Honeywell's Went a Notch Further to Enhance Efficiency, Data Analysis And Control
Honeywell (NYSE: HON), a global leader in smart building technology and services, put forth the next generation of Enterprise Building Integration (EBI), Command and Control Suite (CCS), and Digital Video Manager (DVM), a suite of solutions powered by the Honeywell Forge for Buildings platform, that help instil facility efficiency and oversight, streamline complex functions, and cut costs across an enterprise. Along with these, Honeywell is launching a portfolio of enhanced cybersecurity solutions to help companies protect against the increasing risk of unexpected breach on data, network systems and buildings infrastructure.
“For buildings to be smarter, more efficient and effective, an operating system must be in place that works to constantly improve resource management,” said Mark Verheyden, president, Honeywell Building Solutions. “These systems help keep people safe and secure, enhance the building experience, and protect the data and processes that drive operations. The overall health of the building ecosystem can impact business success – just like great talent and experience. Our building operation teams help customers address building use and critical infrastructure challenges.”
The offerings slated for release leverage IoT connectivity, interoperable systems and data sharing, and adaptive workflows in order to convert inputs and information into actionable outcomes. Key enhancements are:
• EBI R600 – The Honeywell building management system that helps connect, monitor and manage core building functions, right from comfort to security to safety, and most importantly can help reduce upfront capital costs. This open IoT platform integrates with numerous third-party systems and equipment along with cloud and mobile applications. The system has been for 23 years in the market, and has more than 150 million IoT connections in buildings across the globe.
• DVM R700 – An enhanced digital surveillance system that delivers a detailed view of operations and enterprise-wide integrated protection. Improved camera servers enhance views and reduce storage needs and hardware costs.
• CCS R300 – Facility visualization application with intuitive interface that brings performance data to building personnel through enhanced map navigation and editing capabilities.
Thus, EBI600, DVM700 and CCS300 consolidate with Honeywell Forge for Buildings which is an enhanced category of software developed by Honeywell called Enterprise Performance Management. More so, Honeywell Forge for Buildings is an integrated platform that connects operational data from assets, processes, and third-party applications. It also associates people with machine learning to help customers improve their building performance; enhance performance and productivity with actionable insights.
“Commercial building and critical infrastructure customers are often driving toward similar facility outcomes: streamlined operations, reduced costs, improved safety and security,” Verheyden said. “Efforts to reach these goals are markedly different for a hospital or an airport, for example. Within our enhanced integrated platform of offerings, operations teams can tailor services to help meet specific needs through new multi-windows and interactive options that are just a fingertip away.”
Furthermore, Information Technology (IT) often obtains the most attention when it comes to safeguarding the integrity of data and assets. Whereas, Operational Technology (OT) systems that monitor control and protect processes, equipment and operational environments - can be another entry point, and often needs similar or more care in today’s ever-connected technology landscape.
Beside this, Honeywell is extending its cybersecurity services and products for the buildings OT environment to empower customers to better protect their assets and people. The Honeywell Forge Cybersecurity solutions include:
• Cybersecurity Assessment – A professional review of buildings OT systems using industry best practices to identify potential vulnerabilities or gaps. A detailed report is developed to establish a cyber-status baseline and a prioritized action list.
• Secure Design and Configuration – Design or modify existing OT infrastructure to enhance the physical, network and application layers and help reduce risk and mitigate unexpected costs.
• Cybersecurity Appliances and Software – The installation and maintenance of cybersecurity hardware and software including firewalls, Secure Media Exchange (SMX), advanced end-point security, and backup/restore appliances, to help monitor and protect OT systems.
• Cybersecurity Monitoring and Remote Management – Enables monitoring of OT systems and push alerts regarding performance or security issues. This can be extended to include Remote Management services, as well as Honeywell’s 24/7 Security Operation Centre (SoC) monitoring.
• Incident Readiness and Advisory - Establishes incident response processes that enable more efficient containment, triage and resolution to regain normal business operations in the event of an incident.
“Increasing connectivity to OT systems typically enhances security, promoting visibility and allowing previously unidentified security issues to be more efficiently realized. It is a more proactive approach to monitoring and maintaining the systems to be undertaken - the days of leaving OT systems unmanaged, unpatched and unmonitored are over,” commented David Trice, vice president and general manager, Honeywell Connected Enterprise, Buildings.