FM products to watch for in May 2018
fmME reviews the latest gadgets, essential kit, and product innovations making an impact in the GCC’s FM market. Let us know if there’s something you’d like to see on these pages.
The Dyson Airblade Wash+Dry hand dryer combines in a single touch-less unit a tap, and dries hands in 14 seconds with HEPA-filtered air. The multi-function design helps save space in the washroom and reduces the problem of water dripping on the floor as users move from a handwashing area to a separate hand drying station. It is also up to 39% quieter than its predecessor. The new Dyson Airblade Wash+Dry hand dryer costs is also cheaper to run as compared to irs predecessor. Dyson Airblade hand dryers also cost up to 78% less to run than other hand dryers, and up to 98% less than paper towels. They also produce up to 79% less CO2 than paper towels and some other hand dryers. Dyson’s philosophy is about inventing technology to solve the problems that others seem to ignore. www.dyson.com
Universal Lighting Technologies
Universal Lighting Technologies, a member of the Panasonic Group, recently introduced its PA Series of LED drivers. Designed for the smart fixture, PA drivers eliminate the need for a separate power supply for sensors by providing 12 Volts DC (12Vdc) or 24Vdc auxiliary output power. These drivers are compatible with any standard 0-10V analog dimming control signal. They can be programmed down to minimum dimming level of 5% using the popular EVERset tuning software. The software allows designers to customise PA driver parameters, such as minimum and maximum output currents, dimming curves, dimming control voltages and a dim-to-off command. Specific configurations can then be saved for production use. Kevin Boyce, director of product management at Universal Lighting Technologies said: “PA drivers have been engineered to support the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) transformation by providing power directly to sensors and reducing the number of components inside luminaires.” PA drivers are well suited for industrial and outdoor applications with Class 2 output, Type HL rating and 6kV surge protection for extreme environments. www.unvlt.com.
Seagate’s SkyHawkhard drive is the first created specifically for artificial intelligence (AI) enabled video surveillance solutions. Building on Seagate’s 10-year track record of delivering surveillance optimised storage performance, SkyHawk AI provides unprecedented bandwidth and processing power to manage always-on, data-intensive workloads, while simultaneously analyzing and recording footage from multiple HD cameras. SkyHawk AI is ideal for intensive computational workloads that typically accompany AI work streams, as its high throughput and enhanced caching deliver low latency and excellent random read performance to quickly locate and deliver video images and footage analysis. www.seagate.com/internal-hard-drives/hdd/skyhawk
People and vehicle access control system specialists Nortech has designed a parking control system which combines both automatic barriers and parking ticket control to manage the use of private and public car parks and is around one fifth of the cost of conventional systems. Nortech’s FeeMaster Smart range offers a modular solution for a variety of parking management applications from simple car park control to full parking fee management and payment systems. The range includes the FeeMaster Smart Entry Station, FeeMaster Smart Exit Station, and a FeeMaster Smart Console for use inside a building. The console allows staff to control who visits the car park and monitor how long they are parked on site. Nortech’s FeeMaster Smart parking management system is a flexible, simple and cost-effective way of managing car parking access and controlling validity periods using Mifare smart cards. This avoids the need for expensive cabling between components and minimises disruption. Nortech has supplied products and solutions to the security industry for more than 25 years as an independent British company. The company uses extensive experience and expertise to create new security products to fit their clients’ needs and designs everything with the customer in mind. www.nortechcontrol.com