BMS-LINK™ Building Management Link
MCE BMS-LINK provides elevator visibility and control through your Building Management System
BMS-LINK™ from Motion Control Engineering allows Building Management System access to iControl, Motion 2000, and Motion 4000 elevator systems and to Motion 3000 Escalator control
systems. Powered by Niagara and developed by Gemini Integration Services and MCE, a simple
web "appliance" interfaces to the elevator or escalator system and provides web page status
display and control to the Building Management System.
For the first time, vertical transportation systems are open to the Building Management
System that already allows effective control and energy management for all other building
systems. When connected to an elevator group, the management system page provides realtime
car position, current and intended floor information, door position, direction of travel,
active floor calls and selected direction, and current car mode/service status.
Through BMS-LINK, your management system can place up or down direction hall calls
and even tune elevator energy usage by activating any of three different Demand Response
levels in reaction to Building Management System signals - saving energy and
money. Cars may be placed out of service with doors open or doors closed. Out of service cars
may be returned to service at any time. Elevator system information may be collected over time
and made available to a Niagara Web Supervisor to develop trend data.
BMS-LINK uses the Niagara Framework developed by Tridium. The framework is a field-proven Java implementation that provides a reliable structure through which intelligent equipment may connect in a machine-to-machine environment. Motion Control Engineering and Gemini Information Systems developed the software structure that integrates MCE iControl, Motion 2000, and Motion 4000 elevator controls and Motion 3000 escalator controls into this robust environment.
Real-time energy pricing, the practice of continuously and instantly re-pricing the energy they are providing according to dynamic, minute-to-minute market conditions, is an operating reality for some energy providers. Demand response is an intelligent reaction to real-time energy pricing in which energy consumers, primarily large building operators, shed load and adjust building conditions to reduce energy use during peak demand/expense. Demand response allows building owners not only to reduce energy expense but, in many cases, to effectively negotiate with providers for rate reductions or rebates - a currency referred to as "demand dollars."
Transportation Demand Response
Elevator groups can contribute to Demand Response benefits. MCE sets three levels of elevator group operating confi gurations. As an
example, a six-car elevator group might respond to a first level signal from the building management system by removing one car from service, to a
second level signal by removing two additional cars from service, and to a third level signal by removing all but one car from service. The building
management system would signal different levels after making energy cost calculations coordinated with current elevator traffic demand. As energy
costs declined, or as building traffic increased, the building management system would return individual cars to service as needed.
Green Building Practices
Motion Control Engineering is currently gathering the information and documents necessary to inquire with the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) to facilitate not only a standard, but LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification and innovation points relating to elevator scheduling and Demand Response.
*MCE Legacy and third party manufacturer controls require an MCE-provided interface and must meet certain criteria. Please contact MCE for more information.
- Straight forward elevator/escalator interface for Building Management System
- Elevator status display
- Escalator status display
- Elevator control
- Energy management
- Trend data collection
- Three levels of Demand Response control
- Building Management System occupancy detection and response
- In-car emergency phone use alarm
- Real-time car position
- Real-time door position
- Current floor per car
- Next destination per car*
- Current travel direction
- Active floor calls with direction
- Current mode/service status
- Hall call up demand
- Hall call down demand
- Remove car from service
- Return car to service