Honeywell Forge Brings Analytics and Action to IoT

Honeywell is the tech company people often overlook as tech because they aren’t a software company – they are a conglomerate in a number of spaces such as aerospace, safety, retail and yes, software.

This reminds us – about the turn of the last century – GE under Jack Welch looked to buy Honeywell and the deal was ultimately struck down by European regulators. Jack said, people asked him why GE didn’t buy a tech company and he responded, “I thought we were.”

Back to Honeywell – they have launched a new category of software, Enterprise Performance Management for Operations Technology, that will improve the way a variety of companies collect, analyze and act on data from their operations. The software solution, called Honeywell Forge, will leverage the company’s more than 100 years of expertise in asset and process control technology and will transform the way work gets done by owners and operators of buildings, airlines, industrial facilities and other critical assets and infrastructure.

Honeywell Forge converts massive quantities of data from equipment, processes and people into intuitive, actionable insights that enable monitoring of enterprise operations from a single screen. In turn, this helps customers optimize the efficiency, effectiveness and safety of their business.

Honeywell Forge is designed to be quick and cost-effective to implement, with a hardware- and software-agnostic approach that allows for use of existing systems. Honeywell Forge leverages predictive analytics to help identify maintenance issues before they happen; enable workers to be more productive, proficient and safe; reduce costs; and increase productivity. The company is developing Honeywell Forge to incorporate the latest cybersecurity protections.

“Large enterprises around the world consistently lack top-to-bottom visibility into how their operations are performing, and most lack the ability to derive business intelligence from their disparate data sources. Their existing systems are disjointed and have shortcomings that slow growth and cut into profitability,” said Que Dallara, president and chief executive officer of Honeywell Connected Enterprise. “Honeywell Forge can provide leaders of complex businesses with the visibility they need to transform their operations quickly and efficiently, at every level and with minimum disruption, enabling users to focus resources on innovation and achieving business objectives.”

Honeywell announced the wide availability this week of Honeywell Forge for Buildings, which is intended to revolutionize the management of building portfolios by helping business owners and operators decrease operating expenses, improve energy consumption and manage space optimization across an entire building portfolio while also enhancing the individual occupant experience.

“Buildings house incredible and powerful data on the performance and usage of the building; however, if that data is difficult to access, interpret or use for meaningful insights, it doesn’t help drive a customer’s business. We are transforming building operations via enterprise software that allows owners and operators to get more out of their building data in order to drive significant business results,” said David Trice, vice president and general manager, Honeywell Connected Enterprise, Buildings. “Honeywell Forge for Buildings is open, extensible, intelligent and easy to use. You can turn on a building in a day or less and review the operations of a building from anywhere – including your favorite coffee shop.”

Currently, many building portfolio owners have multiple disconnected systems in each building. Often these systems do not communicate with and are not compatible with each other, leading to manual maintenance, data trapped in proprietary systems, disconnected teams and systems, over- or underutilized space, and poor occupant experience. More than 90 percent of building management decision makers surveyed1 agree that a better enterprise management system can help improve resource management, avoid unplanned downtime and provide enhanced predictive information to make facilities safer and more secure.

When fully deployed, Honeywell Forge for Buildings aims to help reduce the operating expense of a building portfolio by up to 25 percent by providing visibility, monitoring and control of all building systems and processes across an entire portfolio of buildings.

“With more than 50 buildings in our global property portfolio, implementing next-generation building management systems enables us to make sound strategic decisions that will deliver improved capacity and space management, more agility and increased energy efficiency,” said Martin Frohock, head of facilities UK & EMEA, Arm, a multi-national semiconductor and software design company. “Honeywell Forge for Buildings easily integrates with other systems and allows us to gauge performance across the entire enterprise at any given time from a central location.”

The family of Honeywell Forge offerings will continue to expand across a wide range of sectors over the coming months:

  • Honeywell Forge for Industrials (launching in June) monitors process performance and leverages digital twins to help optimize production and increase throughput;
  • Honeywell Forge for Airlines (launching in June) provides insights and analytics to help save airlines money;
  • Honeywell Forge for Inspection Rounds (launching in June) digitizes the deskless worker and helps improve efficiency, productivity and compliance; and
  • Honeywell Forge Cybersecurity (launching in the fourth quarter) helps protect critical operations from ever-evolving cyber threats.

The idea here is something we hear repeatedly – digital transformation and the future of work will be dependent upon AI, ML, analytics and quite often being fed data from IoT devices. Whether these concepts are applied to anomaly detection to improve cybersecurity or IoT data to ensure business performance metrics are met, the future of work will certainly be a more productive place!

Learn about the latest in everything business tech… UCaaS, the Channel, IT, IOT, Edge, Cybersecurity, AI, SD-WAN, and the Future of Work at the world’s only MSP Expo, part of the ITEXPO #TechSuperShow, Feb 12-14, 2020 Fort Lauderdale, FL.


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