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By implementing cost-effective energy-efficiency measures, many colleges and universities have the potential to reduce their energy bills by 30% or more

Efficient facility management while minimizing energy consumption (with BMS)

Universities present a unique set of challenges to building owners and facility management teams with a diverse range of building types, age of the building, and usage. From lecture theatres, laboratories, IT server rooms, leisure facilities, accommodation, dining facilities, and administration offices each with their own HVAC, lighting, and security requirements with varying maintenance needs. Accommodating the thermal comfort and safety of thousands of students across a diverse multi-site campus, smart energy management can be challenging.


Developing and expanding over time, many campuses are a combination of new, aging, and historic buildings added to this is the proliferation of varying HVAC and lighting systems, with a blend of modern, outdated, or non-existent BMS systems. For facility management teams, managing many disparate systems is time-consuming, operationally inefficient, and potentially costly in terms of energy consumption and equipment maintenance.

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Solution overview

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Solution benefits

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The ABB Cylon solution provides for ease of upgrades and the extension of BMS through the gradual replacement of older, outdated, and ineffective BMS systems delivering a more flexible, energy-efficient, and cost-effective solution. 


Occupancy and setpoint values for classrooms, conference rooms, gymnasiums, etc. can be adjusted remotely with everyday software like Microsoft Outlook or with mobile devices in the hands of facility managers.


Ensure your building systems are operational only when needed versus expectation with HVAC and lighting scheduling and the application of intelligent sensor feedback.






Open System KNX and BACnet (MSTP and IP) field controllers with Modbus (RTU and TCP) extensions


Highly flexible, easily extendable, ABB Cylon BACnet also allows for straightforward expansion or upgrades to the BMS that may be required in years to come, future-proofing today's BMS installations.


Future proof your investment

The ABB Cylon solution provides ease of upgrades and the extension of BMS through the gradual replacement of older, outdated, and ineffective BMS systems delivering a more flexible, energy-efficient, and cost-effective solution.  




Operational Efficiency

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Equipment monitoring | Identifying faults before they occur


Improve operations with Central Management

If a lecture is cancelled who turns the lights off and adjusts the HVAC in a room? Are rooms fully occupied to expected schedules? In the first instance, BMS should be scheduled in line with building occupancy and reviewed on a quarterly or semester basis to capture fluctuations in expected occupancy. The addition of occupancy sensors can ensure lighting is not left on unnecessarily and HVAC is not running needlessly in empty rooms.

Sensors enrich the efficacy of BMS and improve environmental factors | BMS connected sensors such as light, temperature, CO2, humidity, occupancy data work together to provide a consistent and comfortable learning environment for students.

By integrating the ABB Cylon web-enabled building management system, HVAC equipment can easily be adjusted according to weather conditions. Occupancy and setpoint values for classrooms, conference rooms, gymnasiums, etc. can be adjusted remotely with everyday software like Microsoft Outlook or with mobile devices in the hands of facility managers.

View and modify information including trends, setpoints, schedules, and more from any web-enabled device. Site dashboards are easily user-customizable, allowing equipment, schedules, trends, and more to be added as favourites for quick access.


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Operational savings


Energy Monitoring, Analysis and Optimization | ABB Cylon® Active Energy

Reducing energy use and making real savings is impossible without good data on which to make management and investment decisions.

Active Energy shows you how, where and when you are consuming energy

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Active Energy issues alarms via email and push notification services when it detects anomalies in expected consumption, putting you in control.





There are no limits to the number of information points or geographical locations that can be connected to the system which makes it an ideal central energy monitoring and management tool for multisite and multi-building organizations.

Despite energy-saving initiatives, HVAC and lighting still represent 40% and 16% respectively of the total energy consumption in educational buildings.

(2012 Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS)




Key benefits





Solution flexibility

ABB Cylon provides connected building control and energy management solutions to consulting engineers and building owners through our global network of Approved System Integrators.


When you combine ABB Cylon’s highly robust, reliable, and flexible CBLine product range with our SaaS energy management expertise you get an advanced, top to bottom Energy Management Solution that really delivers on your energy-efficient commitments and goals.


With backward compatibility built into the design of our products providing the ability to seamlessly upgrade systems over 10 years old, you can be confident that your investment in an ABB Cylon building energy management system is secure.


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When a consulting engineer chooses to work with an ABB Cylon System Integrator they access best in class HVAC control, flexible lighting control, exceptional room controls, shading control, emergency lighting, security access controls, coupled with intelligent sensors and energy management and monitoring tools to develop truly world-class smart building solutions.   ABB Cylon solutions, built on an open platform, offer flexible point configuration, are quick and easy to install. Enhanced diagnostic tools and software provide for strategy simulation and testing, efficient commissioning and testing, resulting in reduced installation and maintenance time on site.   ABB Cylon Smart building Solutions provide facilities managers with the tools to anticipate and proactively respond to maintenance, comfort, and energy performance issues, resulting in better equipment maintenance, higher occupant satisfaction, improved learning environments, and reduced energy consumption and costs.  


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Featured products

ABB Cylon’s product range offers flexibility in strategy changes and maximized control utilization ideally suited to the changing and growing demands of campus buildings delivering the best in class IoT solution to address the increasing need for connected control.  View the full product range



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ABB Cylon® Active Energy



ASPECT is an award-winning scalable building energy management and control solution designed to allow users seamless access to their building data through standard building protocols (BACnet®, Modbus, Ethernet, etc.) and common IT technologies. Learn more


Built on an extendible platform, featuring 8 UniPuts™ with Relay and 8 Universal Inputs, and support for up to five FLX (Field Level eXpansion) Series extension modules providing a scalable solution from 16 up to 96 points of control. Learn more


Active Energy focuses on BMS analysis and energy management to analyze energy consumption and target savings, providing scope for energy efficiency improvements and continuous commissioning. Learn more









Featured installations

ABB Cylon Smart Building Management Control Solutions have been installed all over the world in a diverse range of buildings from stand-alone buildings to multi-site campus-style locations, multi-occupant buildings, unique usage buildings, large scale projects, and prestigious buildings. ABB Cylon provides solutions for the private and public sector, commercial offices, retail centres, schools and colleges, industrial buildings, health and leisure centres, hospitals, and hotels maximizing comfort and efficiency.