When organizations have the appropriate resources to achieve operational resiliency, they can more effectively adapt to any major challenges in their path. Indeed, the many businesses that faced setbacks and closures due to COVID-19 this year are a prime example of the unexpected stalling operations. Fortunately, some companies have implemented strategies to safely and responsibly reopen their commercial smart buildings with adjustments to their building management system (BMS).
This pandemic alone has opened our eyes to the necessity of the latest technology to support our ever-changing needs and ensure facility operations work at optimal levels. Future-proofing facilities remain a top priority for all businesses. The best way to start is by upgrading the building management system. By keeping your building management system at the cutting-edge, your facility can take advantage of functions to enhance resiliency and future-proof your operations.
Digitizing for Efficiency
Operational efficiency is relative to your facility’s capacity at the given moment. Depending on whether your facility is at full or partial capacity, you need to adjust BMS functions to levels conducive to occupant comfort while saving energy. This is also why many businesses looking to future-proof their facilities also employ sustainable tactics to maintain their buildings. Modernizing and digitizing the BMS with the latest capabilities makes controlling the several facets of building functions far easier and efficient. These include the HVAC, lighting, security, access control, workplace management systems, and more. Up to date BMS technology can collect and analyze facility-wide performance data. As a result, facility managers can monitor and make smarter decisions from an integrated control interface.
Enable Remote Monitoring and Servicing
Another crucial aspect to enforce as you future-proof your facility operations is remote management. Facilities like edge centers and micro data centers are already putting this idea into practice. The idea stems from preparing your BMS with IoT-connected devices to monitor operations remotely and to use predictive maintenance with the smart technology. Then, the system can self-diagnose issues or connect with a remote advisory team to address problems before they can cause critical failures. Remote management capabilities are increasingly important because these functions can continue to support facilities even when there are limited to zero support staff on-site for isolated settings.
Safeguard Against Cyber Vulnerabilities
Upgrading the BMS of a facility means leveraging more cloud connectivity to integrate all aspects of your building functions. While using this connectivity has its benefits, it could also become one’s vulnerability. Therefore, to keep your operations and facility resilient, the BMS must use a robust cybersecurity framework. This remains an important criterion of most modern technologies being adopted. Cybercriminals are always trying to find ways to infiltrate business networks through unprotected and vulnerable access points, including IoT connected devices and sensors. To future-proof your investment into your smart BMS, you need the proper precautions in place to safeguard against these critical disruptions.
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