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The Next Generation OAM II Has Arrived!

OUTDOOR AIRFLOW MEASUREMENT JUST GOT EASIER WITH OAM II! Air Monitor's OAM II Airflow Measurement System continues to offer improved solutions for this challenging application; now with enhanced features! New features include:
  • True dual channel airflow measurement systems - two transmitters in one, ideal for multiple intakes
  • Automatic barometric pressure compensation - accounts for real time shifts in absolute pressure
Engineered performance and reliability:
  • AMCA certified for ducted and free inlets
  • Native BACnet MS/TP and Modbus RTU
  • Simple to install on new and retrofit projects
  • Impervious to wind, water and debris
  • Large operating range - from 100 to 3000 SFPM
Please email us at [email protected] for more information. You may also contact us by phone at +353 (0) 1 457 5421
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.
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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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RC-Hospitality Achieves Oracle Validated Integration

A Gold-Standard Achievement for Reliable Controls

Reliable Controls®, a Gold level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), today announced the achievement of Oracle Validated Integration of RC-Hospitality® 1.0 with Oracle Hospitality OPERA 5.5. RC-Hospitality is a simple, flexible, and sustainable guest-room integration solution. RC-Hospitality automatically assigns the HVAC/lighting occupancy setting for any room upon guest check-in. This enables the MACH-System™ to improve guest-room comfort and operational efficiency, while delivering analytics for the entire facility.

What it Takes to Achieve the Oracle Gold Standard

To achieve Oracle Validated Integration, Oracle partners are required to meet a stringent set of requirements that are based on the needs and priorities of the customers. The integration will instill confidence in customers, helping to reduce costs and provide an improved user experience. David Hicks, vice president for Worldwide ISV Cloud Business Development at Oracle said,
Achieving Oracle Validated Integration gives our customers confidence that the integration between RC-Hospitality® and Oracle Hospitality OPERA is functionally sound and performs as tested. For solutions deployed on-premises, in the cloud, or both, Oracle Validated Integration applies a rigorous technical review and test process that helps to reduce deployment risk and improves the user experience of the partner’s integrated offering.

Oracle Validated Integration & Oracle PartnerNetwork

Oracle Validated Integration, available through the Oracle PartnerNetwork, gives customers confidence that the integration of a complementary partner software product with an Oracle “on-premises” Application has been validated and the products work together as designed. This can help customers reduce risk, improve system implementation cycles, and provide for smoother upgrades and simpler maintenance. Oracle Validated Integration applies a rigorous technical process to review partner integrations and partners who successfully complete the program are authorized to use the “Oracle Validated Integration” logo. For more information about Oracle validation click here or to read about Oracle PartnerNetwork click here. To read the press release in full please click here.

IBC & Reliable Controls

IBC is a proud partner of Reliable Controls. RC proudly offers an industry-best, 5-Year Warranty on all controllers. For more information on this RC update, other RC products or for any queries you may have on any other partner and their products, please get in touch here, we'll be happy to assist you.

Trend Control Systems Feature Updates

trend control systemsFeature Updates for IQ 4 v3.7

You may have read details for features included in Trend Control Systems IQ 4 v.3.7 and IQSET v7.3. IQ 4 v3.7 has now started shipping, and so we'd like to remind you of the following;
  • Version 3.7 includes Secure vCNCs, for which there is a new procedure to setup a vCNC in a controller, please take this opportunity to attend the online training via the LMS.
  • Without IQSET v7.3 or above engineers will not be able to Upload/Download to a controller with IQ4 v3.7 firmware.
  • When upgrading to IQSET v7.3 or above be aware the minimum requirement is Windows 8.1 on a 64Bit PC
To download IQ®4 v3.7, please click here

TES version 3.8u4 is now available

TES version 3.8u4 is now available on PNet. This release updates TES to the latest version of Niagara AX
  • This release fixes the issue where, in certain circumstances, after 200 or more days of runtime, the network stack on a TONN could get into a state where it would consume 100% of the CPU. This was resolved in AX 3.8U2. Note: that previous resolution in earlier AX builds was incomplete.
  • Further information about this release can be found in the Niagara 3.8u2, 3.8u3, and 3.8u4 release notes.
To download TES version 3.8u4, please click here

Here to Help You

As your premier independent distributor and value-added reseller of BEMS, controllers, measurement and peripheral products, IBC is happy to assist you with any products or existing updates you may want more information on. Contact us today for all queries and quotes.
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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

Reliable Controls President inducted into the BACnet Hall of Fame

Reliable Controls President inducted into the BACnet Hall of Fame

Victoria, BC, Canada – Reliable Controls® is pleased to announce that the company’s president, Roland Laird, was inducted into the BACnet® Hall of Fame as part of the BACnet International Annual Awards. The awards ceremony took place during the AHR Expo in Atlanta on January 14, 2019.

Deserving individuals and companies were recognized for outstanding achievements in several categories, including Member of the YearVolunteer of the YearRising Star, and Hall of Fame. Inductees into the BACnet Hall of Fame are individuals with at least a decade of meaningful contributions to the BACnet community, who have played a unique and valuable role in the ongoing development of the BACnet standard or the community, championed open dialog and a collaborative approach to resolving issues, and demonstrated a global perspective with respect for regional and cultural differences.

Roland Laird is the founder and president of Reliable Controls. From 2005 to 2010, he was an active participant in BACnet International’s BTL Working Group and the ASHRAE SSPC 135 BACnet Committee. He also served on the board of directors of BACnet International for six years, from 2012 through 2017. Since 1986, when he founded Reliable Controls, Roland has been heavily involved in the company’s product development and its corporate management; his current focus is managing Quality Assurance in R&D.

“The BACnet International Annual Awards provide an opportunity to recognize individuals and companies who through their hard work and dedication [to] continually enrich the BACnet community,” Managing Director Andy McMillan said. “They consistently go above and beyond to make BACnet an effective and successful building automation standard and we are proud to acknowledge them.”

Learn more about Reliable Controls:

Click Here to download a PDF version of this release.

GTS LX series

GTS LX Series Selected as 2018 Money-Saving Product by BUILDINGS Magazine

DriSteem’s GTS LX Series Gas-fired Humidifier Selected as 2018 Money-Saving Product by BUILDINGS Magazine (Eden Prairie, MN) – DRI-STEEM Corporation (DriSteem) is proud to announce that BUILDINGS magazine has named its LX series gas-fired humidifier as a 2018 Money-Saving Product Award winner. The GTS® humidifier LX series (patents pending) is the most recent addition to DriSteem’s market-leading gas-fired humidifiers. The LX series has the flexibility to tackle almost any application. The LX series offers:
  •  Condensing design provides for highest efficiency and PVC venting: Saves money on energy costs with greater than 90% efficiency.
  •  Ultra-low NOx for a clean environment and to meet increasingly stringent regulations: Ultra-low nitrogen oxide emissions of under 20 ppm conform to SCAQMD (South Coast Air Quality Management District) 1146.2 air quality management standards for gas-fired humidifiers.
  •  Reduced installation costs: The LX series patent-pending condensing technology ensures that the flue temperature stays under 140 °F, allowing for the use of PVC, CPVC, or polypropylene flue piping which is less expensive, easier to work with than stainless steel, and can be vented through sidewalls, saving on installation costs.
  •  5:1 turndown ratio for accurate humidity control: The LX series has a 5:1 turndown ratio for accurate humidity control through a wide range of load conditions, providing consistent output from low to maximum demand.
  •  Sensing technology that adjusts drain intervals automatically, in addition to accurately measuring water tank level: The LX series humidifiers’ electronic water level control accurately manages tank filling and draining with all water types from tap to deionized. This universal water control means that there is no need to change configurations based on water type when ordering equipment or retrofitting to fit new water sources in the field.
  •  Space-saving design for ease of installation and placement flexibility: All LX series humidifiers feature a small footprint for easy installation in crowded mechanical rooms, with a wall mounting option for 50 and 75 lbs/hr models for even more placement flexibility. For installing outdoors, there is a climate-controlled outdoor enclosure option available.
“We are thrilled that the LX series was selected for the 2018 BUILDINGS Money-Saving Product Award. DriSteem’s gas-fired humidifiers have been trusted for their quality in the industry for over 20 years,” said Phil Lilja, DriSteem Product Manager. “We are especially proud of the new LX series because it offers a next generation breakthrough for energy savings, installation flexibility, and environmental protection.” Finalists were evaluated by the BUILDINGS editorial staff for the money-saving qualities they offer to building owners and facility managers in areas such as energy consumption, water savings, lighting, security, roofing, and maintenance. DriSteem’s LX series is showcased in the magazine’s June 2018 issue, as part of an elite group of money-saving products. For more information about DriSteem’s GTS humidifier LX series, visit or contact [email protected] About DriSteem DriSteem is a premier provider of humidification, evaporative cooling, and water treatment solutions for commercial and industrial applications. DriSteem offers custom systems for critical indoor environments such as health care, data centers, and other facilities requiring precise control of moisture and cooling in the air. DriSteem’s 50-year history of development and innovation has resulted in multiple patented designs that not only meet, but anticipate, customers’ unique needs. DriSteem is a subsidiary of Research Products Corporation, manufacturer of Aprilaire®, the leading residential humidifier brand, as well as air cleaners, heat-recovery systems and HVAC accessories. Visit DriSteem Video: