Building Automation Systems

March 31, 2014: Building Automation Projects Moving Toward Convergence onto a Common Platform

Almost Half of Today’s Projects Involve Multiple Legacy Control Protocols That Don’t Interoperate
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Echelon Corp. has released findings from an online survey that shed light on plans for building automation systems of the future. Survey results indicate that a majority of planners intend to integrate HVAC, lighting, and security systems onto a common platform.


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March 28, 2014: Building Automation Systems Are Being Transformed by Digital Technology

Building Automation Has Reached a Tipping Point
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The automation of various building systems — including HVAC — promises to improve energy efficiency, as well as enhance the comfort and health of occupants. Building automation systems have reached a tipping point, says Navigant Research, where embedded computing and digital communications are driving accelerating adoption.


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March 4, 2014: Shipments of Smart Building Networking Devices Expanding, Says Report

Building Owners and Operators Are Realizing the Cost Savings Offered by Automated, Real-Time Control
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Building automation systems rely on networks of sensors, switches, and other devices, along with software tools, to provide a real-time view of the current state of a building. The market for networked building controls is expanding as building owners and operators realize the cost savings offered by automated, real-time control.


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FieldServer Technologies: Networking Gateway

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The QuickServer KNX Gateway enables data access from KNX networks to devices and networks utilizing open and proprietary protocols such as BACnet, Modbus, LonWorks, Metasys N2 by Johnson Controls Intl., Ethernet/IP, DNP3, SNMP, and more. 


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2014 AHR Expo: HVAC Commercial Controls

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The NEWS was very busy at the AHR Expo in New York City, visiting as many booths as possible in search of new products. Here is a comprehensive list of all the commercial controls products we found on the show floor.


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Carrier Corp.: Web-Based Building Automation System

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The latest release of the i-Vu® Web-based BACnet® building automation system (BAS) is available. 


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Dec. 26, 2013: Siemens, Lutron Announce Joint Commercial Building Efficiency Initiative

BACnet Allows Building Automation, Lighting Control to Work Together, Improve Energy Efficiency
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The Building Technologies Division of Siemens Industry Inc. and Lutron Electronics have announced a collaborative effort to help make commercial buildings more energy efficient. The Siemens APOGEE® Building Automation System and Lutron Quantum® Total Light Management System can be readily integrated via BACnet.


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NEWS Panel Highlights Smartest Products

Contractor Board Shares Insight into the Most Intelligent Products They Install
By Kimberly Schwartz
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We asked the contractors on our editorial advisory board to share which products they believe truly deserve to be called smart — and why.


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System Integrators Value Choice

Integrators Find Ways to Stay Competitive in Building Automation Market
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A new report from IHS Inc. indicates system integrators are placing increasing emphasis on product choice and adding value to traditional systems to better position themselves for enhancing customer satisfaction due to growing competition in the building automation market.


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Dec. 9, 2013: Building Automation Systems Market to Surpass $100 Billion Annually by 2021

BAS Are Evolving Toward Open, Integrated Systems Converged with Modern Information Technologies
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Building automation systems (BAS) increasingly form the foundation for advanced energy management products and services in the buildings sector, states Navigant Research. The automation of HVAC, lighting, fire and life safety, and security and access controls, promises to improve energy efficiency and optimization, and more.


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