Commercial Controls

Venstar Inc.: Residential-Commercial Thermostat

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Residential and commercial programmable thermostat ColorTouch’s firmware has been updated. 


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March 28, 2014: Building Automation Systems Are Being Transformed by Digital Technology

Building Automation Has Reached a Tipping Point
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The automation of various building systems — including HVAC — promises to improve energy efficiency, as well as enhance the comfort and health of occupants. Building automation systems have reached a tipping point, says Navigant Research, where embedded computing and digital communications are driving accelerating adoption.


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March 26, 2014: Energy Management Market for Hospitality Industry to Double by 2020

Technology Is Moving from Room-Centric HVAC Control to Property-Wide Energy Management
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Although energy management technology has been available for almost 20 years, the hospitality sector has been slow to adopt it, notes Navigant Research. That is beginning to change, as hotel operators look to improve financial performance at the property level despite a slow-moving economy.


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March 24, 2014: Netop Provides Secure Remote Access for Building Automation, HVAC

Provides Port-Specific Access, Which Makes It Ideal for Use by Vendors
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Netop has announced that its solution for secure remote access to devices – SecureM2M – is available in both software and hardware formats. According to the company, SecureM2M enables easy-to-deploy secure entry into building automation, HVAC, industrial controls, and other systems.


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Meitav-tec Ltd.: Snow-Melt Control System

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A staggered-zone snow-melt control system, the PYRO_X is plug and play with intuitive configuration of set points, delays, or manual mode.


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March 4, 2014: Shipments of Smart Building Networking Devices Expanding, Says Report

Building Owners and Operators Are Realizing the Cost Savings Offered by Automated, Real-Time Control
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Building automation systems rely on networks of sensors, switches, and other devices, along with software tools, to provide a real-time view of the current state of a building. The market for networked building controls is expanding as building owners and operators realize the cost savings offered by automated, real-time control.


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FieldServer Technologies: Networking Gateway

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The QuickServer KNX Gateway enables data access from KNX networks to devices and networks utilizing open and proprietary protocols such as BACnet, Modbus, LonWorks, Metasys N2 by Johnson Controls Intl., Ethernet/IP, DNP3, SNMP, and more. 


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AHR Expo Showcases New HVACR Products

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The NEWS was very busy at the AHR Expo in New York City, visiting as many booths as possible in search of new products. Here is a comprehensive list of everything we found on the show floor. 


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2014 AHR Expo: HVAC Commercial Controls

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The NEWS was very busy at the AHR Expo in New York City, visiting as many booths as possible in search of new products. Here is a comprehensive list of all the commercial controls products we found on the show floor.


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Carrier Corp.: Web-Based Building Automation System

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The latest release of the i-Vu® Web-based BACnet® building automation system (BAS) is available. 


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