Smart buildings that are aware of and react to their environment can bring considerable benefits to both owners and users, including lower energy consumption, predictive maintenance alerts for HVAC equipment, greater security, improved occupant comfort and safety, and increased utilization of assets and services. This not only improves the immediate environment as the building actively and intelligently reacts to the ebb and flow of everyday life, but also acts to reduce energy consumption and positively contribute to the fight against climate change.
VIA offers a growing family of smart building solutions that enable hybrid processing between edge device and cloud and provide the flexibility required for addressing key issues, such as centralized management and data collection balanced against available bandwidth, time-to-action latency, connection reliability, security, and cost.
At Embedded World 2019, VIA will be showcasing the latest of these solutions, including the VIA ARTiGO A820 system integrating FogHorn Lightning edge intelligence software and connectivity to Microsoft Azure Cloud services.
The system provides maximum flexibility for smart building installations with its power-efficient edge computing capabilities and rich feature set. Its extensive I/O connectivity provides multiple integration options for environmental monitoring and control devices such as humidity and temperature sensors that connect via RS485. The system’s 1.0GHz NXP i.MX 6DualLite dual-core Cortex-A9 SoC delivers the performance required for real-time data processing using machine learning software from FogHorn that actively monitors environmental behavior and sends alerts to the Microsoft Azure cloud whenever it detects abnormalities.
With its real-time monitoring and predictive operational intelligence capabilities and cloud connectivity, the VIA ARTiGO A820 makes it easy for building owners and managers to monitor environmental control devices and systems remotely and even make them actively self-adjusting. For example, as the temperature rises during the morning the system can trigger the connected cooling and dehumidifying equipment, rather than at fixed times of day regardless of the daily weather.
The VIA ARTiGO A820 enables smart building deployments to scale quickly and easily because its hardware, software, and cloud components are reliable, trusted and highly-flexible to implement. By processing actions on-device it removes the need for absolute connection reliability to the cloud service since constant feedback isn’t required. By reducing outward data-flow it minimizes network loading, processing latency and even bandwidth cost if data services are metered. This translates into a lower operations costs because real-time management can be optimized and largely automated, while its machine learning capability is able to spot abnormalities that could lead to an equipment failure, thereby lowering repair costs and downtime.
Longer term, the data collected paints a bigger picture that provides deep analytics insights. This facilitates the identification of long-term energy consumption and building usage trends and potentially even building-level optimizations through operational tweaks or future upgrades that would be otherwise invisible in a distributed or separated system.
The VIA ARTiGO A820 can be used to control many aspects of smart buildings, from environmental services and power usage to safety and security. Its reliable design, low operating cost, and longevity support reduce investment risk, making it the ideal for long-term smart building deployments.
To learn more about the system and other members of our growing family of smart building solutions, please visit the VIA booth at Embedded World 2019, located at #2-551 in Hall 2 of the Nuremberg Exhibition Center.