Jason Putnam discusses with Rob Allen what Noesis can do for distributors, contractors, and OEMs that need help in getting deals done faster with greater levels of success. It’s not always about savings and ROI; often, the decision-makers need clear insight into the impact the deal will have in regards to their cash flow. Noesis offers software tools, unique financing products, and top-notch technical and service support to help their partners close one deal and move onto another. Noesis is teaming up Mark Jewell of Selling Energy, and Honeywell’s Energy and Environmental Optimization Program to take success to the next level.
KMC Controls is leading the way with new technology! Mitch Kehler, Director of Sales, summarizes some of the exciting new features of KMC’s recently deployed KMC Connect, a time-saving, menu-driven configuration utility and KMC Connect Lite, a revolutionary mobile application, both of which were designed to save contractors significant amounts of time and money — on every project installation utilizing Near Field Communication (NFC). NFC is a technology built into every cell phone that makes addressing and configuring controllers (unpowered, still in the box) radically simple — reducing the preparation and installation phases of every project. Visit KMC Controls new web-site today!
Will the KMC Commander be a Smart Buildings Controls Game Changer?
To find out the answer to this question, our Rob Allen, chats with KMC’s Richard Newberry at the KMC Controls 2015 Business Conference. Richard is the Chairman and advisor to the KMC Board of Directors.
Listening to Richard speak, it is no wonder KMC Controls is known for their innovative Building Automation and Smart Buildings Controls.
Every great company has a great mission. Ricard explains that KMC’s mission is to “provide innovative, intuitive building automation and Smart Buildings Controls solutions from responsive and supportive people.”
Richard tells Rob how the KMC Commander was developed and about the unique partnership with KMC, Dell and Intel.
It is a major contender in what Ken Smyers and I call the “Race to The Small Space.”
Richard explains it is the only open building automation and Smart Buildings control system that is “open, secure, and scaleable.”
From what we can see,in addition to meeting KMC mission requirements, the KMC Commander should be a Smart Building Controls game changer.
To learn more about KMC Controls, and find a smart buildings controls provider, click here to visit their website. If you are in Georgia, the team at Stromquist & Company can take care of your KMC controls needs. It Pittsburgh, Ken and Dave Smyers can hook you up with all your Building Automation and Smart Building Controls needs.
ControlTalk Now, the Smart Buildings VideoCast and Podcast for week ending October 4, 2015. It has been another amazing week on the go — with continuing coverage of the EasyIO Global Partner Event with prophesying interviews from Mike Marston and Johan Schakenraad (EasyIO Global), Scott Muench (J2 and EasyStack) and Terry Casey (Intellastar), while Rob Allen and Michael Bonner interview Larry Weber at the Honeywell Momentum 2015, and then hop over to the KMC distributor meeting. More Cyber Security updates from Pablos Holman and Fred Gordy, and Siemens adds additional competitive room controllers to it’s commercial product portfolio; and DGLogik take DGLux5 training to Michigan at Cochrane Supply.
Hacker Skills: How to get free Movies in Your Hotel Room. Ken Smyers, Fred Gordy and I talk a lot about how hackers use vunerablities in BAS systems to get into places they should not. Pablos Holman shows us just how unsafe your wireless and other technologies are. From Blue Tooth to automobile remotes, PCs, and “secure” credit cards, Hacker extraordinaire, Pablos Holman, shows how nearly every secure system is vulnerable.
Siemens Fan Coil Stats – Out with the Old and In with the New. Siemens’ RAA and RAB series of fan coil thermostats are now obsolete and being replaced by the RDG series room thermostats. They cover a wide range of commercial HVAC applications from roof top units and heat pumps to VAV/CAV control. Ideally suited for light commercial installations such as retail, hospitality, light healthcare and small commercial buildings, they are easy to install and commission.
Renaissance of Building Automation Control — Global EasyIO Partner Event Begins Today in Paris. For those vendors and systems integrators gathering today at the Global EasyIO Partner Event — from six continents, buildings are the common currency and EasyIO is the common language spoken. Featuring the release of EasyStack, the enhanced FG-32+ controller, the possibilities of the Belimo MP Bus Gateway, and a myriad of new vendor applications, EasyIO now provides a greater range of solutions for the underserved global markets, where an estimated 70% of the world’s buildings still lack edge technology and control.
Building Automation Controls Renaissance Man Mike Marston at the EasyIO World Event. Ken got a chance to catch up with Mike Marston at the EASYIO World Event. Mike gives us an update on the role EASYIO and their partners are playing in the Building Automation and Smart Buildings Controls Renaissance.
Global EasyIO Partner Event 2015 — Day 2 Highlights. Day 2 began with a hearty welcome from Bullzevents’ Guido Van Erp and the yearly sales and marketing review from Johan Schakenraad, CEO, EasyIO Europe, who summarized EasyIO’s impressive growth with the words “EasyIO FG-32… To use it, is to love it.” Day 2 resumed with a series of product and solution presentations beginning with Yanis Cottard of NODON, followed by updates on the EasyIO EnOcean driver, the enhanced CPT Tool with new widget features.
EasyIO, Renaissance, and Terry Casey’s Eloquent Interview: Building IoT Explained. On Day 2, at the EasyIO vendor show, the Renaissance continued as ControlTrends had the opportunity to interview one of the most venerated members of the building management industry, Mr. Terry Casey, of Intellastar. Terry began his prolific journey as CEO and founder of Trend, still a premiere DDC line in England, and by serving as President/CEO of Tridium Europe. His professorial explanation of what he terms, the “Building Internet of Things” and its underlying stack technology, represent a significant departure from the rather status quo of the past 25 years.
We Were IoT Before IoT Was Cool. (originally posted on AutomatedBuildings.com – link to article) Open Source, Plug & Play, IoT, and an Automagically Connected Home, these are terms we hear all the time. But what do they really mean? And more importantly, what do they mean to the Integrator community? The connected buildings and devices that can be accessed via the web are not new. Integrators have been doing this for years. Most of the public didn’t know how, or really care how HVAC, lighting, access control, elevators, parking garages, etc. were controlled in the building they worked. This was all done “behind the curtain” and as long as they were comfortable, they didn’t even think about it.
Calling All Building Systems Integrators! DGLux5 Training Oct. 7-9, 2015. Powerful, full-featured data visualization tools are paramount to properly utilize building systems data as an asset. And DGLux5 has proven to be the preferred application development platform with exceptional toolsets that will take your customers’ building performance data to the highest level. So, join us for DGLux5 training, become DG Certified and take your customers’ data to the next level!
J2 Innovations Announcement Contributes to The Smart Building Control Renaissance. J2 Innovations makes a huge announcement at the EASY IO Global Conference in Paris. Scott Muench delighted systems integrators around the world with his demo of the new EasyStack. As Scott, explains in the video, Easy Stack combines the power of EasyIO controllers with the flexibility of the J2 Innovations platform to give a powerful solution to the Smart Buildings and Building Automation Controls community. Watch the video to learn more about the features and power of EasyStack.
EasyIO’s Role in the Smart Building Control Renaissance. Are we in the midst of a Smart Building and Building Automation Controls Renaissance? With the advent of Haystack Connect, Niagara 4, HTML5, building analytics, the race to the small space, and many other trends that we track on ControlTrends, we think we are at the tipping point of Smart Building and Building Automation Controls Renaissance.
Honeywell Momentum Update: Larry Weber on Honeywell’s Race to The Small Space. Our Rob Allen was in attendance at the 2015 Honeywell Momentum Conference. In addition to taking in all the great information for the Buildings Automation Group at Stromquist & Company, Rob covered the Conference for the ControlTrends Community. In Rob’s first update, he tracks down Larry Weber. Larry is the General Manager for the Honeywell Buildings Control Systems Brand. In addition to being a nice guy, he is usually the brightest person in the room.
KMC Controls Conference: Day One Recap. Our Rob Allen and Michael Bonner are in San Antonio this week at the KMC Controls Conference. Rob and Mike give is the highlights from day one of the KMC Controls Event. KMC, in conjunction with Intel and Dell are ensuring that Internet Technology and Operational Technology are playing nice together eliminating internet gateway issue. Great job guys!
ControlTalk Now for week ending September 13, 2015 has ControlTrends (in lieu of a video) packing its suitcases and video equipment bags as we prepare for coverage of the 2015 EasyIO Global Conference in Paris, France, while Rob Allen heads to Desert Springs, CA, for coverage the Honeywell Momentum 15 Conference. On to the news: ACI adds several new and innovative products and Tridium’s CTO, John Sublett presents what’s next for Tridium and the Niagara Framework. Connect to DOE’s Building America September release; CBRE Group buys Johnson Controls’ Global Workplace Solutions Business for $1.475 Billion; Plan on attending CoRETECH 2015 Silicon Valley, Nov 10-11; and Project-Haystack announces KNX and Building Systems Solutions as its newest Associated Members.
Check Out ACI’s Latest and Greatest Products! ACI has been a high quality manufacturer of sensors to the HVAC industry since 1991. ACI has a long-term tradition of giving back to our community and our team is very proud of the several State and Industry related awards that we have received since our inception. Our company motto is “Engineering a Better Sensor Solution” and it is the focal point of providing additional value from each and every department at ACI.
John Sublett, Tridium CTO, Presents What’s Next for Tridium. Presenting what’s next for Tridium. The Niagara Framework® is quickly becoming the operating system of the Internet of Things (IoT). Niagara gives disparate devices and systems a common language, enabling things to connect and communicate across the enterprise. Niagara is machines talking to machines talking to you — an IoT architecture that, at present, sits in the middle tier between the device level and the cloud, where integrations and local applications happen. To better understand the IoT, and why we’re extending our reach within it, be sure to watch this video. Tridium’s CTO John Sublett presents an insider’s view of how we’re unifying our IoT architecture.
Johnson Controls’ Global Workplace Solutions Business Sold to CBRE Group for $1.475 Billion. MILWAUKEE, Sept. 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI) announced today it has completed the sale of its Global Workplace Solutions (GWS) business to CBRE Group (NYSE: CBG) for $1.475 billion. Global Workplace Solutions is one of the world’s largest providers of facilities management services. The sale includes a 10-year strategic relationship between the two companies. Johnson Controls will be the preferred provider of HVAC equipment, building automation systems and related services to the 5 billion sq. ft. portfolio of real estate and corporate facilities managed globally by CBRE and GWS.
CoRETECH 2015 Silicon Valley — Nov 10-11, Santa Clara, CA. Realcomm’s CoRETECH 2015 is @ the Intersection of Corporate Real Estate, Facilities, Energy, Sustainability and Technology. Don’t miss this important industry event! IMPORTANT NOTE: General Registration for this event is open only to corporate real estate executives, facilities professionals, service providers and other real estate practitioners. Technology Solution Providers and Consultants to the industry should use this sponsorship link.
Project-Haystack Organization Adds New Associate Members. The KNX Association: KNX Association is the creator and owner of the KNX technology – the worldwide STANDARD for all applications in home and building control, ranging from lighting and blind control to various security systems, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, monitoring, alarming, water control, energy management, smart metering as well as household appliances, audio/video and many more. And, Buildings Systems Solutions: Headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, Building Systems Solutions provides a team approach to managing and reducing energy and utility usage, offering true open-source solutions from the most trusted and innovative names in the industry to provide integration of multiple systems such as HVAC, Security Card Access, Video Surveillance, Lighting, and Irrigation into a single unified, interoperable solution.
Global EasyIO Partner Event 2015 — Conference Highlights & Meeting Itinerary. 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. Sunday September 20: EasyIO Global pre-event informal gathering. Location: The Hard Rock Cafe Paris | 14 Boulevard Montmartre 75009 Paris Time: Start 9 PM – Finish 12 PM.
ControlTalk NOW for the week ending August 9, 2015 is co-hosted by Rob Allen as we discuss Niagara 4 and the TridiumTalk Update; WattStopper’s new DLM product launch; 2015 Annual Demand Response Forum announcement; BACnet Attack Framework video from Brad Bowers; Better Buildings August Bulletin; EasyIO’s Global Conference in Paris; Interview with Ron Zimmers and CABA’s Big Data Research; and the updated ControlTrends Event Calendar.
TridiumTalk: Niagara 4 Tagging and Templating and Launch of Niagara Community.Presenting the latest additions to our TridiumTalk series: Join us for a demo of a key feature of Niagara 4 and learn more about the new Niagara Community website. Niagara 4 Tagging and Templating: How to quickly integrate devices and make data readily available. Niagara 4 delivers many notable improvements to help businesses take full advantage of the Internet of Things.
WattStopper’s Digital Lighting Management (DLM) Product Launch. Based on simplicity, flexibility, and scalability, WattStopper’s Digital Lighting Management (DLM) platform continues to revolutionize lighting controls projects across North America. Today we’re excited to announce the availability of new DLM fixture-integrated controls — products that add granularity to our already-proven suite of room and area controls.
2nd Annual Demand Response World Forum 2015, October 6-8 in Costa Mesa, CA. Utilities around the world are under increasing pressure to maximize energy efficiency, control load, and integrate distributed energy resources. These factors plus a changing regulatory environment are driving new requirements for network resiliency, flexibility, and power quality — all of which impact the traditional utility business case.
What You Always Wanted to Know About BACnet (… but were Afraid to Ask). Although this video is a little bit dated, it contains a lot of vital information and critical content for those in the awareness and knowledge gathering phases of the cyber security “human patching” process (Gordy). At ShmooCon 2013, Brad Bowers‘ BACnet Attack Framework presentation “How To Own A Building: Exploiting the Physical World With Bacnet” brings to light the vulnerabilities of one of the most standard communication protocols used in the operational technology side of the HVAC and Building Automation industries.
Better Buildings Bulletin: August, 2015. The Better Buildings Bulletin is a monthly feature to help keep you up to date on partner successes, program updates, opportunities to participate, and more. View the Bulletin online. At the 2015 Better Buildings Summit, over 200 speakers presented their solutions. These presentations are posted to the Solution Center where you can easily browse presentations using filters for building type.
EasyIO Global Conference Paris 2015 Update. 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.
CABA — Where the Pros go to get Big Data on Big Data. I got a chance to catch up with Ron Zimmer from CABA. If you need to get the facts and information on all things Smart Buildings, and Building Automation Controls, Ron and the team at CABA can hook you up. Watch Ron and learn more. The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) is an international not-for-profit industry association dedicated to the advancement of integrated technologies for homes and buildings. The organization was founded in 1988 and is supported by an international membership of over 300 organizations.
ControlTrends Event Information Calendar Update. Global EasyIO Partner 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.
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.
Welcome to ControlTalk NOW for week ending April 12, 2015. Our special guest this week is Varun Nagaraj, President and CEO of Sierra Monitor Corporation, providers of FieldServer protocol gateways and Sentry IT fire and gas solutions. Firstly, a review of the upcoming conferences: Niagara’s Open 4 Innovation , CGNA Synergy Conference, and Haystack Connect 2015; See industry superstars on the Red Carpet and more 2014 ControlTrends Award Winners: Laura Kevitt, DG Logik, and EasyIO’s Gordon Chan; Mike Marston and Rob Allen review the FG32+; and don’t miss Tim Chamblee’s training on KMC’s CSC 3011.
FieldServer Helps Levi’s Stadium Meet Environmental Expectations and Achieve LEED Gold Certification. Sierra Monitor Corporation took great pride knowing that many of Levi’s Stadium’s enormous, yet intricate water systems were integrated to the BAS using their FieldServer protocol gateways (FieldServer Case Study — Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA).
Rob Allen’s 7 Minutes in Control: EasyIO’s Mike Marston. Rob Allen welcomes Mike Marston from EASYIO to the show and asks Mike some compelling questions. In addition to discussing the new Beast, the FG32 Plus, and new data base features and functions, Rob asks Mike the big one, When will EasyIO be sold ? Mike’s answer will surprise you.
Honeywell’s Laura Kevitt Wins 2014 ControlTrends PID Award! The ControlTrends Passion, Integrity, and Dedication (PID) Award is one of the most competitive and prestigious award categories. Standing in the company of an incredible cast of deserving industry stalwarts, Laura Kevitt prevailed and set yet another important milestone — becoming the first woman to win a ControlTrends Award. On behalf of the ControlTrends Community, we congratulate and thank Laura once again.
DGLogik Wins Big at the 2014 ControlTrends Awards! DGLogik wins the 2014 ControlTrends Awards 3rd Party Visualization Software of the Year! DGLogik’s DGLux5 visualization tool — took the honors again. DGLux5’s winning visualization product enables the unification of data systems and multiple data providers into a singular interface adding comprehensive functionalities along with its amazing data visualization tool. Congratulations again, to the team at DGLogik!
Tim’s Tech Tip: Setting Up a Kreuter “Stop Sign” VAV Controller. In this extensive training video, Stromquist & Company’s, Tim Chamblee teaches you step-by-step how to control a VAV box with the Kreuter pneumatic VAV controller. There are hundreds of thousands of the KMC CSC 3011 series of pneumatic VAV controllers. Thanks to Tim, we know how to set them up, calibrate, and troubleshoot these pneumatic VAV controllers.
EasyIO’s Gordon Chan Wins 2014 ControlTrends Executive of the Year Small Manufacturer. Congratulations to Gordon Chan. EasyIO’s chief won Executive of The Year Small Manufacturer. Gordon was awarded this honor by the world-wide ControlTrends voting community. EasyIO is a company that has been and continues to be on the move in building automation controls. The Easy IO Beast from the East won the Plant Controller of the Year and say building automation controls systems integrators around the world use these powerful controllers.
On The Red Carpet at the 2014 ControlTrends Awards. The superstars of the HVAC and Building Automation Controls Industry were out in full force at the 2014 ControlTrends Awards. It is impossible to do justice to all the great people in our industry. Hopefully, this video captures a little bit of the excitement of this year’s Event. A special Thanks to all our Sponsors, who make the ControlTrends Awards possible.
This week’s ControlTalk NOW wraps up its coverage of JCI’s Business Conference; Sean Johnson interviews ACI’s Brian Statz in the Winners Circle; Updates on the upcoming 2015 Project Haystack and OpenADR conferences; Ken Sinclair’s April editorial: and more DDC Training from Rob Allen. ControlTrends wishes everyone a successful start to the Spring Season! We hope you have great things on the horizon and we thank all the HVAC and Building Automation professionals that make up the ControlTrends Community. ControlTalk NOW will return next next with a full Smart Building Podcast/Videocast.
Project Haystack Conference — May 18-20, 2015 Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs, CO. Today’s automation systems, equipment, metering systems, smart devices and IoT applications produce tremendous amounts of data. This data can be very hard to organize and use across different applications because it is stored in many different formats; has inconsistent naming conventions and very limited data descriptors. In essence it lacks information to describe the meaning of the data.
Ken Sinclair’s Automated Buildings April 2015 Theme: Attracting Self-Learning Assets opens with an earnest editorial plea to rally our industry’s focus and resources to better address the serious challenge of getting enough young people interested and up-to-speed within our industry by availing autodidactic (self-directed learning) tools and applying Peter Thiel’s principle of “learning before university.”In Ken’s own words: “Please join me on my crusade to help our industry attract more self-learning assets to build our industry stronger and younger.”
ControlTrends Community Welcomes Axel Bengt Stromquist! The ControlTrends Community extends its heartfelt congratulations and well-wishes to Eric and Anna, proud parents of Axel Bengt Stromquist, the newest (7 pounds, 13 ounces) member of the Stromquist family! Awesome, awesome, awesome!
Introduction to DDC Controls Part 2. Don’t let the Introduction part of this training class throw you, this training offers a little something for everyone. In part 2, Rob Allen continues exploring the different components and concepts that comprise the modern day Building Automation Controls System. Rob’s next DDC Controls program will take a deeper dive into the controllers and other components that make up the world of building automation.
In the Winners Circle with ACI’s Brian Statz. Check out Brian Statz in the Winners Circle at the 2014 ControlTrends Awards. ACI won the 2014 ControlTrends Awards Best Technical Support Company of the Year Small Manufacturer. Visit ACI’s website to see all the great products they make.
Johnson Controls Business Conference Update: The Johnson Controls Packaged VAV Solution. Looking for an easy way to package your VAV controllers to make installation fast and easy? Our man in the field, Rob Allen, found what you are looking for at the 2015 Johnson Controls Business Conference. Rob catches up with Johnson Control’s Scott Fallon to explain.
New Product Release: The Johnson Controls A421. Johnson Controls announces a cool new product the Johnson Controls A421 at the 2015 Johnson Controls Business Conference. Look for the A421. the newest electronic temperature controller featuring adjustable back light display scheduled to hit the street this June or July.
FieldServer Helps Levi’s Stadium Meet Environmental Expectations and Achieve LEED Gold Certification. Recently, San Francisco’s Levi’s Stadium hosted a record-breaking 76,976 people for the World Wrestling Entertainment’s Wrestlemania 31 event. Sierra Monitor Corporation took great pride knowing that many of Levi’s Stadium’s enormous, yet intricate water systems were integrated to the BAS using their FieldServer protocol gateways (case study follows).
Welcome to ControlTalk NOW: The Smart Building Podcast/Videocast for the week ending March 29, 2015. Our HVAC news of the week features a JCI highlight reel; Rob Allen’s coverage of Johnson Controls’2015 ABCS & Distributor Conference with four insightful video interviews; Gary Weber’s receipt of the 2014 ControlTrends Awards Energy Product of the Year; Bill Jones’ Liquid Level Tech Tip; 2015 Project Haystack’s announcement of the Conference Key Note Speakers; and Andy McMillan’s sagacious advice given at the AHR 2015 Connection Community Collaboratory — still echoes.
Johnson Controls Business Conference Update: New Airflow Products. Rob Allen and Nancy Yannuzzi discuss the requirements for monitoring the air flow into and within a building, which have increased over the years with the IAQ requirements for minimum ventilation of occupied spaces. There are two methods by which air flow is measured within a duct: Differential Pressure, which has been available since the days of pneumatic control, and Thermal Dispersion, which has been available about 10 years. Watch Rob’s video to learn more.
Johnson Controls Business Conference Update: The New Digital Thermostats. Rob Allen’s next update comes from the Johnson Controls Product show. Terry Pierson gives Rob the 411 on Johnson Controls’ New Digital Touch Screen Light Commercial and Residential thermostats, the new TEC 3000, the new features on the EM 4000 Energy meters, and the WT-4000 wireless pneumatic thermostats.
Rob Allen catches up with Heather Ausmus at the 2015 Johnson Control Business Conference and gets the latest on the Johnson Controls Connected Community website. As you will see, this is quite a tool and a wealth of information, and a place to connect, collaborate, and share with building efficiency professionals from around the world.
Project Haystack Announces Keynote Speakers for Haystack Connect 2015 Conference. Dennis Lottero of Vodafone, Jack McGowan of The McGowan Group, and Peter Kelly Detwiler of NorthBridge Energy Partners, have been announced as the Keynote Speakers for the second bi-annual Haystack Connect Conference 2015, to be held May 18-20, 2015, at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. Project Haystack is a collaborative community of leading technology suppliers and systems integrators developing common standards to streamline the interchange of data.
Johnson Controls Business Conference Update: Meet the ABCS Channel Managers. Rob Allen, our man in the field, meets the new Johnson Controls ABCS Channel Managers. Rob introduces us to Robert Harland, Dan Preston (ABCS Channel Sales Manager) and King Thomas (ABCS Channel Director, NA). Together, they discuss the recent reorganization of the ABCS channel and how they plan to apply “Privilege of Focus” to their customers in the different regions. Rob and JCI’s leadership team also discuss some of the other ideas from the business track presented at the Conference.
Bill Jones Tech Tips: Making Liquid Level Gauges Work. Everything you need to know about liquid level gauges but were afraid to ask. Liquid level gauges, like the ones made by Conbraco, are in every equipment room. As simple as they might seem, if you have ever had to replace one, they can be tricky. Not to worry, Stromquist & Company’s, Bill Jones, an expert on Conbraco products, takes the mystery out of liquid level gauges in this informative tech tip. Thank You Mr. Jones!
Belimo Energy Valve Wins Energy Saving Product of the Year. Congratulations to Belimo! The Belimo Energy Valve was chosen by the world-wide ControlTrends Community as the winner of the coveted Energy Savings Product of the Year. Belimo’s Gary Weber accepted the award at the 2014 ControlTrends Awards event in Chicago.
Johnson Controls Highlight Reel. In honor of the Johnson Controls 2015 ABCS Business Conference held earlier this week in Orlando, FL, ControlTrends put together a highlight reel of a few of Johnson Controls’ industry and ControlTrends Awards and accomplishments. Johnson Controls Highlight Reel from Eric Stromquist on Vimeo.
How to Navigate Change in the Building Automation Controls Industry. Special thanks to Ken Sinclair, from Automated Buildings, for having the vision to put together the Connection Community Collaboratory. We had the privilege of filming the last two collaboratories. This video epitomizes the intent of the collaboratory as Andy McMillan, the president of BACnet International, gives some priceless advice to one of the attendees.