Episode 322 ControlTalk NOW — The HVAC and Smart Building Controls VideoCast and Podcast. First 10 Readers/Listeners that send an Email that Ken and Eric Sent you Win a Free Oil Field Cameo Hat!

CTN 322 Note from Eric:

On this Episode of ControlTalk NOW, Ken and I talk about the amazing demonstration of what is possible in Smart Buildings today and in the future. There has been a lot of discussion about what can be accomplished when a committed  smart buildings team maximizes the integration of HVAC, IoT, Lighting, Access and Security, Tenant services, and Business Systems, and yet, until we attended the Distech’s “Unified Project of the Year” award presented to the District Center in Washington D.C. this past Friday, Ken and I have never witnessed a fully functional Smart Building — that seamlessly integrated all of these systems.

As you will hear on the show, it was inspiring. Congratulations to Jones, Lang, and LaSalle; Acuity Brands; Distech Controls; SMART Building Technologies; and all the other team members who made this “Unified Project of the Year” award happen.

ControlTalk NOW First Guest, Steve Shaw, VP Marketing, Sierra Monitor

Steve Shaw     Steve Shaw, VP, Marketing

First 10 readers/listeners to email and say that Ken and Eric sent you — win a unique  Oil Field Cameo Baseball Cap!

Our first guest interview is with Sierra Monitor’s VP Marketing, Steve Shaw. Steve brings us up to speed with Sierra Monitor product portfolio that includes: Flame and Gas Detectors, Field Service Devices, and SMC’s SaaS Cloud-based Service. Steve also tells us good things about SMC’s recent strategic acquisition by Pittsburgh-based MSA and what the future holds.

ControlTalk NOW Second Guest, Ken Sinclair, Owner/Editor of Automated Buildings

Ken Sinclair: “We need to recalibrate while preparing for the next decade 2020, when we said the world would change, it will but we need to make it happen now.”

Recently returned from the 2019 Realcomm|IBcon, Ken Sinclair helps us to digest the amazing array of technology and the importance of the building platform. Are the next days upon us? Read more!

Never Go To Bed Angry… Stay Up and Fight


This was the title of an email I received from one of my copywriting coaches Ben Settle. It got me thinking. Not about staying up and fighting with my wife, but about persistence. About not giving up. About the HVAC and Smart Building Controls Business. About Success and failure. About sales. Read more!

EasyIO — It’s All in the Touch! Color, Touchscreen Room Sensors

Now in two flavors, EIO-55 and EIO-75, touchscreen temperature sensors.  They come default in Fahrenheit for display and variable output (EIO-50 and EIO-70 is default Celcius). The 55 has optional humidity sensing and the 75 has optional humidity and CO2 sensing. Both models include 24VAC/DC power supply. Read more!

Upcoming NICE Webinar: How Talent Management Systems Help You Manage Your Cybersecurity Human Capital


Registration space is limited. Learn more and RSVP at

Talent Management Systems, which are commonly referred to as TMS by HR professionals, are a set of software applications that helps qualify candidates, manage talent, and retain human capital within an organization.

Jim Young Wraps up 2019 Realcomm|IBcon with ControlTrends — The Most Successful Conference Ever!


im Young is the Founder of Realcomm Conference Group that produces Realcomm, IBcon and CoRE Tech, the world’s leading conferences on technology, automated business solutions, intelligent buildings and energy efficiency for the commercial and corporate real estate industry.

Only 1 Week to Register for the 2019 Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit in Arlington, Virginia!


In less than two weeks, professionals from all over the energy efficiency space will convene at the 2019 Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit in Arlington, Virginia. Are you signed up? Online registration closes July 3. Register now so you don’t miss the chance to connect with your fellow industry peers.

ADVANCE NOTICE: Updated Niagara Asset Manager and the Enterprise SMA Initiative


The Niagara Asset Manager simplifies every aspect of making sure that devices running Niagara are covered by Software Maintenance Agreements (SMA). It provides a centralized, brand-agnostic view of key Niagara license details. Read more!

Ken Sinclair’s Automated Buildings’ July, 2019 Editorial Theme “Recalibrate for 2020 Vision!” — Prepare NOW for the Next Decade!


Recently returned from the 2019 Realcomm|IBcon, Ken Sinclair stresses that the “20-20” of our industry vision — could use some serious recalibration as the year 2020, and the next decade approach. Are the next days upon us? Read more!

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