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.
Episode 231: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast|PodCast for week ending July 9th, 2017, highlights Mark Jewell’s on-line Four-Day Energy-focused Boot Camp. Take advantage of ControlTrends Community’s special offer. EasyIO introduces their Asian-Pacific VP, Simon Mahoney; Vykon Enterprise Security Updates available; Belimo’s Energy Valve Solves Low Delta T and Leverages IoT; Women in HVACR’s 2017 WHVACR Conference filling up a fast; ControlTrends Beatles Repost; Fearless Phil Zito’s How to Communicate with IT Webinar; JENEsys Edge 534 Controller delivers Niagara to the edge; Tridium’s Jim Bland interviewed at RealComm|IBcon; and DGLogik rolls out significant updates to Project Assist 2.0.
EasyIO Introduces Simon Mahoney, Vice President, Asia Pacific. We welcome Simon Mahoney to EasyIO, as Vice President – Asia Pacific. Simon comes to us with almost 30 years experience in the building automation industry having worked around the world, in the U.K., Australia and for the last 12 years in Asia. Based in Singapore, Simon will lead the business development and marketing efforts in the Asia Pacific region, building the distribution channels and creating market awareness for the complete EasyIO product range.
VYKON Enterprise Security 2.3 Update Now Available. Dear valued VYKON Partner, We have released a VYKON Enterprise Security 2.3 update, along with an updated Niagara AX 3.8 platform (3.8u2) that supports this release. VYKON Enterprise Security 2.3u1 is a best-in-class access control and security system that goes beyond access control for total integration. Customers can use VYKON Enterprise Security 2.3u1 to centralize operations and unify the building ecosystem, while protecting everything inside.
Belimo Energy Valve — Solving Low Delta T and Leveraging IoT. In this 30 minute webinar you will learn about the new Energy Valve that is now an IoT device utilizing advanced cloud-based analytics to leverage captured system data to provide savings and the most efficient operation. The Belimo Energy Valve is a pressure independent valve that measures and manages coil energy by using an embedded electronic flow meter and supply and return water temperature sensors.
Mark Jewell’s Four-day Energy-focused Sales Boot Camp Available ONLINE — Discount Code Available to ControlTrends Community. Special offer from Wall Street Journal best-selling author and award-winning sales trainer, Mark Jewell. More than a thousand professionals have taken Mark’s four-day energy-focused Sales Boot Camp over the last five years. More than 10,000 people have taken one- or two-day versions of this training. This month, for the first time time in five years, Mark is making his award-winning four-day sales training available ONLINE, both a virtual remote version of the actual 7/24-7/27/17 San Diego event, and afterwards online/on-demand for anyone who can’t make those four days in July.
Women in HVACR — Seats for 2017 WHVACR Conference Filling Fast! REGISTER TODAY! Seats are starting to fill up fast for WHVACR’s first time stand-alone conference at the Tarrant County College Center for Energy Excellence in Fort Worth, TX. Register today! Keynote Speaker: Elizabeth McCormick — Topic: “YOU. In the Pilot’s Seat.” As a former US Army Black Hawk pilot, Elizabeth flew command, air assault, rappelling, top-secret intelligence missions, and also transported high level government VIPs including the Secretary of Defense.ControlTrends Beatles Repost — 60th Anniversary of John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Since it’s the 60th anniversary of John Lennon and Paul McCartney teaming up, we thought we’d give this most appropriate post another play. Join us as we celebrate the Beatles and stretch our Liverpool experience into what’s happening in the Smart Building Renaissance. What’s exciting about the Beatles is that they took different styles of music and made it into their own thing — that was something new, and incredible, and thrilling. Fearless Phil Zito’s How to Communicate with IT Webinar. You will learn: Secret #1 The IT Roledex . Learn who’s who in IT and discover why talking to the right person makes all the difference in your conversations with IT. Secret #2 The Reverse Question. How to get to the heart of the objection and have the IT group tell you why they are not approving your request. Secret #3 The Exact IT Skills You Need to Know. The tricky thing about IT is that there is so much to learn! In this webinar I will teach you exactly what you need to learn about IT.
Delivering Niagara to the Edge The JENEsys® Edge™ 534 Controller. There’s a New Programmable Controller from Lynxspring! The JENEsys® Edge™ 534 IoT Controller is a fully programmable Niagara Controller with 34 IOs built-in and expandable up to 306 IOs, delivering edge connectivity, interoperability, data access and analytics for today’s buildings, energy management, machine-to-machine applications and IoT environments.
Tridium’s Jim Bland at RealComm|IBcon. How is Tridium adapting and particapating in the IOT and Smart Building Controls Renaissance? Watch this conversation and see what the future holds for Tridium. Jim joins Tridium from Snapdata.io, a start-up company that designs and develops sensors, data communications hardware and analytics software. He also has managed several national and global businesses ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 enterprises.
DGLogik Rolls Out Significant Updates to Project Assist 2.0. DGLogik has rolled out significant updates to Project Assist 2.0, enhancing the performance of your development experience, end user experience, and increased support for Niagara 4. The update includes: Schedule interface: Enhanced support for Niagara 4; Touch-friendly enhancements: better mobile experience for alarming and Niagara 4; New widgets: BQL grid, Control widgets such as slider, toggle, and switch; Custom actions on any widget: Data actions, Navigation, Hyperlinks; Ability to duplicate Templates; and Performance improvements and bug fixes.
ControlTalk NOW for Week Ending Nov 27, 2016 begins the start of the holiday season for many in the ControlTrends Community, and marks the final week of the 2016 ControlTrends Awards nomination period. This week also featured DOE’s new report on the growth potential of Distributed Wind Energy for on-site power; an in-depth look at Siemens’ EcoView, specifically designed to meet the energy management needs of restaurants, medical offices, retail shops and other small commercial businesses; an interview with Blue Ridge Technologies’ CEO, Bill Dunkelberger; Lynxspring’s announces a sneak-peek WEBINAR on their new the latest additions to their E2E initiative; and DGLogik continues its IoT Brilliance in Design, Logic, Data Visualization, and Data Profiling with an amazing portfolio of IoT Vertical Solutions.
DOE Updates: New Report Shows Potential Growth of Distributed Wind Energy for On-Site Power. The Energy Department today released a first-of-its-kind assessment of the potential future growth of distributed wind energy in the United States through 2050. Distributed wind differs from utility-scale wind in that it is installed at or near the point of end-use to meet on-site demand, such as at a farm, industrial or manufacturing facility, or rural home. The report titled, “Assessing the Future of Distributed Wind: Opportunities for Behind-the-Meter Projects” quantifies the size of the resource as well as the economic and market potential for locally-produced, clean distributed wind energy at homes and businesses nationwide.
Siemens’ EcoView EMS is an End-to-end Energy Management Solution. Siemens EcoView™ Energy Management System (EMS) was designed specifically to meet the energy management needs of restaurants, medical offices, retail shops and other small commercial businesses. Already at work in many facilities across the United States, EcoView is a proven solution for lowering energy consumption and bills. Wireless technology, drop-in thermostats, and cloud-based applications make it affordable and simple to install and use. It also provides great visibility and control of HVAC and lighting from one central point, which helps increase productivity.
Happy Thanksgiving to our ControlTrends Community, Friends, Family, and Loved Ones, Near and Far! ControlTrends wishes the entire ControlTrends Community a very Warm and Happy Thanksgiving to all! Take a moment to reach out and share — and spread some happiness — if you can! It always goes a long way. The first Thanksgiving in 1621, was a 3-day festival that became a national holiday in 1863 after a 30 year campaign by Sarah Josepha Hale, author of the nursery rhyme, “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” who was inspired by a diary of the Pilgrim life to make Thanksgiving a national holiday.ControlTrends Awards Nominee Bill Dunkleberger and Blue Ridge Technologies at the 2016 Niagara Summit. Now that the 2016 ControlTrends Awards Nominations are well underway, we wanted to make sure the ControlTrends community has a chance to get to know Bill Dunkleberger and his Company’s products. We caught up with Blue Ridge Technologies’ CEO, Bill Dunkleberger, at the 2016 Vendor Showcase. Bill and his team provide a very powerful and easy to use lighting solution. Blue Ridge has developed an approach called Unified Lighting Control. Unified Lighting Control completes the BAS, incorporating lighting and HVAC controls on the same network.
30 Minutes with Lynxspring – A Sneak Peek at the JENEsys Edge 534 and the Onyxx XM 34-IO. The next “30 Minutes with Lynxspring,” our monthly webinar series featuring Lynxspring subject-matter experts and special guests, continues Wednesday, November 30th at 12:00 PM CST. In this monthly edition, we will provide a sneak peek into the soon-to-be-released JENEsys® Edge™ 534 and the Onyxx® XM 34-IO – the latest additions to our E2E (Edge-to-Enterprise) initiative.
DGLogik — IoT Brilliance in Design, Logic, Data Visualization, and Data Profiling. DGLogik’s solutions provide users with the intelligence to better manage energy usage and improve facility performance. DGLogik’s cutting-edge IoE technology will drive the future of data-driven technology, allowing users to create customizable applications and dashboards to better manage, measure, control and analyze data from any device anytime, anywhere.
DGLogik’s solutions provide users with the intelligence to better manage energy usage and improve facility performance. DGLogik’s cutting-edge IoE technology will drive the future of data-driven technology, allowing users to create customizable applications and dashboards to better manage, measure, control and analyze data from any device anytime, anywhere. See DGLogik’s portfolio of IoT Vertical Solutions below!
DGLogik’s IoT Vertical Solutions:
Agriculture: DGLux5 may help farmers, agronomists and production teams to evaluate the most relevant data gathered from systems and sensors, field and plant equipment to streamline conservation efforts and even automate machines for optimal performance to increase crop yields and farm production.
Business Intelligence: Having a custom application that displays meaningful analytics and reports with DGLux5, to consolidate, schedule and facilitate tasks and performance may significantly increase ROI and allow companies, executives, managers, marketing and sales professionals become more resourceful.
Healthcare: There is a considerable amount of medical devices and systems that measure and monitor various facility and patient data. However, utilizing different systems and applications to access data and exchange information is a challenge in the healthcare industry. Simplifying these methods is also a challenge, especially with concerns of HIPPA compliancy.
Industrial: With DGLux5, one has easy capability of creating real-time visibility into all assets whether it’s shop-floor, machines or production lines. Key insights like overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) and total effective equipment performance allows one to truly understand machine uptime and downtime, validating whether it is the machine performance or manufacturing processes that needs to improve.
Intelligent Buildings: Being able to connect building systems data into a single, unified platform including HVAC, lighting, security, fire safety, and work order management systems is the leading building automation solution, DGLux5. It is your companion in increasing operational efficiency and decreasing issue resolution timeframes. With DGLux5, one can easily analyze mechanical and electrical systems, monitor emergency situations, troubleshoot hot/cold calls and perform preventative maintenance and much, much more.
Oil & Gas: The advanced and flexible features of DGLux5 enable oil & gas producers and suppliers to address these issues – monitor and control the data centers and physical factors affecting the oil rig site operations. With intuitive applications created on DGLux5 platform, decision-makers can monitor and manage oversized data storage infrastructure, track logistics, as well as set triggers and alarms ensuring safety and efficiency.
Smart Cities: Unifying all city, building and energy management systems and data can be achieved with the leading technology, DGLux5. It provides a combined innovative design and development platform which allows any user to easily create custom city and smart infrastructure monitoring applications and dashboards to intelligently analyze data, make intelligent decisions and become more profitable.
Transportation & Logistics: DGLux5 transportation logistics & analytics solutions offers unified, flexible integration and data visualization usability among your intelligent transportation and manufacturing systems in order to discover or predict anomalies, gain full visibility into supply chain dynamics, manufacturing and transportation expenses, and communicate better with customers and suppliers.
DGLogik, acquired by Acuity Brands July, 2016, supports Acuity Brands’ strategy to expand and enhance its portfolio of holistic IoT solutions for the growing market for intelligent networked systems that collect and exchange data to increase efficiency, as well as provide a host of other economic benefits resulting from data analytics to better enable smart buildings and smart cities.
About DG Logik: We are a San Francisco Bay Area based company which provides innovative software solutions that enable and visualize the (IoT) Internet of Things…or as we say, Internet of Everything. Our modern IoE technology illustrates the Internet of Everything through customizable applications and dashboards, allowing users to easily interact with various sets of data from various devices and derive more value and intelligence to better manage cost and energy efficiency. We drive the future of data-driven technology, allowing users to create customizable applications and dashboards to better manage, measure, control and analyze data from any device anytime, anywhere.
ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast|PodCast for week ending August 14, 2016 features interviews with two well-recognized industry leaders: Scott Cochrane, president of Cochrane Supply, a multi-award-winning distributor, and Acuity Brands, Inc’s. new VP — IoT, Customer Experience, Eugene Mazo, who updates the ControlTrends community on the exciting future of DGLogik. Learn about the upcoming SmartGrid.GOV meeting in Washington, DC; Webinars by Belimo, ACI, and Lynxspring; and EasyIO’s EasyStack, a software platform that leverages tagging and data modeling.
ControlTalk NOW first interview with Scott Cochrane, president of Cochrane Supply, an multi-award-winning company and a leading source of building controls products, technology,and information. Scott summarizes the evolving role of distribution and what the future might bring. Distributors need to remember that they deliver hardware, software, and knowledge in a people-to-people business, and serve as enablers in the market. Scott suggests, perhaps we are over-serving the building markets with technology as an industry, because the solutions are determined in the conversations that identify what the problems are and expectations are and “We’re still missing the right conversations with the right people.”
Please Help DOE Set Smart Grid Communications R&D Priorities August 30-31 in Washington, DC. The DOE Office of Electricity Smart Grid Communications R&D Roadmap meeting in Washington, D.C., on August 30-31, 2016, provides an opportunity for you and your organization to participate in the development of a roadmap intended to address gaps in research and development and current options that utilities have to solve their communications needs today.
Webinar on Belimo Energy Valve Data Analysis Tool, Wednesday, August 17 at 1:00 PM EDT. In this 30 minute webinar you will learn how the Energy Valve Data Analysis Tool is used in conjunction with the Belimo Energy Valve to provide analysis of stored data to deliver efficiency, and cost savings for your system. This tool can seamlessly import up to 13 months of trended data, along with performance metrics of a system—which all can be viewed graphically.
LIVE ACI Gas Sensor WEBINAR August 24th, 10:00 AM, CST, with Brant Kasbohm. GAS SENSOR WEBINAR, 8/24/16 10:00 A.M. CST. Brant Kasbohm, ACI’s Webinar Presenter will conduct a brief, educational overview of ACI’s Gas Sensors including “How To” videos and product demonstrations. A “Q & A” session will conclude Brant’s 30 minute presentation. Questions? Send Brant an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Want more information?
What is EasyStack? EasyIO’s Software Platform that Leverages Tagging and Data Modeling. EasyStack is a complete BMS/EMS software platform that leverages tagging and data modeling based on the Project Haystack open source initiative. (If you’re not familiar with Haystack check it out here. The EasyStack Framework is agnostic in the sense that it incorporates built in drivers allowing for connection to BACnet, Modbus, sql, etc. You can pull in data from just about anywhere.
Change Ahead: Forget about Wire! The Pen that Draws Electric Circuits! Another example of the new technologies and trends that will change the way we design, build and run smart buildings. I am blown away by this technology from the Japanese from Kandenko. Kandenko has grown to become one of Japan’s leading general infrastructure firms, and earned high acclaim and a solid reputation for its contributions to the creation of comfortable living environments, pleasant yet cutting-edge workplaces, and safe and functional local communities.
.30 Minutes with Lynxspring Webinar Series — A Look at Variable Frequency Drives The next “30 Minutes with Lynxspring”, our monthly webinar series featuring Lynxspring subject-matter experts and special guests, continues Wednesday, August 17th at 11:00 AM CDT. August’s Webinar looks at Variable Frequency Drives. Variable Frequency Drives play a critical role in the efficiency and performance of a building. They help increase system reliability, maximize equipment lifetime value, contribute to saving energy, lower maintenance costs and add to overall smoother operations.
An Excited Eugene Mazo, VP — IoT, Customer Experience at Acuity Brands,Inc., Explains DGLogik’s Future. During our second ControlTalk NOW interview with Eugene Mazo, VP — IoT, Customer Experience Acuity Brands,Inc. (Formerly CEO, DG Logik), the ControlTrends Community gets a firsthand update on the major developments and the future of DGLogik and its technology. In summary, it’s a win for Acuity Brands, Inc.; a win for DGLogik: and a win for DGLogik’s OEM partners, Distributors, Resellers, and Systems Integrators — as DGLogik moves forward with a lot more scale and resources.
During our interview with an excited Eugene Mazo, VP — IoT, Customer Experience Acuity Brands,Inc. (Formerly CEO, DG Logik), the ControlTrends Community gets a firsthand update on the major developments and the future of DGLogik and its technology. In summary, it’s a win for Acuity Brands, Inc.; a win for DGLogik: and a win for DGLogik’s OEM partners, Distributors, Resellers, and Systems Integrators — as DGLogik moves forward with a lot more scale and resources. Background: Over the past several years, Acuity Brands has been transforming itself from a traditional lighting manufacturer into a $3 billion+ technology company that has made both organic and inorganic investments into state-of-the-art software solutions within the IoT domain. Having been focused on developing an ecosystem of partners to leverage intelligent lighting and building system networks, Acuity Brands is well positioned to deliver a broad range of solutions that will help customers digitize their businesses.
Eugene further explains, “Acuity’s vision and strategy are very well-aligned with the direction of DGLogik. That is why we are pleased to have joined Acuity’s portfolio of holistic IoT solutions and the tremendous growth opportunities it presents for us, our customers and sales partners. We are confident this acquisition will pave the way for DGLogik to develop more innovative technology, while increasing speed to market with our current and future products. Our whole team is fully committed to continue providing cutting-edge software solutions and support to the intelligent buildings, smart cities and industrial automation industries in parallel with our efforts to advance the world of IoT.”
The rest of the press release continues below.
As we move forward with the integration of DGLogik into Acuity Brands, below are answers to a few key questions.
What does this acquisition mean for DGLux5 OEMs?
We value our OEM partners, and we will continue to nurture and grow these relationships through more rapid advancements in our software and enhanced support services. Our flagship product, DGLux5, will continue to mature and our dedicated account executives will continue working closely with our OEM partners to ensure that our software maintains maximum stability and compatibility with OEM partner hardware and software. We will allocate the necessary technical resources and support staff required to build on these relationships.
What does the acquisition mean for DGLux5 Distributors, Resellers and System Integrators?
Assurance that our technology is here and here to stay. Our ideas will now have a solid path to more quickly transform into products and solutions that address existing and future problems of our clients. Distributors, resellers and system integrators have been the backbone of our success. We will continue working together to ensure that, through you, the value of our technology is expertly introduced and the implementation of our technology is skillfully accomplished to ultimately place leading solutions in the hands of all users. Our account representatives will be dedicated to providing support staff and updated marketing and sales material as the material evolves alongside with our technology.
Any changes with DSA?
No. We founded DSA with the goal of democratizing connectivity and are still very much in that frame of mind. Thus, DSA will remain open source and we will continue to play a leading role in driving adoption, evolving the technology and contributing code. The community of developers and consumers, currently consisting of over 400 participants and growing every day, will continue to be the resource for support and enhancements for this cutting-edge IoT Toolkit and Platform. DSA is rapidly gaining more and more support from major technology enterprises and DGLogik will continue to be fully involved. For more information on DSA, please visit www.iot-dsa.org.
Will DGLogik continue to provide Training & Support?
Training and support services is of utmost importance to us, and we will continue to evolve this function to ensure that the highest quality solutions are being deployed in the most efficient manner. We will be working to enhance training materials, support forums and knowledge sharing. We want to ensure that everyone that uses our products have access to all the needed information.
How about Professional Services?
We will maintain and grow our professional services organization to ensure continued delivery of quality services and solutions to help accelerate our customers’ and partners’ success.
Right now, it is business as usual. Continue to count on your current DGLogik contacts and home office services. Meanwhile, as part of the Acuity Brands family, we will leverage our new-found scale to expand DGLogik’s go-to-market channels and focus on enhancing current technologies and building new cutting edge products for major IoT verticals. Soon we will be moving to a new facility in Berkeley to accommodate further expansion and add to our capabilities and services. Everyone is committed to our new home and we look forward to joining forces with our Acuity Brands team members.
It is a very exciting time for DGLogik, Acuity Brands, and our partners and customers. DGLogik and Acuity Brands, together, look forward to accelerating the adoption of IoT and our best-in-class technologies. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly.
VP – IoT, Customer Experience (formerly CEO – DGLogik, Inc.)
ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast for week ending June 19, 2016 continues its coverage of the 2016 Niagara Summit with interviews from Vendors Showcase featuring Blue Ridge Technology’s Bill Dunkleberger, Tridium’s Emily Weisenesale, DGLogik’s Arthur Alter, OME Engineering’s Rick Warner, Contemporary Controlss George Thomas, KMC’s Richard Newberry, Lynxspring’s Chris Ryan, and MRSoluciones’ Alfredo Melnik and Carlos Roman. Don’t miss ACI’s Barry “Flash” Gordon inaugural training event and DOE’s investment of $10 Million towards Efficient Lighting Research and Development.
Free Training from ACI This Wednesday. Our friend Barry ” Flash” Gordon will be sharing his knowledge about ACI current sensors and switches. This is the first in a series of monthly training sessions from the control pros at ACI, so be sure to check it out. Mark your calendar for Wednesday (6/15) morning at 9 a.m. CST. Just click on this link on the 15th.
Energy Department Invests More than $10 Million in Efficient Lighting Research and Development. Building on the new commitments to the Global Lighting Challenge announced last week during the Clean Energy Ministerial, the Energy Department is announcing funding for nine research and development projects that will support solid-state lighting (SSL) core technology research, product development, and manufacturing research and development.
Tridium’s Emily Weisensale Shines the Spotlight on Tridium’s Niagara Marketplace. Emily Weisensale, Product Manager for the Niagara Marketplace, updates the ControlTrends Community on the growth of Tridium’s newest innovation — the Niagara Marketplace — a groundbreaking website that connects businesses looking to harness the power of the Internet of Things (IoT), with the experts who make it happen.
BlueRidge Technologies Lights Up The Niagara Summit Product Showcase with a New Product. We caught up with our friend Bill Dunkleberger from Blue Ridge Technologies at the 2016 Vendor Showcase. Bill and his team provide a very powerful and easy to use lighting solution. Blue Ridge has developed an approach called Unified Lighting Control. 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.
Arthur Alter Previews DGLogik’s Project Assist 2.0: Making the Invisible Visible — Affordably. So what are you going to do with all that data that you can pump out of Niagara N4? How are you going to get it in a format that is easy to see, easy to understand, easy to normalize, easy to install, and easy to customize, at a cost that is easy on the budget? The “Men in Black” aka the DGLogik team have the products and answers to these questions, and they were out in full force at the 2016 Niagara Product Showcase. Take a look at their updated Project Assist 2.0.
Rick Warner “Insights from the Innovator” at the 2016 Niagara Summit. Always a ControlTrends favorite and provider of industry innovation and insight, Rick Warner, PE, LEED BC&D, CEM, DCEP, CXA, EBCP, President & Owner of OME Engineering, aka, The Innovator, shares a few of his takeaways from the 2016 Niagara Summit.
Contemporary Controls Distributor News, June 2016 — The BASautomation Force is Growing! George Thomas and the team at Contemporary Controls have developed one of the most powerful, open Building Automation Systems available in the BAS world — and with its continued investments in next-gen production, technical support, and marketing collateral, Contemporary Controls will keep growing its North American and global markets.
KMC Converges on the 2016 Niagara Summit. What do Dell and Intel have in common? Among other things they both are partners with KMC and the New Commander Smart Buildings Control System that is designed to win the “Race to the Small Space.” The Race to the Small Space is a term Kenny and I coined to describe the building automation control solutions, that companies, like KMC, are designing to provide affordable energy management and controls solutions for the over 5 million buildings in the United States that do not have energy management control systems.
Niagara Around the World: Alfredo Melnik and Carlos Roman from Mexico City. Smart Building and Building Automation Controls is taking off in Mexico. With the Building Automation and Smart Buildings Controls Market projected to reach upward of 55 Billion dollars by 2020, Mexico is poised to play a prominent role in this growth. In fact, Mexico’s most populous city, has been selected for the Ciudad Creativa Digital (CCD) smart-city development project, and is just one of the many Smart Building/ Smart City/ Smart Home initiatives in
Founder and president George Thomas demonstrates Contemporary Control’s updates product portfolio that he and his team make for the systems integrators across the globe. Contemporary Controls designs and manufactures the system building blocks for networking, integrating, and controlling automation processes where performance and reliability are critical. Contemporary Controls’ products are built upon open technologies such as ARCNET®, BACnet®, Controller Area Network (CAN), Ethernet, Modbus®, Niagara Framework®, Sedona Framework™, and are typically found in building and industrial automation industries.
Richard McElhinney Presents Airmasters’ Plant Pro at 2016 Niagara Summit. We caught up with Richard McElhinney from Airmasters. Richard gives an in-depth demo of Plant Pro’s alluring and efficient chiller plant optimization controller. Richard McElhinney is a leading systems integrator from “down under” and our “unofficial official” ControlTrends correspondent. A veteran of many campaigns, Richard is a valuable source of information on the trends impacting building automation and the future of Smart Buildings.
Lynxspring’s Chris Ryan Flexes Integration Knowledge at the 2016 Niagara Summit. While the potential for using data to improve energy and operational efficiencies is significant, the difficulty of organizing and understanding the data can be challenging. One of the challenges of working with data is it can be very hard to organize and use across different applications. It is stored in different formats, has inconsistent naming conventions and lacks information to describe what it means.
Powerful, full-featured data visualization tools are paramount to properly utilize building systems data as an asset. And DGLux5 has proven to be the preferred application development platform with exceptional toolsets that will take your customers’ building performance data to the highest level. So, join us for DGLux5 training, become DG Certified and take your customers’ data to the next level! Register here!
Welcome to ControlTalk NOW for the week ending May 31, 2015, that also includes some posts we delayed while away at Haystack Connect, which dominated the ControlTrends horizon with interviews with Brian Frank, Anno Scholten, Richard McElhinney, Marc Petock, Jason Briggs, Scott Meunch, Jason Houck, Ken Sinclair, Andy McGowan, and many more. Realcomm|IBcom is next week and there’s still time to register. The registration link for EasyIO’s Global Event in Paris is up as well. Awesome interviews with CGNA Vendors: Blue Ridge Technologies, Siemens, Honeywell Genesis, and Functional Devices. Featured updates from DGLogik, who teamed with QA Graphics, and Sierra Monitor’s EZ Gateway Webinar and Wastewater Application and much more!
Realcomm & IBcon General Session Program Announced — Register NOW!General Session Program Announced! June 8-10 meeting in San Antonio, TX. Be sure to take advantage of the special ControlTrends Rate: $895.00 — valid till 6/1/15. Use Promo Code: IB15CTL1. The impact that technology, automation and innovation have had on the commercial and corporate real estate industry over the last 3-5 years is unprecedented.
The 2014 ControlTrends Awards HighLight Reel. Watch this video to re-live the excitement of the 2014 ControlTrends Awards. Thanks again to all our sponsors for making this event possible. A special thanks to our emcee’s Marc Petock and Kimberly Brown. Plans for the 2015 ControlTrends Awards, in Orlando, FL, are already underway. Thanks, once again to all of our sponsors and the continued support and participation from our global ControlTrends Community.
CGNA Vendor Showcase: Blue Ridge Technologies. Blue Ridge technologies is a great example of the quality vendors that are represented in the group. As you can see in this video, Bill and his team provide a very powerful and easy to use lighting solutions. Blue Ridge Technologies has developed an approach called Unified Lighting Control.
Siemens has a winner with the RDY2000 Thermostat. ControlTrends caught up with Siemens at the 2015 CGNA Vendor Showcase. They introduced us to several cool new products. One of the ones we like a lot is the RDY2000 light commercial thermostat.The RDY2000 thermostat that has big time features for small business solutions.
Contemporary Controls’ BASintegratorJ2: Niagara AX Integration via Haystack. May 2015 — The BASintegratorJ2 uses a subset of J2innovations’s FIN stack to create a powerful, yet flexible intelligent gateway that integrates Modbus and BACnet points up to Project Haystack clients. Built on Contemporary Controls’ open automation Linux platform, the BASintegratorJ2 can discover points and apply Haystack tags to serve up to building supervisors such as Niagara’s AX Supervisor.
Sierra Monitor’s Webinar: Introduction to the EZ Gateway. Register today for an educational webinar introducing our new EZ Gateway! Integrating Modbus devices into BACnet networks is a common field application. Completing this integration in an efficient, reliable, and repeatable fashion is a requirement in today’s environment. Our expert instructor, Richard Theron, will discuss how simple it is to connect Modbus devices to BACnet systems with the EZ Gateway and how to lower commissioning time and costs with features such as EZ Profiles and DeviceProxy™.
CGNA 2015 Vendor Show Case: Honeywell Genesis Cable. All great control systems need the right cable and wire. ControlTrends caught up with Randy Lee, VP Sales, Electrical & HVAC Division and Honeywell Genesis Series Cable, at the 2015 CGNA Vendor Showcase and got the 411 on Honeywell’s new merchandising efforts, which include adding Contractor Pro Point rewards, new point of sale displays, and the new wire legend — marked on every reel, to know exactly how much more wire is left in the box.
Haystack Connect 2015: Open Source Community Resumes Plenary Session, Colorado Springs, CO.The majestic snow covered Pikes Peak contrasted by the wondrous earthy red rock formations of the Garden of the Gods provided a suitably inspiring setting for Haystack Connect as it resumed its mission to adroitly usher in the world of self-defining data — in a collaborative way that no single-minded entity could possibly achieve. Marc Petock and three special guests, Brian Frank, Anno Scholten, and Richard McElhinney join ControlTrends for a pre-reception discussion of why some 240 of the top global automation and IoT professionals are attending the second Haystack Connect meeting.
2015 Haystack Connect Day One — General Session, Opening Comments, and Keynote Speakers. Marc Petock and John Petze hit the stage running and kicked off the 2015 Haystack Connect with a grateful thanks to the Project Haystack Sponsors and its 900 Haystack community members, 245 of which, were present at the General Session. Project Haystack grown by 45% over the last two years. Special recognition was given to Lynxspring, Contemporary Controls, KMC’s Conquest, J2 Innovations, BASSG, and Plant Pro/Air Masters for their efforts in developing Haystack applications.
“Off to a Great Start!” Project Haystack’s Executive Director John Petze Reports. Executive Director, John Petze, regaled ControlTrends with the exciting news that 2015 Haystack Connect is off to a great start: New people, new vendors, more consultants, and the spirit of collaboration that includes the likes of Siemens, have all helped Project Haystack emerge as the leading initiative that helps people, at all levels, get more value from their systems. In order to use advanced analytic techniques, enhanced reporting, and comprehensive energy analysis, you must go through the process of tagging data.
2015 Haystack Connect — Day 2 Highlights — Interoperable Blues Band Rocks the House! Day Two of 2015 Haystack Connect began with a hoax-busting integration experience, as Jason Briggs and Scott Muench configured a Haystack project involving 10 participating vendors, employing a uniquely entertaining and unprecedented live demonstration of the potency and inevitability of Haystack tagging (Video to follow). Adoption of Haystack’s naming conventions and taxonomies — will make it more cost effective to analyze, visualize, and derive value from our operational data, period.
New Product Review: Functional Devices BACnet Network Relay. ControlTrends had a chance to catch up with Kelly Holmes from Functional Devices at the 2015 CGNA Vendor Showcase. Kelly showed us a cool new product from Functional Devices, the RIBTW24B-BCAO enclosed BACnet® MS/TP Network Relay Device. Functional Devices designs products that make the contractors life easier. Competitively priced and easy to use the RIBTW24B-BCAD is no exception.
Haystack Connect from a Systems Integrator’s Perspective. Project Haystack is an open source initiative to streamline working with data from the Internet of Things. We standardize semantic data models and web services with the goal of making it easier to unlock value from the vast quantity of data being generated by the smart devices that permeate our homes, buildings, factories, and cities. Applications include automation, control, energy, HVAC, lighting, and other environmental systems. To find out why it is so important to today’s master systems integrators we tracked down one of the smartest building automation controls systems integrators on the planet, Jason Houck, from Hepta Systems. See what Jason had to say.
EasyIO Global Event — Sponsors and Speakers Welcome. Belimo Goes Gold! EasyIO’s first global partner event in Madrid, Spain was a gathering of EasyIO success stories from around the world. The deep networking between manufacturers and vendors, specifying engineers, 3rd party solution providers, systems integrators, and a rather new entity to the scene — solution entrepreneurs with accomplished technical skills and the dashboard/analytic/graphic tools to meet every application, large and small, was a unique integration meld.
DGLogik Updates: May 27th-29th Training & DGLogik Partnership with QA Graphics.May 27th-29th in Oakland: DGLogik, Inc. will be hosting DGLux5 Application Development Training course at our headquarters in Oakland. The training course takes place from Wednesday, May 27th through Friday, May 29th. Take advantage of progressing your rapid development skills through our collaborative training exercises.
2015 Haystack Connect Highlight: Ken Sinclair Interviews Jack McGowan. ControlTrends’ good friend Ken Sinclair, of Automated Buildings, interviews Jack McGowan, of The McGowan Group, immediately after Jack’s Keynote presentation at Haystack Connect’s Day 2 General Session. This candid video captures the two long-time friends and industry titans, discussing Jack’s sixth book, published by Fairmont Press and available August 1, 2015. The book entitled “Energy & Analytics, Big Data, and Building Technology Integration.”
Christopher Naismith Weighs in at 2015 Haystack Connect. What is the fastest way to teach your organization,and have your people stay smarter than your competition? To find out we turned to our friend,Ken Sinclair, from automated buildings.com. Ken introduces us to Christopher Naismith. Chris, is the training manager at SES Consulting. Ken and Chris discuss the concept of “self learning cultures.” Fascinating!
Contemporary Controls’ George Thomas at 2015 Haystack Connect. ControlTrends caught up with Contemporary Control’s George Thomas at the 2015 Haystack Connect Vendor Show. George shares his insights into Haystack Connect — and, how several of the Contemporary Controls products integrate very nicely with Haystack.
KMC Representatives Attend Dell Annual Analyst Conference. KMC Controls, a leader in building automation systems, today announced its participation in the Dell Annual Analyst Conference in Austin, Texas from May 27th through May 29th. The Dell team invited KMC’s Richard Newberry and Erich Kreuter as strategic envoys to the high-profile event. Dell and KMC are firmly committed to bringing the power of the Internet of Things to building automation by enabling secure, timely access and control of building systems and data to building owners and property managers.
Jason Briggs on The Power of Haystack Tags. ControlTrends caught up with Jason Briggs from J2 Innovations at the 2015 Haystack Connect Conference. Jason talks about the power of Haystack and how it is changing the way we are able to get and use data in Smart Buildings. Jason founded J2 Innovations in 2009, and has passionately provided the vision and direction for the emerging software company. Jason is now focused on empowering J2’s customers to have similar success, by creating powerful engineering tools, visualization, and software technology.
Sierra Monitor’s Featured Application: Wastewater Treatment. Sierra Monitor knows the Wastewater application inside and out. Consider using Sierra Monitor’s expertise and products for your next wastewater project — instrumenting the wastewater plant with one of the most comprehensive gas detection, alarming,and mitigation systems available. Although detecting hazardous gases within a wastewater treatment facility is important, integrating gas detection and alarm systems with SCADA’s, PLC’s, or BMS’s is equally as important.
Brian Frank Explains How Haystack Works. Who better than Brian Frank to address the crowd and explain how Haystack works? Project Haystack seeks to make this a machine to machine effort using self-describing data that would eliminate significant costs. Project Haystack: It’s time to make the use of self-describing data — the specified norm. Well done Brian!
May 27th-29th in Oakland: DGLogik, Inc. will be hosting DGLux5 Application Development Training course at our headquarters in Oakland. The training course takes place from Wednesday, May 27th through Friday, May 29th. Take advantage of progressing your rapid development skills through our collaborative training exercises. They are instructor-led with lectures, exercises and hands-on labs designed to provide an understanding of the basic principles, concepts and knowledge necessary to develop and support cross-platform HTML5 applications. There are very few seats left so hurry and register!
QA Graphics is proud to announce a partnership with DGLogik, Inc., providing enhanced graphic services for customers utilizing DGLogik’s IoT Application Platform, DGLux5. For over 8 years, QA Graphics has developed and maintained long-term relationships by providing graphic services to control manufacturers, building owners and system integrators – QA Graphics is confident that this partnership with DGLogik will only enhance the level of services provided.
“The application development time for our dev team will be far less than what we have experienced. Having this drag and drop environment for our developers allows us to create these modern applications without heavy, manual coding. It will allow us to further our creativity and quickly hand over a complete IoT solution to our clients” says President of QA Graphics, Dan McCarty.