TEAM develops oBIX communication protocol software

TEAM’s new oBIX communication protocol software now enables organisations to connect with mechanical and electrical systems as well as applications, such as Building Management Systems (BMS), anywhere in the world. […]

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TEAM’s new oBIX communication protocol software now enables organisations to connect with mechanical and electrical systems as well as applications, such as Building Management Systems (BMS), anywhere in the world. This connection enables the download of data directly into the TEAM Sigma software. Metering and sensor data from buildings and process control systems can be utilised for more detailed energy management, highlighting cost saving opportunities and identifying waste.

oBIX (for Open Building Information Exchange) is an international standard for Web Services-based interfaces to building control systems, which means that you can communicate with the building management system remotely via the internet.

Typical BMS systems that support the oBIX protocol include:

  • Trend with aTrend Open Network Node (TONN)
  • Centraline HAWK by Honeywell
  • Lynxspring JENEsys
  • Distech EC-Net
  • As well as any system built using the Tridium NiagaraAX Framework

By installing additional modules, many other BMS or process control systems can be provided with an oBIX interface. This can also include integration with existing communication protocols such as BACnet, LON, OPC, M-Bus and Modbus. There are also items of HVAC plant which support the oBIX protocol.

TEAM is using the its new oBIX protocol software on behalf of London South Bank University at their prestigious Centre for Efficient and Renewable Energy in Buildings (CEREB) to collect and analyse data from their BMS. CEREB is a unique, teaching, research and demonstration resource for the built environment hosting a number of renewable and intelligent energy solutions. These include thermal wheels, ground source heat pumps, photovoltaic, solar thermal arrays, absorption chillers and phase change materials.

Data monitored includes temperatures from hot water circuits, air handling units, heating systems and ground source heat pumps as well as energy consumption from numerous electricity sub-meters and data from a weather station. Using the sophisticated M&T tools available in the TEAM Sigma software staff and students at London South Bank University use the BMS data for energy management, plant performance monitoring, analysis and research at CEREB.
This project follows TEAM and London South Bank University’s current research into more effective utilisation of energy management software through the Knowledge Transfer Partnership scheme. (LSBU is the leading university in London for Knowledge Transfer Partnerships – the scheme which enables businesses to work with a university, utilising its expertise and resources, to carry out a strategically important project designed to improve the company’s performance.)

Using the oBIX protocol, data is imported directly into the TEAM database in Milton Keynes and made available to staff and students at London South Bank University for monitoring and research purposes via TEAM’s Hosted Services Cloud. The Hosted Services Cloud provides customers with full access to the TEAM Sigma software through a web browser.

The oBIX protocol software is available free of charge to TEAM bureau customers and to all TEAM software customers.

About TEAM
TEAM is the UK’s leading supplier of carbon and energy management solutions. With over 500 customers in the UK and worldwide we specialise in energy management software, outsourced energy management services and energy consultancy.

About LSBU
London South Bank University (LSBU) is one of London’s oldest and largest universities and the top modern university for graduate starting salaries in the UK.

TEAM contact:
Tanja Hundt
TEAM (Energy Auditing Agency Ltd.)
01908 690018 ext 133

www.teamenergy.com