The changing shape of BMS and the impact of IoT

What are the benefits of intelligent buildings and how is IoT powering them?

Buildings, by their very nature will incorporate a huge number of ‘systems’ that manage the daily operation of the facility. From lighting and building management systems (BMS), to security and refrigeration, each of these systems run separately, all with individual licenses and agreements with the system providers. How is IoT brining these disparate systems together to create intelligent buildings?

All these systems are independently maintained and independently run – which is both costly and time consuming. This is where the era of intelligent buildings steps in; unlocking closed protocols and bringing all systems together via a single platform with a single maintenance and licence plan. Individual licensee costs and maintenance charges from numerous equipment manufacturers will become a thing of the past.

Intelligent buildings are the future – but what are they?

An intelligent building uses monitoring, targeting, sensor technology, controls and integrates the results into a single reporting platform. This allows the building to work at its maximum efficiency, achieve maximum security, and make a more productive and comfortable working environment for its occupants. By understanding how a space is being used we can ensure it is being used most efficiently and effectively. Intelligent buildings allow this to happen through analysis and automation.

What makes a building intelligent?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is what makes a building intelligent. IoT is the network of physical objects – devices, vehicles, buildings, and other items – embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity that enables these objects to collect and exchange data. IoT technology can instinctively adjust heating or turn off equipment automatically to help you cut wastage, reduce inefficiencies, and lower your energy and water bills. The day is coming where whole buildings will be automated, from lights to heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC). These are exciting times, when synchronised data and proactivity will dominate building services and design.

IoT Building Automation solutions connect internet-enabled devices with powerful software to provide users with a more granular level of control over energy-consuming assets. Connecting disparate devices together in a single, intelligent system can provide significant cost and performance advantages over traditional Building Management Systems (BMS).

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