Niagara Framework — Your Head Start on the Journey to Cybersecurity. There are now more devices that connect to building control systems than the last generation of building engineers could have ever imagined — more consumer- and occupant-owned mobile devices, more enterprise software systems, and more IP-enabled edge devices. [Read more…]
The release of Tridium’s Niagara 4.6 introduced the ability for a Niagara Supervisor to examine all the Niagara devices in the Niagara Network and pull up Entity data (tags and relations) into a new System Database. During this TridiumTalk, a high level view will be provided of the System Database feature including setup and configuration of the system indexer.
Learn how Entity data in remote stations will be available at the Supervisor upon executing a System Index. System level hierarchies and search can also utilize this remote Entity data. Finally, learn about the enhancements to Niagara Virtual components, including new virtual schedule HTML5 views. This new view could eliminate the need for master schedules in the Supervisor.
Be sure to register today to attend the TridiumTalk on how to use the System Database feature using the latest version of Niagara.
Date: November 8, 2018 Time: 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time (New York, UTC-05:00)
Learn from Rick Weisensale and software engineer Scott Hoye how to get started with System Database. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions during a live Q&A.
If you have any questions, please contact your Tridium account manager or Niagara partner. We look forward to you benefiting from the new Niagara 4.6 features!
Honeywell Momentum 2018 Day 2 featured Cybersecurity Expert — Kevin Smith, Tridium’s CTO & Chief Architect. Breakouts continued throughout the day, with sessions including: IP Controller Programming, Niagara 4 Security Updates, Sales Acceleration, and Analytics on the Edge. The evening ended with a Gala Celebration and the 2018 Honeywell Momentum Awards Dinner, which recognized Honeywell’s top Distributor and Contractor Performers. Many attendees commented — that with all things considered: location, business updates, product releases, guest speakers, and breakout sessions — this was the best Momentum to date. Congratulations to Mark Schlauderaff and the Honeywell team for a Momentum well done!
Dear VYKON partner, ANNOUNCING NEW ANALYTICS RELEASE
VYKON Integrated Analytics 2.1 brings the ability to create and run energy reports to the end user. The seven new energy report templates available with this release are configurable from the web UI and can be saved for future use.
New HTML5 Analytic Web Chart and Analytic Web Table widgets that improve visualization capabilities are available with this release. Analytic Web Chart and Analytic Web Table are configurable from the browser view. The Analytic Web Table supports multiple analytic bindings.
Features for handling missing data have been introduced in this release. Now you have the option of enabling a calculation to estimate missing data values. This feature is valuable for roll-up calculations, tables and charts.
Normalization for area and degree-days, baseline capability, and time filter block enhancements round out the new features for this release. These features enhance the ability to compare facilities against each other, and compare current energy usage with baseline values.
Available marketing collateral for this VYKON Integrated Analytics Release include:
• Release Notes
ANNOUNCING VYKON ENTERPRISE SECURITY RELEASE 2.4
Now the full-featured enterprise security solution proven in previous Niagara versions is available on the powerful Niagara 4.6 platform.
With VYKON Enterprise Security, you can seamlessly integrate access control, identity, video surveillance, intrusion and visitor management systems with other building automation services such as lighting, HVAC and energy management all using powerful Niagara framework capabilities.
VYKON Enterprise Security features have been migrated from the AX platform to the Niagara 4.6 platform. These features include advanced threat-level management, integrated photo ID, LDAP database integration, and ISOM database API with Easy Lobby integration.
VYKON Enterprise Security 2.4 licensing is consistent with the Niagara 4 licensing scheme. Just use the same JACE 8000 and Supervisor parts you use for building automation applications and add security licensing. VYKON Enterprise Security devices are excluded from global capacity licensing.
ANNOUNCING VYKON VIDEO DRIVERS FOR NIAGARA 4.6
Milestone Xprotect® Professional, Professional+ and Corporate NVR and Axis® camera drivers are now available on the Niagara 4.6 platform. These drivers enhance your building security and situational awareness when used in conjunction with VYKON Enterprise Security or with a Niagara building automation system. When used with VYKON Enterprise Security, these video drivers enhance security by tagging video clips to events such as “Door Forced” alarms and by providing visual verification for building access. When cameras are associated with alarm points in either VYKON Enterprise Security or building automation applications, the alarm console allows the user to access both live and recorded video associated with an event directly from the alarm console.
Licensing for video drivers has been modified from the AX version to accommodate the high camera density typical of current video surveillance systems. VYKON video drivers are excluded from global capacity licenses.
The following collateral for VYKON Enterprise Security 2.4 and Video Drivers is now available:
• Enterprise Security 2.4 FAQ
• Enterprise Security 2.4 and Video Drivers Release Notes
• Enterprise Security Data Sheet
• Video Drivers Data Sheet
VYKON Enterprise Security 2.4 Certification Training in Richmond, VA – October 15-19
Get certified on the new VYKON Enterprise Security release. Space is limited, so apply now! Tridium University also offers virtual and eLearning courses for the VYKON Analytics Framework.
Updated Niagara Data Sheets
The following data sheets have been updated with references to VYKON Integrated Analytics 2.1 and VYKON Enterprise Security 2.4
We look forward to hearing from you. As always, thank you for your continued partnership
BASSG Announcement: Tridium Niagara Framework driver released for the integration of over 30 brands of Ductless Split and VRF HVAC systems using the IntesisBox WIFI gateway. Alper Uzmeler of BASSG in Austin, TX has successfully implemented the driver required to facilitate the connectivity to the IntesisBox.
Cybersecurity advisory affecting Niagara AX- and Niagara 4-based systems.
Dear valued partner,
In June of 2018, Tridium incorporated a number of fixes to security vulnerabilities in Niagara AX and Niagara 4 through security update releases. Click to read the technical bulletin. Two of these vulnerabilities, which are affecting Niagara systems on Microsoft Windows platforms, were reported to the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC). An Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Advisory has been issued.
It is important that all Niagara AX and Niagara 4 customers ensure they have updated their systems to the most current version to mitigate risk. Tridium takes cybersecurity very seriously. We recognize that the security of our products is of critical importance to our customers and the Niagara Community. If you have any questions, please contact your Tridium account manager or firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is important to note that JACE® controllers are not affected by these vulnerabilities, but the vulnerabilities are applicable to Niagara systems running on the Microsoft Windows operating system, including Niagara AX and Niagara 4 Supervisors.
For Niagara 4, the vulnerabilities were resolved in the latest two releases:
Niagara 4.6 (22.214.171.124.4), July 2018
Niagara 4.4u1 (126.96.36.199.1), June 2018
For Niagara AX, the vulnerabilities were resolved in the latest release:
Niagara AX 3.8u4 (3.8.401), June 2018
These fixes will be incorporated into all future releases of Niagara.
Dear VYKON partner,
We’re now taking VYKON Edge Controller 10 preorders for expected delivery in October 2018. The product’s unveiling during the Niagara Summit generated a great deal of excitement, and we anticipate high demand.
VYKON Edge Controller 10 is a 10-point IP-based field equipment controller that runs the Niagara Framework® at the edge. By leveraging the Niagara Framework, VYKON Edge Controller 10 offers a single-tool infrastructure, the ability to create smarter, more efficient systems, and world-class security.
1. Click to learn more about VYKON Edge Controller 10.
2. Contact your VYKON sales representative for additional details.
3. Preorder from VYKON for expected delivery in October to be among the first to receive shipments. Order online today!
As always, thank you for your support and partnership. We look forward to what is sure to be one of our most exciting Niagara hardware launches.
Dear valued partner,
Tridium has released Niagara 4.6, a significant advancement in our open framework. Niagara 4.6 provides fertile ground for developing applications that drive building automation systems forward and help businesses take full advantage of the IoT.
Niagara 4.6 (188.8.131.52.4) follows the internal release of Niagara 4.5, a build used internally for testing and validating technology upgrades found in this newest release.
BENEFITS OF NIAGARA 4.6
Supported by Tridium’s next-generation JACE® 8000 controller*, Niagara 4.6 offers power and potential not seen since the introduction of Niagara 4 in August 2015. Most exciting about Niagara 4.6 is how it modernizes the framework and provides ways for users to save time, effort and money during system installations through:
* Access to a System DB spanning the entire Niagara system
* Visualization enhancements, such as mobile refresh for PX views now with dynamic response
* Tools including bulk tagging and templating that reduce repetitive integration tasks and simplify consistent taxonomy in conformance with Brick, Haystack and other industry standards
Included as part of VYKON’s Niagara 4.6 image, OPC UA 1.0.103 is the updated version of Tridium’s standard open driver for industrial applications. OPC UA 1.0.103 features customer-reported defect fixes and performance improvements. More detail can be found in the release notes.
Another plus of Niagara 4.6 is data encryption on a JACE 8000 or Niagara Supervisor that meets the FIPS 140-2 federal standard. Users can leverage Niagara 4.6 to win contracts for government jobs and pursue opportunities in mission-critical industries such as banking. Be sure to download the new FIPS setup guide and pricing.
*Legacy JACEs are supported by versions up to Niagara 4.4. Compare JACE controller compatibility.
Be ready to offer Niagara 4.6 before Tridium announces the release to the global Niagara Community on July 26:
1. Learn more about Niagara 4.6 by downloading the features overview and release notes.
2. Get familiar with the one breaking change with this release, and operating system (OS) and third-party software compatibility.
4. Plan to join our Niagara 4 experts for a series of informative TridiumTalks to be announced in the coming weeks.
5. When deploying Niagara 4.6, Tridium recommends refreshing your license to pick up the new features added to the Niagara 4 Supervisor parts.
We look forward to joining with you to launch Niagara 4.6 and help users capitalize on the limitless possibilities inherent in an open technology environment.
Episode 275: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending July 22, 2018 features interviews with Therese Sullivan, Director of Channel Marketing at Tridium, and Alper Uzmezler, Managing Partner, BASSG and Founder of Anka Labs. Contemporary Controls introduces their new EIGR Routers; Lynxspring offers Analytics at the edge; Acuity’s Lucid delivers a data and analytic platform; Why Project SandStar could change the Smart Building Controls world forever; and a message to contractors from Honeywell’s General Manager, Mike Garceau.
Contemporary Controls News: New Product — EIGR Routers Add OpenVPN Server Functionality. The EIPR-V routers have supported the OpenVPN client functionality to provide secure remote access using the RemoteVPN service. The newly released EIGR routers support this functionality but also can be configured to as an OpenVPN server. Setting up an OpenVPN server on your own is not a trivial task. It involves setting up a root certificate authority and generating certificates and keys for the OpenVPN server and for each client device that intends to connect to this server.
ControlTalk NOW interview with Therese Sullivan, who in her new role as Tridium’s Director of Channel Marketing, tells us how she still monitors the technology quakes emanating from the Silicon Valley, while taking a deeper focus on the Voice of the Customer. Therese also brings us up-to-speed on tagging, mobile first, bulk deploy, and the increased efficiency between the supervisors and controllers — features of Tridium’s Niagara 4.6 impending release.
Lynxspring Edge-to-Enterprise Solution Now Offers Analytics at the Edge for the Building Environment and Operational Systems. Lynxspring, Inc., a premier developer and provider of open, IP-control solutions for building automation, energy management, and edge-to-enterprise integration, announced today the full release of their Onyxx® SkySpark® Edge Analytics solution which embeds SkyFoundry’s SkySpark® Everywhere™ Analytics software in the Lynxspring Onyxx® Hardware platform.
ControlTrends’ Ken Smyers gets the 411 on Acuity’s Acquisition of Lucid at Realcomm20/IBcon. Ken Smyers digs in at RealComm|IBcon and talks with the team at Lucid about how their products will add to the great product portfolio Acuity Brands already has like DG Logik and Distech. Lucid provides a data and analytics platform to make data-driven decisions to improve building efficiency and drive energy conservation and savings. Its SaaS-based BuildingOS platform enables owners, operators, and occupants to gain powerful insights into the operations of their buildings, providing the ability to make them more efficient and improve the performance of the people and businesses utilizing these strategic assets.
ControlTalk NOW second interview is with Alper Uzmezler, Managing Partner, BASSG and Founder of Anka Labs. Alper tells us about Sandstar, an initiative that combines two open industry standards, Sedona and Project Haystack, which replaces hardware dependent code with self-describing haystack-based tagging. Alper follows with a demonstration and explains that the key to AI-infused PID loops is clean data. The next step is to develop the Sandstar ecosystem. Community participation is welcome!
Why Project SandStar Could Change The Smart Building Controls World Forever. If ControlTrends’ Young Gun, Alper Üzmezler, managing partner at BASSG, is correct with his theory that the way DDC software is done today is redundant — costly and inefficient, and if he can deliver the promises of Project Sandstar, then the smart building controls world as we know it — is getting ready to change forever. What Sandstar allows — is for independent Direct Digital Controls to merge Sedona with Haystack — into a seamless whole, which according to Alper, means you would eliminate the need for each individual manufacturer’s software.
Honeywell Building Controls 2018 Contractor Guide Book. A message from Mike Garceau, General Manager – Honeywell Brand: Dear Honeywell Contractor, Honeywell has a long tradition of working with independent contractors and integrators to provide complete, successful building control solutions. And thanks to your hard work and partnership, we feel our channel-to-market approach is the strongest it’s ever been. That’s why we’re committed to investing in the tools and resources and introducing more partner benefits — such as Contractor Pro Rewards — that help make you a success each and every day.
Following the dazzling electronic imagery of the Niagara blue spread of connected data through a city landscape on three-screen wide presentation, Tridium’s Jim Bland, President and General Manager, takes the wand from the cyber maestro of the screen and hands it, figuratively, to the expectant audience of over 1000 global Niagara Community members — challenging them that NOW — is the time to really think outside the box, Disney example provided. The possibility of failure should no longer restrain the efforts to achieve the spectacular possibilities and payoffs of innovation.
Tridium’s leader of the Global Engineering Team and CTO, Kevin Smith follows with Tridium’s amazing “Look Ahead,” and the key drivers shaping tomorrow: Innovation, People Focus, and Seamless Productivity. The Niagara Framework and team are strong, getting stronger, and committed under great leadership. The Niagara Community and ecosystem are growing world-wide and leading the way with innovation.