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Honeywell and Microsoft partner for efficiencies in industrial buildings

The first area of focus will be in automating maintenance.

October 27, 2020  By Energy Manager Canada

Honeywell and Microsoft are partnering to bring applications built on the Microsoft cloud platform to drive efficiencies for buildings in the industrial category.

The applications will involve the integration of the AI-driven autonomous controls of the Honeywell Forge enterprise performance management software with Microsoft Dynamics 365 Field Service. The first area of focus will be in automating maintenance. Through this software combination building operators and owners will be able to access operating data that can lead to improved energy efficiency within the enterprise environment.

The Microsoft cloud service allows companies to remotely detect and address potential issues early to avoid unnecessary downtime or operational inefficiencies by analyzing IoT data and to improve proactive service offerings through IoT alerts and work orders.

In the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) operation alone – which can account for up to 60% of total energy consumption in commercial buildings – Honeywell’s Forge energy optimization, a cloud-based, closed-loop, machine-learning solution that continuously studies a building’s HVAC energy consumption patterns and automatically adjusts to optimal energy saving settings without compromising occupant comfort levels, has show it can save between 10% and 20% in energy costs.

The companies are also exploring more ways to bring innovation to customers by integrating Honeywell Forge solutions with Azure services such as Azure Digital Twins and Azure edge capabilities.

Digital twins allow businesses to model and create digital representations of connected physical environments to deliver products that meet changing market needs while saving operational costs. Using edge computing, customers can run AI, machine learning and business processes directly across plants, warehouses, machines and appliances for quicker actions without the need for a constant internet connection.

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