Marc Petock hosts Episode 320 ControlTalk NOW live from Nashville, TN at the 2019 Realcomm|IBcon Conference with very special guests: Steven Anson, VP Marketing, Anixter; Kendall Anderson, Marketing and Public Relationship Manager, FSG; and Pook-Ping Yao, CEO, Optigo Networks. Listen in and watch, as these industry experts share their take-aways from this record setting event.
Celebrating 21 years of extraordinary success, Team Realcomm has done it again. Through unparalleled networking, relentless initiative and innovation, and sheer professional horse power, Jim Young, Howard Berger, Lisa Woods, and Team Realcomm have generated THE Number One Intelligent Buildings Conference in the world.
Conversation included how owners are profiling Smart Building Controls Master System Integrators, and how they are learning to specify the MSI role before the project is bid to protect their Smart Buildings interests. It is a must watch video for anyone wanting to be successful in today’s evolving building automation market.
ControlTrends Community — not to worry! Always willing to go the extra mile, Eric was found a short while after this recording, working diligently — gathering empirical data from various intelligent building bar stools located along both sides of Broadway Street.
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Episode 319 ControlTalk NOW — The HVAC and Smart Building Controls VideoCast and Podcast. Our Special Guest, Doug Miller, VP of Sales, KMC Controls
For nearly 50 years, KMC Controls has helped facilities achieve higher levels of energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality by automating and controlling building systems.
The conference was a fabulous opportunity to meet the EasyIO team, learn more about what’s on the road ahead, and of course, mix and mingle
It only happens every other year and it never disappoints. We had a great time at this year’s Haystack Connect conference! The event was held
I finally got to be a guest on someone else’s podcast…. how did I do? I had a great time being a guest on episode
https://youtu.be/6RlKq3QtXTY HVAC Control Pro Brent Burrows, from Entek in Atlanta, was kind enough to share this video. Brent is one of the rising young stars
Optigo pioneers the Edge-to-Cloud network with Visual BACnet Capture Tools
Groundbreaking innovation gives visibility across the network for centralized, cloud-based management
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 to [Read more…]
Episode 240: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings PodCast for week ending September 24, 2017 features an interview with Tridium’s Ed Merwin, Director, Vykon Automation Energy Security. The 2017 ControlTrends Award Nomination period has begun and Your Ballot is ready for your completion. Tridium released their JACE 8000 IO R, and is now offering a limited time JACE Trade-in, Trade-up program, and be sure to read Kevin Smith’s white paper entitled “Cyber Security and the IoT.” Lynxspring announces their JENEsys® PC 8000 and JACE® 8000 Trade Up Program; and Wayne Tighe joins Optigo Networks as VP of Global Sales; and don’t miss “Using Request and Promise” by Eric Stromquist.
ControlTalk NOW interview with Ed Merwin, Director, Vykon Automation Energy Security. Ed brings the ControlTrends Community up-to-date with several Tridium products and programs including the release of the JACE 8000 IO R, The JACE Trad-in, Trade-up Program, Kevin Smith’s new white paper and webinar on Cyber Security and the IoT–Threats, Best Practices, and Lessons Learned, which is now available for view on TridiumTalks.
Tridium’s Defending Your Business Against Cyber Threats Webinar. Tridium chief architect Kevin T. Smith led the TridiumTalk, joined by recognized industry expert James Johnson as moderator. Kevin overviewed how to develop a strategy to defend against cyber threats, and he detailed the organizational best practices to mitigate risk. Kevin and James took questions, and among the materials available for download are the Q&As.
Critical Facilities Summit — Join Us Oct 23-25 Minneapolis, MN. Join Us Oct 23-25 Minneapolis, MN. Critical Facilities Summit is designed for senior-level professionals responsible for the design, construction, management and operations of Data Centers, Labs, Hospitals, Financials, Telecoms or other mission critical facilities. 35+ sessions, organized into tracks which offer you an unbeatable way to create an agenda that’s tailored to your needs and interests. Tracks include: Cloud and Co-location Trends, Higher Ed, Medical, Labs, and Life-Safety, Optimizing Uptime, Project Spotlight, and The FM-IT Link.
Tridium Announcement: Introducing a Leap Forward for the JACE 8000. New IO solution adds power and offers straightforward migration path. JACE® 8000 IO R is now available. Supported by Niagara 4.3, the new IO R enhances the JACE 8000 by providing a direct connection to simple sensor and device inputs and outputs remotely located up to 4,000 feet (1,200 metres) away. This new capability will allow you to monitor, control, schedule and analyze your building assets like never before.
2017 ControlTrends Awards Nominations have Begun! ControlTrends is excited to announce that the 2017 ControlTrends Awards nomination period has begun. This is your opportunity to ensure your organization’s champions and the great people, products, and solutions in our industry are recognized. Several categories have changed and three new categories have been added to the awards: Progressive Consulting Engineer of the Year (Demonstrated Industry Leadership in Advancing the Smart Building), ControlTrends Most Impactful Marketing Collateral (Video, Product Rollout, etc…) of the Year, and HVAC, Building Automation, or IoT Solutions Trainer of the Year. Click here to begin the nomination process!
2JENE_PC_8000_Trade_Up_PPTLynxspring’s Announces JENEsys® PC 8000 and JACE® 8000 Trade Up Program. Make the move from your legacy JENEsys and JACE Controllers and save $$$ Now! Recently, Tridium announced a special, limited time program that enables you to move from legacy JACE controllers to the JACE 8000 series. And Lynxspring is pleased to support this program. Introducing the JENEsys PC 8000 and JACE 8000 Trade Up Program, a program featuring discounts now through December 22, 2017. The JENEsys PC 8000 and JACE 8000 Trade Up Program enables you to leverage the features and functions of Niagara 4 with the speed of the JENEsys PC 8000 and any JACE 8000 by allowing you to trade up your legacy controllers at discounts on JENEsys PC 8000’s.
Wayne Tighe joins Optigo Networks as VP of Global Sales. Vancouver, BC, September 21, 2017 – Optigo Networks is proud to welcome Wayne Tighe, formerly Vice President of Software Sales at Tridium Inc. of the Software Solutions Group in Honeywell, as our new Vice President of Global Sales. Tighe’s guidance and insight will be key to driving Optigo Networks’ explosive growth in the smart building industry. “After more than two decades working for Fortune 100 corporations, I’m excited to join Optigo Networks at this pivotal moment in the company’s history,” said Tighe. “Optigo’s entering its next phase of evolution. The team is agile and innovative, and the technology has tremendous upset potential.”
Sales and Communication Strategies that Work! With all the great products, support and prices, sales has become more important than ever. In fact, I believe it might be one of the only differentiators left. Sales is harder today than it has ever been. Your clients have more choices and less time to consider these choices than ever. This means low price usually wins and due to lack of access you cannot help them see past the price only mentality. Getting access to a client is very difficult. They simply do not have the time to see most vendors. We all have existing customers that we can get to, and when business is good we tend to be reactive and take care of our customers, which must be done. But what about finding new business? How do you get in front of new customers and how can you be effective when you have these opportunities?
This just in from Optigo Networks:
Vancouver, BC, September 21, 2017 – Optigo Networks is proud to welcome Wayne Tighe, formerly Vice President of Software Sales at Tridium Inc. of the Software Solutions Group in Honeywell, as our new Vice President of Global Sales. Tighe’s guidance and insight will be key to driving Optigo Networks’ explosive growth in the smart building industry.
“After more than two decades working for Fortune 100 corporations, I’m excited to join Optigo Networks at this pivotal moment in the company’s history,” said Tighe. “Optigo’s entering its next phase of evolution. The team is agile and innovative, and the technology has tremendous upset potential.”
Tighe joins Optigo Networks with over 25 years of experience in corporate America. His resumé spans business heavyweights including Tridium, Hewlett-Packard, Agilent, and HP Canada. His keen knowledge of the smart building and software industries make him an excellent addition to Optigo’s rapidly growing team.
“Wayne is the perfect person to lead our sales team,” said Pook-Ping Yao, CEO of Optigo Networks. “We are certain that his leadership and strategic vision will propel Optigo forward into the next stage of development.”
Tighe will lead the effort to share Optigo’s vision with customers, partners, and all stakeholders, creating a sales strategy that accelerates the adoption of Optigo’s IoT networking solutions for Smart Buildings. He will ensure that Optigo Networks’ customers and partners recognize the power of our software solutions in Visual BACnet, Optigo OneView, and our future product offerings, like Optigo Insight.
“Culture is integral to any company’s growth, and I see a great deal of passion from the staff and leadership at Optigo,” said Tighe. “The company has had some critical successes, and I know there are many more wins in our future. I look forward to helping guide and accelerate Optigo Networks’ expansion.”
BACnet MS/TP Trouble-Shooting Simplified with Innovative Product Integration from Contemporary Controls and Optigo Networks. Vancouver, BC, January 17, 2017 – BACnet MS/TP trouble-shooting can now be done remotely on demand or via scheduled analysis thanks to a one-of-a kind product integration from Chicago-based Contemporary Controls and Vancouver-based Optigo Networks. Using Contemporary Controls’ popular BASrouterLX to capture MS/TP traffic and Optigo Networks’ Visual BACnet for analysis, technicians will no longer need to be on-site to diagnose MS/TP issues.
Recent technological developments have made diagnosing IP network issues easier, but until this collaboration, trouble-shooting MS/TP network issues has been hands-on and time consuming. When an MS/TP network breaks down, the technician has to put on his boots, drive to the site, set up a USB dongle and capture traffic right on-site. The product integration between Contemporary Controls and Optigo Networks changes that. Using a Contemporary Controls’ BASrouterLX, MS/TP traffic is captured and sent to Optigo Networks’ Visual BACnet. The MS/TP data can be captured via remote monitoring, or the capture can be scheduled at a specific time each day and then sent to VisualBACnet.com for analysis.
“Trouble-shooting BACnet MS/TP issues has always been a challenge,” said Harpartap Parmar, Senior Product Manager at Contemporary Controls. “By teaming with Optigo to use the MS/TP traffic for analysis, technicians can quickly respond to a customer’s problem without needing to be on-site.”
The BASrouterLX by Contemporary Controls is a high-performance BACnet router providing stand-alone routing between BACnet networks such as BACnet/IP, BACnet Ethernet, and BACnet MS/TP. Besides its high-speed processor, it has advanced features such as auto-discovery of MS/TP slaves, MS/TP frame capture and storage for use with Wireshark®. Up to 50 BBMD entries can be made. With the Optigo integration, MS/TP frame capture can be sent to Visual BACnet for analysis.
Visual BACnet by Optigo Networks is a powerful BACnet health analysis and monitoring software. It allows users to concretely measure the health of their networks, and quickly diagnose problems to reduce troubleshooting and downtime. Users can look at their network’s health score, drill down to pinpoint problems, and create baseline reports to compare network changes over time.
“We look forward to fully launching this integration with Contemporary Controls in the coming months,” said Dan Ronald, VP Product Management at Optigo. “This partnership is a big step towards fulfilling our vision of monitoring sites in real-time, allowing an increase in the overall up-time of Building Automation Systems.” Existing BASrouterLX users interested in the new features will be able to install the software upgrade via the BASrouterLX webpage.
Learn more about this new collaboration in Optigo’s upcoming webinar Introducing Contemporary Controls Integration, January 25, featuring Dan Ronald and Harpartap Parmar from Contemporary Controls. The product will also be showcased at the AHR Expo January 30- February 1 at Booth C861 and C1458. Look forward to more announcements and releases.
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About Contemporary Controls: Contemporary Controls designs and manufactures the system building blocks for networking, integrating and controlling automation processes where performance and reliability are important. Our products are built upon open technologies such as ARCNET®, BACnet®, CAN, Modbus®, Niagara Framework® and Sedona Framework™, and are typically found in building and industrial automation industries. Our customers are systems integrators, contractors and mechanical and controls OEMs seeking simple and reliable networking and control products from a dependable source. With headquarters based in the US, we have operations in the UK, Germany and China with self-manufacturing in the US and China. www.ccontrols.com @ContempControls
About Optigo Networks: Optigo Networks is shaping the future of the commercial Internet of Things (IoT). Optigo uses visualization and anomaly detection to enable explosive growth of IoT in buildings. With its award-winning self-learning software, Optigo analyzes the communications of the thousands of thermostats, key card scanners, cameras and smart lights in commercial buildings. This allows building operators to quickly identify faults in their operational systems and reduce downtime from hours to minutes. Optigo is the first to address the growing complexity of maintaining the thousands of little machines that make our buildings comfortable, efficient and secure. Optigo’s solutions are used every day in a rising number of buildings around the world. www.optigo.net
6 million commercial buildings in the US are believed to be secure. Every single one has exposed building controllers, security cameras and access control systems that an entry level hacker can hack into. Join Fred Gordy, Director of Cyber Security at Intelligent Buildings, and Ping Yao, CEO of Optigo Networks as they discuss the incredible vulnerabilities in our buildings’ systems, and what to do about it. If you are responsible for operational systems using open protocols such as BACnet & ONVIF, you won’t want to miss this webinar. We will discuss how easy it is to hack into many of the building systems, and more importantly, what are some of the basic steps that can and should be used to protect them.
Webinar Details: Date: Thursday September 15th Time: 11AM PDT | 2PM EDT
ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast|PodCast for week ending August 28, 2016 — Is aptly referred to this week as “The Show that Almost Was,” because of travel constraints and preparations for the 2016 CTA Awards. Still, we are able to present an abbreviated time-lapse preview of the ControlTrends People, a new PodCast series that focuses on the life stories of the people in our industry that make it great. Special thanks to Tridium’s Jenny Graves, Nino DiCosmo, Pranay Prakash, John Sublett and Ed Merwin for their hospitality and support. Also, this week, Contemporary Controls’ introduced their new EIA-485 Terminator; an Updated Ken’s Calendar; and a Heads-up on two important Webinars: Belimo’s Webview and OPTIGO Networks’ Visual BACnet.
Contemporary Controls’ New EIA-485 Terminator Provides Fail-Safe Biasing for BACnet MS/TP and Modbus RTU Networks. New EIA-485 Terminator Provides Fail-Safe Biasing for BACnet MS/TP and Modbus RTU Networks. Contemporary Controls‘ 485-TER is a standalone active terminator that is used on popular EIA-485 networks such as Modbus RTU and BACnet MS/TP providing sufficient termination and biasing for stable operation. Fail-safe bias ensures that an un-driven line assumes a defined state.
ControlTrends Keeps an Eye on 2016 Events with Ken’s Calendar. While it has been an amazingly busy and productive year so far, many more events are on the horizon. ControlTrends will continue to post the event information as we receive notice or become aware of the event. Please note that the information is gathered from various sources, and the times, dates, and locations may have changed. Be sure to visit the appropriate website or contact the event coordinator to ensure the most up-to-date information.
Belimo — Communicating with the Energy Valve through WebView, the New Data Analysis Tool, and BACnet Webinar. Join us for a 30 minute webinar on the communication features of the Belimo Energy Valve. We will review connecting to the Energy Valve’s web server TCP/IP from a laptop or PC and discuss how to download data files using the New Belimo Data Analysis Tool. You will also learn how to use the Belimo ZTH US tool to easily adapt the flow settings of the Energy Valve as well as information on the BACnet features of the Energy Valve will be discussed.
OPTIGO Webinar: Troubleshooting BACnet in Wireshark — Featuring Steve Karg, Sep 8th, 2016, 11AM PST. Not sure what is happening in your building network? Dealing with poor network performance? Use Wireshark, a free network packet analyzer, to dig into the network traffic to uncover the root cause of the issue. Wireshark is a free network packet analyzer that helps troubleshooting by capturing network packets and allowing you to browse the network traffic to isolate the issues in a network. OPTIGO Networks provides advanced visualization tools to help you gain insight into the health of your BAS deployments.
Not sure what is happening in your building network? Dealing with poor network performance? Use Wireshark, a free network packet analyzer, to dig into the network traffic to uncover the root cause of the issue. Wireshark is a free network packet analyzer that helps troubleshooting by capturing network packets and allowing you to browse the network traffic to isolate the issues in a network. OPTIGO Networks provides advanced visualization tools to help you gain insight into the health of your BAS deployments.
Webinar Details: Date: Thursday September 8th, 2016 Time: 11am PST / 2pm EST
Join Pook-Ping Yao and Steve Karg as they examine how to analyze BACnet communications in Wireshark to identify issues within a Building Automation System. Troubleshooting often has a technician on the hunt for erroneously chatty devices, missing acknowledgements, unanswered Who-Is, duplicate Device-IDs, and other obscure problems in the network. Join this webinar to learn simple checks, filters and tricks to troubleshoot and understand your BACnet building automation system quickly.
Steve Karg is well known for his extensive involvement in the BACnet world. An experienced BACnet Product Developer and Embedded Systems Software Engineer, Steve has worked in the industry for many years, and wrote a portion of the BACnet dissector code in Wireshark. Steve is a member of the BACnet International education committee and BACnet Testing Laboratory Working Group, and in 2011 he was a recipient of the BACnet International Leaders of the Pack award.
Pook-Ping Yao is Co-founder/CEO of Optigo Networks, a company that has recently launched Visual BACnet. Ping is a sought after speaker and writer in Canada and the United States, primarily discussing Building Automation Systems and technology in smart buildings driven by advances in the Internet of Things (IoT).
As I am fond of telling my three year old daughter, when she refuses to go to brush her teeth, “We can do this the easy way or the hard way.” The easy way is you brush your teeth, the hard way is you brush your teeth after a time out. The hard way takes way more time and way more effort. Until Opitgo introduced their really cool new product, there was only one way to troubleshoot a BACnet problem, the hard way.
But, thanks to their Visual BACnet Solution, you now have an easy way to troubleshoot BACnet problems on your Smart Building Controls network. Visual BACnet is not just easy, it is super easy. One glance at the yellow, green, or red button let’s you know right away about the health of your network, and the easy diagnostic tools help you pin point the problem areas in your BACnet communication stream. In this video Opitgo’s CEO Pook-Ping Yao shows us how Visual BACnet works.