Episode 301: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending Feb 3, 2019, features interviews with Ken Sinclair, owner and editor of Automated Buildings, who helps to navigate our journey through the perilous “Path of Least Disruption,” and rising entrepreneur and SandStar founder, Alper Üzmezler, CEO of BASSG and Alta Labs. [Read more…]
Episode 275: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending July 22, 2018 features interviews with Therese Sullivan, Director of Channel Marketing at Tridium, and Alper Uzmezler, Managing Partner, BASSG and Founder of Anka Labs. Contemporary Controls introduces their new EIGR Routers; Lynxspring offers Analytics at the edge; Acuity’s Lucid delivers a data and analytic platform; Why Project SandStar could change the Smart Building Controls world forever; and a message to contractors from Honeywell’s General Manager, Mike Garceau.
Contemporary Controls News: New Product — EIGR Routers Add OpenVPN Server Functionality. The EIPR-V routers have supported the OpenVPN client functionality to provide secure remote access using the RemoteVPN service. The newly released EIGR routers support this functionality but also can be configured to as an OpenVPN server. Setting up an OpenVPN server on your own is not a trivial task. It involves setting up a root certificate authority and generating certificates and keys for the OpenVPN server and for each client device that intends to connect to this server.
ControlTalk NOW interview with Therese Sullivan, who in her new role as Tridium’s Director of Channel Marketing, tells us how she still monitors the technology quakes emanating from the Silicon Valley, while taking a deeper focus on the Voice of the Customer. Therese also brings us up-to-speed on tagging, mobile first, bulk deploy, and the increased efficiency between the supervisors and controllers — features of Tridium’s Niagara 4.6 impending release.
Lynxspring Edge-to-Enterprise Solution Now Offers Analytics at the Edge for the Building Environment and Operational Systems. Lynxspring, Inc., a premier developer and provider of open, IP-control solutions for building automation, energy management, and edge-to-enterprise integration, announced today the full release of their Onyxx® SkySpark® Edge Analytics solution which embeds SkyFoundry’s SkySpark® Everywhere™ Analytics software in the Lynxspring Onyxx® Hardware platform.
ControlTrends’ Ken Smyers gets the 411 on Acuity’s Acquisition of Lucid at Realcomm20/IBcon. Ken Smyers digs in at RealComm|IBcon and talks with the team at Lucid about how their products will add to the great product portfolio Acuity Brands already has like DG Logik and Distech. Lucid provides a data and analytics platform to make data-driven decisions to improve building efficiency and drive energy conservation and savings. Its SaaS-based BuildingOS platform enables owners, operators, and occupants to gain powerful insights into the operations of their buildings, providing the ability to make them more efficient and improve the performance of the people and businesses utilizing these strategic assets.
ControlTalk NOW second interview is with Alper Uzmezler, Managing Partner, BASSG and Founder of Anka Labs. Alper tells us about Sandstar, an initiative that combines two open industry standards, Sedona and Project Haystack, which replaces hardware dependent code with self-describing haystack-based tagging. Alper follows with a demonstration and explains that the key to AI-infused PID loops is clean data. The next step is to develop the Sandstar ecosystem. Community participation is welcome!
Why Project SandStar Could Change The Smart Building Controls World Forever. If ControlTrends’ Young Gun, Alper Üzmezler, managing partner at BASSG, is correct with his theory that the way DDC software is done today is redundant — costly and inefficient, and if he can deliver the promises of Project Sandstar, then the smart building controls world as we know it — is getting ready to change forever. What Sandstar allows — is for independent Direct Digital Controls to merge Sedona with Haystack — into a seamless whole, which according to Alper, means you would eliminate the need for each individual manufacturer’s software.
Honeywell Building Controls 2018 Contractor Guide Book. A message from Mike Garceau, General Manager – Honeywell Brand: Dear Honeywell Contractor, Honeywell has a long tradition of working with independent contractors and integrators to provide complete, successful building control solutions. And thanks to your hard work and partnership, we feel our channel-to-market approach is the strongest it’s ever been. That’s why we’re committed to investing in the tools and resources and introducing more partner benefits — such as Contractor Pro Rewards — that help make you a success each and every day.
Episode 270: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending June 10, 2018, features an amazing capture of the 2018 Realcomm|IBcon Conference from Las Vegas with recaps of Day 1 and Day 2 and interviews from a host of industry experts: Stephen Johnson, McKenney’s Inc., Leroy Walden, Highrose Consultants; Ron Zimmer, CABA; Richard Campbell, Kele; Michael Garceau and David Witherspoon, Honeywell; Tom Shircliff, Intelligent Buildings; Leon Wurfel, BUENO; Courtenay Dill Glander, Lucid Design Group; Steven Guzelimian, Optergy; Josh Bradshaw, Built Alpha; Alper Üzmezler, BASSG and Anka Labs; Scott Meunch and Ryan Schlotfeldt, J2 Innovations; and Therese Sullivan, Building Context.
Steven Guzelimian Tells us about Optergy’s New VRF Application Document. Hi Guys, we just came out with a great new application data sheet for VRF and making those buildings smarter. Check it out, we elevate the VRF buildings and help consultants and contractors get more scope of work. Variable Refrigeration Flow (VRF) has become very prevalent in recent years as an efficient and effective HVAC technology. This technology dramatically changes the market for those accustomed to installing controllers on equipment like AHU, FCU, VAV, chiller and boiler plant and other traditional equipment requiring control.
Project Haystack Organization Publishes Spring 2018 Issue of Connections Magazine. RICHMOND, VIRGINIA – June 5, 2018 – The Project Haystack Organization (www.project-haystack.org), a collaborative community addressing the challenge of utilizing semantic modeling and tagging to streamline the interchange of data among different systems, devices, equipment and software applications, today announced they have published the fourth issue of their Connections Magazine.
Realcomm|IBcon Day 1 Begins with Realcomm Lifetime Achievement Awards — Bob Sulentic, President and CEO of CBRE Shares Views on Digital Transformation. Realcomm|IBcon set new records in both attendance and exhibitor participation as it celebrated its 20th Year Anniversary. As Jim Young, CEO and Co-founder remarked, its not a conference anymore, it’s a community event that is transforming the industry. Realcomm|IBcon began with a powerful message from keynote speaker Bob Sulentic, President and CEO of CBRE. Hype is not sustainable; technology must be embedded, commercial, and make important client impact. Realcomm Lifetime Achievement Awards followed recognizing the visionaries that have helped transform the Commercial, Corporate, and Institutional Real Estate industries. The daylong business tracks were followed by the Digie Awards.
Realcomm|IBcon Celebrates its 20th Anniversary at Las Vegas’ Cosmopolitan! Pre-Con Event Opens to over 2000 Attendees! Realcomm’s founder and CEO, Jim Young, opened 2018 Realcomm|IBcon’s PRE-CON Event to a crowd of over 2000 of the most creative, forward-thinking, and insightful commercial and corporate real estate professionals from around the world. The PRE-CON Events included the Commercial and Corporate Real Estate CyberSecurity Forum, the 15th Annual CIO Rountable, the COO|CFO|CAO Innovation Summit, the Intelligent Buildings Boot Camp, and the Smart Buildings Integrator Summit, the Higher Education Smart Campus Summit, and the Smart Building Leadership Forum.
Realcomm|IBcon Day 2 “The Age of Acceleration” Theme Continues — This Community is Changing the World! Forget the fire hose. Day 2 at the 2018 Realcomm|IBcon Conference was hourly eruptions (like the Mirage Casino 1/2 mile away) of technology and innovation tracks that included the latest smart business practices — to the most up-to-date information on cybersecurity. ControlTrends got to experience the entrepreneurial spirit of Conference Live firsthand as we hosted a portion of the “Launch Pad” that introduced and promoted products, applications, and solutions from all over the world.
Episode 258: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending March 11, 2018 features an interview with Alper Üzmezler, BASSG’s Managing Partner and CTO of Anka Labs. Alper takes us on a deep dive into Sandstar, an open-sourced offering from Anka Labs. Check out Honeywell’s e7 Hotel Thermostat; Scott Hamilton joins Acuity Brands’ Distech team; Johnson Controls announces Verasys “Turning Up the Smart” Roadshow — coming to a city near you; Watch 8 More Minutes of Magic with the 2017 ControlTrends Awards extended video, which captures the most exciting night in the HVAC industry; and make sure to read Therese Sullivan’s “Shaking Value Chains and Channeling New Voices in BAS.”
Honeywell is Making Your Hotel Room Smarter with the e7 Smart Thermostat. You already have a smart home, and now, you can have a smart home away from home. Thanks to the launch of Honeywell’s next-generation thermostat for the hospitality industry, you’ll now be able to control the temperature not only of your bedroom, but of your hotel room, too. Meet the new Inncom e7 Thermostat (otherwise known as the e7), heralded as the first enterprise-grade environmental control and energy management solution that also features Amazon Alexa integrations.
Acuity Brands’ Distech Controls Appoints Scott Hamilton as Vice President, Sales. Brossard, QC, March 5, 2018 – Distech Controls, an innovation leader in energy management solutions, is pleased to announce a recent addition to the company’s leadership team: Scott Hamilton joins Distech Controls in the role of Vice President, Sales. With more than 20 years of industry experience, Scott will be responsible for sales channels across the Americas, Australia and Asia, as well as the organization’s OEM channel and Distech Controls Energy Services.
Johnson Controls Announces Verasys “Turning Up the Smart” Roadshow. Verasys® is a new kind of plug-and-play building control system with less complexity and more capabilities to help expand your business and service opportunity for your customers. The best way to fully appreciate this system, is by seeing it in action. The best way to see it in action, is by seeing it live. That’s why we’ll be crossing the U.S. to share it with everyone on the Verasys Roadshow.
2017 ControlTrends Awards HighLight Video Extended Version. Watch eight minutes of magic as we present the 2017 ControlTrends Awards video that captures the ControlTrends Awards ceremony and night in the industry for the superstars and heroes of the HVAC and Building Automation industries. The 2017 Top Gun Awards recipients were recognized, as was the 2017 Petock Award winner Trevor Palmer, Distech/Acutiy Brands, and the ControlTrends Awards Hall of Fame inductees.
Shaking Value Chains and Channeling New Voices in BAS. The unifying forces within the HVAC and Building Automation industries are changing. The universal laws and assumptions we held as champion truths, are no longer valid. Even the gravitational fields that kept the “constellation of value” constant in our channels — are in full flux. New galaxies are forming and steering your way through these new strong and weak interactions may be be dicey. The following article by Therese Sullivan, editor of Building Context, will help to explain why.
ControlTalk NOW interview with Alper Üzmezler, BASSG Managing Partner and CTO of Anka Labs, who begins with an overview of Sandstar, open-sourced offering from Anka Labs. Alper then goes into several demos. BASSG has been involved in commercial building informatics for over a decade, delivering realistic renderings, dashboarding, energy analytics programming, integrations, and other services. BASSG makes a vital contributions to the open-protocol controls industry. BASSG offers a variety of solutions for multi-protocol data transport, data visualization libraries, an editor for custom UI development, and HTML5 block programming tools — and delivers these tools as a unified environment. In mid-2016, BASSG delivered their first generation Edge Analytics Controllers (EACs) to the market.
2017 has been a huge success for BAS Services and Graphics. Success has been on multiple fronts. We have completed our HTML5 conversion off Niagara framework modules basmaker. Within the year basMaker has been standardized for a multinational car manufacturer, in a well known university campus as well as usage extended within top 10 energy utility company. [Read more…]
ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast and Podcast for week ending June 5, 2016 provides a full range of HVAC and Building Automation events and information, beginning with the Roger Rebennack Experience, followed by industry updates, and interviews with SysMik’s Patrick McCurdy, BASSG’s Alper Üzmezler, sensorFact’s Matt Horton, ACI’s Mya Holzemer, Belimo Training, KMC Controls training, J2 Innovation’s FIN 4.0, Ken Sinclair’s Automated Buildings, June edition, EasyIO’s new FW14 and product road map, Brad White’s Trillion Dollar Opportunity, and Eagle Technology’s CMMS solution.
Honeywell’s Roger Rebennack Experience — held over the Memorial Holiday weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway — where over 80 Honeywell customers from all parts of North America joined Roger, Honeywell, and 350,000 racing fans for the spectacular 100th Anniversary Run of the Indy 500. This 3-day extravaganza is unrivaled, mixing the thrill of the greatest race of the year with two concerts, the Indy 500 museum, celebrities, and life-long memories. Contact your Honeywell distributor or representative today and get your engines started for next year’s Roger Rebennack Experience at the incomparable Indy 500. Special thanks to Jackson Controls for their generous assistance in helping to host this fabulous event!
SysMik — Standing at the Forefront of Technology and Innovation — Delivering Control Products for Infrastructure, Buildings, and Energy. ControlTrends had the opportunity to interview one of the most impressive manufacturers at the 2016 Niagara Summit Vendor Showcase, SysMik GmbH. An established leader of control products for over 25 years, SysMik stands at the forefront of technology and innovation. Based in Germany, SysMik products are carefully designed by their experienced engineering team and manufactured under highest quality standards.
Free Belimo Training: Sizing and Selecting Control Valves Made Easy. Learn from the Control Pros at Belimo. Danielle Breece, Product Specialist, Sales Tools: SelectPro – Sizing and Selection Made Easy. In this 30 minute webinar, you will learn about the newly enhanced SelectPro version 3.2. SelectPro allows you to quickly and accurately size and select valves, actuators, and replacement solutions. New features for this tool include: updated valve module interface, new quote generator export option & reference documents tab, the ability to save contact profiles and more! Join Danielle on Wednesday, June 8 at 1:00 EDT.
Breaking News FIN 4.0 is Here! A very cool and powerful version of FIN has hit the streets. Check out FIN 4.0 and see just how the complete BAS/BOS Framework from J2 leverages tagging and data modeling. How it implements responsive web design and a mobile first focus utilizes browser based tools and embracing the HTML5 standard, allowing full application suite functionality across all devices Fin makes it faster, easier, and better than ever before. Click here to find out more.
Get to the Edge with the New Controller from BASSG.he original “Young Gun”, Alper Üzmezler, managing partner and chief innovator at BASSG Graphics, shows us BASSG’s new Edge controller at the 2016 Niagara Summit Product showcase. This powerful little controller packs a big punch. Among other things it includes: Visualytik (HTML5 drag and drop visualization engine with block programming), EAC Engine (Optimization engine in which it will consume live, historical and analytics data and write to real-time controls), Analytics Engine, and a Sedona Realtime control engine.
Ken Sinclair’s Automated Buildings June Theme — Measured Variables: Health, Wellbeing, & Productivity. Automated Buildings’ Ken Sinclair’s June theme delivers well-explained reasons why we need to re-zero our IoT aim towards the bigger target area: “There is a “3-30-300” rule of thumb that organizations typically spend approximately $3 per square foot per year for utilities, $30 for rent, and $300 for payroll. While these figures are just archetypes, they are useful in providing an order of magnitude between the three areas of expenditure.” Seems simple enough. The growing contextualization within the space, allows for greater productivity within the space, and our driven effort to emphasize and realize greater energy savings, while not misguided, is only the tip of the value iceberg.
EasyIO’s New FW 14 Controller and Product Road Map! EasyIO — Coming to a Building Near You! The product hits from EasyIO keep coming! Magic Mike Marston (aka, Mad Mike Marston) released this EasyIO product road map featuring the FW14 Controller, with live Wiresheets, BACnet, and P2P over WiFi, to update the ControlTrends Community on what EasyIO has in store for the remainder of 2016. And see below for what’s coming in 2017! Additionally, EasyIO will be releasing these new software features for 2016: Adapter Widgets, Dashboard, Support for Amazon Echo, and Support for Blynk (Android & IPhone).
KMC Controls Training Class. On June 20-24, 2016 KMC Controls in New Paris, IN will hold a KMC Connect with TotalControl training class. The objective of this 5-day course is to provide instruction on the installation, integration, and operation of KMC Connect™ and TotalControl™ software. KMC Connect will provide configuration and operator workstation options for Building Automation Systems using KMC Conquest hardware (and earlier versions) in a BACnet environment. TotalControl provides an enterprise level connectivity and Internet accessible facility management resource for customers.
Brad White, SES Consulting’s “The Trillion Dollar Opportunity in Transforming Existing Buildings.” The $3/$30/$300 sq ft rule was the predominant theme in the June, 2016 edition of Ken Sinclair’s Automated Buildings. Brad White, SES Consulting, offers yet another compelling economic case for directing more of our efforts to the $300 variable in the equation. A 5% improvement in productivity represents a tremendous savings, while making employees more comfortable and our buildings better. Truly, an emerging trend as IoT delivers more relevant contextualization into the Building Renaissance and the Smart, Connected, and Intelligent Building formula.
Take Control of your Manufacturing Maintenance with Proteus MMX CMMS (Comprehensive Maintenance Management Software) Solution. Proteus MMX is a web-hosted maintenance management software solution which integrates asset management, maintenance management, inventory, labor and purchasing functions for improved scheduling, cost reduction, resource planning and more. This powerful solution has mobile capabilities for users who want to access CMMS software anytime, from any location. SIGN-UP FOR LIVE WEBINAR June 8th @ 10am CT.
sensorFact’s Matt Horton at the 2016 Niagara Summit: Data Acquisition Solutions for Your Building Control Sensors. Making its debut appearance at 2016 Niagara Vendor Product Showcase, sensorFact is a cloud based data acquisition and storage service for sensor data. It allows you to send sensor data from your location, through our pointCollex technology or directly to their pointCollex API, to your account in sensorFact. Once there, you can name, organize, tag, monitor, and choose which sensors whose data you want to store long-term. Further, your sensor data is available for you to share or integrate with other systems.
ACI’s Sales Engineer, Mya Holzemer at the 2016 Niagara Summit Vendor Showcase. Mya Holzemer, Sales Engineer at Automation Components, Inc., reviewed some of ACI’s new contractor-friendly products designed to deliver a better sensor solution that shortens the installation time, as well as eases the effort necessary for installation. New products featured the sensor enclosure with a hinged cover that eliminates the need ofr screws, and the WPR2 wet-wet, differential pressure transmitter, that reduces the amount of copper needed and eliminates the manifold valve assembly. Visit ACI’s product and training videos for more information!
When people say that we are living in the post-PC era they mean that the personal computer is being eclipsed as the center of the IT universe by the smartphone. With the advent of the Smart Buildings Controls Renaissance, operations technology is experiencing a similar reordering. In this new era of the Internet of Things (IoT), compute resources equivalent to a PC or smartphone are being integrated into all sorts of equipment and devices. For commercial buildings, a new category of IoT device is emerging -— the Energy Analytics Controller (EAC). Smart building applications development may soon revolve around the enormous possibilities of these edge devices.
Anyone designing an IoT architecture must decide which tasks are best performed locally by a device at the network’s edge versus remotely by a cloud-hosted application. Within the IT world, an edge device is defined as a gateway or global controller. Within the building automation world, a direct digital controller (DDC) can be considered an edge controller. Likewise, a global controller is an edge controller.
One of the most revolutionary aspects of having robust compute resources at the DDC level is that these edge devices can do analytics processing of large data sets. Application developers are challenged to make the most of this new capability. The Buildings-IoT represents an opportunity to radically rethink the software architectures that define core workflows such as detecting and diagnosing faults in equipment, responding to occupant hot/cold calls, shifting energy loads to participate in demand response programs, and performing other building operations management tasks. Energy Analytics Controllers are capable of high-speed handling of the work involved in trending data, adding semantic tagging and generating analytics. Doing these tasks locally and sharing the results among other edge devices, opens the path to a host of new applications
To obtain more information about BASSG’s Edge Analytics Controller or to schedule a webinar meeting and get a demonstration, contact Alper Uzmezler at your earliest opportunity. Read more about the Edge Analytics Controller in this Automated Buildings article.
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ControlTrends had a chance to catch up with Alpert Üzmezler, the Managing Partner at BAS Services and Graphics. The very talented Alpert gave us a demo of his new look and feel visualization software and showed us some very cool looking thermostats.
Founded in 2004, BASSG has been an innovator in Building Automation Technology and BAS Analytics delivery that reduce implementation and facility management energy costs.
Through in-house developed easy-to-deploy, multi-system software tools, BASSG branded OEM products and multiple distributorships, BASSG can be a one-stop provider for everything BAS at unbeatable value, significantly lowering implementation and maintenance costs.
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ControlTalk NOW thanks Roger Rebennack for that the enthusiastic introduction. This week in review was punctuated by the Target security event that brought HVAC’s critical role in CyberSecurity to the forefront. Rick Warner’s interview at the show’s end is an absolute must watch item and the Department of Energy’s 21 CyberSecurity measures are available here. ControlTrends thanks its special guests in order of appearance: Alper Uzmezler, BASSG, Therese Sullivan, Buildingcontext.me, and Rick Warner, OEM Engineering.
Eric wants you to know there are three mistakes (editing errors made over the course of 3 hours with Evelyn Grace sitting on his lap) and the first two people that email email@example.com with two of three mistakes will win a Teralux Flashlight.
Controlco’s Brian Turner Breaks Down DataEye Pro and How to Visualize Your Building Data Like a Pro. ControlTrends Introduction: The overwhelming need to quickly and efficiently leverage more of the still dormant information in many of the existing host building automations systems continues to drive the search for solutions. Controlco offers the thousands of Niagara AX™ users a synergistic opportunity that uniquely combines the POWER of their DataEye Pro data model with the STRENGTH of the Niagara AX™ data normalization tools. This is the first of Brian Turner’s Fault Line Posts on ControlTrends.
ControlTrends welcomes its first guest, Alper Uzmezler from BASSG. Alper shares BASSG’s wealth of talent and professional expertise featuring the Niagara Framework, SkySpark, The Project Builder Plus Tool, and BASSG’s Web Tool Mash Up Solutions.
CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS–Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) Priority Action Plan (PAP) 21: Harmonized Weather Information Model”>CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS–Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) Priority Action Plan (PAP) 21: Harmonized Weather Information Mode. HOW HARMONIZED WEATHER DATA CAN BENEFIT THE ENERGY INDUSTRY! How Two-Way Exchange of Weather Data Can Bring Efficiencies and Cost Savings to Utility Operations. CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS–KICKOFF INFORMATIONAL VIRTUAL MEETING: Thursday, February 13, 2014, 1:00-2:30 pm ET. Hosted by: Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) Priority Action Plan (PAP) 21: Harmonized Weather Information Model.
Panoramic Power and Connexx Energy to Deliver Enterprise Energy Management Solutions for the REIT Industry. LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo., Feb. 4 , 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Panoramic Power, the leading provider of device level energy management solutions, and Connexx Energy a premier developer and provider of ‘last mile’ solutions for Smart Buildings and the Smart Grid, today announced a partnership to deliver a complete, fully integrated energy and operational efficiency solution for REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust) buildings.
ControlTrends welcomes its second guest, Therese Sullivan, Buildingcontext.me. Therese shares her amazing industry experiences and provides some extraordinary “valley” insight to the HVAC industry. The systems integrators are in the catbirds seats with next-gen opportunities and may not know it.
The Basics of LED Lighting and Why LED Lighting is the Future: Unlike incandescent and fluorescent lamps, LEDs are not inherently white light sources. Instead, LEDs emit nearly monochromatic light, making them highly efficient for colored light applications such as traffic lights and exit signs. However, to be used as a general light source, white light is needed. White light can be achieved with LEDs in three ways:
• Phosphor conversion, in which a phosphor is used on or near the LED to convert the colored light to white light; • RGB systems, in which light from multiple monochromatic LEDs (red, green, and blue) is mixed, resulting in white light; and • A hybrid method, which uses both phosphor-converted and monochromatic LEDs.
Drones Used In The HVAC Controls Industry: Well it could happen sooner than you think. Stromquist & Company’s, Seãn Johnson, shows us how he sees HVAC Controls distributors using Drones to improve customer service. Is Seãn on the right track? Let us know what you think in comments.
Shining the Light on Solar Energy: History of the SunShot Initative — Concentrating Solar Power: n 2011 the Department of Energy began one of its most ambitious and successful initiatives to achieve significant progress in sustainable energy by reducing the cost of installed solar energy through a shared commercialization of solar technologies. Solar power in the U.S. passed the 10 GW capacity milestone in 2013.
The Connection Community Collaboration: Over the last several years organizations and groups have been extremely successful in connecting our industry with standards. The name “Connection Communities” has been attached to the purpose and function these organizations provide. Great job by Ken Sinclair of automated buildings.com for moderating this timely and useful breakout session.
Leading Security Expert Explains: Target Hackers Broke in Via HVAC Company: Perhaps the most important and menacing challenge facing the HVAC Industry (at least for the immediate future) will be demonstrating its collective knowledge and understanding of CyberSecurity and how to actively cope with (and how to counter) the rising numbers of CyberThreats directed at buildings and HVAC service companies that service those buildings, particularly in light of the recent $420 million losses and expense Target faces as a result of hackers gaining access to Target’s network using stolen network credentials from the HVAC contractor.
ControlTalk NOW welcomes its third guest, Rick Warner, OME Engineering, out of Baltimore, MD. The klaxon sounded many years ago, but this Target event will more than likely serve as HVAC’s watershed event. In a most opportune time, Rick’s interview brings forth the issues one at a time, and with unabashed sincerity, proposes general, can’t go wrong courses of action, for the benefit of everybody in the HVAC industry.
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