SAN FRANCISCO —Daikin Applied (formerly Daikin McQuay) has announced plans to integrate Intel-based technology in its rooftop units to utilize building data and create intelligent building systems. According to the company, these systems would intuitively know and adjust to what building occupants need for comfort and energy efficiency.

Daikin Applied is implementing this through an Intel intelligent gateway solution in its existing Rebel rooftop units. With the Intel solution, Daikin Applied said it is able to connect Rebel units to the cloud and securely aggregate, filter, and share data. This will allow Daikin Applied to help users proactively manage the performance of their buildings and makes them aware of HVAC issues before they arise.

“Intel was able to provide us with the integrated computing solution that we were looking for,” said Kevin Facinelli, executive vice president at Daikin Applied. “They offer a scalable roadmap and compatibility across Intel platforms along with McAfee and Wind River. With Intel inside our Rebel units, Daikin Applied intends to continue pushing the limits in achieving energy efficiency and advancing HVAC technologies. The type of information available to building owners as a result is exciting. It will power even greater performance in their HVAC systems.”

“Intel is working to accelerate the Internet of Things by driving intelligence into devices and gateways to unlock the data from the device to help uncover actionable information and improve business processes,” said Ton Steenman, vice president and general manager of Intel’s Intelligent Systems Group. “Intel has been working closely with Daikin Applied as they prepare to deploy Intel-based intelligent gateways to help increase energy efficiency in their existing systems while developing new business models and service offerings.”

Daikin Applied said that, at the maintenance level, the combined technology will be able to predict faults such as fan or motor failures and will alert users when filters need to be changed based on usage not time. At the operations level, the system will be able to sync with the weather forecast to adjust for changing climate before it happens. It will be able to provide access and insights into a building’s Energy Star ratings as well as comparable buildings in its area. It will provide users with financial summaries of their energy savings and equipment payback; measure and automatically adjust for building comfort based on building users profiles; and give users direct access to its level of power usage to provide a more accurate view of the carbon footprint.

The Rebel rooftop units are manufactured in the U.S. at Daikin Applied’s manufacturing facility located in Faribault, Minn. For more information, visit

Publication date: 10/7/2013

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