Tridium’s smart services cut energy costs

As energy costs continue to rise and Government increases pressure on building owners to measure and reduce carbon emissions, Tridium will showcase how its industry-leading NIAGARAAX Framework can provide an effective smart services solution to meet these requirements.

“In the building controls world we are seeing the growing use of open communication standards for devices, like BACnet and LONWORKS” says Phil Barnett, Tridium’s Sales Manager, EMEA. “At the same time, always-on internet connectivity is changing the service expectations of building owners and end-users. NIAGARAAX is capable of providing the bridge or ‘middleware’ between the building automation systems and the enterprise to improve carbon reporting, and help reduce energy costs and maintenance overheads in buildings. Tridium offers proven value to property owners and users in a fully scalable solution which suits stand-alone buildings, groups of buildings or entire cities”.

NIAGARAAX is an open, Java-based framework which integrates diverse building services systems, control devices and communications standards, including LONWORKS, BACnet, Modbus and others into an interoperable, web-enabled application environment. It can thus be deployed to converge building control automation with information technology systems at a network level. Data thus embedded within a building’s smart control devices can be accessed, consolidated and shared in ways that were not possible before with previously separate systems.

The way services are managed for a building, building estate or an entire community can also be significantly improved at the business enterprise level. Visitors will see how these smart services will allow buildings to be run more efficiently with reduced energy consumption, service costs and equipment downtime as clearly achievable gains.

As middleware, NIAGARAAX fulfils three distinct functions which are presentation, integration and the provision of a service-orientated architecture. NIAGARAAX enables all information for the various different systems to be displayed on a single user interface using a browser. The framework’s integration capabilities ensure effective interaction of different systems within the building. Its service-orientated architecture enables the exchange of information with various Enterprise Application packages to create effective and efficient service and management of the buildings.

Typical enterprise applications include energy analysis, asset and maintenance management, tenant billing and measurement and the verification of carbon footprint.  

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