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Friday, 04 August 2017 10:54

Honeywell, Huawei collaborate on Brisbane ‘smart’ building


Honeywell and Huawei have collaborated to deploy a smart network inside Brisbane's 270-metre, 90-storey residential tower, Skytower.

Honeywell, the US-based global IT solutions giant, is providing Skytower with its enterprise buildings integrator, a building automation system that takes charge of system integration, covering the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning and security protection facilities.

And, under the deal, the Chinese global ICT company Huawei delivered the gigabit network and provided a Passive Optical LAN solution to achieve smart network inside the Skytower.

"We're excited to work with Huawei to build a gigabit network for Skytower, Brisbane's iconic 270-metre, 90-story residential tower. The network is the first installation to utilise one common fibre optic cable for telephony/data and building services,” said Mark Dunn, executive general manager, Honeywell Building Solutions.

Dunn says smart buildings are rapidly evolving to become more networked, human-centric and intelligent and the growing use of The Internet of Things, cloud computing, and Big Data, enables inter-operability between building intelligence and information systems, changing the building industry and accelerating the development of smart buildings.

Dunn said Billbergia Group, Skytower's property management company, wanted a technology provider that could provide a comprehensive smart building solution.

He said Bill McGarry, development manager of the Billbergia Group, understood the importance of "preparing building for the next wave of technology upgrades", and needed to be confident the Skytower technology solution was going to deliver the best outcome.

Billbergia Group approved Honeywell's proposed technology solution integrated with Huawei's POL solution, delivering a complete smart building solution.

Honeywell says Huawei's POL solution delivers benefits to Skytower including:

  •     The building automation system shares the same network with triple-play services, eliminating the need to build standalone networks;
  •     One single fibre bears all services, simplifying cabling and dramatically reducing capital expenditure;
  •     Passive splitters take place of switches in the middle layer without the need of powering and cooling, which greatly saves riser space;
  •     Smooth evolution to 10G PON while reusing existing cables for maximal investment protection; and
  •     The U2000 centrally monitors the faults and alarms of all network equipment and provide added visibility to end-to-end service rollout.

In addition to smart buildings like Brisbane Skytower, Huawei and Honeywell announced they have agreed to jointly explore opportunities in education and enterprise campuses, business buildings, and industrial parks in high growth regions, including China, Southeast Asia, the South Pacific, Western Europe, the Middle East, and India.

The companies say they will jointly pursue large-scale smart city projects throughout the world to help build intelligent urban infrastructures that control costs while providing a more favourable living environment.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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