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August 17, 2010

Niagara's Milestone Hailed -Tridium Enters a New Era in Automation

By Mini Swamy, TMCnet Contributor

Going beyond the boundaries of mechanization, the idea of automation is gathering momentum as innovation and integration seamlessly impact industry and our daily lives.

Niagara has created a new era in automation and control as the first universal software framework for Internet-enabled control and automation devices and the applications that support them. Tridium Inc. announced that the company's Niagara framework has surpassed 200,000 instances worldwide.

A global leader in application software frameworks, automation infrastructure technology and device-to enterprise integration solutions, Tridium Inc., has achieved this milestone because of the extraordinary growth in Niagara's customer base, not only because it adopted the Niagara Framework as a development platform, but also used it as an application solution.

This software framework integrates diverse systems and devices into a unified platform that can be easily managed and controlled in real time over the Internet using a standard Web browser. System integrators and manufacturers, who have adopted the framework technology to move their products to the Web have benefited immensely.

By adopting the Niagara platform to develop Internet-enabled equipment systems, smart devices and device-to-enterprise solutions, manufacturers are able to reduce development time and costs, build new service offerings, and create new business opportunities.

Meeting the needs for a strategic, general-purpose automation and information architecture built on open standards, the Niagara Framework has proved its capability by reaching the rather significant milestone.

“Exceeding the 200,000 mark is a true testament to the industry-leading capabilities and proven performance of the Niagara Framework,” Steve Fey, president of Tridium, said.

Fey expressed his excitement at having achieved that target and said that the milestone was the beginning of many more such achievements as Tridium moved ahead to create universal software frameworks that increased functionality and value of smart devices.

OEM’s and system integrators throughout 45 countries use Niagara-based products to provide open, interoperable solutions without regard for specific protocols, products or technologies and currently it is deployed in many applications in various sectors of industry.

"We are grateful to the entire Niagara community; manufacturers, system integrators, developers, consultants and end-users who contributed to this milestone," Marc Petock, director, global marketing and communications for Tridium, said.

He further added that the strong commitment from the community, as well as Tridium's ability to consistently deliver a robust platform that was the catalyst for true device-enterprise integration, connectivity and interoperability was evident in the achievement. 

 Niagara is making buildings better, ones that use less energy, have lower operating costs, are safer, contribute to sustainable environments and deliver significant ROI.

Tridium is an independent business entity of Honeywell (News - Alert) International Inc. Its technologies extend connectivity, integration and interoperability to the millions of devices deployed in the market today and empowers manufacturers to develop intelligent equipment systems and smart devices that enable collaboration and communication between the enterprise and edge assets.

QA Graphics, an industry leader in the design of control system graphics, is pleased to announce the release of their BAS Image Module which allows users to easily create high-end system graphics within the Niagara AX platform.

Mini Swamy is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Juliana Kenny

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