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Trend Controls 963: Important IBC Reminder

Important Withdrawal Reminder

What to know before ordering Trend Controls 963

IBC would like to remind our partners and customers of the following technical information to consider before ordering 963. Trend Controls will continue to support 963 after it is withdrawn on the 23rd December 2019, but IBC would like to emphasise the following:
  • Project specs may become non-compliant if the spec contains standard clauses stating no obsolete product should be installed.
  • Please inform your clients, contractors and specifiers about the withdrawal of 963 now to avoid potential damage to your reputation.
  • Currently, there are no plans to further develop 963 and Trend will no longer run updates or patches, unless completely necessary. Please be aware there is no guarantee what will happen if your client upgrades their IT infrastructure. The 963 Server/Station needs to remain at the Trend recommended Microsoft version and auto updates turned off. Many browsers have already discontinued the support for the JAVA plug in required to use 963. Currently Microsoft Explorer is still supporting the JAVA plug in but there is no guarantee for how long. Please check with your Trend System Integrator of all the supported versions of Microsoft Software.
  • As with other obsoleted Trend products, there will be support available for 963 for a period of 10 years from the date of its withdrawal.

Your Pathway to IQVISION

If you would like to speak with an IBC representative about 963, and how it affects you or would like to know more about upgrading to 963’s successor IQVISION, email [email protected] or phone +353 (0) 1 45 75 421 and ask to be connected to sales.
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RC-RemoteAccess update now released

Reliable Controls have released a new update for their BACnet software RC-RemoteAccess. The new RC-RemoteAccess update makes many improvements including:

Improvements in

Warning messages when canceling updates

If a user attempts to cancel a configuration change being sent to B/VPN connected clients, a dialog box warns that clients may be partially configured and gives the user the option to continue with the cancellation or return to the configuration

B/VPN migration default port

The Migrate B/VPNs wizard does not populate a default value for the Service TCP Port. There are also many fixes to RC-RemoteAccess making it a more stable and streamlined BACnet system.

Fixed in RC-RemoteAccess update

B/VPN updates

When a B/VPN is added or deleted to either the Primary or Failover server, the other server automatically updates to reflect the change without requiring a page refresh. If the Primary or Failover server is disconnected, the B/VPN information updates when the Primary and Failover server connection is restored.

Server or certificate cancellations apply to Failover server

When server or certificate changes are cancelled, the changes are also cancelled on the Failover server. Click here for the full list of changes. The full list is also available in HTML and PDF formats.

Have any questions or need help?

Want to know more or have any questions related to this or any other product? Our sales team is always ready when you are! Email [email protected] or Phone +353 (0) 1 45 75 421
Would you like to get the latest IBC Catalogue mailed to you? Please email [email protected] and request your hard copy today. Click here for a PDF copy of the IBC Catalogue.
IQ4e Integration

Trend Controls IQ Interfacing is Now Available!

Trend Controls have announced the introduction of IQ Interfacing to the IQ4e product range, which provides an easy and intuitive way of interfacing Modbus points into an IQ4 controller. Modbus is the only protocol available right now, with M-Bus available later in the year. For full product details and a video demo, please click here.

IQ Interfacing Made Simple

IQ Interfacing to the IQ4e product range is now available to order.

IQ Interfacing helps to reduce project costing through a single box solution which decreases required panel space, installation costs and reduces the engineering requirement by providing pre-defined plant blocks, which can simply be dragged onto a schematic page. Put simply, it provides the simplest and most efficient way to integrate Modbus devices into a Trend BEMS.

IQ Interfacing provides peace of mind as the plant blocks have already tested both in-house at Trend and within their beta program. Trend's market-leading 5-year warrant also, of course, supports this product.

Improved User Experience

IQ Interfacing has prioritised the user experience. So much so, that Partners will be able to simply select their solution and meter, drag and drop this selection onto an IQSET page and the system will generate the correct registers and strategy. Many common devices are already supported including ABB, Honeywell, Schnieder, Kamstrup and Socomec Meters, as well as Honeywell VSDs.

Got More Questions?

Our IBC  Sales Team will be happy to provide further information and answer all your queries. Please contact us here or phone 01 4575421 and ask for Rich. For full product details and a video demo, please click here. For datasheet click here or for the interfacing flyer, click here.
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Trend IQVISION: release of new options for point extensions on IQ VISION

Trend is pleased to announce the release of new options for point extensions on IQ VISION. These will enable a more cost-effective solution that provides even greater value when extending IQ VISION for larger projects. 

3 Categories of Extension

  • Trend point extensions - 25k, 50k &150k Trend point extensions.
  • Trend point extensions for 963 upgrades - the above point options exclusively for customers upgrading an existing 963.
  • Open point extensions - 25k & 50k points extension for open points, such as BACnet, MODBUS, etc.
For details please see the table below
Order Code Price List Description
IQV-25000-EXT Extend base license with additional 25K Trend points - TA201381
IQV-50000-EXT Extend base license with additional 50K Trend points - TA201381
IQV-150000-EXT Extend base license with additional 150K Trend points - TA201381
963-IQV-25000-EXT* Extend base license with additional 25K Trend points - TA201381
963-IQV-50000-EXT* Extend base license with additional 50K Trend points - TA201381
963-IQV-150000-EXT* Extend base license with additional 150K Trend points - TA201381
IQV-25000-OPEN Extend base license with additional 25K Open protocols points - TA201381
IQV-50000-OPEN Extend base license with additional 50K Open protocols points - TA201381
* These items can only be ordered at the same time as a core IQVISION upgrade. If the customer still requires the item post upgrade, i.e. in 6 months time, the standard IQVISION non-upgrade parts must be used.

Establishing Large IQ VISION Systems

With the introduction of these new parts, very large IQVISION systems can be established and it is important to ensure the design architecture fits the application. There is not a “one size fits all” solution and system design will be dependent on the application. For example, a large building with 250k pts with lots of historical logging and 100 users accessing data simultaneously may need 2 servers to balance the load, compared to a system with 400 small remote sites with 10 users requiring one. We would recommend contacting Trend for systems greater than 200k points, to allow us to provide best practice guidance on the options.

Your Pathway to IQ VISION

As you may be aware, Trend's 963 is slowly being withdrawn, with IQ VISION an impressive successor. If you'd like to find out more contact Rich Costa or Keith Rickard or alternatively email [email protected]

Here To Help!

If you need further information on this or any Trend product, please contact us, we'd be happy to assist!
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IBC is Hiring a BMS Software Engineer

BMS Software Engineer Required

Opportunity for recently qualified Mechanical/Electrical Engineer. A strong interest in programming and software development combined with a knowledge of PLC programming will jump start you to the top of the queue. IBC is seeking a person experienced/interested in IoT, Programming, Software Development, HVAC, Energy Management, and wireless communications etc. Ideally with some experience with Tridium Niagara 4 Open Framework Software. IBC is an expanding independent value-added distributor of building management systems [BMS] and associated field devices. The technologies in the industry are evolving, and IBC is pivoting to address the opportunity where BMS, IoT and leading-edge software are converging. Would you like the challenge of connecting the Internet of things [IoT] hardware and programming it to address the challenges and opportunities in the built environment? Would you like to be trained in industry leading software designed to control and manage the IoT? Want to learn and develop in a dynamic fast-paced industry? IBC can provide the opportunity and training to take your career to new heights! Are you the person to grasp the challenge? If you are the one forward CV and cover note to Rich Costa at [email protected]

IBC Investment in New Technology SAP Business One

An Exciting New Partnership With SAP Business One

IBC is pleased to announce the signing of a contract with TRC Solutions for the deployment of SAP Business One accounting and business management software.

The Business One ERP system with SAP HANA, an in-memory database, will enable IBC to operate all its key business functions more effectively and efficiently to the benefit of our valued customers and staff. The system is scheduled to go live here at IBC on Friday, 1st November.

What Our Customers Should Know

In order to implement the system as quickly and seamlessly as possible, IBC will initiate a pre-launch system testing and commence stock take. Therefore, please take note that IBC will offer limited service in the week prior to this. Our primary focus during this pre-launch process is improving our services for our customers and we appreciate your patience as we continue to make the necessary improvements that will benefit all into the future. Thank you for your understanding and as always, thank you for being a valued IBC customer! Further updates will issue shortly.
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IBC is Hiring Technical Sales & Support Position


Technical Sales & Support Position

  Intelligent Building Controls Ltd (IBC) [established 2005] is the premier independent distributor and value-added reseller of building energy management systems, controllers, measurement and peripheral products to Builders Merchants, Wholesalers, Contractors, Mechanical & Electrical Contractors, Consultants and System Integrators. This is an opportunity for an ambitious and motivated engineer to join a dynamic team in growing and developing IBC’s portfolio of high-quality building management systems.


  • Third level qualification in Building Services/Mechanical or Electrical or Engineering
  • Proven sales experience and knowledge of Building Energy Management Systems [BEMS], controllers and field devices or HVAC technical sales experience or other ancillary sectors
  • Knowledge of programming and experience with Tridium/Niagara 4
  • A proven track record in developing and selling technical solutions in Building Services project applications across commercial, education, healthcare and pharmaceutical markets
  • Current relationships with M&Es, consultants, contractors, local authorities and end-users.


  • Confident, shows optimistic 'can do attitude’ and expresses a strong belief in own ability to succeed.
  • Proven organisational skills and planning ability.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work on own initiative and within a team
  • Able to meet deadlines, follow through on commitments, and take corrective action where appropriate
  • Computer literate

Compensation & Benefits

  • Salary €30,000 to €50,000 [depending on qualifications/experience], progressive bonus/commission plan, vehicle allowance, laptop, mobile phone and business expenses as appropriate.
  • Comprehensive training will be provided as required.
  For further information on IBC please visit our website: www.ibc.ie   Please forward cover note and curriculum vitae to [email protected]
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Trend Controls 963 Withdrawal Reminder and Final Update

Trend Controls 963 has served many building operators and our industry for over 15 years, but the time has come to remove this product from sale. From December 23rd, 2019, 963 software will no longer be available for purchase. The technology used within the product is aging and uses components where their future support is not guaranteed by their developers, resulting in unacceptable increased risk to our family of Trend Partners and end-users. As of December 23rd, 2019, Trend will withdraw the final 963 parts from the price list, with the following exceptions:

Product Description Order Code
963 Supervisor Software additional client licenses (from existing number to 25 user. Note: serial no. required) 963S/UP/*/25USER


At IBC our mission is to ensure you have access to the most up to date information that's important to the work you do. If you'd like more information on this Trend withdrawal or have any questions relating to this or any other product or partner company please don't hesitate to contact our team.

Trend 963 Final Update

Following the announcement of this withdrawal, the final 963 update is now available. Changes in this service pack include several fixes and a number of software enhancements. To view the full list of changes, please click here.

A New Era of Trend Technology

Trend Control's recent launch of IQ VISION version 2.2 has exceeded all expectations and has now established itself as the BMS Supervisor of choice for Trend Partners. IQ VISION 2.2 provides engineers and users with superior integration, visualisation, and IT compliance, meeting the needs of many stakeholders in the life cycle of both traditional and connected buildings. To find out more about IQ VISION, talk to our team now.

IBC Brexit Statement

Intelligent Building Controls Ltd [IBC] Brexit Statement

IBC takes the impending Brexit situation very seriously and has over the last several months consulted with all our manufacturing and supplier partners, reviewed supply chains, logistics and stocking options.

The manufacturers and suppliers that IBC represents do not rely on UK based facilities or supports [except Trend Controls Ltd] and all ship from the European mainland and have restructured supply chains to avoid transhipping through UK, if necessary. The only exception is Trend Controls Ltd who are continuing to manufacture in Horsham, UK. Please note that if you have any specific projects with specialised controllers i.e. IQ4e/XNC, IQ41xx,  IQ422xx, IQEcos, 24v or IQ4e/LAN versions please let us know so we can prepare. In this context IBC will be holding additional stocks of controllers and peripherals [3 months’ supply]. Please refer statement from Trend Controls Ltd in response our Brexit readiness questions:
‘For our Partners and Customers that operate outside the UK, we are developing country and product-specific contingency plans to minimise disruptions. This includes ensuring readiness, if needed, to obtain new product certifications and regulatory compliance, preparing for possible border delays, and developing short-term contingency plans for sourcing’
Please endeavour to place orders as early as possible to mitigate any potential supply chain delays. IBC is confident that it can ensure supply no matter what kind of Brexit unfolds.

Michael McKeon Managing Director