Episode 257: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending Mar 4, 2018, prefaces Ken Sinclair’s March edition of Automated Buildings, and features an Optergy update interview with Steve Guzelimian, President — followed by an informative round table discussion with CABA President & CEO, Ron Zimmer and HGA’s Associate Vice President and Director of Technology Services, Brad Kult, P.E. (MN), CTS. [Read more…]
The Continental Automated Buildings Association is pleased to announce that its next Intelligent Buildings & Digital Home Forum will be held April 26-28, 2017 in Silicon Valley. This year’s CABA Forum will be co-located with Intel Corporation, a CABA Board Member, at their campus in Santa Clara, CA.
Program information and registration for attendees is now available online at: http://www.caba.org/forum and highly discounted early bird pricing and hotel rates will be in effect until March. The conference hotel will be the Biltmore Hotel & Suites, where a number of event sessions will also be held.
This year’s CABA Intelligent Buildings & Digital Home Forum will bring together leading organizations involved in the integration of intelligent building systems and connected home technologies. CABA estimates that over 250 industry stakeholders will gather to discuss current trends in the intelligent and integrated buildings and connected home sectors.
CABA’s Forum will be an opportunity to attend the organization’s Council meetings and network with the majority of the CABA Board of Directors during the entire event. The Forum will also feature keynote speeches by Neil R. Tunmore, Corporate Vice President and Director of Corporate Services at Intel Corporation; and Aglaia Kong, CTO of Corporate Networking at Google.
The event will feature exclusive track sessions that examine: energy efficiency, industry education and training, wellness factors in the built environment, data analytics, the impact of the Internet of Things (IoT) and cybersecurity on intelligent buildings, lighting in intelligent buildings, healthcare, telemedicine and aging-in-place. CABA’s Forum will also feature in-depth workshops that will highlight results from recent major CABA research projects, typically worth $100k each.
The event will also feature exciting facility tours, which will include some of Silicon Valley’s most notable high-tech companies and buildings, like Google and Intel Corporation, along with evening networking receptions with live entertainment and the potential for recreational activities in nearby wine country. The event will also feature the return of CABA’s extremely popular “Start-up Pitch Fest” sessions, which will be moderated by Paul Campbell, VP of Innovation at Schneider Electric, and Joe Jankosky, Global Sales Leader at Intel Corporation, and that will highlight the business propositions of some of the industry’s most cutting-edge, emerging companies.
“This year’s edition of our organization’s flagship event series promises to be its best,” stated Ronald J. Zimmer, CABA President & CEO. “We are very excited to be in Silicon Valley, at the very heart of American innovation, to unite the best and brightest people and organizations in order to broaden knowledge and profitable relationships.”
Sponsorship opportunities are now open for the event and CABA is pleased to announce that Intel Corporation is a Platinum Sponsor and that KNX Association is a Forum Sponsor. CABA members currently slated to exhibit at the Forum include: EZ Meter and the Siemon Company.
CABA would also like to acknowledge the following endorsing organizations: ALAS (Latin American Security Association), AutomatedBuildings.com, Automation Federation, BOMA Canada, Broadband Communities, LLC, Canadian Printable Electronics Industry Association (CPEIA), Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA), CWTA (Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association), Domotique News (Agence Connecticut.com), Electronic Systems Professional Alliance (ESPA), Emerge Alliance, ETA International, Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Council Americas, The Fiber Optic Association, HomeToys.com, Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG), Human Centric Lighting Society & Committee, KNX Today, LonMark International, MoCA (Multimedia over Coax Alliance), OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standard), OpenADR Alliance, Project Haystack, The Siemon Company, TM Forum, and Z-Wave Alliance.
For more information about attending, sponsoring or endorsing the event, please contact Sashien Godakandae, CABA’s Business Development Coordinator, at 613.686.1814 x229 or email@example.com.
The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) is a leading industry association that promotes advanced technologies in homes and buildings in North America. More information is available at http://www.caba.org/.
Rawlson O’Neil King
Communications Director, CABA
ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast will resume full video and podcast operations next week. Summer scheduling only permited a quick review of week ending July 17, 2016, which was another amazing week in our industry — featuring interviews with Lynxspring’s Marc Petock, WorkTechWork’s Josh Bradshaw, Lucid’s Vladi Shunturoy, Hepta Systems’ Jason Houck and Tavis Kerr, and CABA’s Ron Zimmer. Catch up on the latest product and solutions announcements from Contemporary Controls, Honeywell, Sierra Monitor Corporation (SMC), and J2 Innovations. Additionally, be sure to register for SMC’s IIoT Webinar, and check out the major additions to Project Haystack’s website.
Lynxspring’s Marc Petock takes it to the Edge. Working as a roving reporter for the RealComm Conference Live team, I track down Marc Petock from Lynxspring and get the 411 on their cool new Edge devices. Smart Buildings get even smarter when information can be gathered and processed at the edge with products like the Lynxspring Onyxx. Onyxx™ is an embedded edge platform consisting of a family of modular, open, hardware, bridges and gateways supporting multiple devices across key market segments, edge to enterprise and Cloud applications.
Lynxspring Webinar Series: Java Plug-In, Applet and the Niagara Framework. 30 Minutes with Lynxspring Webinar Series continues with: JAVA Plug-in, Applet and the Niagara Framework. The next “30 Minutes with Lynxspring,” featuring Lynxspring subject-matter experts and special guests, is scheduled for Wednesday, July 20th at 12:00 PM CDT. July’s Webinar looks at the JAVA Plug-In and Applet with the Niagara Framework.
Contemporary Controls — Need to Expand Your Network Quickly and Efficiently? From your network experts and solution providers at Contemporary Controls. Use our compact, high-density Skorpion 16-port plug-and-play Ethernet switch for a cost-effective solution. The unmanaged Skorpion EISK16-100T provides a data rate of 10/100 Mbps with Auto-negotiation and Auto-MDI/X making it ready to be put into service without adjustments.
ControlTrends Interviews WorkTechWork’s Josh Bradshaw. We met the very interesting and tech-savvy Josh Bradshaw at the 2016 Realcomm/IBcon conference in Silicon Valley. Josh tracks the technology trends from his home in Northern California, and his blog WorkTechWork is the go to place for people interested in the latest IoT technology trends. Josh covers everything from wearable technologies to smart homes and smart buildings. His mantra is “Don’t work for technology… make technology work for you.” In this video Josh gives us his thoughts on the 2016 Realcomm/IBcon conference.
Data, Data Everywhere! Lucid’s Vladi Shunturoy Explains. As a roving reporter for the Realcomm live team, I got to interview really cool people like Vladi Shunturoy from Lucid. Lucid brings different systems and different data streams together to make better business through better buildings. The Lucid product is used across over a billion square feet of building space. Watch this video to see why so many people use Lucid.
Honeywell Introduces TB3026 and TB3026-W Commercial BACnet Fixed Function Thermostat. Honeywell is pleased to announce the introduction of the Commercial BACnet Fixed Function Thermostat (BACnet FF). BACnet FF is a BACnet communicating controller with integrated temperature and humidity sensing that targets common controls applications such as 2-pipe/4-pipe fan coil units, roof top units, and heat pumps.
Catching Up with Master Systems Integrator Hepta Systems at 2016 IBcon Vendor Showcase. Hepta Systems, Jason Houck and Tavis, help us understand what it means to be a master system integrator in today’s smart buildings controls market. Jason walks us through the Hepta platform as it controls a million square foot building. See how they give their customers a live carbon emission reading, and other unique data points they gather. See how they use these data points to make smarter buildings. Very cool stuff from one of the bright stars in smart buildings.
CABA’s Ron Zimmer @ 2016 Realcomm|IBcon on The Smart Way to Get Useful Data. As a teacher of mine once said, “Nothing is obvious to the uninformed.” So, where do you go to get solid research data on smart and intelligent buildings, and connected homes? And, have access to competitive intelligence including the world’s largest smart buildings and smart homes research library? The answer is CABA.
Sierra Monitor: 4 Steps to Transform Your Devices into Smart, Cloud-Connected Devices. Before embarking on a journey of IIoT integration, an OEM must determine the precise business opportunities they want to achieve through the IIoT—whether that means improving service and support, knowing more precisely where all its connected devices are located and what they’re actually doing, or gaining the insights that will lead to better products. With our IIoT On-Ramp Suite, we can make it simple rather than daunting to get there. Visit Sierra Monitoring Corporation today!
Mark Your Calendar: How to Gain Complete Visibility Over Your Devices. Sierra Monitoring Corporation’s Upcoming Webinar: How to Gain Complete Visibility Over Your Devices. When: Wednesday, August 17, 2016 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM PDT. What: Have you ever installed your device into a facility and lost all visibility over it? Or, have you wondered what kind of data is sitting within your device that could help you provide better service and support to your customer?
Systems Integrator Alert: Automation Integrated Introduces GLIFF, the FREE On-line Back-up Service for Niagara and the New Service Contract-Maker, BLUEFORGE. Jeff Houpt and Chris Farve lead one of the most progressive and formidable master systems integration support services in the country. Automated Integration can radically increase your ability to sell service contracts and generate recurring revenue through the disruptive times ahead — with their next-gen asset management system BLUEFORGE.
Project Haystack eNEWS: Major Additions to Project Haystack Website. Major Additions to Project Haystack Website Includes a New Blog Feature! The Project Haystack Organization (www.project-haystack.org) is excited to introduce a number of important enhancements to the Project Haystack website. These include: A new Blog feature that allows us to promote postings of general market interest to the Blog level. Check it out here: http://project-haystack.org/forum/blog.
J2 Innovations’ Jason Briggs and the Game-Changing Technology inside FIN 4.0. A lot has been going on here at J2 Innovations! We recently announced our game-changing technology FIN 4.0 along with exciting new FIN Certified Hosts platforms. Check out the video below to experience first hand how FIN 4.0 uses tagging, data modeling, and HTML 5 to fundamentally change our industry. Attention Systems Integrators! Get Jobs Done Faster and Easier — with industry leading software tools and cool applications that will help you sell more jobs.
As a teacher of mine once said, “nothing is obvious to the uninformed.” So, where do you go to get solid research data on smart and intelligent buildings, and connected homes? And, have access to competitive intelligence including the world’s largest smart buildings and smart homes research library? The answer, as Ron Zimmer explains, is CABA. The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) is a leading international, not-for-profit, industry organization that promotes advanced technologies in homes and buildings. Its 335 strong corporate members and 5,000 individual industry contacts are leaders in advancing integrated home systems and building automation worldwide. Click here to get instant access to comprehensive white papers that can help you navigate the smart buildings and homes marketplace.
ControlTalk NOW for the week ending August 9, 2015 is co-hosted by Rob Allen as we discuss Niagara 4 and the TridiumTalk Update; WattStopper’s new DLM product launch; 2015 Annual Demand Response Forum announcement; BACnet Attack Framework video from Brad Bowers; Better Buildings August Bulletin; EasyIO’s Global Conference in Paris; Interview with Ron Zimmers and CABA’s Big Data Research; and the updated ControlTrends Event Calendar.
TridiumTalk: Niagara 4 Tagging and Templating and Launch of Niagara Community.Presenting the latest additions to our TridiumTalk series: Join us for a demo of a key feature of Niagara 4 and learn more about the new Niagara Community website. Niagara 4 Tagging and Templating: How to quickly integrate devices and make data readily available. Niagara 4 delivers many notable improvements to help businesses take full advantage of the Internet of Things.
WattStopper’s Digital Lighting Management (DLM) Product Launch. Based on simplicity, flexibility, and scalability, WattStopper’s Digital Lighting Management (DLM) platform continues to revolutionize lighting controls projects across North America. Today we’re excited to announce the availability of new DLM fixture-integrated controls — products that add granularity to our already-proven suite of room and area controls.
2nd Annual Demand Response World Forum 2015, October 6-8 in Costa Mesa, CA. Utilities around the world are under increasing pressure to maximize energy efficiency, control load, and integrate distributed energy resources. These factors plus a changing regulatory environment are driving new requirements for network resiliency, flexibility, and power quality — all of which impact the traditional utility business case.
What You Always Wanted to Know About BACnet (… but were Afraid to Ask). Although this video is a little bit dated, it contains a lot of vital information and critical content for those in the awareness and knowledge gathering phases of the cyber security “human patching” process (Gordy). At ShmooCon 2013, Brad Bowers‘ BACnet Attack Framework presentation “How To Own A Building: Exploiting the Physical World With Bacnet” brings to light the vulnerabilities of one of the most standard communication protocols used in the operational technology side of the HVAC and Building Automation industries.
Better Buildings Bulletin: August, 2015. The Better Buildings Bulletin is a monthly feature to help keep you up to date on partner successes, program updates, opportunities to participate, and more. View the Bulletin online. At the 2015 Better Buildings Summit, over 200 speakers presented their solutions. These presentations are posted to the Solution Center where you can easily browse presentations using filters for building type.
EasyIO Global Conference Paris 2015 Update. Global EasyIO Partner Event 2015: Paris, September 20-22! EasyIO is changing the way Building Automation is deployed, while significantly reducing installation costs. EasyIO’s global partner event will unveil awesome new products and features that will further enhance building management and energy solutions — for all building types.
CABA — Where the Pros go to get Big Data on Big Data. I got a chance to catch up with Ron Zimmer from CABA. If you need to get the facts and information on all things Smart Buildings, and Building Automation Controls, Ron and the team at CABA can hook you up. Watch Ron and learn more. The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) is an international not-for-profit industry association dedicated to the advancement of integrated technologies for homes and buildings. The organization was founded in 1988 and is supported by an international membership of over 300 organizations.
ControlTrends Event Information Calendar Update. Global EasyIO Partner Global EasyIO Partner Event 2015: Paris, September 20-22! EasyIO is changing the way Building Automation is deployed, while significantly reducing installation costs. EasyIO’s global partner event will unveil awesome new products and features that will further enhance building management and energy solutions.
I got a chance to catch up with Ron Zimmer from CABA. If you need to get the facts and information on all things Smart Buildings, and Building Automation Controls, Ron and the team at CABA can hook you up. Watch Ron and learn more. The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) is an international not-for-profit industry association dedicated to the advancement of integrated technologies for homes and buildings. The organization was founded in 1988 and is supported by an international membership of over 300 organizations involved in the design, manufacture, installation and retailing of products relating to home and building automation.
Welcome to this week’s ControlTalk NOW, which features several new product releases, valuable technical information, new web-site info, video interviews with industry leaders, previews of upcoming calendar events, a host of industry updates and more on Cyber Security from Marc Petock.
Honeywell’s New Website and 10 New Product Innovations: A Lot is New with Us! Did you know we launched over 10 new products since last fall and built a new website? There are also some new guidelines for the ACI/BCS/BCA program that you need to be aware of among other exciting news. Visit Honeywell’s Solution Center to get the latest ideas on how to increase the efficiency, comfort, and security of your building projects.
The Belimo Energy Valve Video Training Class:The Belimo Energy Valve, in addition to winning the 2012 ControlTrends Awards Commercial product of The Year, is a unique product that measures, controls, and improves performance of HVAC equipment. The Belimo Energy Valve combines five functions in one valve and that includes energy monitoring. In this video (nice job, Belimo) you can see that the Belimo Energy Valve measures, controls, balances, and shuts off — all in one valve body, while serving up all the point data.
Johnson Controls Leading Provider of Air Control Products, HVAC Dampers & Louvers:Johnson Controls, 2013 ControlTrends Awards Commercial HVAC Controls Vendor of the Year is one of the few manufacturers that offers a complete line of HVAC controls! Whether it’s Actuators, Air Control Products, Control Panels, Control Sensors, Current Sensors & Transducers, Thermostats, Valves, or Variable Speed Drives, look to Johnson Controls for your solution. Since 1905, Johnson Controls has manufactured industry-leading temperature control dampers!
Increase Plant Efficiency with the SMV Transmitter:Effective control and monitoring of a process requires accurate and consistent measurement of different process variables. Honeywell’s SMV 3000 Smart Multivariable Flow Transmitter measures the flow of virtually any liquid, gas or slurry for which a primary flow element exists to provide a differential measurement. This transmitter combines integrated sensor and microprocessor technologies, as well as dynamic flow compensation, to produce the most accurate and consistent flow measurement possible.
ASCO Gas Shut Off Valves:ASCO’s 8214 Series valves are internal pilot operated shutoff valves providing on-off control of fuel gas. Features include: Unique double disc design with overtravel provides redundant sealing for leak tight shutoff; Visual indication of open and shut position (Suffix “VI” & “C”)asco 8214; Proof of closure switch 1 amp (Suffix “C”); Silicon free construction (Suffix “SF”) available; Zero differential piloted diaphragm; For on-off control of fuel gas in commercial and industrial gas burners; Valves provided with 1/8″ NPT upstream and downstream pipe taps with plugs for routine testing; and Optional flange adapters for ease of installation and service.
ControlTrends Talks with CABA’s Ron Zimmer:Ken and I got to catch up with Ron Zimmer at the 2014 Niagara Summit. Ron makes things happen at CABA, an international not-for-profit industry association dedicated to the advancement of intelligent home and intelligent building technologies. CABA is supported by an international membership of nearly 400 companies involved in the design, manufacture, installation and retailing of products relating to home automation and building automation. Public organizations, including utilities and government are also members.
ControlTrends Museum: The design and development wheels continue to turn and we are excited to share with the ControlTrends Community, the progress we are making with ControlTrends Museum. We thank the support that we gave received from Eugene Mazo and his team at DGLogik and Ken Sinclair/AutomatedBuildings.com. We will be releasing phase one of the Museum in the next 30-35 days and we look forward to working with key industry leaders in the near future for their additional ideas and support.
Why The Belimo Energy Valve Will Make Your Life Easier:Are the heating and cooling coils on your upper floors not controlling properly? Can’t get your system balanced? Are you being asked to find ways to reduce energy consumption? Is your control world already too complicated and you need a simple solution that just works? Then, my HVAC friends, Belimo has a solution for you!
Microsoft’s Darrell Smith On How To Make Your Building Smarter:We had a chance to talk with Darrell Smith last year at the IBCON Show. Darrell is the Director of Facilities & Energy at Microsoft and was one of the highlights of IBCON 2013. Darrell’s compelling presentation featured mega-sized results in a mega-sized application that now collects 500,000,000 data transactions every 24 hours from 125 buildings that occupy 15 million square feet and house 57,000 people. All the data is in the cloud and secure.
Where Do People Go to Discuss Smart Buildings, Energy Efficiency & Innovative Real Estate Operations? This June, people from all over the world will be coming to Las Vegas to meet at the intersection of Commercial & Corporate Real Estate, Technology, Automation and Innovation. IBcon will focus on the most current case studies and issues pertaining to smart, connected, high-performance, energy efficient, hyper-operational, financially optimized and sustainable buildings, portfolios, campuses and cities. Realcomm will continue to explore innovative, efficiency driven operations and present topics such as cloud, big data, mobility, social and integrated business solutions delivered by world class speakers.
NIST Smart Grid e-Newsletter: Updates & World Metrology Day — Signed in 1875!:May 20 was World Metrology Day, celebrated annually by more than 80 countries, honors the signing of the Treaty of the Meter on May 20, 1875. This international treaty established a collaborative global framework for the advancement of measurement science. For all of us involved in the smart grid industry, the celebration theme “Measurements and the Global Energy Challenge” was especially apt.
ACI Wins Yet Another Trophy: 2014 Wisconsin Family Business Award! Amongst some intense competition, ACI prevailed winning the grand prize for the 2014 Wisconsin Family Business Award for a medium-sized company. “To be nominated alongside some of Wisconsin’s most historic and successful family-owned businesses was truly humbling, and served as a manifestation of the culture we have worked so hard to create.”
Rob Watson, Father of LEED, to Co-Chair IBcon Sustainability Executive Smart Building Symposium: Realcomm | IBcon is pleased to announce that Rob Watson, the “Father of LEED”, will join Dave Pogue of CBRE as Co-Chair of the Sustainability Executive Smart Building Symposium. Rob will add his extraordinary knowledge and experience from the last 30 years as a visionary in sustainability to the Smart Building Symposium.
New KMC Controls Carbon Monoxide Detectors Can Save Lives!Exposure to excessive CO (carbon monoxide) is responsible for an estimated 15,000 emergency room visits and 500 deaths in the United States each year. Most such tragedies caused by the deadly odorless gas are preventable by having working CO detectors installed. All CO sensors have a finite life, and they must be replaced periodically to ensure reliable operation in detecting conditions that are potentially hazardous to human health and safety.
BMS/EMS Cyber Security – A Top Priority, Realcomm Advisory with Marc Petock: Realcomm Advisory: Author: Marc Petock, Vice President, Marketing, Lynxspring & Connexx Energy. Security is no longer a technical challenge; it is a core business issue. Our modern systems consist of many connected, integrated, interoperable systems and devices and intertwined business applications — all are critical for the building to run and perform at maximum efficiency and financial optimization. A security breach or an outage to a business application or an entire network has a direct impact on a company’s bottom line.
ControlTalk NOW will continue to provide a weekly episode featuring the people, products, and the News of the Week shaping our world of controls, building automation, and the HVAC industry.
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