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Energy Management Tech Briefing: University of Toledo, Honeywell, Encelium

The University of Toledo (pictured), economic development program Ohio Third Frontier and GEM Inc. are partnering to design, develop and commercialize a new power system that they hope will drastically reduce power consumption and increase electricity reliability at the campus data center.

Earlier this year GEM Energy Management was awarded a $1 million hybrid loan by Ohio Third Frontier to build the gas turbine-based power system for the data center. The new power system is expected to reduce the amount of fossil fuel needed to power the university’s data center by 50 percent. Construction will begin this fall and will be complete in late 2012.

Honeywell and software firm Tridium Inc. have launched a software tool that allows customers to more easily incorporate digital video surveillance capabilities into larger building control systems.

The Rapid Eye Driver enables Tridium’s Niagara Framework to communicate with Honeywell’s flagship line of Rapid Eye digital video recorders. Rapid Eye DVRs are used globally by organizations across various industries to record, store and search for video evidence needed for investigations.

By integrating the Rapid Eye DVR with traditional building automation technology such as environmental controls, energy management and lighting systems, the Rapid Eye Driver allows facility managers to easily integrate building events with video recordings. Managers, for example, can diagnose heating, ventilation and air conditioning maintenance issues, or detect water leaks, using video.

Finally, Encelium Technologies, a company specializing in integrated lighting control systems for commercial buildings, has introduced a new range of low-voltage occupancy sensors. This product line includes passive infrared and combined PIR and ultrasonic sensors available in both wall mount and ceiling mount configurations.

PIR and ultrasonic line-voltage wall switches are also available as are 120V, 277V and 347V power packs. Any of the new low-voltage sensors can be converted to line-voltage use with a power pack or adapter, Encelium says.

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