IKS AUTOMATION is a company based in Melbourne, Australia. Our automation division focuses on providing architecture, design, integration and deployment of highly advanced IT based solutions for monitoring, control and automation of all types of environments - residential, commercial, industrial and scientific. Another focal point of our activities is a profound research and development in this area.
There are a number of aspects of modern domestic and commercial monitoring, control and automation technologies which on the one hand inhibit users from realizing their full potential, and on the other, impede installers from accelerating their penetration into this market.
The development methodology of proprietary automation systems dictates that they will have a large number of features, and the number of features chiefly determine the price. Installation companies dealing with these systems will then tell you that their products “give you hundreds of features”, but if you only need five of them, nothing much can be done should you be forced to use that system. Worse, if there's one missing feature you really can't do without or realize that you really need down the track, the value of that system is diluted by the fact that it can't completely address your needs. In this case custom system integration and cross platform solutions are required. We design and develop these types of solutions.
When we established our venture we didn't want to be yet another company chipping stone into a round shape without first looking around and discovering that the wheel had already been invented! After all, a belief of "if you want it done right, do it yourself" can lead to wasted time, expense and opportunity. However, we found that although some existing integration products were certainly better than others, the deficiencies and limitations were significant enough to justify building our own from scratch. In so doing, we have leveraged our many years of design experience ranging from military related automation software to Corporate Service Oriented data control systems.
A consistent and convergent approach to system deployments - whether the project be small or large, whether a premises is pre-existing or newly built, and whether or not the deployment includes outdoor areas.
Once a system is deployed, there is a continuous need to retrofit new features and expand existing capabilities, such as with more granular remote monitoring tools, more advanced lighting controls, additional environmental sensors (e.g. for energy consumption, temperature or humidity monitoring). This integration should be simple to perform, despite the diversity of devices, manufacturers and protocols. Users also have an ongoing need to create, modify, optimize and fine tune automation scenarios that are based on time or sensor inputs, and various sets of conditions.
A common user interface which provides a consistent and cohesive user experience, again, despite the diversity of devices and technologies in a user's installation. Such an interface should not only be universal across modern internet browsing enabled devices, it should also easily allow the setup and configuration of various M2M, HVAC and SCADA controllers, security controllers, lighting controllers, energy efficiency management and monitoring devices etc into a single logically connected framework without the need to program or script out anything. Furthermore it should provide a simple way to manage user groups and access privileges, and to access interaction and system events logs.
Lower cost of ownership through delivery of capability via small footprint embedded computing solutions, or as "monitoring, automation and control as a service" via virtualisation and "cloud" based deployments.
Make combining different automation technologies simpler and more affordable, providing customers the flexibility to structure their automation projects around THEIR ideas and needs, instead of getting boxed in by the constraints of separate automation technologies and techniques.
To date these requirements have not been easily met, which in turn has led to multiple integration challenges, such as installer skill shortages, increased costs, and inability to expand or retrofit systems.
Our flagship product iMCA Server™ and iMCA Controller™ effectively address all of the aforementioned needs. What distinguishes the iMCA System is firstly that it does not focus on any particular automation protocol or deployment methodology, but rather supports an ever-increasing list of domestic and industrial controllers as well as CCTV DVRs, NVRs and cameras as they come onto the market. Secondly, the architecture of this system allows for a virtually unlimited number of automation or sensing devices and controllers from different vendors to be natively integrated with each other and seamlessly operate within residential and commercial environments, and across indoor and outdoor applications.
Solution architecture and custom infrastructure automation and integration all type of environments - residential, commercial, industrial, scientific within modern HVAC, SCADA and M2M frameworks.
Tailored solutions based on iMCA Server™ and iMCA Controller™ system and leading automation technologies for residential and commercial building automation.
Organizing and managing your automation projects.
Providing evaluation or second opinion on already quoted automation jobs.