Controls firm RDM claims ‘industry first’ with new version of its flagship control and monitoring system
Resource Data Management has launched a major upgrade to its flagship Data Manager, making it even more powerful, flexible and easy to use.
The new dmTouch, first glimpsed at Chillventa, is equipped with the industry’s first fully interactive colour multi-touch-screen interface, enabling installers, clients and service staff to quickly configure the system and navigate to areas of interest.
The electronics at the heart of the dmTouch have been completely redesigned, with a new CPU that runs faster and cooler to deliver increased processing power and speed. Software has been enhanced to make full use of the new touch interface and higher screen resolution.
Andy Chandler, managing director of RDM, says: “With this latest development, the new Data Manager platform takes another huge step forward, offering a compelling combination of power, speed, flexibility, features and ease-of-use that rivals simply can’t match.
“The system is uniquely flexible and enables users to draw together and quickly analyse multiple streams of data from energy-using plant in a building or industrial process, to save energy and even predict potential equipment failures before they happen.”
RDM said the key design aim was to maintain the feature-rich functionality of the Data Manager, adding power, speed and ease-of-use while maintaining the affordability and competitiveness of the system against more expensive rivals that struggle to match the Data Manager’s capabilities.
As with all RDM systems, the dmTouch is based on an open protocol, enabling all types of plant and equipment to be connected into a single intelligent control and monitoring network.
It can cater for some 14 different communications protocols, providing a universal solution to meet all requirements, overcoming the “locked-in” risk of certain proprietary systems. It also offers the ability to communicate via the open web services interface.
Mr Chandler added: “In the 14 years since we began, have never increased our prices. As a demonstration of our continuing commitment, the new dmTouch - with all its new features and functionality - will be priced the same as the previous Data Manager.”
The system is suitable for use on small sites, for example offices, convenience stores or petrol station forecourts, and can be scaled up for large applications such as multi-floor offices, supermarkets, hospitals, and industrial plants. Individual sites can be linked to create an estate-wide control and monitoring solution.
Using the intuitive touch-screen, users can view an array of information about their sites, with vital data such as energy use presented graphically for immediate review and action. For security, access is controlled via a card swipe or finger print login system.
The new dmTouch comes with a five year warranty and free training and support
The Data Manager is one of RDM’s most successful products, selling more than 14,000 systems worldwide since its launch. The platform has been developed with more than 30 man-years of software development, comprising in excess of 700,000 lines of code.