November 2016

Innovations in Comfort, Efficiency, and Safety Solutions.

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Evolving Open Software, Frameworks, Platforms, 
Alliances, and Consortiums

Open software rapidly creates the function, form and focus of these self-learning edge devices and leads to the development of what has never been built before.

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Our themes for the last few months have led us to the importance of open in the revolution and to November's issue.

Open Edge Software Fuels Machine Self-learning - Powerful, low-cost, high memory devices alone can not create the self-learning edge revolution; they need access to open sophisticated software that can operate within their environments to allow makers to build the new generation of Devices. Open software rapidly creates the function, form and focus of these self-learning edge devices and leads to the development of what has never been built before.

Software that is open and available to all that scales on an IoT level is our goal. Makers can rapidly development and then scale at low cost; things that have always presented a barrier to our closed industry in the past.

Unlocking this type of thinking led us to sponsor this drop-in-piece of sophisticated open software workable with several low-cost, high memory devices.

This interview speaks to opening proprietorial control languages and vendors DDC operating systems. Please join us in Vegas.

Opportunity for Open Control  Zach Netsov will be one of the speakers on this topic during a free industry session at AHR Expo 2017 sponsored by  The session is scheduled for 10:30am-11:30am Monday January 30, 2017 in room N239. - Zach Netsov, Product Specialist, Contemporary Controls

Sedona Framework is an open control technology designed to assist system integrators in quickly implementing IP-based building automation programs. Components are interconnected onto a wire sheet and configured to create applications, using a drag-and-drop programming methodology. Originally developed by Tridium, the technology is now championed by a dedicated Sedona community of developers and integrators striving to make Sedona an open control language free of licenses and available to all.  This session provides a quick introduction to the Sedona language; an overview of the free programming tool; experiences from a systems integrator implementing common HVAC applications; and plans for a Sedona Alliance.  Moderator; Ken Sinclair Founder, Owner, Publisher Presenters; Zach Netsov, Product Specialist, Sedona Alliance, Jon Vietti, Owner, DDC Support Services, John Petze Project Haystack, George Thomas, Acting Executive Director, Sedona Alliance

Free Education Session about Sedona Framework at AHR 2017  An open control technology designed to assist system integrators in quickly implementing IP-based building automation programs. - George Thomas, President, Contemporary Controls

Complete AHRExpo free education session Las Vegas

Some history from 2011 on why we need to be open

“The Past and Future of Control Languages” A call to the industry to speed their evolution to open protocol for control languages

This article is not done and may never be.  I invite the industry to interact and give me their take on the future of control languages with articles, emailed comments and interactions with our Linkedin group and other on line blogs. We are an industry in transition and must all do our part to speed our evolution.

When the industry tells me of my errors and omissions and general misconceptions I will rewrite this article with linkage to their input, but in the meantime, I will see if I can do what I do well, be a catalysis for change in the industry.

I do not bring change to the industry, but I have been successful over the years at increasing the rate of change in our industry, which is sadly needed.  Good thing I am the publisher because a half written article requesting input like this would never get published.

One of the advantages of being in the large Automated Building Direct Digital Control industry for five decades is you get to see a lot of change.  But sometimes such as in the area of control languages I have seen very little change.

Why do we need change?

The problem as I see it is that all large building automation vendors only allow changes to their internal control languages using their proprietary software.  Just because they all use BACnet or Lon has no effect on the access to the control language which controls the relationship of how the open standards interact. 

This creates a problem when global strategies are implemented such as DR Demand Response. These global implementations not only involves all of the vendors' proprietary control languages but all of their installing partners who have written the strategies. In the example of a large university or other campus this could be many. The problem is reduced when an owner takes over control of all his vendors' systems with his own or contracted super operators but this person now has to manage the myriad of various control languages which can be a mixture of if then else logic and graphical programming.

A few others software movements you may not be aware of that are providing connection to open.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office, developed and maintains VOLTTRON as an open-source community project. VOLTTRON source code includes agent execution software; agents that perform critical services that enable and enhance VOLTTRON functionality; and numerous agents that utilize the platform to perform a specific function (fault detection, demand response, etc.). The platform supports energy, operational, and financial transactions between networked entities (equipment, organizations, buildings, grid, etc.) and enhance the control infrastructure of existing buildings through the use of open-source device communication, control protocols, and integrated analytics.

AllSeen will become part of the OCF, and its AllJoyn technology will be used to create a unified IoTivity standard for connected devices and systems.  The AllSeen Alliance, one of the first industry consortiums aimed at creating open interoperability standards for the internet of things, is being absorbed by another group with similar ambitions, the Open Connectivity Foundation.  Discover how products that are AllJoynŽ Certified connect and interact with each other simply and securely, so you can create the customized experience you want.

IoTivity is an open source software framework enabling seamless device-to-device connectivity to address the emerging needs of the Internet of Things.

What is the Open Connectivity Foundation?  Billions of connected devices (devices, phones, computers and sensors) should be able to communicate with one another regardless of manufacturer, operating system, chipset or physical transport. The Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) is creating a specification and sponsoring an open source project to make this possible. OCF will unlock the massive opportunity in the IoT market, accelerate industry innovation and help developers and companies create solutions that map to a single open specification. OCF will help ensure secure interoperability for consumers, business, and industry.

Node-RED is a tool for wiring together the Internet of Things in new and exciting ways, including hardware devices, APIs, and online services. The Internet of Things redefines what it means to be connected. Applications and components of every shape, size, and function are being hooked up, plugged in, and switched on. Add to that the deluge of data rushing in from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and yet-to-be-invented social networks, and you’re dealing with a tsunami of devices and data. What can you do with it? How can you take advantage? How can you possibly design a system that can ride that wave? 

Configure and deploy a powerful, scalable OpenStack private cloud Learn about Bluemix Private Cloud Experience the security, control, performance, and agility of a public environment with our turnkey OpenStack private cloud. From stand-up through production, our team of cloud experts will be there for you every step of the way. publishes stories about creating, adopting, and sharing open source solutions. Join the community and learn more about how the open source way is improving technologies, education, business, government, health, law, entertainment, humanitarian efforts, and more.

"Thicker" cloud by majors example; GE and Bosch to create open-source industrial IoT platform

Ridiculously simple messaging (and alerts) for the Internet of Things. Fast, free and ridiculously simple— it's like Twitter for social machines. If your product, device, machine, gadget or thing can connect to the Internet, it can use to easily publish and subscribe to data.

Visualize the Internet of Things. Ridiculously simple dashboards for your devices.  It's Simple.Build real-time, interactive dashboards and visualizations in minutes using the intuitive drag & drop interface.

Modern Toolsets. One Workspace. Data-Driven. All Yours. DGLux5, our “drag & drop” rapid application development and visualization platform enables individuals and teams to design real-time, data-driven applications and dashboards without ever writing a single line of code. It maximizes analysis efficiency and enables faster communication through real-time, data-driven dashboards for the web, desktop, and mobile devices. Significantly reduce time and money in project design, creation and deployment with a modern platform that everybody loves, DGLux5.

MQTT is a machine-to-machine (M2M)/"Internet of Things" connectivity protocol. It was designed as an extremely lightweight publish/subscribe messaging transport. It is useful for connections with remote locations where a small code footprint is required and/or network bandwidth is at a premium. For example, it has been used in sensors communicating to a broker via satellite link, over occasional dial-up connections with healthcare providers, and in a range of home automation and small device scenarios. It is also ideal for mobile applications because of its small size, low power usage, minimised data packets, and efficient distribution of information to one or many receivers

WHAT IS ARDUINO?  Arduino is an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. It's intended for anyone doing interactive projects.

What is Visuino?  Visuino is the latest innovative software from Mitov Software. A visual programming environment allowing you to program your Arduino boards. It currently supports the official Arduino boards, ESP8266, Controllino, Goldilocks Analogue, and a number of Arduino clones, however it is not restricted to their support alone and requests to support new hardware are welcome.

Thread (network protocol) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Thread is an IPv6-based, closed-documentation (paid membership required for access to specifications[1]) royalty-free[2] networking protocol for Internet of Things (IoT) "smart" home automation devices to communicate on a local wireless mesh network.[3] In July 2014, the "Thread Group" alliance was announced, which today is a working group with the companies Nest Labs (a subsidiary of Alphabet/Google), Samsung, ARM Holdings, Qualcomm, NXP Semiconductors/Freescale, Silicon Labs, Big Ass Solutions, Somfy, OSRAM, Tyco International, and the lock company Yale in an attempt to have Thread become the industry standard by providing Thread certification for products.[4] Thread uses 6LoWPAN, which in turn uses the IEEE 802.15.4 wireless protocol with mesh communication, as does ZigBee and other systems. Thread however is IP-addressable, with cloud access and AES encryption. It currently supports up to 250 devices in one local network mesh.[5]An "AS IS" BSD licensed free and open-source implementation of Thread (called "OpenThread") has also been released by Nest.[6]

This software is fueled and hosted with new low cost devices

Standardisation and Openness Revolution for IOT We concluded that something needed to be done and that nothing short of a Revolution was needed to change this world, to make it better and more open. - Throstur Jonsson, Founder, Rational Network

An Open Industrial IOT Gateway  RS Components, Siemens and Massimo Banzi, co-founder of Arduino, presented a new Industrial IoT device to the market called SIMATIC IOT2020 during the last Maker Faire in Rome.  This device supports engineers, makers, and designers of the future.  By 2020 it is estimated that there will be more than 10 billion devices connected to the internet.  Siemens developed SIMATIC IOT2020 in collaboration with RS Components, and it’s compatible with the most common open source platforms like Arduino. - Paolo Carnovale, Global Head of Product Marketing, Industrial RS Components

SOFTWARE OPEN-SOURCE PLC (ARDUINO compatible)  Programming according to the industry standard IEC 61131-3

Denkovi Online Electronics Shop - We offer relay boards controlled via Computer USB, Ethernet, Wi-Fi. You can find here IP I/O controllers, communication converters, and home automation kits as well.

We are pleased to bring several articles, interviews, and an amazing collection of global new open hardware products that document industry change towards truly open.


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