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  • 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 qualified 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

  • 09 Dec 2014 4:39 PM | Anonymous member

    Dec 5, 2014

    Richmond VA. SkyFoundry has announced the introduction of a new financial model that allows SkySpark analytics software to be paid for on a monthly basis instead of requiring a upfront purchase of the software.

    The new subscription pricing model combines the financial benefits of a Software as a Service (SaaS) pricing model, but still maintains the ability to install the software on-premise. This is a key requirement for many companies due to security concerns of exposing their networks and data to the outside world. SkySpark can be installed locally, but now be paid for as if it were a monthly service.

    The subscription pricing program enables end users, SkyFoundry partners and energy engineering firms to embark on analytics projects without having a big up front cost for the software. “As we talked to customers and partners we found that while the results and financial returns from deployment of analytics were compelling, often producing payback in less than 1 year, companies still see a challenge in getting any capital expenses approved. With this new model the capital expense for the software is eliminated”, said John Petze, Principal at SkyFoundry. “By eliminating the upfront software cost we completely change the economics of analytics deployment.”

    The new model is in line with the way software is being offered by enterprise software companies, graphic tools companies and office productivity suites. Implementation costs are still project specific but SkyFoundry partners can offer options for those to be phased in to generate returns quickly and at every step of the project. In addition, the new program does not require commitment to a specific contract term for the software. The customer can choose to discontinue use at any time and the payments stop.

    About SkyFoundry. SkyFoundry provides software solutions for the “the Internet of things”, helping customers derive value from their investments in smart systems. The company’s SkySpark analytics platform identifies opportunities for operational improvements and cost reduction in control and equipment systems by automatically analyzing data to “find what matters™”. Learn more at www.skyfoundry.com.

    Contact: John Petze, Principal, john@skyfoundry.com, 804-545-3116804-545-3116            

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  • 12 Nov 2014 3:14 PM | Anonymous member

    GreenPeak – How to Resolve the Upcoming ZigBee - Bluetooth War

    ®    New GreenPeak White Paper “Bluetooth and ZigBee: a new Standards War?”

    ®    Battling between Home Network Standards is a Big Obstacle for the Smart Home


    Utrecht, The Netherlands –  November 12, 2014

    GreenPeak Technologies, the industry leading Smart Home semi-conductor/systems company, today posted a new white paper regarding the oncoming war between ZigBee and the new version of Bluetooth – Bluetooth Mesh. The white paper explores the confusion and damage created by previous battles between home networking standards and how this damage can and should be avoided in the near future. 

    “A decade ago, WiFi and Bluetooth battled but ended up sharing the home networking space and successfully growing the market to where both technologies are now found everywhere,” explains Cees Links, CEO of GreenPeak Technologies. “The battle is brewing again as Bluetooth Mesh is now attempting to move from the sensor wearable space into the ultra-low power sensor networking space, today successfully served by ZigBee. However, it will take a lot of work to evolve Bluetooth Mesh to the position where it can provide the functions and capabilities that ZigBee already provides today. So why confuse and divide the market?”

    We expect the industry to respond the same way as it did in the previous decade – realizing that Bluetooth is the perfect solution for peripheral devices and wearables, whereas ZigBee is the optimal networking solution for connecting the hundreds of sentrollers (sensors, controllers and actuators) that will be functioning in our homes within the next few years.

    The new GreenPeak whitepaper “Bluetooth and ZigBee: a new standards war?” is available for free download at www.greenpeak.com/technology/whitepapers.html

    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, Japan and Korea. For more information, please visit www.greenpeak.com.

     

  • 03 Nov 2014 10:02 AM | Anonymous member

    GreenPeak Wins Deloitte Fast50 Technology Award

    Fast50 recognition confirms market leadership and stable, sustained growth

    For the third year running, GreenPeak has achieved a top 10 ranking

    Utrecht, The Netherlands – November 3, 2014 – GreenPeak Technologies, the industry leading Smart Home semi-conductor/systems company, has again won the prestigious Deloitte Fast50 award for technology companies in the Netherlands. With an impressive 8757% growth, GreenPeak moves into the first position and has secured its spot in the top 10 for the third year in a row.

    The esteemed Deloitte Technology Fast50 annual award honors the fastest growing technology companies. The selection process is based on the percentage of operational revenue growth over the past five-year period. The award was created to showcase the remarkable contribution of technology companies to the growth of the economy.

    “We are extremely pleased to have won as fastest growing technology company and to have maintained our top 10 position in the strong competition for the last three years,” stated Cees Links, CEO. “The Deloitte Technology Fast 50 gives great profile to technology companies and is internationally recognized as being one of the most important business awards in our sector. In 2012 we ended 6th, in 2013 we were 3rd, and now we grown to Number One! The whole team is very proud of this achievement! We are fortunate to have an incredibly talented, hard-working and passionate team of experts at GreenPeak, and that we are supported by a world-class ecosystem of partners. Both are essential to our ongoing worldwide success. The Smart Home technology and Internet of Things market continue to accelerate on a global scale, and we are excited by the opportunities ahead of us.”

    The award comes at a time when GreenPeak has accomplished major milestones in the past year, such as expanding the team, selling 1M chips per week, broadening its product portfolio and opening offices in China.

    GreenPeak Technologies wins the Deloitte Fast50 award - on the right side: Paul de Wit (CFO) and Johan van der Tang (VP Development)

    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 by management, GIMV (Antwerp, Belgium), DFJ Esprit (London, UK) and Bosch Ventures GmbH (Stuttgart, Germany) and several other investors.  It is headquartered in Utrecht, The Netherlands and has offices in Belgium, China, France, USA, Japan and Korea.

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

  • 24 Oct 2014 11:59 AM | Anonymous member

    How Self Learning Systems Will Make Your House Very Smart

    ®   New GreenPeak White Paper “After the smart phone: the Smart Home” is now Available

    ®   Family Lifestyle Systems Rely on a Smart Phone as a Mobile Dashboard

    Utrecht, The Netherlands – 

    GreenPeak Technologies, the industry leading Smart Home semi-conductor/systems company, has created a new white paper titled “After The Smart Phone: The Smart Home” that discusses and explores the importance of the smart phone and other web connected devices to the rapid emergence of the Smart Home.  The new white paper also includes a discussion of Family Lifestyle systems.

    “We are living in a connected world – where much of the population has access to the internet via computers, tablets, games, entertainment and their smart phones,” says Cees Links, CEO of GreenPeak Technologies. “The next step is the Smart Home with a hundred sentrollers that allow the residents to monitor and control the home environment from anywhere with their smart phone. However, the real excitement will be the smart and intelligent home where the house is smart enough to learn how we want to live and then manage the environment to make our lives much more comfortable, safe and efficient - all by using a smart phone as a mobile dashboard.”

    Family Lifestyle systems are a good example of new intelligent home applications. Currently being rolled out by service providers in Europe and China, a Family Lifestyle System is an application in the cloud that connects all the sentrollers (the sensors, the actuators and the controllers, actually all the devices) in the Smart Home. The Family Lifestyle System continuously collects all the data in the home from all the devices, and then learns what the normal patterns in the home are. When do the home’s residents get up in the morning? What energy are they consuming and when?  When do they  leave and come back? Where are they in the house and when do they need light? This application learns what is “normal”, and therefore also learns what is not normal and can send an alert to a smart phone or integrated social media app when something is not quite right or irregular behavior is detected.

    The new GreenPeak “Smart Phones to Smart Homes” whitepaper is available for free download at www.greenpeak.com/smart/

    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, Japan 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

  • 20 Oct 2014 6:29 AM | Anonymous member

    Exhibitors and visitors praise making new business connections at the fair

    Concurrent events on intelligent building and smart home development prove popular

    The 2014 edition of the Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology fair opened its doors from 3 – 5 September at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre.  Once again, the show was jointly organised by Guangzhou Guangya Messe Frankfurt Co Ltd, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade – Shanghai Pudong Sub-Council and Shanghai Hongshan Exhibition Service Co Ltd. A total of 181 exhibitors across 11,500 sqm of fairground space welcomed a record-breaking 16,876 visitors, a 32% increase over last year, from 42 countries and regions.

    Ms Lucia Wong, Deputy General Manager at Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd, commented: "The 2014 show achieved significant results. Many exhibitors were satisfied with the quantity and e of visitors, and believe the fair is an effective way to promote their products and attain more business leads. Meanwhile, visitors were impressed with the professionalism of the show and particularly praised the establishment of the themed areas that facilitated sourcing efficiency. After years of development, the Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology fair has positioned itself as one of the industry's leading trading platforms. Furthermore, its popularity also reflects the rapid growth of intelligent building and smart home sectors in China."

    This year, the show focused on three core themes currently popular in China: building efficiency, smart cities and smart homes. These topics were highlighted in the "Building Energy Saving, Energy Management & Building Automation Zone", "Data Centres and Generic Cabling Zone", and "Home Technology Zone”, and allowed both exhibitors and visitors to maximise their time in targeting appropriate buyers and finding the right solutions, respectively.

    Additionally, the special “Smart Hardwares and Gadgets Innovation Experience Zone” was also created to address huge demand for smart hardware and gadgets in daily life and to facilitate industry innovation.


    Exhibitors and visitors praise making new business connections at the fair

    For leading domestic and international brands, this exhibition is considered an ideal platform for brand and product promotion. Ms Joyce Yang, Marketing Communications Officer from ABB (China) Limited, said: “ABB is a fortune 500 company as well as a global leader in power and automation technologies. We decided to return for the second time because the fair is one of the most professional building technology exhibition platforms in China. To utilise this platform, this year, we showcased our new "‘’’i- home’" and ‘e- home’ systems to meet the requirements of modern Chinese families to live more eco-friendly, convenient and higher-quality lives. I am happy to report that we are extremely impressed with the show as it has exceeded all our expectations. The visitor flow during the show was exceptionally high while both buyers and exhibitors are of high professional qualities.”

    Echoing Ms Joyce Yang was Ms Faye Xiang, Director of Marketing Department at Shanghai Longchuang Eco-energy Systems Co Ltd, who stated: “I was very satisfied with the visitor flow and met a lot of potential clients at the fair, including suppliers and building designers. The Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology fair is a very effective platform for reaching our sales target and we will definitely join again next year.”

    Mr Basil Wai, CEO of the Hong Kong Electronic Industries Association (HKEIA), the organiser of the Hong Kong Pavilion also realized the platform’s benefits and said: “LED products play a very big role in intelligent buildings and our main purpose for exhibiting was to promote our high quality Hong Kong-made to the Chinese mainland. The Shanghai fair is one of the more reputable trading platforms for building technology and this year’s show is bigger than previous years, more organised and boasts stronger visitor attendance. The fair is a good marketing platform to connect with a number of distributors, as well as targeted visitors in the fields of architecture and construction.”

    The fair is also popular amongst newer participants. Newcomer Ms Jane Lee, Marketing Manager at AMX Asia Ltd, commented: “My first impression of the show was positive as the scale is relatively big. I was particularly impressed with the amount of visitors at the
    show. A very large portion of the visitors were professional and showed strong interest in our company’s products. Overall, we
    have benefited a lot from the show and the possibility of us returning next year us high.”

    Visitors were impressed with exhibitors’ comprehensive product and technology displays. Mr Jim Wu, Marketing Manager at WinSafe Technologies (Shanghai) Co Ltd, said: “This is my first time here sourcing smart home products and solutions. Our company is a leading provider of commodity management solutions and we are looking into the smart home market as it is a sector with high growth potential. I must say the overall arrangement of the fair is very professional and there are many good quality exhibitors presenting a wide variety of products. I’m gaining a lot from this visit and have a better understanding about the market trends.”

    Even overseas visitors are attracted to the fair. Mr Fabio Toledo, Chief Technology Officer of Clever Planet in Brazil,stated: “This is our first time at the show and we are very impressed with the collection and quality of the exhibitors, as well as the products they have displayed. The exhibitors at the show are very kind and hospitable. During the morning session, we were able to source from a number of potential business partners and we expect to connect with more business partners in the remaining days of the fair.”


    Concurrent events on intelligent building and smart home development prove popular

    One for the unique aspects of the fair was the strong line up of events that were held alongside the fair. During the show’s first two days, 13 forums and seminars covering more than 60 different topics were held. All fair attendees had the opportunity to meet leading industry experts and discuss the latest trends and most pressing issues facing the region. Some of the noteworthy seminars and forums included:

    • 2014 Modular Data Centres and Cabling Forum
    • Intelligent Building Systems Design and Smart City Forum
    • Energy Performance Contracting Technical Forum
    • CEDIA Future Trends for Home Technology Forum
    • China Smart Home Industry Alliance Forum

    Speaker of the “EnOcean Technical Seminar”, Mr Graham Martin, Chairman & CEO of EnOcean Alliance, commented on the effectiveness of the fair: “The China market is important for us because of the growth potential. We have already collected 10 business cards at the seminar and set up 5 appointments.”

    Speaker of “Intelligent Building Systems Design and Smart City Forum”, Mr Zhang Yonggang, Deputy Director Committee Member of China National Standardization Committee for Digital Techniques of Intelligent Buildings and Residence Communities, shared: “Intelligent buildings and smart cities will be the engine of economic growth. The quality of participants at our forum was very good. You can tell attendees were very interested and the room was almost fully occupied. The forum was very successful.”

    Attendee Mr Chen Jianguo, Product Definition Engineer at Shanghai Belling Corp Ltd, added: “I’ve been consecutively visiting the fair for three years. I noticed that the organiser arranges a lot of value-added forums each year featuring influential speakers from government bodies, academe and business sectors to share their insights. This is really a good initiative, as the audience can learn a lot about government policy and market trends. The show is a good platform for the industry players to exchange ideas to eventually enhance industry development.”

    The 2014 Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology fair was held in conjunction with ISH Shanghai & CIHE – the Shanghai International Trade Fair for Heating, Ventilation & Air-Conditioning, the Shanghai International Lighting Fair, and the Building and Solar China Conference and Exhibition. Spanning 40,000 sqm and hosting more than 600 exhibitors, these events constitute a comprehensive platform for intelligent building technologies and energy-efficient solutions.

    The Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology fair is a part of Messe Frankfurt’s building and energy shows that are headed by the biennial Light + Building event in Frankfurt, 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
    Spring 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

    The next edition of Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology fair is scheduled to take place from 23 – 25 September 2015.


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


    -End-

    Background information on Messe Frankfurt
    Messe Frankfurt is one of the world’s leading trade fair organisers, generating around €545 million in sales and employing some 2,000 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 150 countries. Messe Frankfurt events take place at more than 30 locations around the globe. In 2013, Messe Frankfurt organised a total of 113 trade fairs, of which more than half took place outside Germany.
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