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    From 2005 to 2010, he was an active participant in BACnet International's BTL Working Group and... see more

    President Roland Laird of Reliable Controls inducted into the BACnet Hall of Fame

    ATLANTA — The BACnet International community is proud to honor a distinguished set of members whose contributions over the past year have led to increased awareness and improvement of the BACnet International association and the BACnet standard.

    The award ceremony took place during the 2019 AHR Expo in Atlanta, on Jan. 14. BACnet International president and managing director Andy McMillan, marketing committee chair Steve Jones, and education committee co-chairs Steve Karg and Scott Ziegenfus were on hand. The Annual Awards are bestowed upon deserving individuals and companies in recognition of outstanding achievements in several categories, including Member of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Rising Star, and Hall of Fame.

    The Volunteer of the Year Award is presented to an individual that has given of his/her time to serve as a volunteer with BACnet International and has contributed to moving the association forward.

    There were two Volunteer of the Year Awards presented this year: Eric Dunn and Sean Gaines, both of Intesis. Dunn and Gaines have been contributing members of BACnet International for many years and are currently both serving as members of the BACnet International marketing committee. They unfailingly attend the committee meetings, providing valuable input and guidance in marketing direction and activities, and have volunteered their time in the BACnet International booth at trade shows.

    The Member of the Year Award is presented to an individual who serves as a constant and dynamic voice in the BACnet community, tirelessly upholding and promoting the BACnet standard.

    This was awarded to BACnet International's marketing chair Steve Jones for his extraordinary guidance of the marketing committee and tireless participation in all aspects of promotion and betterment of the BACnet protocol. He has written about BACnet for various publications and actively participates in the annual PlugFest Interoperability Event, providing relevant input for improvement, strengthening the event for all who attend. He responds to partner questions on online forums and discussion groups, and is always willing to provide assistance to the association and other members, moving the protocol and industry forward.

    The Rising Star award is presented to an individual fairly new to the industry who has already contributed to the betterment of the BACnet International association and showed a commitment to the BACnet community. This award can also be presented to a company.

    The Rising Star Award was presented to Optigo Networks. Optigo has been extremely active in the promotion of the BACnet standard over the past year, developing white papers and conducting webinars describing the benefits of the protocol and increasing its exposure. Optigo used their platform to share what they have learned and provide access to content that will help people implement BACnet technically, make decisions about BACnet, and generally improve their understanding of the protocol.

    Inductees into the BACnet Hall of Fame are individuals with at least a decade of meaningful contributions to the BACnet community, who have played a unique and valuable role in the ongoing development of the BACnet standard or the community, championed open dialog and a collaborative approach to resolving issues, and demonstrated a global perspective with respect for regional and cultural differences.

    This year there were two inductees into the Hall of Fame: David Fisher of PolarSoft and Roland Laird of Reliable Controls.

    Fisher is president of PolarSoft Inc., a developer of BACnet software stacks and tools. He has been intensely involved in the development of BACnet since 1987 including serving as a voting member, author of many parts of the actual standard, and currently as a consultant to the SSPC. Fisher has over 40 years of experience in building automation, direct digital control and communications. He is widely known for introducing DDC to building automation, and for his role in open communications standards. He has been a teacher and lecturer for ASHRAE, BACnet International and University of Wisconsin.

    Laird is the founder and president of Reliable Controls. From 2005 to 2010, he was an active participant in BACnet International's BTL Working Group and the ASHRAE SSPC 135 BACnet Committee. Laird served as on the board of directors of BACnet International for six years, from 2012 through 2017.

    "The BACnet International Annual Awards provide an opportunity to recognize individuals and companies who through their hard work and dedication continually enrich the BACnet community," McMillan said. "They consistently go above and beyond to make BACnet an effective and successful building automation standard and we are proud to acknowledge them."

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    Vision and leadership needed to advance clean technology on the Island

    Panelists talk clean tech during the State of the Island Economic Summit in Nanaimo

    Vancouver Island needs vision and leadership to become world-renowned for clean-technology solutions.

    That’s the view of several panelists who shared what’s happening with clean technology and how to take the sector further, during the State of the Island Economic Summit on Wednesday.

    In Canada there are more than 800 firms in the clean-tech sector, which employs more than 50,000 people and has revenue of $13 billion, said Zethof Consulting Group owner Bert Zethof, who moderated the session on Vancouver Island clean technology. He’s counted more than 100 of the businesses on Vancouver Island.

    Voytek Klaptocz, managing director and co-founder of Mavi Innovations Inc., recently moved to the Island and his company installed a tidal turbine project north of Campbell River at Blind Channel Resort this past summer. The turbine will generate power from tidal currents, helping the resort rely less on diesel, but the company will also determine if it’s feasible to have off-grid turbine power and its infrastructure could lend itself to learning and data-gathering by like-minded companies and universities, according to Klaptocz. He’s found there is “tremendous support” for small business, but he also said the company doesn’t quite know what the vision is for the Island and getting communities off diesel.

    “A lot of times it seems like we are just trying to execute on our own vision,” he said. “There’s a lot of talk out there about doing it but we aren’t necessarily seeing any action other than from our own initiative to do so.”

    He said there probably needs to be consolidation, a central association, that will push initiatives on different fronts, technically but also at the universities and on the policy side.

    Tom Zaban, executive vice-president of Victoria-based Reliable Controls and Judith Sayers, strategic advisor to First Nations and corporations, agreed on the need for vision and leadership.

    “If we don’t have a vision, we’re not going anywhere,” Sayers said.

    There are 249 projects First Nations want to develop in B.C. with a value of $3.3 billion, a survey of 105 nations found, according to Sayers, who said there’s an opportunity for First Nations and it helps reduce greenhouse gases, makes use of renewable resources, has minimal environmental impact, creates jobs, diversifies the economy and creates regional benefits and independence with power.

    She said First Nations need the opportunity to create power, access to capital, partner companies and more capacity development.

    The Vancouver Island Economic Association announced it’s prepared to assemble a working group to look at how it can support development of clean technology on the Island.

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    Reliable Controls Releases RC-Archive 3.6

    Victoria, BC, Canada – Reliable Controls Corporation is pleased to announce the release of RC-Archive® 3.6. RC-Archive continuously downloads building data logs into an industry standard SQL database, delivering a robust record of performance from any Internet-connected, BACnet facility. 

    RC-Archive is a dependable, SQL-based data acquisition application used to create long-term trend logs archived from multiple buildings. RC-Archive maintains an SQL database of trend log data, which is accessed by Reliable Controls workstation software, RC-Studio® 3 as well as Reliable Controls building performance reporting software, RC-Reporter®, to provide seamless integration with real-time online data. Archived data can be easily viewed, graphed, printed, or exported into third-party applications such as Microsoft Excel. 

    The latest version of RC-Archive includes the following new features: 

    Configuration Utility 

    • Updated subscription licensing 
    • New online help 
    • BACnet Virtual Private Network (B/VPN) connection support 
    • Discovery for individual devices in a system 

    Database Utility 

    • View vital database status indicators 
    • Export data to Microsoft Excel 
    • Manage database size by purging data 
    • Delete databases and related scheduled tasks 
    • Conserve disk space by shrinking log files 
    • Audit manual changes made to RC-Archive databases 
    • Bulk edit data timestamps for multiple records 

    Control Solutions, Inc In addition to the new features, RC-Archive 3.6 also features a number of improvements, including: 

    • Faster loading of system lists for large networks 
    • Compatibility with 64-bit computers 
    • New ASCII support 
    • New tool to restore a database 
    • Upgraded crash reporting and system stability 
    • Upgraded trend log and database functionality 
    • Upgraded notification email options 
    • Improved user interface 
    • Improved log file zipping tool 
    • Improved data collection stability and performance 
    • Improved license management 
    • More robust collection service connectivity 

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