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Intelligent process control and building business benefits require precision, scale and synergy. That is why Nazca was created. A system that combines vision with performance allowing you to manage a building, a district, paint and even the entire city.

The "Teraz Polska" competition promoting Polish services and products is a brand in itself. The distinctive "Promotional Emblem" in the form of a stamp with a white and red flag has been awarded for thirty years to companies that are leaders in quality, usefulness and innovation. This year, among the awarded entrepreneurs, there was also APA Group and its flagship product - Nazca.

 

The "Teraz Polska" competition promoting Polish services and products is a brand in itself. The distinctive "Promotional Emblem" in the form of a stamp with a white and red flag has been awarded for thirty years to companies that are leaders in quality, usefulness and innovation. This year, among the awarded entrepreneurs, there was also APA Group and its flagship product - Nazca.

The question of what an award-winning platform is is probably best answered by the genesis of its name. The Nazca is a desert plateau in South America located in southwestern Peru known for its giant drawings (geoglyphs) of animals that are only visible from the air. Just as individual lines on the plateau combine to form a unique pattern when viewed from a distance, the vast amount of information pulled from different systems or platforms can give us a comprehensive picture of the phenomena and processes happening in a given place. However, in order to put them together in a coherent way, learn from them, and be able to control them in a simple and intuitive way, you need a solution that connects the dots. The platform that holds all the pieces together.

 

"I am proud of the work of the entire APA Group team. For many years our solutions have been appreciated in competitions, and the "Teraz Polska" Emblem is particularly important to us. We try to be the best showcase of Polish technological thought in the world. I attribute our success primarily to putting people at the center of every process, from design to implementation. This provides safety, comfort and usability tailored to the technology user. We never do the opposite and with that we stay ahead of the competition"
– Artur Pollak

NAZCA, APA Group's product line and its trademarks have been officially registered by the European Union Intellectual Property Office.

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APA Group has exclusive intellectual property rights in NAZCA with respect to distinctive signs - such as names, logos, colors, images, designs, shapes, product packaging or sound marks - that enable products and services to be recognized and distinguished from others. The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), based in Alicante, is responsible for registering EU trademarks. Registration, done in one of the official EU languages, provides the owner with an exclusive right in all current and future EU member states. An EU trademark is unitary in nature and produces equal legal effects throughout the European Union.

 

Origin of the name



The origin of the NAZCA platform name leads to South America. The Nazca is a desert plateau located in southwestern Peru known for its giant animal drawings that are only visible from the air. Just as individual lines on a plateau, when viewed from a distance, combine to form a unique pattern, the vast amount of information pulled from different systems or platforms can give a comprehensive picture of the phenomena and processes happening in a given place. However, in order to put them together in a coherent way, learn from them, and be able to control them in a simple and intuitive way, you need a solution that connects the dots. The NAZCA engine ties everything together as part of process management automation.

 

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Get a full picture

Nazca is a comprehensive solution for managing and optimizing industrial processes and building automation that allows you to maximize business benefits, see gaps and look at processes from a broader perspective. It is a universal technology that automates the management of information flow, which provides BMS (Building Management System), SMS (Security Management System) and EMS (Energy Management System) solutions within one platform.

Outlined with the scale

The Nazca platform was designed to process large amounts of data. The multi-server system architecture enables building a geographically dispersed system. Each machine then performs a fragment of work, e.g. collecting information, handling logic, and storing data - thanks to this solution can work on many buildings on one platform. Easy maintenance and efficiency are Nazca distinguishing features!

Readability in every detail

Nazca not only works well, Nazca also looks great. Readable, responsive and adapted to the recipient visualization, allows for rapid analysis of large data sets, finding patterns and specific areas to optimize. It is the ease of interpretation and information provided in a transparent manner that are the system's greatest advantages.

Full potential of applications

The universal and versatile nature of Nazca allows the system to be used in industrial solutions, large-format buildings and warehouses, as well as in commercial facilities. Nazca is a platform that efficiently manages one or more buildings. The flexibility of the solution enables the integration of complex building, business and production systems, allowing the modeling of entire processes occurring in facilities.

This is how savings are made

Thanks to Nazca, enterprises and companies can optimize their processes obtaining measurable benefits and save up to several percent of the value of energy expenditure during the year. The scale of applications of the system and its universal nature mean that it can be used by both private entities and industrial plants computerizing their manufacturing processes. The nature of system savings is not only limited to the consumption of utilities, but also to financial benefits related to security, information flow or monitoring.

You can be sure

Nazca is where you are. All you need is any mobile device and access to the network to receive information from the system and have full insight into what is happening in the space that you want to improve. Wherever you are, remain calm, Nazca has everything under control.

You create a picture of activities

Nazca gives details the meaning. Thanks to the comprehensive information you receive, you won't miss a single detail. The system effectively combines them into one, coherent image, which allows convenient management of the building or factory and full control of the process.

Space takes on new shapes

Nazca is a system refined in the smallest details. This is due to our many years of experience in building automation, improvement of industrial processes and thoughtful functionalities. We have made sure that its operation is really comfortable and intuitive, so that you can enjoy comfort, and the space that you monitor has gained a completely new, prestigious dimension.

Nazca is an open system that supports all popular building automation standards on the market. It integrates directly (or via communication gates) the protocols: Bacnet, Lonworks, Modbus, OPC, M-bus, DALI, z-wave or KNX. Therefore, the user can easily expand it with the necessary devices or replace one protocol if necessary with another.

NAZCA BMS is a comprehensive, modern and intelligent building automation control system, commonly known as Building Management System (BMS). From the very beginning of the NAZCA design process, special emphasis was placed on scalability and high application flexibility. The solution allows you to easily integrate the systems present in the facility, monitor the status and parameters of the installation, control devices or the notification system.

SCADA is a system mainly visualizing processes and logic embedded in PLCs. Its task is to collect information, alert and illustrate the occurring processes in graphic form. NAZCA - unlike SCADA - in addition to basic functions, also offers specific logic, which means that it actually has the ability to control processes.

In addition, NAZCA has more advanced visualization functions, as well as alarming capabilities, reporting, remote access (also from a mobile app), building advanced algorithms and - most importantly - integration with other systems, both hardware and software.

Setting up NAZCA is very similar to programming industrial controllers. The logic is based on passing signals between the outputs and inputs of blocks representing physical devices or logical functions. For those wishing to acquire knowledge in this area, we have prepared a series of training videos, available under the Partner Account tab.

  1. Licensing is based on two elements:
  2. - the first is Core, which is licensed by the number of nodes and variables in the system;
  3. - the second are individual functions and protocols that are not limited in number and are paid for once, regardless of the complexity of their use in the system (e.g. Modbus protocols, OPC, camera window, etc.)
  4. All licensing and calculation of system components is based on an Excel calculator.
  5. A special license is for operator workstations that are licensed according to the number of computers connected to the system.
  6. The license key is embedded in the HASP key provided by APA or through a time-limited software license.

YES. The multi-server architecture of the software allows to build a geographically dispersed system. In this case, each machine performs a specific piece of work - collecting information, handling logic, or storing data, among other things.

Any facility, and - what is more – not necessarily a building, but also vehicles (trains, trams, yachts), industrial solutions (robots, process lines), distributed structures (street lights, garbage cans, etc.). In fact, the sky is the limit here - what matters is that there are systems for integration and/or control or metering.

We are proud to say NAZCA is a Polish product, awarded with Teraz Polska emblem. However, we understand that system operation can be multilingual, so you can create a system in any language - it's a matter of describing and programming the solution in that language. English, German and Dutch versions are currently underway.

A warranty of 2 years is provided as standard for equipment and software manufactured by APA. Details can be found in the General Terms and Conditions under the link: T&CS Warranty extensions can be considered on an individual basis (and for a fee) - this requires mutual agreement. Do you need a special approach? Tell us about it at the bidding stage - we'll be sure to find a solution.

 

Third party software and hardware are warranted by the manufacturer.

Service is provided by the APA Partner who implemented the system. However, 7 days a week from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. APA Support Department staff will assist in operating the BMS. Need help?

Call or write:

+48 530 412 554

support@apagroup.pl

Yes, APA provides support 7 days a week from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. at: +48 530 412 554.

For efficient management of information flow, NAZCA enables working with tools that make the interface clear, responsive and adapted to the user's needs. This task can be accomplished through several visual treatments:

1) The simplest is to build buttons, signals, diagrams, etc. from pre-made NAZCA components.

2) It is also possible to build graphical diagrams (e.g. ventilation and/or heat/cooling nodes) using animated widgets built into NAZCA.

3) There is an option to create a raster graphic, i.e. a bitmap (by a specialist) and apply zones to it which can be highlighted, framed, etc. for building spatial visualizations.

4) We also allow you to use WEB plug-ins for creating graphics based on HTML and related environments (e.g. Grafana). Implementation of vector graphics and BIM files is underway.

 

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Yes. Scalability can be defined in several ways. The universal and versatile nature of the Nazca platform allows the system to be used in single rooms, apartments, residences as well as industrial solutions, large buildings and warehouses and commercial facilities.

The software handles single or multiple building management efficiently, so you can consistently build business benefits.

Flexibility of the solution provides an opportunity to integrate complex building, business and production systems, allowing for modelling of the entire processes occurring in the facilities.

There is possibility of video streaming from IP cameras via RTSP protocol. In this case you collect one video stream from the camera to Nazca and the second one goes to the video recorder (if there is one in the area).

Nazca does not perform CCTV recording, storage and retrieval functions.

YES. For everyone, however, the definition of reliability may involve different issues. For us, it is the possibility of redundancy.

For additional guarantees of reliability, it is possible to build a redundant system (of course, the limitation then is the buses and devices hooked to the system and their ability to be controlled from two or more levels) - to achieve this, it is necessary to set up a minimum of two computers and duplicate the configuration, as well as to create a current backup of the databases.

 

Another issue is to ensure reliability by creating a distributed system, but then the system should be built on freely programmable devices (PLCs), where Nazca takes the role of the PLC management system.

Yes. NAZCA has a built-in event log. Any events related to the operation of the system (e.g. alarms, changes of parameters, opening of passages etc.) can be recorded here. In addition, the system logs user operations (like: who? what? when?). Each log entry is accompanied by a time stamp. It is also possible to assign an appropriate priority to a particular group of events. With this solution you get a complete history of your facility.

For each NAZCA user, different data can be valid as reports or notifications. Therefore, it is possible to implement this issue in many ways. NAZCA data can be exported to the cloud and to other computers. NAZCA itself has the possibility of exporting to *.csv and *.pdf files and sending e.g. e-mail or SMS messages with reports.

Safety first! This motto applies both to the security of our data and the installation at the site. Data going to NAZCA are stored in two databases: SQL - for configuration and Mongo - for data from measurement systems and sensors. Databases are password protected, as is the entire system.

Moreover, the communication between the Client and the system is encrypted. On the Customer's side, the issue of appropriate protection against unauthorized access to the network in which NAZCA operates remains.

Additionally, taking care of cyber security, we integrated an audio authentication system using ELIoT Pro.

YES. NAZCA exists in two instances as an Operator Station and as an app for mobile devices (smartphone, tablet) for Android and iOS. If you want to test the app, download it by scanning the QR code, which will take you to the right place depending on the operating system of your phone:

Then, contact us to get a code for your test profile.

NAZCA communication with field devices can be done using the following protocols:

- Modbus TCP (ETH)

- Modbus RTU (RS-485)

- BACnet IP (ETH)

- Vibus (RS-485)

- OPC UA

- OPC DA

 

Other protocols (DALI, LORA, KNX, M-Bus, LON, Profibus etc.) are supported by dedicated communication gateways from third party manufacturers.

The universal and versatile nature of the Nazca platform allows the system to be used in industrial solutions, large buildings and warehouses and commercial facilities. Below is an overview of our projects:

 

Rosevia Resort hotel apartment complex - Jastrzębia Góra

hotel Indigo - Warsaw

Plaza shopping centre - Toruń

 

research and development centre for machine tool distributor - Gliwice

logistics centre for steel manufacturer - Rybnik

APA Black House technology showroom - Gliwice

electronic components factory - Niepołomice

office building - Warsaw

and many more

NAZCA architecture allows to realize the assumptions of technological development.

OpenData - the ability to transparently share data with other systems is realized in NAZCA through open communication protocols, REST or the AMQP TLS message broker.

BigData - a very complex issue, related to collection, analysis and visualization of large data sets (and, what is more important, selection of those important from the BMS operator point of view). The most commonly implemented way is to perform analytics in the Cloud (e.g. Microsoft Azure), with which Nazca is integrated.

Continuous analysis of energy consumption, prediction of power peaks (increased consumption) and control of devices can act as a power guard. The power guard can both alert you when an overdraw (or the possibility of it coming - via cloud-based analytics) is occurring, as well as automatically control slave systems in such a way as to prevent it from happening without operator intervention.

NAZCA has the potential to increase the energy efficiency of the buildings in which it is applied, through the skilful and intelligent control of building installations and the reduction of energy wasted on antagonistic actions (e.g. open window and running air conditioning).

NAZCA has the ability to detect anomalies both in the operation of building systems and through our proprietary Nazca Monitor service, which monitors the operational status of the Nazca system.

It is not. The operator can operate the system remotely, e.g. one operator for several buildings.

The modular design of NAZCA allows the investor to bear the cost of only those functionalities that he will use. The factors influencing the value of the quote are mainly the size and type of the facility and the number of floors. This is accompanied by the requisite information on:

the number of elements in the system,

the extent of functionality,

what we will be controlling,

what we will be monitoring,

what other systems are planned for the facility (intrusion detection system, fire detection system, CCTV, access control system, etc.)

You should also consider the cost of the implementation service, most often offered independently by the partner.

Update is possible, but not necessary. The version provided to the customer upon purchase is a lifetime version. Cyclicality of change is not required. However, if you want to use new features or expand the system, please contact us; each implementation is considered individually.

Returns can occur on many levels. Keep in mind that typically the construction of a facility is less than 20% of the total expenses associated with the subsequent maintenance of the facility (e.g. for 15 years). If Nazca is able to save even 3% in operating costs (and over 40% is energy costs alone) then:

- converting 3% to 80% equals 2.4% of the investment

- considering the cost of construction - almost 10% of the construction cost.

 

A uniform building management system reduces personnel costs (reduced operation and easy, intuitive interface - and therefore easy to train).

 

However, such benefits as increased comfort and prestige of the project cannot be overestimated.

 

Thanks to NAZCA, the location and the building itself may be more attractive for potential tenants.

Yes. Demo version of Operator Station and mobile app is available in Partner Account. You don’t have the access? Write to us!

The system is for life. Once it is working, it will work for many years - the only necessary thing is successive maintenance and possible replacement of worn out devices. The software itself requires no intervention.

We are constantly working to expand our network of partners, which allows us to declare that support and people familiar with NAZCA will be available on the market for many years to come. APA has been on the market for 20 years and has dozens of successful implementations for institutions, individuals, municipalities and industrial plants around the world. We therefore ensure that the customer can rest assured of the support of both the Manufacturer and the Implementation Partners.

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