Honeywell and Analog Devices Team Up to Drive SPE-based Transformative Innovation, Beginning with Building Automation

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ByChantal Polsonetti
Acquisition or Partnership

Many of the commercial buildings in the United States are outdated and inefficient, and according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the majority of them were built before the year 2000. Organizations are now relying on networking technology to transmit ever-greater volumes of data, causing a surge in demand for cloud storage and processing speed. Digitizing building management systems will allow managers to reduce energy consumption through real-time decisions, SPE-based Transformativeupgrading building network performance and security to current Internet-protocol networks without extensive costs and remodeling.

Honeywell and Analog Devices (ADI) announced that they have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to explore the digitization of commercial buildings by upgrading to digital connectivity technologies without replacing existing wiring, which is intended to help reduce cost, waste, and downtime. Honeywell plans to adopt ADI’s single-pair Ethernet (SPE) and software configurable input/output (SWIO) solutions in its building management systems.

ADI’s SPE solutions enable long-reach Ethernet connectivity with the possibility of reusing a building’s existing wiring, reducing installation time and cost, and reducing waste. SPE complements existing Ethernet connectivity in building management systems, bringing enhanced connectivity from the edge to the cloud, helping eliminate data islands and better utilizing assets.

ADI’s offering can also reduce product complexities by enabling Honeywell to build a single product version for different needs, allowing more future-proofed control and automation for when a building is remodeled, or requirements change. This helps increase the speed of product installation, reduces inventory needs, and enables easier and more affordable changes.

Single Pair Ethernet, or SPE, is one of several emerging industrial Ethernet developments covered in ARC’s recently updated Industrial Ethernet Switches Market Outlook.  Further information on this report is available here.

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