Honeywell Meets Energy Needs With Smart Grid Solution and Building Management System
Honeywell, a Fortune 100 technology and manufacturing company, has created a new building management system and Smart Grid Solutions business to help meet facilities' and providers' energy needs.
The ComfortPoint Open Building Management System is a technology that controls and optimizes heating and cooling equipment in facilities. Smart Grid Solutions is a global enterprise that centralizes the company's existing smart grid resources and expertise to respond to the growing needs of both energy providers and users.
ComfortPointOpen helps make Web and mobile accessibility easier, reduces energy costs with built-in utility meter management tools and advanced energy reporting and provides flexibility to grow and expand with end-to-end BACnet integration.
"This system was built from the ground up specifically for HVAC management," said Greg Turner, vice president of global offerings for Honeywell Building Solutions. "We focused on delivering a simple, effective platform that gives operators maximum control of facility comfort. And even though it's easy to use and navigate, there are powerful applications running in the background to uncover potential efficiency improvements and bottom-line savings."
The system also works to increase productivity through an intuitive user interface that puts operators a couple of mouse clicks away from any detail they need. In addition, facility personnel can access the system online, giving them a convenient, round-the-clock way to view building equipment, manage alarms and change schedules. Operators can also use the Honeywell EasyMobile client interface to manage and control equipment from a variety of mobile devices, such as a smartphone or iPad.
ComfortPoint Open integrates with other facility systems such as lighting, security and life-safety equipment through Honeywell's building automation platform, Enterprise Buildings Integrator (EBI). The system also can connect with Honeywell Attune Advisory Services to support advanced building performance analysis, continuous commissioning and building optimization to help maximize system uptime and reduce long-term costs.
About Smart Grid Solutions:
Smart Grid Solutions is part of Honeywell's Building Solutions business unit. Once Smart Grid is formed, it will work to bring innovative offerings to the market faster and deliver end-to-end programs that connect utilities and their customers to solve energy challenges like relieving stress and congestion on aging electrical infrastructure, leveraging intermittent renewable resources and better managing the increased demand for energy.
"Honeywell has a long history of helping balance supply and demand through turnkey programs that provide benefits for utilities and end users," said Jeremy Eaton, vice president and general manager of Honeywell Smart Grid Solutions. "However, the scope and applicability of our work is expanding. Countries across the world are making significant investments to build a smarter, more robust grid. And we have the technology, services and relationships to help those investments pay dividends."
The team will work to address global energy concerns. Currently, the company is working with the Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA) to implement China’s first smart grid demand response project. As part of the project, they will install its automated demand response (Auto DR) technology at select government, commercial and industrial facilities in Tianjin. The technology will allow TEDA and network operator State Grid Corp. of China to automatically adjust energy use to reduce demand on the electrical grid, helping avoid potential brownouts and blackouts.
In addition, Honeywell has helped utilities gain control of peak electrical use through its residential demand response efforts. The company has a history of working with utilities and their customers.
Honeywell currently has controls in more than 150 million homes, 10 million buildings and thousands of industrial sites.