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Building automation

Can a building me automated? That answer is simple; yes you can do a building automation. There are more and more businesses that are jumping on the band wagon where getting automated is concerned. There are many advantages to automating such things as your lighting system as well as other areas. If you have a good building automation system in place then you can improve upon such areas as safety for your employees as well as reducing your energy costs.

A fully functional automation system can allow an operations manager to operate the entire system from one general area. You can over see all aspects of the building and you can control every system with just the touch of a button. You can network electronic devices with ease and you can save a great deal by doing so. It is possible to integrate building sub-systems that can include such things as; lighting, security, HVAC, elevators as well as safety systems. By doing this you can make a single management network that is extremely efficient.

Many people do not realize that they can have so much power over their building by simply networking their systems together to form one lean running machine. Let’s take a college campus for example. The facilities manager at a larger college campus can actually control everything there, from the water and electrical metering to whom can have access each building all from a single terminal. He or she can even find and diagnose system problems remotely.

Lighting and the irrigation systems in a building are greatly responsible for high energy costs so by device networking these systems you can have them run more efficiently which will lower your overall cost greatly. You will want to get a system that will help with these costly areas as this will help the system pay for itself in no time at all.

Now let’s take a look at building safety. If you have a campus or facility that has elevators you will want to be able to remotely diagnose problems and possibly fix them from afar as well. This is a huge benefit when running a place of business with elevators. You will also be able to grant or deny access to any part of any building on the property, thus keeping out unwanted solicitors and possible break-in and robberies. If an alarm goes off the facilities manager can easily see what the problem is and if there is a need to dispatch for help such as fire rescue or even the police.

January 21, 2008 - Posted by | Automation, Blogroll

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