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RC-Hospitality Achieves Oracle Validated Integration

A Gold-Standard Achievement for Reliable Controls

Reliable Controls®, a Gold level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), today announced the achievement of Oracle Validated Integration of RC-Hospitality® 1.0 with Oracle Hospitality OPERA 5.5. RC-Hospitality is a simple, flexible, and sustainable guest-room integration solution. RC-Hospitality automatically assigns the HVAC/lighting occupancy setting for any room upon guest check-in, enabling the MACH-System™ to improve guest-room comfort and operational efficiency, while delivering analytics for the entire facility.

What it Takes to Achieve the Oracle Gold Standard

To achieve Oracle Validated Integration, Oracle partners are required to meet a stringent set of requirements that are based on the needs and priorities of the customers. The integration will instill confidence in customers, helping to reduce costs and provide an improved user experience. David Hicks, vice president for Worldwide ISV Cloud Business Development at Oracle said,
Achieving Oracle Validated Integration gives our customers confidence that the integration between RC-Hospitality® and Oracle Hospitality OPERA is functionally sound and performs as tested. For solutions deployed on-premises, in the cloud, or both, Oracle Validated Integration applies a rigorous technical review and test process that helps to reduce deployment risk and improves the user experience of the partner’s integrated offering.

Oracle Validated Integration & Oracle PartnerNetwork

Oracle Validated Integration, available through the Oracle PartnerNetwork, gives customers confidence that the integration of a complementary partner software product with an Oracle “on-premises” Application has been validated and the products work together as designed. This can help customers reduce risk, improve system implementation cycles, and provide for smoother upgrades and simpler maintenance. Oracle Validated Integration applies a rigorous technical process to review partner integrations and partners who successfully complete the program are authorized to use the “Oracle Validated Integration” logo. For more information about Oracle validation click here or to read about Oracle PartnerNetwork click here. To read the press release in full please click here.

IBC & Reliable Controls

IBC is a proud partner of Reliable Controls. RC proudly offers an industry-best, 5-Year Warranty on all controllers. For more information on this RC update, other RC products or for any queries you may have on any other partner and their products, please get in touch here, we'll be happy to assist you.  

Trend Control Systems Feature Updates

trend control systemsFeature Updates for IQ 4 v3.7

You may have read details for features included in Trend Control Systems IQ 4 v.3.7 and IQSET v7.3. IQ 4 v3.7 has now started shipping, and so we'd like to remind you of the following;
  • Version 3.7 includes Secure vCNCs, for which there is a new procedure to setup a vCNC in a controller, please take this opportunity to attend the online training via the LMS.
  • Without IQSET v7.3 or above engineers will not be able to Upload/Download to a controller with IQ4 v3.7 firmware.
  • When upgrading to IQSET v7.3 or above be aware the minimum requirement is Windows 8.1 on a 64Bit PC
To download IQ®4 v3.7, please click here

TES version 3.8u4 is now available

TES version 3.8u4 is now available on PNet. This release updates TES to the latest version of Niagara AX
  • This release fixes the issue where, in certain circumstances, after 200 or more days of runtime, the network stack on a TONN could get into a state where it would consume 100% of the CPU. This was resolved in AX 3.8U2. Note: that previous resolution in earlier AX builds was incomplete.
  • Further information about this release can be found in the Niagara 3.8u2, 3.8u3, and 3.8u4 release notes.
To download TES version 3.8u4, please click here

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As your premier independent distributor and value-added reseller of BEMS, controllers, measurement and peripheral products, IBC is happy to assist you with any products or existing updates you may want more information on. Contact us today for all queries and quotes.
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Trend Controls 963 Withdrawal Reminder and Final Update

Trend Controls 963 has served many building operators and our industry for over 15 years, but the time has come to remove this product from sale. From December 23rd, 2019, 963 software will no longer be available for purchase. The technology used within the product is aging and uses components where their future support is not guaranteed by their developers, resulting in unacceptable increased risk to our family of Trend Partners and end-users. As of December 23rd, 2019, Trend will withdraw the final 963 parts from the price list, with the following exceptions:

Product Description Order Code
963 Supervisor Software additional client licenses (from existing number to 25 user. Note: serial no. required) 963S/UP/*/25USER
SOFTWARE RELICENSE CSWR7-RELICENSE

 

At IBC our mission is to ensure you have access to the most up to date information that's important to the work you do. If you'd like more information on this Trend withdrawal or have any questions relating to this or any other product or partner company please don't hesitate to contact our team.

Trend 963 Final Update

Following the announcement of this withdrawal, the final 963 update is now available. Changes in this service pack include several fixes and a number of software enhancements. To view the full list of changes, please click here.

A New Era of Trend Technology

Trend Control's recent launch of IQ VISION version 2.2 has exceeded all expectations and has now established itself as the BMS Supervisor of choice for Trend Partners. IQ VISION 2.2 provides engineers and users with superior integration, visualisation, and IT compliance, meeting the needs of many stakeholders in the life cycle of both traditional and connected buildings. To find out more about IQ VISION, talk to our team now.

Reliable Controls President inducted into the BACnet Hall of Fame

Reliable Controls President inducted into the BACnet Hall of Fame

Victoria, BC, Canada – Reliable Controls® is pleased to announce that the company’s president, Roland Laird, was inducted into the BACnet® Hall of Fame as part of the BACnet International Annual Awards. The awards ceremony took place during the AHR Expo in Atlanta on January 14, 2019.

Deserving individuals and companies were recognized for outstanding achievements in several categories, including Member of the YearVolunteer of the YearRising Star, and Hall of Fame. Inductees into the BACnet Hall of Fame are individuals with at least a decade of meaningful contributions to the BACnet community, who have played a unique and valuable role in the ongoing development of the BACnet standard or the community, championed open dialog and a collaborative approach to resolving issues, and demonstrated a global perspective with respect for regional and cultural differences.

Roland Laird is the founder and president of Reliable Controls. From 2005 to 2010, he was an active participant in BACnet International’s BTL Working Group and the ASHRAE SSPC 135 BACnet Committee. He also served on the board of directors of BACnet International for six years, from 2012 through 2017. Since 1986, when he founded Reliable Controls, Roland has been heavily involved in the company’s product development and its corporate management; his current focus is managing Quality Assurance in R&D.

“The BACnet International Annual Awards provide an opportunity to recognize individuals and companies who through their hard work and dedication [to] continually enrich the BACnet community,” Managing Director Andy McMillan said. “They consistently go above and beyond to make BACnet an effective and successful building automation standard and we are proud to acknowledge them.”

Learn more about Reliable Controls: https://www.reliablecontrols.com/

Click Here to download a PDF version of this release.

GTS LX Series Selected as 2018 Money-Saving Product by BUILDINGS Magazine

DriSteem’s LX Series Gas-fired Humidifier Selected as 2018 Money-Saving Product by BUILDINGS Magazine (Eden Prairie, MN) – DRI-STEEM Corporation (DriSteem) is proud to announce that BUILDINGS magazine has named its LX series gas-fired humidifier as a 2018 Money-Saving Product Award winner. The GTS® humidifier LX series (patents pending) is the most recent addition to DriSteem’s market-leading gas-fired humidifiers. The LX series has the flexibility to tackle almost any application. The LX series offers:  Condensing design provides for highest efficiency and PVC venting: Saves money on energy costs with greater than 90% efficiency.  Ultra-low NOx for a clean environment and to meet increasingly stringent regulations: Ultra-low nitrogen oxide emissions of under 20 ppm conform to SCAQMD (South Coast Air Quality Management District) 1146.2 air quality management standards for gas-fired humidifiers.  Reduced installation costs: The LX series patent-pending condensing technology ensures that the flue temperature stays under 140 °F, allowing for the use of PVC, CPVC, or polypropylene flue piping which is less expensive, easier to work with than stainless steel, and can be vented through sidewalls, saving on installation costs.  5:1 turndown ratio for accurate humidity control: The LX series has a 5:1 turndown ratio for accurate humidity control through a wide range of load conditions, providing consistent output from low to maximum demand.  Sensing technology that adjusts drain intervals automatically, in addition to accurately measuring water tank level: The LX series humidifiers’ electronic water level control accurately manages tank filling and draining with all water types from tap to deionized. This universal water control means that there is no need to change configurations based on water type when ordering equipment or retrofitting to fit new water sources in the field.  Space-saving design for ease of installation and placement flexibility: All LX series humidifiers feature a small footprint for easy installation in crowded mechanical rooms, with a wall mounting option for 50 and 75 lbs/hr models for even more placement flexibility. For installing outdoors, there is a climate-controlled outdoor enclosure option available. “We are thrilled that the LX series was selected for the 2018 BUILDINGS Money-Saving Product Award. DriSteem’s gas-fired humidifiers have been trusted for their quality in the industry for over 20 years,” said Phil Lilja, DriSteem Product Manager. “We are especially proud of the new LX series because it offers a next generation breakthrough for energy savings, installation flexibility, and environmental protection.” Finalists were evaluated by the BUILDINGS editorial staff for the money-saving qualities they offer to building owners and facility managers in areas such as energy consumption, water savings, lighting, security, roofing, and maintenance. DriSteem’s LX series is showcased in the magazine’s June 2018 issue, as part of an elite group of money-saving products. For more information about DriSteem’s GTS humidifier LX series, visit www.dristeem.com/products/steam-generation/gas-steam-humidifier/gts-humidifier-lx-series or contact [email protected] About DriSteem DriSteem is a premier provider of humidification, evaporative cooling, and water treatment solutions for commercial and industrial applications. DriSteem offers custom systems for critical indoor environments such as health care, data centers, and other facilities requiring precise control of moisture and cooling in the air. DriSteem’s 50-year history of development and innovation has resulted in multiple patented designs that not only meet, but anticipate, customers’ unique needs. DriSteem is a subsidiary of Research Products Corporation, manufacturer of Aprilaire®, the leading residential humidifier brand, as well as air cleaners, heat-recovery systems and HVAC accessories. Visit DriSteem www.dristeem.com. Video: https://player.vimeo.com/video/250271850

Energy Reduction Support Scheme (Sustainable Energy Authority)

The purpose of this support scheme is to assist SMEs in reducing their energy use and costs. The overall goal is to help businesses become more competitive and reduce their carbon footprint through investment in energy efficient technology. A priority technology identified for the sector in 2018 is lighting where an entire facility is retrofitted. Elements of upgrade that are considered for this grant include:
  • New energy efficient light products
  • Decorative, feature or specialised non-typical light products
Emergency lighting retrofit
  • Smart meter
  • Design costs
  • Equipment hire to assist with installation
  • Project management costs up to a maximum of 5% of
  • project costs
Projects eligible for funding, must be delivered to private sector organisations in the Republic of Ireland and defined as an SME. An SME is an:
  • organisation with less than 250 employees,
  • annual turnover not exceeding €50 million,
  • and/or an annual balance sheet not exceeding €43 million.
To apply for this funding and for more information, log on to: https://www.seai.ie/grants/business-grants/lighting-support-scheme/

Trend Changes to Warranty

Our Products are Outstanding!

....................and to back up this statement we are now providing 5 years warranty on IQ4 & IQ4 I/O*.

All IQ4 controllers and IQ4 I/O modules purchased from the 1st of June 2018 will receive a 5-year limited hardware Warranty.*

*This is applicable on Trend systems installed with IQ4 controllers and IQ4 I/O modules. For systems which contain a mixture of IQ4 controllers & 3rd party I/O modules the extended warranty is not offered and our standard 2 year warranty applies as this solution increases the risk to the Trend hardware installed. Offering a solution with Trend IQ4 Controllers and Trend I/O modules provides the best long term investment for our mutual end-users. It improves the long term supportability and is future proofed. So keep it simple, keep it Trend and benefit from the extra 3 years of support and protection on your Trend Controllers.

This extended warranty does not include parts of the product that are implemented to prevent cyber security issues, when it is no longer reasonable to continue to provide security updates to firmware due to advances in or availability of 3rd party components or processing performance and capacity of the original product.

We have updated our standard partner Terms & Conditions document to reflect this very positive change.

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Energy Management Update

Further to Trends announcement on July 12th 2017 regarding Trend Energy Manager being placed on hold. There has been a further delay, in order to guarantee the most robust and secure product possible. The new version of Trend Energy Manager will be supplied with Microsoft’s new SQL Server to ensure the latest version of software is used. Microsoft SQL Server 2017 Express is only supported on 64 bit Windows Operating Systems, and it is due to this change in embedded component that Trend have required additional engineering time in the development the software. At the same time, given the importance of cyber security,Trend are taking the opportunity to re-test every aspect of the product. As a result Trend now anticipate TEM will be available in Q2 2018. When released TEM will support the following Windows Operating Systems - Windows 8**, Windows 8.1**, Windows 10**, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2016 (** Only 64bit versions of the Operating System are supported). This will affect the following order codes:
Order Code Product Description
TEM/TU/050 Trend Energy Manager for 50 Points (3 User)
TEM/TU/100 Trend Energy Manager for 100 Points (5 User)
TEM/TU/250 Trend Energy Manager for 250 Points (5 User)
TEM/TU/500 Trend Energy Manager for 500 Points (10 User)
TEM/TU/UL Trend Energy Manager for 2000 Points (25 User) (special order only)