Young Gun, Rob Allen welcomes the incomparable Roger Rebennack to 7 Minutes in Control. Roger, one of the most knowledgeable experts in access and security systems, shares with Rob the 5 primary reasons building owners and facility managers need to integrate access and security controls to their Building Automation Control Systems now. But that’s not all, if you know Roger, sometimes known as the hardest working, most exciting man in building automation controls, you know that he will not be limited by any obstacles or time restrictions. Seven Minutes? I don’t think so! Be prepared to be educated and entertained by the one and only Roger Rebennack.
The 2014 ControlTrends Awards event is only eight days away! The voting phase is over and the votes are being tallied. It will be an amazing and exciting night featuring the heroes and superstars of HVAC and Building Automation Industry. We thank our sponsors for making the ControlTrends Awards possible. Monday, January 26th, 2015 at Chicago’s McCormick Hyatt, from 6:00PM to 8:00PM, though we invite you to get there early to walk the red carpet and elegant ambiance of the Prairie Ballroom to celebrate the 2014 ControlTrends Awards Winners, the Petock Award recipient, and the ControlTrends Hall of Fame inductees.
Voluntary Code of Conduct for Smart Grid Data PrivacyU.S. DOE Releases Voluntary Code of Conduct for Smart Grid Data Privacy. January 12, 2015: President Obama announced the release of the final concepts and principles for a Voluntary Code of Conduct (VCC) related to privacy of customer energy usage data for utilities and third parties. The final VCC is the result of a 22-month multi-stakeholder effort which was facilitated by the Energy Department’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability in coordination with the Federal Smart Grid Task Force.
Mr. Jones Votes and Gets Ready For The ControlTrends Awards. Voting for the 2014 ControlTrends Awards ends January 15. Click here to vote. Get ready for all the excitment and fun at the 2014 ControlTrends Awards January 26 from 6-8 at the Hyatt Regency Prairie Ballroom, and meet the superstars of the Building Automation and HVAC Controls Industry including the very talented Bill Jones, who put together this video.
Ron Vokoun Data Center Predictions for 2015. A very special thanks to Ron Vokoun DBIA, LEED AP BD+C, leads the Mission Critical Market for at JE Dunn Construction for this very insightful post. And to Rick Warner, a.k.a “The Innovator” for making us aware of Ron. With the arrival of a new year, organizations are making plans to address the explosion of enterprise data in 2015. A big question is how those plans will differ from your data center operations this past year.
The Best Way To Control Electrical Plug Loads? Rob Allen Explains. On this episode of 7 Minutes in Control Rob Allen and Michael Bonner show you the best way to control loads at the plug level. Plug-IT delivers a remarkable solution to maximize your energy savings and is an award-winning product that leverages existing Niagara installations! Easily meets the latest ASHRAE 90.1 standards for controlling 50% of wall receptacle plug loads.
Can Your Building Automation Control System Do This? Honeywell might be the only company on the planet that combines building Automation Controls and Access and Security in one JACE, truly integrating ACCESS and Security and Building Automation Controls from one source and one vendor. Savvy systems integrators and owners love the value of this solution. Watch the video below and tell us what you think in comments.
2015 Building Energy Summit — Early Bird Registration Ends January 31, 2015. On March 25, 2015, more than 500 of the nation’s top building owners and managers, along with technology and energy experts, will convene in Washington DC to discuss groundbreaking and innovative solutions for energy efficient buildings. Sign up for the 2015 Building Energy Summit.
Philip Henderson Meet John Petze.Great talk by Philip Henderson, who is the senior financial policy specialist for the Natural Resources Defense Council. Philip is speaking at GreenBuild. One of Philip’s points is that 80% of the buildings that are targeted for Vision 2020 and beyond are already built. Building more energy efficient buildings is great, but to reach the objectives of Vision 2020 we must make existing buildings more operationally efficient.
ControlTalk NOW thanks this week’s Premium sponsors Delta Controls and Neptronic. This week’s posts included updated SmartGrid.gov information; Visionary Jim Sinopoli’s Smart Buildings Predictions for 2015; New Products review from ACI’s Barry Gordon; Rob Allen breaks down 2014 CTA Awards nominee Blue Ridge Technologies; and Siemens’ product discussion with Joshua Felperin. Don’t miss our very special interview with EasyIO’s globetrotter, Mike Marston, who provides EasyIO updates from Cambodia.
The Delta Difference: At Delta Controls, the mantra Do It Right is the “how”. It is how we design, manufacture and support our products. It is how we serve our customers. It is how we treat our employees, partners and vendors. And it is how we view business in general and respect the planet we live on. 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.
HVAC products and solutions since 1976. Founded in 1976, Neptronic is a private corporation that designs, manufactures and distributes products for the HVAC industry. Our product line includes intelligent controllers, electronic actuators, actuated valves, humidifiers and electric heaters. Our products are designed and manufactured by over 250 dedicated employees in our 7,500 m2 (80,000 ft2) state-of-the-art facility located in Montreal, Canada.
39 Utilities Share Smart Grid Deployment Results at DOE-EPRI Conference: January 6, 2015: Thirty nine utilities met October 27-29, 2014, in Charlotte, North Carolina, to share results and lessons learned resulting from smart grid deployments supported through funds provided by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). This report provides a summary of the conference – the Smart Grid Experience: Applying Results, Reaching Beyond.
Jim Sinopoli’s Smart Buildings Predictions for 2015. DRIVERLESS BUILDINGS. Predictions for Smart Buildings 2015 by Jim Sinopoli, PE, LEED AP Smart Buildings LLC.
Over the last few years companies have developed and demonstrated driverless car technology; Google, Audi, BMW and dozens of other companies and universities have been involved. With the use of cameras, sensors, “decision and driving strategy and logic”, traffic sign recognition, pedestrian spotting and lane departure warnings, many but not all of the technical aspects have been addressed.
ControlTalk NOW interview with special guest, EasyIO’s Mike Marston, from Cambodia. Few people in the HVAC and Building Integration industry enjoy their profession. and are as successful at it, as Mike Marston. Mike’s enthusiasm and pride of ownership are infectious. Led by Gordon Chen, Mike Marston, and Lim Hoon Chiat, EasyIO is on the move with partners in over 30 countries. EasyIO has been nominated for eight 2014 ControlTrends Awards. Watch this interview and see why!
Message from Barry Gordon: ACI Releases New Products for 2015!ACI is always standing by it’s motto to “Engineer a Better Sensor Solution.” We take great pride in our engineering achievements and have invested substantially in new product development. With that in mind, I am excited to introduce our newest product offerings; A/CO2 Series, WPR Wet to Wet DP, and PowerScout(TM) 3037 Series.
Rob Allen Breaks Down 2014 ControlTrends Awards Finalist Blue Ridge Technologies. Rob Allen investigates Blue Ridge Technologies and Unified Lighting Control on this episode of 7 Minutes in Control. Many believe that when a complete Building Automation System (BAS) is required, Unified Lighting Control is a superior lighting control solution. We will know January 26, 2015 if the world-wide ControlTrends Community agrees with this statement when their votes will be heard. Nominated for the 2014 Lighting Integration Provider/Solution of The Year Award, we wish Blue Ridge Technologies all the best.
Siemens Gets Ready for the 2014 ControlTrends Awards. Monday, January 26, 2015, between 6-8, the Prairie Ball Room at the Hyatt McCormick Place will be rocking as the Super Stars of the Building Automation and HVAC controls industry walk the Red Carpet and celebrate the 2014 ControlTrends Awards. ControlTrends Awards Platinum Sponsor Siemens is in the hunt for four Awards at this year’s show. The very talented, Joshua Felperin, stopped by to talk about Siemens entries and give us a run down on the new Siemens Variable Frequency Drive.
Honeywell WEBs AX: In the Hunt for 2014 Building Automation Control System of the Year. Honeywell’s WEBs AX offers a Smart Solution for your Intelligent Buildings applications. WEBs AX connects buildings with maximum efficiency, reduces maintenance costs with centralized control. Additionally, WEBs AX offfers an open, scalable solution that lets you take immediate control of your HVAC control starting with thermostatic control, IAQ control, lighting, on your way to total access and video surveillance integration. The Honeywell WEBs AX possibilities are endless!
Honeywell WEBs AX offers a Smart Solution for your Intelligent Buildings applications. WEBs AX connects buildings with maximum efficiency, reduces maintenance costs with centralized control. Additionally, WEBs AX offfers an open, scalable solution that lets you take immediate control of your HVAC control starting with thermostatic control, IAQ control, lighting, on your way to total access and video surveillance integration. The Honeywell WEBs AX possibilities are endless!
Whether it is Honeywell WEBs-AX, WebStat or WebVision, Honeywell has a building automation solution (BAS) that takes all the aspects of your building and occupant needs into consideration to maximize energy efficiency and make management of your facility simpler and more convenient. Add the power of Spyder or Stryker controllers and you’ll have the versatility to choose from a collection of best-in-class control products ready to evolve and meet all of your HVAC, lighting and security needs.
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ControlTalk NOW thanks this week’s sponsor DGLogik–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, DGLogik’s IoT visualizations are guaranteed to help you monitor more effectively, save time and decrease costs directly translating into increased revenues.
DOE Publishes Priority Enabling HVAC Technology R&D Initiatives. Energy Department Releases Roadmaps on HVAC Technologies, Appliances, and Low-GWP (Global Warming Potential) Refrigerants. For HVAC, BTO targets 12% and 24% primary energy savings by 2020 and 2030, respectively. The recommended initiatives in the report each target one or more R&D needs for residential and commercial HVAC technologies and related systems, such as controls, distribution systems, and design, installation, operation, and maintenance practices.
The Perfect Gift for the Control Pro that Has Everything: Just in time for the holidays, Ken Smyers, the man, the myth, the legend, discovers the perfect gift for the HVAC and Building Automation Control Pro. Introducing the 24 Karat Gold thermostat from Neptronic. That’s right, those innovative Canadians are at it again. In addition to providing building automation controls, energy saving equipment, and world class service, the team at Neptronic make a beautiful 24 Karat gold thermostat.
ControlTalk NOW interviews Neptronic’s Luis Melgares. Luis has been nominated for the 2014 ControlTrends Awards’ Best Technical Support (Small Manufacturer) and the PID Award categories. Luis’ enormous breath of experience, passion for excellence, and genuine concern for his customers, make Luis one of the most recognized and respected experts in the HVAC industry. Listen in, as Luis shares his deep insights into the HVAC industry and what he feels are the Neptronic differentiators that elevate Neptronic people and products above their competitors.
See Why Functional Devices is a ControlTrends Community Favorite. Why is Functional Devices such a favorite within the ControlTrends Community and a go to supplier for peripheral devices? Well we can start with the really innovative cool products like the RIB ( Relay in a Box) relay. Products made by Functional Devices are just that…functional…and price competitive….and easy to use. The PSH500A-LVC power supply fits the Functional Devices mode: it is a cost-saving, prepackaged solution for HVAC applications.
Functional Devices Introduces the RIBTW24B-BCAO Analog Output Network Device. This week Functional Devices released yet another innovative product that gives users a low cost and convenient solution loaded with features. The Enclosed BACnet® MS/TP Network Relay Device; One Binary Output (20 Amp Relay SPDT + Override); One Binary Input (Dry Contact, Class 2); One Analog Voltage Output (0-5 Vdc / 0-10 Vdc); One Analog Current Output (4-20 mA); 24 Vac/dc Power Input; Optional End of Line Resistor (EOL) Included.
ACI purchased ACT’s Line of Interface Devices. ACI’s Barry Gordon Reminder — ACI purchased ACT’s Line of Interface Devices. You might already be aware that ACI purchased ACT’s line of Interface Devices a while back. They are now manufactured in the USA at our Middleton based production facility. We stock an impressive variety of Interface Devices at ACI, and they can be combined with your Temperature, RH, Pressure, Gas, or Current Sensor orders.
Check Out Project Assist for DGLux5! DGLogik Training Summit, January, 2015. Project Assist for DGLux5: If you didn’t get a chance to experience the latest modern development environment of Project Assist, Check It Out Now! Download the latest version both DGLux5 and Project Assist by logging into your account through our website and checking out the “Downloads” section. DGLux5 is the most mature and sophisticated IoT Application Platform that easily enables the unification of all your data systems and multiple data providers into a singular interface.
International Systems of America: ISA’s Mike Epperson has been nominated for Executive of the Year (Small Manufacturer) and it’s easy to see why! ISA is a growing solutions provider with six locations throughout the US. ISA takes great pride in their extensive product and service offerings for fire, energy, security and communication systems. And when ISA solutions come together to make a real difference for their customers –helping solve critical issues — ISA knows its focus and dedication are paying off!
This Episode of ControlTalk NOW: The Smart Building Podcast includes:
ControlTalk Now: The Smart Building Podcast October 19, 2014, is sponsored by International Systems of America (ISA). ISA is a unique systems provider, beginning with their ability to quickly deliver new parts for existing and legacy systems from virtually any manufacturer. “At ISA, we take great pride in our extensive product and service offerings for fire, energy, security and communication systems. And when ISA solutions come together to make a real difference for our customers—helping solve critical issues—we know our focus and dedication are paying off.”
Project Haystack Announces Haystack Connect 2015 Conference. This is THE EVENT that Connects Community and Ecosystem — Driving Smart Data, Smart Devices, Smart Buildings and Smart Business! COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO –October, 14, 2015 Project Haystack, a non-profit, 501C organization focused on developing common standards to streamline the interchange of data among today’s smart devices announced the dates and venue for the Haystack Connect 2015 conference.
See How Honeywell Integrates Access and Security. We caught up with the very knowledgable and passionate Roger Rebennack at the 2014 ASIS Show in Atlanta. See what makes the Honeywell Webs-AX Access and Security so special. From modular control to seamless integration, WEBs-AX Security offers a range of options for meeting the needs of nearly any size or type of building or network of facilities. WEBS-AX Security is open and scalable, offers complete, seamless integration, and it can provide you energy savings — that’s why you should want WEBS-AX Security in your building!
Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) – 2015 Funding Opportunity Announcement. The Building Technologies Office (BTO)’s Emerging Technologies Program has announced the availability of nearly $8 million under the Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Innovations Technologies (BENEFIT) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0001166. This FOA combines an early-stage research and development topic (Innovations) with a later-stage research and development topic (Frontiers) that complements the core funding provided to the national labs.
Cyber Security EYE-OPENER: Project SHINE Reveals Magnitude of Internet-connected Critical Control Systems. Cyber Security eye-opener article about Project SHINE that revealed that 2.2 million SCADA and BACnet devices were identified as being directly or indirectly exposed to hacking. In review of Rasshid’s article, Marc writes, “Project SHINE Reveals Magnitude of Internet-connected Critical Control Systems.
2014 ICS Cyber Security Conference October 20-23, 2014 in Atlanta, GA. As the longest-running cyber security-focused conference for the industrial control systems sector, the 2014 ICS Conference will cater to the energy, utility, chemical, transportation, manufacturing, and other industrial and critical infrastructure organizations. The conference will address topics covering ICSs, including protection for SCADA systems, plant control systems, engineering workstations, substation equipment, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), and other field control system devices.
Interview with Automated Buildings’ Ken Sinclair, who reviews Automated Diagnostics & Analytics for Buildings, the theme of the automatedbuidlings.com October issue, stemming from the recently published book by the same title. Ken covers a myriad of topics including the founder mentality, Automated Buildings’ four training sessions at AHR 2015, and the increasingly critical theme of IoT and developing the next generation of building automation experts and “passing the dusty stuff in our heads” off to the up and coming Young Guns of the HVAC industry. AutomatedBuildings.com provides news, product releases and connection to the ever changing community that is creating our present definition of smart, intelligent, integrated, connected, green, and converged large buildings.
GC Valves — Solenoid Valve TechTip: Sensible Precautions (Part 1): MECHANICAL & MATERIALS CONSIDERATIONS: Solenoid valves are your fastest acting option when controlling flow, they can be repaired in-line (without breaking plumbing connections in most designs), and they can be less costly than other electrically operated valves. Review the measures that can increase your satisfaction with solenoid valves.
ControlTrends Around the World: India. Do you want to know what it takes to be a successful building automation controls system integrator or smart buildings controls provider in India? India is one of the fastest growing markets in the world for building automation and smart building controls and we had a chance to talk with the top movers and shakers in this expansive market.
Rob Allen’s 7 Minutes in Control: Neptronic’s EVC Controller — Low Cost, High Performance VAV. This ultra-informative episode of Rob Allen’s 7 Minute in Control reviews the Neptronic EVC Conroller. Neptronic offers an exceptional low cost, high performance stand-alone or BACnet MS/TP, VAV solution — that works! The EVC products are geared for the Light Commercial Contractor, DDC Controls Contractors, and the savvy end-user customer. NO sign-up fees, NO sales minimums, and NO training requirements, Neptronic’s VAV low cost solution features easy to configure, drop-down menu programming.
IBcon is not your traditional BAS conference! It is the largest gathering of authorities with international case studies on the topic of open architected, interoperable and integrated IP centric smart, connected, high performance and intelligent buildings. IBcon focuses on ALL aspects of the “Intelligent Building”, from automated HVAC, lighting and security, to new components such as digital signage, parking, fire/life safety, access control, command and control centers, grid connectivity, as well as the organizational changes required to facilitate the intelligent integration of key business processes into the high performance building ecosystem.
General Sessions – 6 Tracks – 25 Sessions – 80+ Speakers: IBcon’s education program will feature domain experts from around the globe presenting case studies and speaking on the topics such as building automation systems and controls, building system integration and the implications for organizational alignment, skills development and change management that will be necessary to facilitate the intelligent integration of key business processes into the high performance building ecosystem. Program Details coming soon! View the Pre-Conference events!
Intelligent Buildings Expo: If you have even one technology decision to make this year, then don’t miss the IBcon Expo, where you will find state-of-the-art intelligent building technology products and services specifically for the commercial, corporate, government, institutional, education and hospitality real estate industry. Co-located with the Realcomm Real Estate Solutions Expo, you’ll find more than 100 vendors – all in one place! View the IBcon Sponsors! View the IBcon Exhibitors!
Networking Opportunities: Don’t miss this chance to discuss and debate the latest technologies, trends and best practices with visionary leaders and experts in the industry and with other like-minded real estate professionals.
1. Better Late Then Never: HID Global’s top 10 access control trends for 2013 TREND #6: Mobile access control is accelerating identity management’s move to the cloud, supported by new managed services. Companies have already begun outsourcing their traditional badging projects to cloud-based service providers that have the scale and resources to handle large-volume orders with tight deadlines that would otherwise be difficult for an individual credential issuer or integrator to accommodate on its own. And now, with the advent of mobile access control, the scope of services is growing to include deploying and managing mobile credentials carried on users’ NFC-enabled smart phones. Organizations will provision mobile access control credentials in one of two ways. The first is via the same type of Internet portal used to provision traditional plastic credentials – the mobile device will be connected to the network via a USB or Wi-Fi enabled link. The second approach is over-the-air via a mobile network operator, similar to how smart phone users download apps and songs.
2. Schneider Electric download. Advantages of Using a Reference Design:•It is no longer practical or cost-effective to completely engineer all aspects of a unique data center. Re-use of proven designs is a best practice for both new and upgrading data centers.•Adopting a well conceived reference design can have a positive impact on the project and the operation of the data center. •Reference designs simplify and shorten the planning and implementation process and reduce downtime risks. In this paper reference designs are defined and their benefits are explained
3. 2014 Building Energy Summit Advisory Council. ABOUT THE SUMMIT: On April 1, 2014, building owners, energy experts, and technology pioneers will converge at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC to address the challenges and opportunities surrounding the need for more energy efficient buildings. Join us for the 2014 Building Energy Summit and be a part of the revolution that is permanently changing the way we manage and operate buildings. The 2014 Summit brings together leaders from both the public and private sector to debate and discuss energy efficient technologies and solutions, energy policy, funding and incentives, alternative sources of energy, and more.
4. DOE Announces Webinars on Energy Efficiency Competitions, Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines, and More. The Energy Department will present a live webinar titled “Intra-organization Energy Efficiency Competitions” on Tuesday, November 5, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. This webinar will show how public and private organizations can boost their energy efficiency through friendly competitions by highlighting two organizations that have had success with this: Better Buildings Challenge partner City of El Paso and Better Buildings, Better Plants Partner Legrand. Register to attend the webinar. The Energy Department will also present a live webinar titled “Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines” on Thursday, November 7, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The webinar will provide an overview of the recently launched Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines project and will offer a Q&A session at the end.
5. SGIP Conference Next Week: FERC Commissioner John Norris to Keynote; Cybersecurity Standards and Advanced Energy Rate Structures Discussions. This not-to-be-missed event is an unprecedented opportunity for Smart Grid stakeholders from all domains of the power energy ecosystem to come together and discuss the orchestration of the standards that critically impact, enhance, and accelerate the deployment of a smarter grid. Hear about industry perspectives on Smart Grid interoperability standards and related topics such as: cybersecurity; transactive energy, microgrids, effect of interoperable standards on advanced metering infrastructure; outage management and international perspectives, an introduction of release 3 of the NIST Smart Grid Framework and highlights of changes; case studies; and business concerns. Learn more about the conference and download the overview agenda in the Conference Prospectus.