Cloud-Based Technologies and Solutions Enhance Management of Buildings and Portfolios
With the advent of cloud computing and custom applications, tech users have come to expect solutions with deep analytics that are not only scalable, but tailor-made for their needs. Cloud-based technologies bring that solution to the connected building, assembling data from equipment and buildings systems and presenting normalized, unified information that's been customized to user needs. Data from BAS sensors, smart equipment, chiller plants and meters can be aggregated and analyzed alongside data that originates outside a facility, such as utility bills, and information that affects a facility's operations, such as weather forecasts or energy prices. This rich cache of data offers users a bigger picture of their building or chiller plant operations and efficiency.
For instance, the cloud enables remote monitoring of smart equipment, so experts in another location can spot a fault or trend that indicates a chiller isn't running optimally. They can even diagnose the root of the issue and dispatch a service technician to make repairs before a real problem causes equipment downtime. Another solution might offer fault detection and diagnostics (FDD) on the equipment level, alerting the facility manager to the problems underlying that inefficiency, and in many cases catching abnormalities before the BAS alarms are generated. Enterprise options allows users to look across their entire portfolio, accessing dashboards and workflow tools to gain clarity and insight. When information is aggregated across the portfolio and presented through one interface, accessible anywhere, users have the tools they need to make intelligent decisions quickly and gain more control over their buildings.