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.

ControlTalk NOW for the Week Ending November 16, 2014

EasyIO2ControlTrends thanks this week’s ControlTalk NOW Platinum sponsor, EasyIO — a world leader in Open Building Automation integration solutions and manufacturer of Ethernet based, DDC Controllers. EasyIO’s 5 core values are Trust, Quality, People development, solid business ethics and leading edge Innovation. Congratulations to Gordon Chen, Mike Marston, Lim Hoon Chiat, FG-32 Beast, and the entire EasyIO team for nominations in eight ControlTrends Awards categories!

Functional Devices logo for thumbnailFunctional Devices, Inc. is Moving to a New Facility. On the afternoon of November 14th, Functional Devices will have limited email and phone support from sales & engineering during the move to our new facility. Functional Devices will do our best to accommodate any orders received before 1:00 p.m. EST. Normal operations will resume on Monday, November 17th. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your continued support.

Cybersecurity_CanadaCyber Security for Oil and Gas Summit Canada, Early Bird Rates End November 14th! Cyber Security for Oil and Gas Summit Canada will provide you with industry-specific insight to get your information/cyber security team prepared to overcome challenges like targeted cyber attacks and data loss and exploitation. An invitation from Carrie Simon, Marketing Manager, IQPC: “I would like to inform you that IQPC’s Cyber Security for Oil and Gas Summit Canada agenda is now available for download! This year’s summit will include elite speakers and engaging panel discussions.”

VD1Happy Veterans Day 2014! Citizens of United States honor their military veterans and thank them for their service with sound ceremonies and festive parades. It is a proud day filled with meaning for everyone who has served. The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery. The ceremony commences precisely at 11:00 a.m. with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans’ organizations and remarks from dignitaries. The ceremony is intended to honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces.

ProjectAssist_DGLux5 Control TrendsDGLogik Introduces Project Assist for DGLux5: Easily creating an application or dashboard to monitor your building data CAN happen in the nick of time with DGLogik’s evolutionary new wizard, Project Assist for DGLux5. Their team has created a “plug and play” wizard that allows users you to start designing and developing data-driven applications with some clicks and drags of a few buttons within a modern-design environment. There are four main menu components that provide a “hand-holding”, design, and development experience.

Gas Reg11How to Install A Gas Pressure Regulator The Right Way: All gas regulators have one thing in common. If you don’t install them correctly they won’t work. In this video, Stromquist & Company’s Matt Koneig shows you the right way to pipe and install a gas pressure regulator. Thanks Matt. Contact Stromquist Company for any of your gas pressure regulator, burner, boiler, or flame safeguard needs.

DOE_FUNDINGNovember 2014 Issue of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America Update Newsletter. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is soliciting applications for the Building America Industry Partnerships for High Performance Housing Innovation Funding. This photo shows two brick homes that have been upgraded into high performance homes. Building America research teams design, test, and demonstrate efficient technologies and practices that result in cost-effective, marketable home performance.

TridiumNiagara Analytics Framework Webinars! Register Now for Information and Demo!Tridium’s new data analytics platform has all of the appealing hallmarks of the truly open Niagara Framework®, enabling you to leverage its power to transform data into actionable information. It combines a historical perspective with real-time insight, moving you from a reactive response to a more powerful proactive position. It’s easy to use and requires no specialized programming skills, yet it gives you advanced analytics.

SE8000LIVE! Ask the Experts about Schneider Electric’s SE8000 Series Room Controllers! You’re invited to a free, 1-hour webinar hosted by Schneider Electric, during which you’ll have the opportunity to ask our experts anything you want to know about our application-specific SE8000 Series room controllers. Wednesday, November 19th, 2014, 1:00pm EST. Schneider Electric’S panel of experts include: Mike Sabinash, Director, Business Development, North America;Tim Doulgeropoulos, Business Development Manager, North America; Pierre Paquette, Offer Manager; Louis-Nicolas Hamer, Director, Global Solutions; and Simon Leblond, Director, Strategy & Marketing. Register here: http://www.se-learning.com/register

Ken Sinclair’s November Edition of Automated Buildings: The “I of Me” of IoT

IoTavnet Excerpt from Ken Sinclair’s comments on IoT: “Your present IoT understanding, which I choose to whimsically call “The I of Me” greatly controls your comprehension and expectations of what those three letters might mean to you and those around you. The art, science, and social interaction of our time “The Internet of Things” (IoT), reflects life and is affecting all of our lives daily so get over it.” Click here for complete article.

Another flurry of great articles in automatedbuildings.com’s November Issue featuring:

Standardizing the Internet of Things by Jim Sinopoli, Smart Buildings LLC

IoT is Changing Facility Management by Eric Graham, CrowdComfort

Wearable Technologies — Is this the Next Thing? by Chip Pieper

Haystack Connect 2015 by John Petze, Marc Petock, Project Haystack

The Cutting-Edge of IoT by Therese Sullivan, BuildingContext Ltd

Coil “Crime Scene” Investigation by Dean Taylor, Jim Lee, Cimetrics Inc.

USGBC and a new Electric Standard by Jack McGowan, The McGowan Group

Let There be Lighting Control by Roger Woodward, Tridium Europe

Return on Internet of Things Investments? by Allan McHale, Memoori

Is Your Office a Downer? by Bob Best, JLL

#NaaS (Niagara as a Service) by Rav Panchalingam, VAE Group

Echelon Goes “All In” on IoT by Allan McHale, Memoori

Data Center Infrastructure Management by Sev Onyshkevych, FieldView Solutions.

ControlTalk NOW for the Week Ending November 2, 2014

delta_controls_logoWelcome to this week’s ControlTalk NOW where the 2014 ControlTrends Awards finalists are featured. Congratulations to all of the finalists. ControlTrends thanks our Platinum sponsor Delta Controls. Delta Controls is a global leader in Building Automation Systems (BAS), with over 300 distributors, and many thousand of installations in more than 80 countries. Delta Controls is recognized as a market leader in the manufacture of open-protocol BAS.

ChicagoPicIt has been a very exciting week! Marc, Eric, and I visited Chicago and McCormick Place to reveal this year’s nominees as voted by the world-wide ControlTrends community. Join us in celebrating these heroes and superstars, and the products and solutions that make our HVAC and Building Automation industries so successful. And be sure to join us this January 26th, 2015, in the Hyatt’s Prairie Ballroom (a fabulous and convenient venue) for the 2014 ControlTrends Awards Show. [Read more…]

CNS’ Mike Welch Sheds Some DALI Light on “How to Avoid Stranded Investments in Intelligent Buildings”

CNS ControlTrends is delighted to share this informative expertise from Mike Welch, Managing Director of Control Network Solutions, founded in 1996, and headquartered in Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK (approximately 45 minutes from London). Mike is a DALI™ (Digital Addressable Lighting Interface) lighting control specialist and makes a compelling case as to why it makes commercial sense to adopt a more flexible, open approach to the control and management of lighting systems today.

Mike-Welch

At a recent RBS Innovation Gateway meeting, Professor Doug Crawford-Brown from the Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research at Cambridge University spoke on the concept of ‘stranded investments’. A stranded investment is one where a particular technology or solution is acquired to address one set of issues. But, in the time it takes to implement the solution, the reality dawns that the situation has changed and a whole range of new issues have emerged which will not be effectively addressed by the investment made.

This concept applies readily enough to the way we construct and manage buildings. We spend huge amounts of time, effort and money in trying to plan for a building that will operate in a certain way before the foundation holes have even been excavated. When we arrive at the point of occupation, the world around us has invariably moved on. Business conditions, the environment, energy prices, regulations and other factors are rarely, if ever, fixed points for any considerable length of time. Occupier expectations of the spaces they inhabit have also changed and will constantly evolve over the lifetime of the building.

Of course, every building can be reconfigured to adapt to changing factors and user needs. But, this type of renovation often requires a fleet of trucks and an army of trades to put in new cables or remove existing ones; to move partition walls; fit new lighting fixtures and shift other equipment around. It’s a very labour-intensive and expensive process. But, it doesn’t have to be this way. Increasingly, we live in a world of soft, easily reconfigurable technologies, especially in the world of building controls. If the right technology decisions are made at the beginning of a project, then the building can be easily adapted to cope with the impact of office churn.

Take the recently completed Standard Bank office in Johannesburg as an example. In this prestigious building, some years in the planning, everything was delivered and installed according to specification. However, as soon as the building became occupied, reconfiguration took place very quickly. Many of the people moving into the building were not those initially consulted about their space requirements by the building’s designers. And, if they were, their views and needs had altered since that first consultation. A number had changed their job within the company or, fundamentally,wanted their desks in a different part of the workspace, so re-organising their space in a way that impacted on how the lighting was grouped, switched and controlled. Sending in specialist engineers to reconfigure the lighting could have proved a nightmare. Instead, on this project, change has proved a much more straightforward process.

This 65,000m² office development features an elitedali™ solution which is controlling, maintaining and managing the lighting system for the entire building, incorporating 4,500 Digital Addressable Lighting Interface (DALI®) light fixtures and 1,600 DALI® multi-sensors. elitedali enables Tridium’s Niagara AX platforms to provide the building with intelligent, automated dimming and switching off of lights in response to daylight and occupancy sensors to save considerably on energy consumption. It also speeds up maintenance, by reducing the time required to replace or reconfigure luminaires according to user demand. From the site or wherever they might have been in the world, the systems integrator has the freedom to simply access the wire sheets via their PC, then re-group, re-zone and re-adjust control strategies, as necessary. They could re-associate groups of lights with new switches and sensors, different numbers of lighting or whatever was needed to meet the new requirements of its occupants in real time.

This was all accomplished quickly, cost-effectively and with minimum impact on the actual business that the end client was trying to transact in the space. And, it’s a process that will inevitably continue to be repeated over the lifetime of the building.

The lessons are clear. In my view, we should simply resist trying to work out what’s going to happen with our buildings and its occupants in the future. It makes far better sense to implement solutions, such as those at Standard Bank, which maximise the ability of those tasked with managing or using that space to be as flexible as possible so that they can adapt to what is in front of them at minimum cost and as near as possible in real time.

An open approach brings the opportunity to realise these and other substantial benefits. I think of it as an inverted pyramid. With the pointed end at the bottom, we emerge through the pyramid, and, as it widens out, we find greater and greater opportunity to achieve more and more desirable outcomes – flexibility of reconfiguration, energy savings, reduced CO2 emissions, better value assets, improved building ratings, easier operation and maintenance, lower costs and so on. By bringing together elitedali™ lighting control and Tridium’s NiagaraAX Framework, energy managers can change the way the lighting operates and observe changes in energy use in real time.

They can also receive in-depth and accurate information about the performance of the lighting through the BMS as never before. Without such an open solution, it is only possible to access such data in a proprietary format, making it difficult to combine with data gathered from other areas of the building services. This approach puts that information directly into the clients’ hands, and enables them to specify the format of the information produced for “cloud analytics and big data” applications.

It’s a world that liberates energy managers and buildings owners and transforms buildings from stranded investments to valued assets.

For further information please contact:
Mike Welch or Ruth Chrisp
Managing Director Wildwood Public Relations
Control Network Solutions Ltd
The Stables Studio 7, Intec2, Intec Business Park Meadow Court
Wade Road, Basingstoke Faygate Lane, Faygate
Hampshire, RG24 8NE West Sussex, RH12 4SJ
Tel: 01256 818700 Tel: 01293 851115
Fax: 01256 812520 Fax: 01293 852448
Web: www.control-network-solutions.co.uk Email: ruth.chrisp@wildwoodpr.com

Editor’s notes: Based out of the UK and serving markets globally with its range of energy-saving open control
solutions, CNS is a Certified Tridium Developer Partner. Using Tridium’s web convergent technology platform, CNS creates smart open standards products and solutions. elitedali™ for Niagara AX® is available for installation via a global network of Certified elitedali Partners (CeP™). CNS also manufactures the CNS-Enocean™ Niagara AX Driver which leverages the company’s experience with elitedali and device modelling techniques to offer wireless/energy harvesting control solutions for intelligent building management, automation and lighting systems. For more information on elitedali™, visit www.elitedali.com. Follow elitedali™ on twitter @elitedali or join the discussion on LinkedIn at elitedali for Niagara AX Group.

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.

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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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