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!
Episode 241: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast and PodCast for week ending October 1, 2017 returns to the videocast format and begins with The Role of the OT Master Systems Integrator, by Brian Turner, OTI, followed by the CGNA Fall Synergy Conference summary; Computrols Release of its LX Controller to Replace their Flagship X-Line Controller; LONMARK’s September eNewsletter; Carrier Launches New Digital Solutions for Commercial HVAC Systems; Register for the SCADA Conference; EasyIO Wants to Show You Something New and Amazing — and is giving away controllers and 3-round trip tickets to the 2017 CTA Awards in Chicago– to prove their point; and you’ve to watch CCI’s Jim Stiber’s presentation on EasyIO’s wireless VAV application; and for those who need to get a hold of us, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Role of the OT Master Systems Integrator, by Brian Turner, OTI. Great read from Brian Turner, OTI (Nominated for ControlTrends Systems Integrator of the Year). A good Master Systems Integrator (MSI) can do a lot of things to help building owners and IT groups navigate the complexities of the Internet of Things, particularly on the Operational Technology side of the house.
Controls Group North America (CGNA) Turns Things Upside Down in Chicago! Controls Group North America (CGNA) met in Chicago on September 7-8, for their 2017, Fall Synergy Conference. “Engagement ²” was the theme of a very focused and elite event to connect and “engage” the Member Distributors and Preferred Vendors of the top controls group in the industry. Scott Cochrane, CEO and President of Cochrane Supply, was the keynote speaker who shared the 50-year journey of his company, “From Parts to Smarts.”
Computrols Releases LX to Replace Flagship X-Line Controller. Today, Computrols announced the release of their latest and most advanced line of HVAC controllers to date. The new LX Controllers are designed to be drop-in replacements to Computrols’ classic X-Line and are 100% backward compatible. Offered in the same point count versions (8, 16, 32, and 64), these controllers introduce the next generation of technology.
Johnson Controls Reaches Out To Their Valued ABCS Channel Contractors, ABCS Distributors, Points Plus Contractors and ARW Distributors. ohnson Controls is happy to announce uLearn, an interactive web platform where employees, distributors and partners can view instructional videos, is up and running. The uLearn site, which promises to be a one-stop shop for how-to and other instructional videos, officially went live earlier this year. Each video is typically between three and five minutes in length and is intended to be used in conjunction with training and other educational tools provided by Johnson Controls. LEARN MORE
LONMARK eNewsletter – September 2017 Empowering Intelligent Control Networking Solutions. LONMARK International is a member-based, non-profit organization that supports open, multi-vendor integration of interoperable systems for products based on the ISO/IEC 14908 series of standards in the lighting, building, smart city, industrial and other industries. In This September Issue: New Certified Professionals, Member Focus, LonMark Updates, Liaison News, and Upcoming Events. Membership to LonMark International is open to any company, organization or individual committed to the development, manufacture, and use of interoperable open, multi-vendor control systems utilizing ISO/IEC 14908-1 and related standards.
Carrier Launches New Digital Solutions for Commercial HVAC Systems. CHARLOTTE, Sept. 28, 2017 – Carrier is introducing a suite of digital solutions that will improve engagement and remote management of commercial heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Customers with Carrier® SMART Service will now have visibility into their system’s performance and energy usage through a new equipment dashboard and mobile application.
SCADA Technology Summit Oct. 4-5, Denver, CO — Register Today. The SCADA Technology Summit is fast approaching. Come visit us on Oct. 4th and 5th and learn about the latest advances in SCADA, Remote Monitoring and Automation technology. Speakers include: SoCal Edison, Newton-Evans Research Corp., Siemens, FreeWave Technologies, UTC, the FCC, LiveData Utilities, and many more. Don’t miss out and sign up today.
EasyIO Wants to Show You Something New and Amazing! Win a WIFI VAV Controller and a VIP Trip to the 2017 ControlTrends Awards in Chicago. With the CTA Awards approaching, EasyIO wants to show you somehow new and amazing. Take your chance to easily win a Wireless Wi-Fi VAV Controller and get it delivered to your door before 13 October 2017. You need to be quick! The first 25 people to register and answer these 8 questions correctly will get a free VAV Controller. And there is more, the three best case studies received before October 30, 2017, will receive three VIP invites to the 2017 CTA Awards at the Hard Rock Cafe (January 21, 2018) in Chicago as guests of EasyIO. Flights and Hotel provided, within USA.
The New VAV Controller and Approach from EASY IO. Many people in the Smart Buildings Controls Industry believe that Jim Stiber of Control Consultants, Inc., might be the best of the best when it comes to VAV controlers and VAV sytems. In this video Jim shares his impression of the new EASY IO FW-8V control solution. The EasyIO-FW-14 is a new breed, high performance, freely programmable, wireless Wi-Fi Sedona controller. It has never been easier to extend your BMS because of its wireless possibilities. You will save on labor and wiring. The EasyIO-FW-14 is a perfect fit for vertical markets such as schools and retail, to have extended IO for the F-series controllers, without any downtime during installation as the network can be wireless.
Great read from Brian Turner, OTI (Nominated for ControlTrends Systems Integrator of the Year). A good Master Systems Integrator (MSI) can do a lot of things to help building owners and IT groups navigate the complexities of the Internet of Things, particularly on the Operational Technology side of the house. The MSI should offer a host of system-specific knowledge, with deep understanding of HVAC controls, lighting controls, or energy monitoring in any number of combinations. The most successful MSIs also have some IT expertise on staff to help with the design and implementation of the OT network.
The OT challenge for IT is never the connection. The process to connect OT devices is no different than the process for most IT devices. The biggest knowledge gap between IT and OT teams, which leads to IT discomfort, is the application of the devices and how the OT systems transmit and use the building data.
This chasm will not close quickly because OT devices like sensors are rapidly multiplying within buildings’ OT systems. In these discussions, the MSI is a consultant to the building owner, pointing out the right course for optimal OT functionality within the IT purview, or to represent the owner in discussions with the specific OT vendors. A key thing to note: it is rare for MSIs to actually install the OT systems connected to the IT backbone, this remains the domain of controls contractors, and rightfully so.
Rethinking the MSI Role so far, the MSI has not been elevated to the role of an architect, security consultant, network infrastructure provider, or ERP solution for buildings and the companies that own them. It is quite common for enterprises to standardize on a technology like Cisco or Microsoft for network infrastructure and operating systems. It is also common to standardize on access control and video platforms, even contractors. But there is little standardization among electrical distribution systems, HVAC control, or lighting control.
Given the growing role of data, semantic tagging, analytics, network access, and customer specific knowledge required for successful IoT projects, it is now time to consider building-wide standardization for operational technology systems, and to rethink the owner/operator relationship with master systems integrators.
Most MSIs working today grew out of HVAC controls companies, so in many cases, HVAC controls are still in their DNA. The knowledge this brings to OT projects is invaluable, but that controls background has made it difficult for some MSIs to put the controls business in the back seat as they work to determine what makes sense for a building owner and their IT team. This history can also make it difficult to be objective when an owner wants to use a technology other than the one the MSI has most familiarity with.
Evolve or Perish While the term Master Systems Integrator may be a new one for the building automation industry, those who call themselves MSIs today don’t just have former HVAC controls contractors to worry about as competition…