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Building Automation and Control Systems With Open-source Data Will Offer Greater Benefit

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Jason Pohl

Smart buildings are all about communication. At the heart of that communication is a building automation and control system that consists of sensors, controllers, communication infrastructure, and computing resources. Sensors send signals through the communication infrastructure to the computing resources that determine control actions and relay the information back to controllers. Seamless two-way data flow is essential.

Proprietary data repositories used by specific vendor devices can make it challenging to integrate such devices into building automation and control systems. This, in turn, makes it difficult to retrieve information stored in controllers and smart devices. 

Open-source data models use standard naming conventions and taxonomies for building equipment and operational data. Building automation and control systems built on such data models make it easy to gather critical information on building systems and conditions and use that information to control the building environment. The result is improved performance, optimized efficiency, and better occupant experiences.

Open-source Data Models Transform Building Automation and Control Systems

Open-source software for building automation and control systems has very permissive licenses and public and collaborative development practices. In most cases, the open-source data models are available to developers free of charge, reducing the cost of building automation system platforms developed on the existing database technologies. The key benefits of using open-source data for building automation and control systems include:


Open Protocol

A communication protocol refers to a set of rules that are used to share data. Proprietary or closed communication protocols are only compatible with specific vendors’ equipment, thereby limiting equipment and upgrade options. In contrast, open communication protocols allow interoperability across vendors. This is instrumental for integrating building automation systems with new and existing components.



Open-source data models allow you to customize and scale building automation and control systems, adding the exact features and capabilities you need without being restricted to a particular vendor’s offerings.



Connecting sensors and controls reliably and economically is key to optimizing the efficiency of building systems, maximizing their capabilities, and making buildings responsive to occupants. In open-architecture building systems, the seamless data flow between sensors and control systems ensures better interoperability and allows for innovative approaches like auto-mapping, auto-programming, auto-diagnostics, and auto-commissioning. Open-source data can make smart buildings truly responsive and energy-efficient.


Robust Design

When it comes to building automation, the design of the BAS platform that suits the specific needs of the building environment is critical. Open-source data models make it possible to design custom and cost-effective BAS solutions with the capabilities and security you need without paying for things you don’t.


Remote and Local Monitoring

Building automation and control data need to be accessed from anywhere, anytime with equally robust security. Open-source data models allow you to integrate virtually all building systems and gain remote access to system status, trending information, and configuration adjustments through a single interface.

A Smart Building Integration Platform Takes You Further

The performance of a building automation and control system depends on the integration and intelligent use of building data. Integrating building systems with an intelligent, smart building integration platform, like IOT Jetstream, offers a new level of control and insight into how your building’s data works together and how to make it work better. By connecting building data and powering machine learning capabilities, IOT Jetstream makes building automation and controls systems truly intelligent.     

Buildings IOT offers state-of-the-art services and products you need to create truly intelligent building automation and control systems. Contact our team of experts to learn more about what we can do for you.



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