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ControlTrends Awards nomination 2018 CTA AHR Expo 2019
Have your say in this annual awards ceremony, celebrating the best in controls

Have you voted in the annual ControlTrends Awards yet? The ceremony will take place at AHR Expo 2019, in Atlanta, Georgia January 14–16.

This fantastic initiative driven by Eric Stromquist and Ken Smyers gives credit to the best of the best in the controls industry. You can vote for your favourite product, solution, company, and even your favourite executive or technical support person. We love that the ballot recognizes the people behind the products, including Impact Person of the Year and the PID (Professionalism, Integrity, and Dedication) Award Winner of the Year.

We are nominated for several awards, including IoT Product or Solution of the Year (Optigo), ControlTrends Executive of the Year – Small Manufacturer (Pook-Ping Yao, Optigo), Smart Buildings Analytic Platform of the Year (Visual BACnet), and Best Technical Support Person – Small Manufacturer (Daniel Tan, Optigo).

We’d be honoured if you voted for Optigo Networks in these categories — submit your ballot here!

Not sure who else to vote for? Get our top picks for this year’s categories:

  1. Building Automation VAV Controller: Distech Controls ECLYPSE Connected VAV Controller

  2. Building Automation Plant/Equipment Controller of the Year: Delta Controls eBMGR

  3. Peripheral Vendor of the Year: BAPI

  4. Innovative Wireless Product or Solution of the Year: Distech Controls’ Allure UNITOUCH with my PERSONIFY mobile app

  5. Lighting Product or Solution of the Year: Acuity nLight Air

  6. Race to the Small Space Solution of the Year: Honeywell LCBS Connect

  7. Smart Building Automation Control System of the Year: Delta Controls enteliWEB

  8. Smart Thermostat or Smart Room Controller of the Year: Delta Controls eZNT

  9. ControlTrends Impact Person of the Year: Phil Zito, BAM

  10. Best Technical Support Person – Large Manufacturer: Robert Lastinger, Distech Controls

  11. Best Technical Support Company – Large Manufacturer: Distech Controls

  12. Best Technical Support Company – Small Manufacturer: Kodaro

  13. The Professionalism, Integrity, and Dedication (PID) Award: Greg Holloway, Delta Controls

  14. ControlTrends Executive of the Year – Large Manufacturer: Dan Preston, Johnson Controls

  15. ControlTrends Vendor of the Year – Large Manufacturer: Distech Controls

  16. Control Trends Vendor of the Year – Small Manufacturer: EasyIO

  17. ControlTrends Systems Integrator of the Year: CBRE | ESI, Milwaukee, WI

  18. ControlTrends Woman of the Year: Nicole Conklin, Cochrane Supply Co

  19. Progressive Consulting Engineer of the Year (Demonstrated Industry Leadership in Advancing the Smart Building): Richard Reid, Arup

Be sure to vote for your favourite people, products, and solutions! We’ll see you at the ceremony in January.

Recent Blog Posts

November 27, 2018, Vancouver, BC – Vancouver-based Optigo Networks, the network connectivity, monitoring, and analytics company, has released a whitepaper on the future of BACnet and the Building Internet of Things (BIoT).

Gary Brancato had a problem. As a controls engineer at Princeton University, he has a small team and a big campus. It’s just him and his fellow controls engineer Adam, juggling 1,000 Ethernet devices from more than a dozen vendors.

The BAS industry is at a turning point, with IP connectivity shifting the way we see our brick and mortar buildings. 

There are goblins and ghouls that go bump in the night; and then there are BAS misconfigurations that give you a fright! For Halloween, we’ve collected some of your spookiest network horror stories. Read on for stories of:

Have you voted in the annual ControlTrends Awards yet? The ceremony will take place at AHR Expo 2019, in Atlanta, Georgia January 14–16.

Recent Projects

Penn State University Optigo Networks Visual BACnet


When Tom Walker looked at Penn State University’s Navy Yard network, he saw huge issues. The system was busy and loud, to the point where the overrun network was bringing down the entire building. Because this was happening on the MS/TP network, pinpointing the problem would mean boots on the ground to segment and test the chain, piece by piece.

Penn State University Optigo Networks Visual BACnet


When Tom Walker first started working at Penn State University four years ago, there were a lot of network issues. Buildings were dropping offline. Broadcast traffic was pushing 90,000 packets per hour. Walker was on the phone almost every single night because devices were down or had to be reset.


Torre Manacar Mexico City Optigo Connect


When MR Soluciones began work on Torre Manacar, they knew they needed a flexible and scalable network infrastructure to support a wide array of integrated systems. Optigo Networks was a natural fit for the massive project, designing a robust network at a competitive cost.



Short Pump Town Center, an upscale retail center, underwent a complete renovation in 2014. The flexibility of Optigo Networks’ solution meant the retail center’s unknown final design was not a barrier to placing IP surveillance equipment in the field.



Optigo Networks connected New York-based Boulevard Mall’s security surveillance devices in December 2015, using a Passive Daisy Chain topology.

Visual BACnet tech support team


One tech support team at a manufacturer purchased an account with Visual BACnet in April 2017, for technical problems around the world.

Aster Conservatory Green Optigo Connect


The Aster Conservatory Green is a community comprising 352 residences across 24 low-rise buildings. The buildings use advanced surveillance and access control technology, including 40 HD video cameras and 60 FOB-access-tele-entry points for access control.



When Delta Building Automation (Australia) won the BMS Upgrade at 25 National Circuit for the Australian Trucking Association, they partnered with Optigo Networks to create a secure and robust Building Services Network (BSN). Optigo Connect more than delivered on this project with a scalable solution that restored the building network to perfection.

Optigo Connect Seattle Stadium


Optigo Connect offered a simple, cost-efficient solution for a premier Seattle-based stadium. Optigo Networks’ design improved the surveillance system to crystal clear perfection, made it dependable, and allowed the security system to scale with the addition of more than 40 16MP cameras.



Optigo Networks and OTI offered a secure and scalable solution for four data centers’ HVAC and Access Control systems throughout the United States. Optigo Connect’s performance in the first data center was so impressive, the client asked that Optigo replicate the network design for three other data centers.