Episode 292: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for Week Ending Nov 18, 2018 features interviews with two industry experts: Scott Cochrane, president of Cochrane Supply and Engineering, a multi-award-winning company and a leading Industrial IoT Supplier, and Arthur Alter, VP of Business Development at Acuity Brands, who tells us that DGLUX is back, and in a big way. [Read more…]
Episode 274: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending July 15, 2018, features Ken Sinclair, owner and editor Automated Buildings, who shares some more of his amazing industry voyage (viewers and listeners will be richly rewarded). Siemens puts the pedal to the metal on its way to “Perfect Places” — adding Building Robotics and Comfy to its J2 Innovations and EnLightened acquisitions. Kele acquires MI Controls; Belimo Fire Protection Scenarios Video; Microsoft’s perceived 30,000 foot participation in the Smart Buildings Space is really hovering at an altitude closer than you may think; Realcomm20/IBcon Conference Live Interview with Rajavel Subramanian of Facilio; and more!
Why Siemens bought Comfy and how they will make “Perfect Places.” We have been talking about Siemens’ acquisition of Comfy for a while. We have wondered just what the two companies will create. In this video we get clarity on how Siemens and Comfy will work together to create “perfect places” and perfect environments for people who inhabit smart commercial buildings. Eike-Oliver Steffen, the Head of Solutions and Services Portfolio Siemens Building Technologies, and Andrew Krioukou, CEO and Co Founder of Comfy, discuss their shared vision in this enlightening video.
Kele Acquires MI Controls. This just in: Kele has acquired MIControls, Inc., co-located in Seattle and Portland, OR. According to Kele President and CEO Richard Campbell: “This strategic move enables us to serve our customers in the Western United States better and faster by locating products closer to you. Nothing changes in how you do business with us today. We will be working through the integration with MIControls in the coming months. You can expect the same great service you already receive from Kele but with even faster delivery once the integration is complete.
Ken Sinclair’s Automated Buildings’ July 2018 Issue, “Building Emotion.” In his July, 2018, edition of Automated Buildings, owner and editor, Ken Sinclair suggests it’s time for us to create “an emotional sense of our building space.” Siemens CEO, Matthias Rebellius agrees — because we spend up to 90% of our lives in buildings. We know that art and architecture trigger our emotions, but will buildings ever evoke their own emotions? Ken Sinclair believes there is need for “An improved relationship between the physical, the virtual and the emotional world.”
Belimo – Fire Protection Scenarios — Great Visual Presentation of Motorized Fire Dampers versus Non-motorized Fire Dampers. More Performance. More Value. More Safety. Technology that Saves Lives! Belimo fire and smoke damper actuators are designed for operation in smoke and combination fire and smoke dampers in ventilation and air-conditioning systems with a torque range from 18 in-lbs to 180 in-lbs @ 350°F.
Watch (and or listen) to our amazing ControlTalk NOW conversation with Ken Sinclair, owner and editor of Automated Buildings. Ken reviews his Automated Buildings‘ July edition, important take-aways from his Helsinki excursion, some of his most recent 20 year industry journey, most of which is digitally documented, and then brings us to the crest of change and digital mindfulness and building emotions. Ken leaves us with one possible solution: instead of trying to make humans more technically savvy, make technology more human. Great industry insight and conversation.
What Ken Sinclair and Julie Miner have to teach you about your next Smart Building Controls Opportunity. One of the really cool things about ControlTrends, is that we get to go to great conferences like Real Comm IBcon and talk with insightful people like Jim Young and Ken Sinclair. We get to see trends unfold and are hopefully able to convey these to the ControlTrends Community in such a way that our insights can prepare you for the next turn in the road and the next opportunity. Well listen up, because putting great controls and analytics in a building are not going to be enough. It is going to be about the experience that the building creates.
Realcomm20/IBcon Conference Live Interview with Rajavel Subramanian of Facilio. ControlTrends had the opportunity to interview Rajavel Subramanian of Facilio at the Realcomm20/IBcon Conference Live Product Launchpad. Facilio is new to the North American market and is seeking to develop a channel with Niagara partners. Facilio offers a great facility management product for buildings in the 50,000 to 100,000 square foot range.
ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast|PodCast for week ending Nov 6, 2016 begins with a review of Ken Sinclair’s November edition of Automated Buildings followed by: Functional Devices Tech Tuesday with Henry Smith; Next Generation Innovation Episode 2 features Comfy’s Lindsay Baker; Gas Pressure Regulator’s 101 with Matt Koenig; Honeywell’s Release of WEBs-N4.2 with Spyder and Stryker Tools; Siemens OpenAir Damper Actuators; Sierra Monitor’s ProtoAir Wireless Gateway; Call for speakers and sponsors for the Haystack Connect 2017; Optergy, one CIO’s most promising energy management solution providers; EasyIO’s Mike Marston’s TCOM Video; and the 2 latest BAM podcasts from Phil Zito.
Ken Sinclair’s Automated Buildings November Theme — Open Edge Software Fuels Self-learning Operability. Ken Sinclair, owner and editor of automatedbuildings.com continues his quest of pulling the lid off of the next future of our industry — before it’s bottled. Granting IoT no sanctuary, Ken Sinclair’s November pursuit is clear: “Our revolutionary themes for the last few months have led us to the importance of the open software movement as part of our journey.”
Functional Devices’ Energy Saving Applications — TECH TUESDAY with Functional Device‘s customer support engineer, Henry Smith. “Whether it is for environmental or monetary reasons, many people constantly look for ways to save energy. I am one of those people, and I have implemented many energy saving technologies in my own home. I have automated lighting, a smart thermostat which controls a high efficiency heat pump, and many energy saving appliances. These additions have cut my average monthly electric bill by about 10%.”
Episode 2 Next Generation Innovation features Lindsay Baker from Comfy. In episode 2 of Next Generation Innovation, young guns Rob Allen and Brad White catch up with Lindsay Baker from Comfy. Topics include: How Comfy is redefining how Smart Buildings use social media and a unique version of crowd sourcing to make buildings more energy efficient, how women are able to make smart buildings even smarter, and what it’s like to be a venture capitalist funded company. Great interview and very insightful tale always.The Right Way to Install a Gas Pressure Regulator. It’s getting cold outside…..well maybe not yet, but it will start getting cold soon. When it get’s cold we turn the heat on, and when we turn the heat on, we find out what broke during the warm days of spring and summer. In the spirit of making sure replacement heating stuff get’s installed properly, we are re releasing one of our most popular technical videos on how to install a gas pressure regulator the right way.
Honeywell’s New Packaged Release of WEBs-N4.2 with Spyder and Stryker Tools. Honeywell is pleased to announce the release of the WEBs-N18.104.22.168 Software packaged that includes Spyder, Stryker, Venom and BACnet FF Tstat programming tools. This release includes user interface enhancements, bundled Web Start application, as well as the Niagara Analytics 2.0 modules.
Siemens OpenAir Damper Actuators — Speak Your Language. Siemens’ OpenAir speaks your language: Long-life, sturdy damper actuators for HVAC applications, air volume control as well as fire and smoke protection dampers. OpenAir™ is a comprehensive portfolio of damper actuators tailored to suit your requirements. You’ll benefit from a wide selection of positioning forces, control signals, communications standards and add-on options.
Let’s go Wireless: Cool New Product from Sierra Monitor. The ProtoAir wireless gateway is an external, high-performance, low-cost building automation and industrial control protocol gateway for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that provides manufacturers instant multi-protocol deployment of field protocols, enabling new or legacy devices to easily interface with other protocols.
Call for Speakers and Additional Sponsors of Haystack Connect 2017. Project Haystack (www.project-haystack.org), a non-profit, 501(c) organization focused on developing common standards to streamline the interchange of data among today’s smart devices, systems and equipment, today announced the Call For Speakers for Haystack Connect 2017 and the latest additions to the list of Sponsors.
CIO’S 20 MOST PROMISING ENERGY MANAGEMENT SOLUTION PROVIDERS. ControlTrends Awards Platinum sponsor and nominee, Optergy, is poised to make an impact on the Smart Buildings Controls market in North America. Check out this press release and video to get the 411 on Optergy. This might be the first time you have heard of Optergy, but it will not be the last! Optergy, a business division of the Oberix Group, a a software provider of building automation and energy management tools, has announced it has received notable recognition as one of the “20 Most Promising Energy Management Solution providers” of 2016 by CIOInsights.
EasyIO’s Mike Marston Video — Use TCOM for Tight Integration to N4 and AX. EasyIO’s Mike Marston’s Video on how to use TCOM for tight Integration to N4 and AX demonstrates how very cool and efficient the process is. All the Points, Schedules and Histories are instantly accessible. EasyIO is able accommodate general and specific applications featuring the SOX, TCOM, FGP2P and BACnet MSTP communication protocols.
Don’t Miss Phil Zito’s PodCasts: What is a BAS? and What is a Network? Part 1. BAM 036: What is a BAS? In Episode 36 of the Building Automation Monthly Podcast I discuss the age old question. What is a BAS? In today’s episode I will cover: What is a BAS; BAS vs Control Systems; Control System types; Common functions of BAS; Control Processes; and Control Devices. BAM Episode 36: What is a BAS?
As a member of the System Intelligence Redefined panel, Lindsay Baker, VP, Research & Marketing, at Building Robotics, addresses the attendees of the 2014 IBcon Smart HVAC Track with High Tech, High Touch technology from Building Robotics that drives participatory comfort attainment and energy savings. The ultimate compliment to any existing BMS BACnet system, COMFY takes VAV Zone Control to the next level. Take a good look at COMFY!
This week’s ControlTalk NOW reviews the CABA and Belimo webinars, interview with Lynxspring’s Bob Mealy, DOE’s July updates, Honeywell’s new WEBs-AX checker, more on robotic technology, and features special guests, Rob Allen, Stromquist; Rick Werner, OME Facility Solutions; and Mike Yanosko, CTO Smart Building Works. ControlTrends is delighted to announce that 2014 ControlTrends Awards will be held Monday evening, January 26, 2015, from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Convention Center.
Last Chance to Register For CABA OnLine Event Today! The CABA Intelligent & Integrated Buildings Council (IIBC) and BSRIA would like to invite you to the Webinar on the “Market Sizing for North America: Intelligent and Integrated Buildings v2” Research Project. Come learn how your organization can become involved in helping to shape the focus and scope of this important and timely research. This will be a high level presentation on this upcoming research project, and there are still opportunities to sponsor this research.
Fun With Lynxspring at IBCON 2014 ControlTrends got a chance to catch up with Bob Mealey at IBCON. Bob is the Chief Operating Officer at Lynxspring. Bob, enlightened us on Lynxspring’s, CyberPro, an effective approach to handling the Cyber security problems that are affecting building owners. Lynxspring changed the way control systems are built, secured and distributed. SP 800-82 Rev.2 DRAFT Guide to Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Security.
Belimo July 11, 2014 Webinar on Communicating with the Belimo Energy Valve: Belimo July 11, 2014 Webinar on Communicating with the Belimo Energy Valve with WebView, Data Analysis Tool, and BACnet. Learn how the Energy Valve standard analog signal and feedback wiring communicates its data to the Building Management System (BMS) via BACnet MS/TP or BACnet IP. The built-in web server collects up to 13 months of data that can be downloaded to external tools for further optimization.
Building Integrator Summit (SBIS) at IBcon 2014: Building Context’s Therese Sullivan, the eyes and ears of Silicon Valley, wraps up her thoughts about the 2014 Realcomm/IBcon with piercing insight: Big-brand tech companies and Rock Star-caliber personalities in real estate management and data security came calling on the buildings industry at the Smart Building Integrator Summit (SBIS) on June 17th, the day before IBcon 2014 opened in Las Vegas. Their common message was that open-architected, interoperable building automation systems (BAS) are at the nucleus of the next phase of human-to-machine connectivity.
The Other Robots are Coming — But the SPIN Robot (Sanborn Platform for Indoor Mapping) is Already Here!The SPIN Robot services are available NOW. Contact Sharad Oberoi and Team Sanborn for more information. The Sanborn Platform for Indoor Mapping (SPIN) is a semi-autonomous mobile robotic platform designed exclusively for indoor mapping applications. By utilizing the recent advances made in a variety of 3D technologies including laser scanning, photogrammetry and computer vision, and the state-of-the-art approaches used in robotics, SPIN is a leap forward in accurately mapping the building interiors SPIN is a compact, easy-to-operate and self-navigating system which generates pre-registered spatial data almost in real-time. Sanborn’s geospatial products, location based services, and solutions to business, engineering, government, natural resources, telecommunications, and utilities sectors.
Rob Allen’s 7 Minutes in Control: The New Honeywell AX Compatibility Checker Tool. Software version management can be a challenging task. The level of challenge magnifies exponentially when the number of software varieties increases and inter-dependency exists among them. WEBs-AX Compatibility Checker is an add-on tool that helps users to discover the multiple versions of AX software components or tools.
Seeing is Believing: The Internet of Things At Work: The IoT-A movie introduces us to the spectacular story of how the Internet of Things could benefit people and society in the future and how the European Lighthouse Project on the Internet of Things will “make things talk”. It provides you with a glimpse into a concept being worked on by the IoT-A project team for several years, namely the Architecture Reference Model, ARM, a dictionary for the IoT, a toolbox for developers.
July 2014 Issue of the DOE’s Building America Update: Dear Building America colleague: The July 2014 issue of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America Update newsletter is now available! This month’s issue highlights examples of zero energy ready homes across the country that are delivering outstanding levels of energy savings, comfort, health, and durability. Read these articles and more: “A 2013 Top Innovation Spotlight on Zero Energy Ready Single Family Homes and “July 11 deadline for feedback on effective power words.”
Powered by Possibilites: Video Welcome to the 2014 Niagara Summit. 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.
Building Robotics’ Comfy is Real High Tech-High Touch — Is it the NEST-Best Thing? John Naisbitt, inventor of “Megatrends” (watch below) would have to be proud of COMFY’s High Touch solution to a challenging High Tech problem. As building management systems (BMS) continue to increase energy efficiency, the satisfaction of the building occupants could well be decreasing, because the occupants are not comfortable and they assume the technologies around them — are being used against them. Comfy provides instant high-touch by providing instant streams of warm or cool air to people while also using high-tech machine learning in the background to reduce energy use. The High Touch words “Warm my Space” or “Cool my Space” or better yet, “I’m Comfy,” replace the set points and the numeric temperature displays.
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John Naisbitt, inventor of “Megatrends” (watch below) would have to be proud of COMFY’s High Touch solution to a challenging High Tech problem. As building management systems (BMS) continue to increase energy efficiency, the satisfaction of the building occupants could well be decreasing — because the occupants are not comfortable and they assume the technologies around them — are being used against them, and please, the use of dummy (placebo) thermostats has run its course.
The COMFY solution, people-centered intelligence for buildings, is delivered without a lot kicking and scratching — an ethernet connection to any BACnet BMS system and COMFY puts people back into the equation — very accurately, as the most important and vital sensor input variable. Comfy delivers instant high-touch by providing instant streams of warm or cool air to people while also using high-tech machine learning in the background to reduce energy use. The high touch words “Warm my Space” or “Cool my Space” or better yet, “I’m Comfy,” replace the set points and the numeric temperature displays. COMFY’s contextualized technology allows users to pinpoint their locations yielding optimized zoning. The energy savings generated by COMFY occupants (over 20%) are impressive.
This form of digital hugging and providing occupants with a relevant experience in the context and time that’s most relevant to them is becoming critical as more and more high tech is delivered.
“In our craving for emotional authenticity, Naisbitt locates the great challenge of our frenetic era.”