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|Building Management Systems for
Small and Medium-size Buildings
and Medium size Buildings (SMB) are characterized by three important
metrics: building size, business size, and energy consumption.
| Jakub Górski
Director of Product Management
Global Control 5 Sp. z. o.o.
Small and Medium
size Buildings (SMB) are characterized by three important metrics:
building size, business size, and energy consumption. Floor space is
always an important indicator for any automation solution as it defines
used technology. Business size reflects the value of specific use of a
building, and that is why it influences any automation infrastructure:
we will have a different solution for a warehouse and a different
solution for the
data centre on the same floor space. Finally, the energy efficiency of
equipment became an important factor due to a rising cost of energy but
still is not the top priority for SMB customers as the usual focus is
on growing business not cutting costs. Despite the lack of interest in
energy demand, reaching energy efficiency standards may bring financial
incentives from a government agency which could help the economy of a
Building Management System Requirements
SMB customer point of view seems to be one-dimensional: affordable
price. However many business challenges that SMB face and a huge need
from building users is to have a similar experience as they have in top
office buildings bring the following requirements for a suitable
solution: affordability, simplicity, and energy-savings wise.
Business Benefits from having suitable BMS
Besides energy saving, SMB owners will be more interested in bringing new business rather than cutting costs which is a more nice-to-have option. It is important to identify additional benefits beyond energy efficiency:
A well-known standard for Business
of the major benefits of a Building Management System (BMS) is the
ability to provide a single tool for business and energy management.
The right BMS platform will support the goals of the C-suite,
operations staff and local workers. BMS offers customers unified
platform either on the cloud or locally which brings data together
(data aggregation) across information silos combining technology dates
(e.g., temperature) with business ones (number of sells). Once the data
is centralized, BMS builds great visualisation for the right
communication and avoidance of failure and losses: dashboards, mobile
accessibility, alerts and many more creator superb views of facility
Technology fulfilling SMB needs
key cost-affordability factor combining with taught SMB business
challenges brings a hard-to-reach solution. Latest technology and
dropping of processor costs will allow such companies as GC5 to design
a new version of the controller – all-in-one solution. iSMA-B-MAC36NL
is such a controller which is equipped not only with well known Niagara
Framework but also has 36 I/O, HDMI and full integration of building
protocols (BACnet IP, BACnet MS/TP, Modbus TCP, Modbus RTU, M-Bus,
SNMP). All of this to bring the tool that will fulfill restricted SMB
customers need – high price awareness. Thanks to use of a powerful
dual-core process it will be possible to deliver need functionality of
standard building combining this with HDMI graphic card which allows
user to save money on PC, licenses, configuration and also engineers
will save vast amount of time as it will be possible to configure only
the controller without losing time to set-up HMI panel. With
iSMA-B-MAC36NL and its HDMI functionality, all panels will work as a
display. One configuration brings both control strategy and
visualisation which will be displayed on an HDMI monitor.
4 – a perfect fit for SMB
With over 725,000 instances worldwide, Niagara is the
operating system of buildings. Niagara enables to connect and control
devices while normalizing, visualizing and analysing data. Niagara 4
delivers a variety of notable improvements to help businesses take full
advantage of the smart approach, including advanced visualization and
new search, security, and navigation tools. Installed on iSMA-B-MAC36NL,
Niagara 4 brings the functionality existing in skyscrapers to the world
of Small and Medium-size Buildings. Additionally, the popularity of
the Niagara environment comes with a great number of engineers that
able to configure and deliver a turn-key solution for the best possible
price as expert knowledge is easily available.
SMB owners now can deliver to their clients the high-end experience of the big building but for the price which they can afford. It is possible due to a unique combination of the latest hardware innovation installed in iSMA-B-MAC36NL and popular software for building Niagara 4. The combination of two: great technology and an easy available software solution cover all SMB needs: affordability – needed features for price range existing in SMB world, simplicity – Niagara 4 well-known approach gives a simple solution for both engineers and business users and energy-savings wise – many control strategies might be implemented on iSMA-B-MAC36NL due to its computing power. Global Control 5 manufacturers will provide the iSMA-B-MAC36NL controller with a tested control strategy for energy efficiency as well. iSMA-B-MAC36NL is a great solution for many small and medium size buildings and their owners. Thanks to the Global Control 5 controller all SMB buildings can afford to have the standard functionality of BMS. iSMA-B-MAC36NL provides mini BMS for them!
About the Author
Jakub Górski, Director of Product Management - An expert in building automation and energy efficiency in buildings. He has cooperated with such companies as Siemens, and Schneider Electric. Privately, Jakub is a literary lover and author of the book "Real journey".
About the Company
Control 5, one of the Niagara Community members, is the Polish leader
in hardware and software technology. Being a global company, we create
and deliver intelligent building automation technology ranging from
peripherals and sensors through edge devices to cloud services.
These comprehensive solutions for building automation are created under its own brand iSMA (Intelligent Solution Managing Automation). iSMA products allow integrators to create competitive control systems of all installations in the building. iSMA products are fully made in Poland and sold with global success. Global Control 5 works closely with international companies and successfully sells iSMA products in many countries around the world. The solutions proposed by the Global Control 5 Sp. z o. o. are prepared in accordance with the specific and unique needs of any client. iSMA products allow integrators to create competitive control systems of all installations in the building. The ability to integrate Niagara Framework® with the other systems allows building manager to obtain flexible selection of products.
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