ControlTalk Now for the Week Ending August 17, 2014

This week’s Podcast of ControlTalk NOW is sponsored by Platinum Sponsors Delta Controls and CopperTree Analytics. CTN makes a case for the rebound of the local distributors as the Amazon Law gets more teeth and residents will pay either sales tax or use tax, but the States insist, they will have their money. Intelligent Building Tips; Target’s Cyber attack update; Video of KMC’s SimplyVAV; EasyIO’s Madrid Conference and Mike Marston’s interview take center stage; 2013 CTA PID Award Winners; DOE’s Framework for Connected Equipment; and would you believe — the Water Whistleblower APP.

delta_controls_logo Delta Controls. Do it Right! Delta Controls is one of the largest independent manufacturers of building automation systems with more than 300 installers in over 80 countries. For more than 3 decades Delta Controls has offered dependable and user-friendly building control solutions to commercial, healthcare, education, leisure buildings and more. As industry leaders, our track record includes delivering the world’s first fully integrated native BACnet building solution encompassing HVAC, Lighting and Access products.

coppertreeFor more than 30 years CopperTree’s parent companies Delta Controls (one of the largest independent building controls manufacturers) and ESC (Western Canada’s largest building systems integrator) have been at the forefront of creating SMART buildings. Long before ‘sustainable’ was a buzz word the founders were involved in energy audits and consulting; and so it was a natural extension to create CopperTree in response to the growing demand for building energy management services.

target_3Target Estimates Data Breach at $148 Million. Read Target’s Updates on Security and Technology Enhancements: The 2013 Target data breach is a permanent and important reference point in hacking history. According to the Forbes and The Associated Press news releases last week, Target has estimated their hacking losses at $148 million, minus a $38 million insurance receivable (about 11 cents a share). Still being calculated are the damages to Target’s reputation, profits, and a host of lawsuits, not to mention the negative impact the breach has had on Target’s expansion into Canada.

KMC.001How KMC Makes VAV Control Simple: Simple to set up, with no software needed, this controller is powerful and functions equally as well as a stand-alone solution or the VAV controller of choice on a BACnet full-blown control system. The SimplyVAV series of controllers are an easy and unique approach to operating a wide variety of VAV terminal units. The integrated actuators, internal airflow sensors, and wide variety of application programs make these BACnet Application Specific controllers ideal for either new or retrofit installations.

easyio_smallEASYIO’s Annual Conference in Madrid, Spain! Sep 15-17, 2014, World Event Agenda Update: Get ahead with EasyIO, see the latest Energy Saving Controls solutions, all leading edge and leading the way, as you would expect from EasyIO. At the same time, relax and enjoying yourselves with your friends from EasyIO. We will be joined by some great sponsors and media coverage by Controltrends from the USA. We haven’t seen your submission to our event yet, but we would be delighted to meet you in Madrid. Review our updated agenda! New EasyIO VAV Initiatives; Simply VAV and Belimo MP integration on FG; Product Road Map for EasyIO; BACnet Client & Enocean Integration/Peripherals show demo; Improvements in CPT; New programming editor and a new Project based Engineering approach; Video Streaming and src embedded Web page and html5, in FG. An overview of EasyIO training plans and certification; and much more.

MikeMarstonSeptember RACA Interview with Mike Marston, Co-Owner of EasyIO Holdings Pte Ltd. What trends can be picked up on the global BMS market? What’s new? IT is changing the BMS world, for the better. More and more IP based Controllers are now being connected to the IT Infrastructure in a Building, as the barrier of RS 485 twisted pair cable being cheaper, seems to be finally changing. IT professionals know that so much more can be achieved through Ethernet cable and IT infrastructure, such as, fast online programming, real time, and with the old ways of compile, download and ‘pray’!

easyio.1ControlTrends Award HighLight: The PID Award. Congratulations to Ed Merwin from Tridium and Mike Marston from Easy IO, co winners of the 2013 ControlTrends PID Award. The PID Award is an honor bestowed on an individual(s) that consistently exhibit the qualities of Professionalism, Integrity, and Dedication and voted on by the world wide ControlTrends community.

eere_illust_bldgAugust DOE Release: A Framework for Characterizing Connected Equipment. For those of the ControlTrends Community following the most recent DOE referee guidance concerning the direction and pace of technological innovation in the Smart Grid industry, which includes “the dynamic management of residential and commercial building end-use loads,” brought about by the increasing connectivity available within the residential and commercial space, and/or the ability to control the equipment externally/remotely, this August 2014, DOE, EERE, Building Technologies Program report, articulates and illustrates, very succinctly, the intelligent minutiae being used to unfold the inevitable universality and implementation of the Smart Grid.

everydrop2Water Whistleblower APP — Meet EveryDrop – A Water Conservation Platform. Light Litter is Next! We are still wondering how long it will take for Light Litter to become a serious matter of national importance, and by what means could we begin to remedy it — not only because it’s a terrible waste of energy and money (tax money, mostly), but also because it’s completely fixable. Public patience with wasting water, at least in LA, has expired and led to the first known APP to blow the whistle on water abusers. The negative idea of blowing the whistle on thy neighbor is another one of those duller-edge sides of the sword that results from trying to fix collective apathy.

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