Evrisko Systems Announces Niagra AX Compatability

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Niagara AX Framework® now allows Evrisko Systems Wi-Fi, Internet Protocol-based HVAC sensors to connect with existing building infrastructure. This latest advance opens new markets for Evrisko as the HVAC building systems market migrates from proprietary building control networks to IP-based infrastructure. Evrisko can now take advantage of an installed base of over 179,000 units using the Niagara based architecture.

Evrisko Systems announced today that the Evrisko Retriever™ HVAC control sensor line is now compatible and interoperable with Tridium’s Niagara AX platform.

In a collaborative effort with Madison Heights, Michigan based Cochrane Supply and Engineering, a leading developer of Niagara AX compatible applications, Evrisko has developed a Niagara AX compatible drive that enables end users and contractors to take advantage of the flexibility of the Evrisko sensors and the versatility of the Niagara AX integration engine.

The Niagara AX platform along with the Framework’s development and integration engine provides a “bridge” from existing (and proprietary) Building Automation System (BAS) networks – such as BACNET – to Ethernet-based Internet Protocol (IP) networks. Because Evrisko Retriever sensors are IP-based, their market was limited to IP-based BAS new construction or retrofit projects. This new technology integration allows Evrisko to compete for a wider scope of projects and market opportunities.

“Niagara AX allows Evrisko Retriever sensors to maximize existing technology investment, while at the same time preparing buildings for an eventual move to a fully open IP-based HVAC network,” said Evrisko President John Greene. “This opens up tremendous market potential for us.”

Market data shows the industry continues it strong movement from proprietary BAS infrastructures to more widely accepted IP-based networks. The reason is simple: Cost savings. If the entire building (IT infrastructure as well) runs on the same IP network, deployment and management costs drop. This is especially important as credit markets for new construction remain tight.

“As important as new construction is, the going has slowed down right now in the market,” said Greene. “Working with Niagara AX allows Evrisko to take advantage of the increasing retrofit business – giving building managers immediate access to the cost savings and better performance these wireless sensors can provide.”

Some of the savings and performance benefits include:

  •     Scalability: Easily add more sensors to an existing network to collect additional heating and cooling data to optimize the HVAC system and reduce costs.
  •     Cost-Effective Occupant Comfort: Place sensors where needed in optimum locations to precisely control HVAC for maximum efficiency in delivering a comfortable work environment.
  •     Intuitive, Web-Based Interface: Access Evrisko sensors through a Web browser from anywhere using a secure connection.
  •     JACE® Integration: Integration with existing, well-established JACE technology

More information about Evrisko Retriever™ sensors are available at: http://www.evriskosys.com.

Evrisko Retriever™ Background and Technical Information

Evrisko Retriever™ is a line of Low-Cost Open Protocol Wi-Fi Sensors. It dramatically reduces the overall expense associated with installation, reconfiguration, maintenance, and operations of intelligent building automation systems (BAS). Evrisko Retreiver™ provides a rapid return on investment by reducing typical Intelligent Building Automation Control Systems (IBAS) installation cost by up to 60%, and as much as 90% in retrofit instances. The product line employs Wireless Local Area Network infrastructure (WLAN) open protocol standards allowing seamless communications between an enterprise’s efficiency application, multiple vendors’ HVAC equipment, sensors, and controllers.

Technical Features:

§    Low-Power, Battery Operated (able to run up to 5 years before changing the battery)
§    Plug-n-Play (extremely easy to deploy and configure)
§    Highly Scalable (with minimal impact on WLANs)
§    Flexible (exceptionally adaptable to location changes due to enterprise or building demands)

Increasing building efficiency benefits the nation by diminishing dependency on energy imports, the enterprise by decreasing operating cost, the environment by reducing the carbon footprint, and the individual by enhancing comfort.

Evrisko Retriever™ wireless sensors are available today in the following configurations:

TMP:     Temperature sensor
RH:    Relative Humidity sensor
RHT:    Combined Temperature & Relative Humidity sensor

About Evrisko Systems

Founded in 2008, Evrisko Systems, LLC is a Wisconsin-Based company dedicated to improving Building Automation Systems (BAS) by developing and manufacturing the next generation of open-platform, low-power, Wi-Fi-based wireless sensors, wireless controllers, and user interface software. In June 2009, the company has earned the state of Wisconsin’s Qualified New Business Venture (QNBV) certification. More information is available at http://www.evriskosys.com

About the Niagara AX Framework

The Niagara Framework® is a software platform that integrates diverse systems and devices regardless of manufacturer, or communication protocol into a unified platform that can be easily managed and controlled in real time over the Internet using a standard web browser. By integrating today's diverse building systems such as environmental controls, security, lighting, energy, video, fire and life safety; Niagara is creating better buildings---ones that are smarter, use less energy, are more efficient, have lower operating costs, are safer, and contribute to a sustainable environment. More information is available at tridium.com.

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