– Richard Theron and Ken Sinclair
Richard Theron is the National Sales
Manager for FieldServer Technologies.
He first started at FieldServer
in 2001 and has a B.S. in Engineering Management from the University of
Durban. He has worked in sales and engineering for several firms
involved in protocol development.
Energy Monitoring and Management
Technologies providing Cisco EnergyWise gateways to link building
automation devices and systems to Cisco EnergyWise domain
Sinclair: Just what is Cisco EnergyWise?
EnergyWise is a Cisco network service that allows for energy monitoring
and management. EnergyWise is an innovative architecture built
into Cisco switches and routers enabling access for monitoring,
reporting and reducing energy consumption across an entire corporate or
institution infrastructure. Cisco EnergyWise enables the
utilization of the network as the platform for energy command and
control. IT networks using Cisco switches and routers are able to
discover Cisco EnergyWise manageable devices, enabling energy
management systems to monitor their power consumption and take action
based on business rules to reduce power consumption while ensuring
continued business productivity. Many devices including IP
phones, computers, laptops, VDI terminals and PDU’s have access to the
Cisco EnergyWise domain and are part of the network.
What do the FieldServer gateways do for Cisco EnergyWise?
many IT type devices have access to Cisco EnergyWise, many legacy
building devices and non-Ethernet connected devices have been left out
of the domain. This includes a significant number of energy
consuming devices such as lighting, HVAC, access control and safety
systems. Lighting accounts for an average of 38% of the building
energy costs and HVAC energy usage accounts for an average of 20% of
the building energy costs. Commercial buildings consume about 30%
of the world’s energy. Thus, energy management and control for
lighting and HVAC are of prime importance for overall energy
conservation. Utilization of a FieldServer gateway with
EnergyWise Endpoint protocol enables access of these third-party
devices to the Cisco EnergyWise domain. Energy management systems
can then provide monitoring and control based on the capabilities of
the third party device. With FieldServer and the Cisco EnergyWise
network, customers have the tools to consolidate monitoring and policy
enforcement through the network across the enterprise. This
consolidation enables more efficient policies to be developed and
enforced and better data collection for decision makers. Customers can
reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, increase
overall operating efficiency, and attain sustainable energy efficient
business behavior. Energy management and building automation
applications have been shown to reduce energy consumption by 20 to 60
What FieldServer gateways are available for Cisco EnergyWise?
Theron: On the
device side, any of the 100+ protocol drivers found in the extensive
FieldServer driver library are available to use with the Cisco
EnergyWise gateway, including BACnet MS/TP, BACnet IP, LonWorks,
Metasys N2 by JCI, Modbus RTU, Modbus TCP, SNMP, EtherNet/IP and a wide
range of proprietary and legacy protocols including fire alarm control
panels and other devices. On the Cisco EnergyWise side,
FieldServer gateways can offer the Cisco EnergyWise Endpoint protocol,
a server driver that can bring multiple devices and networks using a
variety of building automation protocols into the Cisco EnergyWise
domain. FieldServer also offers the Cisco EnergyWise Management
API gateway, a client driver allowing various energy management systems
access to the data in the Cisco EnergyWise domain.
Sinclair: Have these new Cisco EnergyWise gateways been tested with Cisco EnergyWise?
FieldServer Gateway has completed operational tests interfacing several
building automation devices to Cisco’s EnergyWise domain and clients
have been impressed with the capability of FieldServer in this
application. FieldServer was at the recent CiscoLive Expo and
Conference in Las Vegas demonstrating the seamless interface from
various building automation devices to the Cisco EnergyWise
domain. FieldServer is also closely working with JouleX, a
Cisco EnergyWise based energy management and control system.
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