IBM, Tridium to Develop Systems for Energy-Efficient Buildings
IBM and Honeywell division collaborate to advance ‘smart’ technology for structures.
IBM said it plans to work with Tridium to develop new technology and solutions that will allow companies to maximize efficiency of their new and existing buildings and facilities while keeping an eye on profits.
Tridium, part of Honeywell’s Automation and Control Solutions group, is a global provider of software and embedded hardware that allows for integration and control of the numerous devices, systems, and networks found in commercial buildings and retail structures.
Tridium’s Niagara and Sedona software enable the integration and control of virtually every system and device in any facility from HVAC equipment, lighting, and generators to gas pumps, ovens, and medical devices. The companies plan to integrate IBM Tivoli Monitoring for Energy Management and IBM Maximo Asset Management enterprise software with Niagara and Sedona to create secure, Internet-enabled networks that will allow for new levels of energy management, integrate thousands of disparate systems and devices, and analyze vast streams of real-time data.
Applying IBM’s advanced software will let managers know if their buildings and the systems inside are operating at maximum performance and profitability, a major concern in many industries, including retail. For example, instead of a convenience store’s failed refrigeration unit or broken coffee machine going unnoticed, the advanced systems planned by IBM and Tridium will automatically generate work orders and dispatch repairmen to the scene before the store manager is even aware the ice cream is melting or the java has stopped flowing.
Tridium technology supports hundreds of key protocols and networks used by the providers of building-automation systems—including open-standards-based software, cellular networks and Internet Protocols. These protocols allow different physical objects to communicate to each other, often called “the Internet of Things.”
New emerging technologies will make IP (Internet Protocol) a common standard for connecting smart sensors and devices to the enterprise. IBM plans to adopt and promote Tridium’s open-source Sedona application environment. Sedona enables secure and IP-based device networks and advanced data analytics, bringing new automation capabilities to facilities and increased levels of control to management.
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