Episode 301: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending Feb 3, 2019, features interviews with Ken Sinclair, owner and editor of Automated Buildings, who helps to navigate our journey through the perilous “Path of Least Disruption,” and rising entrepreneur and SandStar founder, Alper Üzmezler, CEO of BASSG and Alta Labs. [Read more…]
The Siemens RDS 120 Smart Thermostat is an Advanced Cloud Connected Thermostat that offers a package of strong benefits. It figures out the perfect room climate and guarantees optimized energy consumption in your home. In addition to achieving these goals, [Read more…]
Episode 294: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending Dec 9, 2018 brings us another week closer to the 2018 ControlTrends Awards. Vote today, and be sure to pass the ballot on to your colleagues and network. Voting ends at midnight 12/31/2018! Check out these great solutions: Optergy’s new Help Desk Live [Read more…]
Desigo Control Point is an end user-focused operating and monitoring interface that is accessible via a touch panel, desktop, tablet or smartphone. It provides cost-effective operating and monitoring functions for small- or medium-sized buildings. [Read more…]
Episode 292: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for Week Ending Nov 18, 2018 features interviews with two industry experts: Scott Cochrane, president of Cochrane Supply and Engineering, a multi-award-winning company and a leading Industrial IoT Supplier, and Arthur Alter, VP of Business Development at Acuity Brands, who tells us that DGLUX is back, and in a big way. [Read more…]
Understanding your needs with smartness! The Siemens Smart RDS110 Thermostat has been developed to provide professional control and operation of heating applications. With its clean design it fits perfectly into every interior. It is always in touch with its surroundings thanks to six powerful and accurate sensors: temperature, humidity, light, proximity, presence and organic particle detection. Since all of them are an integral part of the Smart Thermostat, no additional wiring or programming is needed. These sensors allow the Smart Thermostat to be fully autonomous.
Episode 290: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending Nov 4, 2018, features Lynxspring’s Marc Petock, who is joined by Adam Haynes, Sr Product Owner and Justin McCullough, Chief Innovation and Product Officer, with the Facility Solutions Group, one of North America’s top Master Systems Integrators. Next up, we have Ken Sinclair, owner and editor of Automated Buildings, who discusses his November edition theme: “Edge-ification.” Register now for the upcoming TridiumTalk Webinar on Niagara 4.6 System Database Features; Siemens delivers Maximum Hydronic System Efficiency; and Honeywell’s Steve Hoffman’s interview “What You need to Know About IP Controls.”
Our first ControlTalk NOW interview is with Lynxspring’s Marc Petock, who introduces Adam Haynes, Sr Product Owner and Justin McCullough, Chief Innovation and Product Officer, of Facility Solutions Group, one of the largest and most prolific Master Systems Integrators in North America. FSG has over 2000 employees at its 33 branch locations across the U.S., that offer a wide array of lighting, electrical, and advanced control systems. FSG specializes in reducing your energy consumption to improve your bottom line. Take control of your business’s future with control technologies from FSG.
Our second ControlTalk NOW interview is with Ken Sinclair, owner and editor of Automated Buildings, who discusses his November edition theme: “Edge-ification.” We know from last month that “Edge-ification” is the process of moving intelligence and control to the Edge. A host of industry experts are chiming in on this all-important conversation, as the IoT heavy-weights hone their sites on the HVAC and BAS markets.
TridiumTalk: Niagara 4.6 System Database Feature Webinar — Nov 8, 2018, 11:00 AM, EST. The release of Tridium’s Niagara 4.6 introduced the ability for a Niagara Supervisor to examine all the Niagara devices in the Niagara Network and pull up Entity data (tags and relations) into a new System Database. During this TridiumTalk, a high level view will be provided of the System Database feature including setup and configuration of the system indexer.
Siemens’ Hydronic Flow Optimization: How to Maximize Hydronic System Efficiency. This Siemens Hydronic Flow Optimization video makes a strong case for using Siemens’ PICV in conjunction with their BT300 VFD series for maximum occupant comfort and energy savings by assuring accurate flow changes are made when needed.
Honeywell Momentum’s Steve Hoffman: What You Need to Know About IP Controls. We had a chance to catch up with Honeywell’s Steve Hoffman at the 2018 Honeywell Momentum Event. Steve works with consulting engineers making sure they understand the value Honeywell brings to the Smart Buildings Controls market. In this video, Steve shares what we need to know about IP controllers and what makes Honeywell’s new IP controllers special.
Ken Sinclair’s Automated Buildings’ November, 2018 Issue: Our Next Two Semesters of Edge-ifcation. In Ken Sinclair’s November edition of AutomatedBuildings.com, we continue our quest down the Edge Rabbit Hole. We know from last month that “Edge-ification” is the process of moving intelligence and control to the Edge. Ken’s interview with John Petze takes us even deeper into our understanding of “edge-ication” or more correctly, “by computing at the edge,” we are referring to performing essential data acquisition and computation functions as close to the data source as possible.
This Siemens Hydronic Flow Optimization video makes a strong case for using Siemens’ PICV in conjunction with their BT300 VFD series for maximum occupant comfort and energy savings by assuring accurate flow changes are made when needed.
Siemens’ Hydronic Flow Optimization: How to Maximize Hydronic System Efficiency: About 41% of our worldwide energy is consumed in buildings, and 41% of that is used by HVAC and hydronic systems. Learn how commercial buildings use hydronic systems and how Siemens’ innovative variable frequency drives and pressure independent control valves reduce hydronic systems’ power and energy needs to dynamically control flow and optimize these systems in new or existing buildings.
This week, we were honored to present and compete at Building Technologies Innovation Open 2018 as one of their finalist teams. The BT Innovation Open is an event organized by Siemens and designed to foster innovation for their building technology division. As a Siemens company, J2 Innovations participated by contributing on one of the innovation teams. Out of 60 applications, our team was selected as one of eight finalists!
This was a unique opportunity for engineers, developers, and project managers to get in front of business leaders in order to pitch their big idea. The format was modeled after Shark Tank, with the preparation, intensity, and excitement that goes along with refining your presentation down to just five minutes.
Through the experience, new bonds were created, new skills were developed, and everyone gained a different perspective outside of their normal roles. It was fun to hear so many innovative ideas within the intelligent building space. We hope to see them all come to fruition in future products and services.
“We are proud to have an amazing pool of BT team members that contribute to the growth of our business with their innovative ideas.” – David Hopping, Siemens Building Technologies Americas
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Episode 274: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending July 15, 2018, features Ken Sinclair, owner and editor Automated Buildings, who shares some more of his amazing industry voyage (viewers and listeners will be richly rewarded). Siemens puts the pedal to the metal on its way to “Perfect Places” — adding Building Robotics and Comfy to its J2 Innovations and EnLightened acquisitions. Kele acquires MI Controls; Belimo Fire Protection Scenarios Video; Microsoft’s perceived 30,000 foot participation in the Smart Buildings Space is really hovering at an altitude closer than you may think; Realcomm20/IBcon Conference Live Interview with Rajavel Subramanian of Facilio; and more!
Why Siemens bought Comfy and how they will make “Perfect Places.” We have been talking about Siemens’ acquisition of Comfy for a while. We have wondered just what the two companies will create. In this video we get clarity on how Siemens and Comfy will work together to create “perfect places” and perfect environments for people who inhabit smart commercial buildings. Eike-Oliver Steffen, the Head of Solutions and Services Portfolio Siemens Building Technologies, and Andrew Krioukou, CEO and Co Founder of Comfy, discuss their shared vision in this enlightening video.
Kele Acquires MI Controls. This just in: Kele has acquired MIControls, Inc., co-located in Seattle and Portland, OR. According to Kele President and CEO Richard Campbell: “This strategic move enables us to serve our customers in the Western United States better and faster by locating products closer to you. Nothing changes in how you do business with us today. We will be working through the integration with MIControls in the coming months. You can expect the same great service you already receive from Kele but with even faster delivery once the integration is complete.
Ken Sinclair’s Automated Buildings’ July 2018 Issue, “Building Emotion.” In his July, 2018, edition of Automated Buildings, owner and editor, Ken Sinclair suggests it’s time for us to create “an emotional sense of our building space.” Siemens CEO, Matthias Rebellius agrees — because we spend up to 90% of our lives in buildings. We know that art and architecture trigger our emotions, but will buildings ever evoke their own emotions? Ken Sinclair believes there is need for “An improved relationship between the physical, the virtual and the emotional world.”
Belimo – Fire Protection Scenarios — Great Visual Presentation of Motorized Fire Dampers versus Non-motorized Fire Dampers. More Performance. More Value. More Safety. Technology that Saves Lives! Belimo fire and smoke damper actuators are designed for operation in smoke and combination fire and smoke dampers in ventilation and air-conditioning systems with a torque range from 18 in-lbs to 180 in-lbs @ 350°F.
Watch (and or listen) to our amazing ControlTalk NOW conversation with Ken Sinclair, owner and editor of Automated Buildings. Ken reviews his Automated Buildings‘ July edition, important take-aways from his Helsinki excursion, some of his most recent 20 year industry journey, most of which is digitally documented, and then brings us to the crest of change and digital mindfulness and building emotions. Ken leaves us with one possible solution: instead of trying to make humans more technically savvy, make technology more human. Great industry insight and conversation.
What Ken Sinclair and Julie Miner have to teach you about your next Smart Building Controls Opportunity. One of the really cool things about ControlTrends, is that we get to go to great conferences like Real Comm IBcon and talk with insightful people like Jim Young and Ken Sinclair. We get to see trends unfold and are hopefully able to convey these to the ControlTrends Community in such a way that our insights can prepare you for the next turn in the road and the next opportunity. Well listen up, because putting great controls and analytics in a building are not going to be enough. It is going to be about the experience that the building creates.
Realcomm20/IBcon Conference Live Interview with Rajavel Subramanian of Facilio. ControlTrends had the opportunity to interview Rajavel Subramanian of Facilio at the Realcomm20/IBcon Conference Live Product Launchpad. Facilio is new to the North American market and is seeking to develop a channel with Niagara partners. Facilio offers a great facility management product for buildings in the 50,000 to 100,000 square foot range.