Nexos is Igor’s innovative, universal end-to-end IoT platform, that enables unprecedented levels of intelligent control over smart building systems in spaces of all sizes.
How The Nexos IoT Platform Works
Nexos is the plural of the Latin nexus, meaning multiple connections from one central, most important part. Nexos uses the security and reliability of structured cable technology, Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) as the backbone of its advanced IoT technology. It does this while retaining support and compatibility with other leading market IoT protocols.
For example, an Igor-enabled smart building using Nexos will enjoy the benefits of a PoE-based IoT solution, called a “Digital Ceiling”, while also being able to leverage other communication protocols within certain spaces for user specific applications, such as Bluetooth technology for beaconing.
With Nexos, any building owner or manager can transform their building into an agile smart building. IoT communication is made simple, using one platform to communicate and manage the multitude of different needs across the building. Nexos is user-friendly, providing easy-to-use dashboards with common-sense commands to link a wide range of systems and devices in one unifying platform. It also retains compatibility with other IoT protocols, such as Zigbee and Bluetooth, which can be layered on Igor’s central software system. By using a standard structured cabling solution, Nexos provides superior bandwidth, reliability, security, and scalability compared to alternative IoT technologies, but retains flexibility for best meeting diverse user case scenarios.
Nexos IoT Platform Decreases Installation and Retrofitting Costs
The open, non-proprietary ‘plug and play’ PoE technology, allows for decreased installation and retrofitting costs, lower upfront costs and ongoing savings via lowered maintenance requirements and energy usage controls. For retrofits of existing structures such as schools, retail buildings, offices and healthcare facilities, universal adaptability is necessary to realize the benefits of connected building systems. Igor’s PoE-based IoT technology is fully integrated, yet modular, connecting any device manufacturer’s “off-the-shelf” fixtures with sensors. Igor’s IoT solution also includes a powerful cloud analytics option, which can provide customizable dashboards detailing energy usage, and sensor data to monitor facility costs and efficiency of your smart building.
Igor developed Nexos to be tightly integrated with Igor's top-of-the-line Intelligent PoE Lighting System. This allows for universal adaptability, providing businesses with intelligent, scalable PoE technology that can immediately control and power an entire building's lighting system while coordinating with any other building application in use. With the retained flexibility of an open API and the structured cable backbone of PoE, Nexos IoT technology enables a proven, highly configurable, yet simple AI-ready enterprise software solution. This elegant technology delivers a clear path for future AI–enabled smart building deployment.
Cisco Digital Building Partners – Power your Smart Building Transformation
The building experience is undergoing a digital transformation. Cisco is the worldwide leader in networking, helping companies seize the opportunities of tomorrow by proving that amazing things can happen when you connect the previously unconnected to create a smart building. Having created the multi-protocol router, Cisco is shaping the future by creating unprecedented value and opportunity by transforming how people connect, communicate and collaborate. Cisco is creating long-lasting customer partnerships with companies across the world to provide IoT solutions that support their digital transformation, with smart building platforms leading the way. Igor is a proud, early member of this partnership.
Recognized by Cisco for its technology on the forefront of digital smart building transformation, Igor is part of Cisco’s Digital Building Partnership, a select group of organizations endorsed by Cisco in their Digital Building initiative.
Igor’s System Performance Monitoring Program
One strength of Igor's PoE technology is the ability for it to be flexible, always on, and constantly improving. Unlike typical lighting installations where they are fixed and binary (on or off), Igor's intelligent lighting system is tightly integrated within its smart building platform, Nexos, which allows for high levels of customization. Igor's system performance monitoring program houses these self-defined actions in the Igor technology. This allows Igor’s platform to be capable of a very high degree of performance monitoring. In order for the system performance monitoring program to work, it must easily allow users to see all the connected devices and perform actions on each of them. As Igor's nodes transform previously analog devices into digital devices, the Igor Gateway automatically discovers the device virtually and assigns it an IP address. From there, the user can assign it to a space and give it commands. Users can set an almost unlimited combination of parameters on individual spaces and groups of spaces, based on room type and/or the whole building. Examples of parameters include:
- Mode: Occupancy or Vacancy
- Minimum Light Level
- Maximum Light Level
- Occupancy Timeout
- Emergency Lighting Standards
- Sensor-driven Lighting Actions
Users can create Action Sets to execute a sequence of actions across different spaces. "Spaces," as defined by Igor, are a variety of connected devices assigned to an overall group. Each device could be assigned a variety of space designations, or they can be discreet. For example, one lighting device by a door could be designated as an Emergency Exit device, but also be a part of the "Office Floor 2W" space. Schedules can be set to run on single or multiple days of the week, all the way down to the minute and also assigned hierarchies based on what space takes precedent when one device has multiple assignments.
Our clients find the system monitoring component of Igor technology to be one of the strengths of the technology. The system performance monitoring is constantly on in the background, providing real-time help to its users beyond the initial install. By having a system that can immediately identify new devices, monitor the status of every connected device, make suggestions on space assignments, and give maintenance warnings, the Igor system has developed a reputation of "it just works."
Learn More About Our IoT Platform, Nexos
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