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Third Party Integration Concepts
Building Management Systems (BMS)
The BMS can be integrated using two common methodologies, firstly at a high level with sharing a common protocol such as BACnet, OPC, LON, KNX or Modbus. A high level solution allows multiple software applications to share data across systems with redundancy measures in place. Secondly the BMS can be integrated at a low level using contact closures to communicate between the two systems. Synergy of the two systems can provide energy efficiency gains, multiple points of control and showcase interoperability.
DALI (Digital Addressable Lighting Interface) is an International Standard (IEC 62386) for the control of electronic ballasts, transformers, LED’s, emergency lights and exit signs. The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) awards points for the inclusion of DALI fittings and control that count towards a Green Star rating. DALI configuration is relatively simple and any future reconfiguration of switching groups is achieved via software changes without the need for physical re-wiring.
Audio Visual integration is typical to most commercial projects within spaces such as Boardrooms, Meeting Rooms, Function Rooms and Break out areas. Typical integration is achieved via high level using RS232 and TCP/IP protocols.
Access & Security
High level integration is available for access and security services. Through this interoperability events triggered via security can in turn trigger events within the control system such as turning lighting on or off, triggering alarms and reporting activity to the Building Management System.
Control system IP gateways and routers can be configured to communicate via Ethernet sockets. RS232 The RS-232 protocol is one of the most common integration options, a range of gateways and processors are available to send RS-232 strings to third party devices.
To provide further functionality to the control system, web interfaces can be configured allowing access to the control system remotely.
Control System Head End Computer
Commercial projects will often include a computer where the control system is can be centrally accessed and configured when required. Pulse Automation can provide this head end computer with a graphical user interface including floor plan overlays taken from file types such as AutoCAD, Sketch-up, Visio. The head end PC can be configured to display control system logs, reports, manual overrides, and general system interrogation information.
In addition to third party integration options detailed previously in the Building Management Systems section of this document. Pulse Automation can offer native integration options to air-conditioning systems that have KNX interfaces available to them. Manufacturers that support this feature include Daikin and Mitsubishi.
Smart Device Integration
Smart device integration is now a standard offer in most control systems. Functionality within a commercial tenancy environment maybe focused on audio visual environments such as board and meeting rooms, however with the integration of power monitoring facilities this information could be provided to staff who subscribe to the service.