By Terry Komperda, Sr. Product Manager
This month, Tridium, Inc., introduced Niagara 4, the next generation of its iconic Niagara Framework® — the operating system of the Internet of Things (IoT). Niagara 4 includes dozens of new features and enhancements to help Niagara developers, integrators and users increase operational and energy efficiency, reduce costs and maintain security.
What does this mean for data centers?
At a time when the IoT has the potential to impact data center design, architecture and deployments, Niagara offers several important features:
- Enhanced open platform for easier integration of disparate protocols, systems and devices commonly found in data center environments.
- New mobile user interface providing a unified experience between desktop, tablet and smart phone devices.
- Enhanced security and robust Role Based Access Control (RBAC).
- Improved visualization tools for customized dashboards and charts and a new user interface for intuitive presentation of facilities and operations data.
In addition, Niagara 4 is a customizable software development platform that is backed by an extensive developer community and built for the Internet of Things. Its tagging and templating features enable quicker searches and grouping of devices and systems for common integrations and reporting of typical information like power, cooling, etc.
Niagara 4 also has a native real time analytics framework which is both open and extensible. Niagara Analytics Framework includes customized views, dashboards and reports and provides actionable intelligence to help inform critical operational decisions.
Niagara 4 has been in early release since 2014. In early 2015, Tridium launched the Niagara 4 Beta program, attracting approximately 300 applicants around the world. The large applicant pool allowed the company to test Niagara in a wide array of sites and live production environments.
Tridium is the global leader in open platforms, application software frameworks, automation infrastructure technology, energy management and device-to-enterprise integration solutions. Tridium’s configurable software frameworks extend connectivity, integration and interoperability to the millions of devices deployed in the market today and empower manufacturers to develop intelligent equipment systems and smart devices that enable collaboration and communication between the enterprise and edge assets. Tridium platforms allow users to build and manage complex monitoring, control, and automation solutions, including applications for energy management, telecommunications, M2M and smart services building control, facility management, industrial automation, medical equipment and physical security. The company is an independent business entity of Honeywell International Inc. More information is available at www.tridium.com.