Connected BEMS for Trend Controls: Providing the Bigger Picture


Founded in 1980, Trend is one of the world’s leading Building Energy Management System (BEMS) manufacturers.

It is vital that businesses are able to regulate and monitor their energy consumption, in order to control costs by optimising their building efficiency, as well as to optimise work conditions. Trend solutions make this possible through on-going close control and monitoring, and their systems can now be found globally in every type of non-residential building from schools and hospitals, to office blocks and factories. To improve their existing offering, they wanted to created a connected BEMS solution for simplified remote management and monitoring of the system.


Trend BEM Case Study

The Challenge

Connectivity for remote management and monitoring of widespread Building Energy Management Systems.


The Solution

A robust and compact Sierra Wireless gateway:

+ Best-in-class, persistent, reliable connectivity

+ Embedded security features

+ Simple integration into existing BEMS


The Results

+ Rapid deployment due to simple installation without the need for networking expertise

+ Over 500 gateways installed by Trend staff as part of their standard BEMS deployment

+ 3G connectivity enables central teams to monitor the geographically widespread BEMS 24/7

+ System issues are now identified before site visits

+ Significant cost and time savings by circumventing fixed line connectivity


Trend began their search for a reliable 3G connectivity device to deliver their connected BEMS solution and soon heard of’s reputation for delivering innovative M2M solutions. worked in partnership with Trend to develop a fully managed solution; “Trend Connect”.

Trend’s BEMS operate on a principle of real-time monitoring of services and energy consumption; the Trend Connect System developed with enables this by providing a 24/7 system for monitoring and management. Trend Connect enables the Trend Energy and Support Solutions Team to respond instantly to alarms triggered at customer sites, significantly reducing response times and proactively managing situations as they arise – both improving the customer service they deliver, and making their teams more cost and time efficient.

In addition to helping with the original solution design, also provides distribution services on an ongoing basis to support this connected BEMS solution. Most importantly manages device staging and configuration, meaning that each device is ready to connect before it leaves the warehouse, enabling Trend’s field engineers to install and connect the device with no IT networking knowledge needed.

The Trend Connect solution developed with delivers secure, reliable connectivity that can be rapidly deployed, easily installed, be integrated or remain independent of existing networks and infrastructure, and delivers real-time monitoring for instant problem resolution. To date, over 500 connected BEMS have been installed.


Taking The Partnership Further

The flexibility of the solution has meant Trend’s BEMS services can be deployed rapidly, and the reliability of the 3G connectivity allows them to remain in control at all times. The visibility that Trend are able to have through their monitoring service has enabled them to assist a multitude of businesses and organisations in managing their building’s technical services and energy performance.

“The solution that we’ve delivered for Trend’s connected BEMS is a great example of how M2M services can transform businesses. The Trend Connect system is the result of our successful partnership in using robust 3G connectivity to help businesses control and improve their buildings’ energy performance,” said Sacha Kakad, Managing Director at “As the front runners in BEMS, Trend are a great partner to work with.”



“By working with partners like Sierra Wireless and we can concentrate on our core competencies whilst leveraging cellular technology to extend our business and improve our product suite,”  – Sean Brook, Energy and Support Solutions Manager at Trend Controls



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