Episode 256: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending Feb 25, 2018 features our interview with Tridium’s Ed Merwin, Director Vykon Automation, Energy and Security. Ed believes this upcoming Niagara Summit in New Orleans is the most important and featured-packed summit yet. [Read more…]
ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast/PodCast for week ending July 31, 2016 offers a modified show, because of the excellent, but lengthy audio content. Our Podcast listeners get an extended bonus with the full interviews with industry expert and Lynxspring’s VP pf Marketing, Marc Petock, and Josh Bradshaw, the global-minded technologist and technical product strategist from Silicon Valley. Both, were too important and insightful to cut, hence, the extended Podcast. Additionally, more great product information, updates, and webinars from Alerton, Schneider Electric, EnTouch, Belimo, J2 Innovations, Loytec, Douglas Lighting Control, Siemon, and NEST PRO.
ACHR News FREE Webinar — Selling the Connected Home: How to Grow Your Business July 26, 2016 2pm EST. More than simply building connected products, Nest’s mission is to create a home that’s thoughtful – one that takes care of itself and the people inside it. Gene LaNois, general manager of Nest’s professional channel, will share his thoughts on the future of the connected home, what it means for the HVAC industry, and the important steps to becoming a smart home provider. During this webinar, attendees will: Gain an in-depth understanding of Nest products; Discover how the new “Connected Trade” removes seasonality; and Recognize how HVAC is best positioned to be the leader in this new “Connected Trade.”
ControlTalk NOW first interview is with industry expert and Lynxspring’s VP Marketing, Marc Petock — who takes the lid of IoT; reviews why edge devices will play an expanding role in the journey to a smart building and Lynxspring’s Edge 2 Enterprise products performing edge applications; remote connection using the secured wireless cellular option is on the rise as IT departments seek to reduce network vulnerabilities amidst the increasing number of cyber security threats; Project Haystack and Haystack Connect updates; and a preview of the 2016 ControlTrends Awards in Las Vegas.
Our second guest on ControlTalk NOW is Josh Bradshaw, a global-minded technologist and technical product strategist from Silicon Valley. Josh’s website worktechwork.com is a profusion of relevant technologies disrupting the world as we presently know it. Our one-of-a-kind discussion included an explanation of Blockchain; Building Robotic’s rebranded COMFY. coverage of SRI International researcher Roy Kornbluh, Interviews with Bertrand Piccard, who completed the first non-stop balloon flight around the world (1999), setting world records for aviation’s longest flight in both distance and duration. Interview with André Borschberg, Entrepreneur, Engineer and Explorer.
Siemon: A Unified Intellige(nt Smart Building Cabling Solution. Thanks to our friend Ted Houck, from Hepta Systems, for this video. As we look for ways to make buildings smarter and installations more affordable, Siemon provides a powerful new way to look at how we connect the devices in our Smart Buildings. Siemon ConvergeIT is a unified intelligent building (IB) cabling solution that combines Siemon’s proven quality with advanced copper and fiber cabling technology to create a structured cabling system that converges critical data, voice, video and low-voltage building systems onto a single unified physical infrastructure, providing significant cost savings and sustainability over the life of the facility.
EnTouch Shines at Stromquist Contractor Day. EnTouch is a very progressive company that produces very cool thermostats and light commercial building solutions. Check out what they had to say to the Atlanta HVAC contractors at Stromquist & Company. EnTouch, Founded in 2008, is a team of energy, services and telecomm industry veterans with a history of using technology to solve real-world problems. The EnTouch 360° offers the ultimate in facilities and energy management intelligence. Our turnkey installation, energy analysis and prompt resolution can simplify the lives of your facility management team while it delivers savings to your enterprise’s bottom line.
Mark Your Calendar: Easy Retrofit Solutions for Valves and Damper Actuators. Our man, Joe Carcare, Belimo retrofit master extraordinaire, will be sharing his knowledge on Wednesday, August 1 at 1 PM EST. Valves and actuators are responsible for ensuring reliable functioning hydronic and air control HVAC systems all over the world. Belimo Retrofit provides airside and waterside retrofit application solutions, with direct coupled or remote access linkages, and efficient actuators Here is the official notice, but I can tell you from experience, Joe is not to be missed. He has worked in the field, and his hands-on experience, makes him a great teacher. So, click here and register now! This might be the only class you ever need to take on retrofitting valves and dampers.
If You Like Lon… We have a Product for You. BACnet and Lon have been competing for years to win the hearts and networks of Smart Buildings and smart buildings systems integrators. Although BACnet seems to be in vogue in today’s smart buildings marketplace, many swear by the Lon protocol. We caught up with a company that makes outstanding smart building controls and specializes in optimizing the Lon protocol. Loytec, might be one of the best kept secrets in the United States, but globally they are a dominate force in building automation controls. Loytec’s Daryl Clasen walks us through the Loytech product portfolio that includes beautiful touch screen displays and wall sensors, and shows us how their mobile app works.
How to Reduce Your BACnet Troubleshooting Time by 100x. As I am fond of telling my three year old daughter, when she refuses to go to brush her teeth, “We can do this the easy way or the hard way.” The easy way is you brush your teeth, the hard way is you brush your teeth after a time out. The hard way takes way more time and way more effort. Until Opitgo introduced their really cool new product, there was only one way to troubleshoot a BACnet problem, the hard way.
Mark Your Calendar: Lighting Control Presented by Douglas Lighting. Our Friends at Lynxspring have a very special training session on lighting control planned. Douglas Lighting Control has been around for decades, but the latest lighting control advancements have only just recently gained traction. Now, lighting is becoming a platform for other applications. It’s creating an opportunity to provide services to the people in buildings that we couldn’t even dream of years ago. These new services are going to make building space more valuable, and ideally, make the building space more effective.
Can Your Smart Thermostat Start Your Toaster and Monitor Energy Consumption? Can a thermostat really turn on a toaster and monitor energy consumption? Not that you would want to use your thermostat to start a toaster, but you could. The bigger feature is having a smart thermostat that has the on board capacity to monitor electrical consumption and loads. We have had great success doing just this with a smart thermostat we sell by EnTouch.
Smart Buildings’ New Vocab Word: Muench’s Corollary. J2 Innovations‘ very own Scott Muench was recently featured on AutomatedBuildings.com with an article about the benefits and payoffs of tagging and data modeling. With the amount of connected devices increasing every day, potential value is also increasing exponentially. The reality is that it takes a lot of effort or mouse clicks to derive value from the data in the connected world. J2 Innovations has been focusing their efforts on great software and more efficient workflows to unlock this potential.
Intelligent Buildings’ Tom Shircliff: A Smart Buildings Perspective on Realcomm|IBcon. We had a chance to catch up with one of our favorite people at the 2016 Realcomm|IBcon show, Intelligent Buildings Tom Shircliff. Tom, the co-founder of Intelligent Buildings, gives us his thoughts on the show and the new trends he is seeing in Smart Buildings. Tom gives us a must do — regarding Cyber Security to make our smart buildings safer from cyber attack. Tom also shares with us the importance of water analytics as a way to make our buildings more energy efficient and safer (yes, I did say safer).
How is Your Body Like A Smart Building? Alerton Explains. Is your body really like a smart building? I never thought about it this way before, but it makes sense. Very cool video from the folks at Alerton, who are totally committed to helping you get the best performance from your buildings. Alerton is a pioneer and an industry leader in providing building management solutions for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning equipment for all types and sizes of buildings. Alerton can also help simplify building management by integrating fire, life safety, lighting, access management and other building systems. You’ll find Alerton’s proven solutions in thousands of buildings around the world, and their dealers are part a global independent dealer network, providing solid service and support that is second to none.
Schneider Electric Company Story: Our Technology is Everywhere. At Schneider Electric’s Innovation Summit 2016, the Keynote Highlight was CEO Jean-Pascal Tricoire’s explanation why Schneider Electric is the global leader in sustainable energy management and industrial automation. Schneider Electric’s mission is supply the technologies which permit, drive, and catalyze the transition to make the world of energy — more electric, more digitized, more decarbonated, and more decentralized. Schneider Electric’s five guiding principles: Customer Insights; Quality 1st; Simple & Easy; System View (Integratable); and Digital. Click here to find out all the information you need about Schneider Electric.
BACnet and Lon have been competing for years to win the hearts and networks of Smart Buildings and smart buildings systems integrators. Although BACnet seems to be in vogue in today’s smart buildings marketplace, many swear by the Lon protocol. We caught up with a company that makes outstanding smart building controls and specializes in optimizing the Lon protocol. Loytec, might be one of the best kept secrets in the United States, but globally they are a dominate force in building automation controls. Loytec’s Daryl Clasen walks us through the Loytech product portfolio that includes beautiful touch screen displays and wall sensors, and shows us how their mobile app works. If you happen to be in Georgia or Florida, the team at Stromquist & Company can provide more information on the Loytec product line.
This week’s ControlTalk NOW continues with Automated Buildings, Ken Sinclair’s 2015 Connected Community Collaboratory video series coverage featuring two highly venerated members of the HVAC and Building Automation industries, John Petze, SkyFoundry and ESI’s Paul Oswald. Daryl Clasen gives a video overview of Loytec’s amazing product portfolio and the watch the 2014 ControlTrends Awards Thermostat winners: Honeywell’s RedLINK (Residential) and Scheider Electric’s SE8000 Series (Commercial) receive their awards. Wrapping the week up, Mike Newman, heralded as the Father of BACnet, shares his ControlTrends Hall of Fame induction award trophy.
Part 4: John Petze at the 2015 Connected Community Collaboratory. See and hear what SkyFoundry’s John Petze has to say at the 2015 Connected Community Collaboratory. John discusses the importance of making data revelant and useful to building owners. My favorite John Petze quote, in this rich and thought-provoking session, is “we should not get overly carried away with having all the devices talking to each other… they don’t really have much to say to each other.”
Product Review: Daryl Clasen reviews Loytec Building Automation Controls. We had a chance to catch up with Daryl Clasen, from Loytec, at the 2015 AHR Show. In addition to a complete line of Smart Building and Building Automation Controls, Daryl introduces us to the Loytec VAV controller with Smart sensor and some of the most gorgeous, flexible touch pad panels you will ever see. Check it out and let me know what you think in comments.
Let the Good Temps Roll: Honeywell RedLINK Wins Thermostat of the Year! Honeywell’s RedLINK thermostat prevailed in one of the most heavily contested categories of the 2014 ControlTrends Awards. Honeywell’s exclusive RedLINK Wireless Technology’s ability to meet comfort needs and provide APP-connections that yield the greatest customer satisfaction (and expanded business opportunities), while offering an unparalleled array of accessory add-ons that increase the ease of connected installations.
Honeywell Q5024 Retrofit Globe Valve Linkage “Make Market” Update. The pricing for the new Q5024 linkages and accessories was inaccurately labeled in the recent product announcement bulletin. The pricing links in the bulletin 15-0004 referenced information that listed the pricing as “MADE market” when it should have been “MAKE market”. To get an accurate listing of MAKE market products, download the Dynamic Custom Price Book on the B2B. This has been updated to accurately reflect the MAKE status of each part. Click here for instructions on how to download the Custom Price Book.
Part 5: Paul Oswald at the 2015 Connected Community Collaboratory. ESI’s Paul Oswald addresses the Skills Gap and the concept of People are a company’s most important asset. IoT has replaced the previous industry M2M buzzword, and some new technological concept will soon replace IoT, but people will remain — and represent the real and sustaining value of any company.
2014 ControlTrends Hall Of Fame Inductee H. Michael Newman.Congratulations again to H. Michael Newman the father of BACnet on his induction to the 2014 ControlTrends Hall of Fame. To see Automated Buildings’ Ken Sinclair, induct Mike into the Hall oF Fame click here. Mike has been a member of the Association of Energy Engineers, the Cornell Society of Engineers, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and is a senior member of the Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society. H. Michael Newman recently authored Direct Digital Control of Building Systems: Theory and Practice.
The perfect balance between simplicity and sophistication! The SE8000 Series is a sophisticated addition to the Schneider Electric™ product portfolio of room controllers. With rich, customizable features, the SE8000 Series enables significant energy savings with accurate temperature control in any space. The SE8000 Series room controllers can be easily integrated into most building management systems (BMS). Remote monitoring and control of HVAC, lighting, and metering systems allow facility managers to ensure their building is always operating at peak performance.
We had a chance to catch up with Daryl Clasen, from Loytec, at the 2015 AHR Show. In addition to a complete line of Smart Building and Building Automation Controls, Daryl introduces us to the Loytec VAV controller with Smart sensor and some of the most gorgeous, flexible touch pad panels you will ever see. Check it out and let me know what you think in comments. Speaking of comments, here is one overheard at the AHR Show, “Loytec is the Ferrari of a VAV controller. Almost 25 I/O, ethernet, web server, wifi, usb, kitchen sink…
… it’s closer to the Dreamliner, with all seats first class! (but more like the cost of the average economy cabin ticket).” Sounds like a deal to me.
ControlTrends is extremely proud of the Young Gun Awards and what we believe to be another important industry initiative to draw young talent to our industry. There is no better way to enhance the image of the HVAC Industry than recognizing these marvelous professionals and career role models, each of whom have already made an important impact. We need to collectively seek parity and positive recognition for our HVAC industry and attract more of the young minds and talent that will sustain our industry. We look forward to the continuing support of the ControlTrends Community to help us identify next year’s Young Guns.
Special thanks to Ken Sinclair, editor and owner of Automated Buildings, for his inspiration and assistance with the Young Guns and to Brad White, SES Consulting. Brad was an original member of Young Energy who presented the awards — after sharing his personal story and the importance of mentoring and the need to do a little bragging about your job.
Sabrina Eder is currently an Account Executive at Johnson Controls in the Greater Milwaukee Area. The following is a partial list of Sabrina’s responsibilities: Grow product sales volume and meet set sales plans and objectives through OEM, ARW, and ABCS distribution channel accounts. Use and promote sales process to aid in cultivating and managing long term relationships and in seeking out new sales opportunities. Represent product and technology offerings during sales process to end customer.
Rob Allen is currently Building Automation Contractor Sales Support Specialist at Stromquist & Company, Inc. As a building automation controls specialist and systems integrator, Rob makes sure users know how to connect HVAC, Access and Security, and lighting controls to optimize building performance and save energy. With access to a portfolio of top of the line Control Systems including Honeywell, Johnson Controls, EASY IO, and Loytec, Rob provides building owners easy to understand building control solutions for any type building and any type of budget.
Tommy Hagenes is currently the Nordic Representative EasyIO Europe B.V. Bergen Area, Norway and a Specialist in Industrial Automation, as well as Owner of Energy Control AS. Formerly, Tommy was Head of SCADA and integration at Hoist Energy Em Systemer AS, and System Engineer at Celsius Teknikk. Tommy shares the goal of EasyIO Europe to deliver Energy Management Systems that increase the well being of human beings, by optimizing the interaction between humans, buildings, and work.
Chris Ryan is presently Director of Engineering at Lynxspring, Inc., where he is committed to excellence, high-quality service, and client satisfaction. Previously, Chris was Technical Support Engineer at Tridium focused on Best Practices for Navigation, Graphics and Export Tags. Additionally, Chris represents Lynxspring at conferences and trade shows, such as BACnet Plugfest and ASHRAE. Chris attended Illinois Institute of Technology where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Business Management.
Chris Schneider is the owner of Open BMCS and a bonafide expert in Computer Software, Communications, and Building Management Control Systems. A few years ago Chris looked into the lack of open software in the BMCS industry and after some research and quite a few designs Chris and his team decided to create their own Building Management and Controls System. Chris looked to IT industry standards to fulfill Open BMCS requirements and created a full Building Management and Controls System without the complexity of installing software or complex licensing. Open BMCS features a simple web based controller with everything on-board.
Jason Houck is presently Director of IT & Integration at Hepta Control Systems and an expert at Smart Building Infrastructure Design and Implementation, Multi-brand Building Automation, Lenel Access Control and Security Surveillance Service and Implementation. Additionally, Jason’s expertise includes 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. Programming, start-up, and commissioning of the following brands: Honeywell Home and Building Control and Johnson Controls (FPU, DSC, DX-9100, FX Line), Automated Logic, Invensys, Trane, Vulcain, KMC, and Delta Controls.
Erich Kreuter is currently a Product Manager at KMC Controls, Inc., focusing on hardware based products and coordinating product strategy for KMC’s hardware products over the product lifecycle. Erich is responsible for market specification and research, functional requirements, and field application support working closely with Sales and Engineering. Previous position was Hardware Design Engineer, where Erich designed hardware for embedded controls focusing on digital systems based around Freescale Coldfire microprocessors, power supply design, and design for regulatory compliance (FCC), and circuit and PCB design functions.