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AMX Ups the Ante in Intelligent Building Automation
Posted on Monday, May 17, 2010

Partnering with FieldServer and DENT Instruments, Company Delivers Next-Generation Green Building Management Solutions


RICHARDSON, Texas – May 17, 2010 – AMX®, the leading provider of solutions that simplify the implementation, maintenance, and use of technology to create effective environments, today announced in-concert partnerships with building management device manufacturer FieldServer Technologies, a subsidiary of Sierra Monitor Corporation (OTC:SRMC.OB) of Milpitas, Calif., and energy measurement company DENT Instruments, of Bend, Ore. The strategic alliance will allow AMX to offer fully networked, interactive control systems for building automation, audio-visual (AV) devices and indoor environmental quality from a single interface.

Already installed in many commercial facilities for AV control and resource management, AMX will implement FieldServer's Gateway as a bridge between AMX platforms and protocols found in building management such as BACnet® and LonWorks® to enable interaction with HVAC, lighting, security and fire systems. DENT's PowerScout™ power meters will escalate AMX platform's efficiency, which is already LEED® points contributing, by providing accurate and timely energy consumption reporting on whole building and branch circuits.

"It is an undeniable fact that integrating building systems reduces carbon footprints," said Robert Noble, AMX Chief Technology Officer. "Our collaboration with FieldServer and DENT Instruments enables building managers to synchronize intelligent building systems, access each system faster, automate and track resources in every room and reduce their carbon footprint."

One of the main differentiators AMX can now offer in building management control systems is seamless integration of building, environmental and AV systems. By utilizing Resource Management Suite® (RMS) from AMX a user can manage, monitor and schedule up to 1,000 rooms and 10,000 assets from a single interface. RMS software enables IT and AV managers to remotely monitor and diagnose equipment problems, gain centralized management of disparate systems, improve equipment uptime, increase staff productivity and reduce energy usage.

"Intelligent building automation is realized by having all components interacting based on rules set for energy consumption, scheduled occupancy, ambient light, security, and fire alarms," commented AMX Product Manager Doug Hall. "This new capability is made possible through the Resource Management Suite enterprise software."

"Together FieldServer and AMX can achieve our shared goal of making sure building environmental systems provide the highest level of comfort for the occupants and be the most cost-effective for building owners", said Richard Theron, National Sales Manager of FieldServer. "With FieldServer's extensive building management driver library and AMX's leading resource management platform, we can deliver the perfect package of interoperability maximizing energy and operational efficiencies to produce tangible and significant return on investment."

"DENT Instruments and AMX are driven to help building managers, architects and building owners, deliver building management solutions that emphasize energy efficiency and resource conservation," stated DENT Instruments Vice President of Sales & Marketing Tim Van Slambrouck. "We believe the combination of our solution with the AMX platform will deliver a more advanced level of green building efficiencies by allowing users more concise, detailed reporting of their energy usage - enabling them to distinguish systems and areas of heavy consumption and take action."

More and more, building managers, architects and building owners are facing requirements to construct smarter, greener facilities that promote resource efficiency and safer, healthier environments. AMX building management solutions provide users with best-in-class intelligent technology to meet these initiatives while simplifying and automating the process.