Daikin Integration to BACnet, Modbus, KNX, WIFI, Mobile Apps
EMAIL INTERVIEW - B. Scott Muench and Ken Sinclair
Muench, Vice President,
Marketing and Business Development
Scott is responsible for global marketing and sales activities at J2 Innovations, with his primary focus on attracting new customers and establishing new business partnerships. He also plays a key role in the company’s strategic planning and business development. Most recently, Scott served as Director of Sales and Sr. Applications Engineer for Tridium and for the last decade has been an active spokesman for the Niagara Framework community. Prior to Tridium, Scott has held various roles with a large System Integrator where he gained 10 years of experience in the building automation space.
J2 Innovation’s Unified Toolset
A unified toolset for creating the User Experience across multiple client platforms ranging from desktop browsers to mobile and handheld devices.
Sinclair: Tell me a bit about J2 Innovations and what your company does?
Innovations is an emerging software and technology company
that has been around for over two years, and we specialize in
helping provide the best UX (User eXperience) through our software tool
called FIN Builder. We also created the core technology called
the FIN (Fluid INtegration) for building a variety of
software solutions ranging from GUI, configuration tools and
Sinclair: So what is FIN
Builder and who can benefit from it?
Sinclair: How is FIN Builder different from a graphics library or a dashboard application?
Muench: The System Integrator is now being asked to provide more content than ever before; navigation, floor plans, equipment graphics, 3D central plant schematics and dashboards. The expectations for the “look and feel” of graphics have also increased. FIN Builder provides the tools and the functionality so that a SI can quickly and efficiently create the complete solution. It was also designed to allow third party graphics libraries and existing job graphics to be seamlessly incorporated into the tool. FIN Builder can complement other web based dashboard applications by incorporating their screens into the FIN environment, creating a unified and custom user experience. You can check out a brief demo of creating a central plant on YouTube http://youtu.be/4Nhwy5tBLdA
Sinclair: What changes do
you see in the industry and virtual computing?
Sinclair: How does FIN tackle the challenge of all these new
Sinclair: What are your plans going forward and what can folks expect to see at the AHR Expo in Chicago?
Muench: J2 is wrapping up our first engagement with a
and we have also released FIN Builder to the BAS system integrator
community. Our focus is now on expanding the features of FIN and
creating additional “connectors” for data sources that can be brought
into FIN. We currently can visualize Niagara data (via oBIX), so
look for future announcements about BACnet IP, SkySpark and other IP
connectors. We will have a booth at AHR where attendees can
experience first-hand what FIN Builder can do for their business, and
can even get a start-up kit to take home with them.
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