Building a Great Experience with Niagara 4! OPEN 4 INNOVATION

open4We’re just a week away from the Niagara Forum!Tridium has been hard at work on Niagara 4 and is excited to share their progress with the Niagara community, so they sat down with president Nino DiCosmo to give us a sneak peek at what’s to come ahead of the Forum.

With nearly half a million instances across the globe, the Niagara Framework is harnessing the power of the Internet of Things for buildings, data centers, manufacturing, smart cities and more.

With Niagara 4, the opportunity to optimize performance and achieve operational excellence will be greater than ever.

ABOUT TRIDIUM: For more than 15 years, Tridium has led the world in business application frameworks—advancing truly open environments that harness the power of the Internet of Things. Our products allow diverse monitoring, control and automation systems to communicate and collaborate in buildings, data centers, manufacturing systems, smart cities and more. We create smarter, safer and more efficient enterprises and communities—bringing intelligence and connectivity to the network edge and back.

2015 Niagara Forum — open 4 innovation — April 19-21 2015, in London

open4innovation 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.

Niagara’s industry leading platform is open for innovation — and we look forward to sharing it with you.

2015 Niagara Forum
Sunday, 19 April 2015 – Tuesday, 21 April 2015
Hilton London Metropole
225 Edgware Road
W2 1JU
United Kingdom
Tridium Europe Ltd


The ControlTrends Young Guns — Class of 2014

ControlTrends is extremely proud of the Young Gun Awards and what we believe to be another important industry initiative to draw young talent to our industry. There is no better way to enhance the image of the HVAC Industry than recognizing these marvelous professionals and career role models, each of whom have already made an important impact. We need to collectively seek parity and positive recognition for our HVAC industry and attract more of the young minds and talent that will sustain our industry. We look forward to the continuing support of the ControlTrends Community to help us identify next year’s Young Guns.

Special thanks to Ken Sinclair, editor and owner of Automated Buildings, for his inspiration and assistance with the Young Guns and to Brad White, SES Consulting. Brad was an original member of Young Energy who presented the awards — after sharing his personal story and the importance of mentoring and the need to do a little bragging about your job.

se_jciSabrina Eder is currently an Account Executive at Johnson Controls in the Greater Milwaukee Area. The following is a partial list of Sabrina’s responsibilities: Grow product sales volume and meet set sales plans and objectives through OEM, ARW, and ABCS distribution channel accounts. Use and promote sales process to aid in cultivating and managing long term relationships and in seeking out new sales opportunities. Represent product and technology offerings during sales process to end customer.

rob_allenRob Allen is currently Building Automation Contractor Sales Support Specialist at Stromquist & Company, Inc. As a building automation controls specialist and systems integrator, Rob makes sure users know how to connect HVAC, Access and Security, and lighting controls to optimize building performance and save energy. With access to a portfolio of top of the line Control Systems including Honeywell, Johnson Controls, EASY IO, and Loytec, Rob provides building owners easy to understand building control solutions for any type building and any type of budget.

tommy_hTommy Hagenes is currently the Nordic Representative EasyIO Europe B.V. Bergen Area, Norway and a Specialist in Industrial Automation, as well as Owner of Energy Control AS. Formerly, Tommy was Head of SCADA and integration at Hoist Energy Em Systemer AS, and System Engineer at Celsius Teknikk. Tommy shares the goal of EasyIO Europe to deliver Energy Management Systems that increase the well being of human beings, by optimizing the interaction between humans, buildings, and work.

chris_ryan_lynxChris Ryan is presently Director of Engineering at Lynxspring, Inc., where he is committed to excellence, high-quality service, and client satisfaction. Previously, Chris was Technical Support Engineer at Tridium focused on Best Practices for Navigation, Graphics and Export Tags. Additionally, Chris represents Lynxspring at conferences and trade shows, such as BACnet Plugfest and ASHRAE. Chris attended Illinois Institute of Technology where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Business Management.

chris_schneiderChris Schneider is the owner of Open BMCS and a bonafide expert in Computer Software, Communications, and Building Management Control Systems. A few years ago Chris looked into the lack of open software in the BMCS industry and after some research and quite a few designs Chris and his team decided to create their own Building Management and Controls System. Chris looked to IT industry standards to fulfill Open BMCS requirements and created a full Building Management and Controls System without the complexity of installing software or complex licensing. Open BMCS features a simple web based controller with everything on-board.

jason_houck1Jason Houck is presently Director of IT & Integration at Hepta Control Systems and an expert at Smart Building Infrastructure Design and Implementation, Multi-brand Building Automation, Lenel Access Control and Security Surveillance Service and Implementation. Additionally, Jason’s expertise includes Integration of HVAC Controls, Lighting Controls, Electrical Metering, Fire Alarm Systems, Electrical Equipment and Elevators via multiple protocols such as BACnet, LON, Modbus, OPC, Obix, and DDE. Programming, start-up, and commissioning of the following brands: Honeywell Home and Building Control and Johnson Controls (FPU, DSC, DX-9100, FX Line), Automated Logic, Invensys, Trane, Vulcain, KMC, and Delta Controls.

erich_krueterErich Kreuter is currently a Product Manager at KMC Controls, Inc., focusing on hardware based products and coordinating product strategy for KMC’s hardware products over the product lifecycle. Erich is responsible for market specification and research, functional requirements, and field application support working closely with Sales and Engineering. Previous position was Hardware Design Engineer, where Erich designed hardware for embedded controls focusing on digital systems based around Freescale Coldfire microprocessors, power supply design, and design for regulatory compliance (FCC), and circuit and PCB design functions.

ControlTrends Awards Announces the 2014 CTA Award Winners, Young Guns, Petock Award Recipients, and Hall of Fame Inductees

CTA_LOGO1 The 2014 ControlTrends Awards were held in the elegant Prairie Ballroom at the McCormick Hyatt Hotel. Marc Petock and Kimberly Brown co-hosted the standing room only awards ceremony that recognized the 2014 ControlTrends heroes and superstars of the HVAC and Building Automation industry. The awards also recognized 2014’s seven Top Gun Awards recipients and Tom Shircliff and Bob Murchison received the coveted Petock Award. The pinnacle event of the evening — Michael Newman and George Thomas induction into the ControlTrends Awards Hall of Fame. Photo and video highlights to follow!

ControlTrends is delighted to present the 2014 ControlTrends Award winners:

2014 ControlTrends Awards Residential Thermostat of the Year: Honeywell RedLINK

2014 ControlTrends Awards Commercial Thermostat of the Year: Schneider Electric SE8000

2014 ControlTrends Awards VFD Manufacturer of the Year: Siemens BT300

2014 ControlTrends Awards Wireless Product/Solution of the Year: Can2Go (SmartStruxure Lite) and Thermokon

2014 ControlTrends Awards Peripheral Product of the Year: Contemporary Controls

2014 ControlTrends Awards Lighting Integration Solution of the Year: Delta DLS

2014 ControlTrends Awards Innovative Product of the Year: Lynxspring Lynx CyberPro

2014 ControlTrends Awards Energy Savings Product of the Year: Belimo Energy Valve

2014 ControlTrends Awards Building Automation VAV Controller of the Year: KMC SimplyVAV

2014 ControlTrends Awards Building Automation Plant/Equipment Controller of the Year: EasyIO FG-32

2014 ControlTrends Awards 3rd Party Visualization Software of the Year: DG Logik DGLUX

2014 ControlTrends Awards Building Analytics Software of the Year: SkyFoundry

2014 ControlTrends Awards Programming Software Tool of the Year: Johnson Controls FX ASSET Tool

2014 ControlTrends Awards Building Integration & Automation Software of the Year: Niagara AX

2014 ControlTrends Awards Building Automation Control System of the Year: Delta Controls

2014 ControlTrends Award Best Technical Support Person of the Year — Small Manufacturer: Lim Hoon Chiat, EasyIO

2014 ControlTrends Award Best Technical Support Person of the Year — Large Manufacturer: Greg Halloway, Delta Controls and Greg Wilmer, Johnson Controls

2014 ControlTrends Award Best Technical Support Company of the Year — Small Manufacturer: ACI

2014 ControlTrends Award Best Technical Support Company of the Year — Large Manufacturer: Belimo

2014 ControlTrends Awards Vendor of the Year — Small Manufacturer: Neptronic

2014 ControlTrends Awards Vendor of the Year — Large Manufacturer: Schneider Electric

2014 ControlTrends Awards Professionalism, Integrity, Dedication (PID) Award: Laura Kevitt, Honeywell

2014 ControlTrends Award Executive of the Year — Small Manufacturer: Gordon Chan, EasyIO

2014 ControlTrends Award Executive of the Year — Large Manufacturer: Nino DiCosmo, Tridium

ControlTrends Awards Highlight: Niagara AX Wins 2013 Graphic Tool of the Year

Niagara AX brings home the Graphic Tool of the Year Award. Niagara AX features a comprehensive graphical tool set that enables non-programmers to build rich applications in a drag-and-drop environment. The winning Niagara AX combination brings all the components together to build control strategies, alarming and scheduling applications — as well as create browser-based displays and reports.

2013 ControlTrends Awards Highlights: Live Inside the Winners Circle from Eric Stromquist on Vimeo.

ControlTrends Awards Highlight: 2012 Building Automation Controls System of The Year

VYKON’s Ed Merwin, shares his excitement after receiving the ControlTrends Awards for the 2012 Building Automation System of the Year. Amongst heavy industry competition, VYKON’s ability to integrate diverse systems and devices – regardless of manufacturer, or communication protocol – into a unified platform that can be easily managed and controlled in real time over the Internet using a standard web browser won the prestigious award.

ControlTalk NOW for the Week Ending December 28, 2014

PodCast Show Notes: ControlTalk NOW thanks this week’s Premium sponsors EasyIO and DG Logik. Do not miss our featured interviews with 2014 ControlTrends nominees — Tridium’s CTO, John Sublett, nominated for the 2014 ControlTrends PID Award, shares Tridium’s genuine collaborative philosophy and his own personal passion — that together, have made the Niagara platform so successful. Nominated for Executive of the Year, Lynxspring’s President and CEO, Terry Swope discusses the trust factors and viewing BAS Integration from the end-user perspective — the catalysts for Lynxspring’s growing success.

Easy 3 EasyIO has emerged as a world leader in Open Building Automation integration solutions and manufacturer of Ethernet based, DDC Controllers. Led by CEO Gordon Chen and Mike Marston, EasyIO’s 5 core values are Trust, Quality, People Development, Solid Business Ethics and Leading Edge Innovation. EAsyIO’s new FG series of controllers are Internet-ready field controllers packaged as future IoT solutions for the Energy and Building Facility Control markets.

DGLux5_IoT_App_Icon DG Logik is the game changer in the Internet of Things and the building automation industry leader in designing custom IoT software tools. With deep integration to multiple data providers, DG Logik’s IoT visualizations are guaranteed to help you monitor more effectively, save time, and decrease costs directly translating into increased revenues.

Contemporary ControlsControl Network News from Contemporary Controls. While in Chicago at AHR 2015 make sure to stop by Booth 3531 in the Building Automation and Control Showcase to see and learn about our portfolio of open building automation and control solutions that are cost-effective and durable enough to withstand demanding loads from challenging environments. Contemporary Controls nominated for Five CTA Awards. Read more.

KMCLive Stream Rewind: KMC Simply VAV Controller Training. Doug Miller and Erich Kreuter show you what you need to know about the KMC Simply VAV Controller in this rewind of a live stream from KMC Controllers distributor Stromquist & Company. For more than 40 years, KMC has been designing and producing HVAC controls and building automation solutions. From their headquarters in the heartland of America, KMC makes these products available worldwide. SimplyVAV is our latest innovation. Get your hands on it today!

john_sublett CTN Interview with Tridium’s John Sublett. As Tridium’s Chief Technology Officer, John Sublett’s contributions to the world’s leading software platform began in 1996, as a founder, and have since helped make Tridium’s Niagara AX Platform the most prolific software platform in the HVAC industry — whose integration community is migrating successfully — and rapidly, into the neighboring Industrial, Data Center, and Smart City markets. John shares his thoughts about the future of integration, the next-gen integrators, the aspirations of the Tridium team, and some the people he shares his career with.

EntouchThermostat of The Year: Entouch is in Touch! The competition for the 2014 ControlTrends Awards Thermostat of the year is heating up. Those in the know, think Entouch Controls, although not as well known as some of he other finalist,could be the best of the bunch. Entouch makes a line of thermostats that are more than just thermostats. Most models come with the ability to monitor electrical loads and digital switches. Add in their easy to use cloud portal and for the cost of most thermostats you have a mini building or home control automation system.

KMC.001KMC’s SimplyVAV — in the Hunt for a ControlTrends Award! Simple, easy to install and configure, competitively priced: it is easy to see why the KMC Simply VAV controller is a strong contender for the 2014 ControlTrends Awards VAV Controller of the Year. To get in-depth training on the KMC SimplyVAV click here. The SimplyVAV controllers can be installed as standalone controllers or they can be connected to a BACnet MS/TP network. These topics are reference material for control technicians or engineers who are planning, installing, and setting up controllers that are connected to a network.

Lynxspring CTN Interview with Terry Swope, President and CEO of Lynxspring. Terry Swope is one of the most interesting, accomplished, and personally engaging people in the HVAC Industry. Combining his 25 years as a consulting engineer and the 12 years at the helm of Lynxspring, Terry’s unparalleled understanding of the market and the end-users viewpoint explain Lynxspring’s growing success. Having the foresight and drive to improve Lynxspring’s internal business language and then having the willingness to share those resources with Lynxspring’s channel partners fortifies the future growth of this great organization and industry leader. Don’t miss this interview!

NFMTYou’re Invited to America’s #1 Facility Management Show — $1,195 Value – Yours for Free! You’re invited to America’s #1 facilities show – the National Facilities Management and Technology Show (NFMT) for Free. NFMT will be held March 10-12, 2015, in Baltimore, MD. The NFMT Conference program features more than 120 educational sessions that are entirely free to facilities management professionals. Choose from every topic imaginable: From best practices for reducing energy, to maintenance planning and scheduling, to Finance 101 for FMs, to a review of ADA regulations.

ControlTalk NOW for the Week Ending December 21, 2014

PodCast Show Notes: ControlTalk NOW thanks this week’s sponsors Contemporary Controls and International Solutions of America (ISA). 2014 ControlTrends Awards Nominees Nino DiCosmo, Tridium’s President and General Manager, and Thermokon’s North American Sales Manager, David Alliband, join us this week on ControlTalk NOW, providing unique insights into Nino DiCosmo’s high-profile executive role in running one of the world’s leading software platforms and David Alliband’s vigorous efforts to take the Thermokon product portfolio to the next level in the North American market.

Contemporary Controls Contemporary Controls is your ideal partner for applying network technology to your BACnet building automation project. The industry is embracing Ethernet connectivity to Direct Digital Controllers (DDC) along with open protocols such as BACnet, Modbus, and Sedona Framework.

ISA ISA’s warehouse maintains a large inventory of new and reconditioned parts. From years of experience, we know the parts our customers need most. So in most cases, your parts are shipped within 24 hours — in many instances, the same day — saving you the expense of lengthy down-time.

Sky Foundry1ControlTrends Awards Finalist Sky Foundryy: Are you drowning in a sea of Big Data? John Petze and his team at SkyFoundry have created a Building Automation Controls analytics package that allow you to easliy find the data that matters to you. Whether you are looking at trends, alarms, or faults SkyFoundry enables the creation of “Sparks” (events) that allow you to interact with your data in powerful ways that make your buildings safer and more efficient.

lynx_enews2Lynxspring Nominated for Multiple 2014 ControlTrends Awards! E-news from Marc Petock. We are pleased to announce that Lynxspring has been nominated as finalists in the 2014 Control Trend Awards in several categories. The Control Trend Awards recognize the people, product, and manufacturers in our industry that make the HVAC, Controls, and Building Automation Industry what it is today.

cybersecurity_imageHeads Up! Hackers Hint at Terror Attacks, Release More Data from Sony Pictures. We received this notice from IT World’s Senior Staff Writer, Steve Ragan. Now that we learned of this potential threat, we need to pass it on to the ControlTrends Community for greatest dissemination. Sony’s $60 Million dollar insurance coverage will not be enough to recover from theft of Sony Pictures Entertainment content and the leakage of more than 200GB of data, including pre-release movies, executive emails, sales and marketing data, and nearly everything from human resources.

NiagaraAXNiagara Framework Changed Our World! Tridium’s Niagara AX is nominated for the 2014 ControlTrends Awards Building Integration & Automation Software of the Year. And,understandably so. The Niagara Software platform has driven change and innovation — and made the smart connected building, as we able to perceive it, a reality. Tridium’s next gen framework, Niagara 4, whose full release is imminent, is even more awesome.

NinoCTN Interview with Tridium’s Nino DiCosmo, nominated for the 2014 ControlTrends Awards Executive of the Year, Large Manufacturer. Nino DiCosmo is an accomplished global executive recognized for commitment to setting and achieving Tridium’s vision and goals. Nino is an expert at scaling operations, building customer focused teams, and leading innovative product development.

thermokom_logoThermokon — Keeping in Touch with the Future. Thermokon EasySens- EnOcean is nominated for the 2014 ControlTrends Wireless Product/Solution of the Year. David Alliband, Sales Manager, North America is excited about Thermokon’s continued success and the many wired and wireless products and solutions Thermokon has to offer. When Thermokon Sensortechnik GmbH was founded in 1987 by Harald Zygan in Mittenaar-Bicken, Germany, hardly anyone expected the business to grow out of this scale.

DavidAllibandCTN Interview with David Alliband, Sales Manager, North America. David Alliband reviews the variety of wired and wireless products available from Thermokon and the HVAC applications the Thermokon products are especially well-suited for. Thermokon has grown from a sensor manufacturer to a solutions provider with a broad range of highly competitive quality products available from a distributor near you.

smart_grid1Rising Plug-in Electric Vehicle Adoption — Impacts on the Grid (Negligible, for Now). December, 2014: Six utilities that participated in DOE’s cost-shared Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) program deployed in-home and public electric vehicle charging stations and evaluated customer charging behaviors and impacts on the grid. There are relatively few plug-in electric vehicles on the road today, and as a result the six SGIG projects focused on establishing the charging infrastructure with a relatively low number of stations and evaluated a small number of participating vehicles.

360FacilityCTN’S Smart Building Tip of the Week: Accruent’s Facility 360 — Become a Driver of Success. Convert your facility from a cost center to a strategic contributor. Great information from Accruent on how facilities management teams can play a more strategic role in organizations.7 Ways to Save Time, Costs, and Energy: Download White Paper. In a world where you must find ways to “do more with less,” finding ways to cut costs can be challenging – and time consuming.

Niagara Framework Changed Our World!

NiagaraAXTridium’s Niagara AX is nominated for the 2014 ControlTrends Awards Building Integration & Automation Software of the Year. And understandably so. The Niagara Software platform has driven change and innovation — and made the smart connected building, as we able to perceive it, a reality. Tridium’s next gen framework, Niagara 4, whose full release is imminent, is even more awesome. Stay tuned!

Buildings have a profound impact on the quality of our lives and the world around us. They enhance our communities, enrich our well being and support and enable our business. The Niagara Framework has changed how the world operates and manages buildings. Niagara has made buildings intelligent.

ControlTalk NOW for the Week Ending December 7, 2014

Siemens ControlTalk NOW thanks this week’s sponsor Siemens, a globally trusted technology partner, consultant, service provider, system integrator and product vendor. Siemens Building Technologies has offerings for fire safety and security as well as building automation, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and energy management.

RYD2000Siemens’ RDY2000 – A Big Time Thermostat for Small Businesses: Say hello to the new thermostat that has big time features for small business solutions. The Siemens RDY2000 controls more than just temperature. With ventilation, economizer, and humidification interfaces, the RDY2000 can quickly and economically solve the needs of small business customers. From coffee shops to machine shops, the RDY2000 provides the flexibility to optimize room comfort while reducing energy consumption.

Delta2Delta Controls Poised To Do Well at The 2014 ControlTrends Awards! Ken Smyers and I had the chance to meet some of the folks from Delta Controls and Copper Tree Analytics at the 2014 IBCON Event. Although neither of us handle the product line, we were impressed. Check out is video to see some of the reasons Delta Controls and CopperTree Analytics are so popular and why they were nominated by the world wide controls community for so many awards.

JCI DrivesJohnson Controls in The Hunt For ControlTrends Variable Frequency Drive of The Year! The 2014 ControlTrends Awards brings the very best in HVAC, Building Automation, and Energy saving products, controls, companies and people to Chicago. This year’s competition promises to be very exciting. The big question people are asking is can anyone unseat last year’s winner ABB for the coveted Variable Frequency Drive of The Year Award? In this video, Ken Smyers finds out why many think Johnson Controls is poised to bring home the trophy.

US_DOEGridWise Alliance Releases the Future of the Grid — Evolving to Meet America’s Needs. Without much pomp and circumstance, the prodigious efforts and visions of over 400 industry stake-holders are available for review — and execution. Behold America’s 2030 Smart Grid. December 3, 2014: U.S. Department of Energy Office of Electricity and Energy Reliability (DOE) in partnership with the GridWise Alliance (GWA) facilitated the “Future of the Grid–Evolving to Meet America’s Needs” initiative to develop an industry-driven vision of the future grid along with recommendations outlining an approach to achieving that vision.

Scott CochraneControlTalk NOW interview with industry expert Scott Cochrane of Cochrane Supply. Scott provides one-of-a-kind insight into the evolving role of the systems distributor and updates the ControlTrends Community on what’s new at Tridium, Niagara 4, the new analytics tool, and the Young Guns in the HVAC Industry. Cochrane Supply & Engineering was founded in 1967 and is a leading Building Controls technology distributor representing 50 manufacturers including Honeywell, Johnson Controls, Tridium, and many more. The main focus of the company is to offer parts and systems with services to contractors in order to ensure a high quality installation or retro fit for the building owner.

Honeywell VFDThe Honeywell Smart Variable Frequency Drive Shows Up Big For 2014 ControlTrends Awards VFD Competition. The Honeywell SmartVFD HVAC is a variable frequency drive designed for use in HVAC application to control the speed of HVAC pumps and fans in order to maximize energy efficiency. Smart VFD is also designed to run 3 phase standard and high efficiency induction motors by varying the output voltage and frequency.

bt300_32014 ControlTrends VFD of the Year Nominee: Siemens’ BT300 VFDs — Redesigned, Re-tooled, and Ready to Meet Rigorous Demands! The 2014 ControlTrends VFD of the Year category is one of the most heavily contested categories of the awards! With its Onboard kWh Meter, Mulitpump/Fan Application. and Fire Mode features, the Siemens BT300 takes VFD to the next level of efficiency. While constantly expected to do more with less, managing energy consumption and optimizing occupant comfort remains of utmost importance to facility managers.

GCValves2GC Valves NEWS: Solenoid Valve Terminology added to NEWS, TIPS, FAQs Archive: Chuck Stevens, GC Valves, has added definitions for common technical terms to the email archive. This is an updated version of a document that Chuck has used in distributor training for over 15 years.From AC to Zero Differential, these are the common terms and phrases that engineers and buyers need to know to accurately write a specification or compare products. CLICK HERE to open the Solenoid Valve Terminology page.

Franklin_PSeries_VFD2014 ControlTrends Awards VFD of the Year Nominee: Franklin Control Systems P-Series VFD’s.
Another exciting candidate for 2014 VFD of the Year is the Franklin Control Systems P-Series — Energy savings for fans and pumps: The P-series is optimized for fans and pumps — and features an automatic energy saving mode that minimizes losses by optimizing flux control. In PID, sleep and wake up modes conserve power and extend motor and drive life. Take a look!

AY4Yasakawa: Bringing VFD Game to The ControlTrends Awards! For the third year in a row, the Yaskawa Z1000 has been nominated for the ControlTrends Variable Frequency Drive of The Year. Yaskawa provided the Control Trends Community this video on their Z1000 Series. The Drives & Motion Division of Yaskawa America, Inc. announces the release of the Z1000 variable speed drive designed specifically for commercial HVAC applications.