Control & Automation
June 6, 2013 - I just returned from the first ever very successful Haystack Connect event in Chattanooga. What I learned is it is not just the naming of data but a consistent data model that allows us to free our data to a world of dynamic dimensions for our own purposes. No longer must data be predefined before use if an accurate self-discoverable model is present. This new way of viewing data allows us a new world in which data can be used in several different ways as a dynamic subset of many scenarios.
May 1, 2013 - Onset has announced the enhanced version of its HOBOlink web-enabled software platform which provides 24/7 data access and remote management for web-based HOBO U30 data logging systems. The enhanced software enables users to schedule automatic delivery of exported data files, in CSV or XLSX format, via email or FTP. And, users now have the flexibility to configure the data export in a highly customized way. For example, a user who has four HOBO U30 systems measuring multiple parameters may configure HOBOlink to automatically export temperature data only – and within a specified time range. An API (Application Programming Interface) is available to organizations that want to integrate energy and environmental data from HOBOlink web servers with custom software applications.
April 16, 2013 - Eaton says its Power Xpert Insight power and energy monitoring software will help customers reduce energy consumption, control costs and improve the reliability of their facilities. It provides the big picture on energy usage, efficiency and power quality, says the company, for facility, energy, information technology and healthcare managers. The software allows customers to view only the device information that they want to see, simplify alarm management, view energy usage and demand data, compare and trend data, and view a one-line representation of their electrical system. Additionally, Power Xpert Insight software is designed to be intuitive to update to provide an accurate picture of the electrical system as organizations evolve.
April 8, 2013 - WattStopper has introduced the Niagara AX driver module, which it says streamlines integration when WattStopper Digital Lighting Management (DLM) controls are combined with Niagara controllers in high performance buildings. The driver automatically discovers all the DLM lighting controls on the BACnet network, and all the data points available for integration, it explains. In addition to discovery, the driver adds product-specific icons to the objects tree, and gives integrators access to an astronomic scheduling feature. The driver operates over both BACnet IP and BACnet MS/TP networks. Networking the controls enables advanced operation, including scheduling to modify occupancy sensor and load operation after hours to save more energy, and participation in demand response programs. Additional network capabilities include power monitoring of both lighting and plug load controllers, access to the occupancy sensor detection state for selected rooms, and remote configuration of parameters including sensitivity and time delay.
April 8, 2013 - Onset has announced the next-generation family of data loggers for building performance monitoring in indoor environments. According to Onset, the HOBO UX100 series offers dramatic price/performance advantage by delivering higher accuracy, larger measurement capacity, and more LCD display features to make environmental data collection faster and easier than ever. The company describes the HOBO UX100 as bridging the gap between traditional loggers, which typically don’t have LCD displays and are limited in accuracy and memory, and larger, more expensive LCD loggers that require calibration. The data loggers can be used for applications such as: monitoring occupant comfort in office buildings, tracking food storage conditions in warehouses, logging temperature trends in server rooms, and measuring humidity levels in museums.
April 5, 2013 - “With today’s ever-increasing energy costs, knowing where and how energy is used is mission-critical,” said Richard Westfall, Leviton VP and GM. The company has introduced its VerifEye submetering solutions, allowing users to track, monitor and verify real-time energy usage, as well as provide data for turnkey tenant billing. According to Leviton, longterm users can experience energy savings of 15% to 20%, adding that VerifEye simplify the complexities of allocating energy costs and billing tenants, while enabling smart metering and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) compliance requirements. The portfolio of VerifEye solutions includes submeters, communication products for data translation and software options for tenant billing or energy monitoring. VerifEye is suitable for installation in multi-tenant residential and commercial facilities, commercial offices, retail spaces and manufacturing facilities, and is UL Listed, cULus and ANSI C12.1 certified.
February 5, 2013 - GE has rolled out its 2013 Lighting & Electrical Institute curriculum. Designers, facility managers, specifiers, consultants and other interested professionals are invited to learn about the latest innovations in lighting technology led by the institute’s staff. Each course also carries continuing education credits.
January 28, 2013 - Blue Pillar has introduced what it says is the world’s first Digital Energy Network based on the company’s next-generation packaged solution. As a turnkey “system of subsystems,” a Blue Pillar Digital Energy Network consolidates and centralizes the monitoring and management of an organization’s disparate energy assets. The network consists of the next-generation Blue Pillar Enterprise Software that runs on a central server or in the cloud, and secure Asset Interface Microservers (AIMs) that connect the energy assets, such as generators, switchgear, automatic transfer switches, fuel systems, cogeneration and chillers, and strives to help minimize energy spend through real-time monitoring, intelligent control, and data logging. The system is also comprised of the Blue Pillar Dashboard that provides real-time situational views into the state and readiness of all energy production and consumption equipment across all categories of energy assets. BLUE PILLAR
January 24, 2013 - Z3 Controls has announced its NetMeter family of advanced monitoring, measurement, and control systems. The NetMeter family is specifically designed to help industrial and commercial energy users improve their energy consumption patterns by making them aware of their real-time and historical energy use. According to Z3 Controls, the NetMeter family aims to help users achieve energy reduction targets of 20% or more. In addition to power information, the family of NetMeters also measures electrical parameters such as total accumulated energy (active/reactive/apparent), fundamental accumulated energy, and RMS current and voltage. The built-in web server is compatible with Firefox, Internet Explorer 9, Chrome, Safari, and Opera web browser, and can be used on smartphones, laptops and tablets.Z3 CONTROLS
Ongoing commissioning is a daily process involving each management level and running 24/7 inside a building operation. It monitors the mechanical systems control sequences, lighting schedules, occupancy flows, system design improvements and more. The process uses a large amount of input data to generate precise, valuable information, but it also brings up a great question: What amount of information does each organizational level need, and how should they use it?
December 6, 2012 - The Energy Joule from Ambient Devices communicates changes in energy prices and demand by glowing different colours. When the device glows green, demand and pricing is low, while glowing red means that demand and pricing is high. By outfitting consumers with an in-home tool for smart energy consumption, Ambient Devices says it can guide smarter energy consumption decisions, reducing the threat of power outages, lowering energy bills, and increasing utility customer satisfaction. AMBIENT DEVICES
November 20, 2012 - After three years of extensive exterior and interior renovation work, First Canadian Place celebrates the completion of its large-scale rejuvenation project, Redefining First.
November 13, 2012 - This column title plays on both the noun lighting and verb lighting to provide two different meanings. Which way did you read it? As the community of folks who provide lighting control? Or the action word for our job to provide lighting to several communities? Yes we are going to talk about both, but first.
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