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VIDEOS: Honeywell User Group APAC 2019 showcased top smart building tech

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Developed by customers for customers, the Honeywell User Group (HUG) event gave attendees an opportunity to learn about new technologies, project implementations and industry trends, and the media briefing session can be seen in full below.

The event featured technology and business application sessions, access to Honeywell and industry experts and offer a forum for exchanging ideas with other Honeywell users, has been run for years, and from what I could see was very well attended.

Some of the things you'll see in the video below include:

A new category of software, Enterprise Performance Management for Operations Technology, that will improve the way a variety of companies collect, analyse and act on data from their operations. The software solution, called Honeywell Forge, was demonstrated

Demos and insight into several of Honeywell’s technologies, including:

  • Enterprise Buildings Integrator (EBI), promoting real outcomes in real time and supporting smarter buildings through the simple, seamless Integration of Things.
  • Digital Video Manager (DVM), a smart, scalable digital CCTV surveillance solution that delivers heightened levels of security, promotes improved operator decision-making capabilities and helps to increase operational efficiencies and decrease life cycle costs.
  • Command and Control Suite (CCS), giving insight, agility, and automation to better coordinate nearly every aspect of complex facilities from virtually any location, even in an emergency.
  • Customisable facility automation, surveillance and visualisation technologies, including cybersecurity services, help optimise day-to-day building operations and safety measures

Here are two videos from the event, more information on Honeywell's technologies and announcements this year follow.

Honeywell User Group Asia Pacific 2019 Media Presentation

Honeywell User Group APAC 2019 - Himanshu Khurana CTO interview:

This year, Honeywell introduced its "next generation of Enterprise Building Integration (EBI), Command and Control Suite (CCS), and Digital Video Manager (DVM), a suite of solutions enabled by the Honeywell Forge for Buildings platform, that help drive facility efficiency and oversight, streamline complex functions, and deliver savings across an enterprise".

The company says that "a key component to making this all work is keeping facilities and occupants safe. Along with EBI, CCS and DVM Honeywell is launching a portfolio of enhanced cybersecurity solutions to help companies protect against the rising risk of unexpected attacks on data, network systems and buildings infrastructure".

Mark Verheyden, president, Honeywell Building Solutions said: "For buildings to be smarter, more efficient and effective, an operating system must be in place that works to constantly improve resource management.

“These systems help keep people safe and secure, enhance the building experience, and protect the data and processes that drive operations. The overall health of the building ecosystem can impact business success – just like great talent and experience. Our building operation teams help customers address building use and critical infrastructure challenges.”

These technologies leverage IoT connectivity, interoperable systems and data sharing, and adaptive workflows to help transform inputs and information into actionable outcomes.

Key enhancements include:

  • EBI R600 – The Honeywell building management system that helps connect, monitor and manage core building functions, from comfort to security to safety, and can help reduce upfront capital costs. The open IoT platform integrates with numerous third-party systems and equipment as well as cloud and mobile applications. With more than 23 years of market implementation, EBI has more than 150 million IoT connections in buildings worldwide.
  • DVM R700 – An enhanced digital surveillance system that delivers a detailed view of operations and enterprise-wide integrated protection. Improved camera servers enhance views and reduce storage needs and hardware costs.
  • CCS R300 – Facility visualisation application with intuitive interface that brings performance data to building personnel through enhanced map navigation and editing capabilities.

We're told that "EBI600, DVM700 and CCS300 integrate with Honeywell Forge for Buildings, an enhanced category of software developed by Honeywell called Enterprise Performance Management.

"Honeywell Forge for Buildings is an integrated platform that connects operational data from assets, processes, third-party applications and people with machine learning to help customers improve their building performance and enhance performance and productivity with actionable insights."

Verheyden added: “Commercial building and critical infrastructure customers are often driving toward similar facility outcomes: streamlined operations, reduced costs, improved safety and security.

“Efforts to reach these goals are markedly different for a hospital or an airport, for example. Within our enhanced integrated platform of offerings, operations teams can tailor services to help meet specific needs through new multi-windows and interactive options that are just a fingertip away.”

Honeywell states that "Information Technology (IT) often receives the most attention when it comes to safeguarding the integrity of data and assets. Operational Technology (OT) – systems that monitor, control and protect processes, equipment and operational environments – can be another entry point, and often needs similar or more care in today’s ever-connected technology landscape".

The company also advises that it is "extending its cybersecurity services and products for the buildings OT environment to enable customers to better protect their assets and people".

The Honeywell Forge Cybersecurity solutions include:

  • Cybersecurity Assessment – A professional review of buildings OT systems using industry best practices to identify potential vulnerabilities or gaps. A detailed report is developed to establish a cyber-status baseline and a prioritised action list.
  • Secure Design and Configuration – Design or modify existing OT infrastructure to enhance the physical, network and application layers and help reduce risk and mitigate unexpected costs.
  • Cybersecurity Appliances and Software – The installation and maintenance of cybersecurity hardware and software including firewalls, Secure Media Exchange (SMX), advanced end-point security, and backup/restore appliances, to help monitor and protect OT systems,
  • Cybersecurity Monitoring and Remote Management – Enables monitoring of OT systems and push alerts regarding performance or security issues. This can be extended to include Remote Management services, as well as Honeywell’s 24/7 Security Operation Centre (SoC) monitoring.
  • Incident Readiness and Advisory – Establishes incident response processes that enable more efficient containment, triage and resolution to regain normal business operations in the event of an incident.

David Trice, vice president and general manager, Honeywell Connected Enterprise, Buildings, concluded by stating: "Increasing connectivity to OT systems typically enhances security, promoting visibility and allowing previously unidentified security issues to be more efficiently realised. It is a more proactive approach to monitoring and maintaining the systems to be undertaken – the days of leaving OT systems unmanaged, unpatched and unmonitored are over."

More information is here.  

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