How do IoT-powered building automation systems replace the traditional building management ones?
When all the devices that we use are getting advanced, how about to transform the buildings we live or work in as automated? Technology is already in its pace to transform the home or workspace smart and automated. And, this is what we call Building Automation systems. Technology has the power to play a central role in managing energy and its consumption across industrial and commercial buildings. The Building Management system[BMS] or Building Automation System[BAS] was introduced in the late 1800s and it has undergone major evolutions. To make it simple, we can say that the BAS is intended for the management of core building functions like air conditioning, heating, humidity, and HVAC equipment, or ventilation.
But, we saw a revolution in Building Automation systems with the introduction of the Internet of Things or IoT. Harnessing the technology of IoT can impart a built-in intelligence in the building. This intelligence allows a building to be proactive. Also, controlling and managing a building becomes easier. In a nutshell, we can say that implementing IoT can transform a building into an energy-efficient automated machine.
IOT powered building versus Traditional Building automation systems
Although traditional building management systems yield the automation functions of a building, wire-driven technology is becoming obsolete these days. There are increasing demands and needs from the occupant and also a building needs to meet the criteria of cost reduction, flexibility, and energy efficiency while seen from the business perspective. IoT can promise in delivering a simpler connected world with speedy response times and accuracy. It also delivers a high level of customization to ensure that the occupant’s demands are met. Apart from managing efficiency and energy consumption reduction, IoT powered buildings deliver more and let us know what these are.
What does an IoT powered building offer?
Low energy consumption and cost reduction is a key benefit when it comes to IoT in building automation. Apart from fixing the business goals, there are other advantages of using IoT technology in managing a building. And, they are
It ensures occupant comfort
Facility managers are the ones whose life becomes easy by applying IoT in the process of construction. But after all, it is the occupant who has to spend their entire life inside the property. So, it is equally important that the Occupant comfort is ensured while developing a building automation system. Occupant comfort is delivered when the lighting levels, temperature, quality of air in the building is maintained according to their comfort. The technology applied constantly, monitors these parameters, and improves indoor space quality and comfort. Not just comfort, but the health and productivity of an occupant is also an added benefit. Thus, customer satisfaction is what you reap at last that, you value equally with profit.
Real-time visibility and improved insight into building operations
In the process of construction or erecting a building, even small flaws are unacceptable. We know machines have eased our lives and so does the technology, IoT. Real-time visibility is an essential requirement in the process of building operations. Advanced analytics on energy and other parameters like temperature patterns, etc can ensure a deep insight into the process. Also, what if we have the power to control it from anywhere too? For example, in order to detect pipe leakage, we can use sensors and controllers to automatically find and fix the issue.
Increased sustainability & Customer satisfaction
Implementing IoT in the building automation systems assures increased sustainability to the building. As far as an occupant is concerned, improved sustainability is the prime demand they have. A perfectly constructed building has fewer flaws and thus it assures reduced maintenance.
Opens up a new way of generating more revenue and opportunities
By exploring the power of IoT, you are open to massive opportunities and an efficient way to increase revenue. For example, you can sit with your customers and understand their requirements to customize the building according to their taste. In fact, you can offer them assistance to improve their decision making. Thus by leveraging the IoT data, the building owners can unlock a plethora of service innovation opportunities.
Thus, you are in the right place to upgrade your building with low-cost IoT sensors for better energy efficiency, improved facility management, ensure occupant comfort, and new revenue opportunities.