We distribute products by more than 50 manufacturers, and one of our favorite things is running into our partners out at industry events. It’s one of the reasons we’re looking forward to the big AHR bi-annual Chicago show coming up shortly.
This year we noticed that many of our top-selling and most innovative manufacturers will be present in a big way – on the expo floor and in the session rooms talking about new products and interesting HVAC ideas. There will be tons to see at McCormick Place January 22-24 but here’s a short list of the manufacturers we suggest you definitely do not miss.
We know that many more manufacturers will be at AHR as attendees. We’re planning plenty of one-on-one meetings and hoping for chance run-ins as we walk the show floor. If you want to set up something concrete, let’s talk in the next couple weeks. Fill out the info on this form and we’ll get back to you ASAP.
In the old days, a busted rooftop unit meant an urgent phone call from the facilities manager and a costly emergency deployment of a field technician from a contractor, integrator or controls distributor. For many in the building automation industry, it’s still the old days. But for those who are interested in solving building equipment problems with digital and less costly solutions, diagnosing a problem can be as easy logging into a computer.
Secure remote connectivity is standard in many other industries by now. But when a system on the operational technology side of a building network turns off when it’s not supposed to or cycles on and off in an unintended pattern, everyone scrambles to diagnose and fix the problem, often after it has been occurring for days or weeks.
It doesn’t have to be this way. The technologies that have changed the operation of countless other industries is also available to the building automation industry, people have just been turned off by security concerns or commitment to old processes.
The security concerns around remote connectivity have, up until now, been valid. High profile data breaches achieved through compromising an IBMS plaster news headlines. From there, attempts to solve the problem have over complicated the issue. But as with other industries, there are ways to do remote connectivity right, without compromising anything on the security front and without a PhD in cybersecurity.
The products that are succeeding use technologies already widespread and proven in other industry applications – such as VPNs and VLANs. When applied correctly, the advantages of these remote connectivity products are tremendous.
While you may have shied away from remote connectivity for your BAS with good reason, new products available today don’t require a complete OT network overhaul to get secure remote access to your building systems. These products plug directly into individual units to create a secure portal into that one device or the entire system. Digital transformation sounds like it would require a full system retrofit, but that is simply not the case. As soon as your next system fails or falters, it will become clear that the age of fearing remote connectivity is over.
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