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Facility managers and building owners will find it easier to incorporate digital video surveillance into their building control systems through a new integrated offering...

Facility managers and building owners will find it easier to incorporate digital video surveillance into their building control systems through a new integrated offering from Honeywell and Tridium.

According to Tridium, the Rapid Eye Driver can help managers use video to diagnose heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) maintenance issues or detect water leaks. The software tool, which enables Tridium’s Niagara Framework to communicate with Honeywell’s line of Rapid Eye digital video recorders (DVRs), can add new functionality to video systems that would typically be used only for safety and security purposes.

Organizations currently use Rapid Eye DVRs to record, store and search for video evidence needed for investigations.

“Facility managers and building owners are increasingly interested in the ‘ intelligent building’ because it delivers incredible value in terms of using less energy and lower operating costs, which contributes to sustainable environments,” said Marc Petock, vice president of global marketing communications for Tridium. “Bringing the Rapid Eye technology into the Niagara Framework is a big step in the direction of ‘intelligent’ buildings because video literally provides a telling glimpse into building operations … ”

Earlier this year, Honeywell and Tridium released the Honeywell Software Development Kit (HSDK), which allows integrators, dealers and end users to more easily tie Honeywell’s Pro-Watch security management platform to building automation systems and other physical security information management (PSIM) technologies.

“We’re seeing security today becoming more a part of building automation, as opposed to building automation becoming part of security, and our customers are constantly looking for resources that will help them bring these two spaces together,” said Scott Harkins, general manager of Honeywell Systems.

The Rapid Eye Driver is set to become commercially available in North America in October 2011.

Dan Ilett