Honeywell has updated its flagship building management system, Enterprise Buildings Integrator (EBI), enabling facility personnel to view and enhance core building technology with greater ease and precision. EBI R430 helps improve efficiency, and reduce energy and operational costs by simplifying setup, scheduling and control. New features include a more robust automation engine, comprehensive mobile access and a redesigned user interface designed to accelerate both routine and advanced tasks.
The latest version of EBI addresses the growing trend of smart, integrated buildings — facilities where automated systems are merged and managed across the enterprise network. This provides an enhanced and more comprehensive view of all equipment and activity, which helps boost productivity every day and deliver savings over the life of a building. According to the U.S. General Services Administration, a smart building can trim energy use up to 14 percent and raise operational efficiency as much as 12 percent.
As a result, more than a quarter of the facility construction and retrofit projects Honeywell leads now involve some level of integration, a five-fold increase over the last decade. And EBI is the engine that provides the necessary interface and intelligence.
“We’ve seen the long-term value of integrated systems and have relied on EBI to extract thosesavings,” said Paul Greenwood, manager of security and safety at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. “The new release has only amplified the benefits. The automation engine is more powerful, allowing us to program access cards two to three times faster, for example. These efficiencies are important given the volume of related requests we have to process every day.”
The recent upgrades to EBI centre on:
Improved integration – EBI is now compatible with many common Web services to provide facility managers and IT staff with new ways to customize how building systems import and mine data, and synthesize the information into actionable recommendations.
Increased efficiency – Facility managers can program and coordinate facility-wide systems — including HVAC, lighting, security and life safety — in minutes using the revamped automation engine and scheduling.
Enhanced mobility – Operators can continue to use smartphones for remote access and management, but can now implement tablet-based connectivity, which replicates the user interface of an EBI workstation and provides access to all building information, such as system status and trend data that can help optimize energy use in real time.
Intuitive interface – While the basic layout and navigation remain, the new software incorporates features common to consumer applications, such as drag-and-drop interaction, that make day-to-day tasks and training easier.