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App aims to speed up smart building

The company wants to build on its manufacturing lead by creating an ecosystem optimised to deliver IoT solutions

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KMC wants to use the IoT to create genius buildings and facilities
KMC wants to use the IoT to create genius buildings and facilities

The app claims to speed up system configuration and set-up time by 75 per cent

KMC can gain insight into how and where its mobile application is being used

The building automation manufacturer KMC Controls claims to be speeding up system configuration and set-up time by 75 per cent with a new Internet of Things (IoT) app.


Called KMC Connect Lite, it has been built on Kony’s platform and accelerates the pre-commissioning process of its KMC Conquest controllers by simplifying field configuration and installation.


Kony is a specialist in cloud-based enterprise mobility solutions and its mobile application development platform allows organisations to rapidly deliver pre-built, omni-channel mobile apps across a broad range of devices and systems. It is the first in a series of mobile applications and IoT solutions that KMC Controls plans to develop using Kony’s platform.


KMC Controls is an independent US-based manufacturer that provides building automation and IoT solutions to help facilities reduce energy consumption and operating costs, while also increasing the comfort and safety for building occupants. Based in New Paris, Indiana, KMC Controls provides its building automation solutions to system integrators, distributors, OEM partners and IT providers worldwide.


“To continue our leadership in manufacturing, we’re building an ecosystem optimised to deliver IoT solutions that deliver genius buildings and facilities,” said Richard Newberry, chief executive officer, KMC Controls. “We chose Kony to be part of this ecosystem because of its world-class expertise and market-leading platform. With Kony, we can develop mobile applications that can revolutionise building automation.”


KMC Controls selected the Kony Platform because of its open architecture enabling it to develop for both iOS and Android with a single code base. With Kony MobileFabric, KMC Controls can develop back-end micro-services for the KMC Commander system, apply analytics, incorporate features and functions suggested by customers, and integrate them with its mobile app.


Using data enabled by the Kony Platform and saved on the Kony Cloud, KMC Controls can gain insight into how and where its mobile application is being used, what functions are proving most popular, and how much time is being spent on each screen.


KMC Controls first collaborated with Kony to deliver the KMC Connect Lite mobile application. Using near field communication (NFC), the app enables field service technicians to configure, customise, and commission controller devices without powering the controller or even opening the box.


With the KMC Connect Lite mobile app, a field installer places their mobile device on the controller box and can write the controller settings through NFC.


“The KMC Connect Lite mobile application that Kony helped us build is a game changer for our customers,” continued Newberry. “KMC Controls is focused on providing innovative and intuitive solutions and our mobile app saves an enormous amount of time, improves margins, and helps our customers gain competitive advantage. What used to take customers 4 days to configure and install a system is now down to just a few hours.”


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