At Airmaster, we keep pace with the trend. Digital BMS is well known and used by most, so we are now taking the next step.
Online control and operation of decentralised air handling units from Airmaster.
With the launch of Airmaster Airlinq® Online, we enable our customers to control several installations from the same web portal.
Web portal for controlling decentralised air handling units
Historically, air handling units have been controlled as separate systems. However, more and more devices familiar to us in the physical world are being connected to the internet, and it is now the turn of decentralised air handling units from Airmaster.
Airlinq Online is a web-based remote control and monitoring system for decentralised air handling units. The system provides remote access to optimisation of operations, data and alarms, and gives customers a greater and more detailed insight into their ventilation installations. Ultimately, this can help create a better indoor climate and reduce both administrative and energy costs.
With Airlinq Online, our customers can now manage all of their installations from the same internet portal, regardless of the geographical location of the units. Our aim was to make things less complex for our customers and to make it easier to optimise the running of installations.
Customers can access Airlinq Online from a PC, smartphone or tablet; in other words, from any device with access to the internet and a browser. Each new Airmaster unit is delivered with an Ethernet module and all you need to do is activate it and, of course, connect it to the internet.
Airlinq Online is considerably cheaper than traditional network systems, and there are no installation costs because the system is so simple that most customers are able to set it up themselves. However, Airmaster can provide assistance if needed.
Optimisation of jobs
Daily operation of installations will be easier due to the fact that users can change operational settings for one or a number of installations in one operational sequence. You can, for instance, start and stop all units at once, set night time cooling on all units at once and set all units to ‘holiday mode’ at once.
If all of the filters in a system have been replaced, customers can now reset the filter status for all units at once. This saves a great deal of time if there are 50 units to be reset. Our customers can concentrate on replacing the filters and, then, change the filter settings on the web portal instead of having to change the setting on each individual unit.
Faster troubleshooting and service
This remote monitoring enables customers to make changes to operational settings and detect faults without actually going out to each unit.
Our customers can minimise the number of service calls because it will be easier for them to access the units themselves when they need to. We’re now also able to provide our customers with service via the web portal, so they don’t need to wait for our service engineers to turn up.
Airmaster can often locate and correct any faults immediately, via the web portal. Airmaster has access to all functions and operational control via the web portal, providing an immediate overview of the status of the installations. This means that they can quickly assess whether a fault can be corrected immediately or whether they need to inspect the actual unit.
Hierarchical directory and practical division of roles
For the sake of transparency, the directory of the installations on the web portal is hierarchical. This makes it quick and easy to locate the individual air handling units. For example, a local authority’s directory may show schools, buildings in the individual school and, then, classrooms in the individual building. The hierarchical structure depends on each customer’s needs and requests.
For practical and safety reasons, access to Airlinq Online is based on various user roles. This makes the system more manageable for the user and ensures that it is more difficult to make inappropriate changes. Only the parameters needed by the user in question are visible.
We adapt the individual roles so that users have access to the settings and information they need for their work. For example, a class teacher may need to see the CO2 level, air flow rate and temperature in specific classrooms. On the other hand, a caretaker should be able to change the filters in all units and, consequently, needs more information. An administrator in a local authority will be able to keep an eye on the operational status of all air handling units in all buildings.
Organisation, overview and security
Airlinq Online uses cloud-based technology, enabling customers to collect data for analyses and reports. Collection of the data for all installations in one place creates a solid basis of underlying data which can be used to fine tune and optimise installations. Remote monitoring can also help pre-empt any problems, since customers can continually check that installations are running optimally.
Airlinq Online enables the user to design and compile a number of reports, drawing on a range of operational data. There is an option for combining data from several units in a graph, for comparison purposes. Data can be stored and extracted for further processing. This makes Airlinq Online easy to use in connection with environmental, working environment and quality systems. The vast volume of information can also result in a better indoor climate and reduce energy and maintenance costs. Users gain a better understanding of their energy consumption and can compare the indoor climate in each room so that it can be optimised based on the data collected. Airmaster also offers analysis of data to help improve operations on an ongoing basis.
Due to the fact that it is an internet-based system, Airmaster focused on security throughout the Airlinq Online development process. For example, all communication between units, systems and servers is securely encrypted.
Integration with other systems
Initially, Airlinq Online will only work with Airmaster’s products. One important feature of tomorrow’s online systems will be intersystem communication. For this reason, Airmaster also provides a web service (API), which system integrators can use for integration with other systems.
Quick to start up
Airmaster delivers all new air handling units with the Ethernet module as a standard component. Merely activate the module, and the system will start up. If you have an older Airmaster system with Airlinq control, you can retrofit the Ethernet module and then benefit from all options.
Here you can read more about Airmaster Airlinq® Online