Facility managers and building owners who look into ways of improving their building infrastructure and resource management inevitably come across Building Automation Systems (BAS). Building automation is nothing new in the fast-evolving world, as this type of digital transformation has demonstrated proven ROI for organizations that have turned to its platforms. As a leader in supporting infrastructures and providing BAS services, SEBCSI frequently addresses these three common yet critical questions our customers have about BAS for their facilities.
Why should I implement a BAS now?
This is not an answer delving into the specific benefits of implementing a BAS in the first place, such as long-term energy and financial savings along with added-efficiency. Instead, let’s examine how pressing of an issue it is to modernize and integrate your existing systems, even if they have been serving your building infrastructure well up until this point. For starters, upgrading the BAS to modern systems enables better connectivity and memory capacity. All in all, these improvements would allow facility managers to utilize more technological functions and features that translate to cost savings and higher efficiency.
Further, a building may have various automation systems in place but aren’t managed under an integrated interface. This may be due to feature unavailability at the time it was installed, or they had various vendors install devices in the past that aren’t compatible with facility-wide interoperability. By implementing a new BAS, it could eliminate the need for facility workers to use several separate and possibly antiquated systems.
Will it require upgrades or replacements?
In order to unify the multiple facility-wide systems into a single BAS platform, it would require either upgrading existing equipment and infrastructure, or replacing incompatible infrastructure that cannot be upgraded. While fulfilling upgrades and replacements present their own stack of challenges, there are practical strategies one can use to move towards full system integration gradually. Buildings can upgrade building assets in phases over a few years, following a plan that suits their financial schedule. Moving forward, the new BAS platform must overcome planned obsolescence. Using scalable and open system automation infrastructure are some great ways to start.
Should I only use open systems from BAS vendors?
To answer this question, it’s important to understand what open system means. Open system, also known as open protocol, equipment can interoperate without a proprietary interface or gateway. However, not all vendors that offer “open” products mean they will allow other vendors or contractors to fully service the automation system and run nonproprietary graphic user interfaces. This means that while the equipment can be installed and wired into existing infrastructure, it will only allow that portion of the system to work with the vendor’s proprietary interface. It’s essential to review the contract agreement to understand whether a BAS vendor’s equipment is an open system, and if you can fully take advantage of this aspect.
Being locked into a single-vendor system means businesses can face stiff pricing and rely on the proprietary vendor throughout the contract term, regardless of service quality. However, if you trust the vendor and their services, it does mean your facility can benefit from a unified and streamlined program to manage all your BAS data.
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