Choosing the Best System for Building Energy Management
Whether you are a building owner or a property manager, the cost of energy waste in commercial...
For any data reporting process to work well, successful integration with a range of data sources is a must.
This is particularly true in the commercial building industry, where pairing a building management system (BMS) with the right building analytics products is essential to optimizing efficiency and addressing pain points. As a service contractor, giving your clients access to meaningful, actionable data requires choosing components that communicate well with each other. Knowing what to look for when choosing these products can ensure that integration is a seamless process.
The value of big data in building energy management and automation is becoming increasingly clear. This has led to an explosion of building analytics products that seek to collect and manage the flow of data needed to improve operational efficiencies and meet energy goals. With more devices, sensors, and analytics platforms to choose from, contractors must make smart decisions to turn individual technologies into powerful strategies.
The most important aspects of choosing building analytics products is selecting an intelligent analytics platform and high-quality devices that interact well with that platform. The best platforms offer:
With these features, building analytics products can be used to their fullest potential.
Open framework systems like Tridium’s Niagara 4 Framework go a long way for integration, providing a standard aggregation layer for building systems and equipment. But while Niagara 4 can streamline data collection, extracting specific, prioritized information about a full range of building conditions remains a challenge. As such, deploying a comprehensive analytics system relies on successful coupling of multiple technologies.
The following is an overview of what this may look like:
Niagara 4 is an open framework the offers:
Using the Niagara 4 Framework allows for efficient integrations and provides a good starting point for analytics.
Security breaches are a major concern for building systems management and analytics, and the move toward cloud-based data adds new security challenges. A cloud-based analytics platform provides users with remote access to smart building data from any location and device at any time. Ensuring data security, however, must be a core priority when integrating analytics products. This means using a secure cloud hosting provider.
The hosting environment serves as an important base for the scalability and redundancy of building data and for intelligent analytics that monitor continuous operations. Use of a secure virtual private network (VPN) tunnel between your equipment and the cloud is essential for secure transmission of all data.
An intelligent building analytics solution will leverage industry-leading open-protocol control systems to import data from a range of sources to the centralized cloud-hosted database. With this infrastructure in place, you can fully capitalize on the robust data mining capabilities and actionable insights available from a smart analytics platform.
The range of data stored in the cloud-hosted database can include:
An analytics solution that offers a full suite of options and reports will connect your systems for better building operations.
Using a standardized naming and tagging ontology for normalizing data, including a clear approach to categorizing building data, will help uncover insights from what would otherwise be an unmanageable volume of information.
Selecting smart building analytics products that integrate well lets you go beyond basic Niagara analytics and identify opportunities to improve building conditions while maximizing return on investment.
The Niagara Framework has important benefits, including the ability to seamlessly integrate a range of building analytics products that turn data into insight. Adding the support of an analytics platform with smart reporting provides powerful capabilities, such as clear and efficient troubleshooting and greater visibility of activities within your BMS.
The onPoint Analytics platform offers multilayered analytics based on the integration of a full range of data sources available in the centralized cloud database. This gives you a fuller view of the overall building environment and the ability to quickly pinpoint the root causes of problems. 4D insights resolve questions while offering concrete steps you can take to resolve pain points.
Notable features include:
Created by experienced mechanical engineers, analysts, and building control experts, onPoint provides a cloud-based, real-time monitoring system for creating transformative building management strategies.
The proliferation of building analytics products is opening up new possibilities for reducing energy consumption, automating operations, and increasing the lifespan of building management systems. With the right building analytics products, you can truly capitalize on these opportunities.
Our industry-leading technology and analytics can help make your building management as simple and efficient as possible. We’ll create customized reporting solutions for your priorities—no matter what your team needs.