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Fort Sill Contracts with Tour Andover Controls To Provide Building Automation System
Interoperable Lon®-based Solution Will Enhance Energy Management Basewide
DALLAS – Tour Andover Controls, a world leader in building automation, security systems and energy solutions, will install an open building automation system (BAS) at Fort Sill, a U.S. Army artillery training facility located in Lawton, Okla. The US $1.3 million project is the first phase of an open system integration that will upgrade 16 buildings at the base, which has 17 million square feet of conditioned space. Tour Andover Controls will install its TAC Vista® LonWorks® network-based building management software.
Tour Andover Controls was awarded the project under a five-year Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, Ala., to provide various building automation and security installation products for government agencies and departments. The company was selected for the Fort Sill project based on its ability to meet specifications for an open BAS and software developed by the COE’s Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL). Key objectives of the Fort Sill project are to reduce energy consumption, minimize the complexity of the building automation system, reduce the reliance on proprietary equipment and provide web-enabled building control.
The Fort Sill BAS will be web-enabled, with all buildings connected to the base wide TCIP WAN. Existing wiring and end devices, such as sensors and actuators, will be used whenever possible. The web-based structure will reduce software costs and enable access to the system from any workstation, while software passwords will protect its integrity.
The system will allow the base to create a building automation strategy and to centrally manage alarms, trends and schedules while the open system databases will provide custom reporting capabilities. Integrated energy cost-reducing features include demand limiting, energy aggregation and system wide scheduling.
The TAC Vista energy management system that will be installed at Fort Sill is based on the LonWorks data communication protocol for building automation and control networks. TAC Vista combines environmental controls with facility and energy management features to deliver a single, interoperable open solution.
About Tour Andover Controls
Tour Andover Controls' parent company, Schneider Electric, is the world's leading specialist in power and control. With the acquisition of Andover Controls by Schneider Electric in August 2004, TAC and Andover Controls combined to create the foundation for Schneider Electric's growth platform in the building automation industry. The company also recently acquired Abacus Engineered Systems, a leading provider of facility energy solutions and consulting engineering services. Tour Andover Controls provides added value through building services for indoor climate, security and use of energy, delivered with advanced technology and integrated solutions for building IT. The new combined company has 2,700 employees worldwide with partners and branches in 75 countries. More information is available on the Internet at www.tac.com and www.schneider-electric.com.
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