Next Generation Innovation #009

We just assume that if we have a control system that it will work well with the Mechanical Systems. This is not always true to get the most out of both systems you must make sure your design and implementation is spot on.
To better understand how to make these two work together Aaron reaches out to two Industry experts from Conestoga College.

Learn what works and what does not work in this in-depth conversation with two industry pros.

Controltalk Now The Smart Buildings Podcast Episode 323

On Episode 323 of ControlTalk Now The HVAC and Smart Buiding Controls Podcast we give you all the HVAC and Smart Building Control News You Can use for the week ending July 14, 2019.

Our guests this week are Richard Campbell the CEO of Kele and Scott Cross the President of Temperature Controls based in Dallas, TX.  The big news of the week is Kele’s acquisition of Temperature Controls. Richard and Scott open up about why they joined forces and how it will affect the HVAC and Smart Buiding Controls Industry.

In addition, listen as we discuss:

  • J2 Innovations is excited to announce the launch of FIN 5, for release this summer –
  • The ever-informative Ron Zimmer is at it again. He gives us his unique perspectives, based on his years in the Industry and new research data from CABA — the world’s largest research library, and help influence Industry trends.
  • Belimo University offers training opportunities for you to learn more about HVAC fundamentals and Belimo products. Our training programs are available on-site or online.
  • Congratulations once again to EasyIO for the highly successful and memorable World Conference Program held in Amsterdam, NE.  Johan Schakenraad and Mike Marston and the entire team at EasyIO delivered a marvelous conference.
  • Operations Technology (OT) teams need to provide employees, trusted third parties, and technicians secure remote access to on-site systems for OT installations, monitoring, and maintenance. Click here for more!
  • We at ControlTrends know that providing your organization with adequate measures against Cyber Threats and Attacks can be a difficult program to get started and even more difficult to sustain.  The National Cyber Awareness SystemNIST Cyber Security Framework, and US-CERTare  great sources of free information
  • Bosch, working with Microsoft Azure, deploys their Digital Twin concept that connects all siloed subsystems of a building into a single user interface that creates the ultimate user experience.
  • Great interview with KMC Controls‘ CEO, Richard Newberry, from ground zero at the 2019 Realcomm|IBcon Conference. KMC Controls is primed for the accelerated adoption of IT-Based Buildings Control Systems. With Open, Scalable, and Secure controllers and BAS options, KMC offers a ready solution for every type of building space.
  • Implementing IoT in a new building or retrofitting old buildings with smart devices can be expensive. Complicated. Requiring large capital investments and specialized knowledge. Optigo Connect saves time and money without sacrificing security or long-term scalability.
  • Many of our  ControlTrends Community will remember Steve’s enthusiasm from his review of Honeywell’s new CIPer Controllers from the Honeywell Momentum in Orlando, FL. Steve’s role is to get out in front of Honeywell’s new technology and elucidate the engineering community and large end-users.

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ControlTalk Now The Smart Buildings Podcast Episode 322

On this episode of ControlTalk Now The HVAC and Smart Buildings Controls Podcast, Ken and I discuss the amazing demonstration of what is possible in Smart Building Controls today and in the future. There has been lot’s of discussions about what can be accomplished when Smart Buildings maximize the integration of HVAC, IOT, Lighting, Access and Security, Tenant services, and business systems, until Friday, ken and I had never witnessed a fully funictional smart building integration that combined all of these systems. As you will hear on the show it was inspiring. Congratulations to Jones Lange Lasalle, Acuity Brands, Distech Controls and all the other players who made this happen.

Steve Shaw, from Sierra Monitoring joined us and gave us quite the education on networking routers and systems that connect smart buildings and smart building control systems.

Our other guest, Ken Sinclair, the owner of automated buildings, helped us do a deep dive and unpacking of all that we saw and learned at the REALComm/ IBcon show in Nashville. 

As you will hear, we have passed a significant tipping point in the evolution of Smart Buildings and Smart Building Controls.

How can you take advantage of this huge shift in the world of HVAC and Smart Building Controls?

Start by listening to and subscribing to this podcast, make sure to check out the website, and subscribe to the Controltrends Smart Buildings You Tube Channel. We are pumping out control news you can use every day.

As as my teacher always said, “Nothing is Obvious to the Uninformed”

Episod​​e 008 Next Generation Innovation

Recorded from a beach in Ixtapa, Mexico; Aaron introduces his wife, Charlotte … Covering Company Culture and sharing a couple of key lessons for Young Guns.  Also communicating some reflection lessons that are valuable to Young Guns as well as expecting our first-Education-Centred episode with Conestoga College in Cambridge, ON for a future episode.

NGI announces a new co-host: fellow Young Gun; Brent Burrows from Entek.  He started his first podcast with Eric on the ControlTalkNOW this week; we look forward to getting Brent rocking!

Finally, Aaron’s first-ever-recording of Next Generation Innovation (and first-ever podcast) … It’s an off-the-cuff,  Thank You to all the key industry people that have been a part of building the ANT Colony over the past three years (since 2015) … Pay close attention; many of you are likely to hear your names  : )    This one is a little embarrassing, but you can see where we were headed … Adam Gorka is featured on background guitar.

As the final Episode pre-new-co-host … This is a great closure to a brief solo chapter in Next Generation Innovation.

Episode 007 Next Generation Innovation: HVAC and Smart Buildings Perspectives From Young Leaders

In this episode, your host Aaron Gorka, interviews two of the smartest young kids in HVAC and Building controls and services. This weeks guests are First-up we have Bart James, Interim President & CEO @ ACCA, and Greg Brooks @ Brooks Landscaping / Check it out and tell and HVAC friend to check it out too.

ControlTalk Now The Smart Buildings Podcast Episode​ 321

Interviews with RLE Technologies’ Michael Hadt, RLE is on the Move! FLOWROX’s Tim Vogel Looks back at BAS and forwards to the Industrial IoT.​

ControlTalk Now The Smart Buildings Podcast Episode 320

Don’t be put off by the robot voice that introduces this weeks show.

Live from Realcomm?IBcon in Nashville, Marc Petock fills in for Ken and Eric. 

Listen as Marc and his very special guests:  Steven Anson, VP Marketing, AnixterKendall Anderson, Marketing and Public Relationship Manager, FSG; and Pook-Ping Yao, CEO, Optigo Networks share their takeaways from this record-setting event.

ControlTalk Now The Smart Buildings Podcast Episode 319

What Makes KMC Controls Such a Great Building Automation Control System?

On Episode 319 of ControlTalk Now The HVAC and Smart Building Controls Video Cast we find out:

*What Makes KMC Controls a great Choice for the HVAC Control Pro

* What is new in HVAC and Smart Building Controls News this week

* The Right Ways to Use Social Media to promote Your HVAC Company and much more!

Our guest this week is Doug Miller. Doug is Vice President of Sales with KMC Controls.

Doug shares his 38 years of HVAC Controls experience with us. Great information for the Control Pro on the Go.

ControlTalk Now The Smart Buildings Podcast Episode 318

Episode 318: Eight Women Who are Rocking HVAC and Smart Building Controls Our Industry is growing and older control pros are retiring. It is hard to find good talent. Women are stepping up to the plate and helping fill this gap. We discuss the problem of finding good people with Ken Sinclair. Ken is the owner-editor of The June issue features Eight of the top women in HVAC and Smart Building Controls. Our eight superstars are: Dannah Hagerty (, Vice President of Sales, ENTEK; Buford, GA ( Casey Crown (, Project Engineer, Sunbelt Controls; Anaheim, CA ( Dianne Fretz (, Vice President and General Manager, Trinity Automated Solutions; Bridgeville, PA ( Irma Kemp (, Project Manager, Sunbelt Controls; Pleasanton, CA. ( Rhonda Statham (, Business Development Manager, Lynxspring; Lee’s Summit, MO ( Erin DeFrieze (, Application Engineer, Lynxspring; Lee’s Summit, MO ( Gina Elliott (, Vice President Americas, EasyIO; Singapore ( Shellie Perreault (, Foreman & BAS Commissioning Technician, Southwest Electrical Contracting Services; Converse, TX ( discuss how they are helping change the HVAC and Smart Buildings Industry. Other topics include: Haystack Connect EASYIO World conference REALComm/Ibcon A critical product update Be sure to subscribe to the YouTube Channel and check us out daily at 

ControlTalk Now The Smart Buildings Podcast Episode 317

Ken and I finish our European Tour in Rome. In this episode, we give our final thoughts on the EASY IO World Conference and some of the Innovations we saw in HVAC and Smart Building Controls.