Emalytics building management system at a glance
We spend a good portion of our lives in buildings. They contribute to our sense of personal well-being as well as the success of a company, and can also play a role in climate protection. With the help of the intelligent Emalytics building management system, you can connect all processes and applications to the framework. That is to say, all technical building and energy systems. This means that temperature data, error messages, or elevator travel can be integrated and optimized. Emalytics therefore combines a management and control unit with energy monitoring to create an intelligent platform.
The technology behind the Emalytics building management system Easy engineering for all building applications
Emalytics can be made up of three elements: Automation, View, and Products.
Emalytics Automation covers the integration and engineering of all of the building’s data, processes, and applications. Visualization, operation, reporting, and the analysis of this data is done with Emalytics View.
The central core element of the building management system is the ILC 2050 BI building IoT controller. This controller acts as the link between the common bus protocols at field level and the open IoT world, which brings all the possibilities of modern IT systems to building management.
Emalytics Automation Integration and engineering
The Emalytics building management system enables the easy connection of field devices or systems with serial or Ethernet interface. The core element of Emalytics is the IoT framework where the data from all trades is normalized by converting it to a uniform format. The recorded data points are defined just once and are available to the entire system. The data point is converted into a data information object which can be accessed throughout the network – whether by the controller, the visualization server, or other devices. All the data is therefore always available in the same structure.
The system’s data security is ensured by communication with TLS encryption as well as integrated update and patch management of the built-in IoT controller. Automatic backup of applications and set parameters is also supported. Authorization to access data is defined flexibly with different user roles.
Emalytics View Visualization, reporting, and analysis
The browser-based Emalytics View visualization framework provides you with a comprehensive tool box for creating your customized building visualization. It includes ready-to-use libraries, which you can access within the framework. In this way, your system diagrams for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning are presented in both 2D and 3D format using system symbols in line with standards. Common image formats are easily imported and enable you to display entire building and floor plan views in your application.
Using the building visualization feature of Emalytics View, all acquired data is depicted visually, so there are no limits when it comes to designing your application.
You can create individual dashboards for displaying, evaluating, and comparing the data for individual trades or distributed premises. Standard web technologies are used, which means you can freely select the operating concept.
Features of Emalytics
Programming without compiling
You can reprogram Emalytics IoT controllers online during operation. The modified application is immediately visible in the application – without interrupting operation. Alternatively, you can develop offline applications that are first tested and then activated online on the relevant IoT controllers in the usual way.
External connections via common protocols such as KNX, Modbus, BACnet, DALI, SMI, EnOcean, LonWorks, SNMP, MQTT, REST, SQL, etc. are mapped to the Emalytics system. Over 300 drivers are available, enabling users to connect almost all trades, such as EV charging management systems (e-mobility application), video, or door systems.
Unlike other building automation systems, the Emalytics framework uses just four different data types: Boolean (on/off), numeric (analog values), string (character strings), and enum (enumeration, e.g., level 1 slow, level 2 fast, level 3 maximum).
In the system, the data points are mapped to these uniform data types, regardless of their fieldbus origin. Normalization, i.e., the equal treatment of data regardless of its origin, greatly simplifies further processing in the framework for users and operators.
Access to the entire project via just one interface
Unlike conventional automation systems where individual controllers are connected together using fieldbus systems to create a network, Emalytics acts as a framework across all IoT devices. This means that all data points, whether physical or communicative, can be automatically made available to all devices in the framework without further programming or gateways.
Programming environment for IEC novices
In addition to the IEC-like programming interface, comprehensive ranges (libraries) in CFC are available to provide a quick introduction for those switching from IEC 61131 (PLCs).
Java for high-level language programmers
Java is also available as a high-level language in the interfaces, i.e., you can proceed with development straight away in Emalytics without the need for additional adapters or interfaces.
Working environment available in a 64-bit version
The entire memory area of a PC or laptop, and therefore the available hardware, is fully utilized. A 32-bit version is also available as an option.
Ever since it introduced Emalytics, Phoenix Contact has given every customer, whether an operator, user, or system manufacturer, the opportunity to purchase the Emalytics Automation and Emalytics View programming software.
Firmware updates can be organized centrally
The ILC 2050 BI strictly follows the rules of IT standards. Not just with respect to exclusive communication with cloud services, but also with regard to cybersecurity standards like TLS 1.2 and a modern concept for firmware upgrades (patches) or updates, which can be organized centrally and rolled out.
Scalable pay-per-use license model
You only need to pay for the connected data point, whether physical or communicative. The further processing of data in the framework is therefore available. Normalization significantly reduces the amount of effort required for programming and startup.