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…]
EasyIO’s World Conference will be held May 19th through May 21st! This year the location for our Global event is Amsterdam. The conference is a great opportunity to meet the EasyIO team and your colleagues from the BMS branch. [Read more…]
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…]
Episode 294: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending Dec 9, 2018 brings us another week closer to the 2018 ControlTrends Awards. Vote today, and be sure to pass the ballot on to your colleagues and network. Voting ends at midnight 12/31/2018! Check out these great solutions: Optergy’s new Help Desk Live [Read more…]
The EasyIO-FW series is a free programmable controller ideal for all kind of applications such as Fan Coils, AHU’s, room applications, stand-alone applications etc. Ideal also for vertical markets such as schools and retail to have extended IO for the FG+ series without any downtime [Read more…]
Episode 282: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending September 9, 2018 continues with its international flavor with reportage from Tuscany, Italy. HVACR industry update and best States for technicians to work in; Register for Johnson Controls’ Custom Solution Webinar; EasyIO releases updated Education & Training Announcement and Advanced Class Training Schedule; and Project Haystack Connections Magazine Fall 2018 edition call for Contributions.
HVACR Careers: Choosing the Right State — The Top States to Work in. Heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) contractors looking for plentiful job opportunities, high salaries, available training and large numbers of service calls should head to Ohio or California, according to a list of top states to work in HVACR compiled by Emerson. (Source: Becky Hoelscher, AC & Heating Connect| Aug. 17, 2018)
Johnson Controls Integrated Comfort Solution Webinar: 6 Way Valves, Actuators & Terminal Units: The Efficient HVAC System Choice for Your Building. Building owners today are seeking a new solution with greater accuracy and more precise control of their HVAC system for improved efficiency and energy-savings. Join us for a one-hour webinar on Thursday, September 20 at 1pm CST to hear why terminal units paired with a six-way valve and a 270 degrees proportional actuator is the right choice for an energy efficient building.
EasyIO’s Education & Training Announcement and Advanced Class Training Schedule. Education & Training: Before you purchase any product from EasyIO from an authorized partner, you must complete our CPT training. You may find upcoming training classes here or contact an authorized partner. You may also familiarize yourself with our online CPT training videos on this page. If you are new to HVAC and controls technology, the BEST program is a collaboration of nationwide colleges that provide beginning to advanced training and other resources.
Project Haystack Connections Magazine Fall 2018 Call for Contributions. Project Haystack is excited to announce that the next issue of Connections Magazine is in development and will be published in early January 2019. The Connections Magazine reports the news from the Project Haystack community from around the world and provides updates on the development of working groups, new tagging models, reference implementations, complimentary applications, and use case stories from the community working together to make device data easier to use across applications of all types.
Education & Training: Before you purchase any product from EasyIO from an authorized partner, you must complete our CPT training. You may find upcoming training classes here or contact an authorized partner. You may also familiarize yourself with our online CPT training videos on this page. If you are new to HVAC and controls technology, the BEST program is a collaboration of nationwide colleges that provide beginning to advanced training and other resources.
2018 Advanced Class
Prerequisites: Students must have completed CPT Training
Class Duration: 8:30AM to 5:30PM
Materials: Laptop with CPT loaded, FS-32 Controller
This is an advanced class. Class size is limited.
Dates and Locations
September 17 – Philadelphia at Broudy Precision
September 18 – Nashville, at ControlCo
September 19 – Madison Heights, MI at Cochrane Supply
October 29 – Weymouth, MA at Control Consultants, Inc
November TBD – Bay Area
November TBD – Bay Area
Best Practices to keep applications working efficiently – 1.5 Hours
* Creating logic to track available memory
* Creating folders to isolate logic
* Using NTP to sync time
* Measuring limits in BACnet Devices Client and Point Count Client / Server, Modbus Device Count and Point Count Master/Slave, P2P points, Max Schedules, Max Web Client Connections, device backups
Taking a deep dive into SQL databases – 2 Hours
* Setup data sources in CPT
* Building widgets
* Other Data Sources
* Using Adaptor Widget from Dashboard
Product Overview – 1 Hour (during a working lunch)
* Product Roadmap
Using the Email Service – 30 minutes
* Setup Email Service
* Sending Emails with Alarms
* Attaching history in email
Developing custom Kits in CPT – 2 Hours
* How to use the develop kit function in CPT
* Creating a Sedona kit
* Build a Manifest file
* Built a Sedona object
* Compile Kits
* Loading new Kits into controller
Developing Graphics – 1.5 hours
* Learning Objectives
* Creating graphics for application, monitoring, reporting
* Creating one graphic and using for multiple integrated controllers.
* Create your own widget utilizing the adapter Widget (multiple examples)
Learn more about EasyIO products and services at www.easyio.com.
NEW – Customer Solutions System
To better serve our partners, we have implemented a new tool for support requests. This will enable us to utilize our global team to provide 24/7 service, ensure that no request is overlooked, measure our effectiveness, and identify recurring problems. For all non-partner requests, we will notify your support department. Support Ticket.
NEW – RMA Procedure
You asked and we have delivered. For our Americas partners, you have the option of sending your RMAs stateside (Ohio). Effective immediately, you can continue to email the RMA form or you can use an online form for EasyIO products. This is for all defective products within warranty. Of course, you can also send to Malaysia if you prefer.
We will be making other infrastructure changes in the near future.
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Product Spotlight – The MIG The MIG-FE gateway integrates legacy systems. The MIG normalizes the data and behavior of diverse devices, regardless of manufacturer or communication protocol, to enable implementation of internet-connected, web-based systems. The MIG is available from Maxline. Drivers are ordered separately.
Case Study – 10 Trinity Square London (UK) This former office building is now used as a residential building and hotel with a spa. It has seven levels above the ground and three below, 41 apartments and a 100 bed hotel. 250 FC-20 controllers, 40 FG-32+ controllers, 12 FG-20+ controllers, 30 SH-FX-RP-A displays and 40 SystemView 9” tablets are used in this retrofit project executed by our UK partner SSE Enterprise Energy Solutions. Read more.
About Case Studies… We often get requests for case studies, use cases and references. As the manufacturer, we have to rely on our partners as we do not have a direct relationship with the contractor or customer. It benefits all to share a customer experience as everyone can use documented testimonials. If you have a potential case study, we would like to work with you to develop and promote it.
Episode 272: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending June 24, 2018 brings us to the mid-year point of 2018 (already). Stay on top of the HVAC and Building Automation industries: Get your Niagara 3.8 and Niagara 4.4 updates; Great interviews from 2018 Realcomm|IBcon with Distech’s Ryan Sen and Charles Pelletier, and KMC’s Scott Taylor; Contemporary Controls’ new line of EIGR Gigabit IP routers allow faster routing throughput. and EasyIO’s ultimate mini Wi-Fi controller opens up a wealth of new opportunities; and, for those who were unable to attend the NS 2018 Niagara Summit, voila, here’s your opportunity to watch the Day 1 Keynote speakers.
Tridium Technical Bulletin: Niagara AX 3.8 Update 4/Niagara 4.4 Update 1.Dear VYKON partner, New updates for Niagara AX (3.8 update 4) and Niagara 4 (4.4 update 1) are available on Niagara Central. The Niagara AX 3.8 Update 4 release (3.8.401) includes several fixes an important vulnerability mitigations for cybersecurity protection of Niagara AX systems, including, but not limited to, an important revision of the Java Virtual Machine that fixes critical security vulnerabilities.
Distech’s Ryan Sen and Charles Pelletier Demo the UniTouch APP at 2018 Realcomm|IBcon. ControlTrends joined Distech’s Ryan Sen, Director, Customer Experience, and Charles Pelletier, Global Product Manager, at the 2018 Realcomm|IBcon vendors exhibit to get a firsthand demonstration of Distech’s new UniTouch APP, which truly gives the occupant total control of their space — using their Bluetooth connected mobile device to control their temperature setting, lighting/dimming preference, fan speed, CO2 reading, blind positioning, and scene selection — all from the palm of their hand!
KMC’s VP of Business Development, Scott Taylor Interview from 2018 Realcomm|IBcon. Our ControlTrends interview with KMC’s VP of Business Development, Scott Taylor, at the vendor show at the 2018 Realcomm|IBcon Conference was a great opportunity to hear the latest from KMC Controls, who offers one of the industry’s most comprehensive array of options that allow contractors to use the right-sized and right-priced software tool, namely, the KMC Commander, for small to mid-sized buildings.
Contemporary Controls New Products Announcement: New EIGR Series of Gigabit IP Routers Introduced. The Contemporary Controls’ EIGR series of Gigabit IP Routers are being introduced with features beyond our popular EIPR series of 10/100 Mbps IP routers while retaining the EIPR’s ease-of-use. Besides gigabit speed on both LAN and WAN ports, the new line of EIGR Gigabit IP routers allows for faster routing throughput, VPN server in addition to VPN client, and outdoor temperature operation. In addition to the basic EIGR-E model is the EIGR-V offering the choice of OpenVPN client or server.
EasyIO The Ultimate mini Wi-Fi Controller that Opens up a Wealth of New Opportunities. The ultimate mini Wi-Fi controller that opens up a wealth of new opportunities for you. That’s what the new EasyIO FT-04 controller is going to be all about. In this newsletter we share the preliminary datasheet and a few benefits of the FT-04 with you, so you get to know more about it’s features and capabilities.
Niagara Summit 2018 Day 1’s Keynote Speakers: Tridium’s President and General Manager, Jim Bland and CTO, Kevin Smith. Following the dazzling electronic imagery of the Niagara blue spread of connected data through a city landscape on three-screen wide presentation, Tridium’s Jim Bland, President and General Manager, takes the wand from the cyber maestro of the screen and hands it, figuratively, to the expectant audience of over 1000 global Niagara Community members — challenging them that NOW — is the time to really think outside the box.
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.