Trend Control Systems reveals controller to drive building digitisation

September 27, 2023


Trend Control Systems has announced that it is launching IQ5, the latest in its range of building controllers to support the digitisation of new and existing buildings.

Designed with the emerging modern built environment in mind, Trend says that its IQ5 controller enables secure, real-time data communication using deterministic Ethernet technology, robust ISA-grade security and support for up to 300 I/O points.

This means that, without authentication, there is no ability to see or manipulate the data within the controllers or IO modules, ensuring confidentiality, integrity and availability of critical building control data.

Facility management and digitisation

Developed by a team of industry experts, in conjunction with Trend partners, building owners and facility managers, the IQ5 aims to improve data transmission between field systems and the building energy management system (BEMS).

According to Trend, IQ5 controllers use a new I/O bus technology based on T1L Ethernet, which enables high data transfer speeds of up to 10 Mbps across long distances.

The technology also facilitates low-latency asynchronous communication over cable lengths up to 300 metres, all with end-to-end data encryption.

In addition, the IQ5 offers a hierarchical control functionality, ensuring that communication with critical equipment is prioritised.

Trend highlights that to help support potential future expanding needs of the building, IQ5 controllers are modular in design.

I/O modules slide into place, allowing the system to scale as building demands change.

This means the controller can support growing networks of IoT devices and building equipment, underpinning broader modernisation or digitisation activities.

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