Building Automation: Until You See Me, I Do Not Exist

In the African Zulu language, the typical greeting is Sawubona. Unlike the English “Hello”, it is a more personal and respectful statement which means, “I see you”. And the traditional answer to “I see you” is Ngikhona, which means, “I am here.” It tells the other that you acknowledge you have been seen, and you …

Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Zigbee Combination in MDUs

Technology creates new opportunities every single day. In the world of multi-dwelling units (condos, apartment complexes, and the like) a hodgepodge of communication protocols exists, on different levels. We are talking specifically about:       Wi-Fi,       Bluetooth, and       Zigbee. These protocols are powerful, invisible, essential. They are separate …

Six Actions a Room-Level Automation Can Perform With a VRF System

VRF systems have been used in the United States for about 20 years. However, they’ve been popular elsewhere around the world for many years before that. With VRF technology, multiple indoor units or zones operate on the same system.  VRF systems are designed with two components: indoor and outdoor. Multiple indoor units can be controlled …

Thermostats-Setting the Record Straight

Renters and homeowners alike have used programmable thermostats for years. In fact, “Time-of-day” thermostats have been around for 20 years or so. These programmable, setback thermostats are a sound investment, with abundant returns. Utility companies aggressively promote them. In spaces with scheduled occupancy, like homes and offices, thermostats can be programmed to heat or cool …

EMS Alerts in Residential Facilities

Take advantage of energy management systems in powerful ways, like customizing alerts. We’re noticing a trend in MDU’s in major US cities like in New York City, Boston, and Chicago. They’re increasingly using state-of-the-art energy management systems to collect an immense cache of relevant, granular data. (MDU’s are loosely defined as real estate developments or complexes that …

Hands-Off is the New Hands-On

Some of our customers who manage multi-dwelling units, aka high-density residential properties, recently mentioned how glad they are that they can perform some of their functions remotely, thanks to their energy management systems. Energy management systems usually feature remote “dashboards”. Think of an Energy Management System as a control panel, with your building equipment and …

EMS Platforms Help Shoulder the Burden in Senior Housing

Occupancy Data Vacant spaces mean wasted energy. This spells real trouble in the current senior living market. Heating and cooling unoccupied living quarters is colossally inefficient. Nationwide, senior living occupancy stood at 88% in the 4th quarter of 2019, according to data from the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC). Unfortunately, we …

Bluetooth, BLE Technology Crowding Out Zigbee Channels

      In hospitality, the use of Bluetooth and BLE in panic system deployments and mobile key-enabled locks is growing. Because of this, we are seeing increased traffic on Zigbee channels 15 and 26 in some hotels. (We typically recommend using Zigbee channels 15, 20, 25, and 26 for ZigBee-enabled devices.) Our electrical engineers recommend …