Marc Petock and Kimberly Brown did a marvelous job co-hosting the 2018 ControlTrends Awards ceremony at the historic Fox Theatre in Atlanta, where the superstars and heroes of the HVAC and Building Automation industries were recognized, along with 2018 Hall of Fame inductees, [Read more…]
Episode 297: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending Dec 30, 2018 brings us to the brink of another New Year. Join ControlTalk NOW and our special guest, Marc Petock, as we engage in a comprehensive review of 2018, and then take a slightly serious and perceptive look at what 2019 is likely to bring — and which TRENDS will emerge. [Read more…]
Episode 290: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending Nov 4, 2018, features Lynxspring’s Marc Petock, who is joined by Adam Haynes, Sr Product Owner and Justin McCullough, Chief Innovation and Product Officer, with the Facility Solutions Group, one of North America’s top Master Systems Integrators. Next up, we have Ken Sinclair, owner and editor of Automated Buildings, who discusses his November edition theme: “Edge-ification.” Register now for the upcoming TridiumTalk Webinar on Niagara 4.6 System Database Features; Siemens delivers Maximum Hydronic System Efficiency; and Honeywell’s Steve Hoffman’s interview “What You need to Know About IP Controls.”
Our first ControlTalk NOW interview is with Lynxspring’s Marc Petock, who introduces Adam Haynes, Sr Product Owner and Justin McCullough, Chief Innovation and Product Officer, of Facility Solutions Group, one of the largest and most prolific Master Systems Integrators in North America. FSG has over 2000 employees at its 33 branch locations across the U.S., that offer a wide array of lighting, electrical, and advanced control systems. FSG specializes in reducing your energy consumption to improve your bottom line. Take control of your business’s future with control technologies from FSG.
Our second ControlTalk NOW interview is with Ken Sinclair, owner and editor of Automated Buildings, who discusses his November edition theme: “Edge-ification.” We know from last month that “Edge-ification” is the process of moving intelligence and control to the Edge. A host of industry experts are chiming in on this all-important conversation, as the IoT heavy-weights hone their sites on the HVAC and BAS markets.
TridiumTalk: Niagara 4.6 System Database Feature Webinar — Nov 8, 2018, 11:00 AM, EST. The release of Tridium’s Niagara 4.6 introduced the ability for a Niagara Supervisor to examine all the Niagara devices in the Niagara Network and pull up Entity data (tags and relations) into a new System Database. During this TridiumTalk, a high level view will be provided of the System Database feature including setup and configuration of the system indexer.
Siemens’ Hydronic Flow Optimization: How to Maximize Hydronic System Efficiency. This Siemens Hydronic Flow Optimization video makes a strong case for using Siemens’ PICV in conjunction with their BT300 VFD series for maximum occupant comfort and energy savings by assuring accurate flow changes are made when needed.
Honeywell Momentum’s Steve Hoffman: What You Need to Know About IP Controls. We had a chance to catch up with Honeywell’s Steve Hoffman at the 2018 Honeywell Momentum Event. Steve works with consulting engineers making sure they understand the value Honeywell brings to the Smart Buildings Controls market. In this video, Steve shares what we need to know about IP controllers and what makes Honeywell’s new IP controllers special.
Ken Sinclair’s Automated Buildings’ November, 2018 Issue: Our Next Two Semesters of Edge-ifcation. In Ken Sinclair’s November edition of AutomatedBuildings.com, we continue our quest down the Edge Rabbit Hole. We know from last month that “Edge-ification” is the process of moving intelligence and control to the Edge. Ken’s interview with John Petze takes us even deeper into our understanding of “edge-ication” or more correctly, “by computing at the edge,” we are referring to performing essential data acquisition and computation functions as close to the data source as possible.
Published in Linkedin on September 27, 2018. Commercial real estate operators and building owners are adapting to the change in building automation technology that is occurring in the industry. Innovation has reshaped how we manage, operate and interact with our buildings and facilities. Connected systems, data and analytics is broadening our conversation in the world of smart buildings — engaging not only facility operators in the discussion, but the C-Suite as well.
Today, most have embraced the fact that technology is the game changer and is the cornerstone of operating buildings as an economic model. As the technology surrounding engineering design and energy management systems have evolved, so has the dialogue around smart buildings. Driven by digital transformation and a change in value propositions; changes in the role of facilities are shifting to create healthy, safe and productive environments.
A few years ago, the dialogue focused on energy, efficiency and lower operating costs.
So, what about now? What is the dialogue and conversations that are making their presence felt within our buildings and workplaces? How has it changed?
The following is a then vs. now comparison outlining how the dialogue has changed. While I am sure additional items may be added, this presents some of the important evolution that has occurred in the industry. Click here to see complete list!
As the landscape for smart buildings has evolved, so has the speak.
The dialogue today is no longer about the potential — rather it is about the reality of economics through driving operational value and business outcomes. The business of smart commercial buildings and facilities is moving beyond fear of the unknown and into a new era of empowerment.
Episode 280: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending August 26, 2018 provides advanced insight into the 2018 ControlTrends Awards, which will be held at Atlanta’s prestigious Fox Theatre — the perfect venue for the event. Marc Petock, our Master of Ceremonies, joins our discussion about the ControlTrends Awards and provides application information and product insight into some new Edge-to-Enterprise products and solutions available from Lynxspring. Also, don’t miss DOE’s free Smart Grid webinar coming up this week!
In The News: Lynxspring Announces New Cellular Router. Lynxspring, Inc. (https://www.lynxspring.com), a premier developer and provider of open, IP-control solutions for building automation, energy management, and edge-to-enterprise integration, announced today the availability of a new 4G LTE™ Onyxx® CE121 Cellular Router.
Smart Grid: Introducing the Grid Project Impact Quantification Tool – Updated Link. Make Informed Grid Investments. Make Informed Grid Investments! Join this Advanced Grid Research webinar on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 1:00 PM Eastern. Register Now! Insight into how grid technology performs can be tough to get quickly! Result — like cost and energy savings, peak shaving, ramping requirements and fossil fuel usage — depend heavily on the usage, energy mix, geography and consumer behavior.
In his August edition of Automated Buildings, Ken Sinclair encourages us to make the same leaps of faith in technology — in our professional lives that we make without hesitation in our personal lives — to keep current with the future of our industry.
Excerpt from Ken’s August editorial: “What are Building Whisperers? Those who adopt a sympathetic view of the motives, needs, and desires of the Building’s relationship with its humanistic purpose based on rapidly evolving views and understandings. What is the process of creating or Building Whisperers? We need to clearly educated and inform our industry practitioners of the art of humanizing our building relationships. We all need to engage in the discussion of change while learning how to whisper building emotion.”
More great August Articles:
Is our industry Building-IoT ready?More Pook-Ping Yao, Optigo Networks
When Will Smart Buildings Make Hearts Sing? Therese Sullivan, BuildingContext Ltd
Analytics at Edge, Marc Petock, Lynxspring
2018 Voice Buyer’s Guide, Ken Herron, UIB
Where to Get a Building Automation Degree, Scott Holstein, Computrols
Where is SedonaDev.Org? George Thomas, Contemporary Controls
Honeypots, Chipkin Automation Systems Inc.
Technology and The Five Pillars of Asset Management, Logan Soya, Aquicore
Research Suggests Stress Can Increase Productivity, James McHale, Memoori
EnOcean® Wireless, Mike Schell, AirTest Technologies Inc.
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.
Altura Associates is this year’s honoree for the work that they have done to apply Haystack across numerous projects that deliver improved performance for building owners and operators. Accepting the award on their behalf at the 2017 ControlTrends Awards is another leading member of the Haystack community, Alper Uzmezler of BASSG.
Project Haystack is an open source community driven effort to define a standard markup language for equipment system data. With this award we recognize community members that have helped advance the effort and utilize haystack to provide solutions to building owners and operators.
Sunday evening, the 2017 ControlTrends Awards took front and center stage at the Hard Rock Cafe in Chicago. Marc Petock and Kimberly Brown co-hosted the ControlTrends Awards ceremony the superstars and heroes of the HVAC and Building Automation industries. [Read more…]
Lynxspring, Inc., a premier developer and provider of open, IP solutions for building automation, energy management, IoT, equipment control and device-to-enterprise integration, made several new announcements today at the 2017 Lynxspring Exchange and Technology Showcase Conference being held October 1st – 3rd at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona.
In keeping with their Edge-to-Enterprise business initiatives, Lynxspring announced the following:
For its JENEsys Edge product line, the company revealed a new Niagara 4 version of the highly successful JENEsys Edge 534 AX, a fully programmable Niagara controller with 34 IO built-in and expandable IO. Anticipated market release is November.
The company showed their JENEsys Edge 534, a Niagara AX version Controller with SkyFoundry’s SkySpark® Everywhere distributed informatics architecture embedded in the unit. This puts SkySpark® Analytics right at the “edge”, allowing users to analyze important data at the edge and gather real-time intelligence.
Related to SkySpark® Everywhere, Lynxspring revealed an embedded SkySpark® Everywhere device which provides the capability to run SkySpark® Analytics at the edge and send SkySpark data to the enterprise.
Lynxspring announced the addition of the Onyxx 34IO-B, a BACnet IO Expansion Module designed specifically for JENEsys Edge Controllers, JENEsys PC8000 Controllers and JACE® 8000 Controllers. Market availability is expected by the end of the year.
In addition, the company demonstrated their latest Onyxx Hub and Wireless Bluetooth Current Transducers (WCTs), capable of monitoring the RMS current usage through a 4 AWG to 12 AWG wire. Release date is planned for early 2018.
Lynxspring also shared a new concept called the Onyxx Application Independent Platform (OAIP). Leveraging open and internet standards, OAIP is an extensible hardware platform that supports the rapid portability and customization of software and IoT applications to meet the specific needs of today’s connectivity, data access and exchange requirements. Once released, OAIP will include a hardware development kit (HDK) and software development kit (SDK).
The company also announced that it is expanding its wireless capabilities for its Onyxx platform with further support and expansion of Zigbee, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and upgrading their Onyxx Cellular Router to 4G.
Lynxspring announced they have entered into an OEM relationship with SkyFoundry. Lynxspring will embed the SkySpark® Everywhere distributed informatics into their JENEsys Edge and Onyxx products, supporting analytics at the “edge”. Lynxspring is will become an Authorized SkySpark® Trainer.
Executives announced that the Lynxspring eStore has added several new enhancements, making it easier to use and navigate and also expanded the site with the addition of new products.
“These announcements are in-line with our established Edge-to-Enterprise business strategy and continues our endeavor to develop and bring to market advanced technology and solutions that deliver a smart and connected future to the building industry,” said Terry Swope, President & CEO of Lynxspring. “They also demonstrate our commitment to industry partner collaboration and development”.
“These initiatives combine our technological strengths and input from our ecosystem of customers and solutions providers to bring new forms of value,” added Marc Petock, Chief Communications Officer and Vice President, Marketing at Lynxspring. “We are enabling new solutions with the flexibility to empower building owners and operators to unlock efficiencies in their facilities, increase manageability and drive performance.”
More information about Lynxspring technology, products and services is available at: http://www.lynxspring.com.
About Lynxspring, Inc.
Embracing open software and hardware platforms, Lynxspring develops, manufactures and distributes innovative edge-to-enterprise solutions and technology for today’s intelligent buildings, energy management, equipment control and specialty machine-to-machine and IoT applications. Lynxspring’s technologies and products simplify connectivity, integration, interoperability and data accuracy and exchange from the edge to the enterprise. For more information about Lynxspring, visit http://www.lynxspring.com.
Chief Communications Officer and Vice President, Marketing