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Buildings Enabling Occupant Control, One App at a Time

Are buildings simply dead assets, or are they alive and teeming with ways to increase occupant comfort? If your answer reflects the former, it’s time to update your thinking. With the right technology in place, buildings can effectively “listen” to what occupants want and improve their experiences. In a contribution to IoT Agenda​, Himanshu Khurana, director of engineering for Honeywell Building S​olutions, shares how connected buildings are giving occupants control of their experiences. Living in a world influenced by smartphone capabilities, he notes that this expectation has expanded to include mobile engagement with our surroundings, and specifically, our buildings. And new technology developments, including apps, are enabling buildings to respond to these expectations. Read the blog post, “Commercial buildings and IoT: The evolution of experience.”​


Honeywell Discusses LEED Gold Certification at Greenbuild Event

Debra Becker, connected buildings leader for Honeywell Building Solutions, recently discussed the LEED Gold Certification at the Honeywell corporate headquarters - as well Honeywell's broader green building efforts with USGBC at the Greenbuild event.


Making the Grade - How Building Environments Can Positively Impact Student Achievement 


A school’s facility conditions can have an unexpected impact on student and teacher morale, productivity and performance, as evidenced by research report. Studies have found positive correlations between building conditions and student performance. Unfortunately, the inverse is also true. Given the fact that many facilities in the United States are in dire need of upgrades and improvements, how do you ensure they’re not working to the detriment of student achievement?

Click here​ to read the article by Tom Gentzel, executive director and CEO, National School Boards Association, and learn how many school districts are utilizing Energy Saving Performance Contracts (ESPC) to overcome budgeting challenges to make critical building updates.


 The Age of Connectivity: Buildings and the Internet of Things


The Internet of Things (IoT): It’s a commonly used phrase, but what does it mean for buildings? In his first blog contribution to news outlet IoT Agen​da, Datta Godbole, vice president and chief technology officer for Honeywell Building Solutions, looks to address this very question. In an age of connectivity, he notes, it’s time to view our buildings as m​ore than just static structures. According to Godbole, thanks to IoT concepts and what they enable — from improved data analytics to enhanced occupant experiences — buildings are instead living entities that can be meaningful contributors to organizational missions. Click here to read the blog post, “IoT and buildings: Top trends driving bottom-line value.”


 Protect and Enable: Tips from Security Experts


What does being an agent for the Secret Service have in common with managing security for a museum or school district?

A lot, it turns out — just ask ​​Russ Collett. Before his current role as the associate vice president of protection services for the Art Institute of Chicago, he protected five U.S. presidents during his 25 years with the Secret Service.

Collett, along with leaders responsible for security for two school districts, recently shared their insights for how to ensure facilities — and the people and assets they house — are kept safe and secure. Whether you’re protecting priceless pieces of art, or teachers and students, one thing is certain: both roles require a comprehensive approach that combines preparation, planning and technology to maintain safety and security.

Click here to read more.




Wrapping Up: Key Takeaways from HUG 2016

As HUG draws to an end, hear from Honeywell leaders on what have been the highlights and how the customer-led event will continue to shape our offerings an​d solutions.



Water & Sewer Authority Pumps Up Security


Securing any facility is no easy task. Standardizing and streamlining security systems and processes can be especially challenging for public utilities companies. Water and sewer services, for instance, are complex, multi plant and site operations across large distances. Establishing a network of plants and pumps is ideal to provide the best service to customers; however, the distances between each plant can make it difficult to ensure consistent management and monitoring of security.


For example, one water and sewer authority in the southeastern region of the United States set out to improve its ability to manage, document and react to possible security incidents throughout its operations. The organization sought to standardize its security systems and processes across all of its plants so it could monitor and manage safety and security from a centralized location.


To achieve its goals, the water and sewer authority devised a four-phased approach with the help of Honeywell. Click here to read more.





Attendees Share their Experiences at HUG


HUG 2016 attendees share thoughts on how they are making the most of their experience at this year's event. 



Unlocking Access Control Benefits


At the start of each workday, as people around the world head into the office, chances are their smartphones are close by. What’s also possible, though, is that someone will forget their access card — an inconvenience for the employee, and an issue for workplace security, as well.

Technology developments of recent years have delivered us to the point where combining mobility and access is possible, with the right approach. And the opportunity to do so is undeniable; according to the 2015 GSMA Global Mobile Economy Report, we’ll see 5.9 billion smart phones in use by 2020. In comparison, 2014 saw an estimated 2.6 billion smart phones put to use, so the estimated increase is significant.

The opportunity to combine mobility and access control presents many benefits for occupants and building managers alike. Occupants benefit from being able to move freely about a facility without having to worry about carrying another item. In tandem, those who manage facilities can leverage technology already in use; there’s no need to print or distribute badges, and the process of tracking and replacing lost cards, or retrieving cards when employees leave an organization, is essentially eliminated—saving valuable time and money.

Perhaps this all sounds good, but how do you put it into practice in your building? Click here to learn how you can put this concept into practice in your building.



See Demos ​of the Latest Releases of EBI and DVM ​

The latest release of Honeywell’s Enterprise Buildings Integrator – EBI R500 – provides even greater building connectivity and intelligence. The award-winning building management system’s new features improve facility managers’ ability to turn building data into actionable insights to deliver outcomes in real time. New features include: increased data point capacity, enhanced IT compliance along with cloud and mobile connectivity.

The enhancements to Honeywell Digital Video Manager (DVM) in its R600 version enable organizations to more efficiently manage their security systems with enhanced mobile capabilities and voice command, and mitigate business risk via support for current IT platforms. DVM is a component of EBI, which ties all aspects of a security solution together.​



​Hands On - The Command Wall

We go hands on the Command Wall at HUG 2016. Check out the video to see its new features.



A University's Energy-Saving Efforts: Sustainability with an Impact

Energy efficiency: it’s a common concept, but how do you really make it work within an organization — and especially when the constituents are busy college students?
The efforts of one U.S. university’s sustainability department to reduce energy costs not only have extended the organization’s limited budget, but also provided compelling stats that the university has routinely shared with students to keep them apprised of how the university is putting campus buildings to work.
Click here​ to read more.



Building through Design - How User Experience Design is Helping Facility Managers Work Smarter and More Efficiently​

Often the first thing we do when we wake up in the morning is reach for our phone. We check on our latest notifications, perhaps logging onto Facebook while brushing our teeth with an electric toothbrush. Each time we unlock oursmartphone, turn on our electric toothbrush or even log onto Facebook, there’s a hard working designer behind the scenes who has designed the system or device to best interact with us and enhance our experience.

We recently sat down with Honeywell Building Solutions’ Hilary Palmen, director of experience design, to talk about design philosophies for better user experiences. She explained how Honeywell is implementing these philosophies to improve how facility managers can better manage heir facilities.
Click here​ to learn more.


Driving Development of New Technologies - Innovation Hub at HUG 2016


See how we're using customer feedback to help drive development of tomorrow's technologies for facilities.


What's New in the Connected Build​ings Center at HUG


Learn about the latest and greatest solutions featured at the Connected Buildings Center at HUG 2016.


HUG 2016 Begins: What You Need to Know


Here’s a surprising stat: The majority of apps we’ll use in five years’ time haven’t even been invented yet.

HBS President John Rajchert shared this detail when he helped kick off the 2016 Honeywell Users Group Symposium — also known as HUG — on Monday, June 6, noting technology is ever changing the way we live and work.

Click here to learn about what you need to know from HUG 2016.

Building Connections - New Technologies at HUG 2016

These are some of the can't miss technologies featured at HUG 2016. Learn more about how Honeywell is innovating new technologies to help make buildings more connected and smarter.


Connect at HUG

Honeywell Users Group is the best event where facilities professionals can exchange ideas and connect. Watch the video to find out more.


The Internet of Things (R)Evolution and Buildings

Buzzwords come and go, but the popular term Internet of Things (IoT) — which centers on the fundamental notion of connectivity between everything, from infrastructure to devices — is here to stay. And all objects, structures, processes or beings, including buildings and their occupants, will benefit from the promise of IoT.
Read more on how the IoT is enabling dramatic shifts in how buildings operate.


Facility Executive Readers Vote Honeywell Best in Energy Management and Security Solutions


We aim to create facility solutions that enable our customers to achieve their organization's objectives whether that be impacting the bottom line or boosting student test scores. Facility Executive surveyed their readers this year and named Honeywell as their choice for energy management and security solutions. These solutions are part of Honeywell's flagship building management system Enterprise Building Integrator (EBI). For energy management, EBI provides building operators wit​h an innovative, flexible en​ergy management technology and data, such as consumption and historical trends that can help optimize a facility's energy use in real time. EBI also integrates critical building systems including security to enable building personnel to identify and manage risks earlier to reduce impact of potential security or safety incidents through real-time information and automated incident responses. Thank you to ​​all the Facility Executive readers who nominated Honeywell in this year's awards.
Click here to see the full results of Facility Executive's 2016 Readers' Choice Awards.

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