Episode 247: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending December 3, 2017 features interviews with Network as a Service expert Ron Victor, CEO and Founder of IoTium, along with Master Systems Integrator Extraordinaire, Jason Houck, CIO of Hepta Systems and The Panel Shoppe. More insights and updates from [Read more…]
Episode 245: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings PodCast for week ending November 12, 2017 features another great interview and discussion with Ken Sinclair, owner and editor of Automated Buildings, as Ken reviews his November theme and other key industry updates. Meet Andrew Kearnes photographer, videographer, and vlogger extraordinaire; [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?
Episode 239: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings PodCast for week ending September 17, 2017, begins with an exploration of the potential impacts the “Amazon Effect” might have on the HVAC and Building Automation industries. This exploration serves well as a prelude to our interview with Ken Sinclair, owner and editor, automatedbuildings.com, who discusses the thought and action processes necessary for our industry TO sustain itself in the present, and possibly, with the aid of a technically competent millennial — might allow those early adopters among us — to flourish amidst these incessant and turbulent challenges posed by disruptive technologies. Several reminders for upcoming events: 2017 Lynxspring Exchange; Belimo’s “Code-Compliant Economizing” Webinar; 2017 ControlTrends Awards; AHR Expo 2018; and don’t miss Optergy’s “Turn Your Building’s Utility Use into a Meaningful Story.”
ControlTalk NOW interviews with Ken Sinclair, owner and editor of AutomatedBuildings.com continue in full stride, as Ken Sinclair earnestly endeavors to keep our industry abreast of The Future of Smart Building Automation and Data at the Open Intelligence Edge — the two major themes of his September edition. Ken’s “Process of Change” requires us to maintain a continuous tuning mindshift. And, above all, our industry needs to learn how to create relevant and integral value from the data that it has at its fingertips.
Join Us at the 2017 Lynxspring Exchange and Technology Showcase – The E2E (Edge-To-Enterprise) Conference. The 2017 Lynxspring Exchange and Technology Showcase will map out technology, techniques and practices specific to managing and operating today’s facilities smarter, safer, securely, efficiently and at peak performance levels. Discover leading trends, new approaches and experience real-world conversations and discussions. GET REGISTERED NOW!
OPTERGY: Turn Your Building’s Utility Use into a Meaningful Story. When all you have is a utility bill with a single number representing this month’s or quarter’s consumption, it can be extremely hard to understand what story a building is telling about its performance. As a consequence, most people end up dreading their utility bills because they have no insight until the bill arrives and it’s too late.
Belimo’s “The Easy Path to Code Compliant Economizing” Webinar, Wednesday, September 20, 1:00 PM EDT. n this webinar you will learn how Belimo’s advancements in airside economizing address recent changes to the industry’s energy codes & regulations. The patented Belimo ZIP Economizer™ has been developed for easy use with ZIP Code setup, live display of operating conditions, and self-diagnostics making it the economizer of choice when selecting a code compliant solution for retrofitting your RTU. Click here to register.
The 2016 ControlTrends Awards Highlight Video. As we prepare for the 2017 ControlTrends Awards we take a look at the highlights from the 2016 ControlTrends Awards in Las Vegas. As you can see, this is a special event that honors the great people, companies and products that make the HVAC and Smart Buildings Controls industry exceptional. Look for the 2017 nomination ballot and get ready for an even more spectacular ControlTrends Awards event in Chicago.
See the Latest HVACR Innovations, Products and Technologies at the Highly-Anticipated 2018 AHR Expo in Chicago. Showcase features hundreds of products and technologies for contractors, engineers, facility managers, OEMs and other HVACR industry professionals! WESTPORT, Conn., September, 2017 – The future of HVACR will be on display in January when hundreds of new and upgraded products and technologies for the HVACR industry will be featured at the 2018 AHR Expo (International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition) in Chicago.
Episode 238: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings PodCast for week ending September 10, 2017 begins with our concern and best wishes for a speedy recovery for those of the ControlTrends Community affected by the hurricanes and natural disasters. We start off with a great interview and discussion with Computrols’ founders and owners Kevin and Roy Lynch and Computrols’ Marketing Manager, Scott Holstein. Additionally, we have Tridium’s Kevin Smith white paper on cyber security, Contractor Leadership Live, Ken Sinclair’s September edition of Automated Buildings, EasyIO’s FW-14 wireless controller, and a registration reminder for the 2017 Lynxspring Exchange.
Tridium’s Kevin T. Smith, Chief Architect, Cybersecurity and the IoT— Threats, Best Practices and Lessons Learned. New Tridium white paper from Tridium chief architect Kevin T. Smith now available. Much has been written about the game-changing IoT. Network-connected devices and their capabilities have become a disruptive force in the business world.
Contractor Leadership Live 2017, September 12-14, 2017 Huntington Convention Center Cleveland, Ohio. Contractor Leadership Live brings together the latest products, trends and business solutions for mechanical contractors involved in HVACR. This national event features conference sessions that educate and inspire business transformation while delivering insight on the latest industry trends that are impacting business owners and service professionals.
Ken Sinclair’s Automated Buildings September, 2017 Theme: “Getting There from Here,” The Shift of Thought and Action We Need to Make. In his omniscient September edition of AutomatedBuildings.com, Ken Sinclair, summons us to accept and respond to the inevitable changes facing our industry, and to think young and differently, as in: People-powered, self-driving buildings, from the intelligent self-learning, self-acting edge!
EasyIO is Now Wireless — The EasyIO FW-14 is a Perfect Fit for School and Retail Markets. The EasyIO-FW-14 is a new breed, high performance, freely programmable, wireless Wi-Fi Sedona controller. It has never been easier to extend your BMS because of its wireless possibilities. You will save on labor and wiring. The EasyIO-FW-14 is a perfect fit for vertical markets such as schools and retail, to have extended IO for the F-series controllers, without any downtime during installation as the network can be wireless. It’s ideal for all kind of applications such as fan coils, AHU’s, room and stand-alone applications, featuring SOX, TCOM, FGP2P and BACnet communication protocols.
2017 Lynxspring Exchange Early-Bird Deadline is September 8th 11:59PM PDT — Don’t Miss Out! he 2017 Lynxspring Exchange and Technology Showcase will map out technology, techniques and practices specific to managing and operating today’s facilities smarter, safer, securely, efficiently and at peak performance levels. Discover leading trends, new approaches and experience real-world conversations and discussions.
Episode 237: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings PodCast for week ending August 27, 2017 spotlights three prominent industry experts, starting with Honeywell’s National Accounts Sales Leader, David Witherspoon, followed by Hepta Systems’ CIO, Jason Houck, and J2 Innovations’ CEO, Jason Briggs. Honeywell rolls out their LCBS Connect™ Cloud-Based Light Commercial Control; 3 Emerging Technologies from Computrols’ Scott Holstein; and don’t miss our special ControlTrends farewell tribute to John Sublett.Honeywell Rolls Out The New LCBS Connect System The wait is over and Honeywell has officially launched their New Light Commercial Building System, the LCBS Connect. Join the fun at Smart Buildings Controls Master Distributor Stromquist & Company and see what all the excitement is about! LCBS Connect™ Cloud-Based Light Commercial Control improves service to your customers and grow your business. Remote HVAC system monitoring and diagnostics help you better serve your customers while spending less time in your truck.
ControlTalk NOW first interview is with Honeywell’s National Accounts Sales Leader, David Witherspoon, who shares with the ControlTrends Community his personal initiation and experience in a family business to his present position in the HVAC and Building Automation industry. David believes that Honeywell has taken the race to the small space to next level with their their new LCBS Connect™ Cloud-Based Light Commercial Control portfolio, a potential solution for light commercial buildings.
3 Emerging Technology Trends in Building Automation — Scott Holstein, Marketing Manager, Computrols, Inc. This article was provided by Scott Holstein, Marketing Manager, Computrols, Inc. Generally speaking, we see technology trends progress at a much faster rate in consumer products like cell phones and televisions than we do in the building automation industry. This is mostly because the building automation industry is slow to adapt to new technology, wanting to see it proven in other fields before implementing it in large-scale commercial applications.
ControlTalk NOW second interview is with Hepta Systems’ CIO, Jason Houck, and J2 Innovations’ CEO, Jason Briggs. Jason Houck is an Award-Winning Master Systems Integrator with Hepta Systems, a premiere MSI taking the leadership role in the Smart Building Controls industry. J2 Innovations’ Jason Briggs tells the ControlTrends Community about the game-changing technology inside FIN 4.0
ControlTrends Pays Tribute to John Sublett. had a chance to interview John, a while back, for ControlTrends People and thought publishing his Episode was the best way to capture some of his accomplishments and get a flavor for how this brillant gentleman has shaped building automation and smart buildings controls. John, thank you! You will be missed!
Episode 236: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings PodCast for week ending August 20, 2017 features an enormously insightful interview with one of the most progressive and knowledgeable engineers in the HVAC and BAS industries, Newcomb & Boyd’s Donny Walker, PE, RCDD (Registered Communication Distributed Designer). Honeywell surges in the race to the small space with their LCBS Connect Cloud-Based Light Commercial Control, and introduces the T4 series thermostat; Altair announces its collaborations with CANDI Controls; Carrier Donates 500 Homes Comfort Systems; Don’t miss CABA’s great invite; and is a Universal Basic Income the inevitable impact of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.
The Future of Smart Building Solutions Delivered: Altair’s Carriots Analytics™ Integrates with CANDI PowerTools. Altair announces its collaboration with CANDI Controls to offer a comprehensive smart building solution that operates with industry-leading commercial gateways. The new Altair-CANDI solution combines the strength of CANDI PowerTools, which handles the complex protocol and networking problems required to securely integrate and manage edge device communications, with Carriots Analytics’ comprehensive data analytics interface, offering advanced data analytics and visualization for all types of smart building data.
Introducing the New Standard for Simple — Meet Honeywell’s T4 TH4210 Pro Thermostat. Meet the newest thermostat in the T Series family. The T4 Pro non-connected thermostats are designed to simplify product selection, install and upsell. Are you ready to meet your new favorite thermostat. GET TO KNOW THE HONEYWELL T SERIES. Meet the new thermostats and discover all the ways the new T Series fits your business to a T. The Non-connected Solution – Designed with Contractors in Mind.
Ken Smyers and ControlTrends with Siemens Manager Control Products & Systems Ray Siu. Siemens has been a world leader in the thermostat market, particularly, in Europe and Asian markets. Siemens offers an extensive line of room and zone controllers is excited about their RDG160 series for fan coil units (3-speed or ECM fan) and heat pump applications. Stay tuned for more exciting thermostat news from Siemens.
The Impact of the Internet of Things (IoT) on Intelligent Buildings and Multi-Dwelling Unit Buildings. Our friends at CABA have an invitation for you! This forum will examine how two large collaborative research projects (each totalling $150,000) looked at the current state of connected technologies and IoT in the intelligent building and multi-dwelling unit sectors. Mr Greg Walker is an accomplished research and business operations professional with many years of experience in science research and strategic business planning for non-profit and Fortune 500 companies. His skill set includes biomedical science and building science research, project management, financial forecasting, sales and marketing, contract negotiations, and personnel management.
Honeywell’s LCBS Connect™ Cloud-Based Light Commercial Control. LCBS Connect™ Cloud-Based Light Commercial Control Improve service to your customers and grow your business with Honeywell’s LCBS Connect. Remote HVAC system monitoring and diagnostics help you better serve your customers while spending less time in your truck. Features include: Monitor and troubleshoot light commercial buildings from anywhere at anytime; Operate more efficiently by remotely diagnosing problems and providing preventive maintenance; Handle issues before your customers are even aware of them; Grow customer satisfaction and retain service contracts; When you do need to get in the truck, you’ll make one trip instead of several; The efficiencies let you service more buildings without adding staff; and it’s The ideal solution for all your light commercial customers.
Carrier Donates More Than 500 Air Conditioning and Heating Systems to Habitat for Humanity. his summer, homeowners across the United States will beat the heat with the help of Carrier ductless home comfort systems and Habitat for Humanity. Carrier has donated more than 500 systems to Habitat and they will be installed in homes throughout the country to provide cooling when it’s hot and heating when it’s cold. Carrier is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
ControlTalk NOW interview with Newcomb & Boyd’s Donny Walker, PE, RCDD (Registered Communication Distributed Designer) is one of the most informative interviews of 2017. Donny shares his extensive knowledge and experience of our industry, and some of the headwinds we are facing. Many of the disruptive forces making the most significant impacts to our industry are, in many cases, challenges offering the greatest opportunities. With engineers in Atlanta and Charleston, Newcomb & Boyd’s innovative engineering solutions have successfully met the needs of institutional, educational, government, military, and commercial clients for more than 90 yearsRichard Branson, Elon Musk, Ken, and Eric on Work becoming Obsolete. Ken and I have talked a good bit about “technology eating itself and making work obsolete.” Technology and artificial intelligence are advancing at a blistering pace with 3D printing and robotics. We are increasing the supply of goods at lower and lower costs with less need for human input. How soon before we have unlimited supply and no one has money to buy because jobs have been replaced by technologies.
Episode 235: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings PodCast for week ending August 13, 2017 features two insightful interviews with Marc Petock, Lynxspring’s Chief Communications Officer & Vice President, Marketing, and Aaron Gorka, Innovation Manager for ANT Technologies. Check out ACI’s European Smart Homes 2017; ControlTrends Discovers Monnit Wireless Sensors at Realcomm|IBcon 2017; Belimo’s Correcting Low Delta T Webinar: Internet of Things (IoT); Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017; The Dark Web Goes Corporate; NIST Cybersecurity for IoT Program; and Therese Sullivan: Appreciating How Metadata Makes Artificial Intelligence Possible.
Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017 Introduced by Senators Mark Warner, Cory Gardner, Ron Wyden, and Steve Daines. On August 1, 2017, the U.S. Government took a significant “lead by example” step forward in the battle of Internet of Things (IoT) security. Chief among the vendor commitments — that must be made to the U.S.Government: That their IoT devices are patchable; that the devices don’t contain known vulnerabilities; and that the devices don’t contain hard-coded passwords.
ACI’s European Smart Homes 2017 will be taking place in London, UK, on 25th & 26th of October 2017.Join European Smart Homes 2017 conference on 25th & 26th October in London, UK and hear John Hutchins’ presentation entitled “Smart Homes and Utility Customer Experience – exploring the link between smart homes, connected devices and better customer experience for utility customers.”
The Dark Web Goes Corporate, by Josh Fruhlinger, CSO. By Josh Fruhlinger, CSO. The “dark web” is a phrase strikes an ominous tone, conveying an impression of a marketplace where anything is for sale: hacking tools, weapons, drugs, child pornography, even freelance assassination services. And according to experts we spoke to, all of that’s still true. But something has changed in the way the dark web does business. If there was a time when venturing online to buy these illegal items was like taking your life in your hands in a dark alley, today the experience in quite different.
ControlTrends Discovers Monnit Wireless Sensors at Realcomm|IBcon 2017. One of the really cool things about covering shows like Realcomm|IBcon is that we quite often get first looks at new vendors and technologies. Although wireless sensors are not new to Smart Buildings, Monnit’s approach and product offering are. Check this video out to see why. Monnit remote monitoring systems can be setup in just a few minutes and our intuitive interface makes managing your system a snap, and Mommit’s optimized RF communications platform provides superior wireless range for covering large areas.
Ken’s Calendar: Belimo’s Correcting Low Delta T Webinar, Wednesday, August 23 at 1:00 PM EDT. Chilled water provided from a utility plant is commonly used in a building’s HVAC system in lieu of installing chillers. This results in lower return water temperatures which decreases the efficiency of the entire chilled water system resulting in the condition known as “Low ∆T Syndrome.” In this webinar we will review the design of a district chilled water system and discuss a study of a building where “Low ∆T Syndrome” was corrected at the point of water to air heat transfer.
NIST Cybersecurity for IoT Program (20.8 Billion Connected Devices in Use by 2020). Though each of us, in our own way and at our speed, has willingly or unwillingly, become more acclimated and accepted the rapid proliferation of IoT devices connecting us to the data bases in the clouds, it is still a challenge to fully comprehend the impact this hatching reality will have on our personal lives and professional careers — and we probably should know a lot more. Among the many sources of valuable insight and guidance available to ControlTrends Community, the NIST’s Cybersecurity for the Internet of Things is certainly one of the best.
Therese Sullivan: Appreciating How Metadata Makes Artificial Intelligence Possible. Therese Sullivan, editor of BuildingContext.me, and our ControlTrends’ eyes and ears from Silicon Valley, takes us on a data journey that begins at the ethereal origins of Artificial Intelligence (Dartmouth, 1956) and delivers us to metadata and Project Haystack — introducing some of the label makers in between.
ControlTalk NOW’s first interview is with industry veteran Marc Petock, Lynxspring‘s Chief Communications Officer & Vice President, Marketing. Marc first updates the ControlTrends Community on the 2017 Lynxspring Exchange, which is open to everybody. This will be the best Exchange ever. Everything is good: Location (Scottsdale, AZ); Speakers (Roberta Gamble, Frost & Sullivan; Tom Schircliff and Rob Murchinson, Intelligent Buildings; and Mark Jewell, Selling Energy); can’t miss technology and product updates, and an all-star cast of Vendor-Sponsors. Marc also addresses Cyber Security, Edge Controllers, and the 2017 ControlTrends Awards.
ControlTalk NOW’s second interview is with Aaron Gorka, Innovation Manager for ANT Technologies, who extends the ControlTrends Community a special offer with Ant Technologies. ANT Technologies software portfolio is designed to make contractors more profitable. Aaron grew up in the contracting world — working with his father in a family business environment. He knows the business and financial challenges firsthand. ANT Technologies has the curated software tools: Management of Projects, Service Tools, and Tenant Energy Billing — that will make contractors more efficient and, more profitable. Click here to find your local CGNA distributor and take advantage of Aaron’s special ControlTrends offer that he made during the podcast.
Episode 234: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings PodCast for week ending August 6, 2017 features more great insight from energy expert, Mark Jewell, and two deep-dive interviews with AutomatedBuildings.com’s, Ken Sinclair, and Optergy’s president, Steve Guzelimian. Make sure to register for upcoming webinars from Belimo, ACI’s, and Schneider Electric.
ControlTalk NOW guest Mark Jewel, renowned expert trainer and coach, business consultant, and solutions designer. Selling Power magazine recently ranked Mark’s company, Selling Energy, as one of the nation’s Top 20 Sales Training Firms. Mark has influenced energy efficiency decisions in three billion square feet of real estate in his 25+ years in this industry and has trained countless controls manufacturers, distributors and contractors how to differentiate themselves with segment-specific, concise messaging and more effective approaches to driving their revenues and margins.
ControlTalk NOW’s first interview is with Ken Sinclair who reviews his August edition of AutomatedBuildings.com. Ken takes us on a profound tour of the dogged progression towards autonomous devices and autonomous buildings. Ken’s editorial first links us to the relevant technology thought-leaders, while the body of the August edition provides an excellent array of perspectives from various industry experts. Ken even spices things up a bit with some info on CryptoCurrency, Blockchain, and Bitcoin. The once cloud-bound flow of data is in flux. The edge is fogging up, and Hey You! — Get off of my Cloud!
ControlTalk NOW’s second guest interview is with Steve Guzelimian, President, Optergy. Steve offers the following analogy with regards to combining BMS and EMS Analogy: “It could be said that operating a building is analogous to driving a car. If the driver has visibility of the road, feedback from gauges and a steering wheel, they will be in full control. Take away the driver’s road visibility or feedback from gauges; they will crash or run out of fuel. Remove the driver’s steering wheel, and inevitably the car will crash on the first corner. BMS is the steering wheel, EMS is the visibility and feedback.”
New Belimo Website Coming August 7th! Register Now for August 16th, 1:00 PM EDT, for Informational Webinar. On August 7th, Belimo will launch a new and improved website. You can place orders faster, save project lists, download multiple data sheets and have full access to your account files. Join Belimo August 16th at 1:00 PM EDT for an informational webinar on the features of the newly released Belimo website. You will experience how easy it is to access marketing materials and enhanced e-commerce functionalities. The webinar will conclude with an interactive question and answer session. Please join us and provide your feedback and questions. Register Now!
Converging Smart Building Systems and IT with Siemon. So many systems, so many cables, so many wires, it get’s so complicated so fast. Fear not, we had a chance to catch up with Bob Allen from Siemon the company that among other things has a Smart Building Cabling Solution. In this video Bob explains Siemon’s revolutionary approach to making cabling easier, faster, and more efficient. Do you want to reduce capital expense, increase operational savings, and improve the tenant experience? Siemon ConvergeIT is a unified intelligent building (IB) cabling solution that combines Siemon’s proven quality with advanced copper and fiber cabling technology to create a structured cabling system that converges critical data, voice, video and low-voltage building systems onto a single unified physical infrastructure, providing significant cost savings and sustainability over the life of the facility.
Schneider Electric Webinar Invite: August 9th at 1PM EST to learn about Square D VFDs. Join Scott and Brandon on August 9th at 1PM EST to learn about Square D VFDs. This webinar will cover all Square D VFD offers in iPortal, the selection tool, stocking program for S-Flex and the ATV 600 line and an overview of other Square D offers. The webinar will be approximately one hour in length. RSVP and add to your calendar!
ACI’s LIVE Temperature Transmitter Webinar 8/16 at 10:30 A.M. CST. ACI’s TEMPERATURE WEBINAR FEATURING TRANSMITTERS AUGUST 16|10:30 A.M. CST. The ACI 2017 Webinar Series continues Wednesday, August 16th. ACI’s Sales Engineer, Brant Kasbohm, will discuss the differences between ACI’s Temperature Transmitter models. During the webinar, Brant plans to highlight the important differences between Class A & Class B RTDs while diving into details regarding our transmitters and their improved accuracies. Brant will also cover ACI’s NIST Certification process and why it’s a key component in the overall performance and long term reliability of our temperature transmitters. Register Now!
ControlTalk Now The Smart Buildings Podcast enjoys a summer hiatus — as Eric and family attend a wedding in Birmingham (Detroit) MI. ControlTrends still offers a great interview with Bueno Systems’ Leon Wurfel; an overview of ANT Technologies’ paperless solutions; JCI’s video “Tomorrow Needs You;” and Therese Sullivan’s insights into contextualization. Next week, ControlTalk NOW will be back on track — with two very special guests, along with Ken Sinclair’s August edition of AutomatedBuildings.Com, as well as the latest on our industry’s products, solutions, and most importantly, the men and women superstars of HVAC and Building Automation.
Using Data to Create Optimized Buildings: Catching up with Bueno Systems. I had a chance to catch up with Leon Wurfel managing director, Bueno Systems, at the 2017 RealComm/IBcon conference. Leon and his team are masters at gathering and using data to optimize smart buildings performance. In this video Leon shares his knowledge about smart building control and Bueno’s approach to making data actionable.
ANT Technologies — Manage Projects • Service Facilities • Tenant Energy Billing — Look Mom, No Paper. ANT Technologies — Paperless, cloud-based, operational technology for HVAC & Control Contractors. A Project Status Report you can trust! As an integrator or contractor, you’ve probably received unreliable progression reports on your company’s projects. Project Tracker™ eliminates the guess work and provides managers with real-time accurate data that ensures you make the best decisions possible.
Johnson Controls — Tomorrow Needs You. At Johnson Controls, we’re shaping the future to create a world that’s safe, comfortable and sustainable. Our global team creates innovative, integrated solutions to make cities more connected, buildings more intelligent and vehicles more efficient. We are passionate about improving the way the world lives, works and plays. The future requires bold ideas, an entrepreneurial mind-set and collaboration across boundaries.
Therese Sullivan: Back to the Future of Contextualization. Our ControlTalk NOW chief technologist from Silicon Valley, Therese Sullivan, owner and editor of BuildingContext.me, recently brought the ControlTrends Community on-line with the concept of contextualization. This is a re-posting of Therese’s December 2013, prescient article foreshadowing the driving forces and impact of contextualization. Last month I felt secure in describing Nest as a company comfortably traveling along in Apple’s orbit. I even linked to Matt Turck’s November TechCrunch article “Battle for the Connected Home”, wherein he suggests that Nest — a Lilliputian among Gullivers — needed to be acquired by Apple before it was crushed. Today we see that he was off by a few Silicon Valley miles. Why Google? Why now? Why $3.2B?