Beckhoff Automation is Finalist in the BCIA Awards 2016

passenger-approaching-premium-securityBeckhoff Automation is delighted to announce that it is a Finalist in the BCIA Awards 2016. Beckhoff entered its work at Gatwick Airport for the Technical Innovation of the Year – Projects category and was selected by an independent panel of judges. The project centred around an upgrade of lighting controls, which led to further developments of building controls across the project.


Karl Walker, market development manager at Beckhoff Automation, says: “We are very pleased that this project has reached the Finalist stage of the BCIA Awards. We worked closely with the client to achieve their requirements for the lighting control in this building, taking an innovative and unusual approach to the challenge.”


Beckhoff worked alongside expert system integrator Interior Automation to design and install a DALI-based lighting control solution with backwards compatibility with legacy infrastructure. Improving lighting control in the building was a gateway to updating the whole building energy management system (BEMS). Overall, the installation ensures that future developments in the BEMS for this building are quick, flexible and cost-effective to deploy.


“Lighting control was perceived to be an area for immediate improvement by the proactive client team”, explains Walker, “but it was imperative that the system platform formed the foundation of an extensible and future-proof BEMS solution.”


By using the very latest industrial PC (IPC) technology, the range of the control systems is scalable from a stand-alone application device (e.g. lighting) all the way to multi-core devices capable of full building control. The system can now monitor energy usage directly at the electrical panels and has recently been enhanced to provide calculated energy consumption data to a new stakeholder within the customer’s team.


The Gatwick engineering team is now assured that their buildings are being populated with devices ready for connection to all on-site, off-site and Cloud-based IT infrastructure. The systems are IoT ready and are already setting the scene for implementation of advanced machine-learning derived algorithms that will be able to assist the BEMS 24-7 without human dependency.


The winners of the BCIA Awards 2016 will be announced on May 12th at a gala dinner at the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham.

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