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Honeywell has announced the launch of IQ®VISION, a next-generation building energy management system (BEMS) from Trend Control Systems
The centralised software platform is part of the Honeywell’s Connected Building offering and is designed to help building owners and managers optimise energy usage.
In the GCC, up to 60 per cent of electricity is consumed by residential and commercial buildings, according to Frost and Sullivan. IQ®VISION software integrates Trend controllers, smart devices and internet protocols into a platform that enables operators to manage and save energy in real-time while optimising operations using an intuitive graphical interface. The new IQ®VISION platform also provides graphical energy usage information to standard internet browsers, and can integrate third-party devices using open standard protocols such as BACnet, Modbus, MBUS and KNX.
Other functions built into the new system include centralised data logging, archiving, alarming, trending, master scheduling, system-wide database management, and integration with enterprise software applications – all of which can be used for highlighting and investigating energy use within buildings.
“Building managers, operators and owners in the region are increasingly leveraging advanced technology to save energy, optimise building systems and ultimately reduce costs,” said Yashdeep Sule, director of strategic marketing, Middle East, Turkey, Africa, Honeywell Building Technologies.
“Our products and solutions have been tried and tested over many years, and we are incredibly strong within the area of system integration. Trends Control Systems’ IQ®VISION sets a new benchmark with a graphical, real-time user interface that acts as a window to a BEMS. We have introduced a wide range of dynamic new features that will give building operators and managers a level of control and fine detail that was previously considered out of reach. This is a game changer that greatly enhances the overall effectiveness of a BEMS, taking functionality and energy management to a whole new level,” he added.
IQ®VISION is configured using the advanced Niagara 4 interface, which as well as being bold, intuitive and easy to use, utilises HTML5 to provide an array of rich features that are in tune with the evolution of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. To ensure optimal security, IQ®VISION comes with in-built authentication that requires users to choose strong lightweight directory access protocol (LDAP) passwords that are then encrypted. To further enhance security, a comprehensive audit trail of database changes, database storage and back-up, global time functions, calendars, central scheduling, control and energy management routines can also be configured.
It also boasts a system migration tool that enables users to import system data from an existing system. Furthermore, IQ®VISION includes integrated network management tools that support the design, configuration, installation and maintenance of interoperable networks, where multiple Trend I IQ® controllers can be networked together.