Today's companies have lots of options when it comes to deploying integrated building automation systems and bringing the Internet of Things into the realm of facilities and plant management.
Systems that control building functions such as air conditioning (HVAC heating, and ventilation); security; refrigeration; and lighting have historically operated as standalone entities.
They've also mainly occupied a small, proprietary niche, separated from mainstream IT systems and standards. This isolation, however, is now a thing of the past as new technologies give companies ways to a more cohesive environment.
Integrators and resellers focusing on building automation now look to bridge the gaps among their customers' systems.
New-building construction as well as retrofit projects provide opportunities for companies in the building automation space.
Building managers find motivation in a number of factors. For one, they view a more integrated approach to automation as way to save energy costs. Integration also saves administrative dollars, since it is more efficient to manage systems with one console as opposed to several.
Corporate concerns about old, clumsy technolgy also play a role in encouraging building owners to take a fresh look at automation. Aging, proprietary controllers -- computers that receive data on the building's environment and issue commands to devices -- will eventually outlive vendor support.
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