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Niagara Edge 10: Redefining Edge Computing For Building Automation

August 31, 2023

Tridium Niagara Edge10 is a cutting-edge technology that revolutionises the field of building automation and control systems. This compact and powerful device combines the benefits of an industrial controller with the flexibility of a web-based platform, allowing for seamless integration and management of various building systems.

With its advanced capabilities, the Niagara Edge10 enables real-time monitoring, control, and analysis of critical building functions such as HVAC, lighting, security, and energy management. Its user-friendly interface and customisable dashboards provide building operators with intuitive tools to optimise performance, reduce energy consumption, and enhance occupant comfort.

The Edge10’s robustness and scalability make it an ideal solution for both small-scale and large-scale applications, enabling efficient building management and unlocking the potential for smart buildings of the future.

By leveraging the power of Tridium’s Niagara Framework, the Niagara Edge10 offers unparalleled connectivity and interoperability, allowing seamless integration with a wide range of protocols and devices. This flexibility empowers building owners and operators to leverage existing infrastructure while easily adding new devices and systems, resulting in reduced installation costs and increased operational efficiency.

The Niagara Edge10’s built-in security features ensure the protection of sensitive data and enable secure remote access, enabling building operators to monitor and control their facilities from anywhere at any time. With its innovative technology and comprehensive features, the Tridium Niagara Edge10 is at the forefront of digital transformation in the building automation industry, driving energy savings, sustainability, and improved performance for buildings across various sectors. In this article, we’ll explore the key features and benefits of the Niagara Edge 10.

The Tridium Niagara Edge 10 functions as an IP-based controller for field equipment, leveraging the power of the Niagara Framework®. Its primary application includes driving various functionalities such as regulating zone temperatures and overseeing the operations of devices like fan coil units, single-stage air handling units, and water-source heat pumps, among others.

Operating with the complete Niagara stack, the Niagara Edge 10 controllers are equipped with 10 points of built-in IO and possess the capacity for IO-R expansion. In terms of licencing, the Niagara Edge 10 supports up to three devices and a total of 50 points, enabling users to fully tap into the potential of Niagara at the edge.

Regarding its ACE Deterministic Engine, the system offers the ability to create deterministic applications using the Wire Sheet feature. This empowers users to achieve swift startup times for control actions and guarantees deterministic timing when servicing the IO operations.

In terms of networking capabilities, the Edge 10 controllers can be conveniently daisy-chained, facilitating continuous network connectivity and negating the necessity for separate wiring back to a switch. By connecting Niagara Edge 10 controllers to the primary building or IT network, direct management becomes possible through a Supervisor in conjunction with a JACE®. Furthermore, it’s feasible to establish a private network of Niagara Edge 10 controllers utilising the secondary Ethernet port of the JACE 8000.

The Tridium JACE 8000 is a compact, built-in IoT (Internet of Things) controller and server platform designed for linking various devices and sub-systems seamlessly. Equipped with internet connectivity and web-serving functionality, the JACE 8000 controlledelivers comprehensive control, supervision, data logging, alarming, scheduling, and network management in a unified manner.

What Is Edge Computing?

Edge computing is a distributed computing paradigm that brings processing and analysis capabilities closer to where data is generated. In the context of building automation, edge computing allows building managers to process and analyse data locally, at the edge of the network, rather than sending all the data to a centralised server.

This approach offers a range of benefits, including reduced latency, improved reliability, and enhanced security. By processing and analysing data locally, building managers can make real-time decisions and respond quickly to changing conditions, without having to wait for data to be transmitted to a centralised server.

Boost Efficiency And Performance With Niagara Edge 10

Applications driven by Niagara Edge 10 controllers include zone temperature control, and the operation of fan coil units, single-stage air handling units, water-source heat pumps, and more.

Niagara Edge 10 controllers, which have 10 points of onboard IO and IO-R-34 expansion capabilities, manage the entire Niagara stack. The Niagara Edge 10 is a powerful edge computing platform that offers a range of features and capabilities for building automation. Here are some of the key features of the Niagara Edge 10:

Powerful Computing: The Niagara Edge 10 is equipped with a quad-core ARM processor, 2GB total eMMC flash storage with user space set at 1GB, providing powerful computing capabilities for building automation applications.

Built-In Niagara Framework: The Niagara Edge 10 comes with the Niagara Framework pre-installed, enabling building managers to easily integrate a wide range of systems and devices into a single, unified platform.

Local Analytics: The Niagara Edge 10 enables building managers to perform data analytics locally, at the edge of the network, without the need for a centralised server. This allows for real-time decision-making and faster response times.

Cybersecurity: The Niagara Edge 10 is designed with cybersecurity in mind, featuring built-in security features such as secure boot and encrypted storage.

Easy Deployment: The Niagara Edge 10 is easy to deploy, with a plug-and-play design that allows for quick and easy installation.

Exploring The Advantages And Benefits

The Niagara Edge 10 offers a range of benefits for building managers, including:

Improved Performance: By processing and analysing data locally, the Niagara Edge 10 can improve performance and reduce latency, enabling faster response times and better decision-making.

Enhanced Reliability: The Niagara Edge 10 can help to improve system reliability by reducing dependence on a centralised server. This can help to minimise downtime and ensure that critical systems remain operational.

Increased Security: The Niagara Edge 10 is designed with cybersecurity in mind, featuring built-in security features such as secure boot and encrypted storage. This can help to protect against cyber threats and ensure the integrity of building automation systems.

Simplified Integration: The Niagara Edge 10 comes with the Niagara Framework pre-installed, enabling building managers to easily integrate a wide range of systems and devices into a single, unified platform. This can help to simplify maintenance and reduce complexity.

Cost Savings: The Niagara Edge 10 can help to reduce costs by eliminating the need for a centralised server and reducing data transmission costs.

As an authorized distributor of Tridium,  Tyrrell Products presents the Niagara Edge 10, a potent edge computing solution that boasts a diverse array of features and advantages tailored specifically for building automation needs. Through its localised data processing and analysis capabilities, the Niagara Edge 10 effectively enhances performance, bolsters reliability, heightens security, streamlines integration, and contributes to cost reduction.

Its deployment simplicity is complemented by the pre-installed Niagara Framework, empowering building managers to seamlessly amalgamate a diverse spectrum of systems and devices within a unified platform. For those in pursuit of refining the efficiency and dependability of their building automation setups, the Niagara Edge 10 unquestionably warrants thorough consideration.

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