Alliance Announces IP-based Energy Controls

August 3, 2010

American Auto-Matrix, MAMAC Systems, and the IP Controls Center are offering the AspectFT control engine to let building automation users collect, view, mine, and manipulate energy-consumption data via a standard web browser to optimize operations.

EXPORT, PA /PRNewswire/ -- American Auto-Matrix (AAM) is pleased to announce its partnership with MAMAC Systems Inc., of Minneapolis, MN, and IP Controls Center, Niagara Falls, NY in bringing world-class IP-based HVAC and energy control systems to the building automation systems (BAS) market through the addition of the AspectFT energy control solution to the Maverick product line.

Through the use of the AspectFT Control Engine, users obtain the ability to collect massive amounts of data produced by a virtually limitless number of Maverick devices in a safe, secure, and centralized location that requires nothing more than the Mavericks as local hardware at each location and Aspect Facilitating Technology (AspectFT) in a location of the customer's choice. Then, through the use of any standard Web browser, users can view, mine, and manipulate their data to ensure greater savings and reduced energy consumption.

In line with the convenient, cost-effective, and technologically advanced Maverick solution, AspectFT brings robust features, adding even more powerful capabilities. For example, a single set-point change can be sent to any number of Maverick devices with the click of a button; custom graphics, trend logs, and applications can be created and served to give views of data in an almost infinite number of combinations; data received from all of the devices is stored in MySQL tables and is thereby accessible to a wealth of programs designed for data-mining applications (programs such as Microsoft Excel and Crystal Reports); the MySQL functionality is also read-/write-enabled, meaning integration to other applications using open databases can be accomplished without additional drivers.

"In addition to the convenience created through the marriage of these technologies, AspectFT also harnesses powerful Web technologies common in everyday life to assist in the reduction of the learning curve associated with complicated building and energy management systems," said Paul Jordan CTO of American Auto-Matrix. "Technologies such as Google Calendar, Microsoft Outlook 2007, Apple iCal, and over 45 other programs using the iCalendar protocol can be used to schedule an entire building. RSS feeds with critical building data can be received from AspectFT directly to email, a user's desktop, or a smart device, such as a phone or PDA. Building data can also be viewed directly from a smart device via the onboard Web browser with Simple Mobile Web access. In addition, facilities can use Web services such as weather prediction to control the building more effectively. Users can even receive and send information to their building through Twitter."

"Our goal," says S. Asim Gul, founder, President, and CEO of MAMAC Systems, "is to put the benefits of remote building sensing, control, and energy metering within the reach of everyone. Until now, building control and energy metering systems has been complex, expensive, and difficult to understand and use. The Maverick products are aimed at owners of small- and medium-sized buildings that desire to remotely monitor and control building climate conditions, but cannot justify the expenditure for a complex automation system or the staffing to learn to use and maintain such systems. With the addition of the AspectFT energy control solution, the Maverick becomes an almost infinitely scalable product that still fits our intended market sector in manner that adheres to the philosophies behind the development of the Maverick line."

Currently, the AspectFT solution for Maverick is offered in North America exclusively online, with availability of the product through multiple channels, planned for later this year. Multiple integration models are available from hosted solutions (available soon) that eliminate the need for onsite dedicated IT resources, to customer-owned solutions that allow them to choose the hardware AspectFT runs on, to a pre-loaded server package.

"It is the intention of our companies to bring a solution to the industry that not only controls effectively, thereby reducing energy consumption and cost, but is also as convenient and easy to use as it is cost effective to install," said IP Controls Center CEO and founder, Rocco Randazzo. "This truly is an industry first, and an American made one as well."

About American Auto-Matrix
American Auto-Matrix (AAM) was founded in Pittsburgh PA, U.S., in 1979 as a custom engineering and consulting group, manufacturing specialty electronics products for its customers and OEM accounts. The company is responsible for many "firsts" in the building automation industry and was the first to offer an open communications protocol and DDC technology. The company develops, manufactures, and distributes products in the BAS and critical environment markets. In December 2002, the company was purchased by Jordan Acquisition Group LLC, a group of private U.S. investors, and in 2006, the company officially became a service-disabled veteran-owned small business and a woman-owned business that believes in the importance of American manufacturing. Currently headquartered in Export, PA, the company has product installations worldwide.

MAMAC Systems Inc., headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, is a leading manufacturer of sensors, transducers, IP appliances, and control peripherals. In 29 years of business, MAMAC has developed many innovative products that have changed the sensing and controls industry. With the addition of Web browser–based Maverick IP Appliances, MAMAC is opening new markets, such as energy sub metering, small building automation, and convenience store/quick serve restaurant automation and energy management. Exciting new applications are continuously being realized. With offices in the U.S., UK, Canada, Australia, and Singapore, MAMAC sells through an expansive list of distribution partners around the world. Additional information on the Maverick Appliances as well as MAMAC's wide range of sensors is available by phone at 800-843-5116.

About IP Controls Center
IP Controls Center, located in Niagara Falls, NY, is the designated North American support center for the Maverick Web Appliance product line. The company is staffed with IT and commercial controls professionals and has available a further support infrastructure through its partner network. IPCC is the first line support providing the configuration, IT, and tele-communications support capabilities that augment the Web-based Maverick sensor appliance line, manufactured by MAMAC Systems Inc.

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