Honeywell introduces next-gen building and cyber solutions

Honeywell Building Solutions

Thursday, 22 August, 2019

Honeywell introduces next-gen building and cyber solutions

Honeywell has introduced a suite of building integration and cyber solutions to help enterprises optimise their facility operations and safety measures.

The smart building technology and services provider revealed the suite of solutions, which incorporates enterprise building integration, a command and control suite, and a digital video manager. Along with these entities, Honeywell is launching a portfolio of enhanced cybersecurity solutions to help companies protect against the rising risk of unexpected attacks on data, network systems and buildings infrastructure.

“For buildings to be smarter, more efficient and effective, an operating system must be in place that works to constantly improve resource management,” said Honeywell Building Solutions President Mark Verheyden.

“These systems help keep people safe and secure, enhance the building experience, and protect the data and processes that drive operations. The overall health of the building ecosystem can impact business success — just like great talent and experience.

“Our building operation teams help customers address building use and critical infrastructure challenges,” Verheyden said.

The technologies leverage IoT connectivity, interoperable systems, data sharing and adaptive workflows to help transform inputs and information into actionable outcomes. Key features include a building management system that helps connect, monitor and manage core building functions; an enhanced digital surveillance system that delivers a detailed view of operations and enterprise-wide integrated protection; and a facility visualisation application that brings performance data to building personnel. These features integrate via a platform that connects operational data from assets, processes, third-party applications and people with machine learning to help improve building performance and enhance performance and productivity with actionable insights.

“Commercial building and critical infrastructure customers are often driving toward similar facility outcomes: streamlined operations, reduced costs, improved safety and security,” Verheyden said.

“Efforts to reach these goals are markedly different for a hospital or an airport, for example. Within our enhanced integrated platform of offerings, operations teams can tailor services to help meet specific needs through new multi-windows and interactive options that are just a fingertip away.”

Although IT often receives the most attention when it comes to safeguarding the integrity of data and assets, operational technology (OT) — systems that monitor, control and protect processes, equipment and operational environments — can be an entry point, often requiring similar or more care in today’s ever-connected technology landscape.

“Increasing connectivity to OT systems typically enhances security, promoting visibility and allowing previously unidentified security issues to be more efficiently realised,” said David Trice, Vice President and General Manager of Honeywell Connected Enterprise, Buildings.

“It is a more proactive approach to monitoring and maintaining the systems to be undertaken — the days of leaving OT systems unmanaged, unpatched and unmonitored are over,” he said.

Honeywell is extending its cybersecurity services and products for the buildings OT environment to enable better protection of assets and people. The Honeywell Forge Cybersecurity solutions include cybersecurity assessment; secure design and configuration; cybersecurity appliances and software; cybersecurity monitoring and remote management; and incident readiness and advisory.

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