Controlco, Optigo Networks Announce Partnership to Advance Separation of OT Networks

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Combined efforts spur buildings IoT progress and innovation worldwide

PLEASANT HILL, Calif. and VANCOUVER, Canada, March 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Today, California-based automation distributor Controlco announces it is the primary North American distributor for Vancouver-based Optigo Networks, opening the door to an era of building networks that separate operational technology (OT) from information technology (IT) for building-IoT integrations.

“Convergence is not the simple solution it once was,” said Controlco President Chip Cummins. “And the number of smart devices on building networks will only keep growing. With that comes increased divisions between IT and OT staff capabilities, and an urgent need to secure everything from individual devices to full networks. We see this partnership with Optigo Networks as a way to help integrators advance their capabilities while delivering next generation operational technology to their building clients.”

Optigo Networks’ suite of hardware products, including its popular Optigo Connect family, offer easy-to-manage switches available with secure networks and a fraction of traditional infrastructure requirements. This partnership expands Optigo Connect’s availability throughout North America, and advances Optigo and Controlco’s shared vision of separate OT networks.

“We are thrilled to partner with Controlco to advocate for separate OT networks,” said Dan Ronald, VP Product Management at Optigo Networks. “Convergence leaves network systems vulnerable to attacks; with a growing number of connected devices in buildings worldwide, those vulnerabilities have massive implications. Optigo Connect is the backbone that smart buildings need, and now Controlco can help them get it.”

Through this North American distributor partnership, systems integrators and facility managers will have easy access to Optigo Connect and support in their OT transition.

About Controlco
Controlco specializes in products and knowledge for the Internet of Things (IoT) as it is used in commercial and industrial buildings. We distribute the industry’s best operational technology devices, controllers, sensors, software and accessories for building owners and operators to succeed at challenging IoT building projects.

About Optigo Networks
Optigo Networks is shaping the future of the commercial Internet of Things (IoT). Optigo uses visualization and anomaly detection to enable explosive growth of IoT in buildings. Optigo is the first to address the growing complexity of maintaining the thousands of little machines that make our buildings comfortable, efficient, and secure. Optigo’s solutions are used every day in a rising number of buildings around the world.

Attn: Bay Area Systems Integrators


You’re invited to Levi’s Stadium to hear how Controlco, Dell and Intel are working together to give you an IoT advantage in building automation.

Using real world case studies, we’ll provide strategic insight into how you can expand your IoT capabilities leveraging the Tridium’s Niagara platform on the brand new Dell Edge Gateway. Be among the first to hear about these game changers.

Event Details:

Thursday, February 16, 2017
1:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Levi’s Stadium

The event is capped at 50 registrants, so contact to register today.


Brian Turner Announces Launch of OTI for Leading-Edge Automation Solutions

Today, Brian Turner, known for his role as President of Controlco, announces the launch of OTI, created from the Systems Integration team of that established building automation distributor. Brian Turner, along with Clint Bradford, VP of Project Operations, and Jason Dewar, VP of Sales, will begin an ongoing transition with existing integration customers that will ultimately streamline workflow and enhance technological adaptability.

“The creation of OTI allows us to focus on comprehensive integration projects that utilize the best hardware and software available in our industry to help our customers take full advantage of the Internet of Things,” Brian Turner, now President of OTI, said.

As a purely operational technology integrator, OTI will focus on selecting the correct products for all applications and implementing those products into a building’s life cycle in a harmonious way.

“By spinning off from Controlco, our dedicated OTI sales and implementation teams can offer total solutions for all building and energy management needs while the Controlco teams can focus on their distribution partnerships,” said Clint Bradford who will oversee new and existing projects at OTI.

“We see OTI as the best way to get buildings performing at optimal levels and providing the best experience to occupants and tenants,” said Jason Dewar who brings his extensive product expertise to the OTI team.

Moving forward, OTI’s integrations will aim to increase energy savings, provide the highest level of network security and enhance operational efficiency without compromising occupant comfort.

About OTI
We are a master systems integrator built from a combined 200 years in building automation. With the massive increase in the number of sensors and network-connected controllers in commercial buildings, we saw a need to specialize in operational technology integrations to improve business performance and peace-of-mind for our partners. Learn more about the company at

About Controlco
Controlco is a leading distributor of the industry’s best controls products used to improve building performance and owner peace-of-mind. Since 1958, Controlco has supplied products for hundreds of customers with a variety of building types, from hospitals to schools to government buildings. Learn more at

VYKON to stop producing legacy JACE platforms

With the introduction of the JACE 8000 and Niagara AX version 3.8u1 which features 8000 support, VYKON will stop producing legacy JACE platforms and components. Beginning January, 2017, VYKON will phase in the End of Life (OLD) process. The last time to buy legacy JACE are:

JACE 700 – January 2, 2017

JACE 300E – July 1, 2018

JACE 600E – July 1, 2018

Replacement recommendations from Tridium, to keep systems operating a maximum functionality:

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Tridium says it will continue to support the above products according to its Maintenance Policy. Controlco will continue to sell JACE 8000 and End of Life JACE products until their expiration as determined by VYKON.

There’s Still Time!


Our summer promotion with Johnson Controls continues. Receive a $50 gift card when you spend at least $750 on Johnson Controls valves, pneumatics, electronic damper actuators and variable frequency drives. Purchases can be made through our web store or over the phone – just enter or say promo code JCSUMMER16 at checkout.

Shop now for more than 25,000 qualifying products on the web store and feel free to contact our sales team with any questions –

*Must reach $750 in one purchase. Promo ends August 31, 2016.

It’s On! Summer Promo for Select JCI Top Sellers

JohnsonPromoBlogHeaderNow through August 31 the Controlco web store is running a special promotion with Johnson Controls. When you spend at least $750* on JCI valves, pneumatics, electronic damper actuators and/or variable frequency drives, we’ll send you a $50 Visa gift card as a thank you.

With HVAC systems running overtime right now, you’re already placing orders for replacement parts left and right. We know you have lots of options when it comes to controls distributors, but we want to show you that Controlco is the best out there.

Browse the more than 25,000 qualifying products on the web store and feel free to contact our sales team with any questions –

*Must reach $750 in a single purchase. Gift card will be sent to the name and address listed in the purchase order. Promotion ends August 31, 2016.

IoTium and Controlco Announce Partnership to Offer Secure Remote Management of Building Automation Systems

ioTium’s Secure network infrastructure significantly reduces complexities in Controlco deployments with zero-touch provisioning and no changes to existing security

Today, IoTium (, a leading provider of secure, scalable, cloud-managed, easy-to-deploy network infrastructure for IoT applications, and Controlco (, a top systems integrator, announce their partnership to provide remote connectivity and management of building automation systems.

“We are encouraged by this new partnership with IoTium,” said Controlco President Brian Turner. “By automating provisioning and allowing enterprise firewalls to remain intact, all with cloud connectivity, we see this as a way to create an entirely new approach to secure remote management.”

IoTium’s secure network infrastructure offers zero-touch provisioning without changes to existing enterprise firewalls. Controlco’s implementation of this system significantly simplifies remote connectivity and management for all types of commercial buildings.

“We are pleased to enable Controlco to remotely, seamlessly and securely provision, connect and manage building automation systems using IoTium’s secure network infrastructure,” said IoTium CEO Ron Victor. “IoTium’s managed network infrastructure as a service simplifies secure remote connectivity and management of systems from the cloud while significantly reducing remote access costs and minimizing truck rolls.”

IoTium and Controlco will be together at the RealComm IBcon 2016 convention in San Jose this week. Representatives from each company will be available to answer questions and talk more about this partnership at booth #1305.

About IoTium
IoTium is a Silicon Valley start-up that is extending mainstream Internet to the Industrial IoT world. IoTium enables new revenue streams, secure remote management and diagnostic capabilities for customers in both green-field and brown-field installations. IoTium’s cloud-managed, software defined IoT Network infrastructure provides secure connectivity between devices and systems at the edge and applications in the public or private cloud. IoTium’s solution is secure, scalable, easy-to-deploy and extensible. More information is available at

About Controlco
Controlco delivers leading-edge automation and solutions to address the Internet of Things for commercial buildings, (BIoT). Controlco delivers the industry’s best software and hardware products, develops its own software applications, and provides hosting services to improve business performance and peace-of-mind. With dedicated sales and implementation teams, Controlco offers total solutions for all building and energy management needs in this BIoT world. Since 1958, Controlco has completed successful implementations in energy monitoring, enterprise-wide energy dashboards and customized energy-saving strategies for hundreds of clients in North America. Controlco actively participates in controls and integration projects of all sizes and continues to grow its data center capacity.

Media Contacts:

Ron Victor,
Founder/CEO, ioTium

Natalie Jacobs
Marketing/Communications, Controlco
(619) 929-8120