PoE HMI system enables 'Internet of Things' for smart buildings

New from AIS, touch screen PoE HMI panels enable Internet of Things (IoT) technologies for facilities management and building automation.

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American Industrial Systems, Inc. (AIS) has announced the launch of its new standard and custom offering of energy-efficient, open-platform Power over Ethernet (PoE) HMI [human machine interface] panels for building automation systems in commercial and industrial facilities. Available in 7”, 10.1” and 18.5” screen sizes, AIS says its PoE Touch Screen HMI Panel PCs are optimized for Internet of Things (IoT), Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) and Digital Asset Management (DAM) applications, combining power and data transfer via a standard Cat 5 twisted-pair Ethernet cabling over a network.

The AIS PoE Panel PC features built-in Intel Atom Processor and PoE technology, allowing for installation into remote locations without the need to run power cables. With touch screen capability, a ruggedized housing and several I/O connections, the AIS HMI terminals are targeted for all building system control and monitoring applications. AIS says its commercial off-the-shelf (COTS), pre-designed touch screen panel PCs provide a cost-effective control interface which is easily integrated to new and existing installations, reducing the time to market and competitiveness where service, availability, reliability and technology are paramount.

Specifically, the company says its HMI building management panels and PoE HMI panels are suitable for a wide range of building control system applications including: HVAC control, access control, room reservation, room scheduling, interactive security systems, and interactive patient room information displays, as well as interactive scheduling systems in hotels, schools, hospitals, and government buildings and complexes.

As the world of enterprise asset management becomes increasingly digital and driven by the need for ubiquitous connectivity with inexpensive processing solutions, AIS says its digital asset management system solutions have the ability to use the Internet to facilitate and expand communication between electronic devices. AIS says its PoE HMI panels can enhance communication, automate complex and/or tedious processes, and provide valuable data to improve productivity and reduce operational costs.

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Further, the company notes that Internet of Things (IoT) promises more opportunities for intelligent automation in the built environment, delivering benefits for energy savings, remote monitoring and control, and easy-to-use room scheduling, visitor management and access security systems. AIS says its HMIs provide a common interface, seamless communications, and remote control and monitoring capabilities via the Internet, helping building owners and operators to manage their building management systems more efficiently and affordably.

In addition to simplifying operator interaction and adding value with powerful HMI capabilities with new software applications, the AIS HMI Panel PCs utilize standard IP protocols that ease integration across the building so that data can move upstream through various data management systems such as HMI, SCADA and ERP systems. By specifying a common IP-based open Ethernet architecture system, it also simplifies interfacing and reduces cost of devices for building owners’ and facilities managers’ Enterprise Digital Asset Management Systems (DAMS), Building Management Systems (BMS), Energy Management Systems (EMS) and Building Automation Systems (BAS).

Finally, AIS says its HMI panels' machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and IoT technology facilitates operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) convergence. Intelligent M2M communications applications use sensors to collect information about operating conditions combined with HMI, SCADA and cloud-hosted analytics software. It makes sense of disparate data points and helps facility managers and building owners become more proactive about managing buildings at peak efficiency, sensors/HMI/SCADA, buildings and future IoTs requirements.

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Ultimately, IoT increases the utility for easy-to-use interface touch panels and IP-based open Ethernet architectures from AIS. In commercial buildings, AIS says its IP-enabled HMI machine control and monitoring panels can connect with smartphones via Internet Protocol. AIS's building management HMIs also enable facilities managers to set the parameters remotely by using an application residing on their smartphone or tablet. With a unique ID assigned to each piece of DAMS, BMS, EMS and BAS equipment, a facilities manager can control and monitor more than one device remotely via the AIS PoE touch screen HMIs and operator interfaces.

For more information, visit www.aispro.com.

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