In a groundbreaking announcement at CES 2024, Honeywell revealed a strategic Memorandum of Understanding to revolutionize commercial building digitization. The partnership, formed with Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI), aims to explore the integration of digital connectivity technologies into existing infrastructure, eliminating the need for rewiring and offering cost-effective solutions for building management systems.
The move comes as a response to the challenges posed by outdated and inefficient commercial buildings in the United States, with a majority constructed before the year 2000. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), these structures contribute to increased energy consumption and lack the technological advancements required for efficient data transmission.
The collaboration with ADI introduces new technology to building management systems, allowing real-time decision-making for energy consumption reduction. By leveraging ADI’s single-pair Ethernet (T1L) and software configurable input/output (SWIO) solutions, Honeywell aims to provide a seamless upgrade to building networks without significant upfront investments or extensive remodelling.
Martin Cotter, Senior Vice President of Industrial and Multi Markets and President of ADI EMEA region, expressed excitement about expanding ADI technologies into building management systems. He emphasized the potential for reducing energy consumption, saving costs, improving resiliency, and meeting emissions reduction goals.
Suresh Venkatarayalu, Honeywell’s Chief Technology Officer, highlighted the revolutionary nature of the collaboration, stating that it offers building owners the ability to enhance their wiring infrastructure with minimal upfront investment, reduced labour, and environmental impact.
ADI’s single-pair Ethernet technology enables long-reach Ethernet connectivity, utilizing existing building wiring to reduce installation time and costs. This solution complements existing Ethernet connectivity in building management systems, fostering enhanced connectivity from the edge to the cloud and optimizing asset utilization.
Moreover, ADI’s solutions simplify product complexities, allowing Honeywell to build a single version of the product adaptable to various needs. This approach facilitates future-proofed control and automation, accommodating building renovations or changing requirements.
Honeywell’s move towards adopting ADI’s innovative technologies marks a significant step in addressing the challenges faced by commercial buildings, offering a pathway to smart, efficient, and cost-effective digitization without the need for extensive overhauls.