Controls & Automation
April 10, 2012 - GE has added the Whole-Home Sensor to its suite of Brillion home energy solutions which, according to the company, provides continuous energy consumption data without needing a smart meter. The sensor sends consumption data from large 240-volt applications, such as a panel box or pool pump, to the home’s Nucleus energy manager, which then communicates that data to a consumer’s existing smartphones or personal computers. The company has also added smart-plug controls, which enable consumers to track electrical usage by the outlet for most 120-volt appliances and devices, and Brillion-enabled thermostats.GE APPLIANCES
October 24, 2011 - Encelium Technologies has introduced its new family of low-voltage occupancy sensors, which includes a full range of passive infrared (PIR) and dual technology (Ultrasonic/PIR) low-voltage sensors available in both wall mount and ceiling mount configurations. The company describes the sensors as ideal for use with Encelium’s Energy Control System and also for stand-alone sensor applications.ENCELIUM TECHNOLOGIES
October 8, 2011 - HBA unveiled its wiHUBB wireless distributed lighting control system for both indoor and outdoor lighting applications. wiHUBB’s In-Fixture Module provides On/Off, High/Low and 0-10vDC full-range dimming control for all lighting loads. The wiHUBB On-Fixture Module is suitable for adding wireless On/Off and daylight harvesting control to outdoor fixtures that have a standard twist-lock photo-sensor receptacle. Meantime, the wiHUBB Smart Pack provides On/Off, High/Low and 0-10vDC full-range dimming control, and features SmartPORTs for plug-n-play support of wiHUBB occupancy and daylight sensors, and manual control switches. When devices are plugged into the SmartPORTs, the Smart Pack automatically responds to the plugged-in devices to provide energy-efficient operation.HUBBELL BUILDING AUTOMATION
October 8, 2011 - Hubbell Building Automation says its CX commercial lighting control panels provide “feature-rich and cost-effective lighting control for maximum energy savings”. The LCD user interface is located in the door and employs intuitive menus to program, check status or update the panel. The pre-programmed Scenarios menu simplifies project commissioning. The panels are available in 4- and 8-relay sizes with five types of relays. Programming capabilities include 365-day programming with 64 schedules, 32 groups, 99 holidays, astronomical and real-time clocks. Programmable inputs accept low-voltage switches, photocells or motion sensors. The CX panels are listed to UL 916, cUL and have a 2-year warranty.HUBBELL BUILDING AUTOMATION
October 7, 2011 - Wieland Electric Inc., a manufacturer of pluggable connection technology for building automation and automation technology, introduced its pluggable printed circuit board (PCB) terminals. The 3.5-mm pitch, high-density PCB connector maintaining a pitch that is easy to work with, insists the company; the angled PCB headers are particularly designed for contacting automation technology control devices or controllers. The two- and three-tier headers are available in 2-pole to 16-pole designs per tier, in straight or angled versions, with or without latching flanges for mating connectors. The three-tier version, wiecon 8513 SDGN, features a maximum of 48 poles for the connection of 1.5-mm2 wires. The two-tier terminal blocks, wiecon 8513 SEGN, provide up to 32 poles. The wiecon 8513 BS mating plug connectors are equipped with push-in technology for quick wiring without tools.WIELAND ELECTRIC
February 11, 2011 Cooper Power Systems, a division of Cooper Industries Ltd., has announced that two of its smart grid sensor devices (OutageAdvisor Fault Location and Detection Solution, and VARAdvisor Capacitor Bank Maintenance Solution) are Verizon Network Certified and available for sale to electric utilities. Using these products, it claims that utilities can easily receive the system performance data necessary to help efficiently operate their electrical grids—thereby, reducing the need for on-site inspections while also identifying and solving problems that could cause outages or increase system energy losses. COOPER POWER SYSTEMS 
Schlage demonstrated several new capabilities of its Link remote home management system, which allows homeowners to monitor and control Z-Wave-enabled locks, lights, Trane thermostats, Schlage cameras and other Z-Wave devices from mobile phones or internet-connected computers. Schlage Link now allows users to record and archive footage recorded by Schlage cameras, integrate Z-Wave-enabled sensors and create time-based access codes.New Link features include support for various Z-Wave-enabled sensors, enabling homeowners to check the status of windows and doors, detect motion in and around the home as well as monitor potential water-related emergencies (available Q2 2011). The Trane ComfortLink remote thermostat and Schlage Link System, meantime, have combined to complement and enhance the functionality of home comfort control. One simple, web-based interface can control several home systems, from Z-Wave-enabled lights and small appliances, HVAC.SCHLAGETRANE
Camden introduced a line of aluminum switch posts, alongside new ‘peaked’ post caps for all models and new CM-48 Series 48-in. tall posts (offering 42-in. switch height) with clear aluminum, dark bronze or mill (suitable for painting) finishes. The weatherproof post caps feature rounded corners for safety, and resist vandalism. In addition, they are specifically designed for the installation of Lazerpoint RF 915 MHz spread-spectrum wireless door control transmitters and battery packs. CM-42/48 Series posts feature heavy-duty extruded aluminum construction, recessed Alan screw assembly, with the option for an in-ground mounting base.CAMDEN DOOR CONTROLS
Camden Door Controls says its Invision TAC integrated telephone entry and access control system is a 500 name, 8-line auto-dialing telephone entry system that allows installers to network (via RS485) up to four local panels and up to 16 card readers, along with elevator control. The system can be ordered for local (hardwire) programming (via USB), where there is onsite management or it can be supplied with a modem, making it suitable for multiple-building, offsite management. Both telephone entry and access control functions employ a common configuration and reporting software platform. Invision TAC is supported with a choice of HID/AWID compatible card readers. Camden also has a selection of other wiegand readers, keypads and RF controls that may be used with the system.CAMDEN DOOR CONTROLS
PowerSecure International Inc. has partnered with Schneider Electric to bring its Interactive Distributed Generation smart grid power systems to hospitals. In partnership with local utilities, PowerSecure’s IDG technology enables hospitals to: employ their idle backup power systems during high-cost peak electricity demand; extend and upgrade their backup power systems due to the energy savings; and benefit from monitoring and control systems, which are connected to PowerSecure’s smart grid monitoring centre.POWERSECURE INTERNATIONALSCHNEIDER ELECTRIC
October 24, 2010PowerSecure International Inc. has partnered with Schneider Electric to bring its Interactive Distributed Generation smart grid power systems to hospitals. In partnership with local utilities, PowerSecure’s IDG technology enables hospitals to: employ their idle backup power systems during high-cost peak electricity demand; extend and upgrade their backup power systems due to the energy savings; and benefit from monitoring and control systems, which are connected to PowerSecure’s smart grid monitoring centre.POWERSECURE INTERNATIONALSCHNEIDER ELECTRIC
October 18, 2010 Can2Go launched a new variable air volume (VAV) building automation controller capable of bidirectional communication with EnOcean and wired end-devices. It features an embedded EnOcean transceiver and EnOcean-to-BACnet gateway, allowing total wireless control of energy harvesting end-devices within an end-to-end BACnet system. The controller is a fully programmable device with an onboard pressure sensor capable of meeting VAV application requirements. The Can2Go can act either as a standalone product or be integrated into a larger BACnet system. EnOcean is an interoperable wireless standard that promises zero-maintenance, self-powered, battery-free operations.CAN2GOENOCEAN
Honeywell’s Pro-Watch security management software is now leveraging the Niagara AX Framework from Tridium—an open software platform that enables the integration and interoperability of building automation systems (BASs) for real-time monitoring and control of security, secondary fire and other applications. The Pro-Watch platform currently integrates various security components but, with the Niagara Framework, can now integrate with systems such as secondary fire, lighting and HVAC. Now, says Honeywell, any automation system standardized on Niagara is immediately compatible with other systems connected to the framework, decreasing the development time and cost associated with integrating multiple BASs existing at geographically dispersed facilities. Among the Honeywell modules leveraging the Niagara Framework is the Pro-Watch Notifier Secondary Fire Interface.
July 13, 2010Panasonic Canada introduced a series of H.264 network cameras that support multiple video streams and employ i-Pro SmartHD features in low light levels. These features include facial enhancement to assist in isolating a clear image capture of faces detected. The new units feature high-definition picture quality, says Panasonic, employing UniPhier LSI processor, bandwidth and energy efficiency, as well as simple installation, set-up and operation. The line of cameras also offers day/night operation, high sensitivity with automatic calibration for detailed imaging, and progressive scan to ensure clear images without motion blur and no tearing. The new cameras support multiple video streams (H.264/MPEG-4/JPEG) and PoE (IEEE 802.3af). Additional features of both new camera series include two-way audio, analogue video output and support for the IPv4/IPv6 network protocol. The cameras include the WV-SP300, WV-SP306, WV-SP305, WV-SP302 and WV-SF336.PANASONIC CANADA INC.
July 13, 2010Honeywell introduced IdentIPoint, an IP-based access control system “that shifts system intelligence to the card reader using smartcard technology,” says the release. It “eliminates” the need for centralized access controllers and allows decisions to be made between the smartcard and the card reader. The smartcard contains the cardholder’s credentials such as access rights, permissions and biometric template (if applicable). When the smartcard is present to the IdentIPoint card reader, the transaction is logged through Honeywell Enterprise Buildings Integrator. It uses a microprocessor to write information and includes these additional features:- Security threat level management software- Support for Power over Ethernet- Support for WiFi 802.11 connectivity- 128-bit encryption using the Advanced Encryption Standard- Auto-discovery tools and wireless handheld device support- Several card reader models (Basic, Standard and Fingerprint)HONEYWELL
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