Soon we’ll be at Realcomm | IBCon in Las Vegas. This year’s show will be complete with an OTI booth, some speaking sessions and two case studies in the “Showcase.” In preparation, we’re live with our latest case study. This new report outlines our exciting demand response program completed last year for a GGP property just outside Houston.
The Woodlands Mall is a bi-level, enclosed shopping center located 30 miles north of Houston. GGP renovated the mall in 2004. Since then, General Growth Properties has included Woodlands in energy management upgrade plans that span their portfolio. As MSI of record, we created a peak demand management program based on advanced energy analytics and real time monitoring. Read our case study for challenges and success, which included a delivery date at the peak of summer heat.
We’ve published two new building controls case studies on different aspects of our ongoing integration relationship with General Growth Properties. First, we took a look back at the details of a retrofit project at The Shoppes at Buckland Hills Mall. The case study focuses on The S4 Group Open: BACnet N2 router. We chose this solution because the project required us to work with the existing Johnson Controls legacy OT backbone.
The goal was to integrate into our energy and facilities front-end. The S4 router did it at a fraction of the cost of rip-and-replace. There’s more to the story too, which you can read in our Technology Case Studies section on the website.
In the second new building controls case study, we look at the Ala Moana Center Ewa Expansion project. This project is a shining example of how expansions and retrofits can enhance energy management and reduce energy consumption. This building controls case study covers the systems OTI integrated throughout the new and existing structures.
6 Tips to Keep in Mind Before you Hire an Automation Solutions Provider
Technology continues advancing at astronomical rates and key words like “business intelligence,” “big data” and “analytics” are thrown around more now than Nolan Ryan’s fastball ever was. The bottom line is, it’s important to know what’s happening in your business, in our case, your building, so you can make informed decisions about how to cut costs and reduce consumption. While we can all agree on that, there are some particulars that you’ll want to look out for when determining the best way to accomplish this goal. Here’s where I recommend you start:
- Choose a product from a trusted source that has a real software company behind it (ideally, one that strictly sells that software product, like Niagara) and make sure the company is an RIA (rich internet application) provider.
- Use an automation system that includes a data warehouse.
- Focus on the integration framework. The platform is so important for scalability because you’ll want to bring in multiple devices of different makes and models without getting lost in a sea of black boxes and lots of custom programming.
- In thinking about the integration framework, make sure the one you choose allows for integrating data points in a logical structure, to account for simple and complex calculations, searches and indexing from the front-end.
- Consider the platform’s control engine and its ability to execute both pre-configured and custom logical problems. Flexibility is key here.
- For the dashboard, make sure the system is supported by a standard browser. You may also want some customization options, but primarily you will want to make sure the dashboard gives you the ability to chart, report, trend, view and control any of the systems you’ve linked to the framework.
From there, it’s a matter of working with a company you trust to execute your unique project. But by following these tips, you’ll get started on the path to finding a solution that provides real building intelligence without hitting some common road blocks right at the beginning. To put our solutions to the test, check out controlco.com and contact us with any questions.