Episode 252: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending Jan 28, 2018 features the 2017 ControlTrends Award winners, as well as coverage of KMC’s 2018 Genius Summit event, and Ken Sinclair’s Sixth Annual Connection Community Collaboratory. Must read Tridium Technical Bulletin: Mitigating “Meltdown” and “Spectre” Vulnerabilities; Brett Pascone wins the 2017 EasyIO Wireless Controller Application of the Year; and News Releases on LonMark International Award Winners for 2017 and CyberPower’s new UPS System.

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Welcome to Chicago and the KMC Genius Summit! KMC Controls once again hosted its semi-annual customer event, the 2018 KMC Genius Summit at the beautiful Langham Luxury Hotel in Chicago, KMC re-equipped its customers with product knowledge, best practices training and a heavy dose of innovation. As KMC prepares to launch its latest iteration of the KMC Commander IoT platform, partners couldn’t be more thrilled to attend the event. KMC provided two fantastic keynote headliners Mike Abrashoff, Friday and Josh Linkner, Saturday. In addition, Rick Lisa, Intel, and Luis Alvarez, Alvarez Technology Group gave keynote presentations.

ControlTrends Awards Announces the 2017 CTA Award Winners, Young Guns, Petock Award Recipient, and Hall of Fame Inductees. Sunday evening, the 2017 ControlTrends Awards took front and center stage at the Hard Rock Cafe in Chicago. Marc Petock and Kimberly Brown co-hosted the ControlTrends Awards ceremony the superstars and heroes of the HVAC and Building Automation industries. The 2017 Top Gun Awards recipients were recognized, as was the 2017 Petock Award winner Trevor Palmer, and the ControlTrends Awards Hall of Fame inductees. Photo and video highlights to follow!

In The News: CyberPower Introduces UPS System Designed for Building and Industrial Automation. Shakopee, Minn. – January 22, 2018– Cyber Power Systems (USA), Inc., a leader in power protection and management products, today introduced an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) system designed to protect building and industrial controls and devices from power failure, interruptions, over-voltages and surges. The CyberPower BAS34U24V protects controller and server platforms, networking devices, data loggers, remote facility monitors, and other equipment from power disruptions to avoid loss of vital data and service failures.

Meet Brett Pascone, Northeast Services, Winner of the 2017 EasyIO Wireless FW-Series Application of the Year. Brett Pascone (middle) and Daniel Edelman (right), of Northeast Services, join Frank Witmer (left), Chief Engineer Support, Broudy Precision, at the ControlTrends Awards in Chicago, January 21, 2018. Brett Pascone was the winner of the 2017 EasyIO Wireless FW-Series Application of the Year Competition and his prize was an all-expense paid, round trip ticket to the 2017 ControlTrends Awards in Chicago.

Tridium Technical Bulletin: Mitigating “Meltdown” and “Spectre” Vulnerabilities. Mitigating Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities. Dear valued partner, On January 3, 2018, a group of researchers from Google Project Zero, Cyberus Technology and several universities revealed two major flaws in computer chips that could leave a huge number of computers and smartphones vulnerable to security concerns. Called “Meltdown” and “Spectre,” the flaws exist in processor families and could allow an attacker to read sensitive data stored in the memory, like passwords, or look at what tabs someone has open on their computer. Researchers indicate almost every computing system – desktops, laptops, smartphones, and cloud servers – is affected by these flaws.

LONMARK INTERNATIONAL AWARDS “BEST OF YEAR” WINNERS FOR 2017. AHR EXPO, Chicago, IL. Jan. 22, 2018- LonMark® International, a non-profit international association recognized for the certification, education and promotion of interoperability standards for control networking, today announced the winners of its “Best of the Year” awards for 2017. LonMark certified products, people and companies have been the basis for thousands of open, interoperable systems across the globe. These annual awards reflect the vision and innovation shared among the members of the LonMark community.

Ken Sinclair’s Sixth Annual Connection Community Collaboratory — A Panel of Industry Thought Leaders Deliver a Successful Session! Moderator Ken Sinclair, Automated Buildings, was joined by a panel of veteran industry experts: Marc Petock, Trevor Palmer, Troy Davis, George Thomas, and John Petze at the Sixth Annual Connection Community Collaboratory held at the AHR 2018 in Chicago. The session was very well-attended by a mixed audience of Manufacturers, Building Owners, Engineers, System Integrators, and HVAC Contractors.

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