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Over the last few years, the focus on smart building systems has grown considerably. Global spending on these systems has steadily increased and is predicted to reach £14.4 billion by 2019. As this market continues to grow, companies are reassessing their use of office space and introducing building automation.

 

Building Automation Advantages

Companies are understanding how investment in building automation can support business aims. One example of this is energy management solutions. BEMS systems optimise building performance, reducing energy wastage and avoiding unnecessary costs. Another important result of this is a reduced carbon footprint. Whilst saving money is a priority for business, sustainability is another key consideration.

An often overlooked advantage of building automation is the improved user experience it provides. Alongside energy efficiency, smart buildings are far more enjoyable to inhabit and work in. From the ability to control temperature and lighting to improved connectivity, smart buildings ensure optimised working conditions. One amazing example of this is ‘The Edge‘ in Amsterdam. The office building boasts a custom-built app, allowing users to find colleagues, adjust their environments, and much more. Even the coffee machines in the building are smart. The building’s various espresso machines remember how the user likes their coffee. Sensors even alert staff when the machines need refilling.

 

Data

Building automation systems revolve around an array of sensors, which generate a huge amount of data. Smart building software is then able to analyse this data, providing actionable intelligence on the building’s performance. Advantages of this include:

  • Building managers are able to make more informed decisions
  • Advanced detection and diagnostics of faults
  • Prevent equipment failure/shortage
  • Optimised comfort for occupants

 

Security

Another key advantage of building automation is the capabilities of advanced security technologies. These can include:

  • Facial recognition
  • Video analytics
  • Automated door locks

The combination of these technologies makes the building much safer for occupants and users. Moreover, they can be used alongside other systems to further improve security. For example, if an intruder is detected, security cameras can be redirected, and control systems engaged to prevent access to the building; security personnel can then be directed to the threat.

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