October 2016 - Contemporary Controls was invited to become a sponsor of Distech Controls' CONVERGE conference assisting visitors with the products we supply to Distech. These products included our BACnet/IP to MS/TP router family, and our UL864 smoke and fire Ethernet products. Distech Controls is now part of the Acuity Brands family of companies.
The conference was held October 2-4, 2016 at the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, in beautiful Phoenix, Arizona. The CONVERGE conference allowed Contemporary Controls' personal the opportunity to interact with users on their real life experiences using our products. It was an excellent time to learn from them the types of issues they encounter in the field and the possible product enhancements that would make their work easier. Yes, a learning experience for all parties is a goal of a great conference like CONVERGE.
One of the more interesting applications was a SI that used our BACnet routers to provide all the data needed from BACnet MS/TP controllers directly up to the Distech EC-NetAX-Supervisor over Ethernet without any intervening building controllers. No additional interface hardware was required for this application. With this approach, BACnet routers are then located at points convenient to both Ethernet drops and MS/TP bus wiring.
Being an Acuity Brands company, there were sessions on integrating lighting with HVAC systems. Again, another opportunity to expand our company's knowledge of different facets of building automation.
The conference provided real insight into the latest trends and technologies that Distech Controls was introducing to the building automation marketplace to further develop attendees' success.