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HONEYWELL INTRODUCES EXCEL 5000 BUILDING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

 CHICAGO, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) today introduced the EXCEL 5000(TM) system, the company's next-generation platform for building control, management and monitoring.
 "EXCEL 5000 sets new standards for flexibility and openness in building controls," said Jean-Pierre Rosso, president, Honeywell Home and Building Control. "The EXCEL 5000 system is 'enabling' technology that opens customers' building control options. Rather than limit customers to choices they shouldn't have to make, EXCEL 5000 lets them decide how best to operate their buildings and then configure their control systems accordingly. This new building control platform is based on a single controller family that is consistent and available worldwide."
 Key features of the EXCEL 5000 system include:
 -- Fully modular hardware and software that afford maximum flexibility in control system applications.
 -- Unsurpassed integration capabilities, including an open architecture based on industry-standard building blocks.
 -- A unique engineering tool, Excel CARE, that facilitates system design and programming.
 Because EXCEL 5000 can be configured to serve all sizes and types of building control applications, Honeywell is marketing the system through authorized distributors, as well as directly to building owners and managers. "We're backing the unmatched flexibility of the EXCEL 5000 system architecture with new flexibility in the way we do business," said Rosso. "Our intent is to open customer options not only in system design and functionality, but also in installation, operation, maintenance and service."
 Modular Architecture Provides Flexibility
 EXCEL 5000 is a fully modular building control platform based on a new family of programmable direct digital controllers. EXCEL 5000 controllers provide unmatched flexibility in designing control zones and control strategies, providing control from the central plant down to room and zone levels. The EXCEL 5000 family also features controllers for every element of a building's mechanical systems, from controls for heat pumps, variable air volume boxes, built-up air handling units and central plant equipment, to controls for lighting, smoke detection and fire management. The controllers can be programmed to manage traditional heating, ventilating and air conditioning variables, such as temperature, humidity and air flow, as well as managing lighting levels and schedules, air quality and critical process equipment.
 The modular design of the EXCEL 5000 system lets users choose exactly the pieces required for a specific building and its uses. As control needs change and grow, the system is easily expanded through addition of new modules. "Whether a system requires one thermostat or hundreds of controllers, the hardware, software and interfaces are the same, making expansion easy," said Rosso.
 "Taking advantage of EXCEL 5000's capabilities for building system expansions or upgrades won't require an entire retrofit," said Rosso. "EXCEL 5000's components are easily linked to existing controls. And, as with all Honeywell building automation systems since the first in 1970, an affordable migration path for current Honeywell customers is designed in."
 Operator Interfaces Ease System Use
 The operator interfaces in the EXCEL 5000 system can include graphics-based or text-based PCs and keypad display units in whatever combinations best fit a building's needs and use. Room and zone thermostats allow building occupants to adjust set points and schedules or register changes in occupied/unoccupied status. Permanent or portable keypad displays enable managers and service technicians to perform all control functions, including testing equipment, adjusting set points, establishing schedules and opening and closing valves. A PC-based supervisory station can provide an integrated display of data from all of a building's subsystems.
 All operator interfaces feature displays with easy-to-read, uncoded and clear messages. Messages, location descriptions and graphics can all be customized to ease understanding and use.
 New Standards for Connectivity, Interoperability
 The EXCEL 5000 system's modularity; peer-to-peer communications capabilities; open communications protocols; and use of non-proprietary operating system, networking and database software result in a new level of connectivity and interoperability for a building control system.
 For high level integration involving third party systems and non- traditional functions, the EXCEL 5000 system provides the UNIX(a)-based Excel Facility Integrator. This supervisory station acts as a common operator interface for subsystems from multiple manufacturers.
 "Widely accepted standards and technologies have to be the foundation for any truly open system," said Manfred Ahle, vice president of engineering, Honeywell Home and Building Control. "That's why we have built our supervisory station on the UNIX operating system and equipped it to work with the TCP/IP communications protocol, Ethernet(a) networking software and a database manager from Sybase."
 For projects integrating heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) controls with lighting, access, fire alarm and security systems, EXCEL 5000 components can be linked to maximize system functionality and efficiency and generate energy and operational cost savings.
 Unique Engineering Tool is an Industry First
 Complementing the EXCEL 5000 control platform is a unique engineering tool, Excel CARE, that facilitates system design. In an industry first, Honeywell is making available to authorized distributors and qualified contractors exactly the same HVAC engineering "toolkit" used by its own branch personnel to design and implement EXCEL 5000 applications.
 Excel CARE is a mouse-driven, Windows(a)-based, computer-assisted engineering tool that makes it easier for application engineers to program controllers by automating the generation of controller software. "Excel CARE puts building control back in the hands of HVAC engineers, enabling them to translate their control expertise into ready-to-run applications programs without use of special programming languages or command sequences," said Ahle.
 Excel CARE enables users to build up heating, ventilating and air conditioning schematics, control strategies and switching logic from easily identifiable graphic icons. Through Excel CARE, users have access to standard programs for common control applications and a program library from which custom applications can be built. The system also allows users to freely design unique applications.
 Once Excel CARE users have prepared their flow diagrams and control strategies, Excel CARE automatically generates the applications code for the controllers, a list of all system components, a system wiring plan, a control logic diagram and control function tables. The applications code can be loaded into the controllers from diskettes or directly from the personal computer where Excel CARE is resident.
 "Engineering time represents a substantial portion of the cost on any building control project," said Ahle. "With CARE, that time can be substantially reduced, whether the user is a Honeywell engineer or one of our authorized distributors or qualified contractors. The combination of CARE's capabilities and the unique features of EXCEL 5000 create a building control system that meets customer requirements for ease of use, flexibility and a platform for systems integration."
 Honeywell Home and Building Control provides products and services to create efficient, safe, comfortable environments. The business offers controls for heating, ventilating, humidification and air conditioning equipment; security and fire alarm systems; home automation systems; energy-efficient lighting controls; and building management systems and services.
 Honeywell is a global controls company that provides products, systems and services for homes and buildings, industry, and aviation and space. The company employs 58,000 people worldwide and had 1991 sales of $6.2 billion.
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 /(a) UNIX is a trademark of UNIX System Laboratories Inc. Ethernet is a trademark of Xerox Corporation. Windows is a trademark of Microsoft Corp./
 /CONTACT: Celeste Gervais Milo of Honeywell, 612-951-3705/
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