ControlTalk Now: The Smart Building Podcast Sep 7, 2014

LynxspringWelcome to ControlTalk Now: The Smart Building Podcast for the week ending September 7, 2014. This week’s CTN Podcast Platinum Sponsor is Lynxspring. Lynxspring is changing way devices and systems communicate and collaborate across enterprises. Lynxspring technologies, solutions, and services are enabling users to go further to manage and operate their facilities and equipment smarter, safer, securely, more efficiently, and at peak performance levels. Lynxspring has changed the way control systems are built, secured, and distributed.

ControlTalk NOW Smart Building Tip of the Week: Turn Your Light Strategy On! If you don’t have one, get one! Lighting is the biggest slice of your utility bill — 39%, compared to HVAC 28%, and Office Equipment 15%, therefore takes precedence in your energy savings efforts. On the two SBT’s, were the Open System Platform, like Niagara AX, and the enlightened and dogged pursuit of every rebate, tax incentive, and grant money available — at the federal, state, and local (utility) levels. Now, implement your light strategy. Some of the excellent sources of products and solutions when making your lighting choices are: WattStopper Digital Lighting Management, Honeywell Lighting Stryker, Logica Lighting, Blue Ridge Technologies, Control Network Solution, elitedali™, and Daintree.

MarcPetockControlTalk NOW’s Special Guest: Marc Petock, VP Marketing, Lynxspring. Marc shares his venerable industry insight regarding the shift from technology, which drove open standards and open systems, to business, which is the drivers that our industry. Marc also states that responsibility for IT and Cyber Security falls everyone’s shoulders: technology providers, distributors, system integrators, and end-users. Visit Lynxspring’s Resource Center and On-line Forum for more information.

Honeywell 180x120Honeywell’s Expanded Valve & Actuator Configurator & Fast Track Project Management Tool: Honeywell has expanded its factory configuration capability to include threaded globe valve assemblies with electric actuators and Q5020 linkages. The new assembly part numbers are built based on the specifications of the valve, actuator and linkage in the assembly. This enables you to “mix and match” valve/actuator combinations without having to create a lot of new part numbers. Select a valve, actuator, linkage and fail safe/ accessories, then combine them to build an assembly number.

AEMC_SUMMIT2014 American Energy & Manufacturing Competitiveness (AEMC) Summit – Register Now! The 2014 American Energy & Manufacturing Competitiveness Summit (AEMC) is a gathering of preeminent leaders from industry, academia, labor, the national laboratories, government and media to: Discuss the most critical energy and manufacturing challenges and opportunities affecting U.S. prosperity, sustainability, and security; Accelerate a movement to increase U.S. competitiveness in the production of clean energy products and increase U.S. manufacturing competitiveness across the board through greater energy productivity.

Neptronics feat imNeptronic: The Power of Innovation — Innovation that Changed the HVAC Industry. ControlTrends traveled past the Niagara Falls on its way to Montreal to capture the Power of Innovation at Neptronic. The force of the Niagara Falls represents well the swift and powerful current of innovation coursing through Neptronic, where several of the HVAC industry’s most significant innovations and products originated. Neptronic is a rapidly growing provider of building automation products & solutions.

CNSCNS’ Mike Welch Sheds Some DALI Light on “How to Avoid Stranded Investments in Intelligent Buildings” ControlTrends is delighted to share this informative expertise from Mike Welch, Managing Director of Control Network Solutions, founded in 1996, and headquartered in Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK (approximately 45 minutes from London). Mike is a DALI™ (Digital Addressable Lighting Interface) lighting control specialist and makes a compelling case as to why it makes commercial sense to adopt a more flexible, open approach to the control and management of lighting systems today.

Chris ScYoung Gun Chris Schneider Shakes it up with Open BMCS: We got a chance to catch up with the innovative Chris Schneider at the 2014 Niagara Summit. Chris’ system, OPEN BMCS, is a one-size-fits-all building management and control system, that is ideal for small commercial or residential projects to large campus wide installations, his solution can be scaled to suit multiple needs.

ControlTalk Now: The Smart Building Podcast Aug 31, 2014

Easy-IOControlTalk Now: The Smart Building Podcast for the week ending August 31, 2014. This week’s CTN Podcast sponsor is EasyIO, whose Worldwide Conference 2014, will take place this September 15-17, in Madrid, Spain, and is certain to be one of the premiere HVAC events of the year. This week’s Smart Building Tip is get serious about your smart share of energy savings through Tax Credits, Rebates, and Savings at Energy.Gov, EnergyTaxIncentives.Org, and Wiki’s Energy Rebate Program.

neptronic_logoControlTrends Awards thanks Neptronic, our newest Platinum Sponsor! Neptronic, founded 1976, 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. Even the NEP of Neptronic was prescient, meaning National Environmental Products, which highlights Neptronic’s early leadership in green technology — long before the term green became common place on the HVAC scene. Stay tuned for more ControlTrends coverage of this growing force in the HVAC industry.

Kenwithwriting.001CTN Special Guest: Ken Sinclair of Automated Buildings automatedbuildings.com. The venerable Ken Sinclair is passionate about education and the September, 2014 edition of Automated Buildings (AB) will focus on Education for our Vocation with its Back to School edition. This edition of AB will be remembered as one of HVAC industry’s most important source documents in recent times because of the educational resources and contents it brings under one view (click). Automated Buildings will be hosting four very important educational sessions at the 2015 AHR Chicago event.

J2Special Updates and Training Announcements from J2 Innovations: J2 Innovations is excited to announce the upcoming release and launch of FIN 3.0 (FIN Builder / FIN Stack / FIN Mobile)! FIN Stack is a brand new applications server technology that embraces tagging and data modeling, enabling unprecedented new functionality and Automating much of the traditional workflow.Come join the best system integrators for a FIN 3.0 Training class, which will be hosted at the J2 Innovations’ headquarters located in beautiful sunny California. Also learn first hand how our new “just works!” technology speeds job creation and produces mobile-friendly content automagically.

JCI2Johnson Controls Supports HVAC Education and Scholarships for University of Hawaii Students
More students at the University of Hawaii may pursue HVAC careers thanks to funding from Johnson Controls. The company’s recent $58,000 gift will fund scholarships and provide equipment for Honolulu Community College’s Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (RAC) program. The vice president for community colleges, Dr. John Morton said, “Sustainability is an important goal but also an important value for the UH Community Colleges. We thank Johnson Controls for its continued support and partnership, and for this generous gift in support of training the future workers in Hawaii’s green industries.”

Nominate12014 ControlTrends Awards Nomination Ballot — The Nominating has Begun! The 2014 ControlTrends Awards nomination ballot is released! This is your opportunity to nominate the products, solutions, and the people that make all of the HVAC wheels go round. Based on your valuable suggestions we received over the past year, we have increased the number of categories; divided certain categories to include more products and solutions; and created criteria for large and small vendors — ultimately improving both the nominating and voting processes. Thank you in advance for your support and making Smart Buildings smarter, and recognizing the leaders and innovators of our industry leading the way with 3rd Party Visualization Software, Data Analytics, and Lighting Integration Solutions. Please forward this nomination ballot to your coworkers and colleagues.

realcomm1Don’t Miss Realcomm’s Webinar: Extreme Operations – Connecting Everything to the Network (IoT) Thurs, Sept 11, 2014 12:30 – 2:00 pm EDT: Realcomm’s Webinar: Extreme Operations – Connecting Everything to the Network (Internet of Things). Automating HVAC, lighting, security cameras and utility meters are the obvious critical areas for smart, connected, high-performance, intelligent buildings. What about all the other electro-mechanical devices in a building that provide some type of functionality, sometimes require human interaction and have “secret data” utilized to provide insight and business value? Digital signage, elevators, escalators, parking gates, water meters, bathroom fixtures, drinking fountains and even fire extinguishers are just a few of the secondary but important systems to be discussed in this session. Register now!

appy2DGLogik, Inc. Relocates Headquarters! 1830 Embarcardero, Suite 106, Oakland, CA 94606. San Francisco, CA — August 29, 2014 — We are proud to announce that Appy has decided, mid-season, to become a season ticket holder for MLB baseball team, Oakland A’s. Due to their team’s success, as well, as DGLogik’s success, we will be relocating our office headquarters. The move allows Appy to arrive to his Premium box seats quicker while allowing DGLogik to expand their space, providing the ability to host larger training seminars and exclusively showcase latest and future technologies of all things IoT. Our office numbers and emails all remain the same.

Johnson Controls Supports HVAC Education and Scholarships for University of Hawaii Students

Johnson-ControlsMore students at the University of Hawaii may pursue HVAC careers thanks to funding from Johnson Controls. The company’s recent $58,000 gift will fund scholarships and provide equipment for Honolulu Community College’s Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technology (RAC) program.

The vice president for community colleges, Dr. John Morton said, “Sustainability is an important goal but also an important value for the UH Community Colleges. We thank Johnson Controls for its continued support and partnership, and for this generous gift in support of training the future workers in Hawaii’s green industries.”

Dr. Erika Lacro, chancellor of Honolulu Community College, added, “This generous gift will help Honolulu CC keep important programs such as Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technology current with industry standards. Students will train on innovative equipment to help move the future of Hawaii’s workforce to be more responsive with its energy needs. The Johnson Controls’ Fellows Program is offered across the UH System to engage students in all types of sustainable practices. These scholarships will aid students throughout their educational journey through to graduation.”

In 2011, UH and Johnson Controls launched the Fellows Program to prepare students for jobs in the growing green sector while identifying and cultivating students to lead sustainability efforts on their respective campuses. To date there have been more than 47 fellows educated by Johnson Controls employees who have coordinated activities such as renewable energy training summits, Earth Day celebrations, and peer-to-peer sustainability education.

“We’re training students to become critical thinkers and problem solvers, making them career- ready for jobs in sustainability and energy-efficiency industries,” said Judith Mouton, program director, Higher Education, Johnson Controls. “While learning about sustainability, they’re gaining valuable business leadership skills.”

View recent media coverage of the program. Posted on August 8, 2014

ControlTalk Now For The Week Ending August 24, 2014

ControlTalk Now for the Week Ending August 24, 2014. This week’s Podcast of ControlTalk NOW is sponsored by International Systems of America (ISA). ISA takes great pride in their extensive product and service offerings for fire, energy, security and communication systems. This week’s CTN themes are water, which is becoming our most important utility (Watergy), Social Media in a networked economy, the use of Data, and as always, the New of the Week.

QXA2601Siemens Releases New QXA2601 and QXA2602 Condensation Monitors — Great for Chilled Beams/Chilled Ceilings! Siemens releases two new products for use on surfaces where condensation must be avoided. Both the QXA2601 and QXA2602 are designed to prevent condensation from forming in chilled beam and chilled ceiling applications. Both devices operate identically via a SPDT relay that changes state when humidity level near the surface of the chilled water piping approaches 92%. The unit will automatically reset when the humidity level drops to approximately 87%.

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

MAF1Chiller on the Fritz — Call the Champions of Chill — The Mobile Air Force. Marvel Comics has nothing on the marvelous folks at Mobile Air Force, the champions of chill, as they fight for truth, justice, and mobile air conditioning! There’s nothing like a little comic animation to convey a lot of information about superhero-like fast emergency service. Mobile Air, Inc. is a specialty HVAC company dealing exclusively in portable air conditioning, heating, filtration, and dehumidification systems, for both temporary and long term solutions.

SensorsEVERYWHERESensors, Sensors Everywhere: In the Near Future, Structures and Systems Will Look After Themselves. Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) began in the early 1800′s with railroad wheel-tappers, which used the sound of a hammer striking the train wheel to evaluate if damage was present. The IoT sensor proliferation that continues to increase the number of application instances will soon deliver this significant SHM concept, which is similar, yet different, than our Fault Detection and Diagnostics — nearer and nearer to our workstations (cautious optimism). Science and Technology from Los Alamos.

Tom SIntelligent Buildings’ Tom Shircliff at IBCON 2014: The Technology is Here, Let’s Get Started! Intelligent Buildings is a well-known and leading-edge consultancy company in the smart building business. Veteran Tom Shircliff elegantly brings to light that the technology, all of the smart technology pieces needed for New Buildings, for Building Retrofits, for Building Analytics, and for Building Systems Cyber Security are here, but the challenge is how to scale this available technology into starting points — where building owners can get under-whelmed and start faster, with less risks, and all the while, make enlightened decisions quicker through Intelligent Building’s organizational alignment approach and the creation of a common language that all the stakeholders can understand.

Ending.002Live Event: Johnson Controls VFD Training. The Stromquist & Company christened their Atlanta facility’s state-of-the-art training center with a live training event streamed to internet viewers, who were able to participate directly in the training session and address their questions to the instructor, Johnson Controls’ Wayne Christy, a bona fide VFD expert. Wayne reviewed the Johnson Controls VSD product platform, many of the standard VFD applications, and highlighted the tremendous energy savings opportunities — available using Johnson Controls VFDs. Look for many more live training events from the Stromquist & Company in the near future.

webvision_controllerHoneywell’s New WebVision Software Updates: Honeywell is happy to announce the availability of release 1.1.5 for WebVision. This software release has fixed a number of issues reported from the field, as well as updates to support the following browsers: Internet Explorer 10 and 11, Chrome v35 and Firefox ESR 24.0. A WebVision Recovery tool is also available, which helps in recovering an unusable WebVision, due to IP addressing. Note: The new software will not work in old IE 8 or IE 9 browsers. Please refer to “Download the New Distribution File” section for upgrade procedure.

CCBAS1Contemporary Controls’ Versatile BASremote BACnet/IP Controller/Gateway is Even More Flexible! BASremoteAugust 2014 — The BASremote has evolved over the years from its original intent as a BACnet/IP remote I/O device. We were one of the first to add a Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) option ― allowing the device to operate without the need for control panel power. Next, we added Modbus RTU to BACnet/IP gateway functionality which greatly expanded the point handling capability of the unit.

ISA1Grant, the Youngest HVAC Reporter to Date, Takes Us Inside International Systems of America. Julio Rodriguez, National Sales Manager of International Systems of America, is interviewed by a Grant, a big fan of ISA, that Julio discovered on YouTube while researching social media. See why ISA is a company with great solutions and a big heart. ISA SOLUTIONS — ARE WORK IN ACTION. With over 80 employees, ISA takes great pride in their extensive product and service offerings for fire, energy, security and communication systems. ISA’s solutions make a real difference for their customers, again and again —- helping to solve critical issues and keep vital systems in operation. ISA is always there, with focus and dedication, to deliver your solution!

ControlTrends Awards Highlight: The 2013 HVAC Controls Vendor Of The Year

Congratulations to Johnson Controls winner of the 2013 ControlTrends HVAC Controls Vendor of The Year. Johnson Controls was selected by the world wide ControlTrends Community to receive this honor.

2013 HVAC Vendor of The Year from Eric Stromquist on Vimeo.

Johnson Controls Tech Talk with Chris Lane and Matt Krieger — the Power of FX Appliance Unveiled

Johnson-Controls Welcome to ControlTalk 2.0 and Johnson Controls Tech Talk with Chris Lane, FX Senior Product Manager along with technical support guru and Product Manager, Matt Krieger, who gives us a very comprehensive hands-on demonstration on one of the best end-to-end DDC solutions in the HVAC Industry that keeps getting better, the Johnson Controls FX Appliance. The FX Appliance is loaded with integration expertise and does a lot of heavy lifting behind the software curtains.

In a nutshell, the FX Service is there to allow all the functions of the FX Appliance to work. Basically, JCI has created an appliance that sits on top of the Niagara Framework. The FX Appliance was built to enable time saving functions like: automatic graphic creation, new station (batch import) wizards, simple integration of N2 and BACnet points, support for mobile devices and mobile device graphics, schedule/link/point group/point summary managers, and launching PCT from the FX Workbench interface. Next up on Johnson Controls Tech Talk the JCI Application System/Selection and Estimation Tool or FX ASSET TOOL, the industry’s most comprehensive menu driven program that walks you all of the way through a new project — Preparation, Take-off, Refine, Bid, Submit, and Order sections.

ControlTalk NOW for Week Ending June 8, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ControlTalk NOW will continue to provide a weekly episode featuring the people, products, and the News of the Week shaping our world of controls, building automation, and the HVAC industry.

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ControlTalk NOW for Week Ending June 1, 2014

Welcome to this week’s ControlTalk NOW in which we introduce the Smart Building Series, along with new products from Magnum Energy Solutions, JCI, and the mash-up with Virgin Airlines and Nest. Rob Allen previews BlueRidge Technologies and Tridium’s Ed Merwin’s Sensei training, along with more on Big Data and J2 Innovation’s new FIN 3.0 training.

Controltalk Now June 1, 2014 from Eric Stromquist on Vimeo.

R BransonIs Temperature Control at the Heart of a Contextualized Experience? Virgin America Airlines Mashes with Nest!One of the trends that Ken Smyers and I have been tracking on ControlTrends is a concept called Contextualization. One definition of Contextualization is taking different ideas or things and using them in different contexts to create a new experience. We have talked about the concept of “mash ups” in the music industry and how we believe mashing up different things or re-contextualizing them is at the heart of modern day innovation.

Rallen7 Minutes of Control: BlueRidge Technologies Part 2: In this episode Stromquist & Company’s Rob Allen and Michael Bonner continue their talk with 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. As a result, installation and maintenance costs decrease while simple and complete building control increases energy savings. This approach provides more savings for less cost.

ibcon_2World’s Most Progressive and Successful Implementations of Smart Buildings, Portfolios and Campuses to be Featured at IBcon! If you are interested in smart, connected, high performance intelligent buildings then you cannot afford to miss our Smart Building Best Practice Showcase at IBcon this year! For this showcase we’ve assembled 30+ of the world’s most progressive and successful implementations of smart buildings, portfolios and campuses. These projects represent the next generation of open, interoperable, integrated, and IP-centric buildings and their leaders have offered to share both their challenges and successes.

Internet1Watch Data Grow Bigger Than Life (Comprehension): The Internet in Real-Time! A Little Different Than National Debt. Watch Data Grow Bigger Than Life (Comprehension): The Internet in Real-Time! The first time I watched this sort of “too-live to be true” effect,” was the national debt clock, which remains rather alarming. Watching “The Internet in Real-Time” reminds me of something Samuel Clemens supposedly asked his father when the two of them were looking out over the great expanse of the Mississippi River. Young Samuel asked his father, “Where does all that water come from?” The way I remember it, his father smacked him on the back of the head and didn’t answer.

New Johnson Controls Wireless ThermostatJCI_WT4000 Simplifies Commercial Building Digital Automation: Inexpensive transition to digital technology creates efficient, comfortable buildings! MILWAUKEE – Johnson Controls, a global multi-industrial company, released a new series of pneumatic-to-digital thermostats, the WT-4000. Inexpensive transition to digital technology creates efficient, comfortable buildings! MILWAUKEE – Johnson Controls, a global multi-industrial company, released a new series of pneumatic-to-digital thermostats, the WT-4000. The WT-4000 series efficiently converts older pneumatic room control systems and enables communication with newer digital building automation systems.

Magnum Energy Solutions’ eBOX — Delivers EnOcean to BACnet Gateway Solutions! The 2014 Niagara Summit Vendor Show featured some game-changing technologies — one of which, was Magnum Energy Solutions’ eBOX, an EnOcean to BACnet gateway for Tridium Niagara users to discover, display, and control EnOcean device points as BACnet points. Cory Vanderpool, Business Development Director at Magnum Energy Solutions explains the details. Magnum manufactures wireless and battery-less energy management products and technologies for energy, lighting, HVAC, and plug load applications.

Smart BuildingsSmart Building Series: San Francisco Public Utilities Commission — Smartest Office Building in N.A. Thanks to Tridium’s Ed Merwin for sharing this video with us. What a great smart building story! See the struggles and triumph of the Best Value Approach taken by this amazing cast of professionals determined to set the highest civic example — and how working together, they overcame every obstacle imaginable and remained within budget. Explore the new San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFUPC) Headquarters, located at 525 Golden Gate Avenue, for ideas and inspiration.

Rob FeaturedRob Allen’s 7 Minutes in Control Catchs Up With Ed Merwin: Stromquist & Company’s Rob Allen caught up with Tridium’s Ed Merwin at one of Ed’s Sensei Training classes. Ed Merwin, aka “the great communicator” and “the Godfather of Tridium” is one of the people directly responsible for the rapid proliferation of building automation systems in use today, and a venerable forecaster of the changes our industry can expect in the near future. Rob Allen, is one of the great young talents in our industry that will shape the future of building automation controls for many years to come. His internet show, “7 Minutes in Control” continues to gain popularity.

ControlTalk NOW will continue to provide a weekly episode featuring the people, products, and the News of the Week shaping our world of controls, building automation, and the HVAC industry.

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ControlTalk NOW for Week Ending May 25, 2014

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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johnsoncontrols Johnson Controls, 2013 ControlTrends Awards Commercial HVAC Controls Vendor of the Year is one of the few manufacturers that offers a complete line of HVAC controls! Whether it’s Actuators, Air Control Products, Control Panels, Control Sensors, Current Sensors & Transducers, Thermostats, Valves, or Variable Speed Drives, look to Johnson Controls for your solution.

Since 1905, Johnson Controls has manufactured industry-leading temperature control dampers. Today, we offer a complete line of HVAC dampers and air control products including volume control, balancing, round, zone, fire, smoke and combination dampers.

Johnson Controls is committed to customer satisfaction, and that’s why we custom-build each of our HVAC dampers to suit your specific size and model requirements. Some dampers can even be manufactured one day and shipped the next day.

Actuators and accessories can be ordered with the damper and factory-installed or shipped separately depending on your needs. Explore the Johnson Controls product family of HVAC Dampers, Louvers, and Air Measuring Controls.