The power of this video lingers and it continues its vision of what the future holds. Awesome kick-off to the “Welcome to the 2014 Niagara Summit,” where the power of the Niagara Framework and Innovation met — and keep meeting. With the open internet of things and Niagara, buildings are more efficient, data centers are optimized, industrial plants are improving quality and precision, and city infrastructures are connected and smarter. Prepare to be Powered by Possibilities!
Simon Leblond, Schneider Electric’s Director of Strategy & Marketing, Buildings Division, explains to the Niagara and ControlTrends Communities — why year in and year out — Viconics is the thermostat or room comfort controller of choice that offers the lowest installed cost. The new VT8000 series is available with wireless and all the communication protocols, along with a customizable display that allows color matching decor, branding emphasis, live language changes, other features that will help pull the sale of Viconics through the interior designer and architect channels.
Great fun was had at the Lynxspring booth during the 2014 Niagara Summit Vendor Showcase. We got to spend time with Lynxspring President and CEO, Terry Swope, who shared his views about Lynxspring’s products and philosophies. We also had a very special treat, as the one and only Marc Petock, interviews Jeff Houpt, of Automation Integrated, LLC, one of Lynxspring’s top integration partners, whose Lynxspring solution reduced operational costs on such a broad scale that this major retail customer was able to almost double their number of stores and increase their market presence from five to eleven states.
Ken and I got a chance to visit with Niagara Summit Premiere sponsor Distech Controls. After visiting the both we saw why Distech was a finalist for The Building Automation Controller of The Year at the 2013 ControlTrends Awards.
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 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.
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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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 804-474-5689
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.
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The opening reception of the 2014 Niagara Summit was the backdrop for this week’s ControlTalk Now. Step inside the fabulous Marquee Club at the Cosmopolitan Hotel and meet the movers and shakers of the building automation controls and energy world and get your Control News of The Week.
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!
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