- September 28, 2010
- Honeywell Process Solutions
September 28, 2010 - Honeywell announced that its Pro-Watch security management software is now leveraging the Niagara Framework from Tridium, an open software platform that enables the integration and interoperability of building automation systems for real-time monitoring and control of security, secondary fire and other applications. Currently, the Pro-Watch platform integrates various security components, including visitor management, access control, IP and video surveillance, intrusion, and communications such as intercom and mass notification technology. With the Niagara Framework, Pro-Watch can now easily integrate with other building automation systems, including secondary fire, lighting and heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, using the Honeywell Software Development Kit (HSDK). Tridium designed Niagara to support large-scale applications that run across numerous sites, which helps to facilitate interoperability between various systems. The end result is that any automation system standardized on the Niagara Framework is immediately compatible with other systems connected to the framework. This helps decrease the development time and cost associated with integrating multiple building automation systems that exist at geographically dispersed facilities. The first two Honeywell modules that leverage the Niagara Framework are the Pro-Watch Notifier Secondary Fire Interface and the Alerton Building Automation Gateway. The Pro-Watch Notifier interface enables users to secondarily monitor Notifier fire events from a Pro-Watch command and control area, and the Alerton interface enables security personnel to monitor and interact with building equipment using Pro-Watch. Both modules enable tighter integration across security, building automation and secondary fire systems. "Our collaboration with Tridium answers a market demand for further integration that results in cost savings that can be realized from economies of scale, time saved in application development and the ability to monitor everything from a single station," said Carlos Lopez-Reyna, product marketing manager, Honeywell Security Group. "Building owners want best-of-breed technology based on open standards without having to invest significant time, money and resources on system development and training due to operating on disparate platforms." "The world of security is changing, and through our work with Honeywell on the Niagara Framework, we're leveraging open standards and IP technology that offers valuable security management capabilities to building owners," said Marc Petock, vice president of global marketing & communications for Tridium. "Our collaboration will offer innovative integration opportunities; the initial Notifier and Alerton modules are just the beginning." Honeywell International is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell's shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges.