Tweet

September 2016
Interview

AutomatedBuildings.com

Babel Buster Network Gateways: Big Features. Small Price.
Control Solutions, Inc. - Minnesota

(Click Message to Learn More)



 

Greg BarnesEMAIL INTERVIEWGreg Barnes and Ken Sinclair

Greg Barnes, Vice President, Activelogix, LLC

Greg Barnes is an Owner and Vice President of Marketing and Sales at Activelogix, LLC. Previously a Director of OEM Sales at Tridium, Inc., he has 30 years of experience in management positions within the Building Automation, Energy Services and Work Order/Asset Management industry.



Technology Distributor

A Building Technology Distributor provides building and energy automation devices coupled with local training and support for systems integrators, automation contractors and end users. In fact, Activelogix has announced its inaugural Activelogix Technology Forum (www.AlxTechForum.com).

Articles
Interviews
Releases
New Products
Reviews
Blue Ridge Technologies
Editorial
Events
Sponsors
Site Search
Newsletters
Cube
Archives
Past Issues
Home
Editors
eDucation
Belimo
Training
Links
Software
Subscribe
Distech Controls

SinclairIn general, how is IoT changing the landscape for Building Automation System (BAS) Distributors?

BarnesKey BAS Distributors have been ahead of the curve on IoT for some time. Many innovative distributors have been supporting IoT technologies like the Niagara Framework TM for years. We’ve also trained customers on analytics tools and helped design network communication architectures. We are often approached by the more innovative product manufacturers and asked to market and support their IoT offerings through our expansive contractor network. Innovative distributors are an ideal path to market for many manufacturers because of our ability to move a large volume of product, the strength of our training center and the strong Consulting Engineer relationships we’ve developed.  In general, we feel like we’ve become more of a Technology Distributor!

SinclairHow has IoT changed the product and services mix supported by distribution?

BarnesWe’ve had to increase the number of hardware and software products that we offer and support. Our bread and butter is still building and energy automation systems devices but we find ourselves supporting and integrating more of the auxiliary systems such as gas detection, lighting control, work order management, electric vehicles charging infrastructure.

SinclairWhat is different about the skillset needed for IoT? Has it affected the hiring of sales and technical resources?

Barnes I think the biggest change involves the need to hire a broader set of skills within our own support staff. Our integrators and contractors are required to do so much now. They have to understand the basic engineering theory of heat transfer and PID control. They also need to understand network topologies and 3-4 industry specific protocols. If you add in the challenges of visualization design and network security, you just created the Ultimate Warrior of technicians. We still start with a technical person that is comfortable in their understanding of mechanical and electrical systems and we add in network skills. Many of today’s graduates are well versed in networking technologies and are comfortable with software tools and mobile devices, so we often are teaching the nuances of a particular product.

Control Solutions, Inc SinclairWhat should contractors and integrators look for when partnering with a Technology Distributor?

BarnesIt’s hard for many contractors to find the ideal IoT technical support person and to keep them trained on the innovative technologies. A good Technology Distributor can offset the need for many contractors to hire each of these specialists on staff.  A large percentage of the contractor’s work is still designing and programming using a specific manufacturer’s tool. If a Distributor can offer a slice of the value added skill set on-demand, it can make our customer’s projects more profitable. When our customers do hire a specialist, the Technology Distributor can provide local training and support. In fact, Activelogix has announced its inaugural Activelogix Technology Forum (www.AlxTechForum.com) in part to further the education and networking of technology professionals in our industry.

SinclairTell us more about your ALX Technology Forum.

BarnesWe organized the event for end users, consultants and contractors to hear from leading IoT industry experts and manufacturers on topics important to our channels. Speakers include executives from companies like Tridium, Honeywell, Schneider, Intelligent Buildings and Harbor Research.  Topics include IoT Security, Analytics Case Studies, Mobile Visualization and Critical Systems Monitoring. We have a full day of information and networking in the exciting venue of the NASCAR Hall of Fame! The Event is October 12th in Charlotte and registration is available at www.AlxTechForum.com








  footer

The S4 Group
[Click Banner To Learn More]

[Home Page]  [The Automator]  [About]  [Subscribe ]  [Contact Us]

Events

Want Ads

Our Sponsors

Resources