Building automation systems

August 01, 2003 |

Integration station

Web services technology enables integration between automation and controls systems used in energy and environmental management, manufacturing, and industrial process control, with any corporate business applications or supply-chain partners. EnNet EAI technology reduces the cost of integration over traditional methods, says its maker, citing 1,000 facilities in the U.S. which have already integrated their HVAC, EMS, and industrial controls.


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Internet control

Web-based service allows facility managers to monitor building systems from one main source, including fire, security, CCTV, and card access, all via the internet. With a user-friendly graphical interface, the UniNet Online provides a quick "snapshot" of the data on the entire UniNet network. Operators can link to the internet by using a secure password and user access record.

Honeywell, Notifier.

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University connection

Glassboro, N.J.'s Rowan University recently installed a WebCTRL open energy management and control system as part of its five-year, $270 million construction program. The initial phase of the system integration connected eight different buildings over the university's existing Ethernet backbone. The system uses a standard Web browser as the user interface, allowing university personnel to access the system and to perform all necessary monitoring and control functions, including scheduling, alarming, and trending, from any computer on the network.

Automated Logic Corp.

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Central Control

Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital built a $580 million, 2.2 million-sq.-ft. facility that includes the 17-story Feinberg Inpatient Pavilion and the 22-story Galter Outpatient Pavilion, connected by an eight-story base, which houses diagnostic and therapeutic services. To keep its 500 patient beds, 32 operating rooms, and 1,600 physicians comfortable, the hospital used the Metasys building automation system (BAS) to provide a central point of control for all building systems. The system is critical in accounting for the different temperature needs of patient rooms, intensive-care suites, laboratories, and surgical rooms. The controls are designed to allow staff members to adjust temperatures in each area individually, at the touch of a button, while at the same time the building's facilities team can monitor and ultimately control the systems from one central location. The system is connected by Ethernet technology that resides on a structured cabling system and TCP/IP internet capability of the system itself. The BAS connects the fire alarm systems, chillers, boilers, and electrical equipment.

Johnson Controls.

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Multiple building control

Automated building control system with programmable executive modules and a network of intelligent controllers provides complete control systems, from single and stand-alone sites to complex networks of remote buildings. The Logic One System can provide a reduction in energy consumption, improved environmental conditions, and control of building operations, says its maker. With three different types of executive modules, there are options for multiple building connections, medium to large single and multiple sites, and small building sites. Custom controllers are also available for OEM factory-mounted applications to ensure that on-site commissioning is reduced to a minimum and the system information available to building owners is fully utilized.

Novar Controls.

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