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Tridium to help customers improve energy efficiency with app acquisition

Iain Morris
May 13, 2014
Software player Tridium has acquired an energy analytics application it says will help its customers to improve energy efficiency in buildings.

Branded DataEye, the application is to be combined with Tridium’s (Richmond, VA, USA) own NiagaraAX automation platform to provide customers with more insight into their energy consumption.

Tridium says it bought DataEye from Controlco (Oakland, CA, USA), a California-based controls products and solutions provider, but did not disclose what it paid for the application.

It did, however, indicate that it expects the module to become available to Niagara customers later this year.

“The Niagara platform helps our customers around the world manage large and complex systems, but ‘big data’ is useless without analytics that make it actionable,” said Nino DiCosmo, the president of Tridium. “DataEye will bring a cloud-based analytics engine to the global Niagara community.”

“Having a Niagara-based analytics tool is simpler for integrators to configure and install, and provides end-users with the ability to make better decisions on energy efficiency investments,” he added. “This is an example of partner-driven innovation that we welcome.”

According to a statement, Controlco developed DataEye in 2008 so that building information could be interpreted in “meaningful and economically beneficial ways across several buildings simultaneously”.

The system is also said to offer fault detection and advanced scheduling capabilities.

“We are long-standing supporters of Niagara and recognize the power of building applications native to this framework,” said Brian Turner, president of Controlco. “We look forward to working with Tridium on the rollout of this the DataEye module.”
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