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?

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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.

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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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Johnson Controls Leading Provider of Air Control Products, HVAC Dampers & Louvers

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.

ControlTalk NOW for Week Ending April 6, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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7 Plus Minutes of Enchantment — Inside the HVAC Industry’s 2013 ControlTrends Awards

The ControlTrends Awards is an amazing concept of cohesive goodwill. It is a time when we come together as an industry and celebrate as kindred spirits. We encouraged Vladamir Chaloupka to take complete artistic license in capturing the 2013 ControlTrends Awards and apply his professional lens and talents to our HVAC Industry, and this Vlad certainly did. This 7 Plus minute video is a tour de force of recognition and prestige; excitement and entertainment; and in perhaps one of the most positive and important HVAC Industry commentaries to date, Vlad’s video is a fait accompi in capturing some of the world’s best corporations, best products and solutions, and most importantly, the superstars and heroes of our HVAC Industry within a celebrated and memorable occasion.

As Eric said so eloquently at the close of the show, “We want to thank our sponsors and we want to thank all of you for just being the amazing people that you are, and it’s a privilege to know you, and work in the same industry together. So, thanks!”

JCI – York Announce Affinity S1‐TTSCC02 Wi‐Fi Communicating Control Product Introduction

S1‐TTSCC02 York Affinity Wi‐FiIn JCI’s continued effort to expand their Affinity product offering, JCI is pleased to introduce the Wi‐Fi capable version of their Affinity Residential Communicating Control.

The Wi‐Fi capability provides homeowners with remote access to the control system from their Smartphone or tablet device using the IntelliComfort™ mobile app, allowing them to easily monitor the status of every enabled system device. Contractors, when given permission by homeowners, can access the automated system faults and notification alerts via email. Built‐in temperature and humidity notification alerts help to keep pipes from freezing and prevent mold. The Wi‐Fi capable Communicating Control will be available to ship the week of March 17th, 2014.

To learn more and to make sure our customers become familiar with this new product, we are encouraging you to attend one of the Sales & Technical Training webinars. We are also encouraging our distribution partners to offer similar training to their dealers and contractors. This strategy will benefit both our companies in making sure our customers are well equipped and trained to promote, sell, install, and troubleshoot this product. To accomplish this objective, we have scheduled Sales & Technical Training webinars for the dates listed below.

Please make sure you attend one of these sessions. These webinars will be recorded so you can also review the material after the webinar.

Webinar Information
March 14th, 2014 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM https://www2.gotomeeting.com/pjoin/388707034/105605877
April 4th, 2014 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM https://www2.gotomeeting.com/pjoin/137939954/105949884
April 11th, 2014 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM https://www2.gotomeeting.com/pjoin/169758730/105633064

Included with this launch package, please find a Direct Mail postcard that you can send out to your dealers encouraging them to participate in one of these webinars. We are very excited about the opportunities the new Affinity Wi‐Fi Communicating Control will bring to you and your customers. This product gives the homeowner optimum comfort while saving energy, and provides our distributors and their dealers another opportunity to increase profits. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,
Mimoun Abaraw
Product Manager
mimoun.abaraw@jci.com

ControlTalk NOW for Week Ending March 9, 2014

The prospects of Spring and warmer weather are certainly worth the lost hour of time as we reach the March daylight savings milestone. This week’s ControlTalk NOW features more highlights and interviews from the 2013 ControlTrends Awards, presents several new products, solutions, a great training video, software upgrade announcement, and a host of other breaking HVAC Industry news and information. Welcome to ControlTalk NOW.

connexenergyConnexx Energy Announces SkySpark® Analytics Platform Availability As Cloud Based Application: Lee’s Summit, Missouri, March 4, 2014 — Connexx Energy, a leading developer and implementer of ‘last mile’ energy solutions for Smart Grid and Smart Building technologies, in cooperation with parent company Lynxspring, Inc. today announced the first DaaS (Data-as-a-Service) SkySpark application available as a hosted cloud solution. This offering now makes it easy for ESCO’s, building system integrators and automation contractors that may not have the resources to deliver the benefits of analytics and building diagnostic data to their customers.

siemensSiemens Air Velocity Sensor: The QVM62.1 Air Velocity Sensor/Transmitter from Siemens is ideal for ventilation control applications that require a high degree of accuracy and reliability in a compact package. The sensor features an innovative hot film anemometer element which provides high accuracy throughout the measuring range and is less sensitive to dust and dirt than other common anemometer designs. This increases reliability and decreases maintenance costs.

OpenADR23rd Annual Demand Response Virtual Summit, March 20, 2014: Advances in automatic demand response (ADR) coupled with recent regulatory trends, developing capabilities of the smart grid, and the drive by customers to cut energy costs are leading to significant new opportunities for ADR.

tim_chambleeThe HVAC Service Tech’s Guide To Valves and Actuators: If you work with HVAC or Building Automation Controls this is a must watch video. Stromquist & Company’s Tim Chamblee gives you the 411 on HVAC control valves and actuators. In this short, information packed video, filmed at a Stromquist & Company HVAC Controls training class, Tim gives you all the information you need to effectively work with the valves and actuators you will find in the buildings you service.

energy.govENERGY.gov Announces $10 Million for Innovative Commercial Building Technologies and Unveils New Commercial Buildings 101 Video. March 5, 2014: The Energy Department today announced a $10 million funding opportunity to help demonstrate and deploy energy efficiency technologies for commercial buildings, including projects that will bring next generation building systems and components to a broader market faster – helping to save building owners and businesses money by saving energy. The Department also released a new video in its Energy 101 series highlighting how commercial buildings can incorporate whole-building design and innovative technologies to improve energy performance.

Honeywell 180x120Honeywell WEBs-AX 3.8 is Now Available for Download on the Buildings Forum. Honeywell is pleased to announce the availability of the WEBs-AX 3.8 system software which includes software tools for Spyder, Stryker and Venom. This packaged software saves substantial amount of time by not requiring customers to download and install the tools separately.
The WEBs-AX software is now updated with several new features which include significant security enhancements, improved data management, with updated vector graphics support, enhanced mobile functions, and support on Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.

Johnson-ControlsRocking The Red Carpet With Johnson Controls: Johnson Controls showed up in a big way at the 2013 ControlTrends Awards in New York City. See what Chris Eichmann, Chris Lane, Dan Flaherty and King Thomas had to say on the Red Carpet. Johnson Controls won the Best Commercial Vendor of the Year, and Chris Lane was co-winner of the Most Valuable Support Person of the Year.

Rob-Allen.0017 Minutes in Control: What To Expect With Niagara 3.8. 7 Minutes in Control is the brain child of Stromquist & Company’s Rob Allen. Rob wanted to put together a weekly show that was short, concise and offers useable information to the building automation control tech. Based on Episode 1: What to expect with Niagara 3.8, we think Rob has a winning formula. Stay tuned to controltrends.org for the latest episodes of 7 Minutes in Control.

James-Johnson-10.54.41-AMControlTrends Awards Highlight: James Johnson Support Person of The Year. See Tridium’s James Johnson accept the Award for the 2013 ControlTrends most Valuable Support Person. James won this Award in 2012 and the world wide ControlTrends Community recognized James again the year as co-winner of this prestigious award. Keep up the great work James!!

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 have received so far for the ControlTrends Museum and we look forward to working with key industry leaders in the near future for their additional ideas and support.

Nest_FeatureOpenness and Connectivity are not the Same Thing: Stacey Higginbotham’s “A Tale of Two Thermostats” Thanks to Marc Petock for bringing this article from Gigaom’s Stacey Higginbotham’s to the ControlTrends Community’s attention. Not only does Stacey share some updated information and insight into the Ecobee and Nest thermostats, but she explains that openness and connectivity are not the same thing.

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ControlTalk NOW for Week Ending March 1, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Honeywell 180x1202013 ControlTrends Awards Highlight: Honeywell wins Building Automation System of The Year
Sean Johnson interviews Honeywell’s Tom Rosback after Tom received the coveted 2013 ControlTrends Awards Building Automation System of the Year on behalf of Honeywell at the BB King Blues Club. Congratulations to Honeywell!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Johnson Controls Reaches Out to All Distributors: MERCURY THERMOSTAT COLLECTION

Johnson-Controls Subject: MERCURY THERMOSTAT COLLECTION. Johnson Controls requests your support to establish a collection point at all your business locations for waste mercury containing thermostats.

Dear Distributor:

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

Johnson Controls and 30 past or current manufacturers, support the Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC), a non-profit organization that facilitates and promotes the collection, transport and recycling of mercury containing thermostats. The TRC provides a recycling container, all materials needed to ship waste mercury thermostats, and promotional materials to any HVAC business, contractor and distributor upon request. If you are already collecting mercury containing thermostats, we truly appreciate your efforts. However, if the program is with another organization or waste hauler, Johnson Controls requests that you switch to TRC’s program. It will save you considerable money and it will also ensure manufacturers like Johnson Controls, meet collection quotas set by some states.

Johnson Controls is asking all distributor partners to order a recycling kit from the TRC for each business location, in an effort to collect out of service mercury containing thermostats from your customers and those generated in your business operations. To order a collection kit, simply contact Neisha Johnson 888-266-0550 at TRC or email Neisha at trc@thermostat-recycle.org. TRC will provide a recycling kit for a one-time fee of $25.00. The bin holds approximately 100 thermostats and can be filled and returned unlimited times at no extra charge. In addition to the collection container, TRC provides promotional materials (i.e. signage) and all documents needed to ship (shipping is free) waste mercury thermostats back to TRC for recycling. Regardless of how many mercury containing thermostats you anticipate could be collected, it will have a huge impact on the overall recycling quotas some states have imposed. The collection bins do not need to be full when returned annually to TRC. Even if only one thermostat is collected annually, we welcome any amount.

We believe this program will ensure your business complies with state and federal regulations, prevents mercury from entering the environment and provides a service to consumers free of charge. Please contact the TRC or Jeff Werwie – Director of Environmental Affairs, Johnson Controls, Inc. at 414-524-4757 if you have any questions.
Sincerely,

JOHNSON CONTROLS, INC.

Christian A. Eichmann
Director, Product Sales, North America
Johnson Controls Inc.
507 E. Michigan St., M-99, Milwaukee, WI 53202, USA
Tel: 414-524-5254 Fax: 414-524-5030