Johnson Controls launches Facility Explorer
Johnson Controls has unveiled its new Facility Explorer service at this year’s Niagara Forum in London.
Facility Explorer combines all the strength and reliability of the Niagara platform with the proven ease and engineering that only comes with Johnson Controls. Using Niagara enables the open integration with different building systems, making installation, configuration and commissioning faster and easier than ever before.
Speaking at the Niagara Forum, Jason Sawyer (pictured), senior product manager – BAS for Johnson Controls, says: “We’re really excited to be able to introduce Facility Explorer to the System Integrator network here in Europe. Johnson Controls is all about buildings today; we’ve divested our automotive business and power solutions and recently merged with Tyco, so we’re 100% into the building market.”
Facility Explorer offers a range of features including FX Appliances which is a selection of productivity tools and wizards that allow System Integrators to create their system configuration database in minutes in the comfort of their office before setting foot on a job. The tools include Auto-Tagging which is a specially developed tag-library and software tool that automatically deploys tag information. A Controller Configuration Tool provides an interface to simulate, commission and customise any application parameters and transfer files to Facility Explorer programmable controllers.
Sawyer adds: “We’re just releasing a new generation of MSTP controllers with more processing power and new features like the background download, which avoids needing to reset the controller once a new program is loaded into the controller. And, we’ve got new sensors coming out with CO2 built in besides temperature, humidity and presence detection, which is unique to us. We’re constantly introducing new products into the market.”