CentraLine announces legacy integration tool
CentraLine by Honeywell is pleased to announce an important development in its ongoing commitment in supporting legacy systems with the release of a driver (software tool) to enable existing Excel 5000 based systems to integrate with the Niagara Arena Ax Supervisor and Hawk Controllers.
Excel controllers, typically the XL500 and XL50, have been extensively installed in the UK by Honeywell and CentraLine Partners using C Bus, a proprietary Honeywell protocol for communication networking between controllers and the supervisors.
The release of a C Bus driver for CentraLine AX products will enable existing XL5000 systems to be extended and/or upgraded with Hawk AX integration controllers. Excel 5000 based building-management systems predominately used the Honeywell XBS front end, which can now be replaced with the CentraLine Arena AX supervisor.
The CentraLine C-Bus driver for Honeywell Excel 5000 controllers has the following functionality.
• controller information
• data points with all attributes
• system alarms, uncritical and critical alarms
Additionally existing global data communication can be mapped to BACnet or other protocols, so that original function is given (for example a heating demand to the boiler).
Jim Sword, head of sales of CentraLine and Ex-Or, says, ‘The release of this C-Bus Driver is a really exciting opportunity for CentraLine Partners and their clients.
‘It offers end users and operators the ability to modernise their existing building-management systems using the cost-efficient Hawk and Arena software.’