The shape of BEMS to come   

I’m Darryl Gregory, Southern Partner Channel Sales Leader at Trend Control Systems, and I’d like to take this opportunity to tell you about Trend’s new IQ®VISION monitoring and management solution – the successor to the pioneering 963 Supervisor .

For this blog, I’m going to be a little bit indulgent and focus on a piece of technology from Trend that is currently taking the functionality of Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) to the next level. If you’re familiar with the highly successful 963 Supervisor, then the many benefits of the new Trend IQ®VISION Supervisor will definitely be of interest and largely familiar. If you are not, allow me to tell you a little more about our new building management software that is designed to make managing your building or estate significantly easier, and more effective.

Packed with features that allow users to get the very best from their BEMS, IQ®VISION sets a new standard in what’s possible with a graphical, real-time user interface. Acting as a window to a BEMS, it integrates Trend controllers, third-party smart devices and Internet protocols into a centralised software platform that is designed to manage buildings at an enterprise level. Just as importantly, it gives building owners and managers the ability to immediately save energy, identify issues and optimise their systems.

IQ®VISION provides graphical information to standard internet browsers. Flexibility is built-in and it can integrate devices using open standard protocols such as BACnet, Modbus, MBUS, and KNX . Other useful functions include centralised data logging, archiving, alarming, trending, master scheduling, system-wide database management, and integration with enterprise software applications – all of which can be used for highlighting and investigating energy use within buildings.

For multi-site or campus-based applications, users can also quickly navigate to an individual building using tags to diagnose problems and compare data between buildings to identify energy usage patterns. Helpfully, it can also integrate with other applications, such as work order management and analytical systems.

One of the most significant elements of IQ®VISION is the advanced Niagara 4 interface , which as well as being bold, intuitive and easy to use, utilises HTML5 to provide an array of rich features that are perfectly in tune with the demands of the Internet of Things (IoT) .

We all recognise the need for security, which is why we have created an authentication that requires users to choose strong Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP)​ passwords that are then encrypted. To further enhance security, a comprehensive audit trail of database changes, database storage and back-up, global time functions, calendars, central scheduling, control, and energy management routines can also be configured.

I’m proud that Trend is committed to a policy of full backward compatibility and those looking to upgrade from their existing 963 Supervisor to IQ®VISION will be pleased to know that a System Migration Tool is available to import system data. In addition, a Schematics Migration Tool automatically converts existing 963 Supervisor schematics and library symbols to the new IQ®VISION HTML5 based page format, which can then be edited. And it doesn't stop there – IQ®VISION includes integrated network management tools that support the design, configuration, installation and maintenance of interoperable networks.

The 963 Supervisor proved to be an unprecedented success, so it is a tough act to follow. However, I’m confident that IQ®VISION takes functionality and energy management to a whole new level. We have introduced a wide range of dynamic new features that will not only reduce the amount of money users spend on energy but give them a level of control and fine detail that was previously considered out of reach. This latest addition to the Trend portfolio represents a significant step forward for controls technology, and one that greatly enhances the overall effectiveness of a BEMS.

Published  on  14/06/2017  by  Ash Mackie2
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27 June 2017  06:53  by Distributed Energy Management
Now its need energy management tools for our distribute energy source, its helps us to solve the problem with peak power or power demand, thank you for the article.

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