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Focus on Wireless Pneumatic Thermostats: Direct Digital Functionality At A Fraction Of The Cost

GSA’s Region 2 manages more than 70 federally-owned facilities, many of which still rely on conventional pneumatic control systems to maintain occupant comfort. The problem is that conventional pneumatic control systems cannot deliver even the most basic cost-saving control strategies, such as turning down the heat at night or when the building is unoccupied.
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Universal mCloud and Cypress Envirosystems Sign Agreement to Initially Target Large Institutional Buildings in Canada Using AssetCare™ AI&A Cloud Solution

VANCOUVERApril 10, 2018 /CNW/ - Universal mCloud Corp. (TSX-V: MCLD) ("mCloud" or the "Company"), a leading provider of Artificial Intelligence and Analytics (AI&A) and IoT-connected asset care technology, today announced that it has signed a partnership with a Silicon Valley-based Cypress Envirosystems Inc. (Cypress).  Cypress' patented, non-invasive pneumatic-to-digital controller is the only technology available that effectively upgrades legacy non-digital energy control systems without significant disruption. An estimated 70% of North America facilities are still using legacy pneumatic-based control systems, which prevents them from effectively using IoT based smart building solutions.  The mCloud-Cypress combined offering will immediately enable powerful, IoT-cloud based smart-building monitoring solutions for the large legacy market. More >

North American Clean Energy — 24-Story Phoenix Building Wins BOMA Award for 98 Energy Star Score

The BOMA Green Building Committee Kilowatt Krackdown was recently awarded to 3200 N. Central Avenue – a retrocommissioned, 24 stories, 345,000 SF building in Phoenix AZ built in 1986 – for achieving the highest Energy Star score of 98 in the competition.   .Tim Rose, Executive VP of DPC companies commented on the need for SMARTPneumatics technology. “Prior to the retrocommission, our heating and cooling expenses for the existing building were substantially higher what we felt they should be running for a building of this size and age. That, combined with numerous tenant complaints about cooling issues throughout the year, and the resulting tenant comfort work order requests made it clear to us that we needed to improve the building’s HVAC. We are very pleased with the upgrade and most importantly, our tenants couldn’t be more satisfied. The new controls were solely responsible for reducing the tenant cooling requests from an average 25 – 30 calls per day when we purchased the building to approximately 3 to 5 per week.” More >

TechRepublic Video: How a Lack of Data Visibility Is Hurting Industrial IoT

Though the IoT industry is continually growing, Cypress Envirosystems CEO Harry Sim explains why industrial IoT won't be able to live up to its potential if it cannot solve the data visibility issue. IoT, by its premise, is data hungry, said Cypress Envirosystems CEO Harry Sim. TechRepublic's Dan Patterson recently met with Sim to discuss how a lack of data visibility can hinder industrial IoT's full potential.   More >

TechRepublic Video: How Wireless Pneumatic Thermostats help modernize New York’s power grid

Harry Sim, C.E.O. of Cypress Envirosystems explains how IoT thermostats transform legacy power systems to help major cities reduce energy consumption and save money. Learn about how Cypress Envirosystems is integrating smart buildings across the state New York!     More >

Industrial IoT presentation by Harry Sim for EUEC (Energy, Utility & Environment Conference) in San Diego

Our C.E.O. Harry Sim had the pleasure of co-chairing the IoT panel at the 2018 Energy, Utility and Environmental Conference in San Diego this week. The presentation was on the challenges facing the deployment of Industrial IoT in existing plants and factories.   More >


Department of Citywide Administrative Services Commissioner Lisette Camilo announced the 50th installation of Wireless Pneumatic Thermostats, a sustainable technology that will save time, money and energy in older buildings. As part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s goal to transform New York City’s municipal buildings for a low-carbon future, as outlined in One City, Built to Last, the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) has identified, tested and vetted this new innovative wireless digital thermostat. More >

Energy Manager Magazine – HSC Winnipeg expands its wireless pneumatic thermostat system

For both patient comfort and energy conservation, Cypress Envirosystems reports a total of 1625 wireless pneumatic thermostats (WPTs) have been installed at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, controlling 780,000 sf throughout 12 buildings, including:
the General, Children’s and Rehabilitation hospitals, maintenance building, and a multi-purpose office building.The WPT system continues to expand to other buildings from its initial installation in 2010, and is being integrated with the Honeywell EBI Energy Management System. “We’ve been using the [WPT] system for over six years. It gives us [direct digital control]-like visibility at the room level throughout our buildings with pneumatic control, and it increases our ability to ensure patients and staff are comfortable,” said Manny Bettencourt with HSC Maintenance Services.
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Memoori Smart Building Research – Some Building Systems Are Born Smart, Others Have Smartness Thrust Upon Them

“Some building systems are born smart, some achieve smartness and some have smartness thrust upon them,” Shakespeare might have said if he were a 21st century mechanical engineer or facility manager working in Chicago. Taking center-stage in the ambitious Midwest city is a smart building retrofit worthy of applause. Completed in 1990, 311 South Wacker Drive is an iconic post-modern 65-story skyscraper. At 961 feet tall, it is the seventh tallest building in Chicago and the 21st tallest in the US. Its heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems (HVAC), however, were less impressive until the building’s owners, Zeller Realty Group, found an innovative way to drag the outdated building into the smart world. More >

MIDWEST ENERGY NEWS – In Chicago, hi-tech solution helps low-tech systems run more efficiently

When commercial real-estate firm Zeller Realty Group bought a postmodern staple of Chicago’s iconic skyline in 2014, it faced an energy-inefficiency quagmire. Like many buildings built prior to the late 1990s, 311 S. Wacker’s heating and air conditioning systems were controlled by pre-digital, mechanically operated pneumatic thermostats, which collected no data and could not be centrally controlled. The usual, pricey solution would be to rip out all the old analog HVAC infrastructure and replace it with direct, digital equipment. Instead, Zeller embarked on what it calls the “smartest energy efficiency retrofit in Chicago.” More >

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