Building automation system technology is grabbing the attention of facility managers and field services companies everywhere. Why? It’s all about optimizing efficiency.
As an article on Health Facilities Management explains, BAS provides detailed data and metrics for analyzing building performance and cutting energy use, putting facility monitoring within easy reach.
For field services companies, analyzing the data produced by BAS technology is great way to implement continuous improvement for preventive maintenance schedules.
For example, if data is showing equipment has been reliable, you don’t have to go out to service it as often. Or, if the equipment is going through parts more often, you know to carry more inventory to that site. This all comes down to optimizing building systems.
And with today’s technology, BAS operation increasingly is available via mobile applications, according to the Health Facilities Management article, making it easy to access facility information with a smartphone or tablet.
While many BASs still rely on sensors connected to a controller, wireless technology is great for capturing data such as temperature, occupancy or humidity.
Some experts say cloud computing could be the future of BAS technology by providing an enhanced ability to store data and analyze building performance.
“In many cases, this could be a way to leverage data that are already available through their building BASs,” says Jim Beam, director of product portfolio and operations for a global healthcare practice in North Carolina.
Source: Health Facilities Management, October 2012