Make every second count in life-threatening situations. Learn how Honeywell and Shooter Detection Systems improve situational awareness and incident communications with integrated security solutions.
Join this webinar where we will examine active shooter events that have happened in schools, workplaces and in public venues, similar themes emerge that impact effective response. For building occupants, a lack of situational awareness results in panic, confusion, and the inability to make lifesaving decisions quickly in those critical first seconds. [Read more…]
Episode 300: ControlTalk NOW — The Smart Building and HVAC controls Videocast and PodCast for week ending Jan 27, 2019 celebrates the 300th episode of ControlTalk NOW with our guests: Lynxspring’s Marc Petock, Jackson Control’s Roger Rebennack, and EasyIO’s Mike Marston, and Lim Hoon Chiat. A very special thanks to all the members of the ControlTrends Community that joined in on our celebration, particularly, the team at Jackson Control; Ken Sinclair, Automated Buildings; Howard Berger, Realcomm; Jim Hayman, CGNA; Aaron Gorka, ANT Technologies; and Stephen Johnson, McKenney’s. [Read more…]
Episode 288: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending Oct 20, 2018, comes to you from the Renaissance Orlando at Seaworld, Orlando, FL, where our coverage of Honeywell’s 2018 Momentum Event begins with interviews with rising industry star, Phil Zito, CEO, Building Automation Monthly (BAM), and veteran Building Automation Systems and Security Integrations expert, Roger Rebennack, CEO, Jackson Control. Contemporary Controls featured at Building Automation Training; Belimo Demand Control Ventilation Webinar; and Connect-Air’s Wire & Cable Division Focuses on Wire and Cable Distribution for HVAC, Security & Fire Alarm Systems.
Honeywell’s Momentum 2018 Conference theme is “You’ve Got Connections,” and is dedicated to next-gen building innovations. ControlTrends is amidst a network of over 400 elite distributors, integrators, contractors, product experts, and exhibitors for three days of business-building insights and a chance to interact with the latest products and solutions. Day 1 will begin early AM with a General Session, followed by a myriad of Breakout Sessions and Vendor Trade Show.
Our first ControlTalk NOW interview is with Phil Zito, CEO, Building Automation Monthly (BAM), who previews BAM’s fast-track training options. BAM is all about increasing the profitability of your building automation business. BAM provides online building automation training that increases the ability of your building automation employees to execute their jobs as profitably as possible. Check out BAM’s online courses that will provide the skills that your employees need — to execute their building automation work as profitably as possible.
Our second ControlTalk NOW interview is with Roger Rebennack, CEO of Jackson Control. Very few people in our industry possess Roger’s passion, innovation, and dedication to the security sector of enterprise security integrations. The team at Jackson Control have taken Threat Level Management and Shooter Detection Systems to the next level. Jackson Control is now the Honeywell National WEBs N4 Security Distributor and Solutions Design Center.
Connect-Air’s Wire & Cable Division Focuses on Wire and Cable Distribution for HVAC, Security & Fire Alarm Systems. Since 1978, Connect-Air, now part of the Genuine Cable Group, has been a leader in supplying electronic cable and cable assemblies. In 2015 Connect-Air was acquired by EIS, Inc., a North American Distribution Leader in the electrical industry, and part of GPC, a Fortune 200 Company. Connect-Air is now part of EIS’s Genuine Cable Group, which includes Seacoast Electric, Cobra Wire & Cable, and Electro Wire.
Belimo Demand Control Ventilation: Indoor Air Quality & Energy Savings Webinar, Wed, Oct 31, at 1:00 PM EDT. Register now for Belimo‘s Demand Control Ventilation Webinar and learn how you can maximize your Indoor Air Quality & Energy Savings. What exactly is demand control ventilation and how does it help my building? Join Belimo for a webinar to learn how using demand control ventilation helps you to have better indoor air quality and improved energy savings. By utilizing Belimo’s humidity, temperature, air quality, and air differential pressure sensors accurate measurements will ensure optimal HVAC system performance for the life-cycle of a building.
Contemporary Controls BAScontrol22 and BAScontrol Toolset Featured at Building Automation Training. Contemporary Controls is excited to announce that their BAScontrol22 and BAScontrol Toolset were utilized at a 4-day course on Building Automation Systems (BAS) taught at the newly completed International Training and Conference Center in Cosby Texas. This 237-acre facility is the largest and most comprehensive training facility for union Operating and Stationary Engineers in North America.
Episode 265: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending May 6, 2018 features an in-depth interview with CGNA’s Executive Director, Mike Sackett, and Director, Business Development, Jim Hayman, who review highlights of the 2018 CGNA Synergy & Opportunities Conference held in Huntington, CA. Stromquist celebrates National mall Business Week; Jackson Control and Roger Rebennack Introduce Building Automated Security Solutions (BASS); Luis Melgares Introduces Neptronic’s Newest Products at the 2018 Niagara Summit; and Ken Sinclair’s Automated Buildings May Issue, “Humanistic Digital Inclusion.”
Stromquist & Company Celebrates National Small Business Week and Unveils the New Stromquist Website. Every year since 1963, the President has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. Stromquist was established in 1951 as a wholesale HVAC controls distributor. The business has grown significantly since then, but it has remained a family-owned company, proud to be a Small Business.
Jackson Control and Roger Rebennack Introduce Building Automated Security Solutions (BASS) at the 2018 Niagara Summit. The 2018 Niagara Summit was the perfect venue for Roger Rebennack and Jackson Control to launch their Building Automated Security Solutions (BASS), a highly advanced and comprehensive Niagara security integration solution that delivers the full benefits of Threat Level Management and Shooter Detection System (sensing and alarming).
Luis Melgares Introduces Neptronic’s Newest Products at the 2018 Niagara Summit. Neptronic’s Luis Melgares, VP of Sales and Marketing, updates the ControlTrends Community on Neptronic’s versatile wall mount controllers and sensors, featuring the new CMMB-IP controller. Neptronic manufacturers a variety of Multi-App controllers, able to provide stand-alone or networked control for all packaged AC RTUs, Heat Pump, Fan Coil Unit, and heating and cooling equipment applications.
Ken Sinclair’s Automated Buildings’ May Issue “Humanistic Digital Inclusion.” In his Automated Buildings’ May Issue, entitled “Humanistic Digital Inclusion,” owner and editor, Ken Sinclair explains the term “Digital inclusion,” which is the ability of individuals and groups to access and use information and communication technologies. Accordingly, Ken states: “We need to build digitally inclusive communities for each of our buildings.”
2018 CGNA Synergy & Opportunities Conference — North America’s Elite Distributors Celebrate 35th Anniversary.
Mike Sackett, Executive Director, Jim Hayman, Director, Business Development, and Sandie Minguez, led the CGNA Group as it reviewed and celebrated 35 years of continuous success, development, and innovation. Representatives from 46 of North America’s top distributors met at the luxuriant Paséa Hotel & Spa on the Water in Huntington Beach, California, to set CGNA’s strategic direction for the future in motion. Special thanks to Chuck Niemann, of George T. Hall.
The 2018 Niagara Summit was the perfect venue for Roger Rebennack and Jackson Control to launch their Building Automated Security Solutions (BASS), a highly advanced and comprehensive Niagara security integration solution that delivers the full benefits of Threat Level Management and Shooter Detection System (sensing and alarming). Roger Rebennack, a renown security expert, and Jackson Control have taken security integration to new levels of performance. Watch and listen as Roger discusses the need to improve security behavior training through visual, audible, and general training techniques, similar to those used in fire alarm drills. This is vital security information and recommendations for Facility Managers, Systems Integrators, and security stakeholders at every level.
If you’re attending the Niagara Summit 2018 in New Orleans, stop by the newest and a very exciting booth 418 of Niagara Security & Video Products technology to see what’s new!
The latest in Niagara Enterprise Security & Video offerings to help you once again promote the Intelligent Building solution by extending the framework with a new and improved offering N4 Security & Video products.
Booth 418 is the Brain child of Roger Rebennack who is now a Diamond distributor at Jackson Control. Jackson Control has launched a new division called Building Automated Security Solutions (BASS) to serve the Niagara security systems community. BASS will be a national resource to help each Niagara Distributor & integrator grow there integrated building solutions offerings by providing world class security products and design support.
BASS is now an authorized National Honeywell WEBs N4 & Honeywell Video Security distributor servicing all WEBs automation partners.
In addition, we also have a differentiated security product offering for the Vykon and other Niagara security brands.
We believe each Niagara security integrator could play a major role by deploying our Niagara Enterprise Security Threat Level management in the commercial buildings and schools in our home town’s.
We will be showcasing a new technology that you may have never seen before to help detect Gun Shots of an active shooter. BASS will help you learn, design, estimate and sell Gun Shot detection systems that integrate with Niagara.
Please stop by the BASS Security booth 418 to get engaged in security system integration and let’s not only help make our clients buildings safer, more comfortable and more energy efficient by capitalizing on the power of a Connected Niagara solutions.
Episode 220: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast|PodCast for week ending Apr 2, 2017 features video coverage of the 2016 ControlTrends Awards Young Gun recipients and Belimo’s Award-winning Energy Valve. News of the Week: Roger Rebennack takes over as CEO at Jackson Controls; Honeywell releases WEBs-N22.214.171.124; 2017 Project Haystack Announces Keynote Speakers; EasyIO World Conference, Manchester United, UK, Early Bird Tickets now available; CABA’s upcoming Intelligent Buildings & Digital Home Forum in Silicon Valley; Stromquist’s Tim Chamblee Valve training; Eric Kreuter explains KMC’s SimplyVAV; Siemens’ Talon Building Controls Systems overview; and Ken Sinclair’s April edition of Automated Building.
Honeywell Announces Release of WEBs-N126.96.36.199. Honeywell is pleased to announce the release of the WEBs-N188.8.131.52 software that is packaged with Spyder, Stryker Venom and BACnet FF Tstat programming tools. Main Features: * This is a packaged release with Honeywell tools within the Niagara N184.108.40.206 software build. * This release Fixes software issues after the release of WEBs-N4.2.36, including the CCN driver issues. * There is no cost to upgrade for existing N4.x users. However for other users of AX (3.8 and below) software, please use SMA part number to upgrade to N4.x software.
Project Haystack Announces Keynote Speakers and Technical Program for Haystack Connect 2017 Conference. This year’s conference will bring together industry leaders, end-users and corporate representatives involved in automation, control and Internet of Things applications to share the latest techniques for managing, presenting and analyzing the vast amount of data generated by today’s smart devices and equipment systems in applications including intelligent buildings, energy, HVAC, lighting, remote monitoring, and other smart-device applications. Rita H. Wouhaybi,Ph.D., and Milan Milenkovic are the Keynote Speakers for the third biennial Haystack Connect Conference 2017 beginning May 8, 2017 at the Saddlebrook Resort Tampa.
Congratulations to Roger Rebennack! The “most exciting man in the controls industry” and our friend Roger Rebennack is moving on from Honeywell to become the CEO of Jackson Controls in Indianapolis. Roger has been at Honeywell for 30 years and spent time in the Alarm Monitoring Security & Fire division, the HBS Branch Division, Environmental Controls Division and at Tridium. Rog will bring his skills and passion to Jackson Controls, who is the Honeywell Indiana Authorized System Distributor (ASD) and has been a HVAC controls distributor for 40 years that handles Honeywell, Vykon, Johnson, Belimo and Tridium.
EasyIO World Conference, Manchester United, UK, May 21, 2017 — Early Bird Tickets for EasyIO Global Conference now available! Our Global EasyIO Partner Event in Manchester (UK) is coming up May 21-23, 2017. The conference will unveil and officially release awesome new products and features — to further enhance building and energy solutions for all types of buildings. Consider this is your official invitation! EasyIO is changing the way building automation is deployed and is also reducing the cost. This Global Partner Event will unveil and officially release awesome new products and features to further enhance building and energy solutions for all types of buildings.
CABA Intelligent Buildings & Digital Home Forum — April 26-28, 2017 in Silicon Valley. Attend the CABA Forum — this April 26-28, 2017 in Silicon Valley, and learn about the latest research in our industry from the many research analysts and research firms attending. Industry thought leaders will be providing their insights during the many technical panel discussions and during the four (4) connected home and intelligent buildings research workshops.
Everything You Wanted to Know about Control Valves… but were afraid to ask. Valves, Valves everywhere. If you work with Building Automation or Smart Building Controls or do HVAC maintenance in buildings you cannot escape control valves. Join Stromquist & Company‘s master trainer Tim Chamblee as he trains control pros on everything they need to know about control valves. If you are interested in attending one of Tim’s classes call Nancy at 800.241.9471 and ask for a schedule.The Easy Way to Do A VVT Retrofit. Variable air volume projects can represent tremendous opportunities for contractors serving commercial and institutional customers. But even in today’s world of open system communications, digital VAV projects have been unnecessarily complex. Until now. Watch as Eric Kreuter explains SimplyVAV, KMC’s digital product that fits that universal replacement need and does so in a fashion that is nearly as straightforward as that old thermostat. It is, in fact, your ticket to today’s digital VAV project marketplace.
Siemens’ TALON Building Control System – Making the Most of Your Building Investment. Today’s buildings are becoming increasingly complex. Building automation systems don’t just control the basics. They regulate airflow, monitor energy use and are being called upon to integrate with security, lighting, and other systems throughout buildings to deliver comfort, safety and energy efficiency. Choosing a TALON® system can help you get the most out of your building, today and tomorrow.
2016 ControlTrends Awards Highlight: The Young Guns. ControlTrends is extremely proud of the Young Gun Awards and what we believe to be another important industry initiative to draw young talent to our industry. There is no better way to enhance the image of the HVAC Industry than recognizing young professionals — who, early in their careers, have already made an important contribution or significant impact within their organization — that serves well as career role model.
Ken Sinclair’s Automated Buildings April, 2017 Theme: In Search of the “Make Me Happy Button” – Claiming our Piece of the Productivity Puzzle. Most of us see that the forces driving much of our industry are changing faces, morphing from the owners’ countenance to the occupier’s smile or frown. The seriousness of these new metrics, criteria, and occupant feedback cannot be underestimated. In this April edition of Automated Buildings, Ken Sinclair, owner and editor, continues his elucidation on this most worthy topic.
The Belimo Energy Valve Wins Energy Savings Solution of The Year. The Belimo Energy Valve was awarded the 2016 Energy Savings Solution of the Year the 2016 ControlTtends Awards. This is not the Belimo Energy valve’s first win in this category, having won in 2014 and 2015. This unique control valve combines the Belimo pressure independent flow strategy with a supply and return temperature sensor which allows the valve to control off of Delta T. Not only do you have BTU data but you can gain an additional 20-30% energy savings. Well done Belimo.
What is Scrum and Why is it Important? In Ken Sinclair’s April issue of Automated Buildings.com. Brad White from SES Consulting answers this question in a very timely article called Cope with the IOT Revolution by Staying Agile. I encourage you to read this article to understand the importance of this video and why Scrum might be the tool you need to keep up with the Smart Building IOT revolution.
Episode 216: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast|PodCast for week ending Feb 26, 2017 features our Hollywood Moments video highlights from the 2016 ControlTrends Awards; CTN Interview with BuildingContext.me’s editor Therese Sullivan; Honeywell’s Larry Weber and Roger Rebennack at AHR Expo 2017; Siemens’ 2016 ControlTrends Awards celebration — BT300 wins VFD of the Year; Cyber Security: PC WORLD’s The 7 Security Threats to Technology; and Contemporary Controls wins the 2016 Small Manufacturer of the Year Award.PC WORLD’s The 7 Security Threats to Technology That Scare Experts the Most. Ransomware’s Just the Beginning. This was twittered to us via cyber security guru, Fred Gordy, and was too interesting and too important not to pass on to the ControlTrends Community, especially those with smart thermostats. What happens if a bad actor turns off your heat in the middle of winter, then demands $1,000 to turn it back on? Or even holds a small city’s power for ransom? Those kinds of attacks to personal, corporate, and infrastructure technology were among the top concerns for security experts from the SANS Institute, who spoke Wednesday during the RSA conference in San Francisco. Read more! Hollywood Moment on the Red Carpet at the 2016 ControlTrends Awards. As we begin our 2016 ControlTrends Awards Highlight Videos, we thought the best place to start was with the superstars of the Building Automation, HVAC, and Smart Building Controls Industry — walking the Red Carpet. One of the main reasons Ken and I created the ControlTrends Awards was to shine a spotlight on the great people in our industry and give them their well-deserved “Hollywood Moment.” And, what would a Hollywood Moment be without a Red Carpet interview? Catching Up with Honeywell at 2017 AHR Expo. As we begin posting our ControlTrends coverage of the 2017 AHR show, we begin with Ken stopping by the Honeywell booth. Ken gets updates from Larry Weber on Honeywell’s new Light Commercial Buildings Controls Connect, Honeywell’s new Cloud-Based Light Commercial Control offering — giving contractors the opportunity to improve their service to their customers and grow their businesses with remote HVAC system monitoring and diagnostics. Roger Rebennack follows, bringing the ControlTrends Community up-to-speed on Honeywell’s WEB Security, with a deep-dive look at true integration in its most seamless form.
ControlTalk NOW interview with Therese Sullivan, technologist, marketing professional, and editor of BuildingContext.me who provides the most relevant and up-to-date news and analysis to commercial building system integrators, facilities managers, and real estate professionals — about innovations in building automation with emphasis on data analytics, mobile apps, cloud services, and wireless networking. Therese provides her take on the 2016 ControlTrends Awards; insights and comments on Women on the rise in the HVAC and Building Automation industry; and IoT updates from Silicon Valley.
Siemens’ BT300, The 2016 ControlTrends Awards Variable Frequency Drive of The Year. You are here: Home / ControlTrends Awards / 2016 ControlTrends Awards / Siemens’ BT300, The 2016 ControlTrends Awards Variable Frequency Drive of The Year. 2016 ControlTrends VFD of The Year from Eric Stromquist on Vimeo. Congratulations to Siemens for having their Variable Frequency Drive being selected by the global ControlTrends Community as the 2016 ControlTrends VFD of the Year. The BT300 was also the winner at the 2015 ControlTrends Awards as well! Click here to learn more about the Siemens BT300. Want to try a Siemens BT300 variable frequency drive? Reach out to your local CGNA Controls distributor.
Contemporary Controls is proud to announce our win as the ControlTrends Awards “Vendor of the Year – Small Manufacturer” Downers Grove, Illinois (January, 2017) – Contemporary Controls is proud to announce our win as the ControlTrends Awards “Vendor of the Year – Small Manufacturer” in addition to winning “Peripheral Product of the Year” and the “Best Technical Support Company – Small Manufacturer”. Thank you to all that participated in the ControlTrends Awards and voted for us. “The CTA Award for Vendor of the Year is a valued recognition of the quality of our products by the people who really matter – the system integrators who are depending on our products to get the job done,” said George Thomas, President of Contemporary Controls. “It is also a recognition of the efforts of our employees who design, produce and support these products.”
What is New? Catching Up with Distech at the 2017 AHR Expo. ControlTrends had a chance to catch up with Distech at the 2017 AHR Expo. In this video Ken checks out the cool building automation controls made by Distech and gets and update on how the Acuity Brands purchase of Distech and DG Logik will affect the Smart Buildings controls world. Distech Controls‘ EC-Net building management system (BMS) is a comprehensive Web-based platform powered by the Niagara Framework®. The open structure of EC-Net building management system (BMS) creates a common development and management environment for the integration of BACnet®, LONWORKS®, Modbus™, and other standards. More than a building management system, EC-Net system provides all the tools you need to gain intelligence into your buildings’ performance and arm you with the ability to rapidly react to any situation that may adversely affect energy costs, business performance, and ultimately, your bottom line.