Episode 261: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending Apr 8, 2018 features an update on the April 1st announcement of the Invisible Stat. Updates from the 449 Technology Center in Zelienople, PA, and Aaron Groka, ANT Technologies’ Innovation Manager, from Uruguay. Have you heard about the April 1st I-Stat marketing release? Project Haystack on the march; Optergy’s awesome new smart phone APP; CGNA Cyber Power Systems Webinar; IBcon SBIS is invite only, register now; Advertise in Project Haystack Spring 2018 Connections Magazines; Optigo pioneers Edge-to-Cloud Network; Lynxspring expands partner channel; Ken Sinclair’s April AB edition; IOTday is April 9th; Don’t miss Niagara NS18 Summit!; and Intesis and DMS Controls exciting new partnership.
ControlTrends Update from 449’s Innovation and Technology Center in Zelienople, PA with 449 instructor, Tim Takacs, who provides more insight to the amazing cutting-edge resources and training available at the new innovation and technology center. The training staff recently added an 110″ monitor to the computer lab and building automation section, where students can program and monitor DDC controllers networked to live loads such as chillers, boiler, AHUs, and other equipment loads.
Hello Haystack Community, This is an Invitation to the Project-Sandstar Working Group. Hello, this is an invitation to the Sandstar projects working group. Sandstar is a project that we are open sourcing which merges Haystack with Sedona. The way we merge haystack with Sedona improves the processes of tagging points and implementing controls. Call to action: Read Project-Sandstar intro doc.
NEW Optergy Smart Phone Application Datasheet. Did you know that every Enterprise and Proton site can take advantage of the the FREE Optergy companion smart phone App? Enabled for both Android and IOS smart phone devices, the App is available NOW to download with unlimited users from Itunes or Google play. The App has a number of cool features to offer value add solutions to your clients including: Multi-site integration, User configurable site dashboards, and more.
ControlTrends Young Gun, Aaron Gorka, Innovations Manager, ANT Technologies, providers of paperless, cloud-based, operational technology for HVAC & Control Contractors, interviews ANT’s Mike Simmons, sales ejecutivo, stationed in Uruguay. Cranes and condominiums abound, gorgeous region of South America. Get your passports in order. These guys from ANT Technologies believe Uruguay presents significant business opportunities.
CGNA Complimentary Webinar — Cyber Power Systems BAS34U24V Product Launch – Wed., 4/11/18 at 2pm Central. Introducing Cyber Power Systems Power Management Solutions from the Edge to the data center. REGISTER NOW! Webinar Topics: Introduction of CyberPower; BAS34U24V Product Launch / market relevance/IT vs OT networks; Learn about the importance of powering and protecting equipment and controls at the edge; Partner Benefits/Product training; and Question & Answer Session.
IBcon Smart Building Integrator Summit 2018 – June 5 – You’re Invited! The Smart Building Integrator Summit (SBIS) is a by-invitation event for the integrator community. You must also be a registered Realcomm|IBcon conference attendee to participate. Once you are registered for the conference, please reserve your seat using the link below. Space is limited. RESERVE YOUR SEAT by contacting Dee Shockley, Special Events Coordinator, Phone: 919-985-3988, firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEADLINE APPROACHING: Advertise in Project Haystack Spring 2018 Connections Magazine. Project Haystack Connections Magazine Spring 2018 Issue Call for Advertisers. AD SPACE PURCHASE DEADLINE: April 13, 2018. The Spring 2018 issue which will be our fourth issue of Haystack Connections and it is growing in readership as the industry comes to understand the mission of the Project Haystack Organization and the importance of making it easy to work with the data produced by smart, connected devices and equipment systems. Promoted via a variety of digital media outlets, the Connections Magazine is now subscribed to by over 8,000 known readers. Here is your opportunity to reach them.
In The News: Optigo pioneers the Edge-to-Cloud network with Visual BACnet Capture Tools. April 4, 2018, Vancouver, BC – The future of centralized, Edge-to-Cloud systems has arrived. Optigo Networks is happy to announce an exciting new suite of Capture Tools, for complete network visibility from server toMS/TP. The sophisticated Visual BACnet Capture Tools collect network data at the edge and push it to the Visual BACnet cloud, our advanced visualization platform for building automation system service providers.
Lynxspring Is Expanding Our Technology Solution Partner Channel! There are exciting times happening at Lynxspring. If you are a building/facility system integrator or contractor, now is the time to join our Technology Solution Partner (TSP) Program. Lynxspring, a premier developer and provider of open platform control solutions for building automation, intelligent buildings, energy management and edge-to-enterprise integration is seeking new technology Solutions Partners in selected geographic markets in North America and selected international opportunities.
Ken Sinclair’s Automated Buildings’ April Issue “Meta-Morphing Mashup.” We agree with what owner and editor, Ken Sinclair, says about his April edition of Automated Buildings: “As always this new issue is a nest of great articles, columns, reviews, new products, interviews and of course the steady stream of news depicting our rapid Meta Morphic Mashup.” Now, what the heck is Meta-Morphing Mashup? Ken describes it as “yet another annoying alliteration.” but, we know there is gold in those hills. Start digging!
You’re Invited to a Live Webinar: Building Cybersecurity is a Legacy Building Risk. Ron Victor, CEO & Founder, IoTium, and Fred Gordy, Dir. of Cyber Security, Intelligent Buildings. Before the smart buildings concept digital, Internet-connected controls systems, such as HVAC, lighting, and elevators have been installed and managed by non-IT persons from architects, engineers, contractors and property managers. Without IT best practices, much-less cybersecurity requirements there is significant exposure to: Life Safety Risks, Equipment Failure, Productivity Loss, Network Hopping, and Brand Damage.
April 9th, 2018 — IOTday! An Open Invitation to the Internet of Things World-wide Community. Iotday is an open invitation to the Internet of Things Community to participate in an event, host a hackathon, or just share a beer/coffee with a friend or fellow collaborator focused around the IoT and its implications. IoT Council initiated the iotday in 2010. The event has grown in scale and scope as Internet of Things is sinking into the everyday.
Meet Niagara at the Edge During NS18! Throughout the exhibit hall at the Niagara Summit this year, you’ll get a look at how Tridium and our partners are running Niagara at the edge. You’ll learn during select breakout sessions about the new controllers that are simplifying Niagara edge device management. Register NOW!
Intesis Software Announces an Exciting New Partnership with DMS Controls Group. Intesis Software, a member of the HMS Group, is pleased to announce the addition of DMS Controls Group to its North American Distribution network. This agreement will allow customers to have unprecedented access to the Intesis solution set for the integration of HVAC systems to building, hotel, industrial, and home automation systems. With the outstanding reputation and support capabilities of DMS Controls Group, it is a natural fit.
ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast and Podcast for week ending April 24, 2016 features coverage on the 2016 CGNA Synergy Showcase meeting from Newport Beach and our preview interview with Realcomm’s Founder/CEO Jim Young. Jim is the leading visionary in the Smart, Connected, and Intelligent Buildings world, and the up-coming Realcomm/IBcon, June 21-26, 2016 in Silicon Valley, the epicenter of technology and innovation, is the most dynamic event in the industry (Register Now). Special thanks to ACI for the ControlTrends bobble heads!
ControlTalk NOW week ending June 28, 2015 features products from BASSG, LLC, and ACI; DOE’s latest Crowdsourcing Initiative; interviews with Newcombe and Boyd’s Donny Walker, and SmartCore’s Will Winn; Mike Marston’s Inaugural BAS Pub Talk; Honeywell’s Niagara 4 Head Start Program and Momentum 2015; and the ControlTrends Event Information Calendar Update previewing a variety of HVAC and Building Automation information announcements and industry events. Help ControlTrends help you — by forwarding your organization’s up-coming events, training, webinars, and product releases — and we’ll gladly post them ControlTrends!
Alper Üzmezier, BASSG, LLC, Presents Cool New Thermostat from BAS.co. The ever inventive, Alper Üzmezier, BASSG, LLC, introduced us to a very cool thermostat at Haystack Connect. This is more than your average commercial thermostat. With a port on the back of the thermostat, you can control your Dali Lighting ballast directly from this thermostat, you can add remote I/O, and get data from the thermostat via modes on BACnet MS/TP.
ACI’S NEW A/CO2 SERIES: Room and Duct sensors only strengthen an already distinguished product lineup. The A/CO2 Series sensors are a cost-efficient means of monitoring carbon dioxide levels in industrial, school, and office-type environments. Output data can be used in conjunction with a Building Automation System or Demand Control Ventilation System.
DOE’s Crowdsourcing Initiative Seeks to Solve Buildings-Related Problems (Watch Video). Calling all building technology innovators! The Building Technologies Office is partnering with the successful SunShot Catalyst crowdsourcing initiative to identify and solve problems related to software development, data, and/or automation. Individuals who submit a problem statement will have a chance to win a $1,000 cash prize! Problem statements need to be submitted by July 15, 2015.
What Kind of Consulting Engineer Shows up at Realcomm|IBcon? What kind of consulting engineer shows up at shows like Realcomm|IBcon? Well, the enlighten ones, like Donny Walker do. It is refreshing to see more and more consulting engineers coming to conferences like Realcomm|IBcon and getting the 411 on the latest building automation controls technologies and solutions.
Inaugural Episode of BAS Control Pub Talk with Mad Mike Marston. We affectionately refer to EasyIO’s Mike Marston — as Mad Mike Marston, because of his effervescent scientific approach towards building solutions. In the first relaxing hours after an intensive 2-day conference show, ControlTrends adjourned with Mike, to a near-by microbrewery restaurant.
SmartCore’s Will Winn on Making Your Building Cyber Secure. I had a chance to catch up with Will Winn from SmartCore at the 2015 Realcomm|IBcon conference. Based in Charlotte, NC, SmartCore provides a five‐tiered framework that encompasses building management systems, physical security systems, digital media systems, network communications systems, and operational support solutions.
Get an Edge with Niagara 4 Head Start Program!As the excitement builds for the release of the next generation of the Niagara Framework®, now is the time to take advantage of its features and benefits before the official launch. This program introduces the Niagara 4 Head Start bundle for current Niagara AX TCP certified professionals.
Honeywell MOMENTUM 2015 — IT STARTS HERE! BUSINESS-BUILDING INSIGHTS — Join Honeywell Building Control Systems in our mission to drive technological innovation, sustainability and profitable growth. We’re advancing the industry with unprecedented speed and power, but it’s only with you that we can transform our momentum into true success.
ControlTrends Event Information Calendar Update: Use ControlTrends to help keep you on track and up-to-date with all of the HVAC and Building Automation information announcements and industry events. Help ControlTrends help by forwarding your organization’s up-coming events, training, webinars, and product releases — and we’ll gladly post them ControlTrends!
ControlTalk NOW week ending June 21, 2015 continues its coverage of the Realcomm|IBcon Event 2015, themed Real Change Right Now. The prophetic words of Bran Ferren still echo. Are our once purposeful sensibilities and instincts now strangling our futures? Probably! Driverless vehicles will change buildings, real estate, highways, pollution rates, and cityscapes. Watch the Realcomm general session highlights, and more insightful industry and solution interviews with John Petze, Dan Probst, and Marc Petock.
Conference Live: John Petze at 2015 Realcomm|IBcon. I had a chance to catch up with Sky Foundry’s John Petze at the 2015 Realcomm|IBcon conference in San Antonio. Key interview take-aways are that the state of building analytics has improved significantly since 2011. As John says, “It’s impossible to monitor data and system operations manually.” Successful deployment of analytics results in increased comfort, reduced costs, and energy savings.
Watch the 2015 Real Comm IBcon General Session!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.
Contemporary Controls BAScontrol20 Firmware Version 3.1 Released.Contemporary Controls recently released firmware version 3.1 for the BAScontrol20 Sedona Open Unitary Controller. Built on the Sedona Framework, Contemporary Controls has developed more than 100 custom Sedona components which complement the standard Tridium-developed Sedona 1.2 components that reside within the device.
2015 Conference Live: Dan Probst of Jones Lang Lasalle Explains IntelliCommand.I had a chance to catch up with Dan Probst at the 2015 Realcomm|IBcon conference. Dan is the Chairman – Energy and Sustainability Services for Jones Lang LaSalle. Dan helps real estate companies reduce energy and operational costs by using their data analytics platform InelliCommand.
Fred Gordy’s Cyber Security Terms and Definitions – Part 2.The list below is a continuation of the series Cyber Security Terms and Definitions. Some of the terms you may have heard or probably will hear sometime in the near future. I am not sure how many of these I need to do past this point because it can get into some areas that you will probably not run into. If you have terms or topics you want to take a deeper dive into, let me know and either I will answer it or have some of the cyber security experts I know post response to it.
Global EasyIO Partner Event 2015: Paris, September 20-22! EasyIO is changing the way Building Automation is deployed, while significantly reducing installation costs. EasyIO’s global partner event will unveil awesome new products and features that will further enhance building management and energy solutions — for all building types.
Conference Live with Marc Petock — 2015 RealComm|IBcon. I got a chance to catch up with the ever-informative Marc Petcock, a long time building automation controls legend, at Conference Live, 2015 Realcomm|IBcon. Marc is VP Marketing at Lynxspring and a leading expert on building automation cyber security. Check out what Marc has to say.
Big Fun from Cochrane Supply. Scott Cochrane, one of the smartest guys in the building automation controls industry, shows us he is more than just another big brain in the BAS world. Scott, wrote and directed this film about the Cochrane Supply technical support process.
ControlTalk NOW for the week ending June 14, 2015, features 2015 Realcomm|IBcon and Conference Live video highlights and interviews with Delta Controls’ Una de Boer, SkyFoundry’s John Petze, Lynxspring’s Marc Petock, Hepta Controls’ Ted and Jason Houck, Intelligent Buildings’ Tom Shircliff and Rob Murchison. ControlTrends thanks its global community that helped ControlTrends surpass 1,000,000 views!
Fred Gordy’s Cyber Security Terms and Definition – Part 1. Just like in the controls industry, cybersecurity has its share of acronyms, terms, etc. Wading through these can be overwhelming. The list below is some of the terms you may have heard or probably will hear sometime in the near future. Rather than cram a bunch of terms/definitions into one post, I will post terms periodically in my blog.
IBCON Day 1 Highlights. Eric Stromquist and Young Gun, Rob Allen review the events of Day 1 and Pro-Con, where the Real Estate industry meets the Smart Buildings and the people who provide the equipment, devices, and solutions that are pushing the improvements around the globe. Congratulations to Jim Young and Howard Berger for another incredible and successful event. Stay tuned for more video coverage.
Jonathan Schultz at IBcon 2015. You meet the the coolest people at RealComm/IBcon. Case in point, I was sitting behind the fascinating Jonathan Schultz at the Cyber Security break out session. Jonathan,co-founder of Onyx Equities shares his thoughts on cyber threats to commercial real estate, and how he using data analytics to create a more profitable portfolio of properties. Be sure to check out Jonathan’s blog.
Catching Up with Paul Oswald CBRE/ESI. Paul Oswald and ESI develop innovative solutions that enable commercial property occupiers and owners to efficiently manage their building systems and remotely monitor and analyze energy usage in real time to identify and achieve potential savings. ESI is providing analytics-driven managed services on over 180 million sq. ft. of facilities at over 2,800 sites throughout the U.S. ESI was acquired April 14, 2015 by CBRE Group, Inc.
Conference Live: Tom Shircliff and Rob Murchison on Keeping Buildings Secure. Tom Shircliff and Rob Murchinson, from Intelligent Buildings, a smart buildings Consulting Company out of Charlotte, NC, share their vast industry experience consulting building owners in over 85 cities around the world. One of the big takeaways is for building owners to take the small steps first whether they are dealing with energy and operational efficiencies or cyber security.
Rob Allen Breaks Down ClockWorks. Rob Allen caught up with Nicholas Gayeski, from KGS Buildings. Nick showed Rob a very cool analtyics package called Clock Works. KGS Buildings offers market leading automated diagnostics and building performance management software and services to facility managers, engineers, and service providers.
RealComm/IBcon Day 2 Highlights from San Antonio, TX. Day 2’s General Session featured Bran Ferren. Few people 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. 7.5 billion people and 7 billion cell phones in use.
Ted and Jason Houck at Conference Live, 2015 Realcomm/IBcon. I got to catch up with two of most the prolific integrators in the business, Ted and Jason Houck from Hepta Systems. Hepta Control Systems is an award-winning leader in integrated building automation and security controls. They provide single driver seat solutions for energy efficiency, security, and tenant comfort systems.
Catching Up With Marc Petock at 2015 Realcomm/IBcon — Conference Live. Marc Petock, VP Marketing, Lynxspring, shares his thoughts on Cyber Security IoT at the 2015 Realcomm/IBcon Conference Live Show. Marc summarized the situation, “Cyber Security has grown from a little side conversation to something first and foremost on everybody’s mind.”
Catching Up With Delta Controls’ Una de Boer. One of the great things about the Realcomm/IBcon conference is getting to spend time with cool people. Una de Boer of Delta Controls is one of the brightest marketing professionals in building automation controls. Una fills us in on what is going on at Delta Controls and gets Keith La Rose to give us a product demo on the latest features in their CopperTree Analytics platform, which include Haystack tagging.
KMC Commander™ Awarded Best Intelligent Building Technology Innovation at Realcomm IBCon. San Antonio, Texas – June 11, 2015 KMC Controls, a leader in building automation systems, was awarded the Best Intelligent Building Technology Innovation Award at the 2015 Realcomm IBCon conference in San Antonio, Texas.
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
Welcome to ControlTalk NOW week ending May 3, 2015. Our news begins with the Realcomm | IBcon June 8-10 meeting in San Antonio, TX. Be sure to take advantage of the special ControlTrends Rate: $895.00 — that is valid till 6/1/15. Use Promo Code: IB15CTL1. Highlight coverage of the 2014 ControlTrends Awards winners concludes with our final three recipients: EasyIO’s Lim Hoon Chiat, Tridium’s Niagara AX, and KMC’s SimplyVAV. Watch as EasyIO’s Mike Marston takes the FG-32 controller to the next level. And, make sure to watch Vlad Choulopka’s feature 2014 ControlTrends Awards video “Heroes, Awards, and Elegance,” which portrays hundreds of the awesome people that attended our awards event in Chicago and make our HVAC and Building Automation industries so great.
Get Ready ror IBcon and RealComm June 8-10, 2015 in San Antonio, TX. If you are a systems integrator, this is a can’t miss event. Where else can you learn about current technologies and spend time with Real Estate owners and engineers? Use special PROMO Code Pkg: IB15-SA-General Online Group Registration-Integrator or Consultant- ControlTrends Rate: $895.00, Valid Until: 6/1/15, Promo Code: IB15CTL1. Click here to register today!
Our first guest is the Smart Connected Building prophet Jim Young, the co‐founder of Realcomm Conference Group which produces Realcomm, IBcon, and CoRE Tech, the world’s leading conferences on technology, automated business solutions, intelligent buildings, and energy efficiency for the commercial and corporate real estate industry. Jim talks about the importance and need to attend the June 8-10 Realcomm|IBcon conference in San Antonio, TX. Jim’s interview takes us into the future, as always — with an amazing sense of clarity and accuracy.
2014 ControlTrends Award Best Technical Support Person of the Year — Small Manufacturer. Congratulations to Lim Hoon Chiat from EasyIO — one of the most knowledgeable and affable people in the HVAC business! It was no surprise that Lim won. Those of us in the ControlTrends Community the world over, know that Lim is one of the industry’s most accomplished masters of technology (patents to his credit) and is the overseer of EasyIO’s ambitious product road map. Well done, Lim!
Rob Allen’s 7 Minutes in Control: Breaking Down KMC’s Connect Lite. This changes everything!! Rob Allen catches up with Mitch Kehler of KMC to talk about KMC’s new Connect Lite solution. Ever thought it would be cool to use NFC (Near Field Communication) to address and assign your BACnet controller even if it’s unpowered and still in the box? In this video Mitch shows you how.
KMC’s SimplyVAV Wins 2014 ControlTrends VAV Controller of The Year.The SimplyVAV series of controllers are an easy and unique approach to operating a wide variety of VAV terminal units. The integrated actuators, internal airflow sensors, and wide variety of application programs make these BACnet Application Specific controllers ideal for either new or retrofit installations.
Niagara AX Wins 2014 ControlTrends Award. The Niagara Framework is a universal software infrastructure that allows companies to easily build custom, Web-enabled applications for accessing, automating and controlling “smart” devices in real-time over the Internet. This open, Java-based framework unifies diverse systems and devices – regardless of manufacturer, communication standard or software – into an interoperable system creating a platform for value-added application development. Built on Internet standards, Niagara makes it possible for anyone, from anywhere around the world, to control their smart devices from a standard Web browser.
Our second guest is AutomatedBuilding’s owner and editor Ken Sinclair, whose May theme is Becoming an Autodidactic Asset — the process of coming to be a self-taught person who is a valuable thing. “I started several months ago with the realization that our greatest assets as an industry are our people, this lead me to the conclusion that we needed to grow our industry by dragging young IoT savvy folks across the skills gap. During this journey, I discovered that our lead industry assets badly need to become autodidactic, bridging their skills gap about IoT and its savvy folks.” Don’t miss May’s AutomatedBuildings, another valuable collection of industry insight and information from the leading minds of our industry.
EasyIO Updates from Mike Marston: CPT Project Management and New FG CPT Backup/Restore Features. Mike Marston and the team at EasyIO keep the press on the next generation plant controller and share their progress with first release APP and an instructional video.
Try this in your FG32 with Firmware8 .38. It flies more nicely in the FG32+, which are available now with CE, FCC and UL approvals. This is a draft of our standard APPs preparation (the first one). Next we will do a small chiller sequence APP. Please note, this APP works much faster in the FG32+.
Vlad Choulopka’s amazing and elegant video documentary of the heroes and champions of our industry. This feature 2014 ControlTrends Awards video — “Heroes, Awards, and Elegance,” portrays hundreds of the awesome people that attended the awards show in Chicago and make our HVAC and Building Automation industries so great.
Belimo is ControlTalk NOW’s sponsor for the Week Ending October 26, 2014. Belimo products help create comfort, safety, and efficiency in buildings. Belimo customer satisfaction and loyalty have made Belimo a leader in HVAC throughout the world. Visit Belimo Projects to view an overview sampling of recent installation with energy savings.
ControlTrends People: KMC Controls’ Erich Kreuter: I had a chance to sit down and talk to Erich Keuter, from KMC Controls. Eric is the grandson of Ken Kreuter, the founder of Kreuter Controls which is now KMC Controls. Hear what Erich had to say about the company philosophy that makes KMC Controls different from most controls companies, as well as, what makes Simply VAV such a special VAV controls solution. Click here for a specification sheet on this easy to use VAV controller. [Read more…]
ControlTalk Now for the Week Ending August 24, 2014. This week’s Podcast of ControlTalk NOW is sponsored by International Systems of America (ISA). ISA takes great pride in their extensive product and service offerings for fire, energy, security and communication systems. This week’s CTN themes are water, which is becoming our most important utility (Watergy), Social Media in a networked economy, the use of Data, and as always, the New of the Week.
Siemens Releases New QXA2601 and QXA2602 Condensation Monitors — Great for Chilled Beams/Chilled Ceilings! Siemens releases two new products for use on surfaces where condensation must be avoided. Both the QXA2601 and QXA2602 are designed to prevent condensation from forming in chilled beam and chilled ceiling applications. Both devices operate identically via a SPDT relay that changes state when humidity level near the surface of the chilled water piping approaches 92%. The unit will automatically reset when the humidity level drops to approximately 87%.
ControlTrends Award Highlight: The 2013 HVAC Executive of the Year. This magic moment in HVAC history captured Honeywell’s Tom Rosback receiving the coveted 2013 ControlTrends Awards Executive of the Year, voted by the ControlTrends Community for his executive leadership as Honewyell’s Vice President, General Manager, Commercial Control Systems overseeing marketing, sales, engineering, and operations of a complex multi-brand, multi-channel global business. Congratulations again to Tom Rosback and Honeywell!
Chiller on the Fritz — Call the Champions of Chill — The Mobile Air Force. Marvel Comics has nothing on the marvelous folks at Mobile Air Force, the champions of chill, as they fight for truth, justice, and mobile air conditioning! There’s nothing like a little comic animation to convey a lot of information about superhero-like fast emergency service. Mobile Air, Inc. is a specialty HVAC company dealing exclusively in portable air conditioning, heating, filtration, and dehumidification systems, for both temporary and long term solutions.
Sensors, Sensors Everywhere: In the Near Future, Structures and Systems Will Look After Themselves. Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) began in the early 1800′s with railroad wheel-tappers, which used the sound of a hammer striking the train wheel to evaluate if damage was present. The IoT sensor proliferation that continues to increase the number of application instances will soon deliver this significant SHM concept, which is similar, yet different, than our Fault Detection and Diagnostics — nearer and nearer to our workstations (cautious optimism). Science and Technology from Los Alamos.
Intelligent Buildings’ Tom Shircliff at IBCON 2014: The Technology is Here, Let’s Get Started! 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.
Live Event: Johnson Controls VFD Training. The Stromquist & Company christened their Atlanta facility’s state-of-the-art training center with a live training event streamed to internet viewers, who were able to participate directly in the training session and address their questions to the instructor, Johnson Controls’ Wayne Christy, a bona fide VFD expert. Wayne reviewed the Johnson Controls VSD product platform, many of the standard VFD applications, and highlighted the tremendous energy savings opportunities — available using Johnson Controls VFDs. Look for many more live training events from the Stromquist & Company in the near future.
Honeywell’s New WebVision Software Updates: Honeywell is happy to announce the availability of release 1.1.5 for WebVision. This software release has fixed a number of issues reported from the field, as well as updates to support the following browsers: Internet Explorer 10 and 11, Chrome v35 and Firefox ESR 24.0. A WebVision Recovery tool is also available, which helps in recovering an unusable WebVision, due to IP addressing. Note: The new software will not work in old IE 8 or IE 9 browsers. Please refer to “Download the New Distribution File” section for upgrade procedure.
Contemporary Controls’ Versatile BASremote BACnet/IP Controller/Gateway is Even More Flexible! BASremoteAugust 2014 — The BASremote has evolved over the years from its original intent as a BACnet/IP remote I/O device. We were one of the first to add a Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) option ― allowing the device to operate without the need for control panel power. Next, we added Modbus RTU to BACnet/IP gateway functionality which greatly expanded the point handling capability of the unit.
Grant, the Youngest HVAC Reporter to Date, Takes Us Inside International Systems of America. Julio Rodriguez, National Sales Manager of International Systems of America, is interviewed by a Grant, a big fan of ISA, that Julio discovered on YouTube while researching social media. See why ISA is a company with great solutions and a big heart. ISA SOLUTIONS — ARE WORK IN ACTION. With over 80 employees, ISA takes great pride in their extensive product and service offerings for fire, energy, security and communication systems. ISA’s solutions make a real difference for their customers, again and again —- helping to solve critical issues and keep vital systems in operation. ISA is always there, with focus and dedication, to deliver your solution!