– Mead Rusert and Ken Sinclair
Mead Rusert, President, AutomatedLogic
Innovative Building-Management Solutions
This feature is like instant replay for a
building and takes a lot of guesswork out of troubleshooting.
Sinclair: What is the biggest challenge facility managers face today?
For facility managers, having building information at their fingertips
is essential to ensuring optimal building efficiency and creating ideal
occupant comfort levels. That’s why Automated Logic created innovative
diagnostic tools like our newest WebCTRL® feature, Time-lapse. This
application uses WebCTRL’s historic building data and allows facility
managers to roll back time in 24-hour blocks, so they can view building
conditions as they change. This feature is like instant replay for a
building and takes a lot of guesswork out of troubleshooting.
Sinclair: What value does the suite of your products provide to its customers?
Our job is to make buildings smarter, more comfortable and more
efficient. We provide peace of mind to our customers by providing
optimized building control systems that are easy to operate and provide
clear insights into complex building systems. Our products are built
using a systems approach that involves intuitive and visually appealing
analysis tools and reports that enhance the functionality and
efficiency of our customers’ buildings. When they turn to us, we want them to get the most efficient solutions possible for
their specific building needs. Our suite of control solutions gives
building owners and facility managers the tools they need to help their
building run more efficiently and provide optimized building
performance. Building owners and managers also find great value in
knowing their investment with us is protected due to our long-standing
commitment to providing legacy system support for our products.
Sinclair: What’s new?
Automated Logic has always provided innovative solutions that serve up
information in intuitive ways, and that trend continues with the launch
of our Eco-Screen® application in February. This software application
provides a visual display of the energy and conservation measures
within a building through an interactive stand-alone kiosk or a Web
browser. Ideally, a customer would display Eco-Screen on a kiosk in a
lobby or shared area to showcase energy-efficient building functions.
Unlike other products on the market today, the Eco-Screen application
does not require expensive cloud-based fees and third-party
involvement, but instead can be easily added to an existing WebCTRL
server. This gives building owners and managers more freedom and
flexibility, so they have full access and control from beginning to end
on what’s being displayed and can easily keep information current
without additional costs.
We recently introduced the latest version of our WebCTRL software. It
is the first WebCTRL release that gives customers full access to the
powerful features through the convenience of a tablet without
additional browser or device downloads. It includes more browser
compatibility and other innovative enhancements, including a new user
interface, simplified alarm management and a new multitrend display
that brings historical data to the screen in seconds.
Sinclair: What is the company's primary focus going forward?
Automated Logic will continue its legacy of innovation by offering
building owners comprehensive building automation and enterprise
information management solutions to make buildings smarter, more
comfortable and more efficient. We see a large focus on building data
and getting access to the data quickly and in a way that allows our
customers to make quick, informed decisions. The building of the future
will be very smart. Systems will be integrated so, for example, the
swipe of an access card can turn on the lights in a certain zone and
adjust the temperature accordingly. Of course, this is happening now,
but such systems will become more prevalent. ALC is well-positioned to
be at the forefront with our technology and our integrated expertise
and relationships with the other building and industrial systems
companies under the United Technologies umbrella.
Sinclair: How does your background prepare you to lead?
I have been active in energy efficiency and building systems since my
very first internship more than 25 years ago as a technical reviewer
for energy grants at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Since then,
most of my career has been spent at Carrier Corp., where I held
leadership positions in marketing, platform management and engineering.
I have participated in several industry groups, including the
Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI); the
American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning
Engineers (ASHRAE); and the Department of Energy Better Buildings
challenge. I look forward to leading this talented Automated Logic
Sinclair: You’re also heading up UTC’s new AdvanTE3C Americas group. How does that relate to ALC?
With today’s buildings becoming more complex, owners need holistic
solutions to create the best building possible. UTC Building &
Industrial Systems brought together some of the building industry’s
leading brands. These are the companies that built industries, from
elevators to air conditioning and more.
UTC Building & Industrial Systems pushes even further with
AdvanTE3C, which is a team of buildings experts in efficiency and
environment that will collaborate to innovate and create holistic
strategies for better buildings. Automated Logic’s building-management
products are the foundation of many integrated building solutions.
AdvanTE3C will leverage the broad building-management expertise of
Automated Logic along with the expertise of the other brands to create
buildings that are smarter, more efficient and safer.
About Automated Logic Corporation
Automated Logic Corporation (ALC) provides innovative
building-management solutions that maximize energy efficiency and
sustainable building operation while ensuring comfort. Its intuitive
products control and monitor building functions such as heating, air
conditioning and lighting for commercial office, education, health
care, government and data center markets through a global network of
independent dealers and North American branch offices. ALC is a part of
UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies
Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems
industries worldwide. For more information, visit
www.automatedlogic.com or follow @AutomatedLogic on Twitter.
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