That was the year that was   

I’m Graeme Rees, Marketing Director at Trend Control Systems, and with 2017 coming to a close it’s a good time to review the events of the last 12 months and pick out a few highlights. 

This time of year is often one of reflection and looking forward to what’s ahead. If you’re anything like me, 2017 will have gone in a flash and plans for 2018 will be well underway, however, I’d like to take this opportunity to review the last 12 months at Trend and look at some of the key developments in the world of Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS).

I’m delighted that the subject of energy monitoring and management is now high on the agendas of so many organisations. And so it should be, given that according to recent studies up to 52 per cent of a building’s energy use is spent on heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), whilst up to 23 per cent is used for lighting. With the potential to control up to 75 per cent of energy usage simply by implementing a BEMS, I anticipate further interest in our products and services in the years ahead.

The development of new technology and innovation continues apace and one of the highlights of my year was the response to IQ®VISION, Trend’s successor to the pioneering 963 Supervisor. By integrating controllers, third-party smart devices and internet protocols into a centralised software platform that is designed to manage buildings at an enterprise level, IQ®VISION is designed to manage all sizes of buildings – from single standalone sites to multi-building estates and campuses – giving building owners and managers the ability to identify and optimise their systems. It is already setting a new benchmark in what’s possible with a Trend BEMS. 

IQ®VISION has been designed to fully exploit the benefits of open protocols by working in conjunction with the latest version of the highly successful Trend Open Network Node – TONN8.  Based on the Niagara N4 platform, TONN8 has a more powerful processor and greater memory capacity, making it faster and capable of tackling far more complex applications.

Although we take the research and development of new BEMS related technology very seriously at Trend, we never forget that service and support is equally vital in order to enable end users to get the most out of their investments. Throughout 2017 we have continued to invest in the TREND advance team in order to provide 24/7/365 maintenance and support across the UK.  With more field-based personnel than any other controls manufacturer, and over 90 trained engineers working out of six regional centres, a Trend expert is never far away.

2017 was also a landmark year for the Trend approved Partner programme, which celebrated its 25th anniversary. It’s hard to believe that most building controls manufacturers were once strongly opposed to the idea of supplying their products through systems integrators. Trend was the notable exception and has led the way in developing this once insignificant route to market and these days, systems integrators account for most of the sales of BEMS.

To celebrate this milestone our Trend Partner Conference in September saw many of the 160 Trend Technology Centres (TTCs) and System Integrators (SIs) gather together to hear about the latest Trend strategies, technology updates, product development news and best practice advice, while also enjoying the opportunity to network. It also gave us the opportunity to thank them for bringing an unrivalled set of skills and expertise to the Trend offering and ensuring that end users benefit from the high standards of workmanship, contract management, documentation and quality control.

Finally, we also sponsored another very successful BSRIA briefing. The theme was ‘tomorrow’s challenges in today’s buildings’ and we were delighted to be a key part of such a forward-thinking, flexible industry, which will ensure tomorrow’s built environment continues to meet the needs of building owners both now and in the future.

I hope that you’ve had an equally successful 2017 and would like to wish you all the best for the year ahead.
Published  on  13/12/2017  by  Ash Henley
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19 February 2018  13:29  by Philip Wantling
Yep, cracking year overall for BEMS and energy management. It's an exciting time to be in the industry, with movement forward in IoT, analytics and protocols like BACnet making the industry more open, it only helps provide better service for customers.

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