Honeywell announced the next generation of smart building technology, Command and Control Suite, which turns complex facility data into recommendations and easy-to-implement changes that help boost business outcomes - lowering costs, minimising risk and reducing downtime. By combining intelligent automation, advanced analytics and visualisation with the simplified user experience of today´s home and mobile electronics, Command and Control Suite links building automation and the enterprise. It can provide a holistic view of a connected building´s video feeds, access control and fire alarms, for example, and pull in relevant information from human resource applications. Integrating data from these disparate systems could help security personnel track occupants and make sure they exit the facility in the event of an evacuation, improving employee safety.
Investing in this type of smart building technology typically pays for itself within one or two years by delivering operational efficiencies as well as energy savings, according to a recent report by Jones Lang LaSalle, a financial and professional services firm. ¨The building data currently collected in modern facilities presents a vast opportunity to reduce operations and maintenance costs,¨ said Benjamin Freas, senior research analyst, Navigant Research. ¨However, difficulties in integrating data from separate building automation systems have encumbered realising this potential. The usability of facility technologies has been a persistent challenge as well. To date, success in system performance has largely been dependent on the skill and experience of operators.¨