20-05-2019
4 min. read
Sjors de Kleijn

Secure remote access for building automation

IXON Cloud made secure VPN access easy for HVAC and building automation

Secured industrial remote access to your building's equipment (BMS / HVAC) can be hard these days. Use IXON Cloud to prevent unwanted security breaches and public internet exposure and get secure VPN access. Even in a complex infrastructure where a permanent VPN connection is needed.

Remote management, control and secure access to your building

IXON's remote access and Industrial IoT platform is engineered to set up easy and secure VPN access to your (industrial) building equipment. The IXON Cloud provides additional services, like data collecting and alarmings, to manage and control your building’s devices remotely. Benefit from secure remote access in building automation with IXON Cloud, like Green Building Control did.

The key features of connected buildings using IXON:

  • Access your building equipment remotely - use your normal configuration software, like being on-site.
  • The IXrouter is an industrial VPN router designed to offer easy remote access to controllers in BMS systems. Works with any PLC brand.
  • Create a secure VPN tunnel with access through the IXON Cloud platform – from anywhere.
  • Using M2M Cloud Cluster you set up a permanent VPN connection up to 4.000 remote locations.
  • Reduce the need for on-site support and travel time.

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IXON M2M Cloud Cluster

IXON M2M Cloud Cluster

Benefits of IoT for building service providers using IXON Cloud

IXON brings security, cost savings and efficiency to building automation. Using IXON Cloud you benefit of IoT in the building automation with these features:

  • Remote access (VPN or Private VPN) to Building Management Systems and HVAC controllers. A permanent VPN connection up to 4.000 remote locations can be arranged with IXON M2M Cloud Cluster.
  • BACnet, ModBus and Ethernet/IP protocols supported for remote data collection, control and management
  • Advanced user control and full audit trail
  • Alerts & notifications via email and push messages
  • Flexible and scalable – add new locations as you grow
  • 24/7 secured and monitored by specialists
  • Continuous updates and feature releases.

Remote access and control of building systems

Get real-time building services with an IoT network that connects all building systems into the same ecosystem. Primarily used in building automation, energy monitoring, HVAC, security systems, lighting, sensors and thermostats. Real estate properties are often geographically distributed in several locations. The IoT network enables remote collection of data from the building systems, controlling them 24/7, and granting access to colleagues or external estate managers, contractors or customers.

BAS, BMS and HVAC systems are connected with multiple devices. Manage and control them remotely through the IXON Cloud. You get full VPN access to these devices and controls with a click of a button through a web-based cloud portal – without any firewall configurations or restrictions during the installation. Easily manage your control panels (HMI) and web portals using Cloud Access.

In this video, we explain how easy it is to set up a secure connection to any industrial (or building) device with our integrated cloud connector: IXrouter. This Industrial IoT gateway is fully integrated with the IXON Cloud for a Plug & Play setup.

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Easy data logging and monitoring of HVAC systems

Easily control and monitor the security, fire and flood safety, lighting, HVAC, humidity control and ventilation systems of your industrial building with the IXON Cloud.

The IXON Cloud supports the industry standard protocols like BACnet, Ethernet/IP and ModBus to get access to the data of any controller in your Building Management System or HVAC controller.

Supported protocols for HVAC: BACnet, Ethernet/IP, Modbus

Supported protocols for HVAC: BACnet, Ethernet/IP, Modbus

Once you connect your system to the IXON Cloud, you can benefit from its data. With Cloud Logging, you can configure the data you want to store and visualize in dashboards without any coding.

Just configure the variables and the integrated IIoT gateway logs the data automatically in the IXON Cloud – on change, trigger or interval. Create historical and live monitoring dashboards with customizable widgets to visualize the average temperature or humidity.

Get ahead of building problems with notifications

Take control of rising temperatures or malfunction security services with an email or push message. Use Cloud Notify to set up your alarms to act faster and solve it quickly. Stay ahead of upcoming failures to protect your building and clients for a pleasant work environment or prevent burglaries.

Full user control and audit trail to grant instant access

Grant access to your (internal or external) technicians and maintenance engineers without a hassle. You gain full control of who has access using the advanced user control feature. Set their permission and the integrated audit trail delivers insights into who accessed the device to make any changes.

Full user management and control

Full user management and control

Permanent VPN connection between remote locations with M2M Cloud Cluster

Extend IXON Cloud with the M2M Cloud Cluster service to create a secure and permanent VPN infrastructure. This offers the possibility to be permanently connected to all your installations worldwide from one central location. M2M Cloud Cluster is widely used in applications where a central Data Acquisition System continuously has to monitor locations throughout the world.

The installations are connected to the IXON Cloud via the IXrouter. The IXrouter sets up an outbound connection to the IXON Cloud, so you don't have to open any ports in the local firewall. Your own server is linked to IXON Cloud via OpenVPN. This makes your server part of the cluster, creating a permanent VPN infrastructure between your server(s) and locations worldwide.

The M2M Cloud Cluster is automatically provided with security updates. You have access to all functionalities on the IXON Cloud, such as VPN, Cloud Access, User management, Cloud Logging and Cloud Notify.

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M2M Cloud Cluster

M2M Cloud Cluster

Case study: Building Automation & Remote Access

Green Building Control – automator for climate control technology, building management system and room controls – successfully uses IXON Cloud.

They benefit from easy remote access, user management to provide multiple people access at the same time and the M2M Cloud Cluster for a private VPN infrastructure to control their buildings remotely from one central location.

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