Ken and I, the ControlTrends Guys, normally the interviewers, had the table turned on us — as we became the interviewees, at the 2017 RealComm|IBcon in San Diego. Jerry asked us some challenging questions that allowed us the opportunity to highlight the ControlTrends Community, review the hot button trends in our industry and how they relate to the RealComm|IBcom Community, as well as talk about some of the great people, solution providers, MSIs, and vendors leading the way in the Building Automation industry. Hear the questions, and our answers, and let us know how we did on the other side of the interview experience.
ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast|PodCast for Week Ending August 21, 2016 introduces the ControlTrends Community to the executive forces now driving Distech’s redoubled efforts to deliver maximum synergy and value within the building space. Gain some invaluable insight into the innovation at work inside Acuity Brands Inc. Scott Muench and J2 Innovations at Realcomm| IBcon; Updated Honeywell software and contractor releases; Lynxspring reveals their JENEsys® Edge™ 100 Controller; Intel’s influence on the Smart Building; NexDefense SANS Institute Fictional Cyber Attack; and BASSG — Getting Better all the Time!The Easy Way to Move and Use Data in a Smart Building. Data, data everywhere! Big data is in vogue in the building automation and smart buildings controls industry, but like everything else that is new and exciting, there are lot’s of things that have to be dealt with once the initial buzz of excitement is replaced with “how the heck do we implement this?” For one thing, the cost… data might be free, but moving it around and using it can get expensive quickly.
You Missed the VFD Training Live Stream… We will post a copy of class soon! Tim Chamblee conducted Variable Frequency Drive training and provided an in-depth explanation of the application benefits, the potential energy savings, and the importance of proper grounding and wiring methods — and then demonstrates of the standard VFD applications, and highlighted the tremendous energy savings opportunities — available using a VFDs. Look for many more live training events from the Stromquist & Company in the near future.
Honeywell | Home 3rd Quarter 2016 Residential Partner Update. Please join us as we introduce Honeywell’s latest residential products designed to better serve your business. FROM THE HONEYWELL NEWSROOM: A recent study from Honeywell found that 9 in 10 Americans long for a connected device to automate and control features in their home when they’re out of town. In fact, more Americans (39%) worry about locking their doors than about packing essentials like toothbrushes, underwear or mobile phone chargers (36%), and one-third of Americans with a security system can’t even remember if they turned on the alarm before leaving.
Honeywell Releases MAXPRO Driver for WEBs-AX Software. Availability of MAXPRO driver for WEBs-AX Software. Honeywell is pleased to announce the release of the MAXPRO driver for WEBs-AX Controllers and WEBs-AX Supervisors which is based on the Niagara AX framework. The MAXPRO driver has been tested and qualified on WEBs-AX 3.6.407.2, WEBs-AX 126.96.36.199, WEBs-AX 188.8.131.52, WEBs-AX 3.8.111 and on the latest MAXPRO NVR software version (v.3.5.0 build 81).
Lynxspring Announces Immediate Availability of the JENEsys® Edge™ 100 Controller. New Controller Delivers the Niagara Framework® to the Edge! Dear Lynxspring Business Partner: We are pleased to announce the release and availability of our new JENEsys® Edge™ 100 Controller (JENE-EG100). Purpose-built, this Niagara-based controller is the first of its kind. Delivering the Reliability of Niagara to the Edge! JENEsys® Edge™ products are a new generation of controllers combining the Niagara Framework® with Lynxspring’s Onyxx® platform.
Distech Announces New VP of Global Sales. Controls people never die they just change companies… This just in from Martin Villeneuve, President, Distech Controls: Acuity Brands continues to position itself as the global market leader to deliver high-performance and innovative solutions to our customers. Acuity Brands is committed to building an infrastructure designed to extend our leadership positon; intensifying our efforts around our tiered solutions strategy is an essential component to accomplish our breakthrough objectives. To successfully execute our strategy, I am pleased to announce Dan Flaherty as the new VP of Sales for Distech Controls reporting to me. Dan has over 20 years of experience leading sales and marketing organizations that go to market through distribution, contractor, and agent channels in the HVAC, Security, and Fire Suppression industries.
ControlTalk NOW interview with Martin Villeneuve, President at Distech Controls, Dan Flaherty, Distech’s VP Global Sales, and Eugene Mazo, Eugene Mazo, VP — IoT, Customer Experience. While Acuity is deciphering and translating all the possible value synergies it now has available, these three top industry experts will help to set new standards in the HVAC, BAS, and a host of other emerging markets. Each of these executives is a formidable expert in their fields and with their combined talents, they are confident that they will deliver the next generation of innovation and technology — because they have the talent, engineering, and the resources needed — to get it done. Don’t miss this great video interview!
How Intel is Influencing the way we do Smart Buildings. If you want to see how you might be doing smart buildings in the future, look at what Intel is doing using IOT strategies now…. once Pandora’s box is open… As human beings we like consistency …..”if it’s not broke ” …. and other adages that pass as wisdom, influence us whether we like it or not. This kind of thinking will get you killed in today’s smart buildings controls market. We have been doing building automation controls since the death of pneumatic controls. We know what works — and we don’t mess around with what works… because it works!
NexDefense SANS Institute – Fictional Cyber Attack. CAUTION: Regardless of your position in the world, this video should almost ruin your day, and linger long enough to bother you… for at least a week… but, will it motivate you to allocate the resources and processes your organization’s needs to deal with this kind of cyber incident? Therein lies the cyber security rub. This NexDefense SANS Institute module provides a demonstration of a fictional cyber attack against a control system reliant infrastructure. It is a learning tool for educational purposes and designed to help organizations better understand and develop exercise scenarios. While the module was played during a large industry exercise, it was utilized to provide cybersecurity training awareness for the participants.
BASSG — Getting Better all the Time! We saw the original “Young Gun”, Alper Üzmezler, managing partner and chief innovator at BASSG Graphics, showed us his new Edge controller at the 2016 Niagara Summit Product showcase. Alper, never one to sit still, has made some improvements since New Orleans. His Edge controller packs a powerful punch. Among other things it includes: Visualytik (HTML5 drag and drop visualization engine with block programming), EAC Engine (Optimization engine in which it will consume live, historical and analytics data and write to real-time controls), Analytics Engine, and a Sedona Realtime control engine.
DAY 3 at 2016 Realcomm/IBcon featured 47 of the world’s most progressive and successful implementations of smart buildings, portfolios, and campuses. The showcase included: Shanghai Tower – Gensler; Kilroy California Portfolio -Kilroy Realty Corporation; RBC Waterark Place & Cisco Innovation Centre – EllisDon & Cisco Systems Controls; Sprint Corporate Campus – CBRE|ESI; The Edge (Deloitte HQ Netherlands) – InsideQ Building Automation Alliance HC RT; Newport Corporate Center – McKinstry; J. Craig Vetter Institute – Integral Group; and Australian National University – Airmaster; and many more.
120 vendors displayed at the Exhibitor Showcase featuring the latest global innovations introduced and available to the Smart HVAC Industry. ControlTrends had the opportunity to interview Marc Petock, VP Marketing Linkspring, which has recently released several new E2E Controllers that allow for analytics within edge devices, accelerating the processing of actionable data and reducing network traffic in a more secure manner.
This week’s ControlTalk NOW reviews publisher and owner of Automated Buildings, Ken Sinclair’s 2015 Connected Community Collaboratory. This unique and informative video series captures the wisdom and insights of some of the brightest minds in Smart Building and HVAC Industries, teaming John Petze, SkyFoundry with Marc Petock, Lynxspring; Andy McMillan, BACnet International; Paul Oswald, ESI; and Jim O’Callaghan, EnOcean Inc. generated powerful experiential knowledge — shared in a very consumable video format. Don’t miss! Four more videos sections to follow.
Marc Petock, Vice President Marketing, Lynxspring drew attention to the reality that cyber security considerations were absent when the founding protocols were established. The industry as a whole was unaware of, or naive to, the dangers that cyber-terrorism now poses to our industry. The solution requires a collaboratory response, because no single business or party can remedy the threat by itself. It requires awareness and dialogue at every level: manufacturers, C-Suites, systems integrators, service providers, and building owners need to pro-actively deal with all of the existing and potential issues.
BACnet International President, Andy McMillan’s thought-provoking dialogue was a compelling case for managed lighting and the natural power of lighting where focus has shifted from the energy-savings aspects to hospitals releasing patients in shorter periods of time (circadian rhythm), learn well classrooms that ramp students’ energy and alertness, and retailers that sell more of the things they want to sell — these are the nouveau marketing ways. Also, lighting problems are in the construction and procurement processes. Much more collaboration required.
This year’s theme was “Our Connection Community and the Internet of Things” ( CCIoT). The meeting was designed to be fast moving and expected the attendees to have a basic understanding of the evolving connection communities’ needs, and a list of required reading from the presenting thought leaders was provided to get attendees up-to-speed. Presenters were given five minutes after which, Ken Sinclair served as moderator to ask a few questions for clarity. No power points allowed; only old school face-to-face collaborating. Great stuff.
Introducing Honeywell’s Q50204 Retrofit Globe Valve Linkage. Honeywell is pleased to introduce their new Q5024 globe valve retrofit linkage. This linkage allows you to use Honeywell Direct Coupled Actuators (DCAs) to retrofit most manufacturers’ globe valves in the field, with no valve disassembly required. This linkage is easy to install and the wide variety of collar combinations fit most of your globe valve retrofit jobs. Save money and time by replacing old electrical or pneumatic actuators with reliable Honeywell DCAs. View as a PDF.
Share Your Knowledge – Bring Your Experience to Haystack Connect 2015. Planning for Haystack Connect 2015 is well underway. With a little over 4 months before the conference kicks off, the event has 14 major sponsors and exhibitors as well as 3 Media sponsors, with new companies signing up every week. See the current sponsors here: www.haystackconnect.org/sponsors. The technical program is taking shape with a number of papers and presentations submitted on a wide range of topics around the conference themes that include Data Modeling, Hardware, Analytics, Cyber Security, Energy, Wireless and more. Consider joining the community at the Haystack Connect event — submit a presentation and share your expertise.
Lynxspring Announces 2nd Generation Modbus to BACnet® Bridge. Lee’s Summit, MO – February 2, 2015: Lynxspring, a premier developer and provider of open, IP-control solutions for building automation, energy management, cyber protection, and device-to-enterprise integration today announced the release of the OnyxxTM-MB311, their 2nd generation Modbus to BACnet Bridge solution. Embedded with a Lynxspring’s Smart ModuleTM and running Lynxspring’s HelixxTM IP-software framework, the Onyxx-MB311 is more powerful and takes Modbus to BACnet protocol translation to the next level.
Better Buildings Summit, May 27-29. 2015 — Registration Now Open! Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC. This year, the Better Buildings Summit is expanding into new sectors and engaging a diverse set of market leaders. Over two and a half days Better Buildings partners and stakeholders will come together in Washington D.C. and participate in sessions and meetings focused on the sharing of the most successful strategies for achieving energy savings through energy efficiency. Check out our interactive Agenda At A Glance and be sure to register today.
ACI Releases New “Universal” Dry Media Differential Pressure Transmitter. ACI understands that sensor applications can often differ from job to job. To accomodate most differential pressure sensing applications, we now offer a universal range option. A single unit, A/DP2-10U, will give you field adjustable ranges of o to 1″, 0 to 2.5″, 0 to 5″, and 0 to 10″ and output flexibility of 4 to 20 mA, 0-5 VDC, 0-10 VDC, and 4-20 VDC. This is critical for optimizing pressure within your facility.
Belimo ZIP Economizer Training. On Thursday, February 12, 11:30-12:30 EST, Stromquist will be live streaming a training session on Belimo’s award winning ZIP Economizer. Belimo’s product specialist will be on hand to explain what makes this product so unique and how it can make saving energy easier. The ZIP Economizer is the most technologically advanced Airside Economizer solution in the market and is designed to provide the most energy savings through advanced economizer logic strategies.
Rob Allen’s 7 Minutes in Control: Mike Marston. Join Stromquist Company’s Rob Allen and EasyIO’s Mike Marston as they discuss the reasons for EasyIO’s meteoric global success and the 3-time ControlTrends Award winning FG-32, as Plant Controller of the Year, Gordon Chan’s Small Manufacturer CEO of the Year, and Lim Hoon Chiat’s (and SK Foo’s) award-winning technical support.
ControlTrends Awards Highlight: Neptronic Wins Vendor of The Year: Small Manufacturer. Founded in 1976, Neptronic is a private corporation that designs, manufactures and distributes products for the HVAC industry. Their product line includes intelligent controllers, electronic actuators, actuated valves, humidifiers and electric heaters.Neptronic products are designed and manufactured by over 250 dedicated employees in their 7,500 m2 (80,000 ft2) state-of-the-art facility located in Montreal, Canada.
Live Training Rewind: Revisit the Belimo Team as they teach the ControlTrends Community about the Belimo Zip Economizer. This is a rewind of the Live Stream Belimo Training held Febuary 12, 2015 at the Stromquist & Company training center. Belimo’s product specialist explains what makes this product so unique and how it can make saving energy easier. The ZIP Economizer is the most technologically advanced Airside Economizer solution in the market and is designed to provide the most energy savings through advanced economizer logic strategies.
Honeywell Momentum 2015 Partner Conference Sep 20-22, 2015, J.W. Marriott Resort and Spa Palm Desert, CA. Momentum 2015 is coming! Save the date for Honeywell’s premier partner conference and join hundreds of building controls professionals to connect with industry leaders, understand evolving market trends and discover Honeywell’s vision in the Intelligent Building marketplace. J.W. Marriott Resort and Spa Palm Desert, CA.
2015 Niagara Forum — open 4 innovation — April 19-21 2015, in London. While everyone’s talking about the Internet of Things, Vykon is pioneering solutions for the Open Internet of Things. With nearly a half-million instances deployed worldwide, the Niagara Framework® represents the power of open — and the future of innovation. Discover the possibilities at the 2015 Niagara Forum in London, April 19-21. Learn what truly open systems can achieve for our partners and their customers, and get a firsthand look at our next generation platform, including Niagara 4 and our next generation hardware, JACE 8000.
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This ControlTrends’ Smart Building Story takes an in-depth look at the Bank of America Plaza Atlanta — Atlanta’s Architectural Masterpiece and the remarkable open systems success delivered by the Stromquist Company and John Smith, Honeywell WEBs-AX Systems Integrator with Mallory & Evans Service. Parkway Realty’s Alan Winfrey explains the course of action taken and the reason why they chose Honeywell when their existing controls system reached its end-of-life and needed the best open-systems upgrade available — one that offered the owners and tenants the greatest value and most flexible solution. The massive first phase, which integrated the base building functions: chiller plant, cooling towers, and occupied floor space with 400 VAV boxes, is complete, and now Alan’s department monitors and optimizes the building system performance — and anticipate problems using data-rich dashboards. Parkway Realty, who has recently won Atlanta’s E3 Award for water-saving initiatives, actively shares building energy and water consumption information with their tenants to modify behavior and help tenants understand how important they are in energy and water conservation.
This week’s ControlTalk NOW delivers vital information directly affecting the HVAC Industry status quo. Dell delivers their IoT and Productization Roadmap for the Smart Building; ControlTalk 2.0 reviews: “Is Intel coming for your lunch?”; More of Fred Gordy’s IT Security insights; Interviews with Schneider Electric’s Simon Leblond, CopperTree’s Keith LaRose, Cylon Energy acquires American Auto-Matrix, and more news on Products, Industry Information, and Training.
DOE’s Better Buildings Case Competition Challenges Collegiate Teams: Join us for presentations of the winning solutions to the 2014 Better Buildings Case Competition. The Better Buildings Case Competition challenges collegiate teams to present unique and innovative solutions for reducing energy waste and improving the efficiency of our nation’s homes and commercial buildings to industry leaders.
Dell’s IoT Roadmap and Productization for the Smart Buildings Market Segment is Just the Beginning! This roadmap and productization for the smart buildings market segment is just the beginning of Dell’s service offerings. Look for more to come on IoT and building automation in the future! (Source: AutomatedBuildings: July, 2014 Edition). dell is introducing new research on smart buildings and will join Intel to discuss its findings at the Intelligent Buildings Conference (IBcon) in Las Vegas today. Enabling building automation is a key element of Dell’s strategy of supporting customers around the world and across various industries in realizing their vision for the Internet of Things (IoT).
Automated Building’s July Theme “Our Assets R U!” Ken Sinclair Nominated for Digie Award: Excerpts from Automated Buildings July, 2014. Editor’s Note: We are experimenting with a virtual wrapper for our July issue. The flyover is based on the same format used for our Over 150 past issues and 15 years in the collaborator. The graphical presentation is more people centric following the theme of this issue. Powered by a web service it should present well on all devices, as more and more of our readers are BYOD. Also here is a short url http://goo.gl/ahcnO7 to wrapper for tweeting. Please let us know if this is useful or just plain annoying……..smile. It is simply a different way to view the same information.
Belimo is Delighted to MOVE Forward & Thanks You for Your Continued Business & Support! Dear Belimo Customers: On October 1, 2014, BELIMO Americas headquarters will move from our present Danbury location to a new energy efficient headquarters at 33 Turner Road, Danbury, CT 06810. Calling, faxing or emailing us will not change.
Breaking Down 2014 IBCON: Does Intel Want to Eat your Lunch? This episode of ControlTalk 2.0 is a panel discussion led by yours truly, along with Therese Sullivan, BuildingContext.me; Rick Warner,PE, OME Innovative Facility Solutions; and Ken Smyers, ControlTrends/DMS Controls Group, that continues to break down 2014 IBcon and the massive amount of change lurking around the immediate bend.
Viconics’ VT8000 Series Thermostat & Room Comfort Controller: Simon Leblond, Schneider Electric’s Director of Strategy & Marketing, Buildings Division, explains to the Niagara and ControlTrends Communities — why year in and year out — Viconics is the thermostat or room comfort controller of choice that offers the lowest installed cost. The new VT8000 series is available with wireless and all the communication protocols, along with a customizable display that allows color matching decor, branding emphasis, live language changes, other features that will help pull the sale of Viconics through the interior designer and architect channels.
Social Engineering and the Cyber Black Market: In movies you see some guy sitting at his computer banging away at the keys and creating sophisticated algorithms that can go around advanced cyber security measures or can crack strong passwords or anything else that looks really cool for the camera The reality is (and not as glamorous) that hackers can shop for hacking tools online. Or better yet, they can ask you how to get into your system and you will tell them. Social engineering, if you are not familiar with the term, means basically a “con game” to get information needed to access networks/equipment.
Cylon Energy Inc. Acquires American Auto-Matrix:June 30, 2014 – American Auto-Matrix was acquired by Cylon Energy Inc., a subsidiary of Cylon Controls Ltd., based in Manchester, New Hampshire. Cylon Controls is one of the largest independent control manufacturers in Europe and a leading developer of energy management systems with a global distribution network. The acquisition marks over 60 combined years of technological development and product implementation.
ControlTrends Catches up with CopperTree Analytics, aka, Delta Controls — Who “Does it Right! Keith La Rose, Director of Business Development at CopperTree, was delighted with the attendees at 2014 IBcon. According to Keith, “The people here really understand the space — and, they are the influential decision-makers.” The Delta Controls’ story is one of prolific success. Delta Controls, a privately held corporation, has been manufacturing BAS controls (all made in North America) for over 30 years, and is the world’s largest independent BAS manufacturer! The Delta Controls’ motto, which permeates throughout the organization is “Do it Right!” CopperTree Analytics, wholly owned by Delta Controls and ESC Automation, is an agnostic solution that works with anyone’s control system focusing on data analytics and building optimization.
Happy 4th of July! Did You Know…? Disney Fireworks & Celebration Included: Did you know: John Adams believed that July 2nd was the correct date on which to celebrate the birth of American independence, and would reportedly turn down invitations to appear at July 4th events in protest. Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Variously known as the Fourth of July and Independence Day, July 4th has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83).
Become a DGLux5 Expert — Training July 16-18, 2014 @ DGLogik, Inc. Headquarters: Learn the latest WORKFLOWS, SHORTCUTS & TIPS of the NEW DGLux5. DGLux5 Introductory Training is a 3-day, instructor-led course that provides lectures, exercises and hands-on labs designed to provide a fundamental understanding of the basic principles, concepts and knowledge necessary to develop and support applications using DGLux5. The focus of this course is to illustrate how to use the new DGLux5 design tools and functionality so that you can begin building applications on your own. We ensure that you walk away with shortcuts, tips, best practices and advanced knowledge of DGLux. By the end of your training, you will be both creative and efficient in engineering cutting-edge user experiences. Sign up today!
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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This Google+ episode of ControlTalk NOW has Eric connecting on the road from Woodstock, Virginia, amidst the beautiful Shenandoah Valley area. 2014 Realcomm/IBcon holds front and center, as we begin to digest the enormity of this 3-day event and process all the breaking news, vital industry information, and technology (Drones, Robots, and iBeacon, Open Box Software’s APP that provided real time interactions with the exhibitors during the show). Consider the timing of this June 18th Dell Press Release and Dell’s White Paper release Smart Buildings Automation: The First Steps Are the Most Important — and that Dell was the sponsor of the 2014 Digie Awards! where they announced that they too, were at Realcomm/IBcon to learn and network, because Dell is now in the Building End-to-End Solutions Business! ControlTrends will be posting more important video reporting as rapidly as editing allows — because our industry is entering “hyper-change!” Make sure to visit daily for continued coverage.
Expo Highlights included: Realcomm/IBcon Conference Live, the Tesla Lounge, Terosaur’s AJ Jolivette’s amazing Drone Demo and Sharad Oberoi’s Sanborn Platform for Indoor Mapping (SPIN); Smart Integrator Summit, which Eric Stromquist moderated along with Automated Building’s Ken Sinclair; Intel’s E2E announcement and successful launch into the Building Space taking home a Digie Award Trophy for their Gateway Solution for IoT, winner of the Best Intelligent Building Technology Innovation Award; some of the other Digie Award winners were: Google’s Most Intelligent Campus, Tridium’s Niagara 4, SkyFoundry’s John Petze, and Cisco’s Rick Huijbregts.
In review: The Pre-Con Events began Tuesday, with the 11th Annual CIO Roundtable, a premiere meeting of commercial real estate CIO’s from around the world; The Intelligent Buildings Boot Camp, a 0-60 mph revving course in taking an existing building onto the smart, connected, high-performance highway, and ended Thursday with Smart HVAC – System Intelligence Redefined, the session that I moderated, and Project Haystack – A Smart Building Iniative to Create Data Standards. More on the sessions and in-between events to follow.
ControlTrends’ Spotlight Shines on the International Systems of America — A System That Works! (And Grows). President and CEO, Mike Epperson, and National Sales Manager, Julio Rodriguez, welcomed ControlTrends to International Systems of America’s (ISA) Home Office, in Louisville, KY, just a few miles from the UPS Worldport Hub, and graciously introduced us to ISA, one of the fastest growing service solution providers in the fire, security, energy, and communication markets.
Project-Haystack, an open source initiative focused on developing semantic modeling conventions and taxonomies for smart device data today announced the formation of a 501-C Corporation and Founding Members. The announcement was made at iBCON an event and conference focused on open architected, interoperable and integrated IP centric smart, connected, high performance, intelligent buildings. Project-Haystack won the Digie award for Best Intelligent Building Technology Innovation at IBcon in 2013. The launch of the 501-C Corp has been made possible by the support of seven founding member companies: Airmaster, J2 Innovations, Lynxspring, Siemens, SkyFoundry, Wattstopper, and Yardi.
What is the Best Zoning System for the Non-Systems Integrator? We like ProLon. Not only is the first lady of controls, Angie Jarvis, the PROLON representative. It is also easy to set up and use. For the HVAC contractor that needs to provide a non-integrated zoning solution, ProLon is the perfect solution!
Belimo’s Free Webinar June 18th at 11:00 EST on How to Save Energy with Economizing: Belimo invites you join them on June 18th for a Free Webinar on How to Save Energy with Economizing at 11:00 EST. In this 30 minute webinar, you will learn how to get efficiency strategies back on track with easy setup, automatic code change over temperatures, and superior troubleshooting capability. You will understand how you can instantly know when failures occur and how to quickly pinpoint and address any problems.
Just Moments Before the 2014 IBcon PreConference Start with Ken Sinclair and Therese Sullivan
Jim Young and Howard Berger forewarned that 2014 Realcomm/IBcom will be a year of paradigm change within our industry, and that our personal abilities to embrace change, rethink, innovate, and transform, will be vital to our organization’s and our own personal successes. The smart and connecting technologies are already here — dynamically shaping our futures; and it’s the people — us, and our capacity to seize these new opportunities that will tell the story.
2014 IBcon PreConference Day 1 Recap — Intel Announces E2E Solutions, Enters Building Business: Day 1 featured an incredible number of sessions and speakers: CIO Roundtable, COO Innovation Summit, Intelligent Building Boot Camp, the New Sustainability Executive Smart Building Symposium, and the New Smart Building Integrator Summit, which I moderated along with Automated Buildings’ Ken Sinclair. Jim Young prophesied that 2014 would be a game-changer and was proved right with Intel’s announcement of their world-wide deployment of their E2E Embedded Solutions Group’s faster, simpler, easier and secure (McAffee) solutions for the Building Business. IT Security expert, Billy Rios, Director of Threat Intelligence at Qualys, offered prescriptive measures for Systems Integrators, and much, much more! Stay tuned for more updates and coverage.
Darrell Smith on How Microsoft’s Approach to Building Automation Control: Microsoft has a very unique way of using building automation controls and data to produce one of the most energy efficient campuses on the planet. Darrell Smith offers a look into the Microsoft way — 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.
2014 Realcomm/IBcon Day 1 Update — Special Video Invitation from Yardi’s Scott Duncan: 2014 Realcomm/IBcon program went into overdrive on Day 1. The General Session featured Geoffrey Moore’s dynamic presentation on the Innovation Adoption Curve and its Relevance to Commercial and Corporate Real Estate, followed by the Shanghi Tower, soon to be to be the 2nd tallest and perhaps the smartest building in the world. Jim Young then moderated one of the formidable gatherings of world-class BIoT titans ever assembled: Yardi, Cisco, Google, Intel, Microsoft, and Tridium, which previewed the forces that are going to change the building industry forever.
2014 Realcomm/IBcon Day 2: Next Gen Smart Building Showcase: Day 2 of the 2014 Realcomm/IBcon began with the Smart Building Best Practice Showcase, featuring some of the world’s most progressive and successful implementations of smart buildings, portfolios, and campuses. Each of the 30 plus instances told its own challenging and compelling journey towards becoming an Open, Interoperable, Integrated, and IP-centric building, with the kind of tangible results that drive adoption. The knowledge and experience gained from this session alone covered the cost of attendance and will pay handsome implementation dividends.
Technology Titans Gather on Stage at 2014 Realcomm/IBcon: Tridium, Yardi, Cisco, Intel, MicroSoft, and Google: 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.
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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2014 Realcomm/IBcon program went into overdrive on Day 1. The General Session featured Geoffrey Moore’s dynamic presentation on the Innovation Adoption Curve and its Relevance to Commercial and Corporate Real Estate, followed by the Shanghi Tower, soon to be the 2nd tallest and perhaps the smartest building in the world. Jim Young then moderated one of the most formidable gatherings of world-class BIoT titans ever assembled: Yardi, Cisco, Google, Intel, Microsoft, and Tridium, which previewed the forces that are going to change the building industry forever. Inside the Exhibit Hall, where over 100 Realcomm and IBcon display were in operation, ControlTrends met up with Yardi’s Scott Duncan, who brought us current with Yardi’s acquisition of Enerliance and the Power Opportunity Impact at the New York City Energy Summit, June 26, 2014 at the Waldorf Astoria.
ControlTrends congratulates all those in the ControlTrends Community with family members or friends partaking in an exciting graduation, prom, or wedding this weekend — like we were! We wish all of the graduates and couples every success in their lives and future endeavors! ControlTalk NOW is preparing for Realcomm/IBcon 2014. As we near the midway point of 2014, we have already seen some of the prophesied industry collaboration, market disruptions, and hints of the paradigm game-changers.
There have been several niche acquisitions: DataEye by Tridium, and Enerliance by Yardi, as well as a few large-scale acquisitions: Nest Labs by Google ($1.3 Billion) and Reznor by Nortek ($260 Million), but many industry experts are saying that the real game-changers are still to come and that they might not be on our radar screens or even in our industry’s orbital paths, and that is why it is so important to stay connected. The group of experts that is about to convene in Las Vegas June 17-19, 2014, represents a mixture of the most accomplished, most current, and future-minded brain-trusts, ever made accessible en masse, making the 2014 Realcomm/IBcon a valuable, can’t miss event. Here is a review of some of last year’s expert insight.