Products of Interest from Niagara Summit

Products of Interest from Niagara Summit

 
By Bill Lydon - Editor
 
The Niagara Summit was held in May 2010 and is an event where the Niagara Community and industry professionals come together to exchange and share experiences on building automation infra-structure technology, device-to-enterprise integration and find out about the latest advances on how devices integrate, connect and create interoperable environments.
 
This year’s summit featured over 30 partner companies displaying solutions that leverage Tridium system architectures. Here are some that caught my eye as particularly interesting.
 
Contemporary Controls BAS Remote Sedona Controller
The BAS Remote is a controller incorporating the Tridium Sedona virtual machine. Application programs developed on either Tridium’s Niagara Workbench or Sedona Workbench will execute on the BAS Remote. The BAS Remote’s resident I/O can be controlled by Sedona Framework and attached Modbus devices as well. Other features include the ability to serve up custom web pages, support for Web Services, and the ability to create virtual objects. The BAS Remote series supports BACnet, Modbus and Sedona Framework SOX communications. The unit also has a 2-wire Modbus serial port to expand I/O count. There are six universal input/output points and two relay outputs. More information: www.ccontrols.com.
 
Lynxsprings snap!
Lynxspring debuted the snap! (simple network application platform).  The Simple Network Automation Platform (snap!) is designed to allow easy setup and configuration of defined devices.  The snap! platform allows for any BACnet, Lon, Fox, Modbus, or custom I/O configured devices to be added to the network (BACnet and Lon provide automated discovery capabilities).  The platform will also allow Niagara TCP/IP Certified technicians to extend the capabilities of the device as well as create their own device templates to be included with the core devices.
 
JENEsys snap! Architecture
The JENEsys snap! architecture consists of the JENEsys controller, JENEsys snap! appliance and JENEsys thermostats. The JENEsys controller serves as a web server, scheduler, alarm generator, and report generator, and it hosts the JENEsys snap! appliance and load-shedding modules. The controller is connected to a network of between 1 and 120 BACnet MS/TP JENEsys thermostats. Electricians, service contractors or the owner can perform the physical installation by following simple documentation and connecting the thermostats to a mix of mechanical equipment – DX based split systems, rooftop units, and heat pumps.
 
The JENEsys snap! appliance automatically generates the customized user interface for individual sites based on the type and number of thermostats on the network. It creates the graphics, and populates trends, alarms and schedules with default values that can be easily modified during commissioning.
 
Diebold Relationship
Lynxspring showcased their relationship with Deibold which provides Lynxspring partners and their customers with an option for 24/7 energy monitoring. They have collaborated to produce an energy monitoring service with access to real-time energy data through Lynxspring’s Niagara-based JENEsys platform using drivers optimized for that purpose.  Additionally, Lynxspring has developed appliances for branch banks and other light commercial buildings to automate HVAC, lighting, metering and other applications, in addition to the required drivers for the Diebold services.  These appliances enable new and existing buildings to take advantage of Diebold's monitoring services.
 
Constellation NewEnergy
Constellation NewEnergy developed, in conjunction with Lynxspring, a field device called the Load Control Unit (LCU), intended to reside at the customer premises. The LCU works in conjunction with customers' building automation systems or as a standalone device. The LCU uses the Niagara AX as an operating environment to receive messages from Constellation NewEergy’s VirtuWatt Decision Engine (CDE) and executes load control actions by communicating with the on-site building automation system or via direct control of equipment.
 
More information: www.lynxspring.com
 
ProfitSuite 19-inch Rack Sedona Controller
This standard 19-inch rack-mount Sedona controller communicates over BACnet IP, BACnet MSTP, Modbus Serial (RS485) and Modbus® TCP/IP. The units features 8 digital inputs, 8 analog inputs, 8 digital outputs, 4 analog outputs (current and voltage), and two isolated open collector outputs (with PW M control) for high speed switching.  More information: www.prophetsuite.com.
 
Eagle Technologies CMMS
ProTeus MMX Enterprise Asset Management (EAM/CMMS) software, from Eagle Technologies, is a web-architected, Niagara compatible, multi-enterprise solution for asset lifecycle management based on Microsoft technology and SQL database.   Eagle also announced a special program for Niagara system integrators.
 
Eagle Technologies Metering
Eagle also displayed the BACnet EMI Smart Meter for sub metering with support for one to three current transformers, BACnet IP and BACnet MSTP. The unit stores cumulative and interval power information for single and three phase power. More information: www.eaglecmms.com.
 
Pervasive Devices
Pervasive Devices PD-WIO-30 Controllers family of wireless I/O controllers, based on the Sedona Framework, utilize IEEE802.15.4 and ZigBee compliant wireless mesh Sedona technology.   The units are powered with 24 VAC/DC. Onboard I/O includes 7 digital outputs (5A @277VAC), 7 dry contact digital inputs, 8 analog inputs (0-10v, 0-20mA, thermistor Type2 &3), and 8 analog outputs (0-10v, 0-20mA).   More information: www.pervasivedevices.com
 
eSight Energy
eSight Energy, Inc. demonstrated their enterprise-wide software solution, energy suite eSight.   eSight is a web enabled energy monitoring and targeting package that provides a range of techniques for managing energy data. eSight Energy management additionally supplies an extensive range of AMR (Automatic Meter Reading) solutions including smart metering and data loggers, as well as providing site surveying services to determine specific requirements.    The software allows automatic import of data from multiple sites using oBIX. More information: www.eSightenergy.com.
 
Infocon
EASYIO 30P-SF is a Sedona based controller with I/O and communications. The unit supports the Sedona Framework SOX, BACnet IP/Ethernet/MSTP, Modbus TCP/IP and Modbus RTU Master/Slave. The processor is a 32 bit 55MHz ARM Processor with 2MB Flash, 8MB RAM and 32K EEPROM. Onboard IO includes 8 universal inputs, 8 digital inputs, 8 digital outputs, 4 analog outputs and 2 PWM inputs.  More information: www.easyio.com
 
Ywire – Powerline Lighting Control
Ywire Technologies Inc. Five Series Lighting Control System embeds Broadband over Powerline (BPL) technology and a mini-web server into a light switch to create a building-wide network of intelligent switches capable of being remotely controlled.   The system uses a Network Router and Signal Injector as the physical interface between the powerline and the Ethernet network.  More information: www.ywiretech.com.
 
Constellation NewEnergy – VirtuWatt
Constellation NewEnergy introduced and demonstrated its new energy management product, VirtuWatt. VirtuWatt utilizes a combination of hardware and online applications that function as an easily accessible energy management system.   The VirtuWatt online dashboard enables customers to track current energy usage, usage trends and current market values.   VirtuWatt enables users to pinpoint opportunities to shift operations to lower cost energy periods, simplify participation in grid-managed load response programs, and bid usage reductions directly into the ISO markets for energy and ancillary services to be compensated for shedding load.  More information: www.constellation.com.
 
 
Pacific Controls – New USA Operations
Pacific Controls recently opened up an operations center in New Jersey in order to provide their Controls on Cloud offerings in the United States. This approach provides users the advantage of a low initial cost to acquire services by distributing facilities management systems to the Cloud - where the computing nodes are geographically distributed across administrative domains.   More information: www.pacificcontrols.net.  
 
Thoughts & Comments
The Tridium community of developers continues to grow and innovate by creating new hardware, applications, and services.