paris | 14 Boulevard Montmartre 75009 Paris Time: Start 9 PM – Finish 12 PM.