J2 Innovations, the developer of the easy-to-configure and use software platform for building automation and IoT applications, FIN Framework (FIN), unveiled a strategic partnership with Clivet SpA that will enable the global maker of specialist HVAC systems to develop innovative HVAC plant and building optimization solutions.

By leveraging FIN, OEMs can rapidly launch their own software and control products to the market by leveraging FIN’s open platform and wide range of building automation and IoT-related functions and features.

The first FIN-based solution from this collaboration will be a highly-specialized Clivet Plant Room Controller. The controller manages and optimizes Clivet HVAC systems. An open integration framework enables compatibility with both new and legacy Clivet systems as well as 3rd party plant room components such as boilers and energy meters.

Improved energy efficiency

Through its innovative monitoring and control solutions, plant rooms can now be managed with reduced asset and maintenance cost and improved energy efficiency. The comprehensive 360-degree KPI dashboard provides the facility manager and other stakeholders with real-time information about the status and performance of the system and simplifies system diagnostics. Through its HTML5-based WebServer, operators can access the solution via desktop, mobile and tablet, from anywhere in the world at any time.

Alexander Rohweder, COO J2 Innovations: “We are thrilled to be partnering with one of the world’s leading manufacturers of HVAC systems, which envisages FIN as a central pillar in the development of the next-generation of HVAC plant and building optimization solutions.”

Rohweder continued: “Utilizing FIN Framework not only delivers Clivet with a market-leading system that reduces the maintenance regime, improves energy efficiency and increases up-time, but it also provides the manufacturer with the freedom to continuously improve its solutions throughout their lifetimes. New features and functionality can be added seamlessly - via an App concept - as technology evolves”.

Plug and play installation of preconfigured solutions

The FIN product is suited for management, control and optimization of an HVAC system, or entire small to large buildings and campuses. It is natively built on tags, supporting the Project Haystack open standard with the latest incarnation being Haystack 4. FIN provides an intuitive user-experience, intelligent data-management and analytics, simplified workflows and shares data to Cloud or other IT systems, via an IoT interface. The engineering process can be easily simplified through custom wizards that enable plug & play installation of preconfigured solutions.

Looking ahead, Domenico Canei, Control Systems and IoT R&D Manager Clivet SpA commented: “We’re very much looking forward to the journey we’re about to take alongside J2 Innovations. FIN is the most innovative software platform that has been built for supervisory, building automation and IoT applications. It will enable us to customize and improve the monitoring, control and optimization capabilities of our already HVAC systems while helping us transition to a pivotal role in the smart building, digitalization and IoT space.”

Rohweder summarized: “We think this move sets Clivet SpA apart in its industry.”

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