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…]
Jim Young, Howard Berger, Lisa Woods, and team RealComm continue to set the new and significant standards in the Professional Trade Show, Networking, and Educational environment. It was all there, teed up for your ease of attendance: Cyber – IT and Real Estate Information, Real Estate Investment Management, The Changing Workforce, Innovation Tech Tours, and so much more! Stay tuned for more ControlTrends video coverage of this amazing event.
Keynote speaker Larry Smarr gave a humorous and mind-blowing summary of technology’s past, present, and future. Larry is the founding Director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), a UC San Diego and UC Irvine Partnership. He began his research career nearly 50 years ago in relativistic astrophysics and in 1985 became the founding director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at UIUC, birthplace of NCSA Mosaic which drove the Web. He has served on the NASA Advisory Council to four NASA Administrators, was chair of the NSF Advisory Committee on Cyber Infrastructure. He is currently the Principal Investigator on the NSF Pacific Research platform.
ControlTrends had the opportunity to assist with the RealComm Conference Live 2017 and we are honored to announce that Eric Stromquist and Ken Smyers won the prestigious Julie Devine IBcon Digie Award for Digital Impact! Our heartfelt appreciation to Jim Young, Howard Berger, and Lisa Woods.
ControlTrends is joined by Ken Sinclair, owner and editor of AutomatedBuildings.com and Therese Sullivan, editor of BuildingContrext.me, as we review some of the highlights of RealComm|IBcon’s Day 1, starting with the CRE Cybersecurity Forum, which brought the best cybersecurity minds in the business together — to address the most impactful cyber threats, share their wealth of industry experience and knowledge, and help attendees set cybersecurity benchmarks and strategies for their organizations. This session was followed by a multitude of pre-conference events that were specifically designed for IT, FM, PM, Energy, Sustainability, Operations and Finance professionals. Jim Young, Howard Berger, Lisa Woods, and the RealComm|IBcon team have achieved yet another industry milestone in orchestrating the most advanced and comprehensive global event for the commercial and corporate real estate industry. CRE Tech 5.0, has indeed, reached New Heights in Commercial & Corporate Real Estate Innovation!
RealComm @ the Intersection of Commercial and Corporate Real Estate, Technology, Automation and Innovation. CRE Tech 5.0 image overview: Over the course of the last 30 years, there have been five major phases of automation that have impacted the commercial and corporate real estate industry. Phase 1 started in the ’80s with applications such as Property Management, Accounting, Lease Admin, Building Automation, IWMS and Asset Management; Phase 2 was based on the technologies of dot.com and the internet; Phase 3 was the aftermath of dot.com and those companies that survived and thrived; Phase 4 began in 2009 after the great recession and included technology platforms such as Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud, IoT and Cyber; and Phase 5, which became part of mainstream conversations in 2016 with technologies such as AI, Machine Learning, Blockchain, Augmented Reality, Robotic Automation and Autonomous Vehicles.
If you didn’t get to 2015 RealComm|IBcon in San Antonio — and you missed out on the incredible 2-day visionary voyage of Real Change – Right Now, this general session video captures, in small part, the enormous importance and depth of the event. Tridium’s Nino DiCosmo and John Sublett, and a host of industry experts spoke, and the dazzling Bran Ferren, a virtual Edison incarnate, delivered an amazing keynote presentation. Bran Ferren intrigued the audience with how innovation and invention will change all of our business futures in Real Estate and Building Automation Controls. As big fans of Realcomm|IBcon, ControlTrends has said many times, this is the one event each year that you simply cannot afford to miss, because it is the annual intersection where Real Estate, innovation, and building automation collide with the excitement of a world’s fair. The good thing is, there is always next year! Fabulous effort and job well done — Jim Young, Howard Berger, and Lisa Woods!
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!
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. These changes are most clearly seen in four specific areas; 1) how we use information management solutions to organize our business processes, 2) how we communicate with our customers and partners, 3) how the Internet of Things is influencing the next generation of high-performance, smart buildings and 4) how we use space as seen in office space utilization and the online assault of bricks and mortar retail.
TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION – TRANSFORMING THE COMMERCIAL AND CORPORATE REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY
New ideas and innovative ways of looking at the world are the catalysts for change. Few understand more about nurturing ideas and waiting for the world to understand them than Bran Ferren. Bran is an American technologist, engineer, scientist, entrepreneur, and inventor. He is the former President of R&D for Walt Disney Imagineering, as well as founder of Associates & Ferren, a multidisciplinary engineering and design firm acquired in 1993 by Disney. Today, he is Chief Creative Officer of Applied Minds, which he co-founded in 2000 with fellow inventor, Danny Hillis. Apple’s “pinch-to-zoom” patent, which features prominently in its legal battle with Samsung, was invalidated by the US Patent and Trademark Office in 2013 based on a 2005 patent by Ferren and Hillis for multi touch gestures. Bran was also involved in the technology that could prove to be the framework for the next generation of Google Search.
His current company, Applied Minds, has worked with some of the world’s largest corporations on innovation, change and transformation, including Intel, Lockheed Martin, The Smithsonian, MIT Media Lab and others. Bran is going to use his life-long experience to help us understand how technology and innovation will continue to transform the Commercial and Corporate Real Estate Industry.
REALCOMM & IBCON CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS
• Decision-Makers Representing 35+ Billion SF of Commercial & Corporate Space
• Three Days of World Class Education and Networking
• 1,400+ Professionals in One Location
• Leading-Edge Educational Program Featuring Over 95 Sessions and 175 Speakers
• Demonstrations of Emerging Technologies
• Smart Building Best Practices Showcase Featuring Over 50 of the World’s Smartest Next Generation Buildings
• CIO Roundtable
• COO, CFO & CAO Innovation Summit
• Investment Managers Technology Track
• Sustainability Executives Smart Building Symposium
• Intelligent Buildings Boot Camp
• Smart Building Integrator Summit
• Information Systems & Smart Buildings CYBERSECURITY Forum
• Vendor Expo Featuring 100+ Top Industry Solution Providers
• Conference LIVE News Desk Featuring Live Streamed Interviews with Industry Leaders
Building Context’s Therese Sullivan, the eyes and ears of Silicon Valley, wraps up her thoughts about the 2014 Realcomm/IBcon with piercing insight: Big-brand tech companies and Rock Star-caliber personalities in real estate management and data security came calling on the buildings industry at the Smart Building Integrator Summit (SBIS) on June 17th, the day before IBcon 2014 opened in Las Vegas. Their common message was that open-architected, interoperable building automation systems (BAS) are at the nucleus of the next phase of human-to-machine connectivity. There was recognition that the commercial real estate technology industry is, in important respects, way out ahead when it comes to merging information technology (IT) and operations technology (OT). However, the next phase is going to require greater collaboration between IT and BAS technology and service providers to stay out ahead of security threats and legislation, as well as to meet the expectations of occupants who want their workplaces to keep pace with their home automation systems.
In the ‘Owners’ panel discussion, the audience heard both a corporate campus and urban retail/office/residential multi-use perspective on what customers want from system integrators. The panel included Darrell Smith, Director of Energy and Building Technology for Microsoft’s Real Estate and Facilities, and Mike Smith, VP of Building Technology Services Group of Forest City Enterprises, as well as Kelly Millsaps of Related. A common theme here was that System Integrators should work to earn a place at the decision-making table as a trusted advisor. Having a narrow view that emphasizes one brand of building system due to a sales channel relationship won’t serve to build such a relationship. “The SI’s role is to make us look at the challenge through a different lens,” said Microsoft’s Darrel Smith. Moderator Ken Sinclair had many heads nodding in agreement with his comment that one sign of customer trust is that the SI is allowed to be involved in the definition of the Request for Proposal for the project.
Paul Oswald, CEO, Environmental Systems Inc. (ESI) and John Petze, Principal, SkyFoundry, brought some realism to the topic of data-driven building decision-making. Oswald covered the topic of hiring, training and retaining great people to do the multifaceted job of system integration. He explained that the fastest, most secure route to an enduring systems integration company was to become a learning organization. With IT, control, mechanical, electrical, security, etc. technologies rapidly advancing and client business models and organizational structures always changing, integrators need to be always ready to adapt and learn new things. Skills in application development, data analysis, energy aren’t enough, staff needs to know how to sell and manage project too. A constant investment in people is required, with outreach and active mentoring of the next generation, to bring new talent up the ladder of learning because it takes a while to gain all those skills.
John Petze presented on the topic of databases, analytics (predictive & prescriptive), visualization and advanced integration. He reminded the audience that the biggest effort in setting up a data analytics project has been the task of interpreting the naming of source data and tagging it appropriately. Notably, Project Haystack, an effort to bring together industry leaders into an open source community to solve that tagging challenge together won the Digie award for Best Intelligent Building Technology Innovation. Petze also offered two pieces of actionable advice: 1) start with a shallow-dive project and 2) you don’t have to connect to live data to derive value from analytics. When evaluating all the solutions now marketed in the building analytics category, he advised to compare 1) whether the data processing occurs in the cloud or on premise 2) whether programmability was available at the customer or project level and 3) what protocols and connectivity are supported, that is, does the system get the data you want to work with.
Billy Rios led the session on cyber security. He has one of the most impressive resumes among the white-hat hackers who work to discover and plug vulnerabilities before the black hats arrive. Rios oversaw the setup of a decoy honeypot by systems integration firm McKenney’s in their training center. Deployment vulnerabilities far outnumber product engineering vulnerabilities according to Rios. His prescription for avoiding these is 1) lots of employee training 2) logging more of the data traffic to and from the BMS so there is a record to audit and study and 3) better access control over BMS resources.
The last session of the summit brought six big names in commercial building real estate technology to the stage – some new to our industry: Yardi, Cisco, Google, Intel, Microsoft and Tridium. RealComm’s Jim Young moderated and pulled one quotable sound bite after another from each. With both companies in the ‘Wintel” computing near-monopoly present, there was on-stage consensus that we’re at another inflection point much like when PC technology eclipsed the minicomputer/mainframe. The big surprise came from Intel who announced the intention to play a big role in the next chapter of the building automation industry’s evolution. Rick Lisa, Group Sales Director of Intel’s Worldwide IoT Business Development Group, pointed to partnerships with air-conditioning multinational Daikon who wants to “give every air handler on the roof an integrated Intel-supplied brain” and Dell who aims to enter the systems integration service business.
All together the sessions that comprised the Smart Building Integrator Summit pointed to exciting times to come in our industry.
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I find it interesting that in the blur of technology at this year’s IBcon in Vegas; the largest gathering of authorities with international case studies on the topic of open architected, interoperable and integrated IP centric smart, connected, high performance and intelligent buildings, my biggest takeaway is that it is the people of our industry many of who are part of our AutomatedBuildings.com collaboratory are our cashable assets, not technology.
Keynote Geoffrey MooreKeynote speaker Geoffrey Moore’s, pragmatic and systematic approach to the chaos created by technological innovation provided insight and guidance to the adoption journey. Click here for complete story.
To make Realcomm/IBcon the world’s leading conference on technology, automated business solutions, intelligent buildings, and energy efficiency for the commercial and corporate real estate industry, the charismatic Jim Young begins the 16-hour telephone days in January. It takes practiced and passionate networking to gather the industry’s top thought leaders, the world’s largest and most advanced next gen projects, and the creation of an industry vortex so powerful, that it drew a billion dollars worth of perspective from Yardi, Cisco, Intel, Google, Microsoft, and Tridium (oh, and Dell’s in, too).
Congratulations to Jim Young, Howard Berger, Lisa Woods, and the rest of the team at Realcomm/IBcon for orchestrating a massive symphony of excellence. Attending industry shareholders received ample returns on their professional time invested. Next up on the 2014 calendar, CoRE Tech, scheduled for this Fall in Kansas City, MO.