Belimo has earned the place of the market leader by valuing ingenuity and craftsmanship and never resting on our accomplishments. Very simply, we strive to build damper actuators, control valves [Read more…]
The Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) mission is to accelerate the implementation of interoperable Smart Grid devices and systems. SGIP is a valuable source of information and guidance on all matters concerning the Smart Grid. One particularly resourceful tool is their SGIP’s Cybersecurity infographic an easy-to-use User’s Guide for NISTIR 7628 and Understanding How to Manage Smart Grid Cybersecurity Risk.
Cybersecurity threats exploit the increased complexity and connectivity of critical infrastructure systems, placing the United States security, economy, and public safety and health at risk. Similar to financial and reputational risk, cybersecurity risk affects a company’s bottom line. It can drive up costs and impact revenue, harm an organization’s ability to innovate and impact its ability to gain and retain customers.
In 2013, President Obama shared that “repeated cyber intrusions into critical infrastructure demonstrate the need for improved cybersecurity. The cyber threat to critical infrastructure continues to grow and represents one of the most serious national security challenges we must confront. To better address these risks, U. S. President Obama issued Executive Order 13636, “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity” in February of that same year, which called for the development of a voluntary risk-based Cybersecurity Framework to enhance the security and resilience of the Nation’s critical infrastructure and to maintain a cyber environment that encourages efficiency, innovation, and economic prosperity while promoting safety, security, business confidentiality, privacy, and civil liberties.
The electric grid is critical to the economic and physical well-being of the nation, and emerging cyber threats targeting the grid highlight the need to integrate advanced cybersecurity to protect these critical assets.
Belimo is ControlTalk NOW’s sponsor for the Week Ending October 26, 2014. Belimo products help create comfort, safety, and efficiency in buildings. Belimo customer satisfaction and loyalty have made Belimo a leader in HVAC throughout the world. Visit Belimo Projects to view an overview sampling of recent installation with energy savings.
ControlTrends People: KMC Controls’ Erich Kreuter: I had a chance to sit down and talk to Erich Keuter, from KMC Controls. Eric is the grandson of Ken Kreuter, the founder of Kreuter Controls which is now KMC Controls. Hear what Erich had to say about the company philosophy that makes KMC Controls different from most controls companies, as well as, what makes Simply VAV such a special VAV controls solution. Click here for a specification sheet on this easy to use VAV controller. [Read more…]
CoRE Tech 2014 is a unique gathering of the world’s most proactive, visionary corporate real estate executives who’ve elected to come together to focus on innovative automation and technology strategies. Day 1 of the 2-day event will be held on the Sprint Corporate HQ Campus. Day 2 will be held at the nearby Overland Park Convention Center.
Watch this 3 minute video to see how CoRE Tech will give you an opportunity to collaborate with other industry professionals and to explore how Innovation, Technology and Automation are changing the way we operate and use corporate real estate and facilities.
Embracing Change : REThink | Innovate | Transform
Over the last decade, technological advancements have (1) reduced the need for traditional office space, (2) radically transformed CRE information management strategies and (3) introduced a new era of smart buildings and campuses. At the heart of this change is the ubiquity of high-speed Internet access, mobile technologies and cloud-based collaboration tools.
While these technological innovations have been happening gradually during this time, a significant increase in momentum has been seen in the last 12-18 months. This infographic illustrates the ongoing process.
Corporate real estate transformation begins with a business process requiring improvement, which is the BUSINESS DRIVER (motivation). We then move onto INNOVATION (the idea) where we aggregate the TECHNOLOGY (the tools) and finally the AUTOMATION of the process (the result).
The automation that results impacts three major areas of corporate real estate and facilities, 1) how we use space, 2) the information systems used to manage real estate and facility processes and 3) the smart, connected, high-performance building and campus.
Corporate America and corporations around the world have begun to fully embrace the benefits of how innovation, technology and automation can significantly transform how we use and operate buildings. The three most obvious business benefits include:
Significant reduction in energy usage
Significant reduction in operating costs
Creation of an engaging, safe and productive work environment
Sprint to Host CoRE Tech 2014: Sprint, a longtime pioneer in the mobility industry, along with several of their partners, have developed a series of mobile technology offerings designed specifically for the CRE and facilities environment. They will be the host of this year’s CoRE Tech conference, giving attendees a unique opportunity to tour their corporate campus and explore their Innovation Program focused on solving real estate problems using mobile and other leading-edge technologies.
A few of the many mobile-based solutions to be showcased at the campus are: Auto & Bike Fleet Management Tracking, Wireless Lighting Controls, Wireless Sensors, Mobile Data Collection, Automated Waste & Recycling Management, Wireless Water & Leak Detection, 3G/4G Remote Surveillance, Fire Extinguisher Monitoring, and many more.
Technology, automation and innovation are at the center of Corporate Real Estate and Facilities!
The CoRE Tech education program will focus on the issues facing corporate real estate, facility, sustainability and energy executives and explore the technology tools available that can positively impact the bottom line of their companies – from automating business processes, to general technology solutions specifically for corporate real estate organizations, to smarter “green” intelligent building technologies.
Welcome to ControlTalk Now: The Smart Building Podcast for the week ending September 7, 2014. This week’s CTN Podcast Platinum Sponsor is Lynxspring. Lynxspring is changing way devices and systems communicate and collaborate across enterprises. Lynxspring technologies, solutions, and services are enabling users to go further to manage and operate their facilities and equipment smarter, safer, securely, more efficiently, and at peak performance levels. Lynxspring has changed the way control systems are built, secured, and distributed.
ControlTalk NOW Smart Building Tip of the Week: Turn Your Light Strategy On! If you don’t have one, get one! Lighting is the biggest slice of your utility bill — 39%, compared to HVAC 28%, and Office Equipment 15%, therefore takes precedence in your energy savings efforts. On the two SBT’s, were the Open System Platform, like Niagara AX, and the enlightened and dogged pursuit of every rebate, tax incentive, and grant money available — at the federal, state, and local (utility) levels. Now, implement your light strategy. Some of the excellent sources of products and solutions when making your lighting choices are: WattStopper Digital Lighting Management, Honeywell Lighting Stryker, Logica Lighting, Blue Ridge Technologies, Control Network Solution, elitedali™, and Daintree.
ControlTalk NOW’s Special Guest: Marc Petock, VP Marketing, Lynxspring. Marc shares his venerable industry insight regarding the shift from technology, which drove open standards and open systems, to business, which is the drivers that our industry. Marc also states that responsibility for IT and Cyber Security falls everyone’s shoulders: technology providers, distributors, system integrators, and end-users. Visit Lynxspring’s Resource Center and On-line Forum for more information.
Honeywell’s Expanded Valve & Actuator Configurator & Fast Track Project Management Tool: Honeywell has expanded its factory configuration capability to include threaded globe valve assemblies with electric actuators and Q5020 linkages. The new assembly part numbers are built based on the specifications of the valve, actuator and linkage in the assembly. This enables you to “mix and match” valve/actuator combinations without having to create a lot of new part numbers. Select a valve, actuator, linkage and fail safe/ accessories, then combine them to build an assembly number.
2014 American Energy & Manufacturing Competitiveness (AEMC) Summit – Register Now! The 2014 American Energy & Manufacturing Competitiveness Summit (AEMC) is a gathering of preeminent leaders from industry, academia, labor, the national laboratories, government and media to: Discuss the most critical energy and manufacturing challenges and opportunities affecting U.S. prosperity, sustainability, and security; Accelerate a movement to increase U.S. competitiveness in the production of clean energy products and increase U.S. manufacturing competitiveness across the board through greater energy productivity.
Neptronic: The Power of Innovation — Innovation that Changed the HVAC Industry. ControlTrends traveled past the Niagara Falls on its way to Montreal to capture the Power of Innovation at Neptronic. The force of the Niagara Falls represents well the swift and powerful current of innovation coursing through Neptronic, where several of the HVAC industry’s most significant innovations and products originated. Neptronic is a rapidly growing provider of building automation products & solutions.
CNS’ Mike Welch Sheds Some DALI Light on “How to Avoid Stranded Investments in Intelligent Buildings” ControlTrends is delighted to share this informative expertise from Mike Welch, Managing Director of Control Network Solutions, founded in 1996, and headquartered in Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK (approximately 45 minutes from London). Mike is a DALI™ (Digital Addressable Lighting Interface) lighting control specialist and makes a compelling case as to why it makes commercial sense to adopt a more flexible, open approach to the control and management of lighting systems today.
Young Gun Chris Schneider Shakes it up with Open BMCS: We got a chance to catch up with the innovative Chris Schneider at the 2014 Niagara Summit. Chris’ system, OPEN BMCS, is a one-size-fits-all building management and control system, that is ideal for small commercial or residential projects to large campus wide installations, his solution can be scaled to suit multiple needs.