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The Summit at Cottonwood
ECI aided in mechanical/electrical design and completed building wide automation for the Summit at Cottonwood. This building is unique in the level of System Integration for Access Control, Video Surveillance, Internet Service and Internet-based monitoring and was financed with guaranteed energy savings through the use of energy-efficient mechanical equipment, direct digital temperature control and high-scale systems integration.
Networked systems include Video Surveillance over IP, Building Wide Wireless, Building wide LAN and WAN network infrastructure, Energy Savings Systems, Digital Data Systems, Access Control, Life Safety and Audio/Visual systems. These networked systems are fed through seamless cabling infrastructure. One of the key challenges with interface to the myriad of systems is that users must support five or more software packages on any one computer to interface with all of these. To overcome that problem, ECI created a building portal or Real-time Enterprise Dashboard™. This is a central building home page with hypertext markup language (HTML) hot links to launch software for interface with all critical systems. The software can be Web-hosted on one Internet server rather than numerous individual machines. A dashboard provides a fully functional interface to all building systems via Web-hosted software. Data security is an important topic for an integration of Summit’s scale, and it required a significant effort to address facility data protection. IPSEC or Internet Protocol Security technology with 3-DES data encryption is deployed to ensure that all interactions between the system, the dashboard, and the Web are secure.
The Summit at Cottonwood received national recognition through a Buildy Award for the buildings’ breadth of system integration and technology.
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