Kors Engineering Leverages Twitter for Real-Time Data Updates from Systems Running Tridium Niagara AX

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Social Network Tool Put to New Industrial Uses. Using Twitter with Tridium Niagara AX, users can monitor data remotely, from any device. Check on any data point such as run-time status, air handling systems, etc.

Kors Engineering, a premier service provider for manufacturing and industrial organizations, today announced the development of an extension for controls systems running the Tridium Niagara AX framework to report data status updates via Twitter. Twitter is a short messaging service (SMS) which limits text messages to 140 characters, called "tweets".

Twitter allows users to report data updates to any data point within the Niagara AX software's reporting capability. A user could arrange for a regular update of the power meter to determine the rate of facility or equipment usage, report run-time status and meters, air handling systems, temperature sensors, filters - any data points that are monitored can be tracked from any device.

"Tracking data at a predetermined rate is ideal for creating awareness which enables intelligent, effective use of resources," said Mike Arnott, Senior Integration Engineer with Kors Engineering. "It's easy to create accounts which restrict the data to relevant personnel while supporting an environment that encourages accountability and transparency."

The Twitter module consists of three components, Change Tracker, Periodic Updater and New Status. With the Change Tracker extension, any Niagara AX point can post status updates upon a change of value. The Periodic Updater extension will send tweets at defined time intervals for a data point. The New Status object can be used to send any status string based upon an external event trigger.

The module is available for a free trial - limited to ten tweets - and a real-time demonstration of the reporting tool monitoring HVAC functions is also available at http://www.korsengineering.com.

"Leveraging technology which can help manufacturers work more efficiently is our goal", stated Kors Engineering President Tony Kaczmarek. "Although most users consider Twitter to be a social, not a business tool, we've proven how businesses can transmit practical data easily, helping them to keep informed and enable informed decision making."

About Kors Engineering:

Kors Engineering is a premier service provider for manufacturing and municipal organizations looking to optimize technology and integrate systems. With expertise in automation, controls, systems integration and energy management, Kors Engineering delivers quantifiable results in cost reductions, time savings and labor efficiencies. For more than three decades, the team has consulted and executed projects to improve systems on the shop floor and throughout entire facilities. For more information, visit http://www.korsengineering.com.


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