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) 

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

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and historic buildings added to this is the proliferation of varying HVAC and lighting systems, with a blend of modern, outdated, or non-existent BMS systems.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.

Solution overview

Solution features


  • A wide selection of state-of-the-art BACnet (IP and MS/TP) field controllers for HVAC control of a building’s mechanical and electrical systems including Elevators, Security (Card Access & CCTV), Parking Gate System and more.

  • Access controls and energy monitoring anytime anywhere via web-enabled smart devices.

  • Schedule building zones automatically through Microsoft® Outlook, Google® Calendar, or Apple® iCal. Simply book the room and the zone is scheduled.

  • The entire ABB Cylon range benefits from UniPut™ I/O technology for flexible point configuration and flexibility in strategy changes which has the benefit of minimizing the cost of design changes even at late stages in commissioning.

  • Data logging and alarming features enable energy meter data recording for improved energy management control.

Ease of Integration

  • Open Protocol Solution supporting interoperability
  • BACnet/IP, BACnet MS/TP
  • Modbus TCP and Modbus RTU

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.


ABB Cylon smart building solutions provide flexible site control applications for small to large scale building automation systems. Our highly flexible and easily extendable solutions also offer a consistent approach to the phased upgrade of legacy plant and new buildings.

  • ASPECT Web-based Building Management Technology

  • INTEGRA Building Management System based on the Niagara Framework®

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