Realcomm/IBcon is the Industry Vortex that Delivers! ControlTrends Interviews Jim Young

To make Realcomm/IBcon the world’s leading conference on technology, automated business solutions, intelligent buildings, and energy efficiency for the commercial and corporate real estate industry, the charismatic Jim Young begins the 16-hour telephone days in January. It takes practiced and passionate networking to gather the industry’s top thought leaders, the world’s largest and most advanced next gen projects, and the creation of an industry vortex so powerful, that it drew a billion dollars worth of perspective from Yardi, Cisco, Intel, Google, Microsoft, and Tridium (oh, and Dell’s in, too).

Congratulations to Jim Young, Howard Berger, Lisa Woods, and the rest of the team at Realcomm/IBcon for orchestrating a massive symphony of excellence. Attending industry shareholders received ample returns on their professional time invested. Next up on the 2014 calendar, CoRE Tech, scheduled for this Fall in Kansas City, MO.

Contemporary Controls Sponsors First German-speaking Niagara Forum

Contemporary ControlsJune 2014 — The inaugural Niagara Forum Deutschland introduced the German-speaking market to the benefits of Niagara Framework in providing a complete solution from device to the Internet. Contemporary Controls was one of the four sponsors to the first-ever Niagara Forum given in the German language that was held on June 3, 2014 at The Squaire. Conceptualized by Christian Heim – Tridium Europe sales manager – approximately 95 people registered for the event held at the new Squaire Conference center located at the Frankfurt, Germany airport. You could arrive by train or plane and easily make your way to this modern complex of stores, restaurants and meeting rooms. Like other Niagara forums, there was a combination of presentations and exhibitor stands and much discussion on how best to deploy the Powered by Niagara Framework technology.

Contemporary Controls Ltd (CCL) located in Coventry, UK and Contemporary Controls GmbH (CCG) located in Leipzig, Germany, have teamed up to distribute Niagara products from Tridium as part of Contemporary Controls’ Scalable Building Strategy that addresses any size building automation need. According to Robert Owen, CCL technical accounts manager, “Tridium’s client products ideally complement Contemporary Controls’ BACnet and Sedona Framework controller products. As a stocking distributor of Tridium-branded JACEs and AX Supervisors, CCL/CCG can arrange for Niagara certified training in addition to providing technical support in either the English or German language. Contemporary Controls has been working with Tridium for several years and welcomes the opportunity to distribute Tridium products in Europe and the Middle-East.”

CCL_2Niagara Forum: Christian Blenz, CCG applications engineer, gave the presentation “Niagara-Sedona Partnership – Heart of our Scalable Building Strategy.” By using Niagara Framework client products and Sedona Framework server products, a complete building automation system can be created using a single tool – Workplace AX. Another advantage of this approach is that the complete system is BACnet compliant and if connectivity to non-BACnet compliance protocols such as Modbus, KNX and M-Bus are required, this can be accommodated as well.

For more information on our Authorized Systems Integrator program and our Scalable Building Strategy, go to our Niagara technology page.

ControlTalk Now (Remote) for Week Ending June 22, 2014

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.

ISA1111ControlTrends’ 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 HaystackProject-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.

prolonWhat 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!

zipecon1Belimo’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.

ken and therseeJust 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.

day1 recap2014 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.

D. SmithDarrell 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.

scott duncan2014 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.

2014RealcommIBcon2014 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.

gooleTechnology 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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ControlTalk NOW for Week Ending June 1, 2014

Welcome to this week’s ControlTalk NOW in which we introduce the Smart Building Series, along with new products from Magnum Energy Solutions, JCI, and the mash-up with Virgin Airlines and Nest. Rob Allen previews BlueRidge Technologies and Tridium’s Ed Merwin’s Sensei training, along with more on Big Data and J2 Innovation’s new FIN 3.0 training.

Controltalk Now June 1, 2014 from Eric Stromquist on Vimeo.

R BransonIs Temperature Control at the Heart of a Contextualized Experience? Virgin America Airlines Mashes with Nest!One of the trends that Ken Smyers and I have been tracking on ControlTrends is a concept called Contextualization. One definition of Contextualization is taking different ideas or things and using them in different contexts to create a new experience. We have talked about the concept of “mash ups” in the music industry and how we believe mashing up different things or re-contextualizing them is at the heart of modern day innovation.

Rallen7 Minutes of Control: BlueRidge Technologies Part 2: In this episode Stromquist & Company’s Rob Allen and Michael Bonner continue their talk with Blue Ridge Technologies and get the 411 on how to do better lighting control. Unified Lighting Control completes the BAS, incorporating lighting and HVAC controls on the same network. This network consolidation eliminates surplus hardware required for stand-alone and gateway lighting control. As a result, installation and maintenance costs decrease while simple and complete building control increases energy savings. This approach provides more savings for less cost.

ibcon_2World’s Most Progressive and Successful Implementations of Smart Buildings, Portfolios and Campuses to be Featured at IBcon! If you are interested in smart, connected, high performance intelligent buildings then you cannot afford to miss our Smart Building Best Practice Showcase at IBcon this year! For this showcase we’ve assembled 30+ of the world’s most progressive and successful implementations of smart buildings, portfolios and campuses. These projects represent the next generation of open, interoperable, integrated, and IP-centric buildings and their leaders have offered to share both their challenges and successes.

Internet1Watch Data Grow Bigger Than Life (Comprehension): The Internet in Real-Time! A Little Different Than National Debt. Watch Data Grow Bigger Than Life (Comprehension): The Internet in Real-Time! The first time I watched this sort of “too-live to be true” effect,” was the national debt clock, which remains rather alarming. Watching “The Internet in Real-Time” reminds me of something Samuel Clemens supposedly asked his father when the two of them were looking out over the great expanse of the Mississippi River. Young Samuel asked his father, “Where does all that water come from?” The way I remember it, his father smacked him on the back of the head and didn’t answer.

New Johnson Controls Wireless ThermostatJCI_WT4000 Simplifies Commercial Building Digital Automation: Inexpensive transition to digital technology creates efficient, comfortable buildings! MILWAUKEE – Johnson Controls, a global multi-industrial company, released a new series of pneumatic-to-digital thermostats, the WT-4000. Inexpensive transition to digital technology creates efficient, comfortable buildings! MILWAUKEE – Johnson Controls, a global multi-industrial company, released a new series of pneumatic-to-digital thermostats, the WT-4000. The WT-4000 series efficiently converts older pneumatic room control systems and enables communication with newer digital building automation systems.

Magnum Energy Solutions’ eBOX — Delivers EnOcean to BACnet Gateway Solutions! The 2014 Niagara Summit Vendor Show featured some game-changing technologies — one of which, was Magnum Energy Solutions’ eBOX, an EnOcean to BACnet gateway for Tridium Niagara users to discover, display, and control EnOcean device points as BACnet points. Cory Vanderpool, Business Development Director at Magnum Energy Solutions explains the details. Magnum manufactures wireless and battery-less energy management products and technologies for energy, lighting, HVAC, and plug load applications.

Smart BuildingsSmart Building Series: San Francisco Public Utilities Commission — Smartest Office Building in N.A. Thanks to Tridium’s Ed Merwin for sharing this video with us. What a great smart building story! See the struggles and triumph of the Best Value Approach taken by this amazing cast of professionals determined to set the highest civic example — and how working together, they overcame every obstacle imaginable and remained within budget. Explore the new San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFUPC) Headquarters, located at 525 Golden Gate Avenue, for ideas and inspiration.

Rob FeaturedRob Allen’s 7 Minutes in Control Catchs Up With Ed Merwin: Stromquist & Company’s Rob Allen caught up with Tridium’s Ed Merwin at one of Ed’s Sensei Training classes. Ed Merwin, aka “the great communicator” and “the Godfather of Tridium” is one of the people directly responsible for the rapid proliferation of building automation systems in use today, and a venerable forecaster of the changes our industry can expect in the near future. Rob Allen, is one of the great young talents in our industry that will shape the future of building automation controls for many years to come. His internet show, “7 Minutes in Control” continues to gain popularity.

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ControlTalk NOW for Week Ending May 4, 2014

Special thanks to EasyIO’s Mike Marston (of FG-32, Beast from the East fame) for that awesome introduction to ControlTalk NOW! This week, our Kerouac-ic trip came to end, but the changes and impacts to our industry previewed on the Road to the 2014 Niagara Summit Experience are just beginning. 2014 represents a period of time when unceasing, disruptive changes are being introduced to our industry, each posing a uniquely significant challenge. HTML5, is a game-changer that was featured by several of the next gen software, data and graphic applications providers that are heading to a market near you. The summary of the 2014 Niagara Summit is one our most informative and important ControlTalk NOW’s to date, and confirms our constant contention that our HVAC industry is full of amazing people. Please enjoy our industry at its finest!

ControlTalk Now For The week Ending May 3, 2014 from Eric Stromquist on Vimeo.

Summit Check in 7002014 Niagara Summit Underway! Registration on the 4th Floor:Eric was so anxious to get registered for the 2014 Niagara Summit that he didn’t even comb his hair before he went to the 4th Floor at the Cosmopolitan. A full contingent of Tridium staff are actively processing the over 1,300 attendees registrations from all points around the world. Here’s what you need to have: Your email address and a photo ID.

Summit Check in 2International Contingency of Niagara Community Arrives at the 2014 Summit:ControlTrends had the pleasure of meeting a bunch of Niagara Community members arriving from across the country and from around the world. Among the early arrivals were the team from Cochrane Supply, SysMik’s Einat Shlomiuk, BASSG’s Alper Uzmezler, Magnum Energy Solutions’ Craig Opalich, Renick Brother’s Jim Jancse, and host of others. Stay tuned for ControlTrends’ next 2014 Niagara Summit Update, your eyes and ears at the Summit!

Club ShotNiagara Summit Rocking The Marquee Club: Where’s Waldo? Thanks to Tridium for a great time at the coolest club in Vegas, The Marquee. See how the smartest people in building automation controls roll. Waldo? He was not invited. Featuring interviews with Wayne Tighe, VP of Sales, Jenny Graves, Vice President, Marketing Communications, and John Petze, SkyFoundry, and Mike Schwan, RSD.

DataEye News Release: Tridium Acquires DataEye Energy Analytics Application From Controlco.Tridium, a global leader in open platforms and automation solutions, announced today that it has acquired DataEye, an energy analytics application, from Controlco, a California-based controls products and solutions provider. The DataEye application will be incorporated into Tridium’s industry-leading NiagaraAX automation platform to provide customers with data and information to improve energy efficiency.

Brian TurnerControlTalk NOW Interview with Controlco’s Brian Turner. DataEye is the only cloud-based analytics engine native to the Niagara platform. DataEye can provide real-time, historical information on energy efficiency opportunities in Niagara users’ facilities, along with the economic impact of making improvements. Tridium expects the DataEye module to be available to the Niagara community later this year.

video_stillSee How the Niagara General Session Wows the Tridium Community!One word best summarizes the general session that ended in exuberant applause from the standing-room only auditorium: Awesome. The Tridium highlight reel began with Tridium’s Chief Technology Officer John Sublett’s welcome message that spoke of Tridium’s accomplishments really being the results of putting a powerful, open technology in the hands of an open, innovative, and collaborative community. Nino DiCosmo, President & General Manager, then took the stage, thanked the attendees and the Premier Sponsors: Distech Controls, EasyIO, Pacific Controls and SysMik. Nino wasted no time in delivering Tridium’s State of the Niagara Union to the large and often enthusiastic Niagara Community.

EDMerwinEd Merwin at the Niagara Summit Vendor Show Case: Ed Merwin is one of the most recognized and successful people in the building automation business and possesses an evangelistic style of explaining the powers of Niagara. Ed reviews the new features of Niagara 4, DatatEye, and the amazing number of new faces at the 2014 Niagara Summit.

EugeneDGLogik at The 2014 Niagara Summit Vendor ShowcaseDGLux5 Now Available! DGLogik’s Eugene Mazo unveiled DGLux5, one of the most exciting products released at the 2014 Niagara Summit Vendor Show. The benefits of HTML5 are extraordinary and makes using DGLux easier and faster — and the application options are limitless.

Day2.001Day2 @ 2014 Niagara Summit: Cyber Security Panel, Author Don Tapscott, & M2MDay 2′s General Session began by directing the Niagara Community’s focus to the serious issue of cyber security. “Security is a journey, not a destination.” PBS NewsHour Senior Correspondent Jeffery Brown moderated a formidable team of security experts. Day 2′s second speaker was the amazing Don Tapscott, Thinkers50′s 4th most influential living management thinker, Co-author of both Wikinomics and Macrowikinomics, and author of the Grown Up Digital.

KS_InternetControlTrends congratulates Ken Sinclair, who on May 1, 1999, with his first prescient post, “Internet Comes to Building Automation,’ established the automatedbuildings Collaboratory, which is truly, “a center of information without walls.” Ken, together with the ingeniously creative curator, Therese Sullivan, buildingcontext.me have delivered to the Building Automation and HVAC industries, a revitalized and significant presentation of the people, ideas, products, general knowledge, applications, and solutions that have shaped and sustained our industries for the past 15 years.

NewRIBFunctional Devices Introduces New RIB Product! RIBMW24B-44-BC Big building automation and HVAC controls solution option for small project miss or addition: Mounts on a 4.00″ Track, this BACnet® MS/TP Network Relay Device has Four Binary Outputs (20 Amp Relay SPDT + Override) and Four Binary Inputs (Dry Contact Binary Inputs), as well as a 24 Vac/dc Power Input and Optional End of Line Resistor (EOL), which is included.

WATER_USEWaterSense (Not so Silly) — BTW, APRIL was Official Water Month in AZ”>EPA’s Test Your WaterSense (Not so Silly) — BTW, APRIL was Official Water Month in AZ. Water is a precious resources and as summer and high temperatures approach, it’s a good idea to help raise Water Awareness (1% of the world’s water is drinkable.) According to the EPA, 50% of the the water used for irrigating lawns and gardens is wasted! Integrating drip-irrigation, moisture sensors, and rain shut-off devices into your existing home and building automation systems is a smart and easy solution and could potentially save 11 billion gallons a year.

distechlogo1Distech Controls at the Niagara Summit Ken and I got a chance to visit with Niagara Summit Premiere sponsor Distech Controls. After visiting the both and receiving an extensive product overview by Sam Sharma, Director of Technical Support and Training, we saw why Distech was a finalist for The Building Automation Controller of The Year at the 2013 ControlTrends Awards.

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Day 2 @ 2014 Niagara Summit: Cyber Security Panel, Author Don Tapscott, & M2M

NS142 Day 2′s General Session began by directing the Niagara Community’s focus to the serious issue of cyber security. “Security is a journey, not a destination.” PBS NewsHour Senior Correspondent Jeffery Brown moderated a formidable team of security experts: Marty Edwards, ICS-CERT; Fred Gordy, McKenney’s; Shane Riggio, VP IT Macerich; and Kevin Staggs, CISSP, Senior Engineering Fellow, ATL, Honeywell Automation and Control. Unfortunately, our buildings and building networks are highly vulnerable — and the bad guys are getting better. Some important takeaways: Get the cyber security conversation started; make security part of the organizational and building DNA; seriously budget for security, send people to training, and then evaluate your first experience; rotate your system around and view it as an “evil bit,” and prepare your worst case scenario answers now — so, if an attack does happen, you control the message and certainly know who is responsible to respond; regulations tend to create a culture of minimum compliance; and finally, effective cyber security requires good security citizenship — awareness and and concern from everyone in the chain at every level.

Day Two Niagara Summit Highlights from Eric Stromquist on Vimeo.

Day 2′s second speaker was the amazing Don Tapscott, Thinkers50′s 4th most influential living management thinker, Co-author of both Wikinomics and Macrowikinomics, and author of the Grown Up Digital. Perhaps Tapscott’s most provocative insight was from his most recent and relative e-book entitled Radical Openness: Four Unexpected Principles for Success. We are at a turning point in history, experiencing the transformation of the physical world. So, get off the burning platform; and with great optimism, realize and accept that the future is something yet to achieve!

The 3rd presentation was by Machina Research, Global advisors on M2M, the Internet of Things, and Big Data. Machina provided the results of the Niagara Community survey and IoT market intelligence and strategic emerging market insights.

Stay tuned for more on 2014 Niagara Summit!

See How the Niagara General Session Wows the Tridium Community!

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One word best summarizes the general session that ended in exuberant applause from the standing-room only auditorium: Awesome. The Tridium highlight reel began with Tridium’s Chief Technology Officer John Sublett’s welcome message that spoke of Tridium’s accomplishments really being the results of putting a powerful, open technology in the hands of an open, innovative, and collaborative community. And for clarification purposes, the three pillars of open are Open Connectivity, Open Extensibility, and Open Distribution, which have led to over 400,000 Niagara deployments world-wide.

Nino DiCosmo, President & General Manager, then took the stage, thanked the attendees and the Premier Sponsors: Distech Controls, EasyIO, Pacific Controls and SysMik. Nino wasted no time in delivering Tridium’s State of the Niagara Union to the large and often enthusiastic Niagara Community.

The trends and convergence that are changing every building automation and integration status quo are increasing, demanding newer and better responses — and with the release of Niagara 4, UX, and the Titan controllers, Tridium will meet and exceed these challenges. A few of the new and exciting developments were Tridium’s Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) initiative and how the Niagara Difference will provide unprecedented visibility and management over the Data Center environment and Tridium’s purchase of DataEye, the only native Niagara analytics engine on the market — from Controlco, a long-time Tridium partner.

Pranay Prakash, VP, Product Marketing, introduced by Jenny Graves, VP of Marketing, addressed Big Data, the need for a broader IoT Ecos-system, and how the strong foundation of Niagara AX 3.8 will allow for a smooth pathway to Niagara 4 and the next gen products.

In conclusion, John Sublett reviewed the ecosystems built around the Niagara Framework and reminded the assembly that it is critical to remember that we are all part of larger ecosystems — and staying current with those ecosystems is critical to sustained success. And lastly, innovation is built on the latest technology and if we don’t stay current, there is a possibility that we could get stranded between technologies.

Stay tuned for more ControlTrends 2014 Niagara Summit highlights.

News Release: Tridium Acquires DataEye Energy Analytics Application From Controlco

NS142Las Vegas, April 28, 2014: Tridium Acquires DataEye Energy Analytics Application From Controlco Cloud-based Analytics Platform To Help NiagaraAX Customers Reduce Energy Costs, Improve Efficiency!

Tridium, a global leader in open platforms and automation solutions, announced today that it has acquired DataEye, an energy analytics application, from Controlco, a California-based controls products and solutions provider. The DataEye application will be incorporated into Tridium’s industry-leading NiagaraAX automation platform to provide customers with data and information to improve energy efficiency.

The only cloud-based analytics engine native to the Niagara platform, DataEye can provide real-time, historical information on energy efficiency opportunities in Niagara users’ facilities, along with the economic impact of making improvements. Tridium expects the DataEye module to be available to the Niagara community later this year.

“The Niagara platform helps our customers around the world manage large and complex systems, but ‘big data’ is useless without analytics that make it actionable. DataEye will bring a cloud-based analytics engine to the global Niagara community,” said Nino DiCosmo, president of Tridium, who announced the acquisition at Tridium’s 2014 Niagara Summit, a conference for developers and customers. “Having a Niagara-based analytics tool is simpler for integrators to configure and install, and provides end-users with the ability to make better decisions on energy efficiency investments. This is an example of partner-driven innovation that we welcome.”

“We are long-standing supporters of Niagara and recognize the power of building applications using this framework,” said Brian Turner, president of Controlco. “We look forward to working with Tridium moving forward and continuing to innovate at a high level in the energy and automation space.”

The Niagara Summit is being held April 27-29 at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas. More information about the Summit is available at www.NiagaraSummit.com and by following @TridiumInc on Twitter.

About Tridium: Tridium is the global leader in open platforms, application software frameworks, automation infrastructure technology, energy management and device-to-enterprise integration solutions. Tridium’s configurable software frameworks extend connectivity, integration and interoperability to the millions of devices deployed in the market today and empower manufacturers to develop intelligent equipment systems and smart devices that enable collaboration and communication between the enterprise and edge assets. Tridium platforms allow users to build and manage complex monitoring, control, and automation solutions, including applications for energy management, telecommunications, M2M and smart services building control, facility management, industrial automation,
medical equipment and physical security.

The company is an independent business entity of Honeywell (NYSE: HON).

More information is available at www.tridium.com.

Media Contact: Jenny Graves VP, Global Marketing Communications jgraves@tridium.com 804-474-5689

2014 Niagara Summit Underway! Registration on the 4th Floor

Eric was so anxious to get registered for the 2014 Niagara Summit that he didn’t even comb his hair before he went to the 4th Floor at the Cosmopolitan. A full contingent of Tridium staff are actively processing the over 1,300 attendees registrations from all points around the world. Here’s what you need to have: Your email address and a photo ID.

Sign on to the DGLogik Leader Board right away — and keep on tweeting your favorite Summit moments as the DGLux5 Scoreboard effectively hosts and coordinates the 2014 Niagara Summit Social Media traffic, bringing social media to new and meaningful heights.

Perhaps, you’ve heard of the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Well now you have an opportunity to attend The Scott Cochrane Experience — to be held this evening at Cosmopolitan. Stop by the Cochrane Supply Booth for more information. Attendance to the Cochrane Experience will be limited on a first come first serve basis. Don’t miss!

Stay tuned for out next 2014 Niagara Summit Update update with a video introduction to a host of Niagara Community members from around the world.

Day 3: On The Road to the 2014 Niagara Summit

Day 3: On the Road continues in San Diego first with a chat with Realcomm’s Jim Young, and next at the Controls Group North America (CGNA) semi-annual meeting at the Hotel del Coronado. We spoke with Jim Young as he travels to the 2014 Niagara Summit with the tremendous Realcomm/IBCON presence. Keep an eye on the next big event on the calendar: June 17-19, 2014!realcomm1

Day 3 san Diego from Eric Stromquist on Vimeo.

CGNA logoCGNA’s theme is “Dynamic Alignment – All In.” CGNA will explore how manufacturers, distributors, and contractors align their business practices by focusing on the preferences of end users. Strategic consultants often focus on “aligning” a company’s business plans, communications and components to improve efficiency, effectiveness and financial results. Aligning many independent companies is often more challenging – where natural cross-purposes make it difficult to achieve the benefits associated with true synergy.