BASSG Announcement: Tridium Niagara Framework driver released for the integration of over 30 brands of Ductless Split and VRF HVAC systems using the IntesisBox WIFI gateway. Alper Uzmeler of BASSG in Austin, TX has successfully implemented the driver required to facilitate the connectivity to the IntesisBox.
Cybersecurity advisory affecting Niagara AX- and Niagara 4-based systems.
Dear valued partner,
In June of 2018, Tridium incorporated a number of fixes to security vulnerabilities in Niagara AX and Niagara 4 through security update releases. Click to read the technical bulletin. Two of these vulnerabilities, which are affecting Niagara systems on Microsoft Windows platforms, were reported to the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC). An Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Advisory has been issued.
It is important that all Niagara AX and Niagara 4 customers ensure they have updated their systems to the most current version to mitigate risk. Tridium takes cybersecurity very seriously. We recognize that the security of our products is of critical importance to our customers and the Niagara Community. If you have any questions, please contact your Tridium account manager or firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is important to note that JACE® controllers are not affected by these vulnerabilities, but the vulnerabilities are applicable to Niagara systems running on the Microsoft Windows operating system, including Niagara AX and Niagara 4 Supervisors.
For Niagara 4, the vulnerabilities were resolved in the latest two releases:
Niagara 4.6 (220.127.116.11.4), July 2018
Niagara 4.4u1 (18.104.22.168.1), June 2018
For Niagara AX, the vulnerabilities were resolved in the latest release:
Niagara AX 3.8u4 (3.8.401), June 2018
These fixes will be incorporated into all future releases of Niagara.
Dear VYKON partner,
We’re now taking VYKON Edge Controller 10 preorders for expected delivery in October 2018. The product’s unveiling during the Niagara Summit generated a great deal of excitement, and we anticipate high demand.
VYKON Edge Controller 10 is a 10-point IP-based field equipment controller that runs the Niagara Framework® at the edge. By leveraging the Niagara Framework, VYKON Edge Controller 10 offers a single-tool infrastructure, the ability to create smarter, more efficient systems, and world-class security.
1. Click to learn more about VYKON Edge Controller 10.
2. Contact your VYKON sales representative for additional details.
3. Preorder from VYKON for expected delivery in October to be among the first to receive shipments. Order online today!
As always, thank you for your support and partnership. We look forward to what is sure to be one of our most exciting Niagara hardware launches.
Dear valued partner,
Tridium has released Niagara 4.6, a significant advancement in our open framework. Niagara 4.6 provides fertile ground for developing applications that drive building automation systems forward and help businesses take full advantage of the IoT.
Niagara 4.6 (22.214.171.124.4) follows the internal release of Niagara 4.5, a build used internally for testing and validating technology upgrades found in this newest release.
BENEFITS OF NIAGARA 4.6
Supported by Tridium’s next-generation JACE® 8000 controller*, Niagara 4.6 offers power and potential not seen since the introduction of Niagara 4 in August 2015. Most exciting about Niagara 4.6 is how it modernizes the framework and provides ways for users to save time, effort and money during system installations through:
* Access to a System DB spanning the entire Niagara system
* Visualization enhancements, such as mobile refresh for PX views now with dynamic response
* Tools including bulk tagging and templating that reduce repetitive integration tasks and simplify consistent taxonomy in conformance with Brick, Haystack and other industry standards
Included as part of VYKON’s Niagara 4.6 image, OPC UA 1.0.103 is the updated version of Tridium’s standard open driver for industrial applications. OPC UA 1.0.103 features customer-reported defect fixes and performance improvements. More detail can be found in the release notes.
Another plus of Niagara 4.6 is data encryption on a JACE 8000 or Niagara Supervisor that meets the FIPS 140-2 federal standard. Users can leverage Niagara 4.6 to win contracts for government jobs and pursue opportunities in mission-critical industries such as banking. Be sure to download the new FIPS setup guide and pricing.
*Legacy JACEs are supported by versions up to Niagara 4.4. Compare JACE controller compatibility.
Be ready to offer Niagara 4.6 before Tridium announces the release to the global Niagara Community on July 26:
1. Learn more about Niagara 4.6 by downloading the features overview and release notes.
2. Get familiar with the one breaking change with this release, and operating system (OS) and third-party software compatibility.
4. Plan to join our Niagara 4 experts for a series of informative TridiumTalks to be announced in the coming weeks.
5. When deploying Niagara 4.6, Tridium recommends refreshing your license to pick up the new features added to the Niagara 4 Supervisor parts.
We look forward to joining with you to launch Niagara 4.6 and help users capitalize on the limitless possibilities inherent in an open technology environment.
Episode 275: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending July 22, 2018 features interviews with Therese Sullivan, Director of Channel Marketing at Tridium, and Alper Uzmezler, Managing Partner, BASSG and Founder of Anka Labs. Contemporary Controls introduces their new EIGR Routers; Lynxspring offers Analytics at the edge; Acuity’s Lucid delivers a data and analytic platform; Why Project SandStar could change the Smart Building Controls world forever; and a message to contractors from Honeywell’s General Manager, Mike Garceau.
Contemporary Controls News: New Product — EIGR Routers Add OpenVPN Server Functionality. The EIPR-V routers have supported the OpenVPN client functionality to provide secure remote access using the RemoteVPN service. The newly released EIGR routers support this functionality but also can be configured to as an OpenVPN server. Setting up an OpenVPN server on your own is not a trivial task. It involves setting up a root certificate authority and generating certificates and keys for the OpenVPN server and for each client device that intends to connect to this server.
ControlTalk NOW interview with Therese Sullivan, who in her new role as Tridium’s Director of Channel Marketing, tells us how she still monitors the technology quakes emanating from the Silicon Valley, while taking a deeper focus on the Voice of the Customer. Therese also brings us up-to-speed on tagging, mobile first, bulk deploy, and the increased efficiency between the supervisors and controllers — features of Tridium’s Niagara 4.6 impending release.
Lynxspring Edge-to-Enterprise Solution Now Offers Analytics at the Edge for the Building Environment and Operational Systems. Lynxspring, Inc., a premier developer and provider of open, IP-control solutions for building automation, energy management, and edge-to-enterprise integration, announced today the full release of their Onyxx® SkySpark® Edge Analytics solution which embeds SkyFoundry’s SkySpark® Everywhere™ Analytics software in the Lynxspring Onyxx® Hardware platform.
ControlTrends’ Ken Smyers gets the 411 on Acuity’s Acquisition of Lucid at Realcomm20/IBcon. Ken Smyers digs in at RealComm|IBcon and talks with the team at Lucid about how their products will add to the great product portfolio Acuity Brands already has like DG Logik and Distech. Lucid provides a data and analytics platform to make data-driven decisions to improve building efficiency and drive energy conservation and savings. Its SaaS-based BuildingOS platform enables owners, operators, and occupants to gain powerful insights into the operations of their buildings, providing the ability to make them more efficient and improve the performance of the people and businesses utilizing these strategic assets.
ControlTalk NOW second interview is with Alper Uzmezler, Managing Partner, BASSG and Founder of Anka Labs. Alper tells us about Sandstar, an initiative that combines two open industry standards, Sedona and Project Haystack, which replaces hardware dependent code with self-describing haystack-based tagging. Alper follows with a demonstration and explains that the key to AI-infused PID loops is clean data. The next step is to develop the Sandstar ecosystem. Community participation is welcome!
Why Project SandStar Could Change The Smart Building Controls World Forever. If ControlTrends’ Young Gun, Alper Üzmezler, managing partner at BASSG, is correct with his theory that the way DDC software is done today is redundant — costly and inefficient, and if he can deliver the promises of Project Sandstar, then the smart building controls world as we know it — is getting ready to change forever. What Sandstar allows — is for independent Direct Digital Controls to merge Sedona with Haystack — into a seamless whole, which according to Alper, means you would eliminate the need for each individual manufacturer’s software.
Honeywell Building Controls 2018 Contractor Guide Book. A message from Mike Garceau, General Manager – Honeywell Brand: Dear Honeywell Contractor, Honeywell has a long tradition of working with independent contractors and integrators to provide complete, successful building control solutions. And thanks to your hard work and partnership, we feel our channel-to-market approach is the strongest it’s ever been. That’s why we’re committed to investing in the tools and resources and introducing more partner benefits — such as Contractor Pro Rewards — that help make you a success each and every day.
Following the dazzling electronic imagery of the Niagara blue spread of connected data through a city landscape on three-screen wide presentation, Tridium’s Jim Bland, President and General Manager, takes the wand from the cyber maestro of the screen and hands it, figuratively, to the expectant audience of over 1000 global Niagara Community members — challenging them that NOW — is the time to really think outside the box, Disney example provided. The possibility of failure should no longer restrain the efforts to achieve the spectacular possibilities and payoffs of innovation.
Tridium’s leader of the Global Engineering Team and CTO, Kevin Smith follows with Tridium’s amazing “Look Ahead,” and the key drivers shaping tomorrow: Innovation, People Focus, and Seamless Productivity. The Niagara Framework and team are strong, getting stronger, and committed under great leadership. The Niagara Community and ecosystem are growing world-wide and leading the way with innovation.
Dear VYKON partner, New updates for Niagara AX (3.8 update 4) and Niagara 4 (4.4 update 1) are available on Niagara Central.
The Niagara AX 3.8 Update 4 release (3.8.401) includes several fixes an important vulnerability mitigations for cybersecurity protection of Niagara AX systems, including, but not limited to, an important revision of the Java Virtual Machine that fixes critical security vulnerabilities.
The Niagara 4.4 Update 1 release (126.96.36.199.1) includes a number of fixes and important vulnerability mitigations for cybersecurity protection of Niagara 4 systems, including, but not limited to, an important revision of the Java Virtual Machine that fixes critical security vulnerabilities, and a patch for JACE 8000 systems that permanently fixes the WiFi Protected Access II (WPA2) vulnerability described in an earlier technical bulletin.
It is important that all Niagara AX and Niagara 4 customers for all supported platforms update their systems with these releases to mitigate risk. If you have any questions, please contact us or email@example.com.
Episode 264: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending Apr 29, 2018 introduces Atlanta’s newest debutante and future ControlTalk NOW host, Ms. Evelyn Grace Stromquist, as we capture the Zeitgeist of Niagara Summit 2018 — presenting a unique compilation of interviews beginning with Neptronic’s CFO Biagio Di Lorenzo, followed by industry perspectives from Systems Integrators Jim Jancse, Renick Brothers and Casto Technical’s Charlie Gibson. Distributor insight is next up with Broudy Precision’s Joe Chandler and RSD’s Mike Schwan and Rob Thompson. Activelogix’s Jack Berryhill, Tridium’s Laura Kevitt, and OTI’s Brian Turner add much more! More ControlTrends coverage to follow!
Dear valued partner,
Tridium Professional Services has released a Niagara 4 e-signature application that helps users mitigate risk of failed regulatory audits. The new e-signature application allows Niagara 4 users to create and manage controlled audit logs to ensure data is accurate, time and date stamped, and unalterable.
The Niagara 4 e-signature application offers procedural and technical controls necessary for a compliant Method Of Procedure (MOP) and Standard Operating Procedure (SOP). It is particularly helpful to regulated businesses that are required to meet the FDA’s 21 CFR Part 11.
When manual changes and overrides are required, this new application can ensure the changes and overrides are made by authorized personnel, approved by managers and documented in audit files to maintain an accurate record.
E-signature licensing options for users of Niagara 4.2 or higher versions are available to those who have completed required training.
Be sure to:
Reserve your seat today in one of the required instructor-led virtual training courses (part number TRN-CRS-N4-ESIGN) offered by Tridium University. The 2.5-hour “Niagara 4 E-Signature Certification (Virtual)” course will be offered monthly.
Click to view the upcoming schedule.
Download the release notes, technical documentation and more that will be made available to students.
We will be sending an announcement to the global Niagara Community on May 8 to promote the Niagara 4 e-signature application, and related training courses and TridiumTalk webinars.
If you have any questions, please contact your Tridium account manager or Niagara partner. We look forward to you benefiting from the new Niagara 4 e-signature application!
Episode 263: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending April 22, 2018 is co-hosted by Therese Sullivan, editor of Building Context, as we do an in-depth review of the 2018 Niagara Summit. This ControlTalk NOW will be invaluable to those interested members of the Niagara and Haystack communities that were unable to attend. Day 1 and 2 summary interviews with Tridium’s Ed Merwin, Director, Vykon Automation Energy Security, and Kevin Smith, CTO, offer some great insight to Tridium’s pending release of N4.6, Edge 10.0, and Bulk Deploy. The Future will be open, connected, always On. EasyIO is ready for the future, are you?
Niagara Summit 2018 Connecting the World Begins with a Festive Reception in Champions Square. The Niagara Summit 2018, held New Orleans Hyatt Regency, began under very festive and favorable conditions inside the Champions Square — as the world’s top Niagara Systems Integrators, Systems Distributors, OEMs, 3rd Party Solutions providers, and End Users — all gathered for the gala event. Also held earlier in the day, were the Niagara 4 Training Session and Developer Boot Camp. The masquerade masks were provided compliments of Cochrane Supply, who hosted a Masquerade Ball celebration later in the evening.
CEO and President Jim Bland Re-ignites the Spirit of Tridium! DAY 1 at Niagara Summit 2018. Following the dazzling electronic imagery of the Niagara blue spread of connected data through a city landscape on three-screen wide presentation, Tridium’s Jim Bland, CEO and President, took the wand from the cyber maestro of the screen and handed it, figuratively, to the expectant audience of over 1000 global Niagara Community members — challenging them that NOW — is the time to really think outside the box, Disney example provided. The possibility of failure should no longer restrain the efforts to achieve the spectacular possibilities and payoffs of innovation.
Kevin Smith Tridium’s CTO Reviews DAY 2 at Niagara Summit 2018. Tridium’s CTO, Kevin Smith possesses advanced and distinguished expertise in the fields of Cybersecurity, Semantics, Analytics, and Software Development. When Kevin Smith talks, people listen — and for good reason. That’s why we were delighted when Kevin joined ControlTrends in summarizing DAY 2 of Niagara Summit 2018. Kevin touches all the new Niagara bases as he hits this interview out of the park (his affable style of engagement almost outdoes his technical prowess). The Niagara Framework and team are strong, getting stronger, and committed under great leadership. The Niagara Community and ecosystem are growing world-wide and leading the way with innovation.
The Future will be Open, Connected, Always On. EasyIO is Ready for the Future, are You? EasyIO leads the future of Building Automation with smarter, faster, and greener concepts and controllers. This newest video release captures the driving spirit behind EasyIO’s philosophy to master and exploit emerging technologies that are pushing expectations and performance to higher standards, while eliminating costs and barriers to implementation.