How the IoT Is Reshaping Building Automation

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The Internet of Things (IoT) – a spiderweb of smart devices from phones to washing machines to garage door openers – is already changing lives, and the Building Automation Systems (BAS) industry is not exempt. This disruption – positive in most ways – cannot simply be compartmentalized. In order to truly grasp its impact on the BAS industry it must be considered its own ecosystem and not vertical machine-to-machine (M2M) applications working with edge devices. But the IoT is often thought of in consumer, and not commercial, terms. In fact, the IoT may have its most powerful applications in non-consumer use.

Critical aspects of the IoT must surround the user experience. And in a BAS environment, smart devices, cloud applications, security and identification allow these devices to “lay over” a solid foundation to create a new dynamic not just covering ease-of-use for an individual, but a pathway to efficiency for building managers, owners, etc.

The BAS industry is being disrupted by the IoT. Transformative Wave, a leading vendor, writes, “While all BAS providers are scrambling to understand how the IoT impacts their business, only the market leaders are looking to leverage the IoT to empower a broad spectrum of stakeholders. Building owners, energy managers, service technicians, building occupants – even utilities as Smart Grid applications become more prevalent. We need to realize that the IoT is much more than simply billions of connected devices and sensors. It’s an entire ecosystem that achieves this empowerment through ‘simple smarts’, giving us greater insight into our buildings and the ability to take action through web-based control and automation with end user high-performance interfaces.”

Fortunately, the BAS industry has a head start. Embedded connectivity isn’t new. What IS new and exciting, however, is how powerful the IoT can be in terms of increasing performance and profitability of your building or facility.

But there are hurdles, interoperability, for example, especially due to proprietary control systems. Analytics are another.

Learn more about how the Internet of Things affects the future of Building Automation by reading Transformative Wave’s new report, How the IoT is Reshaping Building Automation.

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