If you didn’t get to 2015 RealComm|IBcon in San Antonio — and you missed out on the incredible 2-day visionary voyage of Real Change – Right Now, this general session video captures, in small part, the enormous importance and depth of the event. Tridium’s Nino DiCosmo and John Sublett, and a host of industry experts spoke, and the dazzling Bran Ferren, a virtual Edison incarnate, delivered an amazing keynote presentation. Bran Ferren intrigued the audience with how innovation and invention will change all of our business futures in Real Estate and Building Automation Controls. As big fans of Realcomm|IBcon, ControlTrends has said many times, this is the one event each year that you simply cannot afford to miss, because it is the annual intersection where Real Estate, innovation, and building automation collide with the excitement of a world’s fair. The good thing is, there is always next year! Fabulous effort and job well done — Jim Young, Howard Berger, and Lisa Woods!
Welcome to ControlTalk NOW week ending April 26, 2015. The CGNA Synergy Meeting in Savannah and Fred Gordy’s expert insight into the world of Cyber Security highlight this week’s ControlTrends news. Coverage of 2014 ControlTrends Awards winners continues with Tridium’s Nino DiCosmo and Intelligent Building’s Tom Schirciff and Bob Murchison receiving their trophies; Contemporary Controls’ 40th anniversary recognizes U.K.’s George Turnbull’s career; and LONDON REAL’s Brian Rose interviews Marc Goodman, who reviews his best-selling book Future Crimes.
CGNA’s 2015 Synergy Industry Elite Pursuing Excellence Conference in Atlanta. Mike Sackett, Jim Hayman and the CGNA team mix 44 of the elite distributors with 57 preferred vendors, add a well-run conference featuring keynote speakers Joe Shaheen and David Beinhacker, shake well for 2 1/2 days with round table discussions and Vendoropoly, and you have an amazing one-of-a-kind event. Well done CGNA!
Nino DiCosmo Wins 2014 ControlTrends Executive of the Year — Large Manufacturer. The ControlTrends Community recognized Nino DiCosmo for his successful leadership of Tridium and Niagara Framework, the leading open framework for innovation, used by businesses the world over. From commercial buildings to data centers to industrial operations to smart cities, Tridium’s pioneering products and services are changing the way machines communicate with each other — and with you. Congratulations Nino, once again.
The Prestigious 2014 Petock Award Goes to Intelligent Buildings’ Tom Shircliff and Bob Murchison. Chicago, January 26, 2015, Intelligent Buildings, LLC, a smart real estate advisory services company was honored when its co-founders, Tom Shircliff and Rob Murchison received the prestigious “Petock Award” for passion and service to the industry. The award was presented to Shircliff and Murchison at the AHR conference during the Controls Trends Awards ceremony that is held each year to recognize industry achievements. The AHR conference saw record attendance of over 62,000 attendees from 140 countries and boasted 11 acres of exhibits.
Contemporary Controls Archives: Interview with George Turnbull, a Visionary in the Controls Industry. April 2015 — As many of you know, 2015 marks Contemporary Controls’ 40th year in business. Because of our anniversary, we’ve been reviewing our archives and are showcasing some of the exceptional interviews we have conducted with industry experts. This month, our focus in on an interview we did in this 2001 with George Turnbull, a visionary in the controls industry. George Turnbull is adept in the design and development of control systems, specifically process control. He joined the Eurotherm Group in 1966 as a research and development engineer before establishing Turnbull Control Systems (TCS) as a subsidiary of Eurotherm in 1974.
Fred Gordy is rapidly emerging as the specialized cyber security expert to assist the BMS, BAS, and FMS professionals in dealing with the growing threat facing these industries. Studies show that 2.2 million SCADA and BACnet controllers are vulnerable to malicious cyber hacking. Fred Gordy’s extensive background in IT, hands on experience with Building Controls Systems and unique relationship with the cybersecurity’s elite White Hats — fuel Fred’s passionate efforts to educate our industry and provide specialized guidance and recommended safeguards to protect your BAS, BMS, and FMS systems. Do not miss Fred’s bi-monthly contributions to ControlTrends.
LONDON REAL’s Brian Rose Interviews Marc Goodman – Future Crimes. Considering our hottest ControlTrends theme has been Cyber Security, we believe this eye and ear-opening interview needed re-purposed immediately — because it explains the need to change to our cognitive bias. We are not the customer, we are the product — watch this interview! Published April 26, 2015 by Brian Rose (Source: LONDON REAL). Marc Goodman is a thinker, writer and global strategist exploring what criminality and terrorism could look like in the close future.
The ControlTrends Community recognized Nino DiCosmo for his successful leadership of Tridium and Niagara Framework, the leading open framework for innovation, used by businesses the world over. From commercial buildings to data centers to industrial operations to smart cities, Tridium’s pioneering products and services are changing the way machines communicate with each other — and with you. Congratulations Nino, once again.
Welcome to ControlTalk NOW week ending April 19, 2015. Nino DiCosmo previews Tridium’s Open 4 Innovation; Functional Devices releases new product series; Contemporary Controls and SkyFoundry receive their trophies on center stage at the 2014 ControlTrends Awards; Stromquist Company streams Honeywell Radar Level training: CBRE Group, Inc. acquires Environmental Systems, Inc, and Johnson Controls’ Global WorkPlace Solutions (GWS) business (HUGE!); and Fred Gordy, technology evangelist for the McKenney’s Enterprise Intelligence Group posts another seminal piece on Cyber Threats and Cyber Security.
Building a Great Experience with Niagara 4! OPEN 4 INNOVATION. We’re just a week away from the Niagara Forum!Tridium has been hard at work on Niagara 4 and is excited to share their progress with the Niagara community, so they sat down with president Nino DiCosmo to give us a sneak peek at what’s to come ahead of the Forum. With nearly half a million instances across the globe, the Niagara Framework is harnessing the power of the Internet of Things for buildings, data centers, manufacturing, smart cities and more.
Functional Devices Announces Improvements to their Air Handling Unit Fan Safety Alarm Circuits. Choose either the six (RIBMNLB-6NO), four (RIBMNLB-4NO), or two (RIBMNLB-2NO) alarm circuits, which are simply devices that combine a common relay-logic function into a small, easy-to-install, and less expensive form. A master relay will open if any one of the normally-closed (N/C) inputs open. LED status of all inputs, the master relay, and power input is provided. Bypass of unused inputs is also provided. The RIBMNLB series is provided with mounting track for mounting in user-provided electrical enclosures.
Honeywell Radar Level Control: Live Steam Training. Honeywell’s SmartLine® Guided Radar Level Meters use TDR (Time Delay Reflectometry) to measure distance, level, interface, volume and mass. Higher signal dynamics and a sharper pulse than conventional TDR devices ensure better performance.
CBRE Group, Inc. Acquires Environmental Systems, Inc. Los Angeles, April 14, 2015 – CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG) today announced that it has acquired Environmental Systems, Inc. (ESI), a leading systems integrator and provider of energy management services in the United States. ESI develops innovative solutions that enable commercial property occupiers and owners to efficiently manage their building systems and remotely monitor and analyze energy usage in real time to identify and achieve potential savings.
2014 ControlTrends Awards Highlight: The Peripheral Product of the Year. Congratulations to George Thomas and the team at Contemporary Controls for winning the Peripheral Product of the Year Award at the 2014 ControlTrends Awards. Contemporary Controls is your ideal automation partner for applying ARCNET®, BACnet®, Controller Area Network, Ethernet, Modbus®, Niagara Framework®, and Sedona Framework™ technologies to your automation project. With over 35 years of experience in electronics design, development and manufacturing of networking and control products.
CBRE to purchase Johnson Controls’ Global WorkPlace Solutions Business for $1.475 Billion. MILWAUKEE – [March 31, 2015] – Johnson Controls, Inc. (NYSE: JCI) announced today it has reached a definitive agreement for the sale of its Global WorkPlace Solutions (GWS) business to CBRE Group, Inc., for $1.475 billion. The company announced its intentions to divest the GWS business in September 2014 as part of its strategy to invest in product businesses that are core to its multi-industrial portfolio and growth objectives. The agreement provides Johnson Controls with new channels for its offerings and when fully operational is expected to generate up to $500 million of annual incremental revenue for the Johnson Controls Building Efficiency business.
System Integrators, Decide What is Your Liability Appetite. Cyber threats are ever increasing and along with it the government and private sectors are scrambling to create definitions of responsibility, regulations, and compliance. The impact to your controls business could be devastating if you are not prepared and do not understand the implications. Ignorance is no longer a defense.
2014 ControlTrends Awards HighLight: Building Analytics Software of the Year. Congratulations to John Petze and the team at Skyfoundry for winning the 2014 ControlTrends Awards Building Analytics Software of the Year. SkyFoundry’s SkySpark® Analytics Software automatically analyzes building, energy and equipment data to identify issues, faults and opportunities for improved performance and operational savings. SkySpark helps facility owners and operators find what matters™ in the vast amount of data produced by today’s smart systems.
We’re just a week away from the Niagara Forum!Tridium has been hard at work on Niagara 4 and is excited to share their progress with the Niagara community, so they sat down with president Nino DiCosmo to give us a sneak peek at what’s to come ahead of the Forum.
With nearly half a million instances across the globe, the Niagara Framework is harnessing the power of the Internet of Things for buildings, data centers, manufacturing, smart cities and more.
With Niagara 4, the opportunity to optimize performance and achieve operational excellence will be greater than ever.
ABOUT TRIDIUM: For more than 15 years, Tridium has led the world in business application frameworks—advancing truly open environments that harness the power of the Internet of Things. Our products allow diverse monitoring, control and automation systems to communicate and collaborate in buildings, data centers, manufacturing systems, smart cities and more. We create smarter, safer and more efficient enterprises and communities—bringing intelligence and connectivity to the network edge and back.
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
PodCast Show Notes: ControlTalk NOW thanks this week’s sponsors Contemporary Controls and International Solutions of America (ISA). 2014 ControlTrends Awards Nominees Nino DiCosmo, Tridium’s President and General Manager, and Thermokon’s North American Sales Manager, David Alliband, join us this week on ControlTalk NOW, providing unique insights into Nino DiCosmo’s high-profile executive role in running one of the world’s leading software platforms and David Alliband’s vigorous efforts to take the Thermokon product portfolio to the next level in the North American market.
Contemporary Controls is your ideal partner for applying network technology to your BACnet building automation project. The industry is embracing Ethernet connectivity to Direct Digital Controllers (DDC) along with open protocols such as BACnet, Modbus, and Sedona Framework.
ISA’s warehouse maintains a large inventory of new and reconditioned parts. From years of experience, we know the parts our customers need most. So in most cases, your parts are shipped within 24 hours — in many instances, the same day — saving you the expense of lengthy down-time.
ControlTrends Awards Finalist Sky Foundryy: Are you drowning in a sea of Big Data? John Petze and his team at SkyFoundry have created a Building Automation Controls analytics package that allow you to easliy find the data that matters to you. Whether you are looking at trends, alarms, or faults SkyFoundry enables the creation of “Sparks” (events) that allow you to interact with your data in powerful ways that make your buildings safer and more efficient.
Lynxspring Nominated for Multiple 2014 ControlTrends Awards! E-news from Marc Petock. We are pleased to announce that Lynxspring has been nominated as finalists in the 2014 Control Trend Awards in several categories. The Control Trend Awards recognize the people, product, and manufacturers in our industry that make the HVAC, Controls, and Building Automation Industry what it is today.
Heads Up! Hackers Hint at Terror Attacks, Release More Data from Sony Pictures. We received this notice from IT World’s Senior Staff Writer, Steve Ragan. Now that we learned of this potential threat, we need to pass it on to the ControlTrends Community for greatest dissemination. Sony’s $60 Million dollar insurance coverage will not be enough to recover from theft of Sony Pictures Entertainment content and the leakage of more than 200GB of data, including pre-release movies, executive emails, sales and marketing data, and nearly everything from human resources.
Niagara Framework Changed Our World! Tridium’s Niagara AX is nominated for the 2014 ControlTrends Awards Building Integration & Automation Software of the Year. And,understandably so. The Niagara Software platform has driven change and innovation — and made the smart connected building, as we able to perceive it, a reality. Tridium’s next gen framework, Niagara 4, whose full release is imminent, is even more awesome.
CTN Interview with Tridium’s Nino DiCosmo, nominated for the 2014 ControlTrends Awards Executive of the Year, Large Manufacturer. Nino DiCosmo is an accomplished global executive recognized for commitment to setting and achieving Tridium’s vision and goals. Nino is an expert at scaling operations, building customer focused teams, and leading innovative product development.
Thermokon — Keeping in Touch with the Future. Thermokon EasySens- EnOcean is nominated for the 2014 ControlTrends Wireless Product/Solution of the Year. David Alliband, Sales Manager, North America is excited about Thermokon’s continued success and the many wired and wireless products and solutions Thermokon has to offer. When Thermokon Sensortechnik GmbH was founded in 1987 by Harald Zygan in Mittenaar-Bicken, Germany, hardly anyone expected the business to grow out of this scale.
CTN Interview with David Alliband, Sales Manager, North America. David Alliband reviews the variety of wired and wireless products available from Thermokon and the HVAC applications the Thermokon products are especially well-suited for. Thermokon has grown from a sensor manufacturer to a solutions provider with a broad range of highly competitive quality products available from a distributor near you.
Rising Plug-in Electric Vehicle Adoption — Impacts on the Grid (Negligible, for Now). December, 2014: Six utilities that participated in DOE’s cost-shared Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) program deployed in-home and public electric vehicle charging stations and evaluated customer charging behaviors and impacts on the grid. There are relatively few plug-in electric vehicles on the road today, and as a result the six SGIG projects focused on establishing the charging infrastructure with a relatively low number of stations and evaluated a small number of participating vehicles.
CTN’S Smart Building Tip of the Week: Accruent’s Facility 360 — Become a Driver of Success. Convert your facility from a cost center to a strategic contributor. Great information from Accruent on how facilities management teams can play a more strategic role in organizations.7 Ways to Save Time, Costs, and Energy: Download White Paper. In a world where you must find ways to “do more with less,” finding ways to cut costs can be challenging – and time consuming.
It has been a very exciting week! Marc, Eric, and I visited Chicago and McCormick Place to reveal this year’s nominees as voted by the world-wide ControlTrends community. Join us in celebrating these heroes and superstars, and the products and solutions that make our HVAC and Building Automation industries so successful. And be sure to join us this January 26th, 2015, in the Hyatt’s Prairie Ballroom (a fabulous and convenient venue) for the 2014 ControlTrends Awards Show. We made some final arrangements that will ensure this year’s show will the most exciting and entertaining event in the HVAC industry — an event you don’t want to miss!
Here are the 2014 ControlTrends Awards Finalists: [Read more…]
In perhaps, the most significant industry gathering of 2014, Jim Young and Realcomm/IBcon brought together a world-class panel of some of the biggest and most influential global companies in the world that will undoubtedly change the direction and adoption tempo of technologies that will create and deliver new heights in operational efficiencies, reduced energy consumption, and the transformation of big data into business intelligence that will improve occupancy experiences, achieve sustainability goals, and effectively optimize commercial and corporate building financial performances.
Special thanks to EasyIO’s Mike Marston (of FG-32, Beast from the East fame) for that awesome introduction to ControlTalk NOW! This week, our Kerouac-ic trip came to end, but the changes and impacts to our industry previewed on the Road to the 2014 Niagara Summit Experience are just beginning. 2014 represents a period of time when unceasing, disruptive changes are being introduced to our industry, each posing a uniquely significant challenge. HTML5, is a game-changer that was featured by several of the next gen software, data and graphic applications providers that are heading to a market near you. The summary of the 2014 Niagara Summit is one our most informative and important ControlTalk NOW’s to date, and confirms our constant contention that our HVAC industry is full of amazing people. Please enjoy our industry at its finest!
2014 Niagara Summit Underway! Registration on the 4th Floor:Eric was so anxious to get registered for the 2014 Niagara Summit that he didn’t even comb his hair before he went to the 4th Floor at the Cosmopolitan. A full contingent of Tridium staff are actively processing the over 1,300 attendees registrations from all points around the world. Here’s what you need to have: Your email address and a photo ID.
International Contingency of Niagara Community Arrives at the 2014 Summit:ControlTrends had the pleasure of meeting a bunch of Niagara Community members arriving from across the country and from around the world. Among the early arrivals were the team from Cochrane Supply, SysMik’s Einat Shlomiuk, BASSG’s Alper Uzmezler, Magnum Energy Solutions’ Craig Opalich, Renick Brother’s Jim Jancse, and host of others. Stay tuned for ControlTrends’ next 2014 Niagara Summit Update, your eyes and ears at the Summit!
Niagara Summit Rocking The Marquee Club: Where’s Waldo? Thanks to Tridium for a great time at the coolest club in Vegas, The Marquee. See how the smartest people in building automation controls roll. Waldo? He was not invited. Featuring interviews with Wayne Tighe, VP of Sales, Jenny Graves, Vice President, Marketing Communications, and John Petze, SkyFoundry, and Mike Schwan, RSD.
News Release: Tridium Acquires DataEye Energy Analytics Application From Controlco.Tridium, a global leader in open platforms and automation solutions, announced today that it has acquired DataEye, an energy analytics application, from Controlco, a California-based controls products and solutions provider. The DataEye application will be incorporated into Tridium’s industry-leading NiagaraAX automation platform to provide customers with data and information to improve energy efficiency.
ControlTalk NOW Interview with Controlco’s Brian Turner. DataEye is the only cloud-based analytics engine native to the Niagara platform. DataEye can provide real-time, historical information on energy efficiency opportunities in Niagara users’ facilities, along with the economic impact of making improvements. Tridium expects the DataEye module to be available to the Niagara community later this year.
See How the Niagara General Session Wows the Tridium Community!One word best summarizes the general session that ended in exuberant applause from the standing-room only auditorium: Awesome. The Tridium highlight reel began with Tridium’s Chief Technology Officer John Sublett’s welcome message that spoke of Tridium’s accomplishments really being the results of putting a powerful, open technology in the hands of an open, innovative, and collaborative community. Nino DiCosmo, President & General Manager, then took the stage, thanked the attendees and the Premier Sponsors: Distech Controls, EasyIO, Pacific Controls and SysMik. Nino wasted no time in delivering Tridium’s State of the Niagara Union to the large and often enthusiastic Niagara Community.
Ed Merwin at the Niagara Summit Vendor Show Case: Ed Merwin is one of the most recognized and successful people in the building automation business and possesses an evangelistic style of explaining the powers of Niagara. Ed reviews the new features of Niagara 4, DatatEye, and the amazing number of new faces at the 2014 Niagara Summit.
DGLogik at The 2014 Niagara Summit Vendor Showcase — DGLux5 Now Available! DGLogik’s Eugene Mazo unveiled DGLux5, one of the most exciting products released at the 2014 Niagara Summit Vendor Show. The benefits of HTML5 are extraordinary and makes using DGLux easier and faster — and the application options are limitless.
Day2 @ 2014 Niagara Summit: Cyber Security Panel, Author Don Tapscott, & M2MDay 2′s General Session began by directing the Niagara Community’s focus to the serious issue of cyber security. “Security is a journey, not a destination.” PBS NewsHour Senior Correspondent Jeffery Brown moderated a formidable team of security experts. Day 2′s second speaker was the amazing Don Tapscott, Thinkers50′s 4th most influential living management thinker, Co-author of both Wikinomics and Macrowikinomics, and author of the Grown Up Digital.
ControlTrends congratulates Ken Sinclair, who on May 1, 1999, with his first prescient post, “Internet Comes to Building Automation,’ established the automatedbuildings Collaboratory, which is truly, “a center of information without walls.” Ken, together with the ingeniously creative curator, Therese Sullivan, buildingcontext.me have delivered to the Building Automation and HVAC industries, a revitalized and significant presentation of the people, ideas, products, general knowledge, applications, and solutions that have shaped and sustained our industries for the past 15 years.
Functional Devices Introduces New RIB Product! RIBMW24B-44-BC Big building automation and HVAC controls solution option for small project miss or addition: Mounts on a 4.00″ Track, this BACnet® MS/TP Network Relay Device has Four Binary Outputs (20 Amp Relay SPDT + Override) and Four Binary Inputs (Dry Contact Binary Inputs), as well as a 24 Vac/dc Power Input and Optional End of Line Resistor (EOL), which is included.
WaterSense (Not so Silly) — BTW, APRIL was Official Water Month in AZ”>EPA’s Test Your WaterSense (Not so Silly) — BTW, APRIL was Official Water Month in AZ. Water is a precious resources and as summer and high temperatures approach, it’s a good idea to help raise Water Awareness (1% of the world’s water is drinkable.) According to the EPA, 50% of the the water used for irrigating lawns and gardens is wasted! Integrating drip-irrigation, moisture sensors, and rain shut-off devices into your existing home and building automation systems is a smart and easy solution and could potentially save 11 billion gallons a year.
Distech Controls at the Niagara Summit Ken and I got a chance to visit with Niagara Summit Premiere sponsor Distech Controls. After visiting the both and receiving an extensive product overview by Sam Sharma, Director of Technical Support and Training, we saw why Distech was a finalist for The Building Automation Controller of The Year at the 2013 ControlTrends Awards.
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