WebCTRL v6 Released !

October 07, 2013

We are very excited to announce the release of WebCTRL v6!

WebCTRL v6 Highlights

· WebCTRL v6 sports a completely new look! User friendly icons and larger buttons adorn an elegant new design, updating and simplifying the user interface. Time-lapse can now be easily accessed from a new ‘movie reel’ icon conveniently located on the top bezel.
· Multi-Browser support is offered in both desktop and mobile environments, so system operators can use their favorite browser to surf WebCTRL from the convenience of a tablet (iOS, Android, and Windows)

· A new multi-trend display renders historical data to the screen in just seconds and provides innovative new controls to help diagnose building system performance.

· Alarms can now be managed more easily thanks to a simplified user interface!

· WebCTRL v6 (WC500 and WC) now includes the advanced Enterprise Integration option, enabling all facility managers to benefit from add-ons like EnergyReports, ZoneHistory and Notes

· Add-ons like ‘Zone History’, ‘Trend Export’, and ‘Dataviz’ can also be more conveniently deployed in WebCTRL and offer new capabilities.

· DHCP (Dynamic Host Control Protocol) addressing is now offered for those customers whose IT personnel prefer to assign IP addresses using DHCP.

· Several security enhancements have been added to WebCTRL v6, helping our customers keep their Building Automation Systems (BAS) secure!

Key new features and benefits of WebCTRL v6 are described with screen captures for clarity! Print in color or email! Check out the “What’s New in WebCTRLv6” for a more detailed feature-by-feature description, including enhancements to all WebCTRL tools. Request detailed cutsheets today!

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EquipmentBuilder for Educators

Want to create a control program for a fan coil unit, a VAV terminal, or other types of HVAC equipment?  EquipmentBuilder for Educators will automatically generate a control program, a points list, and a sequence of operations based on design options you select. The Educator version saves control programs in the same .logicsymbol format used by EIKON.  So, if the thousands of options in EquipmentBuilder don’t give you exactly what you want, you can edit the program in EIKON for Educators and customize it to meet your needs.

Download Link: http://www.automatedlogic.com/eikon-for-educators/%20/

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EIKON® for Educators

EIKON for Educators allows you to quickly create complex graphical control programs and then run these programs in a simulation mode to see how they perform. The Educator version saves programs as .logicsymbol files, a more compact format than the machine executable .equipment files used by the non-Educator version.  If you have a WebCTRL® system, you can open the .logicsymbol file created in EIKON for Educators, save it as a .equipment file, and download it into a running control module.

Download Link: http://www.automatedlogic.com/eikon-for-educators/%20/

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Automated Logic will demonstrate its new innovative Time-lapse feature

Automated Logic Showcases New WebCTRL Time-Lapse Feature at NFM&T Expo
Automated Logic will demonstrate its new innovative Time-lapse feature within the WebCTRL® BAS at the National Facilities Management and Technology Conference and Expo (NFM&T) March 12 to 14, 2013 in Baltimore.
During the three day event, Automated Logic engineers will be available to demonstrate the effectiveness of Time-lapse, a graphical diagnostic tool that allows users to rewind and play back hours of building data in minutes. Time-lapse provides a quick overview of building operations and enables users to pinpoint the source of issues impacting their facility’s performance.

“This innovative feature is like having instant replay for your building,” said Lauren Kolb, president, Automated Logic. “Our goal is to give our customers an easy, effective way to balance smart and efficient energy use with a comfortable environment, and this new feature does exactly that.”

Automated Logic will also participate in an educational session. Steve Tom, director, technical information, Automated Logic, will present in the Greening of Existing Buildings track with a session entitled “Automatic Control of Natural Ventilation.” This presentation will examine the control system design of several existing and upcoming buildings, and will show how natural ventilation interacts with the mechanical heating and cooling systems. The presentation will also highlight problems that have kept some buildings from reaching their full potential. 

Automated Logic is also sponsoring a Solutions Exchange networking session, presenting the topic “Energy Efficient Building Automation.” The exchange is an interactive session that engages participants through discussions on critical topics in facilities management.

New ZS Sensors

ZS Combo Sensors Release

Automated Logic – WebCTRL v 5.5

In anticipation of a February release for the new Automated Logic ZS combination sensors,
please see the following:

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There are significant differences when comparing the new ZS combination sensors to our current
line of RS sensors which is why Automated Logic will continue to manufacture and support the RS
sensor line for many years to come.
ZS combination sensors are available to sense temperature, relative humidity, CO2, VOC’s, and offer
greatly enhanced functionality. Designed for ease of use, the ZS sensors feature a completely
redesigned LCD display.
So what are the key differences?
1) ZS sensors cannot be mixed with RS sensors on the same Rnet port
2) Up to 5 ZS sensors on a ZN/SE Rnet port, or up to 15 ZS sensors on an ME Rnet port
3) ZS sensors have a thicker profile than RS sensors, though they are similar in appearance
4) ZS Sensor LCD display has been completely re-designed for enhanced usability
5) ZS sensors utilize new MicroBlocks in the control program
6) ZS sensors utilize a new ZS/RS interactive image in ViewBuilder
7) ZS sensors that sense CO2 draw significant electrical current, so if multiple ZS CO2 sensors
are wired on the same Rnet, plan on an auxiliary power supply
8) ZS sensors use a different screwed terminal connector than RS sensors
And the similarities?
1) ZS color is identical to the RS Sensor line – Pantone Warm Gray 1C
2) ZS sensors are connected using the same 4-conductor cable as RS sensors
3) ZS sensor mounting screws are positioned identically to RS sensors
4) ZS and RS use the same USB-K local connector
5) ZS and RS use the same tamperproof hex screw
If you have additional questions on the forthcoming ZS combination sensors, please contact your local InnerSpace account manager.

Automation System Provides Critical Control at Princeton University’s High-Performance Computing Research Center

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Automated Logic’s WebCTRL® Building Automation System Provides Critical Control at Princeton University’s High-Performance Computing Research Center

Posted by Tina Wells on January 16, 2013

The facility is one of only nine high-performance data centers in the world to achieve U.S. Green Building Council® Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold certification.

“We’re proud to be the building automation provider for this important project,” said Lauren Kolb, president, ALC. “The installation of our WebCTRL® system at HPCRC underscores our expertise and commitment to helping customers achieve their sustainability goals in the mission-critical and education sectors.”

Located on Princeton’s Forrestal Campus in Plainsboro, N.J., the 47,000 sq. ft. facility is home to Princeton’s Terascale Infrastructure for Groundbreaking Research in Science and Engineering, also known as TIGRESS. The facility contains nearly 1,800 computers that support major research initiatives, administrative systems and departmental functions.

HPCRC received LEED Gold certification in 2012 and is currently consuming one-third less energy than the former data center on campus. That level of performance is aligned with Princeton’s ambitious sustainability plan, which promotes sustainable building technologies to reduce energy demand and conserve water.

The centralized computing facility features sophisticated heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) technology, monitored and controlled by ALC’s WebCTRL system. Three chillers maintain water temperature at approximately 45 degrees Fahrenheit to air-cool the computers, which generate excessive heat; the system can switch to outside air during colder months. A natural gas-driven generator, switched on when electricity prices spike, features a co-generation function that captures expelled heat as a source of energy to chill water. The WebCTRL system provides multiple levels of redundant (N+1) control, backed by extensive trend reporting capabilities.

“The WebCTRL technology and ALC team are very experienced in data center management,” noted Bill Broadhurst, PE, CEM, LEED AP, campus energy manager, Princeton. “Their people made a real difference. We appreciate the team, their depth of knowledge and how it was applied.”

Over the past two decades, ALC has completed more than 400 data center projects. Most are Tier II and Tier IV installations, including the world’s largest data complex currently under construction in the western U.S. ALC’s mission-critical clients include some of the world’s most successful and technologically advanced companies and government entities, including global leaders in financial markets and trading technology, software and internet security solutions, telecommunication providers, national defense agencies and the nation’s largest co-location provider.

Setpoint, now what is the setpoint?

System: Automated Logic

ver. 4.1, 5.2 & 5.5

An Nifty little add-on that allows the use of groups (under the GRP tree) to edit the setpoints of multiple equipment at once.

This also serves as a developer sample for access to the groups tree, and the Setpoint aspect.  It demonstrates basic BACnet discovery and shows how to read some properties.

When the browser is navigated to this add-on’s URL, it should present a login page. Log in with any valid operator and password from the WebCTRL Server.

The left hand side should list the available schedule groups. Click on a group, then specify occupied and unoccupied setpoints on the right hand side. When you click apply, these setpoints will be applied to all equipment in the setpoint group.

Now where did I put those?

System: Automated Logic

Version: 5.5 (Beta)

This add-on provides a simple mechanism to manage and display the documentation associated with a WebCTRL system. There are numerous as-builts, network diagrams, and other documents that are associated with WebCTRL locations, but are awkward to attach as graphics. This add-on provides a simple way to include a large number of documents in a system and associate different documents with different locations in WebCTRL without requiring custom view files for each location.  You include links to the documents in a view file using the ViewBuilder WebApp Content control.  You may easily customize the format of the resulting content.

This is a very early version of this add-on which, while functional, is really intended to get some real world feedback about the features needed to manage documents in a WebCTRL system. It currently has no user interface and both the documents and their mapping to WebCTRL locations must be managed by manipulating files on the WebCTRL server. If you do not have direct access to the file system of the WebCTRL server, we suggest that you use WebDAV to get access. See your field office for more details.

Future Trending Apps – hit the road running

        

System: Automated Logic

All beta sites must be running WebCTRL 4.1b, 5.2 or 5.5

Version 5.6 will bring multiple browser compatibility (no more Internet Explorer only!) to WebCTRL.  As part of this effort, ALC has decided to rework the Trend Applet to solve several problems that Java applets cause and to improve the experience for our users.  The full replacement is hoped to ship with WebCTRL 5.6 (although it is possible it will ship as a separate patch after the 5.6 release).  However, we want to get feedback from you about several aspects of this new trend replacement.  Therefore, we are releasing an early preview of the trend applet replacement as on add-on here as we complete phases of development.

To try out this add-on, install it (ask your local field office) and then browse (using Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, or Chrome) to <webctrl server>/tar .  Use the tree on the left to select a graph.  Also note that moving the cursor over the graph causes controls to appear at the top of the graph, including a help button.  When the replacement is included into WebCTRL, it will be integrated into the product, so things like the tree control will not be present.  This control only exists to give you some way to select what trends to view.  Controls on the graph, such as help, are intended to be part of the final feature.

For each phase, we are interested in receiving specific areas of feedback (although all feedback is welcome) to help us improve the feature. Please provide feedback by adding comments to this add-on.

Hold the music! These sensors will rock…in Beta – to be continued

System: Automated Logic

All beta sites must be running WebCTRL 5.5

The new ZS Sensors will offer the ability to provide multiple sensing technologies in a single housing. In addition to sensing temperature the sensors will have options for sensing humidity, CO2 and VOC(Volatile Organic Compounds). Any of the sensor models (Base, Plus, Pro or Pro-F) can be ordered to support a mix of up to 3 sensing elements. Note: temperature is always included and CO2 and VOC are mutually exclusive.

In addition to combination sensing, the new ZS Sensors offer more flexible setpoint adjust, support for up to 5 sensors of any variety per control program, and up to 15 sensors on a single Rnet. They are all dip switch addressable. More data than ever before is available to be displayed on the sensors. The sensors now support the ability to force the zone into an unoccupied state for energy savings and much more.

All beta sites must be running WebCTRL 5.5.

List of use cases/scenarios that we need to test during the beta period:

      Rnet network with at least 2 Pro or Pro-F sensors
      Rnet network with 5 total sensors
      Rnet network with 10 total sensors
      Sensors on modules running under MS/TP networks
      Pro sensors configured with:

        · Multiple items in Home screen rotation
        · Varying Setpoint Adjust configurations
        · Support for Force Unoccupied
        · More than 5 items on Info and Diagnostics screens
        · Use of Alarm designation
        · Use of Maintenance designation
        · Setpoint adjust inhibit
        · Schedule MB with Allow Continuous Override enabled
        · Schedule MB with Allow TLO Set During Occupied enabled
          · Pro-F Sensor with mode and fan control
          The ZS Zone Sensor beta product is scheduled to be ready for ordering the week of August 20th, and the test period will last approximately 90 days.