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|The Heart of Supervising
The Covid-19 crisis is adding a new layer of systems to be managed, in office, retail, education and manufacturing buildings, to assist with monitoring and control of occupancy levels and social distancing.
|By Chris Irwin, VP Sales EMEA & VP Global Marketing at J2 Innovations
The Covid-19 crisis is adding a new layer of systems to be managed, in office, retail, education and manufacturing buildings, to assist with monitoring and control of occupancy levels and social distancing. This comes on top of existing pressures to reduce energy usage and carbon footprint, whilst managing extremes of temperature and incorporating IoT propositions for space and environmental monitoring. There is also increasing demand to integrate building management systems with fire and security systems. Whilst it is possible to tackle these needs all in one building upgrade, most will prioritize and carry out incremental changes. Either way, the key to short-term and long-term success will be the way the growing array of building systems are managed, so that they work in harmony and deliver real benefits. The latest benchmark for building automation supervisory systems is now one based on the FIN Framework open software platform.
Framework is increasingly being used as the basis for new products from various
companies, some who publicly announce their use and others who keep it
private. OEM partners who have released
products based on FIN Framework from J2 Innovations include Biqsave in Norway,
Smart-Traxx in the Netherlands, as well as Coster’s Web Garage and Clivet’s
chiller management application in Italy. Siemens has also used FIN in several
products: Desigo Controlpoint, Building Operator and Desigo Optic. The last of
these, Desigo Optic, is available for Systems Integrators in the Nordic region
as a Building Management Systems (BMS) supervisor.
use of open source options throughout the FIN Framework enables easy
integration or customization and provides enormous flexibility.
Haystack tagging and data modelling enables FIN to automate many of the
project configuration processes and deliver context-sensitive
information automatically. Metadata tags allow easy normalization of
useful information for customized views and dashboards. FIN utilizes
several open source libraries, including AM Charts for dashboards and
React UI tools to enhance functionality and to provide great resources
for OEM developers. Three libraries of equipment graphics are included
– 2D, 2D+, 3D shaded, and there is the facility to add custom
libraries. Extensive use is also made of wizards, for example,
auto-generated configuration, which enables the creation of an entire
project from a spreadsheet using an import utility wizard. Added to
this is a template wizard which simplifies the task of device
configuration. FIN delivers huge time saving for all aspects of a
project, including points, control logic, graphics, summary, O&M
manuals and OEM specific features. FIN is very intuitive to navigate
through; throughout there are context sensitive links to enable the
user to easily focus on the aspect of building operation required,
whether it be the alarms, schedules, overrides or performance
dashboards. FIN supports the current generation of IoT protocols such
as MQTT and REST as well as the traditional automation protocols,
including BACnet, Modbus, SNMP, OPC UA and KNX.
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