Tridium has brought to life the UKs largest LONWORKS® open system at The James Cook University Hospital development on Teesside.
Thanks to Tridium’s NIAGARA Framework, the functionality of this distributed control system has been fully realised far more quickly, easily and with lower hardware, engineering and operating costs than would otherwise have been possible. Tridium’s management of the LONWORKS network ensures it delivers the working efficiency, flexibility and life-cycle cost-savings demanded by the specification of this the biggest acute hospital complex in England.
“Large, open LONWORKS systems can only work with Tridium, in our experience” says Keith Simpson, Director of project systems integrator, Jade BMS. “With the NIAGARA Framework, system interoperability, open distributed communication, functionality, efficiency, reliability, future-proofing and significantly reduced costs are all achievable. The graphical, web-accessible interface is another huge plus for the FM team operating and maintaining the system”.
The James Cook University Hospital is a £160 million PFI funded project, involving the refurbishment of a substantial part of the existing South Cleveland Hospital plus new construction of an additional 68,000 sq m facility. This state-of-the-art hospital provides over 1,100 beds in a 145,000 sq m complex. A major characteristic of the whole complex is the installation of a fully interoperable LONWORKS building control system helping to safeguard this major PFI investment.
The network comprises over 10,000 LONMARK certified control devices from a range of different manufacturers within approximately 30 different sub-systems. It is designed to integrate, monitor and control everything from HVAC, elevators, lighting, emergency lighting, security, UPS and through to kitchen refrigeration and critical medical systems, such as the control of temperature for the blood banks and cyrogenic storage facilities. Key to the system’s successful performance is Tridium’s market leading Niagara Framework software.
Over 20 Tridium JACE controllers manage the various LONWORKS sub-systems. The Niagara software provides real-time control, data logging, alarm handling and scheduling functions that the LONMARK nodes otherwise lack. It also links and unites the different sub-systems into a single integrated network, eliminating any need for a complex and time-consuming LNS database.
An extra benefit of the Tridium approach is the Framework’s web serving capabilities. Graphical information on the control system is served up as web pages ensuring that all supervisory actions, such as monitoring, adjusting, archiving data and maintaining the different sub-systems, can take place from any PC on the hospital intranet using a standard web browser thereby avoiding the need for expensive BMS supervisory software. The result is a dramatic cost-saving in software cost, greater operating and maintenance efficiency and flexibility, plus a substantial reduction in training overheads.
“Large, open LONWORKS® systems can only work with Tridium, in our experience.”
● Biggest acute hospital complex in England
● An open LONWORKS building control system featuring over 10,000 LONMARK certified control devices in approximately 30 different sub-systems and designed to integrate, monitor and control everything from HVAC, elevators, lighting, emergency lighting, security, UPS, through to kitchen refrigeration and critical medical systems.
● Market-leading NIAGARA Framework unifies the system architecture
● Niagara Framework embedded within over 25 JACE 5 series controllers
● Tridium Web Supervisor software, serving up control system graphical information and allowing supervisory actions over hospital intranet using a standard Web browser.