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 The ProPlan November 2000 report 
Connection by Editor, Ken Sinclair mission has become to provide you connections to related building automation information that maybe useful to you. The ProPlan web site is one of these sites. Their latest report is highlighted below but visit their web site for many more.  ProPlan will attend the AHR Expo, to launch the second edition of the North American study (two years from the launch of the first).

Control Solutions, Inc ProPlan Division of i&i is Europe's leading research and consultancy company specialising in intelligent systems in buildings. i&i provides a comprehensive range of professional services to suppliers, building users, governments and industry. 

Through a series of Multi-client studies entitled "Intelligent Controls in Buildings" we have charted the progress of the advanced building controls industry and its players for seventeen years. Our objective has been to provide manufacturers and suppliers with accurate information on which to develop appropriate marketing and business strategies. This has been achieved through the assistance and co-operation of our clients who comprise the major suppliers to this business, including;  

ABB Building Technologies, Automated Logic, Caradon Trend, Caradon Gent, Carrier, Danfoss, Groupe Schneider, Honeywell Controls, Invensys, IBM, Johnson Controls, KMC, Olivetti, Omron, Philips, Saia, Satchwell Control Systems, Sauter, Siemens Building Technologies - Cerberus Division, Siemens Building Technologies - Landis & Staefa, TAC AB, Trane, Tyco, Wiedmueller, Zumtobel.

November 2000 synopsis of this report is available in pdf on their web site. We have included a few highlights to peak your interest.

Intelligent Controls in Buildings - Fire Detection and Safety Systems  
 The European Market 2000 - 2005 

Reliable Controls REVIEW

Within 575 pages and 270 charts and tables it tells you for each country:

The current market size, its growth from 1995 and forecast to 2005

• The market size by type of hardware (5 segments)

• The market size by type of detector (10 segments)

• The market size by type of project (new construction, refurbishment /replacement)

• The market size and potential by building sector (public, commercial, industrial)

• The market size by contract value (4 segments).

• The market size by type/end use of building (11 categories).

• The geographic distribution of sales

• Assessment of the markets for voice evacuation systems, advanced extinguishing controls and wireless systems

• The distribution channels and the volume of business that they handle

• Sales and market share bands for established suppliers

• Profiles of established suppliers

• The dynamics of the industry and growth prospects

• An analysis of the part played by third party suppliers including distributors, wholesaler/stockists, specialist value added resellers and electrical contractor installer and the impact they have on the business

• An analysis of trading practices and routes to market and the impact of contractual procedures

• A cross border view of the forces that determine demand

• A detailed review of technology including sections on standards, regulations, harmonisation, communication standards and systems integration

• Assesses the IBC(f) suppliers influence on Integrated Building Management Systems (IBMS) and measures the incidence of integrated projects for different building services and the incidence of integration in 7 different building types

• This report takes you through the complex web of interdependent factors in a progressive and logical way using over 260 charts and tables so that the issues that shape this market and influence change are clearly identified in order that their future impact can be assessed and the underlying trends discerned. 

The report allows the following critical questions to be answered:

• Which is Europe’s most competitive market and how has it achieved higher penetration of IBC(f) than any other market?

• Why is the penetration of optical detectors so much lower in the French market and what progess has been made by multiple sensor technology ?

• How far has the penetration of analogue addressable technology progressed and what is the future trend?

• What underlying philosophy of the market in Germany will result in a continued low proportion of sales of sounders?

• What are the barriers to entering Germany, Europe’s single biggest market?

• Which market has boosted sales as a result of an innovative solution to safety interlocks and integration?

• How and where can manufacturers protect their value added systems business and what will strengthen their performance?

• Which countries offer the best opportunities to quickly develop sales?

• Is it necessary to adopt a particular communication standard or is there an alternative strategy for achieving an “open system”?

• Why has the IBC(f) industry made such little impact in IBMS in Europe? Will the recent developments in standard communication initiatives and IT change this?

The report allows pan-European comparisons to be made across all market segments and in particular, benchmarks the penetration of IBC(f) so that future performance can be determined.

For further information contact Allan McHale

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