Control & Automation
July 29, 2015 - WattStopper has introduced its Wireless Receptacle Controls (WRC) series. Extending occupancy-based lighting control to plug loads, the WRC line of products helps lighting control professionals meet new ASHRAE 90.1 requirements to switch off selected receptacles. According to WattStopper, the solution also minimizes costs for retrofits and new construction as it utilizes RF technology and works with existing line voltage wiring.
July 29, 2015 - Intermatic Inc. has introduced its ET Basic+ Series of electronic controls. The series offers automated control of interior and exterior lighting, bell ringing, water features, signage and other load consuming equipment, and was designed to meet the needs of schools, small hotels, retail stores, restaurants and small offices.
June 19, 2015 - Known in the electrical industry for its hand tools, connectors, work bags/totes and testers, Ideal Industries launched a wireless energy management system targeting the retrofit, new construction, retail and institutional lighting markets.
June 18, 2015 - Enlighted Inc. announced the commercial availability of what it hails as the first unified digital sensor and data analytics system.
June 17, 2015 - With PowPak wireless fixture control, Lutron says you can easily add individual fixture control to buildings in just minutes without requiring additional wiring, sophisticated tools or software.
June 17, 2015 - Douglas Lighting Controls’ new Dialog room controller is a stand-alone lighting control device for offices, classrooms and defined spaces.
February 17, 2015 - Hydro Ottawa’s subsidiary Energy Ottawa Inc. is offering a new web-based solution for businesses and landlords to identify inefficiencies and energy waste.
January 31, 2015 - The building at 7262 Rue Marconi in Montreal is a showcase for state-of-the-art building automation, and home to Schneider Electric’s R&D operations in Canada. The renovation was a project by Groupe Montoni, which aimed to convert the two-storey mill into a three-storey office building. The building automation project started in January 2014 and was completed in August 2014.
January 14, 2015 - Distech Controls—a player in energy management solutions—launched its Eclypse connected IP and Wi-Fi product series, and Envysion web-based design and visualization interface.
December 10, 2014 - Schneider Electric unveiled new features for its Building Analytics services portfolio, which includes the addition of a scaled-back version, Building Analytics Lite.
December 9, 2014 - In the food service industry, energy is one of the most substantial ongoing operating expenses, accounting for as much as 8% each month. Energy managers at multi-site restaurant chains have big jobs with many challenges. One obstacle they encounter daily is the need to find solutions that maintain a balance between:
November 26, 2014 - Daintree Networks launched what it calls an “industry-first offering that merges cloud-based computing with building automation technology to enable comprehensive energy management that far surpasses simple lighting control”.
July 30, 2014 - Distech Controls has launched two mobile apps—myDC Control and Smart-Sense Room Control—which aims to increase productivity for system integrators and control technicians, provide value for building managers, and ensure personalized comfort for occupants. With the myDC Control app, Distech says users can test and commission HVAC systems single-handedly. It also allows for remote servicing and maintenance, and improved response time to service calls. Users can view alarms, perform diagnostics and take corrective actions such as overriding conditions, or changing a setpoint. Meanwhile, the Smart-Sense Room Control app allows occupants to view and set comfort parameters, such as temperature, fan speed, lighting, shades/sunblind, and occupancy.IMAGES: Screenshots of the myDC Control app are shown.
May 26, 2014 - Schneider Electric describes its SmartStruxure Lite solution as a high-performance, low cost, integrated building management system (iBMS) designed for small- and medium-sized buildings of less than 100,000 sf. The open system integrates HVAC, lighting and energy management to help improve resource use and occupant comfort, increase energy efficiency, and drive value with cost-effective building management throughout the life cycle of a facility, says the company. Built on open standards, the solution integrates with new and existing building infrastructure, through EcoStruxure Web Services (EWS), BACnet IP, and oBIX, boasting simple and fast installation without needing to “rip and replace” existing technology.
April 8, 2014 - Z3 Controls has announced the commercial and industrial energy management measurement and solutions system—the NetMeter-Omni—an integrated system that claims to help customers boost energy efficiency and improve their bottom line. This “all energy” management system has an on-board web server that can be accessed by a desktop computer or mobile web browser. Logged and real-time data can be viewed either graphically or numerically with sub-second updates for immediate feedback. According to Z3 Controls, the NetMeter-Omni augments the NetMeter-3P family of electricity meter/monitor products and when combined, provides a complete WAGES Plus (Water, Air, Gas, Electricity, Steam) solution.

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