Honeywell explores building automation with Analog Devices

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Honeywell and Analog Devices have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to investigate the digitization of commercial buildings by upgrading to digital connectivity technologies. 

The companies report that this will be done without replacing existing wiring, which will help reduce cost, waste and downtime. The alliance would bring this new technology to building management systems for the first time.  

“For more than a decade, ADI and Honeywell have collaborated on driving the next waves of innovation,” said Martin Cotter, Senior Vice President, Industrial and Multi Markets and president of ADI EMEA region.  

“In this next phase of our work together, we are thrilled to see these ADI technologies move beyond factory automation and into Honeywell’s building management system to help customers reduce building energy consumption, which can save money, improve resiliency and help meet emissions reductions goals.” 

How building automation will improve the industry  

Many of the commercial buildings in the US are outdated and inefficient, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), the majority of them were built before the year 2000.  

Additionally, organizations are relying on networking technology to transmit ever-greater volumes of data, causing a surge in demand for cloud storage and processing speed.  

“Honeywell is revolutionizing building management systems to help building owners tackle today’s biggest challenges,” said Suresh Venkatarayalu, Honeywell‘s Chief Technology Officer. 

“This collaboration with ADI would offer building owners the ability to upgrade and enhance their wiring without a significant upfront investment and with less labor and environmental impact.” 

Digitizing building management systems will allow managers to reduce energy consumption through real-time decisions, while it will upgrade a building’s network performance and security to current Internet-protocol networks without extensive costs and remodeling. 

Honeywell plans to adopt ADI’s single-pair Ethernet (T1L) and software configurable input/output (SWIO) solutions in its building management systems.  

ADI’s single-pair Ethernet enables long-reach Ethernet connectivity with the possibility of reusing a building’s existing wiring, reducing installation time, cost and reducing waste.  

Single-pair Ethernet complements existing Ethernet connectivity in building management systems, bringing enhanced connectivity from the edge to the cloud, helping eliminate data islands and better utilizing assets, the company reports.  

ADI’s offering would also enable Honeywell to build a single version of the product for different needs, allowing more future-proofed control and automation for when a building is remodeled or requirements change.  

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