Honeywell, ADI team up to digitise commercial buildings

Honeywell and Analog Devices (ADI) are working together to explore the digitisation of commercial buildings by upgrading to digital connectivity technologies without replacing existing wiring, which will help reduce cost, waste, and downtime. 

The strategic alliance would bring this new technology to building management systems for the first time. 

Many of the commercial buildings in the United States are outdated and inefficient and, according to the US Energy Information Administration, the majority of them were built before the year 2000. 

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

Digitising 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. 

Martin Cotter, SVP on industrial and multi markets and president of ADI EMEA region, said that ADI and Honeywell have been collaborating for more than a decade.

Cotter said that in this next phase of their work together, ADI technologies are moving 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.” 

Honeywell CTO Suresh Venkatarayalu said the company is revolutionising building management systems to help building owners tackle today’s biggest challenges. 

“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,” he added. 

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 and 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 using assets. 

ADI’s offering would also reduce product complexities by enabling 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. This helps increase the speed of product installation, reduces inventory needs, and enables easier and more affordable changes.