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How to Spec Integrated Automation

Bidding Div. 25

Designing and bidding an IoT and Integrated Platform isn’t what it used to be.  Traditional controls contractors used to bid Division 23, and focused only on the building’s HVAC and control systems. Now that most building systems are connected to the Internet, a need for a better understanding of networks and the different network solutions available is crucial to our industry. Integrators and MSIs are now expected to be familiar with bidding Division 25 – Integrated Automation. This change in our industry introduces several challenges, such as:

  • Integrating more systems
  • OT Networks
  • Working with IT
  • Cybersecurity
  • Specification standardization
  • And more

Join us on our webinar with Greg Fitzpatrick, CxA, Business Development IoT and Integration of Cochrane Supply, and Ryan Hughson, Strategic Solutions Manager at Optigo Networks. We’ll walk you through the key issues of bidding on Division 25, and what skills you can and should bring to the table as an integrator.

Visual BACnet webinar demo

Visual BACnet is an advanced visualization tool for Building Automation System (BAS) Service Providers. The powerful analytics engine quickly identifies common problems and anomalous behavior in the BACnet infrastructure. With tools for troubleshooting, monitoring, and commissioning, you can make the most of your BACnet network and improve its overall health.

Learn how to fix that pesky router your regularly reset, or the network that is painfully slow. Monitor your network to ensure it stays healthy, and get alerts when the network health drops. Show network health history with regular reports, and solve customers’ problems faster.

Optigo Connect webinar demo

Do you struggle to manage OT systems on an IT network? Are your bandwidth and fiber stretched to their limits, with no room to grow? Optigo Connect is an innovative family of networking hardware products, capable of connecting thousands of smart devices anywhere on a property. The intuitive graphical interface, Optigo OneView, lets you manage and monitor your entire system and bandwidth from a single dashboard. Secure networks, save money, and scale your system to meet your needs.

Learn more about Optigo Connect in our webinar demo! We dive into the technology, its networking capabilities, and real-world examples of Optigo Connect in action.

Mini-Webinar: Problematic MS/TP

Flickering lights. Erratic heating. Slow or missing data. One tiny little strand of wire can cause big problems on your MS/TP networks. Join Ryan Hughson and Monica McMahen on our 10-minute webinar, to learn about common wiring problems and how to solve major MS/TP issues. Register now!

Mini-Webinar: Duplicate BBMDs

Join Ryan Hughson, Optigo Networks’ Manager of Building Solutions, and Monica McMahen, Marketing Manager, as they detail the ins and outs of duplicate BBMDs. In 10 minutes, you’ll learn what a duplicate BBMD is, how it can wreak havoc in your BACnet system, and what you can do today to quickly resolve the problem.

Mini-Webinar: Circular Networks

Join Ryan Hughson and Monica McMahen as they discuss circular networks. How does a circular network happen, and how can you recognize it? How do you fix it, and how is it identified in Visual BACnet? All of this in less than 10 minutes!

Visual BACnet: Leading the future of BAS

On September 10, 2016, Optigo Networks launched Visual BACnet, the advanced visualization tool for Building Automation System (BAS) service providers. One year later, how has Visual BACnet evolved? How far have we come, and where are we headed?

Join Dan Ronald, Optigo’s VP of Product Management, and Monica McMahen, Optigo’s Marketing Manager as they discuss how our vision for Visual BACnet has changed over the past year of development. We’ll also dive into the future of the platform, including major new partnerships and plans for capturing and monitoring every part of the network.

Mini-Webinar: Duplicate Networks

How do duplicate networks happen? What can you do to spot duplicate networks in Visual BACnet, and how can you prevent them in the future? Join Ryan Hughson and Monica McMahen, to learn about the signs of and solutions for duplicate networks in just 10 minutes! Register now.

Introducing new site monitoring for smart buildings

Getting regular captures of your building network is crucial to understanding its behaviour. Without daily or weekly insights into your network health, you can’t possibly begin to improve it. Visual BACnet now offers a simple way to stay on top of your BACnet health: with site monitoring, you can schedule hourly or daily captures and they will automatically upload into Visual BACnet. From there, assess, visualize, and diagnose issues to quickly resolve problems. You can even set alerts, to be notified when there are changes in your network health.

Join us for a 10-minute mini-webinar on this cutting-edge new feature for Visual BACnet. Find out how this will improve and simplify your smart building management.

Power over Ethernet

The power's in the cord

Power over Ethernet (PoE) is the rising star of the building automation and security industry. Cameras, access control, lighting and HVAC devices can be powered and communicate on the network with just a single Ethernet connection. This reduces the number of points of failure, lowers installation costs, and gives drastically improved access to analytics. Join us in discussion with Hendra Nugraha, National Engineering Manager for Delta Building Automation (Australia), to discover how he and his team are using PoE to get a leg up on their competition.

Improve your smart building's energy analytics with BACnet

When Australian energy analytics company BUENO Systems used to start working with a new building, they would have no idea what was happening on the building’s network. Now, with Visual BACnet, they can assess the health of a customer’s network and ensure it is working in prime condition, well before adding their analytics.

Join Tyson Soutter, Integration Engineer at BUENO Systems, to learn how they are using Visual BACnet to ensure their analytics are deployed on stable networks and have access to all the information they need.

Separate Operational Technology Networks

The Future of Smart Buildings

Operational technology (OT) — including HVAC, lighting, and security — is regularly managed by IT departments alongside computers and phones. This is referred to as convergence, and it’s been seen as the simpler, cheaper approach to building management. As more OT devices are installed in buildings though, it’s become harder for IT departments to manage and secure these devices. With OT devices left unsecure and connected to the IT network, hackers can target HVAC, lighting, and the like to reach IT devices and their data.

Join our webinar on April 26 at 11 a.m. PST, where we’ll talk about the necessity of OT networks. Optigo Connect, now widely available in North America through a primary distributor partnership with Controlco, can connect thousands of devices on a property for a fraction of the infrastructure.

Advanced Troubleshooting BACnet in Wireshark

Featuring Greg Holloway, Delta Controls

BACnet networks can be brought down by excessive traffic, devices sending errors, and hundreds of other variables. Luckily Wireshark can help identify the troublemaker devices and root causes of network problems.

Join Pook-Ping Yao, CEO of Optigo Networks, and Greg Holloway, Tech Support and Wireshark Guru at Delta Controls, to dig into the bits and bytes of Wireshark. Learn advanced filtering, graphing, and exporting information to leverage excel and other complementary tools. If you are already familiar with Wireshark but want to expand on your pre-set filters, this webinar is for you!

How top universities use BACnet to improve their infrastructure

Featuring Jason Burt, VP of Product and Co-Founder of BuildPulse

Get ahead of the curve with data that enables your team to make the switch to proactive maintenance. Facility teams are busy — automating even a small part of your workload opens up opportunities to drive change in your building portfolio.

Some energy-wasting issues are embedded in the network itself, and an energy analytics service can’t always pinpoint the root problem. Using BuildPulse and Visual BACnet in parallel allows you to commission your network, troubleshoot, and optimize energy use. Especially at universities, where the properties are huge and the devices are many, this combination can lead to massive time, energy, and financial savings.
Join Jason Burt, VP of Product and Co-founder of BuildPulse and Monica McMahen, Marketing Manager at Optigo Networks, to learn how energy analytics and network commissioning can help your team hit energy goals and improve your network’s health.

Troubleshooting with Visual BACnet

Back by popular demand

Following our last webinar, there is a huge demand for another webinar on how to use Visual BACnet. Therefore, we are bringing this webinar back and sneaking it in just before the holidays!

Join me to learn how to use Visual BACnet, some of the lesser known features, and how to troubleshoot your system.

Introducing Contemporary Controls BASRouterLX and Visual BACnet Integration

Diagnosing problems in your IP network is getting easier. But when your MS/TP network breaks down you have to put on your boots, drive to the site, set up a USB dongle and capture traffic right on site. This becomes a time consuming fix. Contemporary Controls is changing that. Their BASrouterLX has advanced features such as MS/TP frame capture for use with Wireshark®. We’re teaming up with Contemporary Controls to integrate this BACnet router with Visual BACnet. This router can capture and upload files without you having to put your boots on, while still working as a very powerful BACnet/IP to MS/TP router. Join Optigo’s VP Product Development Dan Ronald and Contemporary Controls’ Senior Product Manager Harpartap Parmar to learn all about this new collaboration.

Reducing Fingerpointing

Pinpointing Problems in your BACnet System

How do you know if something has been misconfigured? Do you spend days wondering who is responsible for the recent outage? Failures can go unnoticed for a long time and cause catastrophic problems at inconvenient times. Currently, technicians don’t know something is wrong until a customer complains, and the days spent fixing it can leave customers very unhappy.

Join us with special guest Gary Brancato, Controls Engineer at Princeton University to learn how they use Visual BACnet to pin-point problems in their BACnet system. We will discuss how users of all skill levels can drill down further into the user friendly dashboards to find problematic BACnet frames and access specific device parameters. Visual BACnet™’s quick and easy visualization presents the information in a way that is easy to understand. Problems that have yet to be found can be identified, and the right people can be brought in to fix them before the misconfigurations cause real issues. Stay one step ahead of your customer and have fewer emergency fixes and more time for proper fixes.

How Healthy is your Building Network?

Visual BACnet for Building Managers

Determining the health of a building network is difficult, yet extremely valuable. In an age of convergence, building systems often have a number of contractors working on them, adding devices and continuously optimizing the system. But what happens when a vendor adds a service that floods the network, and causes performance degradation? Suddenly, the project manager is left trying to figure out what happened and who is responsible. Join us as we discuss how Visual BACnet™ is built to track changes made by the increasing number of vendors collaborating on BACnet systems. Learn how Visual BACnet™ is designed with the priorities of facility managers to make BACnet system benchmarking easier than it has ever been.

Passive Optical Networking

Make your OT Network Efficient

Join us as we take an in-depth exploration into Passive Optical Networking (PON).  We will look at what makes PON unique and discuss how it can create the perfect Converged Building Operations Network in single building or campus projects.  You will discover how you can support your building automation, security and energy systems with a scalable network that has higher performance and less infrastructure than traditional networks. Learn about specific architectures available in multi-service operational technology networks using PON, and find out how they may fit your next project. Optigo CEO Pook-Ping Yao will have a candid conversation about your options and answer your questions about Passive Optical Networking.

Cybersecurity in BACnet

Keeping your BACnet System safe

BACnet systems are shockingly vulnerable. Are your systems secure? Join us as we discuss the role of Cybersecurity in BACnet. We will consider a few hazards and consequences posed by networked BMS technology, and the legacy risks that accompany each BACnet system. You will learn how actual system commissioning or maintenance may even fail to deliver elementary security (like avoiding trivial passwords), that was assumed in the risk assessment, and how BACnet allows transmission across networks that are only partially ‘trusted’. Discover and identify the loss of service building occupants can survive, how current functionality is determined, and how you can better configure your network to withstand these risks.

I Can Hack Into Your Building. Stop Me.

6 million commercial building in the US are believe to be secure. Every single one has exposed building controllers, security cameras and access control systems that an entry level hacker can hack into. Join Fred Gordy, Director of Cyber Security at Intelligent Buildings, and Ping Yao, CEO of Optigo Networks as they discuss the incredible vulnerabilities in our buildings systems, and what to do about it. If you are responsible for operational systems using open protocols such as BACnet & ONVIF, you won’t want to miss this webinar. We will discuss how easy it is to hack into many of the building systems, and more importantly, what are some of the basic steps that can and should be used to protect them.

Goodbye Wireshark

Troubleshooting BACnet with Visual BACnet

Wireshark has grown in popularity when analyzing BACnet communication in a building network to identify issues. However, this often has technicians spending an endless amount of time to find and resolve these issues.

Join us as we introduce you to Visual BACnet™, and show you how to find BACnet protocol anomalies in your building network using advanced visualization. Visual BACnet™ contains an analytics engine formulated to identify common problems in your BACnet infrastructure, giving you BAS Network Health monitoring at your fingertips using quick scans and dashboards, and access to detailed reports and baselining capabilities. Learn how Visual BACnet™ can help you cut down your troubleshooting time from days to minutes.

Troubleshooting BACnet in Wireshark

Not sure what is happening in your building network? Dealing with poor network performance? Use Wireshark, a free network packet analyzer, to dig into the network traffic to uncover the root cause of the issue. Wireshark is a free network packet analyzer that helps troubleshooting by capturing network packets and allowing you to browse the network traffic to isolate the issues in a network.

Watch  Pook-Ping Yao’s 25 minute recap of the hour spent with Steve Karg examining how to analyze BACnet communications in Wireshark to identify issues within a Building Automation System. Troubleshooting often has a technician on the hunt for erroneously chatty devices, missing acknowledgements, unanswered Who-Is, duplicate Device-IDs, and other obscure problems in the network. Join this webinar to learn simple checks, filters and tricks to troubleshoot and understand your BACnet building automation system quickly.