Varun Nagaraj, Sierra Monitor Corporation (SMC) President and CEO, tells the ControlTrends Community about SMC’s new IIoT On-Ramp Suite. SMC is an industry leading provider of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions that connect and protect high-value infrastructure assets. At the AHR 2016, SMC announced a comprehensive and secure IIoT On-Ramp Suite for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) of commercial and industrial controls devices and systems. The On-Ramp Suite extends Sierra Monitor’s 10-year track record of being OEMs’ trusted connectivity protocol partner and provides a set of hardware, software and cloud services that OEMs can use to accelerate the transformation of their devices into smart, cloud-connected products. Also see CNN Money Release MARKETWIRED News Release: Sierra Monitor Corporation Introduces IIoT On-Ramp Suite: Enables OEMs to Rapidly Seize IIoT Opportunities
This first Sierra Monitor Networking Conversation video is an extremely comprehensive and important overview of the economic impact and changes that the Industrial Internet of Things (IIot) is making within our industry. Join in on the conversation as Sierra Monitor’s CEO, Varun Nagaraj, rewards viewers with a remarkably down-to-earth insight into the most significant and economically vibrant aspects of IIoT and the opportunities these changes represent. The channels and business models for the OEMs, integrators, and facility/building managers are indeed changing. Are you?
Welcome to ControlTalk NOW for the week ending May 10, 2015. Fred Gordy asks if you’re ready to Pre-Act versus React and shares an incredible experience and insight into cybersecurity’s hat society; Marc Petock and Lynxspring posts: NiagaraAX 184.108.40.206 software updates and NTCP Training Update and Niagara 4 Bridge Course Updates, and Cybersecurity and the Boardroom; Sierra Monitor’s Varun Nagaraj offers Industrial Internet of Things insight and Mike Bonner unboxes and demos Sierra Monitor’s BTL Certified BACnet Fieldserver Router; Belimo valve test lab video tour; Honeywell SmartLine training; Tridium offers webinars on JACE® 8000 and Niagara 4 Licensing; and Carl Johnsen reflects on his 42 year career with Honeywell.
Lynxspring Technical Bulletin: NiagaraAX v220.127.116.11 Module Update. We want to advise you that Tridium has released a software patch for various NiagaraAX 18.104.22.168 modules. Upgrading these modules will correct the issues described in the Product Update Notification recently published for this update. If you are currently using version 22.214.171.124, please read the Product Update Notification and download the upgraded modules by clicking here and extract the files to a known location.
Sierra Monitor’s Varun Nagaraj — IIoT: The Search for Equitable Business Models. In this Sierra Monitor post (first of many), Varun Nagaraj, Sierra Monitor’s President and CEO shares his wealth of experience and industry knowledge positioned as a leader of a premiere global source of electronic communications, safety and environmental instrumentation, network products, and technical solutions. Over the last few years, many of us in the controls industry have been using the phrase “Industrial Internet of Things” or IIoT to describe the evolution of control networking in industrial environments.
Why Belimo Gets it Right: Watch the Belimo Valve Test Lab Tour. Belimo’s engineering prowess and innovation set the global standards in comfort, energy efficiency, and safety solutions. This video, previewing the Belimo Valve Test Lab, gives insight as to how such unparalleled standards are set and maintained. Belimo’s performance testing verifies that our products comply with industry and trade association specifications, including ANSI, EN, IEC, ISA, MSS, and VDI/VDE. Our testing is performed with ISO 9000 traceability.
Level and Flow Training Part 1. Learn about Industrial and Commercial Level and Flow Control metering and control with this multi-episode ControlTrends’ live training course, featuring Honeywell Marketing Manager, Tom Brands. Learn about Honeywell’s SmartLine Level Transmitter Applications and the why’s, how’s, and different ways to measure levels and become a better adviser to your customers. SmartLine Level Transmitter uses guided wave radar (GWR) technology and can measure the level of a wide range of liquid products.
Fred Gordy Asks– Are You Ready to React or Pre-Act? Critical Information Contained Within! Cyber Evangelist and Cyber Security Advocate Fred Gordy delivers another critical collection of cyber security and cyber terrorism information — as it pertains the building management systems’ world. If you don’t have a policy or internal guidance yet, print this article out and hang it on the break room refrigerator, and use it as a starting kit/tool at your next board meeting, whatever it takes to get yourself and your organization Pre-Acting!
Tridium — Discover the Possibilities: JACE® 8000 and Niagara 4 Licensing. Join us for our next TridiumTalk highlighting the Niagara Framework® With nearly half a million instances worldwide, Niagara is quickly becoming the operating system of the Internet of Things. And with the anticipated release of Niagara 4 and the JACE 8000 controller, the opportunity to achieve operational excellence is even greater than before.
ControlTalk NOW guest Fred Gordy answers questions about Cybersecurity and explains the Hat-referencing jargon used with the Cybersecurity world. Basically, white hat = good guys, black hat = bad guys, grey hats = opportunists, and red hat = good guys that challenges your system like a black hat, and identify your possible vulnerabilities. Fred Gordy is anxious to assist system integrators and facility managers with Cybersecurity issues. Please email any questions that you might have for Fred at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carl Johnsen, and His Amazing 42 Year Career with Honeywell — A Tribute. ControlTrends had a chance to spend some time with one of the great controls people in the HVAC and Building Automation Controls Industry. Carl Johnsen’s career with Honeywell spans 42 years, and it was an absolute delight to interview Carl at the 2015 AHR show in Chicago. From his early days selling and supporting pneumatic controls, to the advent of DDC controls, on to the fully integrated building automation control systems of today, Carl Johnsen met the challenges of changing technology with determined optimism and success.
Unboxing the Sierra Monitor Dual Port BACnet Router. We had the privilege to review Sierra Monitor’s BTL Certified BACnet Router – the protocol router spearheading the theme of ease-of-use. We’re sure system integrators love saving time and costs, right? Sierra Monitor introduced this great product back in January, and since then, it has gained a lot of traction in the building automation industry. It really is easy to use, with great features like DeviceFind™, their unique BACnet device discovery feature, and two RS-485 ports for connecting up to 64 devices without the use of additional line drivers.
Honeywell’s Security Controller Exchange Program. The SEC-H-201/U WEBs-AX Security controller was introduced in 2007. At the time, this platform was a good product on which to deliver the original stand-alone Web-Based security application. However, over time the security application has grown in both features and complexity and the SEC-H-201/U is no longer suitable to run the latest WEBs-AX Enterprise Security application. An exchange program has been created to allow customers that purchased an SEC-H-201/U security controller the opportunity to exchange them for an SEC-H-602 security controller at a reduced price vs. purchasing a new SEC-H-602 security controller.
Marc Petock’s “Cybersecurity and the Board Room.” Cybersecurity has taken a pole position at ControlTrends and we are grateful to the important content and contributions being provided by HVAC and BAS Cybersecurity professionals. Our industry has a long, long way to go to meet the increasing challenges of Cybersecurity, but we’re getting on track with the guidance we receive from these generous professionals sharing their expertise. Marc Petock’s post contains two very important links that bring some of the world of Cybersecurity to a needy industry’s doorstep, and terms like “Duty of Care” and a CEO’s “Tone at the Top” — as well as equations like Risk = Threat X Vulnerability X Impact, and Risk = Probability X Impact, will become increasing familiar and used in our industry — in the near future.
Lynxspring Go Further: Important NTCP Training Update, Niagara 4 Bridge Course Update. Training and knowledge exchange is very important at Lynxspring. We are committed to making each of you as effective as possible with our technologies and products so we can enable you to achieve the very best technical knowledge and expertise you can. With this in mind, I would like to remind you of our upcoming scheduled NTCP Niagara AX Technical Certification Classes (see schedule below). The goal of this 5-day Niagara AX Certification Technical Training course is to educate students to a basic level of technical expertise necessary to effectively and efficiently design, engineer, and program projects using the NiagaraAX Framework.
Welcome to ControlTalk NOW for week ending April 12, 2015. Our special guest this week is Varun Nagaraj, President and CEO of Sierra Monitor Corporation, providers of FieldServer protocol gateways and Sentry IT fire and gas solutions. Firstly, a review of the upcoming conferences: Niagara’s Open 4 Innovation , CGNA Synergy Conference, and Haystack Connect 2015; See industry superstars on the Red Carpet and more 2014 ControlTrends Award Winners: Laura Kevitt, DG Logik, and EasyIO’s Gordon Chan; Mike Marston and Rob Allen review the FG32+; and don’t miss Tim Chamblee’s training on KMC’s CSC 3011.
FieldServer Helps Levi’s Stadium Meet Environmental Expectations and Achieve LEED Gold Certification. Sierra Monitor Corporation took great pride knowing that many of Levi’s Stadium’s enormous, yet intricate water systems were integrated to the BAS using their FieldServer protocol gateways (FieldServer Case Study — Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA).
Rob Allen’s 7 Minutes in Control: EasyIO’s Mike Marston. Rob Allen welcomes Mike Marston from EASYIO to the show and asks Mike some compelling questions. In addition to discussing the new Beast, the FG32 Plus, and new data base features and functions, Rob asks Mike the big one, When will EasyIO be sold ? Mike’s answer will surprise you.
Honeywell’s Laura Kevitt Wins 2014 ControlTrends PID Award! The ControlTrends Passion, Integrity, and Dedication (PID) Award is one of the most competitive and prestigious award categories. Standing in the company of an incredible cast of deserving industry stalwarts, Laura Kevitt prevailed and set yet another important milestone — becoming the first woman to win a ControlTrends Award. On behalf of the ControlTrends Community, we congratulate and thank Laura once again.
DGLogik Wins Big at the 2014 ControlTrends Awards! DGLogik wins the 2014 ControlTrends Awards 3rd Party Visualization Software of the Year! DGLogik’s DGLux5 visualization tool — took the honors again. DGLux5’s winning visualization product enables the unification of data systems and multiple data providers into a singular interface adding comprehensive functionalities along with its amazing data visualization tool. Congratulations again, to the team at DGLogik!
Tim’s Tech Tip: Setting Up a Kreuter “Stop Sign” VAV Controller. In this extensive training video, Stromquist & Company’s, Tim Chamblee teaches you step-by-step how to control a VAV box with the Kreuter pneumatic VAV controller. There are hundreds of thousands of the KMC CSC 3011 series of pneumatic VAV controllers. Thanks to Tim, we know how to set them up, calibrate, and troubleshoot these pneumatic VAV controllers.
EasyIO’s Gordon Chan Wins 2014 ControlTrends Executive of the Year Small Manufacturer. Congratulations to Gordon Chan. EasyIO’s chief won Executive of The Year Small Manufacturer. Gordon was awarded this honor by the world-wide ControlTrends voting community. EasyIO is a company that has been and continues to be on the move in building automation controls. The Easy IO Beast from the East won the Plant Controller of the Year and say building automation controls systems integrators around the world use these powerful controllers.
On The Red Carpet at the 2014 ControlTrends Awards. The superstars of the HVAC and Building Automation Controls Industry were out in full force at the 2014 ControlTrends Awards. It is impossible to do justice to all the great people in our industry. Hopefully, this video captures a little bit of the excitement of this year’s Event. A special Thanks to all our Sponsors, who make the ControlTrends Awards possible.
This week’s ControlTalk NOW wraps up its coverage of JCI’s Business Conference; Sean Johnson interviews ACI’s Brian Statz in the Winners Circle; Updates on the upcoming 2015 Project Haystack and OpenADR conferences; Ken Sinclair’s April editorial: and more DDC Training from Rob Allen. ControlTrends wishes everyone a successful start to the Spring Season! We hope you have great things on the horizon and we thank all the HVAC and Building Automation professionals that make up the ControlTrends Community. ControlTalk NOW will return next next with a full Smart Building Podcast/Videocast.
Project Haystack Conference — May 18-20, 2015 Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs, CO. Today’s automation systems, equipment, metering systems, smart devices and IoT applications produce tremendous amounts of data. This data can be very hard to organize and use across different applications because it is stored in many different formats; has inconsistent naming conventions and very limited data descriptors. In essence it lacks information to describe the meaning of the data.
Ken Sinclair’s Automated Buildings April 2015 Theme: Attracting Self-Learning Assets opens with an earnest editorial plea to rally our industry’s focus and resources to better address the serious challenge of getting enough young people interested and up-to-speed within our industry by availing autodidactic (self-directed learning) tools and applying Peter Thiel’s principle of “learning before university.”In Ken’s own words: “Please join me on my crusade to help our industry attract more self-learning assets to build our industry stronger and younger.”
ControlTrends Community Welcomes Axel Bengt Stromquist! The ControlTrends Community extends its heartfelt congratulations and well-wishes to Eric and Anna, proud parents of Axel Bengt Stromquist, the newest (7 pounds, 13 ounces) member of the Stromquist family! Awesome, awesome, awesome!
Introduction to DDC Controls Part 2. Don’t let the Introduction part of this training class throw you, this training offers a little something for everyone. In part 2, Rob Allen continues exploring the different components and concepts that comprise the modern day Building Automation Controls System. Rob’s next DDC Controls program will take a deeper dive into the controllers and other components that make up the world of building automation.
In the Winners Circle with ACI’s Brian Statz. Check out Brian Statz in the Winners Circle at the 2014 ControlTrends Awards. ACI won the 2014 ControlTrends Awards Best Technical Support Company of the Year Small Manufacturer. Visit ACI’s website to see all the great products they make.
Johnson Controls Business Conference Update: The Johnson Controls Packaged VAV Solution. Looking for an easy way to package your VAV controllers to make installation fast and easy? Our man in the field, Rob Allen, found what you are looking for at the 2015 Johnson Controls Business Conference. Rob catches up with Johnson Control’s Scott Fallon to explain.
New Product Release: The Johnson Controls A421. Johnson Controls announces a cool new product the Johnson Controls A421 at the 2015 Johnson Controls Business Conference. Look for the A421. the newest electronic temperature controller featuring adjustable back light display scheduled to hit the street this June or July.
FieldServer Helps Levi’s Stadium Meet Environmental Expectations and Achieve LEED Gold Certification. Recently, San Francisco’s Levi’s Stadium hosted a record-breaking 76,976 people for the World Wrestling Entertainment’s Wrestlemania 31 event. Sierra Monitor Corporation took great pride knowing that many of Levi’s Stadium’s enormous, yet intricate water systems were integrated to the BAS using their FieldServer protocol gateways (case study follows).
Recently, San Francisco’s Levi’s Stadium hosted a record-breaking 76,976 people for the World Wrestling Entertainment’s Wrestlemania 31 event. Sierra Monitor Corporation took great pride knowing that many of Levi’s Stadium’s enormous, yet intricate water systems were integrated to the BAS using their FieldServer protocol gateways (FieldServer Case Study — Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA).
Levi’s Stadium, the new home to the San Francisco 49ers, is a $1.2 billion venue with 1.85 million square feet, seating approximately 68,500 and featuring 165 luxury suites and 8,500 club seats. Levi’s Stadium is the first U.S. professional football stadium to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification, a standard rating for the design and construction of ‘green’ buildings. LEED certifications are based on points awarded for materials and resources use, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, and other factors.
Important to Levi’s Stadium’s LEED Gold certification was the ability to interconnect and centrally monitor and control the systems that keep the stadium comfortable and operating efficiently. Because Sierra Monitor can support nearly any available protocol, many providers chose Sierra Monitor products to interconnect their disparate systems.
The stadium’s building automation system (BAS), which acts as the central controller for facility systems such as water reticulation and HVAC, was provided by Automated Logic Corp. (ALC) and installed by Sunbelt Controls. Providing interfaces—and protocol conversions—between the BAS front end and 26 different systems and devices needing control are Sierra Monitor FieldServer gateways, BACnet MS/TP protocol converters and ProtoCessor ProtoNode protocol gateways.
Not surprisingly, water is a huge issue for Levi’s Stadium, whether it’s for drinking and kitchen use, field irrigation or wastewater from the restrooms. Unitronics PLCs control the valves and VFD drives that manage the stadium’s water reticulation; the Unitronics PLCs use Sierra Monitor FieldServer QuickServer protocol gateways to connect to Automated Logic’s BAS via BACnet MS/TP for monitoring and control. Similarly, the AERCO hot-water boilers interface to the ALC system via the BACnet MS/TP interface provided by ProtoNode protocol gateways.
Stadium facilities managers can now prime water systems in anticipation of a big game day, monitor water pressure throughout the complex, and control the wastewater system to maintain optimal operation even with 70,000 visitors in attendance.
In addition to open stadium seating, Levi’s Stadium offers premium seating in its 165 luxury suites that include climate-controlled enclosed spaces and upscale catering provided by 22 kitchens. In each of these luxury suite kitchens, a Halton kitchen exhaust fan uses a BACnet MS/TP interface via ProtoNode to transmit valuable energy management and control information to the ALC system. Kitchen ventilation can be controlled based on numerous inputs, including whether luxury suites are empty or in use, or the external temperature at the stadium.
Being awarded LEED Gold certification is a big achievement for Levi’s Stadium, and they could not have reached that goal without the intercommunication and centralized monitoring and control made possible by Sierra Monitor products.
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This week’s ControlTalk NOW features Daikin’s IoT game-changer, the Rebel RTU; Stromquist’s Tim Chamblee’s VFD Training Part 1 and Part 2; More about KMC’s Conquest Controllers; 2014 ControlTrends Award Winners, Delta Controls and Schneider Electric; and the FieldServer Protocol Revision 12 BACnet Router from the Sierra Monitor Corporation.
Tim Chamblee’s Intro Class: Variable Frequency Drives Part 1. Learn the basics of variable frequency drives in this intro class, from Variable Frequency Drives guru, Tim Chamblee. With over thirty years of experience, Tim is a well recognized expert in the HVAC industry and an enormous asset to the Stromquist team. Tim is also a part-time instructor at Chattahoochee Technical College teaching the Advanced HVAC Program.
In The Winners Circle with Schneider Electric’s Can2Go. Check out Patrick Dumas in the winner’s circle at the 2014 ControlTrends Awards with Sean Johnson. Schneider Electric’s Can2Go (SmartStruxure Lite) won the 2014 ControlTrends Awards Wireless Product/Solution of the Year. Can2Go offers Contractors and Systems integrators one of the most complete hybrid control solutions: Wired (BACNet, Modbus, CANbus), Wireless (EnOcean, ZigBee), and Web (IP/Ethernet). These building automation technologies combine to provide maximum interoperability, control, and energy savings.
Daikin Launches First IoT HVAC Equipment. Rebel RTU Rocks! Ken Smyers caught up with Paul Rauker, VP of Systems and Controls, Daikin Applied, on the ground floor of the 2015 AHR Show. Paul expertly reviews the features of Daikin’s latest Intelligent Equipment, the Rebel RTU — that is the first IoT HVAC RTU. Paul shows us what extraordinary innovation is possible when collaboration takes place between industry and technology leaders, Daikin and Intel.
Introducing KMC New Line of BAS Controllers: Meet Conquest! Thanks to Erich Kreuter for introducing us to KMC’s Conquest line of building automation controllers. KMC Conquest controllers are fully programmable, native BACnet controllers with integrated alarming, trending, and scheduling that maintain logic and data at the edge. KMC Conquest controllers are enabled with NFC technology allowing field configuration with our mobile app: KMC Connect Lite.
Delta Controls Wins 2014 Building Automation Control System of The Year. The world wide ControlTrends Community spoke with their votes and Delta Controls was named the winner of the 2014 ControlTrends Building Automation Control System of The Year. Congratulations to Jack Nichols, and the entire Delta team, for a job well done. The Delta Controls’ motto, which permeates throughout the organization is “Do it Right!”
VFD Training Part 2: Tim Chamblee continues his Variable Frequency Drive Training with an in-depth explanation of the application benefits, the potential energy savings, and the importance of proper grounding and wiring methods — and then demonstrates how to use a Honeywell Variable Frequency Drive to control a cooling tower fan with a Honeywell T775 controller.
Sierra Monitor Corporation’s FieldServer BACnet Router — First Product to be Certified as Router at BACnet Protocol Revision 12. Milpitas, California – January 12, 2015 – Sierra Monitor Corporation, a provider of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions that connect and protect high- value infrastructure assets, today announced that its FieldServer BACnet Router has been certified by the BACnet Testing laboratory (BTL), having successfully passed the Protocol Revision 12 router tests. Sierra Monitor Corporation addresses the industrial and commercial facilities management market with Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions that connect and protect high-value infrastructure assets.