ControlTrends is joined by Therese Sullivan, editor of BuildingContext.me, in summarizing amazing Day 2 of 2017 Haystack Connect — which shifted into overdrive as Keynote speakers Rita H. Wouhaybi, Systems Architect, Intel and Milan Milenkovic, Principal, IoTsense, took the early morning stage and helped to bring the enormous macro potential of Project Haystack into perspective. It is quite clear that there are no boundaries when it comes to data and scaling opportunities — and scaling strategies. A full complement of breakout sessions followed till 5:30 PM, with themes ranging from Industrial IoT & Connected Buildings, to Project Haystack on the Energy Path, to Large Scale IoT Architectures – The Role of the Cloud and the Edge – Lessons Learned in Large-Scale Cellular-Connected Systems. See complete breakout schedule. Also, insightful interviews with Brian Turner, OTI; Steve Guzelimian, Optertgy; and Ron Victor, IoTium.
Episode 223: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast|PodCast for week ending Apr 30, 2017 takes on a special dimension as we videoed the show on location at the CGNA Synergy Conference at the Peabody Hotel, in Memphis, TN. Additionally, EasyIO releases VAV using Wi-Fi Mesh and Live Wiresheets; Hepta Systems’ Jason Houck, Award-Winning Master Systems Integrator on ControlTalk Rewind; Acuity Brands Introduces SiteView™ Energy Solution; AHR interview with Dimitri Papadopoulos of Johnson Controls; ControlTrends Rewind with Therese Sullivan; and new Edge Controllers from Lynxspring.
ControlTrends CGNA Vendor interviews with Earl Doyle, Director, Product Management & Smart Systems Efficiency, VERASYS, Johnson Controls’ Plug-and Play Controls System for Light Commercial Buildings; Josh Felphrin, Senior Sales Manager, Siemens’ TRA and BT300 Solutions; Gina Elliott, Marketing Manager, Small to Mid-Markets, Schneider Electric’s New Building Insights, Small Building & Energy Management System; Aaron Gorka, Innovation Manager, ANT Technologies’Paperless, cloud-based, operational technology for HVAC & Control Contractors; Barry Gordon, Senior Sales Engineer, ACI’s New DLP Differential Low Pressure Transmitter; Maggie Talbert, North East Regional Sales Manager, Functional Devices’ new products and continued partnerships; Bill Dunkleberger, President, Blue Ridge Technologies’ BACnet Unified Lighting Solutions; and Mike Sackett, Executive Director, CGNA Elite — Industry’s Elite Working Together.
EasyIO is CHANGING the Game — Again! VAV using Wi-Fi Mesh and Live Wiresheets. EasyIO is CHANGING the Game — Again! This time with VAV using Wi-Fi Mesh, Live Wiresheets, and you can mix wired and wireless, all running BACnet IP, with free tools and no extra fees. Does it get any better? And you get to keep the labor and wiring savings, as we are not charging a premium for this awesome device. See this in Manchester, UK, May 22-23, 2017, at the Global EasyIO Partner Event.
Hepta Systems’ Jason Houck, Award-Winning Master Systems Integrator on ControlTalk Rewind. On this episode of ControlTalk Rewind, we replay our interview with Hepta Systems’ Jason Houck, Award-Winning Master Systems Integrator. Jason, and Hepta Systems are all about taking the Smart Building Controls concept to the next level — and making their service available through The Panel Shoppe! Inquire within.
Acuity Brands Introduces SiteView™ Energy Solution! Real-Time Power Metering to Manage Energy Consumption and Costs. ATLANTA – April 25, 2017 — Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI) today introduced its SiteView™ Energy solution, which combines power metering devices and a digital dashboard, to create a detailed, real-time look at actual energy consumption within a building. The SiteView Energy solution takes advantage of software that is hosted within nLight ECLYPSE™ smart building-ready controllers, also from Acuity Brands, to help building owners track and analyze weekly, monthly and yearly energy data to identify trends and savings.
Catching Up with Dimitri Papadopoulos and Johnson Controls at the 2017 AHR Show. ControlTrends interview with Dimitri Papadopoulos of Johnson Controls, who tells us all about Johnson Controls’ new Niagara Analytics and the Johnson Controls new technology on display at the 2017 AHR Expo. Johnson Controls featured their FX Supervisory Controllers, which are web-based supervisory-class controllers in the Facility Explorer product family. FX Supervisory Controllers manage networks of field controllers using open communication protocols, such as such as BACnet®, LONWORKS®, and N2 protocols.
Edge Controls the Smart way to do Smart Building Controls: Lynxspring explains at the 2017 AHR Show. ControlTrends stopped by the Lynxspring booth at the 2017 AHR product show case. See what Marc Petock and Chris Ryan had to show us about the edge and Edge controllers. The Edge is the next great frontier in making smart building controls smarter.
Smart Buildings ControlTalk Rewind: Therese Sullivan. On this episode of ControlTalk Now Smart Buildings Control Rewind we feature Therese Sullivan, editor buildingcontext.me. Therese is writer/technologist and marketing professional providing news and analysis for commercial building system integrators, facilities managers and real estate professionals about innovations in building automation with emphasis on data analytics, mobile apps, cloud services and wireless networking.
Episode 216: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast|PodCast for week ending Feb 26, 2017 features our Hollywood Moments video highlights from the 2016 ControlTrends Awards; CTN Interview with BuildingContext.me’s editor Therese Sullivan; Honeywell’s Larry Weber and Roger Rebennack at AHR Expo 2017; Siemens’ 2016 ControlTrends Awards celebration — BT300 wins VFD of the Year; Cyber Security: PC WORLD’s The 7 Security Threats to Technology; and Contemporary Controls wins the 2016 Small Manufacturer of the Year Award.PC WORLD’s The 7 Security Threats to Technology That Scare Experts the Most. Ransomware’s Just the Beginning. This was twittered to us via cyber security guru, Fred Gordy, and was too interesting and too important not to pass on to the ControlTrends Community, especially those with smart thermostats. What happens if a bad actor turns off your heat in the middle of winter, then demands $1,000 to turn it back on? Or even holds a small city’s power for ransom? Those kinds of attacks to personal, corporate, and infrastructure technology were among the top concerns for security experts from the SANS Institute, who spoke Wednesday during the RSA conference in San Francisco. Read more! Hollywood Moment on the Red Carpet at the 2016 ControlTrends Awards. As we begin our 2016 ControlTrends Awards Highlight Videos, we thought the best place to start was with the superstars of the Building Automation, HVAC, and Smart Building Controls Industry — walking the Red Carpet. One of the main reasons Ken and I created the ControlTrends Awards was to shine a spotlight on the great people in our industry and give them their well-deserved “Hollywood Moment.” And, what would a Hollywood Moment be without a Red Carpet interview? Catching Up with Honeywell at 2017 AHR Expo. As we begin posting our ControlTrends coverage of the 2017 AHR show, we begin with Ken stopping by the Honeywell booth. Ken gets updates from Larry Weber on Honeywell’s new Light Commercial Buildings Controls Connect, Honeywell’s new Cloud-Based Light Commercial Control offering — giving contractors the opportunity to improve their service to their customers and grow their businesses with remote HVAC system monitoring and diagnostics. Roger Rebennack follows, bringing the ControlTrends Community up-to-speed on Honeywell’s WEB Security, with a deep-dive look at true integration in its most seamless form.
ControlTalk NOW interview with Therese Sullivan, technologist, marketing professional, and editor of BuildingContext.me who provides the most relevant and up-to-date news and analysis to commercial building system integrators, facilities managers, and real estate professionals — about innovations in building automation with emphasis on data analytics, mobile apps, cloud services, and wireless networking. Therese provides her take on the 2016 ControlTrends Awards; insights and comments on Women on the rise in the HVAC and Building Automation industry; and IoT updates from Silicon Valley.
Siemens’ BT300, The 2016 ControlTrends Awards Variable Frequency Drive of The Year. You are here: Home / ControlTrends Awards / 2016 ControlTrends Awards / Siemens’ BT300, The 2016 ControlTrends Awards Variable Frequency Drive of The Year. 2016 ControlTrends VFD of The Year from Eric Stromquist on Vimeo. Congratulations to Siemens for having their Variable Frequency Drive being selected by the global ControlTrends Community as the 2016 ControlTrends VFD of the Year. The BT300 was also the winner at the 2015 ControlTrends Awards as well! Click here to learn more about the Siemens BT300. Want to try a Siemens BT300 variable frequency drive? Reach out to your local CGNA Controls distributor.
Contemporary Controls is proud to announce our win as the ControlTrends Awards “Vendor of the Year – Small Manufacturer” Downers Grove, Illinois (January, 2017) – Contemporary Controls is proud to announce our win as the ControlTrends Awards “Vendor of the Year – Small Manufacturer” in addition to winning “Peripheral Product of the Year” and the “Best Technical Support Company – Small Manufacturer”. Thank you to all that participated in the ControlTrends Awards and voted for us. “The CTA Award for Vendor of the Year is a valued recognition of the quality of our products by the people who really matter – the system integrators who are depending on our products to get the job done,” said George Thomas, President of Contemporary Controls. “It is also a recognition of the efforts of our employees who design, produce and support these products.”
What is New? Catching Up with Distech at the 2017 AHR Expo. ControlTrends had a chance to catch up with Distech at the 2017 AHR Expo. In this video Ken checks out the cool building automation controls made by Distech and gets and update on how the Acuity Brands purchase of Distech and DG Logik will affect the Smart Buildings controls world. Distech Controls‘ EC-Net building management system (BMS) is a comprehensive Web-based platform powered by the Niagara Framework®. The open structure of EC-Net building management system (BMS) creates a common development and management environment for the integration of BACnet®, LONWORKS®, Modbus™, and other standards. More than a building management system, EC-Net system provides all the tools you need to gain intelligence into your buildings’ performance and arm you with the ability to rapidly react to any situation that may adversely affect energy costs, business performance, and ultimately, your bottom line.
Episode 215: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast|PodCast for week ending Feb 19, 2017 features interviews with EasyIO’s VP Worldwide Sales, Mike Marston, and Automated Buildings owner and editor, Ken Sinclair. Don’t miss Therese Sullivan’s coverage of the ControlTrends Awards, Optergy’s Proton video, BACnet International’s Awards, and the new records set at the 2017 AHR Expo.
Therese Sullivan, Mike Marston, Ken Sinclair, 2017 AHR Expo Records,
Therese Sullivan’s “How 2016 CTA-Goers Made It Their Night.” By Therese Sullivan, editor of BuildingContext.me. To watch Ken Smyers and Eric Stromquist manage every detail of the ControlTrends Awards is a lesson in how to be the ultimate hosts. They made it happen on January 29, 2017, at the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas, NV. But, as if by magic – and there was a lot of that — the party moved out of their hands and seemed to be owned by everyone else in the room at large. The way the community is embracing this event is a sure sign that the CTAs will live on for many years to come. The CTAs have become an important night to many, and serve a variety of community-building functions.A Sneak Peak at Proton Optergy. ust got this video from our friend Steve Guzelimian. Steve is bringing the Proton Optergy smart buildings solution to North America. Proton won the global ControlTtrends Awards for Light Commercial Solution of the Year, and is a viable competitor in the “Race to the Small Space“. After seeing this cool video, look for Optergy to be a competitor in the Most Impactful Video Award at the 2017 ControlTrends Awards. You can hear what Steve had to say about Optery’s North American Strategy on the November 20th Episode of ControlTalk Now The Smart Buildings Video and Podcast.
ControlTalk NOW’s first interview is a ControlTrends Awards wrap-up with EasyIO’s Mike Marston, on his way to Australia, after finishing a 2-day training session in Pittsburgh, PA. EasyIO is people, products, and applied technology on the move. Congratulations to EasyIO for winning four ControlTrends Awards. The EasyIO FW-14 wireless controller is only getting better! Register now for the EasyIO World Conference, Manchester United UK – 22 May 2017.
ControlTalk NOW’s second interview is with Ken Sinclair, who reviews the Connection Community Collaboratory session at the 2017 AHR Expo, the ControlTrends Awards, and previews the theme of his 2017 March edition of Automated Buildings “Engaging Satisfaction & Wellness.” Ever insightful, here’s a piece from Ken’s editorial: “I am in awe of the power bestowed upon us and our potential as an industry to have a significant impact on the wellness and overall satisfaction of the occupants of our automated, connected, smart, living, buildings. Increasing satisfaction and wellness by engagement means creating a dialog path that flows both ways and is a giant first step for our industry’s entry into the productivity puzzle and its lucrative paybacks.”The 2017 BACnet International Awards Presentation. As we begin our video highlights from the 2016 ControlTrends Awards, we want to give special thanks to our Presenting Sponsor BACnet International. The BACnet protocol is at the heart of so many of the building automation and smart building control systems, that we thought it only appropriate to begin with a tribute to the dedicated, hard working men and women that make BACnet so great. Ken Sinclair’s Connection Community Collaboratory at AHR Expo 2017. “Power to the People, Power to the People, Ride on…”These lyrics are in a song written by the great John Lennon. If John had known our friend Ken Sinclair or attended his Connection Community Collaboratory, the lyrics would have been more like this: “Power of the People, Power of the People, Ride on” Everyday we see technology advancements in the Smart Building’s controls market, better controllers, better software and better analytics. Is there a correlation between how good a technology can be and the people that use it? This is just one of the questions that, the ever insightful, Ken Sinclair, poses to a group of Industry Experts at this year’s Connection Community Collaboratory, entitled “The Power of People, an Industry Discussion.”
2017 AHR Expo in Las Vegas Breaks Three All-Time Records For Overall Show Attendance, Size. WESTPORT, Conn., February 17, 2017 – The International Exposition Company announced today that the 2017 International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo), held January 30 through February 1 in Las Vegas, has officially broken three of the Show’s all-time records. With 68,615 attending the 2017 Show, AHR Expo superseded its former all-time attendance record of 61,674 (set at the 2015 Show in Chicago) by 11.2 percent. This number was also 28.7 percent greater than the overall attendance (totaling 53,324) at the last AHR Expo held in Las Vegas in 2011.
By Therese Sullivan, editor of BuildingContext.me. To watch Ken Smyers and Eric Stromquist manage every detail of the ControlTrends Awards is a lesson in how to be the ultimate hosts. They made it happen on January 29, 2017, at the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas, NV. But, as if by magic – and there was a lot of that — the party moved out of their hands and seemed to be owned by everyone else in the room at large. The way the community is embracing this event is a sure sign that the CTAs will live on for many years to come. The CTAs have become an important night to many, and serve a variety of community-building functions.
Steven Guzelimian, President of Optergy, explained it to me this way: “We’re building a global, brand-agnostic company aimed at the small commercial contractor. Partners from all over the world and from all lines of equipment come to AHR. I jumped at the chance to get a table at the CTAs, recognizing that it would be a chance to come together and forge a team. We invited any partners that were in town to join us at our table. 18 people showed up! We shared ideas and built rapport in this comfortable setting. Phenomenal experience. We had a great time.”
Ryan Shultz, VP of Product Management at Distech, expressed “I’ve joined Distech just this year, and this was my first ControlTrends Awards. We were up for ten awards, when you count all of Acuity. And we were so happy to win six of them. It was quite an evening for us.”
Alper Uzmezler and the team at BASSG added a new twist to the ControlTrends Awards evening by announcing a gift of software to the community. BASSG is open-sourcing one of its popular software tools, Project Building Plus, making it easy and low-risk to convert a backlog of trend data to Project Haystack format.
A great highlight was the induction into the ControlTrends Awards Hall of Fame of three of the industry’s most well-known and liked people: Jack McGowan, Steven Bushby, and Ken Sinclair. Jack’s moment was anticipated recognition for his many contributions over the years, such as his recent book on Energy & Analytics. But, somehow, Eric and Ken managed to surprise Ken. You cannot keep many secrets from the editor of AutomatedBuildings.com, the hub of all industry news. So, just seeing Ken’s astonishment was worth the price of admission.
This year BACnet International merged its annual awards honoring members into the ControlTrends Awards ceremony. Andy McMillan, BACnet president and managing director, handed out awards in five categories including Volunteer of the Year, Member of the Year, BACnet Hall of Fame (again Steven Bushby), Project of the Year and, new this year, Rising Star. I talked to the Rising Star award winter Natsuko Takahashi from Delta Controls who commented:
“I studied robotics and automation at university. Getting involved and serving a BACnet Working Group motivates me to keep learning. The standard just keeps evolving with technology; for example, it’s starting to cover new biometric systems. Everyone can be involved, grow their careers and give back to the great group of people that is the BACnet industry.”
ControlTrends launched a new award this year as well—the ControlTrends Woman of the Year. The importance of attracting all types of smart, capable and motivated people to the industry is a topic broached often in the automation and control conference sessions. I think giving CTA recognition to the women that are enjoying their building controls-related careers is a great addition to the night. Moreover, the next morning, I attended a Women in ASHRAE breakfast where CTA Woman of the Year Winner Renee Joseph, VP of Channel and Marketing Operations, Johnson Controls, was a key speaker. At 7AM in that huge hotel ballroom, the space was packed to hear Renee and others strategize about making this industry more welcoming to women. I hope to keep participating in this group—so that is one more new relationship forged at the 2017 Control Trends Awards.
To sum it up, when it came to ControlTrends Awards 2016, all the winners, runners-up and next-year-4sure’ers did like Vegas-Institution, Ol’ Blue Eyes, Chairman of the Board, Frank Sinatra recommended: They Did It Their Way. So, Ken and Eric, you are still going to sweat the details, but ‘Daddies, your baby has grown up.’ The CTAs are out in the universe of star-studded things now.
ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast|PodCast for week ending Nov 13, 2016 features an interview with Therese Sullivan of BuildingContext.Me, our eyes and ears covering Silicon Valley and the possibility of buying back your data from your cloud services provider. Much more to follow: EasyIO Europe training dates; Yardi Matrix 2016 Review and 2017 Forecast Webinar; CoRE Tech 2016 Review; Flame Safeguard Parable from CGNA Distributors; Honeywell N4 Certification Discount; Sophos’ James Lyne How to Hack CCTV Cameras; and ControlTalk Rewind with Ken Sinclair, “The Times They are A Changin’.”
ControlTalk NOW interview with Therese Sullivan of BuildingContext.Me, our eyes and ears from Silicon Valley. In this interview Therese tells us about her latest Silicon Valley coverage and delivers another round of advanced sapience, issuing a not so far-fetched warning about the next lock-in battlefield — waged in the cloud, where your data is being sold, and like it or not, you may have to buy it back from your service provider.
EasyIO Europe CPT & EasyStack Training Sessions Coming Up. We are very pleased to inform you about the upcoming CPT and EasyStack trainings. The CPT training is scheduled for the 28th and the 29th of November. The EasyStack training is scheduled for the 30th of November and the 1st and the 2nd of December. The trainings are the best way to get to know how to work with the CPT tools and the EasyIO FG series and EasyStack.
Yardi Matrix – 2016 Review and 2017 Forecast – Webinar Thursday, Nov 10, 2016 10:00AM PDT – 11:00AM PDT. Professional investors are worried. 2016 has done little to allay the fear that the investment cycle has hit a slowdown, and questions have emerged. Is this the end of a successful long run and will those still in the market be left holding assets with diminishing values?
CoRE Tech 2016 – Realcomm Nov 16-17, 2016 Program Details: The CoRE Tech education program is designed to give CORPORATE REAL ESTATE DIRECTORS, CIOs, FACILITY MANAGERS, BUILDING ENGINEERS, ENERGY and SUSTAINABILITY EXECUTIVES, PORTFOLIO MANAGERS and ASSET MANAGERS the technology tools they need to positively impact the bottom line of their companies – from automating business processes, to general technology solutions specifically for corporate real estate organizations, to smarter intelligent building technologies.
A Flame Safeguard Parable from the Distributors at Controls Group North America.There is a saying we have all heard, “penny wise, pound foolish.” which I’ve taken to mean, “making decisions to save small amounts of money (pennies), that end up making bad sense for affecting larger amounts of money and potential liability.” In this video, created by the elite Flame Safeguard Distributors that are members of Controls Group North America, you get to experience a realistic simulation of what could happen when you take financial shortcuts at the sake of safety. Contact your nearest CGNA Distributor for assistance.
Honeywell Discount on Niagara 4 Certification Training. 50% Discount on Niagara 4 Certification Training! Honeywell is offering a 50% discount to Authorized System Distributors towards Niagara 4 (WEBs-N4) Certification training (unlike the WEBs-N4 Crossover training) when an order of $60K or greater of WEBs integration products that are purchased between now and November 21, 2016. In addition, Authorized WEBs Contractors earn double CPRO points on any order amount of WEBs integration products purchased between November 11, 2016 through December 2, 2016.
How to Hack a CCTV Camera with Primitive Methods from James Lyne of Sophos. Sophos researcher James Lyne demonstrates how to hack an Internet-connected CCTV camera and an Android-powered phone using staggeringly simple methods. James Lyne is global head of security research at the security firm Sophos. James, a self-professed ‘massive geek’ has technical expertise spanning a variety of the security domains from forensics to offensive security. He has worked with many organizations on security strategy, handled a number of severe incidents and is a frequent industry advisor.
ControlTalk Rewind: Ken Sinclair “The Times They Are A Changin’.” “The Times They Are A Changin’” Bob Dylan said this in a song in 1964, and our very own Ken Sinclair echoes this sentiment in 2016. If you missed the October 30th Episode of ControlTalk Now The Smart Buildings Video Cast, you missed our awesome interview with Ken in which he lays out the changes that are afoot in the Building Automation and Smart Buildings controls world. Make no mistake, these changes will have a dramatic effect on all of us. So if you missed the show, no worries, you can see the interview with Ken right here right now.
ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast|PodCast for week ending September 4, 2016 was a newsworthy week indeed. Tridium’s highly effective and successful President and General Manager, Nino DiCosmo, has been recruited away to a leadership position in another industry. Honeywell’s Jeff Tolnar will step in as the interim president. More information to follow. ControlTrends People PodCast was launched this week featuring, Nino DiCosmo and Marc Petock, and our in-depth interview with industry oracle, Ken Sinclair, delivers real deep-dive insights into what direction our industry is moving, at an accelerated IoT pace. Therese Sullivan’s ReWind reviews emerging technologies; Honeywell WEBs-AX 3.8.111 (3.8.u1) software package is released; and we get a macro view of energy savings from BTO’s David Nemtzow.
Smart Building Controls Rewind: Therese Sullivan. Revisit Building Context’s Therese Sullivan interview on ControlTalk Now:The Smart Buildings Video Cast and Podcast. Therese gives us an update on Haystack Connect, the 2016 RealComm|IBcon show, the right way to use twitter, and much more! Therese is a writer/technologist and marketing professional that provides news and analysis for commercial building system integrators, facilities managers and real estate professionals about innovations in building automation with emphasis on data analytics, mobile apps, cloud services and wireless networking.
Honeywell WEBs-AX 3.8.111 (3.8.u1) Packaged Software Release with Spyder, Stryker, Venom, and BACnet FF Programming Tools. Honeywell is pleased to announce the release of the WEBs-AX 3.8.111 (3.8.u1) software package with Spyder Tool (version: 6.4.5), Stryker Tool (version: 4.0.18, supporting Stryker BACnet VAV, Venom and BACnet FF programming tools. This release supports the new WEB-8000 based controllers, Java Web Start Applications, Windows 10 operating system, and Auto-download of Java security policy files.
CTP 1 ControlTrends People, Life Stories of the People that Make Smart Buildings Smart. ControlTrends People is a new PodCast series that focuses on the life stories of the people in our industry that make it great. As we strive as an industry to reach full recognition and parity, we deeply believe that if we capture and share the persona of the great leaders and visionaries of our industry, we will continue to build a compelling image that will draw more young talent needed to sustain our industry. We chose Nino DiCosmo, as our first Podcast because of his genuine passion and leadership — and for the enormous success he has brought to Tridium, the leading industry framework in Smart Buildings. Here’s Nino DiCosmo up-close and personal.
Ken Sinclair’s Automated Buildings September Theme — “The Self Learning Edge Revolution.” ControlTrends Community, hold onto your hats and meters! Because in this September edition of Automated Buildings, owner, editor — and oracle, Ken Sinclair, proposes that there is a edge controller revolution underway (right now, under our noses) that will completely disrupt the industry as we know it. Not only are these gadgets more open and more powerful, but they will be created and run by tinker kids in millennium maker culture.
Building Technologies Office — A Word from BTO’S Acting Director: 140 Million Places to Save Energy. David Nemtzow: “There are currently some 130 million residential units in the United States – which most of you think as homes. We at the Building Technologies Office (BTO) are prone to think of them as energy consumption structures. The 5+ million commercial buildings that make up our offices, schools, hospitals, and grocery stores? They also represent a huge opportunity for energy savings. Together, all of these buildings represent 40% of the energy consumed within the U.S., 76% of all electricity, and are responsible for 34% of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. That makes for a lot of space for improvement.”
CTP 2 ControlTrends People, Life Stories of the People that Make Smart Buildings Smart. ControlTrends People presents inspiring and motivational stories that open our eyes to the many paths taken to the prominent positions in our industry. Many accounts offer endearing insights and self-told anecdotes about the triumphs and setbacks that molded their careers and shaped ControlTrends People throughout their professional journeys. Our second ControlTrends People PodCast features Marc Petock, VP of Marketing for Lynxspring and Connexx Energy. Marc is a highly accomplished Global Technology Marketing Executive known for positively impacting the growth and performance of the organizations he has managed during his 30+year career.
Nino DiCosmo — Makes His Mark at Tridium, and is Moving on. Nino DiCosmo, the highly successful President and General Manager at Tridium, is moving on. ControlTrends learned of Nino’s decision to take another position last week. Nino’s visionary leadership was punctuated by the successful development and launch of next generation software Niagara 4, a complete brand refresh and re-positioning of Tridium’s Niagara software from a buildings controls focus to IoT innovative software company, while achieving over 37% revenue growth over past 3 years. During the transition period, Honeywell’s Jeff Tolnar, will serve as interim president of Tridium
Revisit Building Context’s Therese Sullivan interview on ControlTalk Now:The Smart Buildings Video Cast and Podcast. Therese gives us an update on Haystack Connect, the 2016 RealComm|IBcon show, the right way to use twitter, and much more!!! Check it out!
ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast for week ending July 24, 2016 begins with Wired Magazine’s Cade Metz and his coming trends interview — citing Block Chain as the next single most disruptive technology. ControlTalk NOW’s special guest is Building Context.me’s Therese Sullivan, followed by coverage of Tridium Niagara Migration Path Webinar dates and information; Vykon’s latest software builds; DOE’s Future of Air Conditioning Report; Spotlight on Siemens’ Dave Rodela; ACI’s Sensor Webinar; Cylance’s uses Artificial Intelligence to keep ahead of hackers; and ProLon’s easy VAV/VVT zoning solution.
Cade Metz – Wired Magazine – Silicon Valley 2016 Trends for Smart Buildings and Homes. Cade Netz, the key note speaker at the 2016 RealComm/ Icon conference talks about the technology trends he is seeing in Silicon Valley and how these trends will effect the landscape of technology used in Smart Buildings. Cade Metz is a WIRED senior staff writer covering Google, Facebook, artificial intelligence, bitcoin, data centers, computer chips, programming languages, and other ways the world is changing.
ControlTalk NOW special guest is Building Context’s Therese Sullivan, Principal, BuildingContext.me, who gives us that unique Silicon Valley insight as she reviews 2016 Realcomm|IBcon, Social Media and Tweets with Meat, Block Chain’s potential impact on the HVAC and BAS industries, and more. Therese Sullivan is a writer/technologist and marketing professional providing news and analysis for commercial building system integrators, facilities managers and real estate professionals about innovations in building automation with emphasis on data analytics, mobile apps, cloud services and wireless networking.
What is a Block Chain and What You need to Know About it. We heard the term “block chain” for the first time at the 2016 RealComm/ IBcon show. Many believe the block chains could be the most disruptive technologies yet, some compare it’s impact to the fall of the Berlin Wall. As systems integrators and smart buildings professionals we need to be aware of it’s existence and how it will effect our industry.
Next TridiumTalk: How your Niagara Migration Path Just got More Straightforward. Join us as we overview recent product releases and various migration path scenarios. With the introduction of Niagara AX version 3.8u1 featuring JACE® 8000 support, our next-generation hardware platform that’s optimized for Niagara 4 now optimizes the features of Niagara AX.
ACI Temperature Sensor Training LIVE Tomorrow! TEMPERATURE WEBINAR, LIVE JULY 20TH You will hear from ACI’s Temperature Sensor Specialist, Brant Kasbohm, and our Sales Engineering Manager, Rob Kapinos. ACIs temperature sensors, housing types, and production types will be taught by our presenter. The presentation as a whole will last 30 minutes and the session is being recorded if you aren’t able to attend. A Live “Question and Answer” session with the presenter and tech support will take place at the end. Just click on this link tomorrow to watch the live event. ACI stands by its motto, “Engineering a Better Sensor Solution.”
ControlTrends Keeps an Eye on 2016 Events with Ken’s (Updated 7/20/2016) Calendar. While it has been an amazingly busy and productive year so far, many more events are on the horizon. ControlTrends will continue to post the event information as we receive notice or become aware of the event. Please note that the information is gathered from various sources, and the times, dates, and locations may have changed.
Siemens’ Dave Rodela, Talon Trainer Extraordinaire. While Dave Rodela’s official position is listed as Operations Manager at Siemens Building Technologies, working out of the Charleston, South Carolina area, the majority of us in the building automation business know Dave as another mild-mannered hero — for the outstanding training services and support he provides to the Siemens TALON Value Added Partner (VAP) channel.
DOE’s Building Technologies Office — The Future of Air Conditioning for Buildings. Another great publication from the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy and Building Technology Office. The Building Technologies Digest provides a weekly roundup of the latest news, funding opportunities, reports, events, and webinars from DOE’s Building Technologies Office. The Future of Air Conditioning for Buildings Report provides invaluable insight into the next generation of Air Conditioning and Air Conditioning Equipment, a $100 billion industry that consumes over 4% of the world’s building site-energy.
VYKON Announcement: Previously Announced Software Builds Now Available. The previously announced VYKON AX Supervisor 18.104.22.168 and VYKON Enterprise Security 22.214.171.124 software builds are now available for download. Learn more by downloading the VYKON Enterprise Security FAQs. Sign into the Niagara Community website for access to release notes and test summary documentation. VYKON AX Supervisor 126.96.36.199 update includes: JACE® 8000 support, Java Web StarT, Windows 10 support, Auto-download of Java security policy files. VYKON Enterprise Security 188.8.131.52 update includes: Support and advantages of latest VYKON AX release, Niagara AX version 3.8u1, Enhanced database encryption, and Advanced threat level management.
Replay of ACI’s Live Temperature Training Event. If you missed the amazing Live training event from ACI on temperature sensing and sensors, no worries, we have a replay for you right here. You will hear from ACI’s Temperature Sensor Specialist, Brant Kasbohm, and our Sales Engineering Manager, Rob Kapinos. ACIs temperature sensors, housing types, and production types will be taught by our presenter. The presentation as a whole will last 30 minutes and the session is being recorded if you aren’t able to attend.
Cylance Offers Advanced Threat Prevention Built on Artificial Intelligence at 2016 Realcomm|IBcon. ControlTrends met up with Todd Radermacher, Regional Sales Director at Cylance, out of the San Francisco Bay Area, who specializes in Information Technology and Services. Todd tells us, “Trying to keep ahead of the bad guys is the business we’re in.” Cylance now offers the next generation antivirus protection — armed with artificial intelligence and mathematics (algorithms) to scientifically predict foul play — and prevent the loss of intellectual property or paying the ransom to get your seized database back.
ProLon: The Easy Way to Install a Zoning System. Stromquist & Company’s Dozier Mills breakdowns the products from ProLon and shows you how to install the Prolon solution for either VAV or VVT applications. As you can see this is a very powerful and easy to install solution. ProLon is a commercial/high-end residential HVAC zoning system designed specifically for retrofit and modern day rooftops and other air handling units along with their VAV zones. ProLon’s controllers are perfect for light to mid-sized commercial buildings, allowing you to group and prioritize zones to achieve the optimal performances and comfort from your equipment.
What is TESLA’s Power Wall and How Will it Affect the Smart Home?Forget about the gloom and doom we hear every day, check out one of the coolest new technologies to hit the street. Elon Musk unveils the Tesla Power Wall. Needless to say this will effect the way we look at Smart Homes. The Powerwall was unveiled on April 30, 2015, with a 7 kWh Powerwall model that would retail for US$3,000 and a 10 kWh model at US$3,500. The Power wall sold out in less than a week. Musk predicted the low price would cause other storage producers to follow and there are rumblings about a version 2.