What You’re Not Getting From Your Building Automation System

Published by Nina Perez on

Building Automation was born in 1883, when Warren Johnson, a school teacher from Milwaukee invented the thermostat. Later, Johnson founded Johnson Controls, now a global industrial and technological leader in the world of facilities. Since 1883, Building Automation has gained huge successes with the emergence of BACnet IP, integration of code languages such as Java, and ultimately the use of the Internet of Things. Still in 2019, Building Automation Systems lack some of the fundamental human to human interactions that are needed for proper communications and planning in facilities management. 

So, what is it that your Building Automation System may be lacking in?

1. Real-Time Utility Sub-Metering Data

With continuous efforts for energy efficiency, FM need more than the monthly utility bill to address ways to decrease consumption. Sub-metering has arisen as the new standard for building sustainability. Utility sub-metering data provides the essential tools to monitor energy costs/performance, to identify consumption anomalies, and to forecast capital expenditures. Sure, there are great strides FM teams can take in order to upgrade their BAS to support real-time utility sub-metering. Although, to do so can be monumentally burdensome for facilities due to the high cost and equipment downtime for installation. 

Which leads me to my next point…

2. Simple Wireless Installation

Nothing is more cumbersome than the installation of a BAS with long cable runs. Not to mention, depending on the quality of the installation, further problems can arise. What this means is that errors that are the result of out-of-calibration sensors or improperly wired control loops can go undetected and uncorrected. In addition, the installation itself can become the most costly part of incorporating a BAS into a facility. 

3. Accurate Prediction on Equipment

As BAS companies face competition from more advance technological facilities management software, they have begun to seek new advancements to stay up to date with facilities trend, of which includes Fault Detection and Diagnostics. Fault Detection monitors electric usage on equipment. While fault detection sounds high tech and cutting edge, it has no way of trending data or actually giving a timeline to failure. Fault detection merely shows the amp pull of failing equipment as equipment fails, leaving a timeline for the failure to mystery. 

4. User-Interface and Design

Have you ever noticed large facilities often have to employ and train multiple people just to oversee their BAS. Why is that? Because these systems are created specifically with the intent that only building engineers will view them. Their eyesore interfaces can certainly cause confusion among anyone who has not been trained in mechanical engineering. It’s almost as if Building Automation companies designed their interface in the 1990’s and never made it into the twentieth century. 

5. Most Importantly, Computer to Human Interaction

Okay, so what is computer to human Interaction for FM? it’s the ability to create an action from data and prioritize maintenance based on those actions. Many companies have purchased work order software to alleviate this pain, leaving maintenance workers swimming in work orders and still having no prioritization of preventative maintenance efforts. One of the largest issues with BAS is their inability to collect and organize data and then relay actionable data to the correct people in an organization. Building Automation Systems only provide computer to computer interaction, taking data from equipment and uploading it to a software for view. This provides no communication directly to maintenance teams who are ultimately responsible for repairs and replacement of equipments.

What’s the alternative to Building Automation?

Your BAS is already doing much more than you’d ever be able to do on your own, even if you employed a FM army, but does it really deserve the praise that so many give it? With the onset of new advancements for facilities and cutting edge technology, Facilities management have the ability to monitor more parts of their facilities at much lower costs than ever before. 

Introducing BOS Technology

BOS Technology is a software company that specializes in building optimization through the internet of things. Our software allows for one single view of all segregated systems on an interface anyone can use. With the ability to tie into almost any BAS, BOS Tech sensors collects and trends actionable data. Rather than implementing fault detection and diagnostics, BOS Technology uses vibration sensors to more accurately monitor equipment in real-time and give equipment failure a timeline. 

Not interested in running any more long cables or wires through your facility and dealing with equipment shutdowns in the process? No worries. BOS Technology sensors don’t require any of that. In fact, almost all solutions are wireless and non-invasive and require absolutely no rip and replace. Our solutions are computer-less and people-more, allowing for customized personnel to be immediately alerted via text message and email the minute that equipment goes out of threshold. With hundreds of solutions and over thirty sensors, BOS Technology presents a solution for any problem.

Learn More about BOS Technology at bostechusa.com