Answers to common questions about integrated building management systems
If you’ve been researching ways to improve operations in your commercial building, you have probably noticed that the experts agree that installing an integrated building management system is the best solution. Unless you are familiar with building automation software, you may be asking yourself a lot of questions such as, what is integrated building management system, how does building automation system software work, can I implement one in my building, and more. To help you in your quest to improve the operations in your building, here are answers to the most common questions about integrated building management systems.
What is integrated building management system?
An integrated building management system (BMS) is a master control system that networks all of the mechanical, electrical, IT, and security systems of a facility, unifying them into a single system so they can share information and work together seamlessly. Integrating all of the components into a single cohesive unit allows the various systems to share information so they can work more effectively. The end result of this interoperability is greater efficiency, lowered operating costs, and a more secure and responsive building environment
How does a BMS system work?
Once the BMS software integrates all the building operation systems, it leverages the information from the various components to make sure all the systems function at peak efficiency. For example, occupancy sensors register when people leave one sector of your facility
All of the systems can be controlled through a single interface that can be accessed onsite through a touchscreen workstation or remotely over the Internet using a laptop, smartphone, tablet, or other mobile device. Web-based building management solutions utilize a graphical interface that provides real-time information and allows users to instantly adjust any system in the building as needed.
What functions can building automation system software control?
All of the essential building operations systems and functions in your building can be controlled by building automation system software. The software can control and manage all of the following building control systems:
- Lighting control
- Heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC)
- Air quality control
- Energy management
- Access control/security systems
- Elevators and escalators
- Critical environments
- Fire and life safety systems/smoke evacuation
- Building condition monitoring
- Power monitoring
Can I implement an integrated building management system in my building?
An integrated building management system can be implemented in virtually any building, regardless of size or age. Even older buildings with legacy components and proprietary systems that don’t communicate with each other can be updated with an integrated building management system. The most sophisticated building automation system software is backwardly compatible, using third-party communication drivers to communicate with the legacy systems and integrate them into a unified system. Today’s BMS systems encompass all the major communication, desktop IT, and building automation standards, including email, SNMP, HTML, Active-X and XML through TCP/IP, OPC, LonWorks, BACnet, Modbus and Ethernet.
Are you ready to enjoy the benefits of implementing an integrated building management system in your facility? The expert technicians at Advanced Control Corporation can create a customized intelligent building management solution that will integrate all of your building control systems to transform the way you manage your building’s operations.