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|The Next BAS Divergence
We’ve reached the end of an era…. The end of another BAS Era.
reached the end of an era…. The end of another BAS Era. Goodbye RS-485
Serial… Hello to CAT6 Ethernet. Change is scary, but those who look only
to the past and present are certain to miss the future. And the BAS advantages
of this move are becoming overwhelming!
first BAS Divergence was marked by the major shift from Pneumatics to DDC,
moving from air pressure in tubing, to digital accompanied by RS485, RS232 and LON. And
with that, everything changed. From controllers to sensors to actuators,
everything became digital and included data and feedback. We, as
an industry, became proficient in utilizing Serial
Networks and computers to add visibility and control at a level
far beyond that of the Pneumatic Era. Granted, it took years for the
change to settle, but by the early 2000’s the industry had changed, leapt
forward, with no looking back.
here we are once more, amidst the next Divergence, as IP takes over BAS,
witnessing what will again fundamentally change the industry,
forever. Everything is about to change… from IP Control to IP
Sensing to IP Clouds into OT networks with Cyber Security. As these new
concepts take hold, we will move from the (now) Stone Age era of
Building Data into a digital revolution with unheard-of-possibilities
utilizing building data in a way that will drastically improve the energy demand,
greenhouse emission, operational efficiencies and most important,
the occupant experience.
key driver pushing this technology into every
project, is incredible BANDWIDTH!!! We are
taking 1,000,000 times more throughput. Literally
moving the bandwidth from 128 k to 10 gig and more. The difference is
crazy, and the data-crazed folk? Forget about it, this is your
does this mean to the Contractor?
one, lower costs, as programming and commissioning hours are no longer used to
stare at an update bar for an application. Instead, the update for the building
can be done in milliseconds and the tech can move to the next task.
huge benefit – wiring and network reliability. NO MORE
TROUBLESHOOTING NETWORKS! IP is plug and play, has already been used for
networks in buildings and once it is up, it does not go down.
all these advantages of installing IP, Techs do not have to spend nearly
as much time on the installation and the savings are so real, we see
contractors giving deducts by changing job network designs from Serial
to IP Controllers.
does this mean to the Building Owner?
Systems on a scale they never dreamed. By controlling their own properly
managed OT network with IP devices, they have no limitations on what hardware
or software applications are offered to utilize. As better technologies are
made available, all the Building Owner will have to do is plug the new
device into their software updated OT network, which will
allow for low-cost upgrades, adding new tenant features &
amenities for years to come. The properly-secured OT Network allows
the building to plug in Web Services, which the owner can add to
increase any service/system they choose – Energy, Operations, Tenant Experience,
etc. Most importantly, by moving to BAS IP Architectures, the owner can
capitalize on internal IT resources to help make better-informed decisions on
the system selections, unlike the cryptic, unmanageable, application
specific RS485 BAS world we have been living in. The owner
can now contour the BAS sector of their property to the digital
footprint of their overall business much easier. Where they can start to
truly evaluate the purposes and satisfaction of the spaces they serve, the
experience of their tenants. All while positioning themselves toward future
success in laying out new technologies for their building(s).
what do these concepts mean? Analytics, Machine Learning, Data Twinning
kind of everything… especially when it comes to the future of the
industry. You thought just FDD & Analytics was cool? With all the trapped
data stuck in low bandwidth now accessible & sharable in
mass with any software, I expect by 2025 we’ll see a Services Renaissance period
for BAS like we’ve never seen before. Where buildings become scary smart,
and even more efficient.
of limitations is OVER! From the boundaries of pressure readings to the
confines of BAS data innovation stymied by serial networks. It is time to
rethink the paradigm when it comes to what BAS data we want and
how it’s delivered… I’ll give u a hint what I’m thinking, WE
WANT IT ALL AND WE WANT IT NOW!
to the BAS IP era…
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