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Keeping Building Control Systems Always On: Northwestern University

Stratus ensures always-on availability for building management systems

Northwestern University, a renowned institution of higher learning, is recognized both nation- ally and internationally for its educational programs and pioneering research. The University enrolls about 8,000 full-time undergraduates, 8,000 full-time graduates and 3,000 part-time students a year. Northwestern’s two U.S. campuses are located in Illinois on Lake Michigan: a 25-acre campus in downtown Chicago, and a 240-acre campus in suburban Evanston. In addition to academic buildings, dining halls, and student and faculty housing, the campuses are home to state-of-the-art research facilities, performing arts centers, and even an art museum—all of which require highly sophisticated and reliable building control systems.

Quick Facts


  • Building control systems for monitoring, command, and control of conditions within building environments
  • Unified interface and framework for top level building control functions
  • High availability software solution to ensure continuous operations


  • Johnson Controls Metasys® building control system
  • Siemens APOGEE® building control system with Insight® workstations
  • Tridium NiagaraAX Framework®
  • Stratus everRun MX high availability software


  • Johnson Controls Customer Support
  • Siemens Customer Support
  • Tridium Customer Support
  • Stratus 24/7/365 support services

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