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How Companies are Overcoming BAS Challenges

By Enterprise Technology Review | Friday, August 28, 2020

It can be difficult to incorporate data analytics into building automation, but with smart technologies, it is becoming easier.

FREMONT, CA: Most industries have already embraced and are affiliated with the industry standards related to IP networking and enterprise data management, but building automation has yet to catch up. Most of the owners want to implement the latest technologies and information management systems to help them manage sites. However, there are numerous building automation system (BAS) products that are becoming IP-compliant. However, the existing buildings that still follow the older legacy and proprietary BAS systems generate significant issues for the building managers.

Building owners must upgrade the outdated BAS if they want to implement analytics on building performance. It can be challenging and difficult to replace and justify ROI. Most of the old BAS cannot offer much other than simple systems. They were not even designed to provide any real diagnostics other than basic alarms. Moreover, obtaining any meaningful information from a BAS can be complicated, and it has limitations to its data availability.

Overcoming Legacy BAS Shortages

Building owners who are managing older BAS might have to deal with various problems. The primary issue with the traditional BAS system is the owner has to manage numerous systems in a building that does not share information. They also lack the capability of communicating with other systems and have limited ability to upgrade.

Therefore, the facility manager using the BAS does not have any easy method to view how every system is performing and how they interoperate with each other. Further, many customers have administrative and compliance reporting requirements the offer real-time information and analysis related to the expense, regulatory, and energy compliance. BAS has all these data but not in ways that will allow consumers to use it.

If building managers want to make the data accessible and usable, they must upgrade their current assets. The next step they must follow is to serve that data in a unified information and analytics platform.

Moreover, it is essential to successfully apply the right data analytics tools that can access insights. Internet of Things (IoT) can offer better opportunities that will help companies with operational performance. Still, it is difficult for many facility managers to understand how they can collect data across new and legacy systems.

With smart systems, building managers can make the necessary changes in their facility operation. They also need to apply systems that will communicate smartly and provide essential data in a meaningful and uniform way.

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