Episode 300: ControlTalk NOW — The Smart Building and HVAC controls Videocast and PodCast for week ending Jan 27, 2019 celebrates the 300th episode of ControlTalk NOW with our guests: Lynxspring’s Marc Petock, Jackson Control’s Roger Rebennack, and EasyIO’s Mike Marston, and Lim Hoon Chiat. A very special thanks to all the members of the ControlTrends Community that joined in on our celebration, particularly, the team at Jackson Control; Ken Sinclair, Automated Buildings; Howard Berger, Realcomm; Jim Hayman, CGNA; Aaron Gorka, ANT Technologies; and Stephen Johnson, McKenney’s. [Read more…]
We wish everyone a wonderful, relaxing, and peaceful Thanksgiving Holiday. For those that must work or serve through the Holidays, we greatly appreciate your faithful service.
The history of Thanksgiving Day from reference.com: Thanksgiving is celebrated in the United States as a national holiday dedicated to being with family and friends to give thanks for all of the blessings received throughout the previous year. [Read more…]
Episode 291: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending Nov 11, 2018 is one of our most exciting and anticipated CTN’s of the year, as we announce the finalists for the 2018 ControlTrends Awards! Congratulations to all of the nominees and all of the finalists! [Read more…]
Episode 268: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending May 27, 2018 features an interview with Siemens’ Senior Sales Manager, Josh Felperin, who tells us about Siemens’ two latest acquisitions: J2 Innovations and Enlightened, and some of the exciting things we can expect from Siemens in the near future. We have an urgent call for ControlTrends Community help for Sarah Felperin (read below). Honeywell releases new WEBs-N4.4 software; Blue Ridge Technologies Bill Dunkelberger explains Unified Lighting Control; Ken Sinclair’s Digital Mindfulness podcast; EasyIO updates; and mark your calendars for the January 13th, 2018, ControlTrends Awards at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre.
With its unique functionality and intelligent cloud services, the Belimo Energy Valve™ sets new standards for automatic optimization and offers an all-round care-free package. Belimo created a new product category with its introduction of the Belimo Energy Valve™. This control valve continuously optimizes the water flow, automatically adjusts it to current climatic conditions and eliminates the so called Delta-T syndrome. Since its market launch in 2012, the Belimo Energy Valve™ has won 20 awards from industry organizations worldwide.
ControlTalk NOW interview with Siemens’ Senior Sales Manager, Josh Felperin. Josh brings us up-to-date with some of the exciting developments at Siemens, particularly Siemens’ recent acquisitions of J2 Innovations and Enlightened. Josh also addressed the changing face of distribution and the concept of value over volume; and Siemens’ new indoor IAQ combo sensor.
A call for ControlTrends Community help. On April 20th, 2016, Sarah Felprin suffered a fractured skull paralyzing the right side of her body. Josh, and the Felperin family are looking for our help in raising funds for Sarah to receive Stem Cell Therapy, which is 100% out of pocket. Please visit Sarah’s GoFundMe site listed below. The Felperin family greatly appreciatesyour support. https://www.gofundme.com/sarahfelperinNew Honeywell WEBs-N4.4 Software. Honeywell announces the release of the WEBs-N4.4 software packaged with Spyder, Stryker, Venom and BACnet FF Tstat programming tools. This release supports both legacy and the newer WEB-8000 controllers. Main Features: Single-Sign On (SSO); HTML5 Views for Scheduler and Alarm console views have been updated using HTML5, completing the last User views on the Java Applet needing to be updated; Performance improvements: WEBs-N4.4 now has server side caching, optimized HTML5 HX profile and an updated internal workbench web browser; Haystack Dictionary: and much more.
Blue Ridge Technologies’ Bill Dunkleberger Explains Unified Lighting Control at the the 2018 Niagara Summit. Unified Lighting Control: One network, one service provider, and one front end — lighting control from the network’s user interface down to each zone. Bill and his team provide a very powerful and easy to use lighting solution. Unified Lighting Control completes the BAS, incorporating lighting and HVAC controls on the same network. This network consolidation eliminates surplus hardware required for stand-alone and gateway lighting control.
Ken Sinclair on Digital Mindfulness Podcast. If you watched or listened to Episode 267 of ControlTalk Now, you know that Ken Sinclair, the founder of Automated Buildings, was a guest on Lawrence Ampofo’s podcast. Ken talks to Lawrence about the potential for buildings to become more digitally mindful to improve the lives of people who are more connected and work from multiple locations. Click here to hear the podcast.
EasyIO Update: EasyIO FW-Series Controllers and FS-32 Controllers Communicate with MQTT Protocol! We have some exciting news to share with you all. The topics in this newsletter are: MQTT in EasyIO controllers; EasyIO offices in the UK; New website; EasyIO attends Relevant Solutions’ Trade Show & BBQ Lunch; Recap ARBS show in Sydney; and Upcoming training courses in the US, Canada, the Netherlands.
2018 ControlTrends Awards Date and Location! Mark your Calendars for January 13th, at Atlanta’s Historic Fox Theatre. ControlTrends is excited to announce the 2018 ControlTrends Awards will be held January 13, 2019, from 6:30PM to 9:30PM, at Atlanta’s Historic Fox Theatre. ControlTrends Awards attendees will enjoy a sumptuous banquet style plated dinner and a fully inclusive beverage and bar package that will allow sponsors the perfect opportunity to host their customers and staff (the Sunday night before the AHR Show) at the most exciting and entertaining industry celebration of the year.
Episode 267: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending May 20, 2018 keeps the ControlTrends Community’s finger on the industry’s pulse as Ken Sinclair, owner and editor of Automated Buildings, and Therese Sullivan, editor of Building Context, bring us up-to-date with “Humanistic Digital Inclusion,” and the possibility that the flood of IoT technology may have reached its first high water mark. Siemens acquires J2 Innovation; Realcomm|IBcon 2018 sells out exhibit floor; and Scott Hamilton, VP of Sales is excited about Distech Controls.
INNNOVATE 14 is HERE! Siemon has been busy curating content for the latest Innovate magazine and are glad to release Issue 14! The magazine provides insights into the key technologies powering the Internet of Things, Power over Ethernet Computing and the Siemon ConvergeIT benefits as part of our robust Digital Lighting Partner programme. We also cover key product updates including our market leading Z-Plug, LightBow Termination Kit, Base 8 Plug and Play System and much more. Click here to get the magazine.
Scott Hamilton, Distech’s New VP of Sales is Excited about the “Passion of the People Behind the Products.” ControlTrends had the opportunity to interview Distech’s new VP Sales for North America, Scott Hamilton. Scott believes Distech and Acuity bring together a true unified solution for the total integration of lighting and HVAC, offering a game-changing sensory network that provides increased productivity and optimal energy efficiency. Scott is excited about the passion of the people behind the products at Distech.
Siemens Invests in J2 Innovations’ Future! Siemens Invests in J2 Innovations’ Future! Announcement from J2 Innovations: We’re pleased to announce that our longtime customer, Siemens is acquiring J2 Innovations! Siemens will be investing in our future as an independent company with our own business goals and objectives. J2 Innovations will be a wholly owned subsidiary of Siemens Industry, Inc.
Realcomm|IBcon 2018: Hundreds of Technology Products & Services Under One Roof! | Sold-Out Exhibit Floor. The energy and enthusiasm for this year’s 20th Anniversary event is unprecedented! We hope you will be joining us and hundreds of the best and brightest real estate industry professionals as we celebrate 20 years @ the Intersection of Commercial and Corporate Real Estate, Technology, Automation and Innovation.
Episode 260: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending March 25, 2018 features visionary Jim Young, Founder and CEO of Realcomm Conferences. Register now to take advantage of ControlTrends’ discounted rate for Realcomm20, at the Cosmopolitan, June 4-8, Las Vegas. Young Gun Aaron Gorka, Innovations Manager, ANT Technologies, introduces the ControlTrends Community to the CMPX Show and more. Great demo from Mike Glenn, Penn Controls, who is celebrating its 100th Anniversary! Gina Elliott joins EasyIO as VP of the Americas. Belimo releases New Globe Valve Assemblies with a Webinar; and make sure to register for the Iotium/Intelligent Building Cybersecurity Webinar.
ControlTalk NOW interview with Jim Young — founder of Realcomm Conference Group, an education organization 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. Stay tuned for more important updates and other conference information as it becomes available. Register now — using our ControlTrends’ discount code.
Young Gun Aaron Gorka,Innovations Manager, ANT Technologies, providers of paperless, cloud-based, operational technology for HVAC & Control Contractors, brings the ControlTrends Community up-to-speed with the CMPX Show (with over 500 exhibitors) that was held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, March 21-23, as well as introducing two other prominent Young Guns: Lawrence Beauchamp, Arrow Electronics and Mark Riley, Track GPS Fleet Management. Great question and answer session — and great assessment of our industry. Thanks Aaron, we look forward to your next update!
EasyIO News Update: Gina Elliott Vice President of the Americas. Gina Elliott has joined the EasyIO team as Vice President of the Americas. Throughout her career, Gina has worked to develop GTM strategies for emerging technologies in IT and OT. Gina started her “ITOT” career as a VAR for converged IT solutions and has continued to work with emerging technologies. Transitioning to OT in 2007, Gina has worked in design consulting for multi-system integration and interoperability of smart buildings.
Belimo’s New Globe Valve Assemblies — Greater Force & Flexibility! Webinar on Wed, April 4 at 1:00 PM EDT. Belimo now offers a full range of NPT pressure compensated globe valves. The new G2 and G3 with ANSI Class VI leakage and 100:1 rangeability provide accurate modulation at low flow. Belimo globe valve actuators incorporate Multi-Function Technology™ to allow for easy and flexible field configuration. Register today to learn more about Belimo’s new globe valve assemblies.
ControlTrends and Michael Glenn, Penn Refrigeration Business Development Manager at Johnson Controls review two exciting new controls from Penn Controls, who is celebrating its 100 year anniversary. Eric and Mike review the A525 Series Electronic Refrigeration Controllers with Adaptive Defrost, which manages cooling, defrost, alarms, communications and costs, offering a wide range of options that allow for customized control functions. The Quick Response Expansion Valve (QREV) with Precision Superheat Controller (PSHC) form an electronic solution that will maximize evaporator efficiency and save energy by maintaining target superheat, regardless of outside conditions.
Live Webinar: Building Cybersecurity is a Legacy Building Risk — Thursday, April 12, 2018, 8 am PT/ 11 am ET. It’s not smart buildings – but any commercial building built or renovated in the past 30 years are what you should worry about. Before the smart buildings concept, digital, Internet-connected controls systems, such as HVAC, lighting, and elevators have been installed and managed by non-IT persons from architects, engineers, contractors and property managers. Without IT best practices, much-less cybersecurity requirements, there is significant exposure to: Life Safety Risks, Equipment Failure, Productivity Loss, Network Hopping, and Brand Damage.
Episode 255: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending Feb 18, 2018 features our interview and cyber security discussion with two of our industry’s most venerated experts from Intelligent Buildings, Darryl Benson and Fred Gordy. Darryl and Fred offer the ControlTrends Community some astute advice and pose an interesting question to system integrators: Do you want to maintain the cyber security risks [Read more…]
We wish everyone a wonderful, relaxing, and peaceful Thanksgiving Holiday. For those that must work or serve through the Holidays, we greatly appreciate your faithful service.
The history of Thanksgiving Day from Reference.Com: Thanksgiving is celebrated in the United States as a national holiday dedicated to being with family and friends to give thanks for all of the blessings received throughout the previous year. [Read more…]
Episode 238: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings PodCast for week ending September 10, 2017 begins with our concern and best wishes for a speedy recovery for those of the ControlTrends Community affected by the hurricanes and natural disasters. We start off with a great interview and discussion with Computrols’ founders and owners Kevin and Roy Lynch and Computrols’ Marketing Manager, Scott Holstein. Additionally, we have Tridium’s Kevin Smith white paper on cyber security, Contractor Leadership Live, Ken Sinclair’s September edition of Automated Buildings, EasyIO’s FW-14 wireless controller, and a registration reminder for the 2017 Lynxspring Exchange.
Tridium’s Kevin T. Smith, Chief Architect, Cybersecurity and the IoT— Threats, Best Practices and Lessons Learned. New Tridium white paper from Tridium chief architect Kevin T. Smith now available. Much has been written about the game-changing IoT. Network-connected devices and their capabilities have become a disruptive force in the business world.
Contractor Leadership Live 2017, September 12-14, 2017 Huntington Convention Center Cleveland, Ohio. Contractor Leadership Live brings together the latest products, trends and business solutions for mechanical contractors involved in HVACR. This national event features conference sessions that educate and inspire business transformation while delivering insight on the latest industry trends that are impacting business owners and service professionals.
Ken Sinclair’s Automated Buildings September, 2017 Theme: “Getting There from Here,” The Shift of Thought and Action We Need to Make. In his omniscient September edition of AutomatedBuildings.com, Ken Sinclair, summons us to accept and respond to the inevitable changes facing our industry, and to think young and differently, as in: People-powered, self-driving buildings, from the intelligent self-learning, self-acting edge!
EasyIO is Now Wireless — The EasyIO FW-14 is a Perfect Fit for School and Retail Markets. The EasyIO-FW-14 is a new breed, high performance, freely programmable, wireless Wi-Fi Sedona controller. It has never been easier to extend your BMS because of its wireless possibilities. You will save on labor and wiring. The EasyIO-FW-14 is a perfect fit for vertical markets such as schools and retail, to have extended IO for the F-series controllers, without any downtime during installation as the network can be wireless. It’s ideal for all kind of applications such as fan coils, AHU’s, room and stand-alone applications, featuring SOX, TCOM, FGP2P and BACnet communication protocols.
2017 Lynxspring Exchange Early-Bird Deadline is September 8th 11:59PM PDT — Don’t Miss Out! he 2017 Lynxspring Exchange and Technology Showcase will map out technology, techniques and practices specific to managing and operating today’s facilities smarter, safer, securely, efficiently and at peak performance levels. Discover leading trends, new approaches and experience real-world conversations and discussions.
Episode 233: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast|PodCast for week ending July 23, 2017 humbly thanks the ControlTrends Community for breaking the 2 million views milestone (from over 50 countries). Mark Jewell’s Award-winning Sales Efficiency Training opportunity is still available. This week’s special guests are Silicon Valley’s Josh Bradshaw, Director of Strategic Alliances at Radius Innovation & Development, and Therese Sullivan, owner and editor of BuildingContext.me. Contemporary Controls’ free BACnet Discovery Tool (BDT) is available; EasyIO’s FS-32 Server Class Edge Controller release: Tridium’s IDC White Paper “Finding Value in Your IoT Data;” Johnson Controls Reinvents the Thermostat — GLAS (Nest-buster); and Lynxspring Announces New Technology Solution and Distribution Partner, Australia’s Conserve It, and register for the 2017 Lynxspring Exchange & Technology Showcase.
Our first guest on ControlTalk NOW is Silicon Valley’s Josh Bradshaw, Director of Strategic Alliances at Radius Innovation & Development. Radius Discovers, Designs, Develops and Delivers bleeding edge technology innovations. Radius is the innovation and development consulting capability of Jabil ($18bn – Fortune 100 – advanced manufacturing leader). Radius’ extensive capabilities accelerate innovation projects to market in a fraction of the time, from months to weeks. Josh personally invites the ControlTrends Community to visit Radius and see and experience how technology can be put to work for you. Josh’s email address is Josh.Bradshaw @RadiusInnovation.com. Make sure to use “WFIM” to your best advantage.
Technology Trends in Building Automation – Drew Mire – NFMT 2017. Check out our friend Drew Mire, from Computrols, at the 2017 NFMT(National Facilities and Managment Technology). In this video Drew, focuses on three primary examples of technological advances in commercial real estate: mobility + wireless, connectivity, and machine learning. Each example is explained in layman’s terms along with examples of where we see them in our everyday lives. He then shows how these new technologies are starting to be utilized in commercial real estate, with a focus on building automation (HVAC, Lighting, Access Control). Nice job Drew!
Contemporary Controls’ BACnet Discovery Tool is Better Than Ever. The popular Contemporary Controls BACnet Discovery Tool (BDT) has several new features available for download. For those unfamiliar, BDT is a free BACnet/IP application for Windows that is easy to install and use. The vendor-neutral tool is instrumental as a means of discovering and verifying communication with MS/TP devices that are being accessed through BACnet/IP routers such as the BASrouter or the BASrouterLX.
ControlTrends Hits Two Million WordPress Views! A very special thanks to the Global ControlTrends Community as we take a moment to celebrate going over two million views on our ControlTrends WordPress Site! With our 1.5 million views on YouTube and 5,000 subscribers, along with our Vimeo viewers and PodCast only listeners, we are now reaching out to 52 countries! Thank you all once again.
ControlTalk NOW’s second guest is another chief technologist from Silicon Valley, Therese Sullivan, owner and editor of BuildingContext.me. Therese brings amazing clarity and insight to what’s really going on in this period of market disruptions and some of the important pivot points companies like Google are taking as they react to pushback to their unwanted gmail-perusaling. Also, don’t miss our second Silicon acronym of the day, “FOMO.”
Newcomb and Boyd at 2017 REALComm|IBcon. Someone once asked American gangster and bank robber, John Dillinger, why he robbed banks and his answer was “because that is where the money is.” Using that same logic, it makes sense that Smart Building Control Pros go to RealComm|IBcon. This is the place where you will find the latest Smart Building technology, where you will find potential customers, and where you will find great solution providers — like those offered by one of the premiere consulting engineering firms on the planet, Atlanta-based, Newcomb and Boyd. In this video, I catch up with Donny Walker and Steve Wiggins, two of the brightest people in the Smart Building Controls business. Hear what they have to say about analytics, retro-commissioning, and much more. Great job guys!
New White Paper Examines IoT Analytics Solutions. IDC Technology Spotlight: Finding Value in Your IoT Data. Introducing a new white paper by International Data Corporation (IDC), renowned provider of market intelligence. This look at Finding Value in Your IoT Data offers insight into Internet of Things analytics solutions—including Niagara Analytics 2.0. Determining which data is valuable and which is irrelevant is becoming a critical success factor for IoT projects. Be sure to download IDC’s new white paper, and use it to guide your business strategy and investment in an analytics solution.
Johnson Controls Reinvents the Thermostat — Introducing GLAS, Utilizes Windows 10 IoT Core, Cortana Voice Services, and Azure Cloud. Heating and cooling account for roughly 48% of the energy use in a typical U.S. home, making it the largest energy expense for most families. In the commercial building sector, the cost is approximately 40%. Johnson Controls, one of the leading providers of HVAC, Fire and Security systems in the world, is changing how spaces are viewed and controlled. As the inventors of the first thermostat, Johnson Controls has innovated once again with GLAS. Utilizing Windows 10 IoT Core, Cortana voice services, and Azure Cloud, GLAS is a simple to use, elegant thermostat that brings leading energy savings and air quality monitoring to everyday spaces. Johnson Controls is reinventing the thermostat and our lives.
Lynxspring Announces New Technology Solution and Distribution Agreement with Australia Company Conserve It. LEE’S SUMMIT, MISSOURI, USA AND MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (PRWEB) JULY 18, 2017. Lynxspring, Inc., a premier developer and provider of open, IoT solutions for intelligent buildings, energy management, and device-to-enterprise integration, and Conserve It Pty Ltd, a leading supplier, developer and distributor of industrial and building automation products, solutions and services, today announced a new partnership and strategic relationship to distribute and provide Building, Industrial, Energy Management and IoT Solutions to the Australian, New Zealand and Asia Pacific markets.
EasyIO Europe’s July 2017 Newsletter — Powerful FS-32 Controller Available Now! he EasyIO-FS-32 is a high performance server class controller with a quad core processor and 8GB flash. Its software capabilities are very powerful with HTML5 graphics and multifunctional adapter widgets. The built-in VPN client/server makes your connectivity safe and unique for BMS controllers. Download datasheet.
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