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An Easy Platform: From Device to Box to Cloud to Phone

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Open, Secure & Scalable: How Commander Works


Devices carry data. When you connect the Commander BX appliance to a network of devices, it begins automatically normalizing and aggregating that data. That data is then sent to the cloud where it can be easily viewed on any device, including your smartphone. You can track it, trend it, and trigger actions with it. It’s that simple.



IoT works best when it's open, allowing for all systems and devices to communicate. This is why Commander is built as an open platform, allowing ultimate customization through our simple API.


Commander uses leading IT protocols, encrypted communication, white listing and the secure OS Snappy Ubuntu to ensure that your IoT communication is closed to threats and your systems operate safely.


Whether you're monitoring a single key asset or aggregating the energy usage across an entire portfolio of buildings, Commander makes it easy to add and scale to meet your needs.

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KMC’s Collaboration with Dell and Intel

We've worked closely with Dell and Intel to produce an IoT solution, KMC Commander, that is as versatile as the companies that will use it.

Connect Anything: What Commander Works With

Commander is an integrated hardware and software system that automates the task of point discovery, data collection and cloud connection. Working with a number of leading device and sensor protocols like IP, Wi-Fi, 3G/4G cellular, RS-485 and more, you can cover nearly any use case. Commander is the most open and scalable solution available.


See and track real-time metering on energy usage to better understand consumption patterns of electricity, gas, and water use.

Battery Backup

Monitor and report on battery backup units. You can also setup alarms to notify you when a system is down or not charging properly.

Pressure / Volume

See real time pressure or volume status on an asset or material good to help ensure efficiency and optimal operation.


View and trend the settings or status of a particular piece of equipment, whether a sump pump, refrigerator unit or lighting panel.

Tank Levels

Pull data on tank levels and get notifications when they reach a certain point. You can also set a vendor up for notifications to fill or empty.

Building Automation

Watch and control building automation and control systems, from HVAC and lighting to security and access.

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Prior to the release of BACnet, the industry-standard protocol for building automation, KMC Controls used the KMDigitalTM protocol. We weren’t alone. Every manufacturer had its own proprietary protocol. While each brand’s devices could happily communicate among themselves, they couldn’t communicate easily with each other. This set-up didn’t work so well for the end users. By having separate protocols, the people putting together building systems were essentially locked into using one company’s products. There were ways to make devices from different manufacturers communicate, but it was often expensive and complicated.Translator Beauty Shot 2 Cropped

ASHRAE addressed this issue with the introduction of BACnet in 1995. A committee spent more than eight years developing this agreed-upon set of rules that apply to a computer’s hardware and software, and it became the most accepted open protocol in the world. In 1999, Tridium debuted the Niagara Framework. This platform works on the BACnet communications system, allowing communication between different brands of equipment.

Now, buildings running entirely on KMD devices can tie seamlessly into the Niagara network and BACnet systems. Introducing the KMD-5551E Translator. This device, which has the same body as the KMC ConquestTM 5051E Router, translates between KMD devices and networks to a BACnet network. It is installed on a KMD Network and polls the designated KMD devices, adding them as virtual BACnet devices on a BACnet network. This virtual network and devices are then available to any other device on the BACnet network.

To tie into the Niagara Framework, a license module, either to a supervisor or JACE, is added to a Niagara station. KMD devices are treated by Niagara as BACnet devices. The data from the KMD device is pulled into Niagara, and Niagara recreates the programming.

If you’re an authorized KMD and authorized Niagara KMC customer, contact sales representative for more information.



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Trusted by Many: Who's Using Commander

  • John Hancock Tower, Chicago, IL

    Known as one of the most iconic buildings in the world, the John Hancock Tower has been an excellent example of KMC Commander’s flexibility. The building has over 700 tenants, and up until recently, no means of accurately monitoring nor trending real-time energy usage. Since installing KMC Commander, they’ve been able to do both of these things, as well as more efficiently monitor and perform maintenance on systems. They’ve also begun taking advantage of and developing on the open API to customize KMC Commander for other uses. KMC Commander and the John Hancock tower were recently featured in an article by Forbes.

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  • The Beauregard, Washington, D.C.

    Nested in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C., The Beauregard is the epitome of modern architecture, yet complementary to the nearby historic district. This 49,000 sq. ft. complex hosts 43 condominium apartments. KMC Commander was installed to help the facility managers better monitor alarm status on their sump pump systems, track discharged air temperatures, and trend the efficiency of heat pumps. The Beauregard is utilizing the customization of Commander by establishing email notifications on alarms and temp status with a tiered approach. For example, when an alarm is first triggered, 2 team members are automatically emailed. If it continues for a set period of time, 4 additional members are emailed. They are also creating custom graphics in the Commander software to tailor and develop the system to their exact needs. These customizations are accessible across a number of applications, and these systems are only the beginning.

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  • First Baptist Church, Elkhart, IN

    Being primarily a house of worship, the energy usage at First Baptist Church in Elkhart fluctuates greatly throughout the week. These variances in usage require a smart building automation system to help manage comfortability, track occupancy, and optimize usage. KMC Commander was installed to add to the functionality of the existing building automation system to tie in additional systems like lighting and irrigation. This aggregation of data across several disparate systems now allows the leadership to ensure their stewarding funds as efficiently as possible and while maintaining a comfortable environment throughout the jumps in activity.

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Get Started Today: How to Buy Commander

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KMC Commander is available through the purchase of base packages, which include the basics you need to get started. You may then purchase additional licensing and accesories as needed for each project. While the wireless models come with additional antennas and accessories, all base packages include:

  1. KMC Commander BX (with desired connectivity)
  2. 100 CAP Annual Licensing for 1 Year
  3. 5 GB of Cloud Storage for 1 Year
  4. A DIN-rail Mounting Adapter


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