Episode 293: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending Dec 2, 2018 features owner and editor, Ken Sinclair, who discusses the theme of his December edition of Automated Buildings and the upcoming training sessions at the 2019 AHR EXPO. Product, Solutions and Event Updates from Functional Devices, Johnson Controls, [Read more…]
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Episode 286: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending October 7, 2018 features our interview with Dan Preston, Director, Independent Distribution Channel, North America, who brings us on-line with all “systems go” at Johnson Controls. Automated Buildings’ Ken Sinclair’s releases his October edition; Your 2018 ControlTrends Awards Nomination Ballot is ready; The New Dialogue in Smart Buildings from Mark Petock;October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month; Learn How to do KMC Connect Customs Applications; and Vykon Integrated Analytics, Enterprise Security Updates, and More — are here!
2018 ControlTrends Awards Nomination Ballot. It is time to nominate your favorite people, products, solutions and companies, for the 2018 ControlTrends Awards. The top 5 to 6 in each category will move on to the ControlTrends Awards finals. If you don’t already see your nominee on the ballot, or don’t already see a nominee in a category, please use the other option, and write in your choice, we will then add them on to the ballot. Make sure not to check the option 1 box — if you are the first to write in a candidate, as this will result in an error code saying “too many choices.” Just un-click the Option one box, and your ballot will work.
ControlTalk NOW interview with Johnson Controls‘ Dan Preston, Director, Independent Distribution Channel, North America, who brings the ControlTrends Community up-to-speed with the JCI Roadshows (already underway); JCI’s two most recent acquisitions: Triatek and Lux Products Corporation; Verasys: JCI’s red hot product line for the Light Commercial Building Space; and JCI’s portfolio of FX IP Controllers.
Ken Sinclair’s Automated Buildings’ October, 2018 Issue, Features a uniquely “Edge-You-Cation” Editorial. Ken Sinclair’s October edition of AutomatedBuildings.com, is nothing short of punderful. Ken’s deliberate play on words delivers yet another deep deliberation on humanized interactions, integrated and deployed with the hatching technologies — and how they are soon to reside within the smart and holistic building space, with its occupants and AI-enabled edge devices.
The New Dialogue in Smart Buildings, Marc Petock, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, Lynxspring. Published in Linkedin on September 27, 2018. Commercial real estate operators and building owners are adapting to the change in building automation technology that is occurring in the industry. Innovation has reshaped how we manage, operate and interact with our buildings and facilities. Connected systems, data and analytics is broadening our conversation in the world of smart buildings — engaging not only facility operators in the discussion, but the C-Suite as well.
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM). NCSAM is a collaborative effort between DHS and its public and private partners—including the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA)—to raise awareness about the vital role cybersecurity plays in the lives of U.S. citizens. NCCIC will be participating in NCSAM through weekly posts in the Current Activity section of the NCCIC website.
Learn How to do KMC Connect Custom Applications. In this webinar, Building Genius, Tom Joslin, shows us Custom Applications in KMC Connect. KMC Connect™ Operator Workstation is a configuration software tool with which you can configure KMC BACnet controllers for a building automation system. Key time-saving features of KMC Connect include: Build jobs offline and then deploy them on-site with a single click. Use the wizards to quickly and easily configure alarms, schedules, and trends on native BACnet devices. Choose from a library of hundreds of HVAC applications, with pre-configured setups for KMC controllers and accompanying documentation.
VYKON Integrated Analytics, Enterprise Security Updates & More are Here! VYKON Integrated Analytics 2.1 brings the ability to create and run energy reports to the end user. The seven new energy report templates available with this release are configurable from the web UI and can be saved for future use. New HTML5 Analytic Web Chart and Analytic Web Table widgets that improve visualization capabilities are available with this release. Analytic Web Chart and Analytic Web Table are configurable from the browser view. The Analytic Web Table supports multiple analytic bindings.
Episode 284: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending September 23, 2018 features our interview with Building Automation expert, Daryl Clasen, LOYTEC Americas’ Sales Manager. Get your Greenhouse’s CO2 levels right with ACI’s aSENSE-GH; Johnson Controls Con is Hitting the Road!; IoTium Tees Up to Take Off with Series B Funding; KMC’s Commander offers an easy way to turn a BAS Platform into an IoT Platform; and NIST releases “A Methodology for Determining Forensic Data Requirements for Detecting Hypervisor Attacks” for review.
Need to Monitor CO2 in Greenhouses? Here is how to do it! What is one of the fastest growing industries that needs a lot of controls and control strategies? I will give you a hint: the product is grown in green houses, and the lights, temperature, humidity and CO2 must be spot on. Companies like EASY IO have stepped up to the plate with the control side of the solution. Blue Ridge Technologies can get you dialed in on the lighting, but what about the CO2 monitoring? Here is the ACI solution you need to know.
Johnson Controls Con is Hitting the Road! Taking it to the Streets! The Road Shows will provide opportunities for attendees to listen, see, and experience the Controls Product offering by Johnson Controls, while also providing hands on training, instruction, and certification in the following product areas: Facility Explorer, Verasys, Refrigeration, Johnson Controls Critical Environments (Triatek), Series III VFD, and Selection Navigator.
IoTium Tees Up to Take Off with Series B Financing. Santa Clara, Calif. – September 19, 2018 – ioTium today announced that it has closed $13.6 million in Series B financing. This new round of investment brings the company’s total funding to $22 million and validates the strength of the company’s Software-Defined Converged Infrastructure solutions for IIoT, a vision actualized within industrial Fortune 500 deployments worldwide. The funding was led by continued investment from March Capital Partners. Honeywell Ventures, John Chambers’ JC2 Ventures and Hanna Ventures joined existing ioTium investors GE Ventures and Juniper Ventures in the round.The KMC Commander: The Easy Way to turn a BAS System into an IoT Platform. KMC Commander Install with E-Solutions: YMCA IoT Integration. In this video KMC’s Tim Vogel, and E Solutions, TJ Terrell, show us how easy it is to take an existing BAS system and turn it into an Iot platform by installing the KMC Commander. As you can see in the video, this solution is very well thought out, and easy to install. So if your customers are asking more from the BAS systems you are servicing, think KMC Commander.
Our ControlTalk NOW interview with LOYTEC Americas’ Manager, Daryl Clasen gives us fresh insight into LOYTEC’s formidable intelligent building automation products are ideally suited for small to mid-size building applications. LOYTEC takes room automation and tunable lighting to the next level — and the LIOB‑585 I/O Controller is one of the most versatile, all-in-one controllers on the market: IP-enabled, compact, programmable automation stations for LonMark Systems and BACnet/IP networks with physical inputs and outputs and integrated graphical visualization.
Founded in 1999, LOYTEC electronics GmbH today ranks among the leading European providers of intelligent networked control products for building automation. LOYTEC develops, manufactures, and distributes router and gateway solutions, embedded Automation Servers and I/O Controllers, the room automation system L-ROC, DALI lighting controls, the VAV system LIOB-AIR, and also graphical user interfaces in the form of touch panels or via PCs or mobile devices.
For Whom it May Cybersecurity Concern: A Methodology for Determining Forensic Data Requirements for Detecting Hypervisor Attacks. Although a Methodology for Determining Forensic Data Requirements for Detecting Hypervisor Attacks notice may not seem to be of immediate importance to the ControlTrends Community, Cybersecurity requires a dutiful and relentless awareness, especially as we become more dependent on Cloud hosted services. The Nist website is a vital source of critical information available at your fingertips!
The Road Shows will provide opportunities for attendees to listen, see, and experience the Controls Product offering by Johnson Controls, while also providing hands on training, instruction, and certification in the product areas below:
Facility Explorer – Hands on training and instruction on IP Controllers, Custom Application/Wireless Labs, MAP Gateway, FX Appliance Enhancements
Verasys – Hands on training and instruction on Verasys VAV & COBP systems, IOM, LC-VAC1001 Lighting controller, and application controller for constant volume, chiller & boiler applications.
Refrigeration – Hands on training and instruction on A525 electronic refrigeration controllers with Adaptive Defrost, MR5 Series Panel Mount Controllers with Adaptive Defrost, and QREV Quick Response Expansion Valve.
Johnson Controls Critical Environments (Triatek) – Hands on training and instruction on Room Pressure Controllers & monitors, central monitoring stations, and lighting panel controls. This class will also feature an introduction into Venturi air valves, fume hoods, fume controllers, and fume hood monitors.
Series III VFD – Hands on training and instruction on installation, programming and commissioning of Johnson Controls Series III drives.
Selection Navigator – Hands on training and instruction on the new Selection tool by Johnson Controls
Product Showcase/Discussion Theatre:
During the Roadshow we will be offering an on-going product showcase that will also feature a discussion theatre. This theatre will feature short presentations on the current state and future outlook of the controls product portfolio of Johnson Controls.
To join us, click on the appropriate link below. Once on the site, learn more details about the roadshow agenda and training sessions offered in each city. You’ll also be able to reserve hotel accommodations.
Don’t miss out – register right away to secure your spot!
You will receive an email confirmation immediately after completing the online registration. Should you have any questions or require registration assistance, please call Johnson Controls Travel Headquarters at 800-508-4563 (toll-free) or 636-827-5973 (direct).
Episode 282: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending September 9, 2018 continues with its international flavor with reportage from Tuscany, Italy. HVACR industry update and best States for technicians to work in; Register for Johnson Controls’ Custom Solution Webinar; EasyIO releases updated Education & Training Announcement and Advanced Class Training Schedule; and Project Haystack Connections Magazine Fall 2018 edition call for Contributions.
HVACR Careers: Choosing the Right State — The Top States to Work in. Heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) contractors looking for plentiful job opportunities, high salaries, available training and large numbers of service calls should head to Ohio or California, according to a list of top states to work in HVACR compiled by Emerson. (Source: Becky Hoelscher, AC & Heating Connect| Aug. 17, 2018)
Johnson Controls Integrated Comfort Solution Webinar: 6 Way Valves, Actuators & Terminal Units: The Efficient HVAC System Choice for Your Building. Building owners today are seeking a new solution with greater accuracy and more precise control of their HVAC system for improved efficiency and energy-savings. Join us for a one-hour webinar on Thursday, September 20 at 1pm CST to hear why terminal units paired with a six-way valve and a 270 degrees proportional actuator is the right choice for an energy efficient building.
EasyIO’s Education & Training Announcement and Advanced Class Training Schedule. Education & Training: Before you purchase any product from EasyIO from an authorized partner, you must complete our CPT training. You may find upcoming training classes here or contact an authorized partner. You may also familiarize yourself with our online CPT training videos on this page. If you are new to HVAC and controls technology, the BEST program is a collaboration of nationwide colleges that provide beginning to advanced training and other resources.
Project Haystack Connections Magazine Fall 2018 Call for Contributions. Project Haystack is excited to announce that the next issue of Connections Magazine is in development and will be published in early January 2019. The Connections Magazine reports the news from the Project Haystack community from around the world and provides updates on the development of working groups, new tagging models, reference implementations, complimentary applications, and use case stories from the community working together to make device data easier to use across applications of all types.
Date SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 Time 1:00PM CST
Building owners today are seeking a new solution with greater accuracy and more precise control of their HVAC system for improved efficiency and energy-savings.
Join us for a one-hour webinar on Thursday, September 20 at 1pm CST to hear why terminal units paired with a six-way valve and a 270 degrees proportional actuator is the right choice for an energy efficient building. With an integrated approach you can take full advantage of the technology and energy-savings from chilled beams systems and fan coil units matched with the new control valves and actuators that offers superior comfort with low energy consumption.
Episode 269: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending June 3, 2018, features a review of the 2018 Realcomm|IBcon Conference in Las Vegas; updates on Johnson Controls’ Verasys Plug-and-Play Control System for Light Commercial Buildings; Project Haystack Connections Magazine Spring 2018 Issue: “Tagging the World of Data;” WHVACR 15th Annual Conference Registration; and IntesisBox Gateways offer easy-to-use and reliable solutions for system integration and control of Smart Buildings.
Johnson Controls’ Verasys® Plug-and-Play Control System for Light Commercial Buildings. Reduce Your Total Cost of Ownership: Easy-to-use controls maximize energy savings and extend equipment life—reducing operating costs. Gain Maximum Efficiency Up Front: Plug-and-play controls system cuts installation time and complexity. Simple interface delivers vital building data for immediate control of your environment. Secure remote access makes it easy to manage your building from anywhere.
Project Haystack Connections Magazine Spring 2018 Issue: “Tagging the World of Data”. The Spring 2018 issue, which is our fourth issue, of the Project Haystack Connections Magazine is published! It is growing in readership as the industry comes to understand the mission of the Project Haystack Organization and the importance of making it easy to work with the data produced by smart, connected devices and equipment systems.
WHVACR 15th Annual Conference September 19th-21st, Denver’s Brown Palace Hotel. JOIN US AS WE DEFY GRAVITY IN Denver, Colorado! RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY! Register before Aug. 1st and save $25 off of you registration cost. Register Now! Don’t miss the Women in HVACR 15th Annual Conference as we explore: “Defying Gravity” Join us for this exciting event as you reconnect with old friends and network with other women leaders in the HVACR industry.
IntesisBox Gateways Easy-to-Use and Reliable Solutions for System Integration and Control of Smart Buildings. IntesisBox offers a wide range of products to facilitate communication between different protocols. Based on the most used standard protocols, such as BACnet, EnOcean, KNX, LonWorks, Modbus, DALI, MBUS and many more, IntesisBox helps you integrate most of the devices currently in the market related with Home and Building automation.
Reduce Your Total Cost of Ownership: Easy-to-use controls maximize energy savings and extend equipment life—reducing operating costs.
Gain Maximum Efficiency Up Front: Plug-and-play controls system cuts installation time and complexity. Simple interface delivers vital building data for immediate control of your environment. Secure remote access makes it easy to manage your building from anywhere. Turnkey solution offers installed cost savings.
Make/Enable Long-term Operating Improvements: Advanced level of control provides flexibility for scheduling, alarming, setpoints, and more. Predictive detection allows you to take a proactive approach to servicing your system. Early issue identification supports quick response to minimize downtime.
Episode 258: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending March 11, 2018 features an interview with Alper Üzmezler, BASSG’s Managing Partner and CTO of Anka Labs. Alper takes us on a deep dive into Sandstar, an open-sourced offering from Anka Labs. Check out Honeywell’s e7 Hotel Thermostat; Scott Hamilton joins Acuity Brands’ Distech team; Johnson Controls announces Verasys “Turning Up the Smart” Roadshow — coming to a city near you; Watch 8 More Minutes of Magic with the 2017 ControlTrends Awards extended video, which captures the most exciting night in the HVAC industry; and make sure to read Therese Sullivan’s “Shaking Value Chains and Channeling New Voices in BAS.”
Honeywell is Making Your Hotel Room Smarter with the e7 Smart Thermostat. You already have a smart home, and now, you can have a smart home away from home. Thanks to the launch of Honeywell’s next-generation thermostat for the hospitality industry, you’ll now be able to control the temperature not only of your bedroom, but of your hotel room, too. Meet the new Inncom e7 Thermostat (otherwise known as the e7), heralded as the first enterprise-grade environmental control and energy management solution that also features Amazon Alexa integrations.
Acuity Brands’ Distech Controls Appoints Scott Hamilton as Vice President, Sales. Brossard, QC, March 5, 2018 – Distech Controls, an innovation leader in energy management solutions, is pleased to announce a recent addition to the company’s leadership team: Scott Hamilton joins Distech Controls in the role of Vice President, Sales. With more than 20 years of industry experience, Scott will be responsible for sales channels across the Americas, Australia and Asia, as well as the organization’s OEM channel and Distech Controls Energy Services.
Johnson Controls Announces Verasys “Turning Up the Smart” Roadshow. Verasys® is a new kind of plug-and-play building control system with less complexity and more capabilities to help expand your business and service opportunity for your customers. The best way to fully appreciate this system, is by seeing it in action. The best way to see it in action, is by seeing it live. That’s why we’ll be crossing the U.S. to share it with everyone on the Verasys Roadshow.
2017 ControlTrends Awards HighLight Video Extended Version. Watch eight minutes of magic as we present the 2017 ControlTrends Awards video that captures the ControlTrends Awards ceremony and night in the industry for the superstars and heroes of the HVAC and Building Automation industries. The 2017 Top Gun Awards recipients were recognized, as was the 2017 Petock Award winner Trevor Palmer, Distech/Acutiy Brands, and the ControlTrends Awards Hall of Fame inductees.
Shaking Value Chains and Channeling New Voices in BAS. The unifying forces within the HVAC and Building Automation industries are changing. The universal laws and assumptions we held as champion truths, are no longer valid. Even the gravitational fields that kept the “constellation of value” constant in our channels — are in full flux. New galaxies are forming and steering your way through these new strong and weak interactions may be be dicey. The following article by Therese Sullivan, editor of Building Context, will help to explain why.
ControlTalk NOW interview with Alper Üzmezler, BASSG Managing Partner and CTO of Anka Labs, who begins with an overview of Sandstar, open-sourced offering from Anka Labs. Alper then goes into several demos. BASSG has been involved in commercial building informatics for over a decade, delivering realistic renderings, dashboarding, energy analytics programming, integrations, and other services. BASSG makes a vital contributions to the open-protocol controls industry. BASSG offers a variety of solutions for multi-protocol data transport, data visualization libraries, an editor for custom UI development, and HTML5 block programming tools — and delivers these tools as a unified environment. In mid-2016, BASSG delivered their first generation Edge Analytics Controllers (EACs) to the market.