IBM and Honeywell division
collaborate to advance smarter buildings
ARMONK, NY, July 28,
2010 -- IBM has announced plans to
work with Tridium, Inc. to develop new technology and solutions
that will allow companies to maximize efficiency of their new and
existing buildings and facilities while keeping an eye on
Tridium, part of Honeywell's Automation
and Control Solutions group, is a global provider of software and
embedded hardware that allows for integration and control of the
numerous devices, systems and networks found in commercial
buildings and retail structures.
Tridium's Niagara and Sedona software
enable the integration and control of virtually every system and
device in any facility from HVAC equipment, lighting and generators
to gas pumps, ovens, and medical devices.
The companies plan to integrate IBM
Tivoli Monitoring for Energy Management and IBM Maximo Asset
Management enterprise software with Niagara and Sedona to create
secure, Internet-enabled networks that will allow for new levels of
energy management, integrate thousands of disparate systems and
devices, and analyze vast streams of real-time data.
Applying IBM's advanced software will
let managers know if their buildings and the systems inside are
operating at maximum performance and profitability, a major concern
in many industries, including retail.
For example, instead of a convenience
store's failed refrigeration unit or broken coffee machine going
unnoticed, the advanced systems planned by IBM and Tridium will
automatically generate work orders and dispatch repairmen to the
scene before the store manager is even aware the ice cream is
melting or the java has stopped flowing.
Tridium technology supports hundreds of
key protocols and networks used by the providers of
building-automation systems-including open-standards-based
software, cellular networks and Internet Protocols. These
protocols allow different physical objects to communicate to each
other, often called "the Internet of Things."
"Our work to create smarter
buildings,will be enhanced by Tridium technology that allow the
many of the systems that constitute a building - heat, water,
sewage and electricity -- to be controlled and automated,"
said David Bartlett, vice president, Industry Solutions, IBM
"Together we'll be able to give
clients greater intelligence and control of their buildings and of
the physical world."
"Our technologies embrace many
communications methods in order to support the integration of these
disparate systems and devices, facilitating better control and
awareness," said Steve Fey, Tridium's president. "Our focus has
always been on the integration and interoperability of all of these
systems, whether wired or wireless.
Now, with IBM we can deliver an
end-to-end IP-based infrastructure for any type of building and
deliver real-time information, asset intelligence, and analysis
from virtually every device and sensor in the network for decision
support around the globe."
New emerging technologies will make IP
(Internet Protocol) a common standard for connecting smart sensors
and devices to the enterprise. IBM plans to adopt and promote
Tridium's open-source Sedona application environment. Sedona
enables secure and IP-based device networks and advanced data
analytics, bringing new automation capabilities to facilities and
increased levels of control to management.
Smarter Buildings for a
IBM, a member of the Internet Protocol for Smart Objects (IPSO)
Alliance, helps create, manage and maintain the world's most
intelligent and interconnected infrastructures from smarter
buildings, cities, utilities, offices, transportation systems and
operations in every industry.