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  • 30 Jul 2015 7:26 PM | Anonymous member
    Blazing IoT Markets with 450 Million WSN Chipset Sales in 2015

    Wireless sensor network (WSN) chipset shipments will approach half a billion this year due to due to plummeting component costs, open source software, developer platform advancements and growing demand for Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, according to global technology research firm ON World.

    “With new tools, industry driven standards and dozens of WSN developer kits, wireless Internet of Things product creation cycles have accelerated from years to months,” said Mareca Hatler ON World’s research director.

    A new generation of software applications and cloud technologies are being developed to capture this opportunity.  This is illustrated by IoT focused developer toolkits such as Apple’s HomeKit and Google’s Brillo along with a growing number of open source IoT initiatives such as the AllSeen Alliance, the Open Interconnect Consortium and mozaiq operations. 

    Standards for IP addressable smart objects is a growing consideration.  One of the fastest growing initiatives is the IP-based wireless mesh Thread specification that was recently released to over 160 members of the Thread Group that was formed one year ago.  Others include Bluetooth 4.2 with support for IPv6, the in-progress Bluetooth Smart Mesh protocol, sub GHz IEEE 802.11ah along with ISA100.11a and the Wi-SUN Alliance.

    Crowd-funding investment opportunities for IoT hardware/software products have created a continuous pipeline of innovative and disruptive WSN products.  Bluetooth Smart has the lion’s share of crowd-funded projects with hundreds of new products launched over the past two years.

    WSN markets continue to be extremely diverse with many competing technologies.  IEEE 802.15.4, WiFi and Bluetooth Smart are the top three WSN technologies and their combined market shares will increase by 70% between 2014 and 2020 as standards based, multi-supplier systems continue to displace single supplier, proprietary alternatives.

    As market opportunities for WSNs continue to expand beyond those where Internet access is ubiquitous, demand is increasing for low power wireless WANs.  SIGFOX provides a low power wireless IoT network that is independent of existing cellular networks while the LoRa Alliance has released the first open standard, cloud-controlled IoT wireless WAN technology supported by over 70 members including cellular network providers.

    By the end of this decade, annual shipments of WSN chipsets will surpass 2 billion up from 450 million this year.  By this time, 40% will be IP addressable using IPv4 and IPv6/6LoWPAN.

    Based on input from 2,500 individuals, ON World’s report, “Wireless Sensor Network Markets, analyzes the market forces and competitive landscape for 50 unique markets and provides extensive 5-year forecasts (devices, services and chipsets) for each market segment by application, geographical region and technology.  A few of the WSN technologies covered in the report include 802.15.4, ZigBee, 6LoWPAN, Thread, WiFi, Bluetooth, Z-Wave, EnOcean, ANT, LoRaWAN and others.


    A free executive summary is available from
    ON World’s website.

    About ON World:
    ON World provides global business intelligence on smart technology markets.  Our market research and information services are sold to Fortune 1000 companies, startups and investors worldwide. 
    http://www.onworld.com

    Contact:
    Mary E. Purvis
    p: 858-259-2397

    e: purvis@onworld.com

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  • 02 Jun 2015 7:07 PM | Anonymous member

    1 in 5 U.S. Consumers Plan to Buy Smart LED Light Bulbs by 2017

    Smart lighting tops the list of most likely smart home products, according to a recently completed survey by global technology research firm ON World. 

    “With dozens of available products and costs dropping rapidly, smart lighting has quickly become the most popular smart home application,” says Mareca Hatler, ON World’s research director.  “Consumer interest in smart LED light bulbs has increased dramatically and this has benefited smart home automation and control systems providers.”

    ON World’s April 2015 consumer survey with 1,000+ U.S. consumers found that 1 in 5 either already own or are likely to buy smart wireless LED light bulbs within the next two years.  This survey response is two times higher than smart thermostats and smart appliances.  ON World’s survey also found that 29% would be willing to pay $20 or more for a smart wireless LED light bulb.

    From ON World’s analysis of 257 smart lighting products and 20,000 consumer reviews, adoption for smart LED light bulbs increased by 30 times between 2012 and 2014.  The ratio of positive to negative reviews is increasing with the highest ratio of positive reviews for smart light bulbs, dimmers and products using ZigBee, Z-Wave and Bluetooth.  Due to growing demand for smart LED light bulbs, ratings for products using ZigBee increased the fastest with 238% more in 2014 compared with 2013.

    ZigBee smart lighting products include the Philips Hue and Lux, Osram’s Lightify product line, GE Link, Cree Connected, smart bulbs by Belkin and LG, a remote controller by Lutron and smart home hubs by Quirky and SmartThings.  Although ZigBee currently has the largest market share, the number of Bluetooth smart bulbs is growing faster and Bluetooth is used in 80% of crowd-funded smart lighting products.  In addition, WiFi smart bulbs are available from LIFX and Sengled.

    Smart lighting products are increasingly being integrated with sensors and cameras to provide expanded and additional Internet of Things applications.  For example, the latest smart LED bulb offerings are integrating audio for entertainment and cameras for security applications such as facial recognition. 

    Shipments of all smart wireless lighting products will reach 400 million by 2019.  Smart LED light bulbs will make up the majority of the shipments at this time.

    ON World’s recently published report, Smart Wireless Lighting Ecosystem, includes the full survey results for two surveys with consumers and vendors, an in-depth evaluation of 250+ smart lighting products and 20,000 consumer reviews, and key research highlights from Smart Wireless Lighting.  Both reports are included in a multi-user license or each may be purchased separately.

    More information and a free executive summary is available from
    ON World’s website.

    About ON World:
    ON World provides global business intelligence on smart technology markets.  Since 2002, our market research and information services are used by Fortune 1000 companies, startups and investors worldwide.

    Contact:
    Mary Purvis
    p: 858-259-2397

    e: purvis@onworld.com

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  • 26 May 2015 2:52 PM | Anonymous member

    400 Million Smart Wireless Lighting Device Shipments by 2019

    Low power wireless standards combined with a rapid migration to LED lighting has made smart lighting a catalyst for the Internet of Things, according to global technology research firm ON World. 

    “With costs plummeting for LED lighting and wireless components, adoption for smart lighting has accelerated over the past two years,” says Mareca Hatler, ON World’s research director. “Consumer demand for smart LED light bulbs in particular is redefining the smart home with increasing competitors from the mobile and consumer electronics industries.”

    ON World’s April 2015 consumer survey with 1,000+ U.S. consumers found that 19% want to buy a smart wireless LED light bulb within the next two years. Smart LED light bulb sales increased by 2900% in 2014 compared with 2012. By 2019, annual shipments for smart wireless LED light bulbs will increase by over 4000%.

    Retail sales of smart wireless lighting continues to accelerate with smart LED light bulbs now outselling other market segments such as switches, dimmers, plugs and sensors. Drivers include sub $15 smart wireless LED bulbs, ZigBee Light Link for vendor interoperability and promotion by the Connected Lighting Alliance, along with seamless integration with smart home hubs by Belkin (WeMo), Connect (Staples), Lowe’s (IRIS), Samsung (SmartThings), WINK (Home Depot) and others. 

    ZigBee has emerged as the leading smart wireless lighting technology. The success of ZigBee LED light bulbs has made it a consumer-friendly technology with ZigBee smart bulb products currently available from Belkin, GE, Cree, LG, Osram Sylvania and Philips. However, the number of smart LED bulbs using Bluetooth is rapidly growing with recent offerings from Elgato, Satechi, Sengled and Misfit. Bluetooth Smart Mesh is ZigBee's biggest threat with pre-standard products launching this year such as Feit Electric’s HomeBrite product line. By the end of 2019, Bluetooth will become the second largest smart lighting technology up from 7% of residential unit sales in 2014.

    Shipments of smart wireless lighting products including smart LED light bulbs and other wireless controls such as dimmers, switches and controllers will reach 400 million by 2019. Widespread adoption of smart wireless LED light bulbs will make the residential sector the largest smart lighting market at this time and the largest Internet of Things opportunity to date. 

    Based on vendor surveys and phone interviews with 1,200 individuals across the whole smart lighting value chain along with an evaluation of 250+ products and 20,000 consumer reviews, ON World’s recently published report, Smart Wireless Lighting, analyzes the rapidly growing smart wireless lighting market for residential, commercial and outdoor applications.

    More information and a free executive summary is available from ON World’s website. 

    About ON World:

    ON World provides global business intelligence on smart technology markets. For the past decade, our research reports and information services have been used by Fortune 1000 companies, startups and investors worldwide. 

    Media contact:

    Mary Purvis
    purvis at onworld.com
    858-259-2397 

  • 30 Apr 2015 11:08 AM | Anonymous member

    Leading brands enthusiastic about Guangzhou Electrical Building Technology GEBT 2015


    The 12th edition of Guangzhou Electrical Building Technology will be held from 9 – 12 June in Area A of the China Import and Export Fair Complex in Guangzhou, China.
    Recognised as Asia’s premier platform for the electrical engineering, building and home automation markets, the fair is expected to host approximately 300 exhibitors and occupy 20,000 sqm of exhibition space.

    With less than two months before the show, the fair has attracted numerous industry-leading suppliers who are preparing to showcase their latest innovations.

    Mr Go Maruyama, General Manager of the Sales and Marketing Department at Murata (China) Investment Co Ltd, shared: “This is our second time at the fair. We aim to promote our latest total solutions for sensors and wireless communication technologies to the China market. Currently, Internet of Things is strongly supported by the Chinese government, and there is a push for the development of intelligent building and smart lighting. This creates great opportunities for us. Guangzhou Electrical Building Technology is a leading platform and its professionalism is highly recognised by industry players. The results we achieved by attending last year were significant and we have high expectations for the upcoming fair.”

    Returning exhibitor Z-Wave Alliance shares the same optimism. A representative of the alliance in China, Mr CK Sze, explained: “Z-Wave is a wireless communications protocol designed for home automation. By exhibiting at the fair, we aim to educate the market on the Z-Wave technology and demonstrate how it connects with other products. The fair is an important platform for us to tap the China market and we are looking forward to the 2015 edition.”


    ZF Friedrichshafen AG from Germany is a first-time exhibitor. Mr Dietmar Vogts, Event Manager at the company, commented: “Building automation is a growing market within the electronics industry. This is our first time participating in the Guangzhou Electrical Building Technology fair and we will showcase our strong offerings in wireless energy harvesting switch solutions. We not only help design more intelligent and energy-efficient buildings, but also simultaneously help simplify installation and maintenance processes. At the 2015 fair, we look forward to strengthening our ties with local OEMs and system suppliers in the building electronics industry.”

     

    Concurrent programme highlights developments in electrical engineering, intelligent building and smart home markets

     To offer attendees with engaging experiences, a comprehensive selection of forums and seminars will be held in conjunction with the Guangzhou Electrical Building Technology fair. The events will gather government officials, professors from leading design institutes and influential industry players in one location. They will share market intelligence, as well as their expectations for the future of building technology and its trends. Some seminars and discussion topics confirmed for this year include:

    • Summit on Innovative Intelligent Building Technology Driven by Smart Cities
      Co-organised with the Intelligent Engineering Branch of China Exploration and Design Association, the summit will focus on the three major themes of "Smart City", "Smart Transportation "and "Intelligent Building". Highlighted topics include planning and construction of smart cities, innovative smart city technologies, smart rail transportation, security management systems, applications for energy management, and energy-saving building technologies.
    • Intelligent Building Standard Forum Series 

      Formed by reputable industry organisations and associations, the forums are scheduled to provide attendees with the latest information on various international standards and technology applications, as well as the development trends in smart home and building automation technologies. Participating organisations include the Bluetooth Special Interest Group Inc, EnOcean Alliance, KNX Association, LonMark International, ZigBee Alliance and Z-Wave Alliance.

      Featured topics:
    ~ Bluetooth Technology: Going Mainstream in the Smart Home
    EnOcean Wireless Batteryless Technology for Intelligent Buildings and Smart Homes
    KNX Technical Seminar
    Smart Systems Using LonMark Solutions for Smart Networked Buildings and Outdoor Lighting Systems
    ZigBee – Creating a Smart Home
    Z-Wave – More brands, More Products, More Solutions

    • China Smart Home Industry Alliance Forum (Southern China) – Exploring the Development Trends and Applications for Residential Smart Lighting
    To accommodate the growing needs of the energy-saving and smart lighting industry, the forum will cover new applications and development trends in residential smart lighting.


    Visitor Online Registration: 

    http://portal.messefrankfurt.com.hk/services/vor/registration_form.aspx?exhibition_id=1754&language=en


    Download GEBT 2015 visitor flyer:

    http://guangzhou-electrical-building-technology.hk.messefrankfurt.com/content/dam/gz_electrical_building_technology/PDF2015/GEBT15%20visitor%20flyer_1%20Apr.pdf



    Guangzhou Electrical Building Technology is organised by Guangzhou Guangya Messe Frankfurt Co Ltd. The fair is a part of Messe Frankfurt’s building and energy shows, headed by the biennial Light + Building event in Frankfurt, Germany which will take place from 13 – 18 March 2016. The show also follows a series of light and building technology events in China, including:

     

    · Beijing International Building Technology, 13 May 2015
    · Guangzhou Electrical Building Technology, 9 – 12 June 2015
    · Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition, 9 – 12 June 2015 · Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology, 23 – 25 September 2015
    · Shanghai International Lighting Fair, 23 – 25 September 2015


    To find out more about these events, please visit www.building.messefrankfurt.com.cn or email building@china.messefrankfurt.com.

     

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    Background information on Messe Frankfurt

    Messe Frankfurt is one of the world’s leading trade fair organisers, generating around €550* million in sales and employing more than 2,200* people worldwide. The Messe Frankfurt Group has a global network of 28 subsidiaries and around 50 international Sales Partners, allowing it to serve its customers on location in more than 160 countries. Messe Frankfurt events take place at more than 30 locations around the globe. In 2014, Messe Frankfurt organised a total of 120* trade fairs, of which more than half took place outside Germany.

    Comprising an area of 578,000 square metres, Messe Frankfurt’s exhibition grounds are home to ten exhibition halls. The company also operates two congress centres. The company is publicly owned, with the City of Frankfurt holding 60 percent and the State of Hesse 40 percent.

    For more information, please visit our website at www.messefrankfurt.com.

    *Preliminary Figures (2014)


  • 30 Mar 2015 1:04 PM | Anonymous member

    GreenPeak signs partnership agreement with ZTE Health for Senior Lifestyle and Smart Home applications

    Senior Lifestyle System allows Seniors to stay at home for 5 to 10 years longer, delivering huge savings for governments as well as families.

    Utrecht, The Netherlands – March 30, 2015 – GreenPeak Technologies, the industry leading Smart Home semi-conductor/system company, and ZTE Health, a member of the world wide ZTE Group, have signed a partnership agreement to develop Smart Home applications and to provide smart solutions for the world’s aging population. This new application enables people to live longer at home independently while providing peace of mind to their care givers and family. The agreement was signed in Shanghai and was witnessed by the Dutch Prime Minister Mr. Rutte, who mentioned this partnership in his speech as an example of Dutch and Chinese collaboration, to address the care for the world’s growing elderly population, starting in China.

    As China and the rest of world are facing a rapidly aging population, the Chinese government on both a national and local level, is increasingly looking towards smart solutions to deal with challenges of supporting seniors. To meet that need, ZTE Health and GreenPeak Technologies are partnering to roll out a Smart Senior Lifestyle monitoring solution to telecom operators and local governments worldwide.

    This Senior Lifestyle System is an intelligent and self-learning solution, utilizing GreenPeak’s expertise in Smart Home sensor communication and Sensara’s cloud based algorithm, which has proven its excellence in use for many years in nursing homes. The system, with advanced behavior pattern recognition capabilities, learns the normal day-to-day activities of people in their home and sends alerts to family and care givers when something goes amiss. Because it does not require people to wear devices and it does not use cameras, the system is unobtrusive and ensures privacy. This solution has been proven in the field and empowers children and their elderly parents to privately and securely share lifestyle information, enabling the seniors to feel safe and live longer at home independently, while their children feel secure that their parents are safe and well.

    "ZTE Health strives to pursue a long-term cooperation with GreenPeak to provide Smart Home solutions and services that go beyond our customers' expectations. The Senior Lifestyle application will allow elderly people to stay at home for 5 to 10 years longer, which means huge savings for families as well as for the governments on investments in nursing homes,” said Mr. He Shiyou, President of ZTE Health and Executive Director of the Board of ZTE Corporation. "ZTE Health wants to offer its customers and their family the highest possible quality of life and contribute to a harmonious community. By taking advantage of information technology and cloud services, we increase the efficiency of the healthcare industry and support of elderly people to meet the high level and personalized requirements of mass consumers. The initial focus of the cooperation with GreenPeak is the Senior Lifestyle application. In the next phase, we will also develop other Smart Home solutions."

    “Nearly 200 million elderly people live in China, of which 50 million are living alone. A Senior Lifestyle System allows children and their elderly parents to privately and securely share lifestyle information, enabling the seniors to feel safe and live longer at home independently. With the support of a leading company like ZTE, we expect the Smart Home revolution to quickly accelerate,” says Frans Frielink, Vice President of GreenPeak. “This solution creates new opportunities for operators and service providers and we believe that the system provided by ZTE Health and supported by GreenPeak Technologies will become a worldwide success.”

    About GreenPeak Technologies
    GreenPeak Technologies is an award winning fabless semiconductor/system company and the world recognized leader in the IEEE 802.15.4 and ZigBee market with a rich offering of semiconductor products and software technologies for Smart Home data communications and the Internet of Things.
    The GreenPeak founders have significantly contributed to the invention of WiFi and made it into a commercial success used by several billion people today. GreenPeak is recognized as a leader in developing new wireless technologies for consumer electronics and Smart Home applications, demonstrating rapid growth and adoption by major customers.

    GreenPeak is privately funded. It is headquartered in Utrecht, The Netherlands and has offices in Belgium, China, France, USA and Korea.

    For more information, please visit www.greenpeak.com.


    About ZTE Health
    ZTE Health is a member of the world wide acting ZTE Group which offers enhanced products and services in the telecommunication area to its customers. With its independent and creative R&D capability and customer-oriented and market-driven strategy, ZTE Group is capable of developing and producing market-leading, first-class technologies in ICT industry. ZTE Group uses this expertise to provide end-to-end solutions tailored to the specific needs of customers around the world.

    ZTE Health is a high-tech joint venture between ZTE and Homing health care, headquartered in Shanghai. Driven by strong humanistic values, our Vision is to offer our customers and their family the highest possible quality of life and contribute to harmonious community. Our Mission is to make good use of information technology and cloud service, in order to increase the efficiency of healthcare industry to meet the high level and personalized requirements of mass consumers.

  • 02 Mar 2015 6:16 PM | Anonymous member

     

    Formaldehyde, a colorless, pungent-smelling gas, can cause watery eyes, burning sensations in the eyes and throat, nausea, and difficulty in breathing in some humans exposed at elevated levels (above 0.1 parts per million). 

    New York, NY – A CBS 60 Minutes investigation narrated by Anderson Cooper found that Lumber Liquidators’ Chinese-made laminate flooring contains amounts of toxic formaldehyde that may not meet health and safety standards. FormaldyhydeCBS’s “60 Minutes” said it tested Lumber Liquidators’ flooring in Virginia, Florida, Texas, Illinois and New York for levels of formaldehyde, a cancer-causing chemical.   “Out of the 31 samples of Chinese-made laminate flooring, only one was compliant with formaldehyde emissions standards. Some were more than 13x over the California limit,” according to CBS.

    The Air Resources Board (ARB) evaluated formaldehyde exposure in California and found that one of the major sources of exposure is from inhalation of formaldehyde emitted from composite wood products containing urea-formaldehyde resins.

    Lumber Liquidators, which has about 350 locations in North America, features solid and engineered hardwood, bamboo, cork, laminate and resilient vinyl. The company also provides flooring enhancements and accessories to complement, install and maintain floors.

    President and Chief Executive Officer Robert M. Lynch said in a statement. He said Lumber Liquidators has delivered on those priorities — “Quality and safety have always been top priorities for our associates and our customers, …and we will continue to invest in these important areas as we move forward.”

    What is Formaldehyde:

    Formaldehyde (HCHO) is considered a strong irritant and potent sensitizer. Inhalation of large amount of HCHO can cause severe irritation of the upper respiratory tract and death. Data from human exposures indicate that exposure to large concentrations of HCHO gas may lead to pulmonary edema. Even HCHO gas present in the workroom at concentrations of 1 to 11 ppm can cause eye, nose, and throat irritation. Formaldehyde has the potential to cause cancer in humans.

    Sources of formaldehyde in the home include building materials, pressed wood products (hardwood plywood wall paneling, particleboard, fiberboard) and furniture made with these pressed wood products. Urea-formaldehyde foam insulation (UFFI). Combustion sources and environmental tobacco smoke. Durable press drapes, other textiles, and glues.

    What about Health Effects of Formaldehyde:

    Formaldehyde, a colorless, pungent-smelling gas, can cause watery eyes, burning sensations in the eyes and throat, nausea, and difficulty in breathing in some humans exposed at elevated levels (above 0.1 parts per million). High concentrations may trigger attacks in people with asthma. There is evidence that some people can develop sensitivity to formaldehyde. It has also been shown to cause cancer in animals and may cause cancer in humans.  Health effects include eye, nose, and throat irritation; wheezing and coughing; fatigue; skin rash; severe allergic reactions. May cause cancer. May also cause other effects listed under “organic gases.”

    What are the Concentration levels:

    Concentration

     

    Symptoms
    0.5 to 2 ppm eyes, nose and throat irritation
    3 to 5 ppm tearing of the eyes
    10 to 20 ppm difficult breathing, nose and throat burning, cough, heavy tearing of the eyes
    25 to 30 ppm severe respiratory tract injury
    100 ppm immediately dangerous to life and health (IDLH)

     

    Monitoring for Formaldehyde

    Indoor air quality is a very site-specific issue and should be monitored as such. Some factors affecting the frequency of monitoring and the types of testing employed are size, location, occupant characterization, activity level and categorization, and, of course, complaints logged.

    Typical commercial space monitoring occurs monthly or quarterly, while residential monitoring may be done on a seasonal basis. Any real estate, commercial and or residential, that is being bought or sold should be evaluated.

    How can I measure Formaldehyde?

    Vapor monitor badges, such as the Formaldehyde Screen Check (FOSC), have been used over 25 years by VA, Armed Forces, many health care facilities, and by some of the largest industrial corporations throughout the world as well as consumers

    The Formaldehyde Screen Check (FOSC) monitoring benefits include:

    Formaldyhyde Test KitFormaldyhyde Test Kit
    • Can be used to measure personal exposure or room exposure in homes, businesses or industry
    • Easy to use and inexpensive
    • Data validated for accuracy
    • Analyzed by a AIHA accredited lab
    • Meets OSHA accuracy Requirements
    • Patented product (badges)
    • Written report

    Where can I purchase the Formaldehyde Screen Check (FOCS)?

    The Formaldehyde Screen Check can be purchased at a number of distributors nationally such as www.IndoorAirTest.com, Grainger, Ferguson Supply, Yandle-Witherspoon Supply, or other on-line dealers.

    Additional IAQ Screen Check products are available: Mold Screen Check, Fiberglass Screen Check, Dust Mite Screen Check, Organic Vapor Screen, FAST Screen Check, RAPID Screen Check, and Allergen Screen Check among others.

    Who Should Use Formaldehyde Screen Check (FOSC) ?

    • Real Estate Professionals
    • Insurance Claim Adjusters
    • Flooring/carpet manufacturers
    • Industrial Hygienists
    • Homeowners
    • HVAC Engineers
    • Building Managers
    • Facility Managers
    • Facility Operators
    • Architects
    • Government Officials
    • Engineers
    • County, City, and State Officials
    • Building Maintenance Supervisors
    • Test and Balance Professionals
    • Educators
    • School and Plant Operators
    • Hospital Engineers
    • Physicians

    For additional information you can contact Dr. Rajiv Sahay, Director, EDLab, Pure Air Control Services 1-800-422-7873 ext 303 or visit the web site at www.pureaircontrols.com.

    To discuss a more comprehensive environmental formaldehyde | IAQ assessment of your building or home call the credentialed professional indoor environmental consultants at Pure Air Control Services-Building Sciences team at 800-422-7873, ext. 802.

    About the parent company:

    Pure Air Control Services, founded in 1984 by Alan Wozniak, President/CEO in what began as a small mechanical contracting business has grown into an award winning, industry leading indoor air quality (IAQ) service company serving many fortune 500 corporations, school boards, county, city, state and federal governments and consumers across the US.  The firm has serviced over 600 million square feet of indoor environments in over 10,000 facilities.

    Pure Air Control Services nationally performed services include: Building Sciences Evaluation; Building Health Check; EDLab an AIHA accredited Environmental Microbiology Laboratory; Environmental Project Management; and Duct Cleaning & Mold Remediation Services, among other indoor environmental services.

    The company’s expanding client roster includes the General Services Administration (GSA); Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Allstate Insurance; Carrier Air Conditioning; Naval Air Warfare Center, Orlando; and Naval Air Station – King’s Bay, Georgia, and many other Fortune 500 companies, school boards, and city, state, and county governments, making Pure Air a reliable industry leader.

    For more information on the Pure Air Control Services IAQ product/service offerings call 1-800-422-7873 and ask for Alan Wozniak ext 802

    About Building Health Check LLC:

    Building Health Check sets the industry standard for IAQ DIY kits, testing equipment, and laboratory analysis. Building Health Check has affiliations with EDLab and Accustar Labs. Building Health Checks, LLC’s expanding client roster includes: Hunter Fans, WW Grainger, Progressive Insurance, USACE, Southern California Schools JPA, VA Medical Center, Broward General Healthcare, General Services Administration (GSA); Allstate Insurance; Carrier Air Conditioning; and, CB Richard Ellis and many other Fortune 500 companies, school boards, and city, state, and county governments, making Building Health Check, LLC the reliable industry leader in DIY IAQ testing.

    For more information on Building Health Check, LLC or EDLab please contact Chris Lane, at (800) 422-7873 303 or visit www.indoorairtest.com

    http://pureaircontrols.com/cbs-60-minutes-investigation-reveals-elevated-formaldehyde-laminate-flooring/

  • 02 Mar 2015 2:58 PM | Anonymous member

    ON World’s Smart Lighting Survey Targets a Rapidly Growing Ecosystem

    Global technology research firm ON World has launched its annual survey with developers, vendors, suppliers and distributors of smart lighting solutions.  Out of the hundreds of products currently on the market, 25% have been launched within the past year.

    Global technology research firm ON World has launched its annual smart lighting vendor survey.  The survey-- that includes a free report for all qualified participants-- includes an extensive section on LED lighting and covers the residential, commercial and municipal lighting control market segments.

    “With LED costs plummeting faster than predicted along with bold form factors, affordable standards based wireless components and mobile apps, you have all of the ingredients for a revolution in lighting,” says Mareca Hatler, ON World’s research director.

    Adding controls to long-lasting LED lights with low power wireless technologies such as ZigBee and Bluetooth Smart continues to see accelerated growth.  With a quarter of all new smart lighting products launched over the past year, large and small developers are seizing the opportunity.

    ON World’s most recent survey of 1,000+ U.S. consumers found that almost half are willing to pay over $10 for a wireless LED light bulb.  Also, wireless LED light bulbs are one of the most likely products to be purchased by smart home consumers.

    All vendors, developers, suppliers and distributors of smart lighting solutions are invited to participate in ON World’s “2015 Smart Lighting Survey for Vendors.”  Qualified participants will receive the survey results as well as one of ON World’s current reports (valued at $1,500) with consumer viewpoints and input from members of the Bluetooth SIG, EnOcean Alliance, Z-Wave Alliance and ZigBee Alliance.

    ON World’s secure survey link is here: http://onworld.com/surveys/smartlighting/

    About ON World:
    ON World provides global business intelligence on smart technology markets.  Since 2002, our market research and information services are used by Fortune 1000 companies, startups and investors worldwide.


    Media Contact:
    Mary Purvis
    p: 858-259-2397
    e: purvis@onworld.com

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  • 20 Feb 2015 11:31 AM | Anonymous member

    The Human Health Dangers of Bird Droppings Associated with Building HVAC Systems

    Washington DC – The most serious health risks arise from disease organisms that can grow in the nutrient-rich accumulations of bird droppings, feathers and debris. Not only are bird droppings an unsightly mess that can be difficult to remove and cause slip-and-fall accidents, they also harbor numerous human pathogens.  How dangerous are bird droppings to human health?  The question seems simple but quantifying a human’s risk of acquiring disease from a bird or its Pigeon in ductworkdroppings is difficult since exposure to the pathogens does not always result in disease and most bird-related zoonotic diseases are not reportable to health authorities.

    Examples of transmissible bird diseases associated with pigeons, geese, starling and house sparrows:

    • Histoplasmosis is a respiratory disease that may be fatal. It results from a fungus growing in dried bird droppings. It is a dimorphic fungus that can be either in yeast form or in filamentous form.
    • Candidiasis is a yeast or fungus infection spread by pigeons. The disease affects the skin, the mouth, the respiratory system, the intestines and the urogenital tract, especially the vagina. It is a growing problem for women, causing itching, pain and discharge.
    • Cryptococcosis is caused by yeast found in the intestinal tract of pigeons and starlings. The illness often begins as a pulmonary disease and may later affect the central nervous system. Since attics, cupolas, ledges, schools, offices, warehouses, mills, barns, park buildings, signs, etc. are typical roosting and nesting sites, the fungus is apt to found in these areas.
    • St. Louis Encephalitis, an inflammation of the nervous system, usually causes drowsiness, headaches and fever. It may even result in paralysis, coma or death. St. Louis encephalitis occurs in all age groups, but is especially fatal to persons over age 60. The disease is spread by mosquitoes which have fed on infected house sparrow, pigeons and house finches carrying the Group B virus responsible for St. Louis encephalitis.
    • Salmonellosis often occurs as “food poisoning” and can be traced to pigeons, starlings, sparrows and other rodents.  The disease bacteria are found in bird droppings; dust from droppings can be sucked through ventilators and air conditioners, contaminating food and cooking surfaces in restaurants, homes and food processing plants.
    • E.coli  infection: It is one of the common infection caused by an enteric bacteria. This bacteria often traced in the fecal matters. When some bird or rodent visit such sites they carry these and spread to humans. Such as when birds peck on cow manure, theE. coli (O157:H7) go right through the birds and the bird droppings can land on or in a food or water supply.

    Bird fecal matter and feathers can have devastating effects on the heating and cooling components and indoor air quality of a commercial facility.  Pigeon problems can affect employees, maintenance personnel and potentially customers.Mold 1

    Dr. Rajiv Sahay, Director at EDLab at Pure Air Control Services stated: “heavy smells from the bacteria, fungi, and other organic matter from the birds can be infiltrate  through the ventilation system causing significant harm to not only buildings but also to the many building occupants”.

    HVAC technicians, roofers, etc. should pay attention to the areas where outdoor air enters the HVAC system. They also should investigate accumulations of organic material in or near HVAC air intakes, rooftop heating and cooling units are a perfect place for pigeons to nest.  To seek shelter from the elements, pigeons and birds typically enter air handler units through the fresh air intakes and build their nests within the unit.  A single pair of pigeons can generate up to 18 new pigeons per year.  Once a nest is established, pigeons are extremely territorial.

    According to a Center for Disease Control and Prevention report on histoplasmosis, HVAC technicians, demolition workers, bridge inspectors, chimney cleaners, maintenance staff, microbiology laboratory workers, farmers, roofers, spelunkers and gardeners all have removed bird droppings in a way that resulted in human illnesses. A particularly large outbreak of the disease occurred in 2001 when 523 high school students became ill after soil in their school’s courtyard containing bird droppings was rototilled by a maintenance worker. The largest outbreaks of histoplasmosis in the United States occurred in the late 1970’s in Indiana, when over 120,000 people became ill, and 15 died, after a building containing bird droppings was demolished.

    Can histoplasmosisor cryptococcosis be transferred into a building?   Yes, HVAC system distributes the air throughout a facility.  The designed air exchange rate is 15/minutes per hour.  The bacteria, fungi and parasites that live and grow in pigeon droppings can carry and transmit any of 60 known diseases can be reticulated.  Exposure to pigeon feces and other organic matter such as feathers carcasses and nesting material from the HVAC system may pose a considerable health threat to people who come in contact with them or inhale the airborne particles from them.  Every precaution should be taken to ensure that building occupants and maintenance personnel are protected from pigeon feces.

    As pigeons live at and in the fresh air makeup, air handler units they peck through filter material allowing unfiltered air and pigeon contaminants to freely enter the ventilation system.  Damage to an HVAC system is numerous:

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    • Fresh Air IntakesThe nesting of pigeons begins at the fresh air intake along with fecal matter associated.  Pigeons like the fresh air vent as a result of constant air movement, covered area from inclement weather and nesting place for the families. The fresh air intake, if not broken through, will cause clogging of the screen restricting air flow and fresh air into the building.  Talk about fresh air?
    • Filter banks: Birds can peck though filter banks allowing for unfiltered air and pigeon contaminants to be drawn into HVAC components and supply air ducts.
    • Fan Assemblies: Bird feathers, fecal matter and debris builds within the fan blades decreasing airflow.
    • Evaporator Coils: Bird feathers, fecal matter and debris clogs the air conditioner coils and clogs the drain pan.
    • Coil Drain Pans: With the drain pan water and pigeon fecal matter creates a potential source of dangerous/toxic microorganisms and other chemicals.
    • AHU Insulation: Birds can peck at the insulation to create nesting material allowing for raw fiberglass fibers to enter the associated air conveyance system.

    For more information on developing an effective environmental diagnosis and/or cleanup campaign for pigeon/bird fecal matter for your buildings call the Building Scientists at Pure Air Control Services call 1-800-422-7873 ext 802 or go to: Environmental Diagnostics laboratory (EDlab)  CDC ELITE laboratory (contact Dr. Rajiv Sahay 1-800-422-7873 ext 303).

    On a similar topic Dr. Sahay with EDLab is providing a free webinar open to the public entitled:  Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) – What to Know? Feb 18, 2015 Wednesday 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST.  The seminar will touch upon affects of pigeon droppings near fresh air intakes in HAI.

    About Pure Air Control Services, Inc.

    Alan Wozniak founded Pure Air Control Services, Inc. in 1984 as a small mechanical contracting firm. Today, the firm sets the industry standard for indoor environmental quality diagnosis and remediation.

    Pure Air Control Services nationally performed services include: Building Sciences Evaluation; Building Health Check; EDLab an AIHA accredited Environmental Microbiology Laboratory; Environmental Project Management; PURE-Steam Coil Cleaning, HVAC system cleaning and Mold Remediation Services, among other indoor environmental services.

    The company’s expanding client roster includes the Jones, Lang LaSalle (JLL), FAA, Walt Disney World, General Services Administration (GSA); Allstate Insurance; CBRE, Carrier Air Conditioning; NAVFAC, DOT, USACE, US Army, and many other Fortune 500 companies, school boards, and city, state, and county governments, making Pure Air Control Services the reliable industry leader.

    For more information on Pure Air Control Services, Inc. please contact Alan Wozniak or Dr Rajiv Sahay (800) 422-7873  ext 802 or 303 respectively, or visit: www.pureaircontrols.com

  • 15 Jan 2015 11:29 AM | Anonymous member

    Distech Controls Introduces ECLYPSE™ and ENVYSION
    Reveals Connected IP and Wi-Fi Product Series and web-based graphic design and visualization interface

    [Brossard, QC, January 13, 2015] — Distech Controls, an innovation leader in energy management solutions, today announced the launch of both its ECLYPSE™ Connected IP and Wi-Fi Product Series, and ENVYSION responsive, web-based design and visualization interface. Providing powerful connectivity, and advanced control, monitoring and analysis, these new offerings prepare users for the Internet of Things building.

     

    Distech Controls’ ECLYPSE Connected System Controller is a modular and scalable platform providing BACnet/IP, wired and wireless IP connectivity, permitting integration with building management systems and convergence with IT networks. It consists of a control automation and connectivity serv­er, power supplies, and I/O modules, allowing users to select the type and number of modules to meet their exacting requirements, and easily add-on for future upgrades.

     

    The company is also proud to introduce ENVYSION, web-based graphic design and visualization interface, delivering the art and science of actionable visual knowledge and powerful user experience.  It can be embedded in an ECLYPSE Connected System Controller or hosted on EC-NetAX (coming soon), powered by the NiagaraAX Framework®, building management system to create advanced user interfaces, from single equipment to complete views of a BMS. ENVYSION enhances mobility with its responsive, HTML 5 interface, for an optimal experience across different user devices.  

     

    Leveraging IT infrastructure to deliver a powerful control and monitoring solution, the ECLYPSE Connected System Controller minimizes the traditional installation and ownership costs of a building management system. This convergence eliminates the requirement for managing multiple networks, and greatly reduces the need for cabling and other materials, as well as the associated costs of installing, maintaining and upgrading them.

     

    Distech Controls’ commitment to open standards, combined with the ECLYPSE connectivity platform, readies buildings for the future, and supports continually evolving technology. The open REST API facilitates data exchange and provides unique opportunities for value-added services, with the ever expanding range of available Internet of Things building management and tenant services applications.

     

    Providing the flexibility to choose ones implementation and integration architecture, the ECLYPSE Connected System Controller can either be paired with ENVYSION for a completely autonomous solution, or used as part of an integrated building management solution, with EC-NetAX. The latter allows for multi-system integration and larger or multi-location applications, expanding the capabilities of existing EC-NetAX building management systems with ECLYPSE connectivity options.

     

    Distech Controls’ ECLYPSE Connected System Controller is to receive an honorable mention at the upcoming AHR Innovation Awards in Chicago. Selected by a panel of judges made up of ASHRAE members, it has been recognized in the Building Automation category.

     

    “Distech Controls has always prided itself in being at the forefront of building automation innovation,” said Etienne Veilleux, President and CEO of Distech Controls. “ECLYPSE and ENVYSION take this promise to new heights, preparing for next generation buildings. To be recognized for our new offering by the AHR Expo Innovation Awards is truly an honor and reinforces this commitment,” Veilleux added.

     

    The 2015 AHR Expo will be taking place from January 26th to the 28th, 2015. Distech Controls invites those attending to come visit their booth, #3623, to learn more about ECLYPSE and ENVYSION in addition to a selection of the company’s latest innovations.

     

    These new products will also be presented at the upcoming ISH trade fair in Frankfurt, Germany from March 10th to the 14th.

     

    # # #

    About Distech Controls:
    An innovation leader in energy management solutions, Distech Controls provides unique building management technologies and services that optimize energy efficiency and comfort in buildings, all the while reducing operating costs. We deliver Innovative Solutions for Greener Buildings™ through our passion for innovation, quality, customer satisfaction, and sustainability. Distech Controls serves multiple market segments through its worldwide business divisions, service offices and a superior network of Authorized Partners. www.distech-controls.com

    For more information:
    Caroline Cadieux
    Director of Marketing and Communications
    ccadieux@distech-controls.com
    450-444-9898 ext. 237


    Lauren Scott
    Marketing Communications Specialist – Public Relations
    lscott@distech-controls.com
    450-444-9898 ext. 296

    Distech Controls is a trademark of Distech Controls Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

  • 10 Dec 2014 2:12 PM | Anonymous member

    First demonstration of Senior Lifestyle and Family Lifestyle Systems in the United States

    “In a decade from now, children will wonder how we ever survived without the Internet of Things or the Smart Home.”

    CES, Las Vegas – December 10, 2014 – GreenPeak Technologies, the industry leading Smart Home semi-conductor/system company, today announced that they will be demonstrating an exciting array of impressive Real Life Smart Home applications at the January 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Sands Expo, “The Heart of the Smart Home”, in booth 70235.

    For the first time, GreenPeak will be demonstrating their Family Lifestyle Systems, a new class of products being offered for service providers and system integrators. Family Lifestyle Systems learn how a person or a family lives in their home, what they like to do and when, and then monitors their movements via unobtrusive sensors to send alerts if something happens out of the ordinary. For instance and currently being rolled out in Europe and China, the Senior Lifestyle System is a safe and secure solution that allows elderly people to live at home independently.


    In addition, the GreenPeak’s Smart Home demo will showcase the most recent innovations in home monitoring, smart lighting, energy efficiency and climate control.

    GreenPeak will also be announcing new partnerships and new ZigBee radio chips for a diverse spectrum of Smart Home applications.

    “The Internet of Things is exploding – new devices, new technologies, new ways of connecting devices to each other and to people, all require solutions that are reliable, robust and simple to use,” says Cees Links, CEO of GreenPeak. “Just like our children today have a hard time comprehending a world without WiFi and internet, the next generation’s kids will not understand how we managed to survive without the Smart Home and Internet of Things.”

    GreenPeak provides reference designs for motion sensors, smart plugs, remote controls, door and window sensors, and other Smart Home and IoT sensor devices. GreenPeak’s engineering teams will help guide device manufacturers to quickly design and build low cost, low power sensor nodes, optimized for battery and battery-free operations.

    GreenPeak at CES

    To learn more about our innovative solutions and live demonstrations of Smart Home and Family Lifestyle applications, please visit the GreenPeak booth at CES (Sands Expo – booth 70235) - or make an appointment with our sales team  - Tel +1 (916) 812-5788.

    About GreenPeak Technologies
    GreenPeak Technologies is an award winning fabless semiconductor/system company and the world recognized leader in the IEEE 802.15.4 and ZigBee market with a rich offering of semiconductor products and software technologies for Smart Home data communications and the Internet of Things.
    The GreenPeak founders have significantly contributed to the invention of WiFi and made it into a commercial success, used by several billion people today. GreenPeak is recognized as a leader in developing new wireless technologies for consumer electronics and Smart Home applications, demonstrating rapid growth and adoption by major customers.

    GreenPeak is privately funded. It is headquartered in Utrecht, The Netherlands and has offices in Belgium, China, France, USA and Korea.

    For more information, please visit www.greenpeak.com.

    Press Contact GreenPeak
    Elly Schietse
    elly.schietse@greenpeak.com
    Tel +32 52 45 87 30

    Cell +32 479 76 18 25

    Press contact GreenPeak - USA
    SRS-Tech PR for GreenPeak
    Mark Shapiro
    mshapiro@srs-techpr.com

    Tel +1 619 249 7742

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