ASI Controls has officially released its IntelliFront 5 building automation software platform. IntelliFront provides monitoring, control, scheduling, alarming, visualization, integration, and analytics capabilities designed for rapid deployment and flexible integration for a host of use cases.

IntelliFront 5 was designed in concert with J2 Innovations to be more open, fast, and secure than its predecessors. It builds on previous versions with a host of enhancements and new features including a new DB builder, new host app, updated connectors, workflow improvements, and bug fixes. IntelliFront 5 aims to streamline project integration timeframes for system integrators and OEMs while providing a robust and extensible framework for users to customize the system to their needs.

 IoT ready

The new IntelliFront 5 framework supports all major protocol standards including BACnet IP, Modbus IP/RTU, OPC, SNMP, nHaystack, SQL, EnOcean, and others allowing for broad integration and application across disparate building systems. With this upgrade, IntelliFront moves to Haystack 4.0, the most current open IoT standard that uses tagging to automate the configuration process. It also features new objects, better tuning policies, and discovery via open standards such as BACnet. An additional update to Modbus has now made it easier to map registers to create points.

Faster than ever

The new DB Builder is much faster in IntelliFront 5 with a new user interface designed to optimize workflows for faster configuration. It now supports multiple trees that show organized project information by application; including graphics, programs, connectors, and schedules. New tools allow for drag-and-drop creation of records to create relationships, to Clone, use Tag bundles, to apply Templates, add Histories, add Alarms and do Conversions. IntelliFront 5 can also allow for the auto-generated configuration of an entire project from a spreadsheet.

Secure yet flexible

IntelliFront 5 has been completely revised to work independently outside of a project and security has been revamped to allow for stronger passwords and improved user management functionality. Extensive API documentation is available to allow for enhanced customization.

In anticipation of the end of support for Flash in 2020, IntelliFront 5 has eliminated the need for Flash in its user interface.

ASI Controls offers IntelliFront 5 as a front-end option for all its system integrations. Contact sales@asicontrols.com or 925-866-8808 to learn more or locate a system integrator.

 

Course Overview

The Essential Training course is your introduction to ASI Controls DDC systems. During this 4-day course (day 5 offers an optional IntelliFront certification) you will learn how to assemble a basic ASI system. You will learn about sequences in the pre-programmed ASIC/1 controllers and learn to configure simple ASIC/3 applications for solutions beyond the capabilities of our ASIC/1 line. After programming the controllers, you will learn how to use IntelliFront to build a front end for the controllers. There is an optional certification lab exercise on Friday for customers to become certified IntelliFront programmers.

Cost

 $1,095 (4 days of training without IntelliFront certification or a training kit)

$1,795 (5 days of training with IntelliFront certification, but no training kit)

$2,395 (4 days of training without IntelliFront certification, but with training kit)

$3,095 (5 days of training with IntelliFront certification and a training kit) RECOMMENDED

Course Content

All attendees receive the following:

    • 4 days of training
    • Optional IntelliFront certification (Day 5)
    • ASI Expert software
  • ASIC/3-9540, ASIC/1-8100 and ASIC/1-6100 controllers
  • Micro-SINC and USB device cable
  • Carrying case
  • 24 VAC transformer (to power the controllers)
  • All documentation on USB drive

There is an additional cost of $700 for IntelliFront certification. Certification is required to purchase IntelliFront products. Certified IntelliFront programmers also receive a yearly engineering tool license for the software.

If more than one person from your company attends the same course, or if your company has already purchased a training kit, then each additional person may pay a course fee of $1,095. After December 11, the cost will be $1,395. There is an additional cost of $700 for IntelliFront certification. Certification is required to purchase IntelliFront products. The additional persons may use our hardware for the course, but would not keep the hardware after the course.

Course Date/Location

The course begins at 8:30 AM and runs from Monday, January 13 and runs through Thursday, January 16. Attendees receiving IntelliFront Certification will meet on Friday, January 17 for the examination.

The course will be held at the Holiday Inn Ft. Lauderdale- Airport.
2905 Sheridan Street
Hollywood, FL 33020
Phone: (954) 925-9100

Room reservations: Reserve your room

Room cost: $145/night. Use Group Code “ASI”. Reserve by December 11, 2019 to secure conference rates.

 

 

Candidate

An acceptable candidate for this program should have basic knowledge of HVAC and HVAC control systems. It is desirable that the candidate has some experience with designing, configuring, and/or installing DDC controls systems. The candidate should also be comfortable with the Microsoft Windows operating systems and be fluent in file management.

Each student needs a Windows 7 or newer PC with free USB port and a wired Ethernet connection. Many students also find it useful to bring an external mouse. Students must have administrative rights to their Windows account on their PC.  Google Chrome is recommended for use with IntelliFront software.

Special Accommodations

Please contact ASI Controls if you require auxiliary aids or services to have full participation and equal access to the facilities utilized for this training class.

Course Syllabus and Travel Information

Jan2020EssentialTraining [PDF]

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Early registration pricing is available until December 11, 2019. Prices will increase after that date. 

 

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It’s hard to debate Tridium’s legacy as an industry pioneer in creating a web-served GUI for BAS applications. While Niagara AX greatly improved user experience, the process of creating good looking web graphics for browsers has remained relatively cumbersome; though Niagara 4 brought incremental improvement. Without templates, system integrators still face the time-consuming (and expensive) problem of engineering jobs through Niagara.

Intellifront database builder screenshot
IntelliFRONT 5 Database Builder Interface

There have been many thousands of Niagara sites with supervisory graphics designed through the years, many of which now require upgrading and re-designing. This presents an opportunity for end-users to consider alternatives in the market.

Since 2015, ASI has partnered with J2 Innovations to create IntelliFRONT, the first fully-mobile responsive, HTML5 compliant front end designed to work directly with Niagara. IntelliFRONT boasts a faster graphics creation and system configuration time because we automated many of the traditionally inefficient processes by leveraging the power of Haystack tagging. This means you can create great-looking graphics, update configurations of devices, and batch program edit with the click of a button. The IntelliFRONT Framework is about far more than just the supervisory GUI. IntelliFRONT’s alarming, scheduling, and global control functions are streamlined because we based our software architecture on tagging and the automated configuration that it enables.

Connecting to a Niagara station is effortless using the nHaystack driver, which is freely available via Stackhub.org. A detailed video series from J2 Innovations provides an in-depth look at integration. With IntelliFRONT you’ll see a great pay-off from the first job. Our system integrator partners use IntelliFRONT to manage Niagara-based systems because they like the enhanced user experience they can offer customers, and the lower engineering costs incurred. Speak with our sales department for more information or to find out how to integrate IntelliFront into your next N4 project.

J2 Innovations offers an in-depth video series which highlights the features and benefits

Course Overview

The Essential Training course is your introduction to ASI Controls DDC systems. During this 4-day course (day 5 offers an optional IntelliFront certification) you will learn how to assemble a basic ASI system. You will learn about sequences in the pre-programmed ASIC/1 controllers and learn to configure simple ASIC/3 applications for solutions beyond the capabilities of our ASIC/1 line. After programming the controllers, you will learn how to use IntelliFront to build a front end for the controllers. There is an optional certification lab exercise on Friday for customers to become certified IntelliFront programmers.

Cost

 $1,045 (4 days of training without IntelliFront certification or a training kit)

$1,745 (5 days of training with IntelliFront certification, but no training kit)

$2,345 (4 days of training without IntelliFront certification, but with training kit)

$3,045 (5 days of training with IntelliFront certification and a training kit) RECOMMENDED

Course Content

All attendees receive the following:

  • 4 days of training
  • Optional IntelliFront certification (Day 5)
  • ASI Expert software
  • ASIC/3-9540, ASIC/1-8100 and ASIC/1-6100 controllers
  • Micro-SINC and USB device cable
  • Carrying case
  • 24 VAC transformer (to power the controllers)
  • All documentation on USB drive

There is an additional cost of $700 for IntelliFront certification. Certification is required to purchase IntelliFront products. Certified IntelliFront programmers also receive a yearly engineering tool license for the software.

If more than one person from your company attends the same course, or if your company has already purchased a training kit, then each additional person may pay a course fee of $1,045. After September 20, the cost will be $1,345. There is an additional cost of $700 for IntelliFront certification. Certification is required to purchase IntelliFront products. The additional persons may use our hardware for the course, but would not keep the hardware after the course.

Course Date/Location

The course begins at 8:30 AM and runs from Monday, October 14 and runs through Thursday, October 17. Attendees receiving IntelliFront Certification will meet on Friday, October 18 for the examination.

The course will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel New Orleans Airport.

2150 Veterans Memorial Boulevard,
Kenner, LA 70062
Phone: (260)490-3629

Room reservations: Reserve your room

Room cost: $139/night. Use Group Code “ASI”. Reserve by September 20, 2019 to secure conference rates.

 

 

Candidate

An acceptable candidate for this program should have basic knowledge of HVAC and HVAC control systems. It is desirable that the candidate has some experience with designing, configuring, and/or installing DDC controls systems. The candidate should also be comfortable with the Microsoft Windows operating systems and be fluent in file management.

Each student needs a Windows 7 or newer PC with free USB port and a wired Ethernet connection. Many students also find it useful to bring an external mouse. Students must have administrative rights to their Windows account on their PC.  Google Chrome is recommended for use with IntelliFront software.

Special Accommodations

Please contact ASI Controls if you require auxiliary aids or services to have full participation and equal access to the facilities utilized for this training class.

Course Syllabus and Travel Information

October2019EssentialTraining [PDF]

Register

Early registration pricing is available until September 20, 2019. Prices will increase after that date. 

 

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USBIO FrontASI Controls is pleased to announce its new ASIC/3 USB-IO Expander is currently undergoing beta testing. The USB-IO Expander provides a low-cost, easy-to-implement IO expansion for the ASIC/3 programmable controller family.

Powered solely by the host controller, the USB-IO allows users to immediately start using eight additional analog inputs, eight relay outputs, and four analog outputs. By connecting the Expander to an ASIC/3 controller, all of the new inputs and outputs are automatically added to the host controller’s IO count. This new IO looks identical to the host’s native IO and is configured using Visual Expert.

A standard USB 2.0, A-Male to Mini-B cable carries both communications and power. This allows for easy implementation— saving wiring and installation costs. A second USB-IO Expander can be added with the use of a standard USB powered hub.

ASI plans to take the first shipment of from its manufacturing partner, Electronic Design & Manufacturing in Q1 of 2019.

ASIC/3-USB-IO Expander ASI Controls, a leading building automation systems manufacturer has announced an agreement with Electronic Design & Manufacturing of Lynchburg Virginia to build the new ASIC/3-USB-IO Expander. The agreement marks the third ASI product built in the United States.

The ASIC/3-USB-IO Expander provides heating, ventilation and air conditioning controls installers a low-cost, easy-to-implement method for increasing the number of inputs and outputs available for certain programmable controllers.

Powered solely by the host controller, the USB-IO allows users to immediately starting using eight additional analog inputs, eight relay outputs, and four analog outputs. By connecting the Expander to an ASIC/3 controller, all of the new inputs and outputs are automatically added to the host controller’s I/O count. This new I/O looks identical to the host’s native I/O and is configured using Visual Expert.

ASI’s decision to assemble the USB-IO in the United States is one step in a broader effort toward moving assembly of its entire product line within the country. ASI currently contracts a Minnesota-based company to build its ASIC/1-6100 and 8100 products, while ASIC/3-9520 and 9540 products are built in Malaysia.

Mike Fong, Chief Operating Officer, said the company is committed to doubling U.S. production in 2019 and intends on building its next generation of controllers within the United States.

“We are proud to be able to assemble many of our products in the USA,” Fong said. “Aside from contributing to the growth of the American manufacturing sector, we have seen first-hand the benefits in quality, time, and shipping savings by utilizing U.S. workers. It’s a savings we can pass on to our customers.”

Electronic Design & Manufacturing is an ISO certified electronics manufacturer specializing in PCB products. Since 1990, EDM has had a proven track record of building high-quality PCB products at competitive price levels.

“EDM has impressed us from the start,” Fong said. “From the first meeting, they really took the time to fully understand the USB-IO and our manufacturing requirements. We were pleased to discover that EDM shares our commitment to quality and support.”

The first ASIC/3-USB-IO devices are expected to ship from EDM in November.

 

The idea of commitment to one company seems quaint in an age where the average person spends about four years at a job before moving on. Mike Fong knows a thing or two about commitment though. This July marks Fong’s twentieth anniversary with ASI Controls. Through his journey from technical support to Chief Operating Officer he has seen a lot of change, but it’s the things which have remained the same that kept him committed to ASI.

Mike Fong, COO of ASI Controls

Fong joined ASI Controls in 1998 after completing his degree in mechanical engineering at UCLA and a stint working with an Andover dealer in the San Francisco Bay Area. Through Dave Thompson, a former employee, Fong met Bill Chapman who hired him to serve as a technical support representative.

“It was a landmark time at ASI,” Fong said. “ASI Expert was close to release. Before that, we had software tools that ran in DOS. Our focus was more on OEM than resellers. The release of  Expert was a watershed moment for us because we could connect with customers who did not have their own controls department.”

Fong played a critical role in shaping the direction of technical support. He created some of the first technical resources and helped to develop ASI’s Essential Training class, which he still teaches. Initially, customers traveled to San Ramon for training. Fong noticed the challenge of convincing east coast customers to make the trip. He suggested that ASI take its training program on the road.

“I take a lot of pride in establishing our training program and building it to what it is today,” Fong said. “Our attendees frequently praise us for the quality of the classes. I think the impression we make on our customers during training is second to none in terms of what we provide, both in, and out of the classroom.”

As Fong’s career grew so did his responsibilities. He took on increasingly larger roles as Technical Services Manager, VP of Technical Services and finally Chief Operating Officer. While much has changed for Fong, one thing has remained the same— valuing the relationship with customers and understanding them on a personal level. Fong owes much of his customer-first mindset to ASI’s founder, Bill Chapman, who was his mentor.

“Bill Chapman set an example,” Fong said. “I probably learned more from him than anyone else about how to treat customers. We may not always do what is best for us from a financial standpoint but we will never have trouble sleeping at night because we know we are treating our customers right.”

Chapman’ words after a particularly difficult support call have stuck with Fong through the years. “Not everyone thinks like you do, it’s up to you to understand how they think and present it in a way which resonates for them.”

Fong has applied that mantra throughout his career toward each interaction with customers. His focus remains helping them solve problems and passing on the knowledge he has acquired throughout his tenure at ASI.

“Mike’s knowledge, diligence and expertise are highly valued by customers. His logical, patient, problem solving nature and attention to detail make him the go-to guy,” Francis Chapmen, CEO said. “His professionalism inspires the rest of the team to deliver the outstanding support ASI is known for.”

Fong credits ASI’s emphasis on people as part of what kept him with the company. It allowed him the opportunity to also balance his commitment to his family.

“This is a family first kind of company,” Fong said. “I have a son with special needs and they have always given me leeway to attend to that when I need to.”

While Fong has had plenty of opportunities to reflect on the past 20 years his focus remains on the future. His steadfast presence keeps ASI moving toward developing better and more efficient products and creating training and service initiatives which make them easier to install.

“I really believe in listening to our customers,” Fong said. “We understand that the market is changing. Today’s installers are often less experienced than their predecessors, so we are working toward cutting the learning curve and time-to-install with things like auto serial numbering, wizards, and wireless technology.”

Fong helped build ASI Controls into what it is today. To say anything less would be a disservice to the impact he has made over the last two decades. He remains the ever-present engine helping to push the company forward, one satisfied customer at a time. ASI Controls offers its warmest congratulations to Mike Fong on his 20 years of dedication and looks forward to more years of unparalleled service.

You may have heard about Siemens buying J2 Innovations this week, and because J2 is the OEM provider for the framework that ASI Controls IntelliFront front end software is built on we wanted to share some information about this event with you.

J2 Innovations will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary, with no changes in their visionary leadership team and no restrictions on their ability to provide OEM solutions. They will benefit from having more resources available to continue development of the framework that makes IntelliFront the most efficient, scalable and effective front end on the market. Near-term priorities include a distributed architecture that enables new Cloud-based features and increased support for OEM partners like ASI Controls.

We remain committed to IntelliFront and will continue both promoting IntelliFront and releasing innovative new features and enhancements.

What does this mean for ASI Controls?

We do not anticipate any major changes. J2 remains committed to our OEM partnership, and we remain committed to making IntelliFront the best front end in the industry.

Can I still purchase IntelliFront licenses and upgrades through ASI Controls?

Yes. Customers will be able to buy IntelliFront licenses and upgrades without interruption.

Will ASI continue to support IntelliFront?

Yes, you can expect the same outstanding support we always strive for.

Where can I get IntelliFront training and certification?

IntelliFront training and certification are available through ASI Controls. The ASI fundamentals course (Essential Training) features IntelliFront, and we will add Advanced Training in the future.

Will there be new features in IntelliFront?

Yes. Completing the roll out of the ASI protocol connector for IntelliFront continues to be a major priority, and Automated Commissioning is coming soon.

Will ASI continue to support both IntelliFront and the JASIC Open Systems line?

ASI remains committed to giving you a range of options to best meet customer needs, including IntelliFront on the J2 framework and JASIC Open Systems on Tridium’s Niagara Framework.

In the last few years J2 Innovations has significantly raised the bar for control system front-ends. Their acquisition is a testament to the market leadership position they established through relentless innovation guided by deep industry knowledge. The framework J2 provides puts IntelliFront customers in pole position as the pace of technology changes in our industry continues to accelerate. We look forward to adding more value and features to IntelliFront in the months and years to come.

Many VAR’s have expressed interest in more specialized training. We plan to offer more training classes in the future and are moving toward offering both in-person and online options for some topics.

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ASI Controls welcomes five new team members. Over the last few months Sam DeAngelis, Tyler Drazich, Annie Yu, James Poston, and Brian Nicholas have all joined our team to help us expand engineering, sales, marketing, and operations. Get to know our new hires!

Sam DeAngelis

Customer Success Manager

Sam joined the ASI Team in January, after being a VAR for over ten years. Sam’s new role at ASI is to support VARs with continuing success in control sales and service, and also with any new growth opportunities. Sam has been in the HVAC industry for over 30 years, starting out in the greater Los Angeles area as an apprentice at Local 250 and relocated to the Denver area in 1994. Sam was an apprentice instructor for 12 years at Local 208 in Denver. In 1997 he founded Colorado Climate Maintenance, Inc (CCM), a commercial HVAC service focused contractor in the Denver and Colorado Spring metro areas. Recently Sam sold CCM and after taking six months off, he joined the ASI Team. Sam enjoys playing ice hockey, as a goalie, a few times a week, skiing in the winter, and driving his sports car, a McLaren 570S, in the summer. He has been married to his lovely wife Pam for 32 years, has two daughters and a son, which all live near him in Lone Tree, CO.

Annie Yu

Accounts Receivable Clerk

Annie started at ASI Controls in January as the Accounts Receivable clerk. She graduated from the University of California, Davis in December where she received a B.S. in Human Development and a minor in Psychology. Previous positions she held were an operations lead/supervisor for the university’s bookstore and a payroll office assistant at the university. In her spare time, she loves trying different foods at new and popular restaurants, being outdoors, and spending quality time with family and friends. She grew up moving around different cities, and now lives in Concord, California.

Brian Nicholas

Marketing Manager

Brian joined ASI Controls in January as Marketing Manager. Previously, he held roles as a journalist, radio producer, and in various marketing positions for several large universities. Most recently, Brian served as a software product manager for a marketing firm which specializes in higher education. He received a B.A. in journalism from High Point University and an M.A. in public relations from Rowan University. A native of Richmond, Virginia, Brian enjoys the outdoors, traveling, and SCUBA diving. Brian fills his spare time writing for a local blog and searching for the perfect cheeseburger. He resides in Richmond with his wife Rebecca and her two cats.

 

ASI Controls also welcomes:

James Poston

Quality Assurance Engineer

 

Tyler Drazich

Senior Engineer