This ControlTrends interview with Ed Merwin, Director, Vykon Automation Energy Security, keeps the IBCON 2014 feature reel running. Ed Merwin, nominated for Executive of the Year and the PID Award, is one of the most recognized experts in the Building Automation and Integration industry, having introduced the Niagara Platform and the concept of system integration to many of North America’s earliest integration adopters. Ed was co-winner of the prestigious 2013 ControlTrends’ PID Award.
Intelligent Buildings is a well-known and leading-edge consultancy company in the smart building business. Veteran Tom Shircliff elegantly brings to light that the technology, all of the smart technology pieces needed for New Buildings, for Building Retrofits, for Building Analytics, and for Building Systems Cyber Security are here, but the challenge is how to scale this available technology into starting points — where building owners can get under-whelmed and start faster, with less risks, and all the while, make enlightened decisions quicker through Intelligent Building’s organizational alignment approach and the creation of a common language that all the stakeholders can understand. To ease and accelerate that sometimes arduous process, Intelligent Buildings has created their Advisory Starter Kits, which allow building owners to implement immediately, specific best practices and establish vital vendor standards, that will ultimately ensure a complete and successful future project solution.
Adnan Akbari, Senior Manager Strategic Marketing, at Siemens Industry, was genuinely excited about Advantage™ Navigator, the energy management system performance platform that Siemens featured at the IBcon 2014. Advantage™ Navigator offers a number of energy analytics that take existing Siemens technologies and services to the next level by giving Siemens customers distinct business advantages — making costs easier to predict and delivering key insights into the total energy and operational performance of their buildings — locally, or worldwide. Adnan sees the IoT Titans: Google, Microsoft, Cisco, and the others, entry into the HVAC market as a logical move, because they too, have significant technology plays to make in the building space. Siemens also announced their Platinum Sponsorship for the 2014 ControlTrends Awards.
Advantage Navigator’s customizable suite of applications helps you monitor building system performance, energy demand, and energy supply more effectively and efficiently. It provides transparency, giving your team and the Siemens experts who support you laser-sharp insight to make critical improvements. And using a central platform, you can maintain total control over a single building, a campus, or your entire portfolio.
John Petze, a leading spokesperson for Project-Haystack, the open source initiative focused on developing semantic modeling conventions and taxonomies for smart device data today, announced the formation of a 501-C6 Corporation made possible by its founding members: Airmaster, J2 Innovations, Lynxspring, Siemens, SkyFoundry, Wattstopper, and Yardi. Since its formation in March of 2011, Project-Haystack.org has grown tremendously (now, over 500 members) providing the industry with an open-source, collaborative environment where people work together to address the challenge of utilizing semantic modeling (also known as tagging) to streamline the interchange of data among software applications. The community has developed a flexible, extensible, data modeling approach and standard models for common equipment systems.
The standard includes detailed documentation describing the data modeling techniques, significant libraries of equipment models, and software reference implementations to easily enable software applications to consume smart device data that is “marked up” with Project-Haystack data descriptions.
More background on Project-Haystack. Modern automations systems, metering systems and other smart devices produce tremendous amount of data, but this data is hard to utilize across different applications because it is stored in many different formats, has inconsistent naming conventions, and very limited data descriptors. Simply put, it lacks information to describe the meaning of the data.
Project-Haystack helps address these challenges. The work developed by the Project-Haystack community streamlines the process of managing, presenting and analyzing the vast amount of data produced by smart devices and equipment systems. Project-Haystack data modeling techniques can be used with virtually any type of system data. The community’s work not tied to any vendor, or communication protocol.
Intelligent Building’s methodology is based on extensive experience working for both real estate owners and solution providers aligns internal and external stakeholders resulting in a strategy customized to the objectives of our clients. Throughout the process we consider the fundamental principles of People, Buildings, and Technology. These services apply to your specific project solution. Tom Shircliff – Intelligent Buildings / Rob Murchison – Intelligent Buildings
Strategy Development: Strategy is the foundation of smart real estate and should be concise and clear with a value proposition that has defined measurement and management criteria.
* Corporate Technology Roadmap
* Industry Research
* Educational Workshops
* Organizational Alignment
* Financial Analysis
* Risk Analysis
Solution Architecture:It’s critical to have industry knowledge of dozens of controls systems types, IT infrastructure and the latest cloud-based analytics providers to develop holistic architecture.
* Solution Architecture
* Building Standards & Specs
* Reference Architecture
* Vendor Recommendations
* Integrated System Design
* Risk Analysis
* Master System Integrator Services
Program Management: Program management bring the strategy and architecture to life and requires both experience in the trenches and the ability to link the executive perspective to the realities of the field.
* Project Management
* Program Technology Advisor
* Strategy & Standard Compliance
* Ongoing Education
* Progress Reporting
In search of what todays master systems integrator looks like, we tracked down Hepta Systems at the 2014 IBCON show. As you can see, Hepta has a unique way of doing things and very diverse skills.
Founded in 1993, Hepta Control Systems is headquartered in Sarnia, Ontario, with a recent expansion to the Detroit, Michigan area. With customers across Ontario and United States, Hepta has no geographical restrictions, which deems us as one of, if not the most versatile system service companies.
Hepta is a superior provider of services including the installation and integration of Building Automation and Security Systems. Qualified to work on fourteen different Automation brands, they are one of the most diverse Control Contractors in the world. They service commercial, industrial and multi-dwelling buildings markets.
IBcon’s Smart Building Redefined Session brought together three unique and distinguished industry experts: Kevin Facinelli, EVP, Daikin Applied, Lindsay Baker, VP Research & Marketing, Building Robotics, and William MacGowan, Director Smart Connected Real Estate, Cisco Systems Canada. The panel presented and discussed innovative technologies developed recently for Building HVAC Systems (read the synopsis below).
Kevin Facenelli, EVP, Daikin Applied: Daikin Applied the global Number 1 provider of air conditioning. The Intelligent Equipment solution provides building owners the ability to have 24/7 real-time access to the building information and manage operations in a way that was previously unattainable. Daikin Applied products can automatically inform a support organization before they break down so customer service can move from a reactive to a preventative service model. The Intelligent Equipment solution allows building owners, managers and technicians to have access to the same building information, on the same platform. This capability provides the opportunity for the key members in building management to coordinate their efforts at a higher level.
Lindsay Baker, VP Research & Marketing, Building Robotics: Comfy is software that enables a better relationship between people and their works paces. Comfy provides instant streams of warm or cool air to people while also using machine learning in the background to reduce energy use. It can be installed quickly, connecting to an existing building’s hardware and software, providing users with a simple web and mobile interface.
William MacGowan, Director Smart Connected Real Estate, Cisco Systems Canada: Many consider Cisco as the 4th utility in their buildings and Bill’s 3-30-300 analysis provides valuable insight how technology increases a building’s value. Cisco’s Smart+Connected Communities helps transform physical communities into connected communities that: Realize sustainable economic growth; Enable environmental sustainability through resource management and operational efficiencies; and Enhance quality of life.