Episode 292: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for Week Ending Nov 18, 2018 features interviews with two industry experts: Scott Cochrane, president of Cochrane Supply and Engineering, a multi-award-winning company and a leading Industrial IoT Supplier, and Arthur Alter, VP of Business Development at Acuity Brands, who tells us that DGLUX is back, and in a big way. [Read more…]
Honeywell’s new CIPer Next Generation IP Controller line is a game changer in the building automation industry. Offering a complete line of IP Controllers utilizing native Niagara Work Bench; VAV to Plant Control with only 4 SKU’s; and a Secure IP Network using FOXS. CIPer Network Architecture also features Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP), IP Video connection to BLAN, and Simplified Engineering. Get ready for the future of IoT in buildings with this powerful new architecture.
ControlTrends closes its video coverage of the 2018 Honeywell Momentum Event with a Voice of Customer wrap-up with Mike Schwan, Regional Manager and Rob Thompson, Technical Services Manager, Total Controls, a division of RSD, and Pat Marsala, President M & M Controls, and Jeff Ashe, Vice President, Electrical Automation Services, who all together, provide an in-depth recap of the 2018 Honeywell Momentum highlights and some of the major take-aways — from the all important — customer’s perspective. Congratulations, once again, to M & M Controls for winning the 2018 Distributor of the Year Award.
Episode 289: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending October 28, 2018 features our extensive video coverage of the 2018 Honeywell Momentum, held in Orlando, FL. Lots of great interviews with many of the contractors, distributors, and Honeywell executives in attendance. We are also joined this week by special guest Therese Sullivan, Director Channel Marketing at Tridium. Therese explains Edge 10 economics and applications. Project Haystack 2019 Conference dates are May 13-15, 2019 in San Diego, CA. More information to follow. And, Opertgy’s P864 Controller is now available for your next Smart Energy Monitoring and Control project.
Haystack Connect 2019 will take place May 13-15, 2019 at Paradise Point Resort & Spa in San Diego, California. Haystack Connect provides a unique, open-forum for professionals involved in automation, control and the Internet of Things to learn and share the latest technologies and techniques for connecting systems and utilizing device data in applications including intelligent buildings, energy management, remote monitoring, and other IoT devices and applications.
Our guest on this week’s CTN is Therese Sullivan, Director Channel Marketing at Tridium. Therese explains the Edge 10 ROI is there! And, it’s time to get data out of the historic, older, smaller, and more pedestrian buildings — that couldn’t justify a costly investment before, now — represent a great opportunity. The Edge 10 is a perfect fit for these buildings and with additional features like Niagara’s Bulk Deploy, it’s even easier than ever.
Honeywell Momentum 2018 Day 1 Opens with Innovation Evangelist Terry Jones: “Disruption and Innovation are Two Sides of the Same Coin.” Some 400 of Honeywell’s top distributors, integrators, and contractors joined together inside the Crystal Ballroom of the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld®. Expectations were high. Keynote speaker Terry Jones, Mike Keller, Honeywell’s North America Buildings Sales Director, and Michael Garceau, Honeywell’s new General Manager, quickly met and exceeded all expectations.
Honeywell Momentum 2018 “You’ve Got Connections” Day 2 Features Cybersecurity Expert — Kevin Smith, Tridium’s CTO & Chief Architect.Honeywell Momentum 2018 Day 2 featured Cybersecurity Expert — Kevin Smith, Tridium’s CTO & Chief Architect. Breakouts continued throughout the day, with sessions including: IP Controller Programming, Niagara 4 Security Updates, Sales Acceleration, and Analytics on the Edge. The evening ended with a Gala Celebration and the 2018 Honeywell Momentum Awards Dinner, which recognized Honeywell’s top Distributor and Contractor Performers.
2018 Honeywell Momentum Executive Summaries from Mike Keller and Michael Garceau. Mike Keller, Honeywell’s North America Buildings Sales Director, and Michael Garceau, Honeywell’s new General Manager shared center stage to deliver Honeywell Building Technologies’ State of the Union Address, taking past problems and operational issues head-on, they then unveiled a host of transformative innovation and technology that nailed the event’s themes of Momentum, Connections, and It’s a New Day at Honeywell. Two great video interviews, with more 2018 Honeywell Momentum video coverage to follow.
Optergy’s P864 Edge Controller Provides Smart Energy Monitoring and Control. Introducing the P864 Edge controller that operates building equipment autonomously and expands up to 8 IO modules total (144 hardware points). Connectivity is made easy via BACnet IP (PoE), MS/TP, and MS/ TP routing. Applications include HVAC, central plant, lighting and hydraulic systems control and monitoring.
When it comes to HVAC system control, different customers have different needs. With more than a century of building control experience and the resulting unmatched breadth of product, Honeywell gives our partners the flexibility to deliver the right solution to their customers every time.
As a continuation of this product breadth strategy, we are pleased to announce that we will be making our LCBS-T Commercial Economizing Thermostat available as a stand-alone product with tools to help you sell to your customers. Many of our LCBS Partners have been using this product independently as it allows them to fulfill the immediate requirements of their entry level commercial customers while at the same time providing unparalleled expansion and flexibility options for the future on the easily configured LCBS platform.
LCBS-T is designed for customers who want a simple, efficient way to save on energy costs. More than just a competitive commercial thermostat, LCBS-T is the base of an expandable platform that seamlessly integrates with a wide variety of HVAC field devices or a cloud gateway with no rewiring required. It’s ready to grow as your customers’ needs and expectations change.
Contact us to find out how LCBS products can benefit you with satisfied customers and more business through add-on sales. From the simple to the complex, there’s an LCBS solution to meet your customers’ needs. Learn More.
Episode 283: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending September 16, 2018 features a cursory review of the 2018 CGNA Synergy Conference in Chicago; Elon Musk’s AI and the Future Podcast; Contemporary Controls heads to the Honeywell October Momentum in Orlando; and Functional Devices introduces their brand new logo. Stay tuned for the 2018 ControlTrends Awards nomination phase, which will begin shortly! Get ready to nominate the industry’s best products, solutions, vendors, Master Systems Integrators, and more.
Elon Musk on AI and the Future: How will this Change Smart Buildings? In a rare podcast interview Elon Musk, joins Joe Rogan (one of my favs) among other things they discuss the future of AI and how it will effect everything and everyone (yes, Ken Sinclair, even Smart Buildings). This is intriguing, scary, thought-provoking, and controversial. This is when Elon Musk allegedly smokes pot during the interview and sends Tesla stock tumbling.Caution: please beware there is lot of bad language and behavior in this video, but it’s worth it in my humble opinion.
Contemporary Controls’ September Control Network Newsletter: Latest Innovations, Technical Tips and Product Updates. Industrial Ethernet University 15-Year Anniversary: For the past 15 years, the Industrial Ethernet University (IEU) has been teaching proper protocols and applications through self-guided lessons. To celebrate its anniversary, IEU has been updated with a new look, to better present the educational material.
RIB Functional Devices — Introducing Our Brand New Logo We want to make it clear that, although we may look new and different, nothing has changed under the hood. We will still be providing you with the same top quality customer service and American made products we always have. This marks the beginning of a new chapter in Functional Devices’s story, and we’re very excited to finally be sharing it with all of you!
Episode 277: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending August 5, 2018, continues its inquiry into the humanization of buildings — talking a deep-dive around Ken Sinclair’s August editorial theme, the “Building Whisperer.” Honeywell announces Momentum 2018 — You’ve Got Connections!; 2018 Energy Exchange and Buildings Summit in Cleveland, OH; Facilo’s Rajavel Subramanian and Awair’s Ronald Ro new product video interviews from the Realcomm20 Launch Pad; and don’t miss J2 Innovations’ [Read more…]
Episode 276: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending July 30, 2018 features another field interview update from Aaron Gorka, Innovation Manager, ANT Technologies; Sentient Buildings’ David Unger at Realcomm20/IBcon Live; Vykon releases Niagara 4.6; Honeywell Name Reveal: Resideo; Blue Ridge Technologies’ Dennis Swaboda’s BACnet Journal article: BACnet and Total Environmental Control; and don’t miss this week’s Flashback Friday: The Beatles and the Smart Buildings Controls Renaissance video.
Sentient Buildings’ “Building Awareness” at Realcomm20/IBcon Conference — Conference Live Launchpad Interview with David Unger ControlTrends learned about Sentient Buildings at the Realcomm20/IBcon Conference Live Product Launchpad. Sentient Buildings provides Cloud-Connected Controls and Gateways for Building Monitoring and Control Systems — transforming the built environment delivering real-time “building awareness” through the application of IoT technologies connected to smart controls and gateways reporting to cloud platforms.
VYKON Announcement: Niagara 4.6 is Here — Modernize Your Framework to Save Time, Effort and Money! Dear valued partner, Tridium has released Niagara 4.6, a significant advancement in our open framework. Niagara 4.6 provides fertile ground for developing applications that drive building automation systems forward and help businesses take full advantage of the IoT. Niagara 4.6 (184.108.40.206.4) follows the internal release of Niagara 4.5, a build used internally for testing and validating technology upgrades found in this newest release.
Honeywell Homes Name Reveal: A Message from Michael G. Nefkens, President and CEO, Resideo. As you’ve heard from previous communications, Homes and ADI Global Distribution will be spinning off from Honeywell to become an independent company. We expect the spin to be completed by the end of 2018. Many of you have been wondering how we’ll continue to deliver on the heritage and reliability of a great brand like Honeywell and have asked what will the brand become after the spin. In this letter, I’m excited to share with you the new corporate name of the Homes business, how we will go to market using the Honeywell name and a little background on the development of the name.
Listen in to some great heads-up interviews with ControlTrends Young Gun, Aaron Gorka, Innovations Manager, ANT Technologies, and four guests: Nick Benton, Manager Professional Development, HARDI. Columbus, OH; Jake Charleston, Territory Manager, Charleston, Inc. Omaha, NB; José Loubet, Owner, Rafacciones Loubet. Tijuana, Mexico; and Raul Ruiz, Owner — Refaccionaria Ruiz., Ciudad Victoria, Mexico. ANT Technologies are providers of paperless, cloud-based, operational technology for HVAC & Control Contractors. Technicians love this paperless solution that simplifies the business end-of-the-stick, and allows them to focus on maintenance. ANT Technologies solutions add more value!
BACnet and Total Environmental Control: Shining a Light on BAS Controls. With all the conversation about the 3-30-300 metrics and Ken Sinclair’s thoughts on the humanization of buildings and the new ways occupants and buildings will interact, it was interesting when I came across this article from the team at Blue Ridge Technologies (published in the recent edition of the BACnet International Journal).
Flash Back Friday: The Beatles and The Smart Building Controls Renaissance. Ken and I first noticed the controls Industry was in a renaissance period in Paris, at the EASYIO Global Conference. Sitting at a side walk cafe, drinking cafe au lait, discussing what we had seen and heard from the participants at the event,it became apparent that the smart building controls world as we had known it was changing and would never be the same. Over the next year, we noticed how quickly things had changed, and it was at the at EASYIO Global Conference in Manchester, that we confirmed that the New Age and Smart Building Controls Renaissance had indeed arrived, and there was no turning back.
Episode 275: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending July 22, 2018 features interviews with Therese Sullivan, Director of Channel Marketing at Tridium, and Alper Uzmezler, Managing Partner, BASSG and Founder of Anka Labs. Contemporary Controls introduces their new EIGR Routers; Lynxspring offers Analytics at the edge; Acuity’s Lucid delivers a data and analytic platform; Why Project SandStar could change the Smart Building Controls world forever; and a message to contractors from Honeywell’s General Manager, Mike Garceau.
Contemporary Controls News: New Product — EIGR Routers Add OpenVPN Server Functionality. The EIPR-V routers have supported the OpenVPN client functionality to provide secure remote access using the RemoteVPN service. The newly released EIGR routers support this functionality but also can be configured to as an OpenVPN server. Setting up an OpenVPN server on your own is not a trivial task. It involves setting up a root certificate authority and generating certificates and keys for the OpenVPN server and for each client device that intends to connect to this server.
ControlTalk NOW interview with Therese Sullivan, who in her new role as Tridium’s Director of Channel Marketing, tells us how she still monitors the technology quakes emanating from the Silicon Valley, while taking a deeper focus on the Voice of the Customer. Therese also brings us up-to-speed on tagging, mobile first, bulk deploy, and the increased efficiency between the supervisors and controllers — features of Tridium’s Niagara 4.6 impending release.
Lynxspring Edge-to-Enterprise Solution Now Offers Analytics at the Edge for the Building Environment and Operational Systems. Lynxspring, Inc., a premier developer and provider of open, IP-control solutions for building automation, energy management, and edge-to-enterprise integration, announced today the full release of their Onyxx® SkySpark® Edge Analytics solution which embeds SkyFoundry’s SkySpark® Everywhere™ Analytics software in the Lynxspring Onyxx® Hardware platform.
ControlTrends’ Ken Smyers gets the 411 on Acuity’s Acquisition of Lucid at Realcomm20/IBcon. 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.
ControlTalk NOW second interview is with Alper Uzmezler, Managing Partner, BASSG and Founder of Anka Labs. Alper tells us about Sandstar, an initiative that combines two open industry standards, Sedona and Project Haystack, which replaces hardware dependent code with self-describing haystack-based tagging. Alper follows with a demonstration and explains that the key to AI-infused PID loops is clean data. The next step is to develop the Sandstar ecosystem. Community participation is welcome!
Why Project SandStar Could Change The Smart Building Controls World Forever. If ControlTrends’ Young Gun, Alper Üzmezler, managing partner at BASSG, is correct with his theory that the way DDC software is done today is redundant — costly and inefficient, and if he can deliver the promises of Project Sandstar, then the smart building controls world as we know it — is getting ready to change forever. What Sandstar allows — is for independent Direct Digital Controls to merge Sedona with Haystack — into a seamless whole, which according to Alper, means you would eliminate the need for each individual manufacturer’s software.
Honeywell Building Controls 2018 Contractor Guide Book. A message from Mike Garceau, General Manager – Honeywell Brand: Dear Honeywell Contractor, Honeywell has a long tradition of working with independent contractors and integrators to provide complete, successful building control solutions. And thanks to your hard work and partnership, we feel our channel-to-market approach is the strongest it’s ever been. That’s why we’re committed to investing in the tools and resources and introducing more partner benefits — such as Contractor Pro Rewards — that help make you a success each and every day.
Episode 273: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending July 1, 2018, features a discussion with industry expert, Chief Communications Officer and Vice President at Lynxspring, Marc Petock, who provides unique insight into this week’s industry events and trends challenging and changing business as usual. 2018 Realcomm|IBcon interviews continue with Microsoft Azure’s Group Program Manager, Abundant Power Group, and Cyber Pro. 2019 AHR Expo returns to Atlanta — and AHR announces the call for nominations for the prestigious 2019 Innovation Awards. Celebrate National HVAC Technician’s Day, and Honeywell introduces two new products.
AHR Expo Returns to Atlanta for the First Time Since 2001, Clay Stevens, AHR Expo Show Manager, “We are thrilled to be back in this great city for the first time in 17 years.” The AHR Expo will return to Atlanta for the first time since 2001 for its 2019 Show at the Georgia World Congress Center. HVACR accounts for billions of dollars in revenue and is a key economic driver for the state of Georgia, with U.S. Department of Labor projections indicating it will see nearly 20 percent growth in the coming years. With this booming HVACR market, the region is a top location to host the next AHR Expo.
AHR Expo Announced — 2019 Innovation Awards — Call for Entries! he awards call attention to the products, systems and technologies that have set elevated standards for the industry’s responsible and effective use of its resources. Here’s some additional info: Submissions are due by July 31, 2018; Entries should demonstrate innovative design, creativity, application, value and market impact; and Categories include: building automation; cooling; green building; heating; indoor air quality; plumbing; refrigeration; software; tools and instruments; and ventilation.
Microsoft’s Group Program Manager of Azure IoT, Bert Van Hoof and Willow’s CEO and Co-Founder, Josh Ridley at 2018 Realcomm|IBcon. Bert Van Hoof tells us about Microsoft’s ability to help influence what “SMART” means in the smart building context and how their new Azure platform capabilities, which Microsoft refers to as Spacial Intelligence, are helping their partners realize their innovation goals in new global markets. Willow’s CEO and Co-Founder, Josh Ridley, explains that without a Digital Twin, you don’t really have a user experience. Willow is about the digital environment for a physical world. Great Willow demonstration follows.
Cyber Pro: Smart Power Supply. No matter how good your smart building controls are, if the power coming to them is off, the controls won’t work the way they should. Get the power right and you are on your way to creating a great smart building controls system. We had the chance to catch up with Dan Niewirowicz,CEO at Next Device, LLC, about CyberPower. CyberPower designs and manufactures uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems, power distribution units (PDUs), rack enclosures, surge protectors, remote management hardware, power management software, mobile chargers, and connectivity products.
NATIONAL HVAC TECH DAY: With the days heating up, June 22nd is a perfect day for National HVAC Tech Day! Why should we show appreciation for our HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) Technicians? Though a variety of home heating and cooling techniques have existed since ancient times, central heating and air as we know it was born in the early 1900s. New inventions like the residential air conditioner and advances in older technologies, such as the thermostat and blower-equipped furnaces, gave Americans greater control over their indoor comfort than ever before.NATIONAL HVAC TECH DAY – June 22! Belated Congratulations and Thanks for a Job Well Done!Making Buildings Smarter: Catching Up with Abundant Power at 2018 RealComm|IBcon. had a chance to meet Derek McGarry, the Head Building Performance Engineer at Abundant Power. Abundant Power out of Charlotte, North Carolina, provides solution focused services, great customer service, and profit driven outcomes so that their customers get the most value out of Analytics, and as we all know making data actionable and useful is easier said than done. After hearing what Derek has to say, I believe that Abundant Power knows how to use data to make buldings smarter. And with great smart building controls integrators like McKenney’s, Atlanta, using their product, they are keeping very good company. Just Announced: New Products from Honeywell.. Honeywell is excited to announce the launch of two new lines of pressure sensors (P7650 and P7635) and a new line of current sensors and switches! The pressure sensors offer enhanced features and directly replace their P7640 pressure sensor. These easy to install current sensors will replace Honeywell’s existing line of current sensors. For more information click here.