Controls & Automation
Honeywell releases latest version of Enterprise Buildings Integrator
Honeywell released a new version of its Enterprise Buildings Integrator (EBI R410), a facility management platform that reduces operating costs by integrating core building technologies—HVAC, security, life safety, lighting and energy systems.
The latest release includes support for Honeywell's new EasyMobileT client interface that allows building operators to view and control building systems using a variety of compatible mobile devices including Blackberry, Apple iPhone, and Palm Pre. Users can remotely view system alarms and trend information, and make changes like shifting HVAC system temperature settings. The company says this improves productivity and allows building operators to have more insight and control over their facility without being tethered to a desktop computer or console.
The new version also brings smartcard technology to the EBI platform through support of Honeywell's IdentIPointT IP-based access control system. The platform eliminates the need for centralized access controllers, says Honeywell, resulting in a more secure, flexible and scalable system that is less expensive to deploy and maintain.
EBI R410 adds support for a variety of Microsoft operating systems, software and databases, including Microsoft Windows 7, Internet Explorer 8, Windows Server 2008, and SQLT Server 2008. It also provides enhanced reporting capabilities through Microsoft Reporting Services for better decision support, including access control reports that help support Sarbanes-Oxley compliance.
“EBI delivers building operators more control through enhanced mobility,” said Paul Orzeske, president of Honeywell Building Solutions. “Combined with other leading features and functionality on an open, standards-based platform, EBI helps facility managers maximize the bottom line through improved operational and energy savings.”
EBI includes a facility model that organizes and presents information on all systems and control points in a hierarchy. Facility managers can view information at a campus-wide level or drill down to an individual HVAC component. They can also view and investigate historical trend information associated with various locations and events.
In addition EBI consolidates all building systems onto a common IT backbone, which Honeywell says allows for enhanced service support through automated delivery of software patches and upgrades to ensure systems are kept up-to-date and running optimally. EBI makes integrating additional applications simple because all system components reside on a single network, enabling a consistent framework for standards and support.
EBI R410 will be available in the third quarter of 2010. To learn more about Honeywell Enterprise Buildings Integrator, visit www.honeywell.com/EBI.
June 23, 2010 By John Gilson
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