J2 Innovations, which is part of Siemens, has announced the release of FIN Framework 5.1, its latest upgrade of its software platform for smart buildings, smart equipment and IoT applications.
The latest upgrade, to be released in beta shortly — with a full launch scheduled for summer 2021 — will feature a dashboard builder app that will allow facility managers and end-users to create and manage their own dynamic visualizations of smart buildings, equipment and IoT devices in a smartphone.
Alex Rohweder, CEO at J2 Innovations, said: “With FIN 5.1, you can deliver dynamic and interactive views of building and equipment data, accessible both through desktop and smartphone – and all that without the need for complex engineering. Dashboard widgets and functions can simply be added and removed to build a working picture of the building environment.”
“A building owner, facilities manager, systems integrator or end user can access their system to check floor plans, equipment health/status, temperature levels or any other parameters in a zone, floor or building, then make key decisions about how to manage that environment, all on-the-fly – in order to increase the energy, asset and service efficiency of the building,” the executive said.
Since the launch last year of the Edge2Cloud technology, which provides secure access to any FIN Framework project, J2 said it now brings a host of enhancements with this new upgrade. These include access tokens that allow other FIN or third party IT and cloud applications to pull data from FIN instances remotely through Edge2Cloud, the ability to access dashboards directly from the Edge2Cloud interface, plus multi-language support.
FIN is a software framework that provides integration, control, analysis, visualization, and connection, designed for OEM partners to customize and incorporate into their products or systems. The FIN Framework is already used by a variety of system manufacturers worldwide, involved in BAS, HVAC, lighting, shading and IoT control in buildings.
J2 Innovations also said that FIN allows users to monitor, control and visualize all the operational and energy assets such as HVAC, lighting and security systems inside a building or buildings across numerous sites to optimize the comfort levels and energy efficiency. Dashboards flag the status or health of assets as well as the maintenance requirements of all the connected devices, while trend monitoring, and utility metering are reported by the system.