Siloed, piecemeal implementations. Buildings often tackle challenges in a piecemeal fashion, due to short-term financial constraints and long term traditions that divide building functions into separate. Siloed departments with little interaction. As a result, many projects are built to solve a single problem in a single department, creating islands of automation that duplicate expenses while making it difficult to share system or data. Smart Building requires a system-wide view and an integrated approach. The bad news: holistic thinking and collaborative work are hard. The good news: done right, they can save time and enable new services that were not possible in an isolated, siloed model. For instance, a building department can drastically cut the development time for new application by re-using data and software modules already created by other departments. Electric, HVAC, Surveillance and Access control utility can drastically cut the cost of communications network by using one already built out for data, Voice and Wi-Fi utility.
Instrumentation provides eyes and ears of a Commercial and Residential Facilities.
Ex: smart meters for electricity.
Water and gas, air quality sensors, access control, IP or Analogue Surveillance, video monitors and roadway sensors. Control system provides remote management capabilities. Ex: switches, breakers and other devices that let operators control from afar.
Facilitates Commercial and Residential complex devices and people communication. Connectivity ensures that data gets from where is collected to where it is analyzed and used.
Ex: complex wide wired/Wi-Fi networks. RF mesh networks and cellular networks for device connectivity and people telecommunication.
Ensures that products and services from disparate providers can exchange information and work together seamlessly. It prevents the end user from being “locked in” to just one proprietary supplier, gives end user more choice. And it lets the end user build projects over time in phases, with confidence that all the pieces will work together in the end.
Are technologies, policies and practices that safeguard data, privacy and physical assets. Ex: publishing of clear privacy rules and implementation of cyber security system. Security and privacy play a critical role in enabling safe environment because they build trust with all stakeholders. Without trust it is difficult to adopt new technologies and practices.
Is the process of storing, protecting and processing data while guaranteeing its accuracy, accessibility, reliability and timeliness. Data is king in any establishment. Proper management is essential to maintain data integrity and value. A data management transparency and sharing policy – including proper polices and access, authentication and authorization data management.
Include the computers, storing of data, a geographic information system (GIS), cloud services, including public, private and hybrid models.
MIS will provide comprehensive reliable information on all administrative functions for executive decision making. Analytics create value from the data that instrumentation provides. Ex: analyzing electric power usage to know when and where to expand and analytics that utilize from across departments have tremendous potential to identify new insights and unique solutions to delivering services. There by improving outcomes.