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Episode 302: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending Feb 10, 2019 takes the future head on — with interviews with two amazing and accomplished experts with widely differing perspectives. Our first guest is author and Future Technologist, Sudha Jamthe, from Silicon Valley, who explains business model creation along the yellow-bricked-digital-transformational-highway, while our second guest, Total Controls’ Mike Schwan, Central California Regional Manager, delivers an insightful state-of-the-industry assessment that’s grounded securely to the most relevant building automation present, while taking an entertaining summary reflection of the past, and then Mike takes a solid stab at what’s next. Amazing stuff! Also, if you haven’t already watched the official 2018 ControlTrends Awards video, you should! Please take this opportunity to do so. Congratulations, once again to all the winners.
ControlTalk NOW first interview is with Future Technologist, Sudha Jamthe. Sudha Jamthe is the CEO of IoTDisruptions.com and a globally recognized Technology Futurist with 20+ year mix of entrepreneurial, academic and operational growth experience from eBay, PayPal, GTE, and Harcourt. She is the author of “2030 The Driverless World: Business Transformation from Autonomous Vehicles” and 3 other IoT books (all available on Amazon), teacher of IoT and Autonomous Vehicles business courses at Stanford Continuing Studies and at DriverlessWorldSchool.com. Sudha enjoys shaping new technology ecosystems and mentoring leaders on digital transformation. She chairs the strategic advisory council of Barcelona Technology School and an Ambassador for FundingBox Impact Connected Cars (H2020) Community. She has an MBA from Boston University.
Our second ControlTalk NOW interview is with Mike Schwan, Total Controls’ Central California Regional Manager, who delivers an insightful state-of-the-industry assessment that’s grounded in over thirty years of hand-on experience that tethers us to the most relevant building automation present, while taking us on a personal and highly entertaining reflection of the past, and then, perhaps most importantly, Mike takes a solid stab at what’s next in the world of two-step distribution, and the HVAC and building automation industry.
The Official 2018 ControlTrends Awards Highlight Video. The superstars of Smart Building and HVAC controls were at the 2018 ControlTrends Awards in Atlanta. The winners are chosen through a voting process that includes global smart building and HVAC contractors, consulting engineers, building owners, and distributors. This celebration of the best of the best in smart buildings people, products and companies culminated with the announcements of the winners at the fabulous Fox Theater. If you missed the festivities, don’t worry, you can check out the official ControlTrends Awards highlight reel here.
Here are the 2018 ControlTrends Award Winners:
Building Automation VAV Controller of the Year: Honeywell Spyder
Building Automation Plant/Equipment Controller of the Year: LOYTEC LIOB-585 and Optergy P864 Controller
Smart Buildings Analytic Platform of the Year: SkySpark, SkyFoundry
Peripheral Vendor of the Year: ACI
Innovative Wireless Product or Solution of the Year: EasyIO FW-14
Lighting Product or Solution of the Year: Acuity nLight Air
Race to the Small Space Solution of the Year: KMC Commander and Siemens Desigo Control Point
IoT Product or Solution of the Year: Tridium Niagara 4
Smart Building Automation Control System of the Year: Johnson Controls FX
Smart Thermostat or Smart Room Controller of the Year: Johnson GLAS
ControlTrends Impact Person of the Year: Kevin Smith, Tridium and Scott Cochrane, Cochrane Supply and Engineering
Best Technical Support Person of the Year — Small Manufacturer: Pedro Jorge, EasyIO
Best Technical Support Person of the Year — Large Manufacturer: Lou Jones, Honeywell
Best Technical Support Company of the Year — Small Manufacturer: Contemporary Controls
Best Technical Support Company of the Year — Large Manufacturer: Belimo
The Passion, Integrity, and Dedication Award (PID): Steve Guzelimian, Optergy
ControlTrends Master Systems Integrator of the Year: North America: Facility Solutions Group, Austin TX, International: 01 Partner, Poland
Progressive Consulting Engineer of the Year (Demonstrated Industry Leadership in Advancing the Smart Building): Troy Windom, Dewberry Engineers, Raleigh, NC
ControlTrends Woman of the Year: Stefani Szczechowski, Distech Controls
ControlTrends Vendor of Year — Small Vendor: EasyIO
ControlTrends Vendor of the Year — Large Manufacturer: Distech Controls
ControlTrends Executive of the Year — Small Vendor: Mark Fernandes, Functional Devices, Inc.
ControlTrends Executive of the Year — Large Manufacturer: Chad Blackmer, Belimo
2018 Hall of Fame Inductees:
Jim Young, Founder of Realcomm
Newcomb & Boyd, Consulting Engineer
McKenney’s Inc., Contractor
Bengt Stromquist, Founder of the Stromquist Company
2018 Marc Petock Award Recipient: Ken Smyers
2018 Young Guns:
Brent Burrows, ENTEK
Trent Walters, Walters Controls
Chelsea Pittaluga, Engineered Controls Systems, Inc.
Drew Freeman, McKenney’s, Inc.
Michael Donahue, Control Consultants Inc.
Episode 233: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast|PodCast for week ending July 23, 2017 humbly thanks the ControlTrends Community for breaking the 2 million views milestone (from over 50 countries). Mark Jewell’s Award-winning Sales Efficiency Training opportunity is still available. This week’s special guests are Silicon Valley’s Josh Bradshaw, Director of Strategic Alliances at Radius Innovation & Development, and Therese Sullivan, owner and editor of BuildingContext.me. Contemporary Controls’ free BACnet Discovery Tool (BDT) is available; EasyIO’s FS-32 Server Class Edge Controller release: Tridium’s IDC White Paper “Finding Value in Your IoT Data;” Johnson Controls Reinvents the Thermostat — GLAS (Nest-buster); and Lynxspring Announces New Technology Solution and Distribution Partner, Australia’s Conserve It, and register for the 2017 Lynxspring Exchange & Technology Showcase.
Our first guest on ControlTalk NOW is Silicon Valley’s Josh Bradshaw, Director of Strategic Alliances at Radius Innovation & Development. Radius Discovers, Designs, Develops and Delivers bleeding edge technology innovations. Radius is the innovation and development consulting capability of Jabil ($18bn – Fortune 100 – advanced manufacturing leader). Radius’ extensive capabilities accelerate innovation projects to market in a fraction of the time, from months to weeks. Josh personally invites the ControlTrends Community to visit Radius and see and experience how technology can be put to work for you. Josh’s email address is Josh.Bradshaw @RadiusInnovation.com. Make sure to use “WFIM” to your best advantage.
Technology Trends in Building Automation – Drew Mire – NFMT 2017. Check out our friend Drew Mire, from Computrols, at the 2017 NFMT(National Facilities and Managment Technology). In this video Drew, focuses on three primary examples of technological advances in commercial real estate: mobility + wireless, connectivity, and machine learning. Each example is explained in layman’s terms along with examples of where we see them in our everyday lives. He then shows how these new technologies are starting to be utilized in commercial real estate, with a focus on building automation (HVAC, Lighting, Access Control). Nice job Drew!
Contemporary Controls’ BACnet Discovery Tool is Better Than Ever. The popular Contemporary Controls BACnet Discovery Tool (BDT) has several new features available for download. For those unfamiliar, BDT is a free BACnet/IP application for Windows that is easy to install and use. The vendor-neutral tool is instrumental as a means of discovering and verifying communication with MS/TP devices that are being accessed through BACnet/IP routers such as the BASrouter or the BASrouterLX.
ControlTrends Hits Two Million WordPress Views! A very special thanks to the Global ControlTrends Community as we take a moment to celebrate going over two million views on our ControlTrends WordPress Site! With our 1.5 million views on YouTube and 5,000 subscribers, along with our Vimeo viewers and PodCast only listeners, we are now reaching out to 52 countries! Thank you all once again.
ControlTalk NOW’s second guest is another chief technologist from Silicon Valley, Therese Sullivan, owner and editor of BuildingContext.me. Therese brings amazing clarity and insight to what’s really going on in this period of market disruptions and some of the important pivot points companies like Google are taking as they react to pushback to their unwanted gmail-perusaling. Also, don’t miss our second Silicon acronym of the day, “FOMO.”
Newcomb and Boyd at 2017 REALComm|IBcon. Someone once asked American gangster and bank robber, John Dillinger, why he robbed banks and his answer was “because that is where the money is.” Using that same logic, it makes sense that Smart Building Control Pros go to RealComm|IBcon. This is the place where you will find the latest Smart Building technology, where you will find potential customers, and where you will find great solution providers — like those offered by one of the premiere consulting engineering firms on the planet, Atlanta-based, Newcomb and Boyd. In this video, I catch up with Donny Walker and Steve Wiggins, two of the brightest people in the Smart Building Controls business. Hear what they have to say about analytics, retro-commissioning, and much more. Great job guys!
New White Paper Examines IoT Analytics Solutions. IDC Technology Spotlight: Finding Value in Your IoT Data. Introducing a new white paper by International Data Corporation (IDC), renowned provider of market intelligence. This look at Finding Value in Your IoT Data offers insight into Internet of Things analytics solutions—including Niagara Analytics 2.0. Determining which data is valuable and which is irrelevant is becoming a critical success factor for IoT projects. Be sure to download IDC’s new white paper, and use it to guide your business strategy and investment in an analytics solution.
Johnson Controls Reinvents the Thermostat — Introducing GLAS, Utilizes Windows 10 IoT Core, Cortana Voice Services, and Azure Cloud. Heating and cooling account for roughly 48% of the energy use in a typical U.S. home, making it the largest energy expense for most families. In the commercial building sector, the cost is approximately 40%. Johnson Controls, one of the leading providers of HVAC, Fire and Security systems in the world, is changing how spaces are viewed and controlled. As the inventors of the first thermostat, Johnson Controls has innovated once again with GLAS. Utilizing Windows 10 IoT Core, Cortana voice services, and Azure Cloud, GLAS is a simple to use, elegant thermostat that brings leading energy savings and air quality monitoring to everyday spaces. Johnson Controls is reinventing the thermostat and our lives.
Lynxspring Announces New Technology Solution and Distribution Agreement with Australia Company Conserve It. LEE’S SUMMIT, MISSOURI, USA AND MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (PRWEB) JULY 18, 2017. Lynxspring, Inc., a premier developer and provider of open, IoT solutions for intelligent buildings, energy management, and device-to-enterprise integration, and Conserve It Pty Ltd, a leading supplier, developer and distributor of industrial and building automation products, solutions and services, today announced a new partnership and strategic relationship to distribute and provide Building, Industrial, Energy Management and IoT Solutions to the Australian, New Zealand and Asia Pacific markets.
EasyIO Europe’s July 2017 Newsletter — Powerful FS-32 Controller Available Now! he EasyIO-FS-32 is a high performance server class controller with a quad core processor and 8GB flash. Its software capabilities are very powerful with HTML5 graphics and multifunctional adapter widgets. The built-in VPN client/server makes your connectivity safe and unique for BMS controllers. Download datasheet.
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ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast|PodCast for week ending Nov 13, 2016 features an interview with Therese Sullivan of BuildingContext.Me, our eyes and ears covering Silicon Valley and the possibility of buying back your data from your cloud services provider. Much more to follow: EasyIO Europe training dates; Yardi Matrix 2016 Review and 2017 Forecast Webinar; CoRE Tech 2016 Review; Flame Safeguard Parable from CGNA Distributors; Honeywell N4 Certification Discount; Sophos’ James Lyne How to Hack CCTV Cameras; and ControlTalk Rewind with Ken Sinclair, “The Times They are A Changin’.”
ControlTalk NOW interview with Therese Sullivan of BuildingContext.Me, our eyes and ears from Silicon Valley. In this interview Therese tells us about her latest Silicon Valley coverage and delivers another round of advanced sapience, issuing a not so far-fetched warning about the next lock-in battlefield — waged in the cloud, where your data is being sold, and like it or not, you may have to buy it back from your service provider.
EasyIO Europe CPT & EasyStack Training Sessions Coming Up. We are very pleased to inform you about the upcoming CPT and EasyStack trainings. The CPT training is scheduled for the 28th and the 29th of November. The EasyStack training is scheduled for the 30th of November and the 1st and the 2nd of December. The trainings are the best way to get to know how to work with the CPT tools and the EasyIO FG series and EasyStack.
Yardi Matrix – 2016 Review and 2017 Forecast – Webinar Thursday, Nov 10, 2016 10:00AM PDT – 11:00AM PDT. Professional investors are worried. 2016 has done little to allay the fear that the investment cycle has hit a slowdown, and questions have emerged. Is this the end of a successful long run and will those still in the market be left holding assets with diminishing values?
CoRE Tech 2016 – Realcomm Nov 16-17, 2016 Program Details: The CoRE Tech education program is designed to give CORPORATE REAL ESTATE DIRECTORS, CIOs, FACILITY MANAGERS, BUILDING ENGINEERS, ENERGY and SUSTAINABILITY EXECUTIVES, PORTFOLIO MANAGERS and ASSET MANAGERS the technology tools they need to positively impact the bottom line of their companies – from automating business processes, to general technology solutions specifically for corporate real estate organizations, to smarter intelligent building technologies.
A Flame Safeguard Parable from the Distributors at Controls Group North America.There is a saying we have all heard, “penny wise, pound foolish.” which I’ve taken to mean, “making decisions to save small amounts of money (pennies), that end up making bad sense for affecting larger amounts of money and potential liability.” In this video, created by the elite Flame Safeguard Distributors that are members of Controls Group North America, you get to experience a realistic simulation of what could happen when you take financial shortcuts at the sake of safety. Contact your nearest CGNA Distributor for assistance.
Honeywell Discount on Niagara 4 Certification Training. 50% Discount on Niagara 4 Certification Training! Honeywell is offering a 50% discount to Authorized System Distributors towards Niagara 4 (WEBs-N4) Certification training (unlike the WEBs-N4 Crossover training) when an order of $60K or greater of WEBs integration products that are purchased between now and November 21, 2016. In addition, Authorized WEBs Contractors earn double CPRO points on any order amount of WEBs integration products purchased between November 11, 2016 through December 2, 2016.
How to Hack a CCTV Camera with Primitive Methods from James Lyne of Sophos. Sophos researcher James Lyne demonstrates how to hack an Internet-connected CCTV camera and an Android-powered phone using staggeringly simple methods. James Lyne is global head of security research at the security firm Sophos. James, a self-professed ‘massive geek’ has technical expertise spanning a variety of the security domains from forensics to offensive security. He has worked with many organizations on security strategy, handled a number of severe incidents and is a frequent industry advisor.
ControlTalk Rewind: Ken Sinclair “The Times They Are A Changin’.” “The Times They Are A Changin’” Bob Dylan said this in a song in 1964, and our very own Ken Sinclair echoes this sentiment in 2016. If you missed the October 30th Episode of ControlTalk Now The Smart Buildings Video Cast, you missed our awesome interview with Ken in which he lays out the changes that are afoot in the Building Automation and Smart Buildings controls world. Make no mistake, these changes will have a dramatic effect on all of us. So if you missed the show, no worries, you can see the interview with Ken right here right now.
ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast|PodCast for week ending Oct 30, 2016 features interviews with three industry experts: Ken Sinclair, owner and editor of Automated Buildings; Josh Bradshaw, Silicon Valley’s tech-tracking guru; and Fearless Phil Zito, author and editor of Building Automation Monthly. Take a look at OPTERGY’s Aurora and Proton solutions — Building Management has become a whole lot easier; Belimo’s up-coming webinar on their smart butterfly valve technology; John Sublett, Tridium’s CTO, interviews ControlTrends; and Mike Marston reviews EasyIO’s Sedona based FG-32+ architecture. Please note, the nomination period for the 2016 ControlTrends Awards is well underway! This is your opportunity to nominate your favorite products, solutions, vendors, technical support people and executives.
ControlTrends’ first guest is Ken Sinclair, owner and editor AutomatedBuildings.com. Ken continues his inquiry concerning the impacts of IoT and self-machine learning in the BAS world, as well as the rapidity of change that is circling the building automation industry. Is our HVAC industry preparing itself for the explosive and disruptive evolution or will it get hit broadside? If you still need convincing that major changes are afoot, be sure to review the attention-getters and direct links to Ken’s references and articles.
Optergy — Dedicated to the Business of Managing Buildings, Facilities and Enterprises. Optergy is a technology company dedicated to improving the business of managing facilities with tools to improve efficiency, performance and processes, whilst providing key stakeholders with the information and reporting to make informed strategic decisions. Combining these systems improves the way our clients go about their business. This can be as simple as having a single interface to view their sub systems, or monitoring progress against budget.
The New Belimo Butterfly Valve—Advanced Technology for High Flow Applications. The New Belimo Butterfly Valve: Join us to learn about the newly designed butterfly valve and actuator assembly that is the most intelligent, energy efficient, and reliable high flow solution in the HVAC market. Highlights include patent pending self-adjusting end stop algorithm to ensure zero leakage, Near Field Communication (NFC) for easy troubleshooting, commissioning, and programming, and brushless DC motor technology that reduces energy consumption by up to 80%.
ControlTrends’ second guest is Josh Bradshaw, who tracks the newest technology coming out of Silicon Valley. Josh’s blog WorkTechWork is the go to place for people interested in the latest IoT technology trends and everything from sustainable energy, wearable technologies, smart homes, and smart buildings. Josh Bradshaw’s mantra is “Don’t work for technology… make technology work for you.”
Tridium’s John Sublett Interviews ControlTrends’ Ken and Eric. Tridium’s Chief Technology Officer, John Sublett turns the tables on ControlTrends with his interview with Ken and Eric. Beginning with how ControlTrends got started, John deftly steers the conversation along the open systems and integration highway, traversing the trends and the new drivers in the industry; the speed and formidability of technology and the blurry lines it creates; and perhaps most importantly, there is a lot of open road and smart building integration opportunity still ahead.
ControlTrends’ third guest is Fearless Phil Zito. One of the sharpest knives in the building automation drawer, Phil is owner and editor of Building Automation Monthly and as Phil promises, “You’ll leave educated!” And, “When it comes to working in the building automation space, no skill stands out more than HVAC. Having a solid understanding of HVAC fundamentals will get you far in the building automation space.”
FG-32+ Architecture — All EasyIO Products Run Sedona Framework. EasyIO’s Mike Marston provided ControlTrends with this update: “All EasyIO products run Sedona Framework and Sedona is very much alive. We have 300,000 plus Sedona controllers installed across 40 countries and our new FW14 Wi-Fi mesh controllers also run Sedona. Here is the Sedona Framework deployed in an FG32+:”
Here is Your Official 2016 ControlTrends Awards Nomination Ballot! The nomination period for the 2016 ControlTrends Awards is well underway! This is your opportunity to nominate your favorite products, solutions, vendors, technical support people and executives. Help us recognize the heroes and superstars of our HVAC and Building Automation industry. Nominate those people, products, and solutions that help sustain our industry and make it so important and successful. The top five or six nominees in each category will then be placed on the final voting ballot in December. Please pass this nomination ballot to your co-workers and colleagues! Click here to start the nomination process. Please share this link with your network.
DAY 2 at the 2016 Realcomm/IBcon Conference brought its innovation engines to full bore with industry thought leaders taking the stage at the Keynote Session and Conference Kickoff. Beginning with Spencer Levy’s perspective on the future of global real estate, followed by a continuous salvo of industry insight: Commercial and Corporate Real Estate Innovation Starts Here; Global Real Estate – From Finance to Innovation – Things are Changing; 21st Century Collaboration; and culminating with the Keynote: Silicon Valley – Transformative Innovation and the Impacts to Real Estate and Silicon Valley Meets CRE. The Realcomm Networking Reception, along with the prestigious Digie Awards presentation punctuated a full complement of day-long breakout sessions featuring top executives from the most notable and steadfast companies in the world. Watch and listen in as Ken Sinclair, Automated Buildings and Therese Sullivan, Building Context join ControlTrends once again in summarizing some of the big take-aways from Realcomm/IBcon DAY 2.
ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast and Podcast for week ending November 22, 2015 announces the 2015 ControlTrends Awards Finalists! Cybersecurity SITREP from SmartCore’s Fred Gordy, who invites the ControlTrends Community to use SmartCore’s free on-line Criticality and Threat Assessment survey. US-CERT’s I3C Public Service Announcement and Cyber attack update; Lynxspring’s Onyxx E2E Solution; Sierra Monitor Corporation’s Telecom Site Case Study; FIN Stack Lunch ‘n Learn; and Therese Sullivan writes about the CoRE Tech Silicon Valley event and the slow adoption rate of Smart Building technology.
EasyIO Certification Training in December at Cochrane Supply, MI. With our latest EASYIO 32-bit range of DDC products, you can now build your Automation solutions from top to bottom, with various OPEN programming tools. With the EASYIO range of IP DDC Controllers, now available and selling worldwide.
30 Minutes with Lynxspring Webinar Series – Professional Services – New Onyxx Products. The 30 Minutes with Lynxspring Webinar Series continues on Wednesday, November 18th, at 12:00 PM CST. Session 6 – Lynxspring’s New Onyxx Products. Overview: Our IoT world increases the number of smart equipment, systems, and devices — creating tremendous intelligence at the edge.
Announcing SmartCore’s Free, Online Criticality and Threat Assessment (CATA). Online Assessment at NO CHARGE to you! SmartCore has developed an online assessment tool that gives building and portfolio management a high level assessment of each building free of charge. Contact email@example.com to receive your assessment link. SmartCore will translate your answers to this short survey into a Threat Assessment Scorecard as well as a prescriptive Cyber Risk Mitigation Plan that we can help you implement to strengthen your defense against attacks.
Sierra Monitor Corporation Case Study on Telecom Site Remote Monitoring. Telecom Site Remote Monitoring: The telecommunications industry includes regional operating companies, traditional long distance carriers, wireless carriers, and cable and satellite service providers; they all deliver voice, data, and video services. Sierra Monitor Corporation shares its extensive expertise about this universal, yet challenging application.
Internet Crime Complaint Center The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has issued an alert warning that law enforcement personnel and public officials may be at an increased risk of cyber attacks. In addition to doxing (the act of gathering and publishing individuals’ personal information without permission), threat actors have been observed compromising the email accounts of officers and officials. These target groups should protect their online presence and exposure.
Stromquist Company Hosting Lunch ‘n Learns for FIN Stack. Our Authorized FIN Distributor Stromquist is hosting two free informational Lunch ‘n Learns. The first is at their Atlanta office Thursday Nov 19th from 12:00 – 1:00 EDT, and will be available also remotely via live stream at ControlTrends The sesond session will be at Orlando office Tuesday November 24 from 12:00 – 1:00 EDT.
Therese Sullivan Puts the Full Court Press on CoRE Tech’s Silicon Valley Message: ‘Just Do It.’ (By therese554) Smart Building technology isn’t being adopted at the pace expected. Why aren’t more property owners getting off the sidelines? Chicago Bulls Basketball star Michael Jordan inspired a lot of sports watchers to become sports Do-ers in the 1980s and 90s. And, of course, there was the ‘Sneaks.’ Can tech-firm smart building All Stars be as motivating? Are their methods and tools a fit for the rest of us?
ControlTalk NOW Special Guest: SmartCore’s Director of Cybersecurity expert Fred Gordy. Fred is responsible for the technology strategy and cyber security for control systems. Fred’s portfolio includes projects military bases, internet data centers, national retail chains, an international media company, REIT’s, and research labs. Fred has contributed and/or been featured in the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Fox, HPAC Engineering, Retrofit Magazine, Building Context, Healthcare Facilities Today, and BOMA FacilitiesNet.
(By therese554) Smart Building technology isn’t being adopted at the pace expected. Why aren’t more property owners getting off the sidelines? Chicago Bulls Basketball star Michael Jordan inspired a lot of sports watchers to become sports Do-ers in the 1980s and 90s. And, of course, there was the ‘Sneaks.’ Can tech-firm smart building All Stars be as motivating? Are their methods and tools a fit for the rest of us?
Last week Realcomm’s annual corporate real estate conference, CoRE Tech, happened in Silicon Valley. There were half-day tours of Stanford University, Cisco and Google campuses as well as of the new football stadium in Santa Clara. (For a photo collection of the day’s events, click here.) Intel hosted one afternoon of the conference at their headquarters. The next day Intel, Google, Microsoft and other IT companies were prominent on the stage. All these large-scale property owners have rich stories about their journey to the smart campus. But are they relatable role models when it comes to deploying intelligent building tech? Companies full of data scientists with lots of spare cash and enthusiastic C-Level cheering sections have certain advantages. I’m using the Michael Jordan/Nike metaphor here to say that, in spite of their exceptional-ism, the tech companies brought a mix of inspiration and tool showcasing that may be just what the market needs to break the inertia. When it comes to taking steps toward more comfortable, energy-saving buildings through digital controls, it is time to ‘Just Do It.’
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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.