PocketControls

PocketControls logo.

Allows building operators get data from and send commands to an energy management system. With PocketControls the system can be controlled remotely, from a handheld Pocket PC, using wireless cellular communication technology.

With PocketControls a building engineer can:

  • Connect to the building automation system using cellular communication technology
  • Download point values to a Pocket PC
  • Evaluate the situation by checking point status viewing Trend graphs and tables
  • Review Alarm Reports, Operator Reports, Failed Point Reports, Emergency Reports and other Reports
  • Send commands back to the EMS for execution as either�temporary or permanent overrides
PocketControls works with Johnson, Honeywell, Siemens and Andover EMS systems, although drivers to other systems can be created as well. Screen Shots

Keywords

PDA, controls, front end, handheld

Validation/Testing

N/A

Expertise Required

Users need to be familiar with Digital�Controls.� PDA expertise can be easily learned.

Users

PocketControls has just been released in May 2002.

Audience

Campus facility managers at community colleges, schools and hospitals. The product is only useful for buildings with a working EMS system.

Input

Using cellular technology, PocketControls will call the EMS system for current point values, trend data.� You may then input override values.

Output

Trend graphs, trend tables, current point values, alarm reports, operator reports, failed point reports, emergency reports, disabled point reports, failed cabinet reports.� We are currently working on an internet interface as well.

Computer Platform

PocketControls consists of a cellular phone, a PDA (Pocket PC) and a Server with modem which is connected to a controller on the control network.

Programming Language

Visual Basic

Strengths

You can analyze data from your EMS and override points from anywhere you have a cellular signal, even in your car.� It makes problem solving easy, as you don't have to rush to an operator workstation to resolve controls problems, as you can do it from wherever you are.��It connects to Honeywell, Johnson, Siemens and Andover systems.

Weaknesses

Affected by cellular service availability.

Contact

Company:

Abraxas Energy Consulting

Address:

12530 Hi Mountain Road
Santa Margarita, California 93453
United States

Telephone:

+1 (510) 654-7999

Facsimile:

+1 (775) 201-4218

E-mail:

sim@abraxasenergy.com

Website:

http://www.abraxasenergy.com

Availability

Sold in the United States only by Abraxas Energy Consulting.� A system�sells for�under $10,000, depending upon location, EMS system, and other factors.� Contact Sim for more information.