Canadian firm BrainBox AI has announced the launch of its driver for the Niagara Framework, which it says is the first artificial intelligence (AI) application to utilize an autonomous real-time cloud connection to the platform.
The Niagara Framework is an open platform for the building automation market, with over 920,000 installations across the globe, the company said.
BrainBox AI’s driver supports both the AX and N4 versions of the Niagara Framework. With this native integration to the Niagara Framework, BrainBox AI said it aims to give more buildings access to its AI technology and the ability to significantly decrease energy consumption.
The BrainBox AI driver enables building owners and operators to bring AI to Niagara-controlled HVAC systems through an easy process, the company said. BrainBox AI said that its technology transforms HVAC systems from “reactive to pre-emptive,” using the sensors and equipment already in place within a building. Once optimized with BrainBox AI, an HVAC system can deliver up to a 25% reduction in total energy costs, 60% improvement in occupant comfort and 20-40% reduction in a building’s carbon footprint, BrainBox AI said.
“Using the BrainBox AI integration for the Niagara Framework enables building owners and managers to make their buildings fully autonomous, which improves occupant comfort, and reduces both energy spend and greenhouse gas emissions,” said Omar Tabba, vice president of products and solutions at BrainBox AI. “With Niagara so prevalent in the built environment, this integration brings autonomous AI to the doorstep of hundreds of thousands of buildings worldwide and ushers in a new era of building automation.”
BrainBox AI said its solution leverages deep learning neural networks, cloud-based computing and algorithms, to predict a building’s thermal load and enables the HVAC system to operate autonomously, for maximum impact on energy consumption and occupant comfort.