Building Management Systems & Internet of Things
Controlling your building, your environment, and, your appliances from the palm of your hand is now a reality.
Technology is changing rapidly. Building automation and asset monitoring are leading the way.
From your mobile phone you can now access and control practically every system and appliance within your home or business. Whether granting access to a visitor, turning off the lights, testing emergency lighting, watering the plants, regulating the temperature or just looking at your power consumption, the building management system and integrated IoT platform will become an increasing important consideration when designing and implementing your electrical infrastructure.
Each and every project in this space is unique. Our team can provide the following services:
- Design, engineering and consulting
- Product selection and supply
- Installation and programming
- Reprogramming, service and maintenance of systems
What is a Building Management System?
A building management system (BMS) or Building Automation System (BAS) is a centralised system in which all components of said building are integrated and controlled. Traditionally this control is enabled by running the electrical wires to a central control system, a hub or bus so to speak. The hub can then be remotely controlled to regulate the mechanical, lighting, watering and security systems as required.
Generally speaking, each of these systems also incorporate sensors which detect the existing level, and instruct the BMS what changes are required. For example, a temperature sensor regulating the air-conditioning in a room, which is only triggered when the room is occupied.
The advantages of a BMS include:
- remote access control
- convenience for centralised management
- easy interface for programming features
- reduced energy costs as these systems are tweaked for energy efficiency
- reduced maintenance costs using preemptive maintenance and alert functions within the system and remote testing capabilities
- integration to alert first responders in
The risks of BMS include:
- inexperience in programming resulting in excess energy consumption and expense
- security risks of systems being hacked
- disparate platforms – BMS is not a standard, interoperability between systems is costly to develop and often take considerable time
What is IoT?
IoT or Internet of Things is the extension of a BMS in which ALL things are centrally identified and connected. The technology is emerging allowing all items such as your kettle, your dog door, your vehicle, a moisture sensor in the garden all to be identified and then share data remotely. From these measurements, this additional data can be collated and shared to the BMS and other systems.