Episode 264: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending Apr 29, 2018 introduces Atlanta’s newest debutante and future ControlTalk NOW host, Ms. Evelyn Grace Stromquist, as we capture the Zeitgeist of Niagara Summit 2018 — presenting a unique compilation of interviews beginning with Neptronic’s CFO Biagio Di Lorenzo, followed by industry perspectives from Systems Integrators Jim Jancse, Renick Brothers and Casto Technical’s Charlie Gibson. Distributor insight is next up with Broudy Precision’s Joe Chandler and RSD’s Mike Schwan and Rob Thompson. Activelogix’s Jack Berryhill, Tridium’s Laura Kevitt, and OTI’s Brian Turner add much more! More ControlTrends coverage to follow!
The ControlTrends Passion, Integrity, and Dedication (PID) Award is one of the most competitive and prestigious award categories. Standing in the company of an incredible cast of deserving industry stalwarts, Laura Kevitt prevailed and set yet another important milestone — becoming the first woman to win a ControlTrends Award. On behalf of the ControlTrends Community, we congratulate and thank Laura once again for always going above and beyond, and being recognized as personifying the virtues of the PID Award.
The 2014 ControlTrends Awards were held in the elegant Prairie Ballroom at the McCormick Hyatt Hotel. Marc Petock and Kimberly Brown co-hosted the standing room only awards ceremony that recognized the 2014 ControlTrends heroes and superstars of the HVAC and Building Automation industry. The awards also recognized 2014’s seven Top Gun Awards recipients and Tom Shircliff and Bob Murchison received the coveted Petock Award. The pinnacle event of the evening — Michael Newman and George Thomas induction into the ControlTrends Awards Hall of Fame. Photo and video highlights to follow!
ControlTrends is delighted to present the 2014 ControlTrends Award winners:
2014 ControlTrends Awards Residential Thermostat of the Year: Honeywell RedLINK
2014 ControlTrends Awards Commercial Thermostat of the Year: Schneider Electric SE8000
2014 ControlTrends Awards VFD Manufacturer of the Year: Siemens BT300
2014 ControlTrends Awards Wireless Product/Solution of the Year: Can2Go (SmartStruxure Lite) and Thermokon
2014 ControlTrends Awards Peripheral Product of the Year: Contemporary Controls
2014 ControlTrends Awards Lighting Integration Solution of the Year: Delta DLS
2014 ControlTrends Awards Innovative Product of the Year: Lynxspring Lynx CyberPro
2014 ControlTrends Awards Energy Savings Product of the Year: Belimo Energy Valve
2014 ControlTrends Awards Building Automation VAV Controller of the Year: KMC SimplyVAV
2014 ControlTrends Awards Building Automation Plant/Equipment Controller of the Year: EasyIO FG-32
2014 ControlTrends Awards 3rd Party Visualization Software of the Year: DG Logik DGLUX
2014 ControlTrends Awards Building Analytics Software of the Year: SkyFoundry
2014 ControlTrends Awards Programming Software Tool of the Year: Johnson Controls FX ASSET Tool
2014 ControlTrends Awards Building Integration & Automation Software of the Year: Niagara AX
2014 ControlTrends Awards Building Automation Control System of the Year: Delta Controls
2014 ControlTrends Award Best Technical Support Person of the Year — Small Manufacturer: Lim Hoon Chiat, EasyIO
2014 ControlTrends Award Best Technical Support Person of the Year — Large Manufacturer: Greg Halloway, Delta Controls and Greg Wilmer, Johnson Controls
2014 ControlTrends Award Best Technical Support Company of the Year — Small Manufacturer: ACI
2014 ControlTrends Award Best Technical Support Company of the Year — Large Manufacturer: Belimo
2014 ControlTrends Awards Vendor of the Year — Small Manufacturer: Neptronic
2014 ControlTrends Awards Vendor of the Year — Large Manufacturer: Schneider Electric
2014 ControlTrends Awards Professionalism, Integrity, Dedication (PID) Award: Laura Kevitt, Honeywell
2014 ControlTrends Award Executive of the Year — Small Manufacturer: Gordon Chan, EasyIO
2014 ControlTrends Award Executive of the Year — Large Manufacturer: Nino DiCosmo, Tridium
As we prepare for another exciting and entertaining evening of ControlTrends Awards memorable moments, meet Honeywell’s Roger Rebennack, Laura Kevitt, Patty Hall, and the eventual 2013 Executive of the Year, Honeywell’s Tom Rosback as they celebrate the 2013 ControlTrends Awards at NCY’s BB King Blues Club.
ControlTalk NOW for the Week ending January 4, 2015. Pod Cast Show Notes: ControlTalk NOW thanks this week’s Premium sponsors Honeywell and Siemens. This week, we review the major trends and events of 2014 — the Year of Disruption. Special interviews with Executive of the Year nominee and industry stalwart George Thomas, founder and President of Contemporary Controls, and Young Gun, Jason Houck, Director of IT and Integration at Hepta Controls Systems.
Honeywell invents and manufactures technologies to address some of the world’s toughest challenges initiated by revolutionary macrotrends in science, technology and society. A Fortune 100 company, we create solutions to improve the quality of life of people around the globe: generating clean, healthy energy – and using it more efficiently. Increasing our safety and security.
Siemens: 2014 European Building Technologies Company of the Year. Siemens offers a complete technical infrastructure portfolio for building automation, energy efficiency, fire safety, security, total building solutions and market-specific solutions in buildings and public places. Siemens offers a comprehensive range of building automation systems and HVAC products for every area of use like heating, ventilation, air conditioning, cooling application, and for every technical requirement.
ControlTrends 2014 Year in Review. We thank the ControlTrends Community for sharing another incredible year for the HVAC and Controls Industry that began with the 2014 ControlTrends Awards in NYC, and took us across the country and around the world to the 2014 CGNA Conference, 2014 Niagara Summit, 2014 Realcomm/IBcon, International Systems of America, Neptronic, Easy IO World Conference in Madrid, as well as our continuing coverage of all the major control trends, from wearable technology to cybersecurity.
ControlTrends is delighted to interview George Thomas founder and president of Contemporary Controls. Nominated for five ControlTrends Awards, Contemporary Controls enters its 40th year in the business! George Thomas and Contemporary Controls are a story that movies are made from. Few people have the personal and professional moxie it takes to build an enduring company from the cliched humble origins of a home-made microprocessor business started in a visionary’s basement, to a thriving international manufacturer of Industrial, Building, and Commercial Automation Components; Communication and Network Devices; and Building Automation Controllers.
George Thomas and his team at Contemporary Controls have weathered every sort of economic and competitive storm that an entrepreneur can expect, and their continued success reveals two very unique attributes: George Thomas and Contemporary Controls are just plain good and just plain smart! Visit George Thomas and Contemporary Controls at the 2015 AHR Show, booth 3531 and get your copy of “Network Communications for Buildings,” a compilation of articles Contemporary Controls has written on Ethernet, IP networks, Modbus and BACnet protocols.
ControlTalk NOW second interview with Jason Houck, Director of IT & Integration at Hepta Control Systems. Jason personifies the next generation of precocious master systems integrators whose career began while he was still in grade school. Jason shares his own experience, the Linux theory of self-accomplishment, and how he became an expert in Design & Implementation of Smart Building Networks, Integration of HVAC Controls, Lighting Controls, Electrical Metering, Fire Alarm Systems, Electrical Equipment and Elevators via multiple protocols such as Bacnet, LON, Modbus, OPC, Obix, and DDE.
2014 ControlTrends Awards PID Finalist Laura Kevitt. See why the World-Wide ControlTrends Community nominated the hard working Laura Kevitt as a finalist for the PID Award. The PID Award, which stands for Passion, Integrity, and Dedication is an honor bestowed on the individual that exudes these qualities. Those in the community that have had the opportunity to work with Honeywell’s Laura Kevitt can attest to her personification of these virtues. Laura, heads up national accounts for Honeywell’s ECC Building Automation Group.
2014 Energy Savings Solution Product of the Year Nominee — Belimo Energy Valve. Belimo’s Energy Valve is a strong favorite to win the 2014 Energy Savings Solution Product of the Year because of its incomparable engineering sophistication and bonafide performance that takes HVAC energy savings to the highest levels. Belimo is delivering the future of energy savings — today! Overview:The Energy Valve is a pressure independent valve that measures and manages coil energy by using an embedded electromagnetic or ultrasonic flow meter, along with supply and return water temperature sensors.
Ken Sinclair’s January 2015 Edition of Automated Buildings: Auto’s Autodidacticism. Another great edition of Automated Buildings is now available! The January, 2015 edition introduces AB’s editor Ken Sinclair’s critical evaluation on how self-learning is rapidly becoming such a necessary and essential tool for the HVAC. In 2011, Seth Godin declared that the internet freed us all from the tyranny of being selected. That it was time to select yourself. We are seeing this self-selection tenet in full motion and experiencing the impact that self-selection has already had on many industries — that have lost their once inalienable gate-keeper rights.
Johnson Controls Chris Eichmann: in the Hunt for ControlTrends Executive of the Year. Johnson Controls, Chris Eichmann is no stranger to success. As a former winner of the ControlTrends Executive of the Year, the hard working Chris, has been nominated as a finalist for the 2014 ControlTrends Executive of the Year – Large Manufacture.I had a chance to catch up with Chris in Atlanta. Check out my interview with Chris to see why he is so popular with the world wide ControlTrends community. Voting ends January 15th, so make sure to vote for your ControlTrends favorites.
Caution: Disruption Ahead! Data Sent to Cloud (Not to BMS) — Daikin Applied Intelligent Equipment. The Daikin-Intel disruption bell tolled rather loudly and clearly at the June 2014 Realcom/IBcon show in Las Vegas. Daikin, one of the world’s largest and most progressive equipment manufacturers, had already rolled out their Rebel Rooftop line, which put them in the pole position (kinda), because merging equipment and controls by utilizing the potency of IoT and new disruptive technology is great and does offer additional value to Daikin’s customers.
See why the World-Wide ControlTrends Community nominated the hard working Laura Kevitt as a finalist for the PID Award. The PID Award, which stands for Passion, Integrity, and Dedication is an honor bestowed on the individual that exudes these qualities. Those in the community that have had the opportunity to work with Honeywell’s Laura Kevitt can attest to her personification of these virtues.
With other very deserving finalists, like last years co-winner Mike Marston,Easy IO, Grant Calhoun, Delta Controls, John Sublett, Tridium, Luis Meigares, Neptronic, George Thomas, Contemporary Controls, and Dave Bohlmann, KMC Controls, voters are going to be faced with a very tough choice.
Laura, heads up national accounts for Honeywell’s ECC Building Automation Group. But as those of us who are lucky enough to have worked with Laura know, she is a technical virtuoso on Honeywell Access and Building Automation Controls. Laura is the control pro’s pro and I was fortunate to catch up with her in Atlanta.
ControlTalk Now: The Smart Building Podcast October 5, 2014 is sponsored by Siemens, nominated for over 10 ControlTrends Awards. Siemens offers a complete technical infrastructure portfolio for building automation, energy efficiency, fire safety, security, total building solutions and market-specific solutions in buildings and public places.
ControlTrends Around the World: Norway. We caught up with Hoist Energy’s Tommy Hagenes and Runar Solli at the 2014 EASY IO World Conference in Madrid, Spain. Hoist Energy is one of Norway’s most prolific building automation controls systems integrators. Thanks to Tommy and Runar for sharing their insights on smart buildings and controls integration in Norway, including the vital role EASY IO is playing in Norway.
DGLux5 Training at Their New — Oakland, CA Headquarters! October 22nd-24th 2014. DGLogik, Inc. invites you to an enhanced DGLux5 Training at the new headquarters in Oakland, CA. This 3-day training course takes place from October 22-24, 2014. Our DGLux5 training provides new lectures, new exercises, and new hands-on labs designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the basic principles, concepts and knowledge necessary to develop and support applications using DGLux5. In addition, this new training will allow all users to walk-away with a functional application template for their future use. Register now!
ControlTrends Around The World: Australia. The EASY IO world conference in Madrid, Spain, allowed us to connect with the very best smart building controls professionals from around the globe. In this video we catch up with Chris Schneider. Chris, along with his team at Open BMCS, created a programming software tool that allows savvy building automation controls integrators a powerful alternative to more expensive options. The Open BMCS software is a great way to program and configure your EASY IO controllers. How easy is it to use the Open BMCS software? Click here to see Open BMCS training videos. Be sure to check Chris out at the 2014 ControlTrends Awards and the 2014 AHR Show in Chicago.
Honeywell WEBs-AX Security Sales Training – LIVE STREAM.
Honeywell Niagara-AX Framework Shellshock Update — US-CERT Alert, TA14-268A: On Thursday, September 25, 2014 US-CERT published an alert, TA14-268A, regarding a critical vulnerability in the GNU Bourne-Again Shell (Bash), the common command-line shell used in many Linux/UNIX operating systems and Apple’s Mac OS X. After a thorough review of Honeywell products, we want to reassure our customers that no versions of NiagaraAX Framework software or any other Honeywell products are affected by the Shellshock bug.
Automated Buildings’ October Release: Auomated Diagnostics & Analytics: We were looking for a theme for our October issue and we polled the industry about articles featuring occupant productivity and how our industry has an amazing interaction with productivity within a building. Although all agreed that this was very true and a very powerful relationship, the general feeling was we need to keep working on how to shape occupant productivity into a real measured variable for our industry before we can include it in our ROI payback calculation.
ControlTrends People: Laura Kevitt: Meet Laura Kevitt! Laura, heads up national accounts for Honeywell’s ECC Building Automation Group. But as those of us who are luckily enough to have worked with Laura know, she is a technical virtuoso on Honeywell Access and Building Automation Controls. Laura is the control pros pro and I was lucky enough to catch up with her in Atlanta.
Meet Laura Kevitt! Laura, heads up national accounts for Honeywell’s ECC Building Automation Group. But as those of us who are lucky enough to have worked with Laura know, she is a technical virtuoso on Honeywell Access and Building Automation Controls. Laura is the control pro’s pro and I was fortunate to catch up with her in Atlanta.
Laura, along with fellow Honeywell team members, Larry Andrinuas, Roger Rebennack, and Rob Anderson compete with the Industry’s best for the coveted ControlTrends PID Award. As a former leader of the Honeywell WEBS squad Laura finds herself on the Controltrends Awards nomination ballot for the 2014 Controltrends Best Technical Support Person ( Large Manufacture). Laura along with Steven Haynes, Roger Rebennack, John Hutchey, Jeff Lehman, Michael Hines, and Lou Jones will try to bring home the trophy for Honeywell.
Good luck to Laura and the rest of the team from Honeywell! Be sure to cast your nomination votes by clicking here.
Check out some of the stars from Honeywell: Roger Rebennack, Laura Kevitt, Patty Hall, and Tom Rosback, as they walk the Red Carpet and get interviewed at the 2013 ControlTrends Awards. The Honeywell team took trophies home in four ControlTrends Awards categories: Thermostat of the Year: Honeywell Prestige RedLINK, Marketing Tools and Support of the Year, Building Automation System of the Year: Honeywell WEBS, and Executive of the Year: Tom Rosback.
Frank Sinatra, brought the 2013 ControlTrends Awards to a classic close with a sing along rendition of New York, New York, accompanied on stage by Honeywell’s Amy Anderson, Laura Kevitt, and Jan Baaden Gee. The 2013 ControlTrends Awards thanks all the corporate and media sponsors; congratulations again to the nominees and trophy recipients, and most importantly, special thanks to the ControlTrends Community for another great show!