Control & Automation
February 4, 2014 - Mobile Collaboration that leverages the power of the cloud, coupled with Bring Your Own Device “BYOD” is our newest do all power tool. Often in the presence of our legacy laptops we still reach for this handy mobile tool that seems to carry out our wishes quicker with a much more personalized interface. The millions of hours of development of mobile devices with the feedback of millions of users balancing device and cloud power is starting to show that its real collaborated power is greater than either device or cloud.
January 28, 2014 - Featuring the technology of GE Lighting’s central management software, the new LightGrid outdoor wireless control system reports energy usage and other operational data of street lights to a central database. A web-based interface linked to the lighting controls allows authorized users and owners to remotely visualize real-time performance of their outdoor lighting system. Further software capabilities include scheduling, customized reporting, grouping and user access level management. Schedules are stored at the street lighting fixture, providing continued performance even during network disruptions.
January 22, 2014 - Onset has introduced its Hobo UX120-006M analogue logger with LCD display for building performance monitoring applications. Claiming to provide twice the accuracy of previous models, the unit supports up to four external sensors for measuring temperature, current and voltage data for use in energy audits, building commissioning studies and equipment scheduling optimization. On-screen alarms can be set for each channel to notify users when a sensor reading exceeds high or low thresholds.
January 10, 2014 - GE has announced the latest version of its Industrial Energy Management Solution—Power Management Control System version 7 (PMCS v7.0)—an integrated energy management system claiming to help industrial customers improve their energy efficiency dollars and bottom line. According to GE, PMCS v7.0 provides an intelligent perspective on an energy infrastructure enabling customers to make faster decisions to improve system reliability and realize higher productivity. The solution boasts a streamlined interface, faster data delivery, remote device performance optimization and consolidated information about disturbances to help improve power quality on the electrical network.
December 17, 2013 - Onset has launched a series of split-core current transformers for measuring AC current and amperage in commercial building energy audits, building commissioning studies, and other applications. The Accu-CT Series current sensors—manufactured by Continental Control Systems—are available in 20A, 50A, 100A and 250A models and boast revenue-grade and IEEE C57.13 and IEC 600440-1 accuracy. According to Onset, the unit can be easily opened and installed with one hand, even while wearing safety gloves.
December 11, 2013 - EnTouch Controls—a player in facility automation and energy management services—upgraded its service to allow restaurants, convenience stores and retail locations to manage all energy-critical equipment in a facility.
December 6, 2013 - Office buildings have an enormous carbon footprint, but energy is often wasted maintaining empty rooms and spaces at a comfortable temperature. Research to be published in the International Journal of Communication Networks and Distributed Systems shows how the ubiquity of smart phones connected to the office network could be used to monitor occupancy and reduce heating or air-conditioning for unused spaces.
November 8, 2013 - Hubbell Wiring Device-Kellems and Lutron Electronics announced they will collaborate to develop new products for controlling electrical outlets and their associated plug loads.
November 8, 2013 - Onset has debuted its HOBO kWh monitoring kit, describing it as a low-cost, portable system for measuring and recording energy consumption in buildings. The new kit, which bundles a matchbox-sized HOBO State data logger with Continental Control System’s kWh and current sensors, promises energy engineers, auditors, building commissioners, and others a cost-effective way to log building electric use at a fraction of the cost of meter-based solutions. With Onset’s HOBOware software, users can log up to 500,000 single- or three-phase measurements running 240V to 480V and analyze the data on either a Windows or Mac platform. Additionally, the software features tools to let users pull their data files to text format for use in spreadsheets and other programs.
November 1, 2013 - Energy spend can have a dramatic impact on the bottom line, especially where operating margins are tight. Energy usage and building control data can prove a gold mine of information when harnessed the right way.
August 13, 2013 - Eaton says its new series of sub meters will provide property managers and building owners with a reliable, cost-effective solution for quantifying, benchmarking and allocating energy use. Designed for use in multi-tenant applications, the meter can integrate into a local network to enable remote meter reading and monitoring. Visual indicators on the metering hardware and accompanying software provide advanced warning of potential problems before they can impact building performance, says Eaton. A single device can handle up to 20 three-phase or 60 single-phase circuits and is compatible with most three-phase industrial, commercial, and single-phase residential low-voltage electrical power systems.
July 30, 2013 - A new 30-page best practices guide from Onset, The Facility Manager’s Guide to Data Logging, discusses monitoring strategies and techniques that can be utilized by building professionals to help reduce energy use and optimize performance of facilities. The guide covers measurement approaches for a variety of building systems including lighting, HVAC and plug loads, in addition to methods for quantifying savings. A free copy of the guide can be downloaded at www.onsetcomp.com/FMG.
July 24, 2013 - E-Mon, a player in the electric submetering market, has announced that several models in the company’s advanced meter family meet or exceed equipment interoperability guidelines of BACnet Testing Laboratory and LonWorks. Applicable metering devices include E-Mon’s advanced class 3200, 3400, 5000, green class net meter, Din-Mon and interval data recorders. These E-Mon D-Mon series metering products are designed for a variety of energy monitoring apps, including integrating facility electrical equipment and systems with various building automation system protocols. According to the company, these designations will help increase brand equity and customer confidence with system integrators and other segments in which proven conformance to testing agency guidelines is becoming increasingly important to equipment suppliers.
June 26, 2013 - Earlier this month, Schneider Electric announced the successful installation of its EcoBreeze, a modular indirect evaporative cooling solution, at a new colocation and cloud services facility in Barrie, Ont., which is operated by Cogeco Data Services.
June 25, 2013 - Honeywell says its newly formed business—LED Lighting Solutions—will offer a new line of high-efficiency industrial LED lighting fixtures in North America, expanding Honeywell’s portfolio of energy efficiency products and solutions, and offering customers a significant new source of energy and operational savings.

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