Orlando’s Hard Rock Live, home to music history was a most befitting venue to host the 2015 ControlTrends Awards to celebrate the true heroes and superstars of our HVAC and Building Automation industries. ControlTrends was delighted to present the AHR Expo organization with a ControlTrends Industry Service Award, recognizing their 86 years of service that helped organize and shape the growth of the HVAC industry. Hans R. Franz, of Frankfurt, Germany, a remarkable man whose relentless and collaborative efforts led to the global adoption of BACnet was inducted into the ControlTrends Hall of Fame. Ed Merwin of Tridium received the Petock Award, and congratulations once again — to all of the Category winners and Young Gun Award recipients. The 2016 ControlTrends Awards will be held January 27th, 2017 at the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas. See you there!
ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast and Podcast for week ending February 29, 2016 features interviews with Ed Merwin and Therese Sullivan and ControlTrends Awards video coverage of J2 Innovations, Belimo, Blue Ridge Technologies, Siemens, and EasyIO receiving their awards, as well as Red Carpet action and an interview with Scott Muench. Drone update from Eagle Technology; Niagara Summit 2016 registration Early Bird Deadline; and Sameer Pradhan, Director, ControlTrends India coverage of ACREX 2016 from Mumbai.
CoR Advisors February Web Cast: Redefining the Modern Workplace Experience. Friday, February 26, 2016, 12:30-2:00 p.m. EST, The workplace of the future is the Smart Building. One that leverages the latest in mobile and the Internet-of-Things (IoT) technologies to collect and analyze data – providing insight into what and where things are happening in the building, and how people are actually using space. This data allows building owners to offer a suite of personalized services and location-based amenities to the occupants, while improving security, provide better space utilization, and energy optimization.
2015 ControlTrends Awards Highlight: J2 Innovations Wins the Visualization Product of the Year. Congratulations to FIN Builder, the one graphic tool to do it all. You can now train employees in FIN Builder (who don’t need to understand details about Niagara, Sedona, etc.) to build the entire Graphical User Interface (GUI), lowering your total direct costs on the job.
Trend Spotter: Eagle Technology. From Eagle Technology: Trending Topics — The Internet of Drones has Landed and Why Drones Are the Next Internet. Drones are a game changer and hold vast potential for streamlining and reducing the cost of inspection and monitoring tasks associated with reliability and asset performance. Drone technology has been democratized and it’s now fast, cheap and out of control. It’s like the Internet all over again.
On the Red Carpet at the 2015 ControlTrends Awards. Beautiful women, super heroes, style, and grace under pressure. Watch as the Super Heroes of the HVAC and Building Automation Controls walk the Red Carpet and have their big night of celebration at the 2015 ControlTrends Awards. This video captures a little bit of the excitement of this year’s Event. A special Thanks to all our Sponsors, who make the ControlTrends Awards possible.
Register Now For the 2016 Niagara Summit in New Orleans! This year’s Niagara Summit will bring the opportunity to attend information-packed breakout sessions led by Niagara experts, a robust trade show filled with BAS and IoT industry leaders, and networking with others in the Niagara Community. We’ve just announced breakout sessions for the Developer Bootcamp, and the Business and Applications tracks.
ControlTalk NOW’s first interview guest is Director, Vykon Automation Energy Security at Tridium, Ed Merwin. Ed is one of the most venerated Building Automation and Smart Building Solutions experts in the industry (2013 ControlTrends PID Award Co-winner and 2015 Petock Award winner). Ed reviews the Technical, Developer, and Business Tracks planned for the upcoming 2016 Niagara Summit to be held at Champions Square in New Orleans — one of the best venues in the country. Early Bird registration ends the evening of February 29th, 2016. Register NOW!
2015 ControlTrends Awards Highlight: Blue Ridge Technologies and Siemens Gamma Win the Lighting Integration Solution of the Year. Congratulations to Blue Ridge Technologies and Siemens Gamma for winning the 2015 ControlTrends Lighting Integration Solution of the Year Award. Blue Ridge Technologies’ Unified Lighting Control completes the BAS, incorporating lighting and HVAC controls on the same network. Siemens Gamma is a new, integrated control system that can achieve significant energy savings, providing precisely what your building’s occupants need.
2015 ControlTrends Awards Highlight: Belimo Wins Best Technical Support Award. Congratulations to the technical support team at Belimo for being chosen by the global ControlTrends Community for the ControlTrends Best Technical Support Large Manufacturer Award. Belimo continues to be a trusted partner across the globe for its customers, offering them the added value they expect. Research and market-relevant innovation as well as rapid and customized execution are key to success.
ControlTalk NOW’s second interview guest is with BuildingContext editor, Therese Sullivan, the eyes and ears of Silicon Valley, who previews with us Project Haystackers, the first issue of Project Haystack Connections, Spring Edition that will also be featured in Ken Sinclair’s March Automated Buildings edition “Project Haystack” special. BuildingContext is a marketing partner that understands data-driven buildings.
Day One Interviews from the ACREX Show in India. Sameer Pradhan, Director, ControlTrends India at the ACREX 2016 in Mumbai, interviews Sanjay Bhandarkar, Managing Director, N M Rothschild & Sons, a global investment banking company. This in-depth interview gives a very insightful and current perspective of the Indian Economy and the vital role that innovative trends in automation that will play in building India’s amazing infrastructure.
2015 ControlTrends Awards Highlight: Blue Ridge Technologies Wins Best Technical Support — Small Manufacturer. The Global ControlTrends Community has spoken, amidst fierce competition from other fantastic small manufacturers, building automation controls lighting solutions provider, Blue Ridge Technologies, was awarded the 2015 Best Technical Support Company Award. Click here to learn more about Blue Ridge Technologies and why members of the ControlTrends Community across the Globe look to Blue Ridge Technologies for their lighting control needs.
2015 ControlTrends Awards Highlight: EasyIO FG-32+ Wins the Building Automation Plant/Equipment Controller of the Year! Congratulations to four-time ControlTrends Building Automation Plant/Equipment Controller of the Year winner EasyIO and their FG-32+ plant controller. The ControlTrends Global Community expressed its continued recognition EasyIO’s powerful Open Automation and Combined Area Controller capabilities and features, as well as built in I/O and huge data logging capacity — all packaged as the future solution for the Internet of things in Energy and Building Facility Control.
2015 ControlTrends Awards Highlight: On the Red Carpet with J2 Innovation’s Scott Muench discussing their new application server called FIN Stack, combined with the custom graphic tool FIN Builder, and the FIN Mobile app. You can now build your entire customer’s solution using a unified toolset optimized for efficient workflow. The technology leverages powerful tagging and data modeling which means you can use queries to access data and eliminate time consuming linking. FIN was designed to encourage community collaboration and seamlessly supports add-on applications such as automated analytics.
ControlTrends Keeps an Eye on 2016 Events with Ken’s Calendar. Keep an eye on 2016 Events with Ken’s Calendar! First up: Sierra Monitor Corporation Webinar: Taking Advantage of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Opportunity. The 2016 AHR Expo was a huge success with the introduction of our IIoT On-Ramp Suite! For those who were not able to see us in Orlando, this webinar will explain how you can use the IIoT to improve how you deliver remote service and support, drive product innovation, and develop new business models by take advantaging of the emerging IIoT opportunity.
ControlTalk NOW — India’s Smart Buildings VideoCast and Podcast for week ending February 13, 2016 is a highlight reel of Siemens, ACI, and KMC receiving their 2015 ControlTrends Awards. In-depth interviews with Sierra Monitor Corporation’s President and CEO, Varun Nagaraj, and Director of ControlTrends India, Sameer Pradhan. Take a look at KMC’s time and labor saving Conquest BACnet Router and Ken’s Calendar previews upcoming webinars and industry related events.
2015 ControlTrends Awards Highlight: Siemens’ BT300 Wins VFD of the Year! With its Onboard kWh Meter, Mulitpump/Fan Application. and Fire Mode features, the Siemens BT300 took their VFD portfolio to the next level of efficiency. The BT300 is well-suited for demanding HVAC environments and can deliver 20-50% of energy compared to equipment with little or no control. Built-in features – like a real-time clock, energy savings optimization programming, and a sleep function – help measure energy savings — and the BT300 VFDs are ready to communicate with Building Management Systems via embedded RS485 and Ethernet HVAC protocols.
Varun Nagaraj Introduces Sierra Monitor’s On-Ramp Suite at AHR 2016. Varun Nagaraj, Sierra Monitor Corporation (SMC) President and CEO, tells the ControlTrends Community about SMC’s new IIoT On-Ramp Suite. SMC is an industry leading provider of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions that connect and protect high-value infrastructure assets. At the AHR 2016, SMC announced a comprehensive and secure IIoT On-Ramp Suite for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) of commercial and industrial controls devices and systems.
2015 ControlTrends Awards Highlight: ACI Wins the Peripheral Product of the Year. Congratulations to Automation Components, Inc. (ACI), who prevailed in one the of the most heavily competitive ControlTrends Awards categories: Peripheral Product of the Year. Since its founding in 1991, ACI has been dedicated to excellence and has grown from seven employees to over 170 quality individuals, and has facilities that total over 78,000 square feet, with global offices in Hong Kong, and China. ACI’s products include temperature, relative humidity, current, pressure, gas and wireless related sensors.
2015 ControlTrends Awards Highlight: KMC Controls Wins VAV Controller of the Year. Congratulations to KMC Controls for winning the 2015 ControlTrends VAV of the Year. (Again!) KMC won this category last year as well). SimplyVAV is easy to set up, with no software needed, this controller is powerful and functions equally as well as a stand-alone solution or the VAV controller of choice on a BACnet full-blown control system. The controllers feature simple, menu driven setup choices when used with a SimplyVAV digital sensor. No special programming skills or software tools are required to choose applications, enter setpoints, set network addressing,and balance airflow.
Save Time and Labor with KMC’s New Conquest™ BACnet® Router. KMC Controls’ state-of-the-art Conquest™ BACnet® router features one MS/TP and one Ethernet port, an HTML5 web configuration interface requiring no additional software, a single cable for both power and communications, and an industry-leading set of network diagnostic tools for quick and easy network verification and troubleshooting. The device is optimized for temporary installation as a technician’s tool and for permanent installation increasing network efficiency.
ControlTrends Keeps an Eye on 2016 Events with Ken’s Calendar. 30 Minutes with Lynxspring Webinar Series: Cyber Security from a Business Perspective. The next “30 Minutes with Lynxspring”, our monthly webinar series featuring Lynxspring subject-matter experts and special guests, is scheduled for Wednesday, February 17th at 12:00 PM CDT. February’s “30 Minutes with Lynxspring” will look at Cyber Security from a Business Perspective.
ControlTalk NOW Interview with Sameer Pradhan, Director of ControlTrends India. ControlTrends was excited to announce that ControlTrends India has been formed and was absolutely delighted to introduce Sameer Pradhan as Director of ControlTrends India. The announcement took place at the 2015 ControlTrends Awards held the evening before the start of the AHR Expo 2016, in Orlando Florida. The global ControlTrends Community, particularly those located in the India and Southeast Asia regions, will be greatly enriched by Sameer’s visionary leadership and executive capabilities.
ControlTrends was excited to announce that ControlTrends India has been formed and was absolutely delighted to introduce Sameer Pradhan as Director of ControlTrends India. The announcement took place at the 2015 ControlTrends Awards held the evening before the start of the AHR Expo 2016, in Orlando Florida. The global ControlTrends Community, particularly those located in the India and Southeast Asia regions, will be greatly enriched by Sameer’s visionary leadership and executive capabilities.
Sameer Pradhan, Managing Director of CICC Automation Technologies Pvt. Ltd., possesses vast industry experience, as well as the requisite knowledge and insight into India’s unique markets — that will provide the global ControlTrends Community with an exceptionally well-positioned perspective of how the HVAC and Building Automation industries are performing and contributing in their critical roles within one of the world’s largest emerging economies, and keep continuous focus on India’s progress pursuing the extraordinary attainment of 100 Smart Cities.
ControlTrends India’s website www.controltrends.in is now fully operational, beginning its charter mission to be the premiere source of industry knowledge, product information, training opportunities, professional networking, business opportunities, upcoming industry events, and a current fulcrum for other resources vital to the HVAC and Building Automation professional at every level and stage in their career. And of course, we look forward to the very near future, when ControlTrends India will host India’s first ControlTrends Awards.