Within an intelligent built environment, data integration means identifying, transforming, analyzing, and utilizing data from disparate sources to improve the performance of a building owner's most valuable asset.
Master System Integration
Before the arrival and dissemination of the Internet of Things (IoT) and other smart technologies within the built environment, building systems that controlled climate, lighting, energy, and other aspects affecting operations were siloed. These various systems used disparate protocols that didn’t allow them to communicate with each other. There was little regard for ensuring that they spoke the same “language,” as there was no need for them to do so.
One of the primary goals of integration in smart buildings is providing a unified outlook that facilitates robust historical data analysis. Integration architecture must be designed to support the analysis of data flowing from multiple systems, and this data must be unadulterated, wide-ranging, obedient to a set of rules, reliable, and up-to-date. This requires standardization when the architecture is first designed, and again once when deployed.
Taking advantage of advancements in building automation applications requires the integration of operational technology (OT) system data into the enterprise (IT) side of smart buildings. Converging networks ensures seamless flow of data across interconnected building systems and allows for ongoing monitoring, analysis, and automation of the physical operational environment. Ultimately, IT and OT convergence benefits all stakeholders and allows you to make the most of smart technologies.
Making your building smart leads to significant improvements in efficiency, occupant comfort, and performance. But smart technology means more connectivity, and more connectivity means new vulnerabilities.
In the face of economic uncertainty, commercial building owners often consider selling off at least some of their assets. A building assessment report supported by an intelligent building management platform (IBMP) can help accurately and efficiently communicate your building’s equipment when it comes time to provide due diligence in the sales process. But an IBMP can also do so much more.
Data-driven smart technology has tremendous benefits for the people who own, manage, maintain, and occupy commercial buildings. But OEMs and PropTech also have much to gain from data infrastructure monitoring and alerting. And it begins with secure integration.
Network outages often occur at the most inopportune times. Whether due to hardware or software malfunctions, human error, natural disasters, or cyberattacks, unplanned downtime is costly for any business.
A smart building is a dynamic entity with interconnected components constantly communicating with each other, sharing data, and responding to real-time and anticipated needs. Each smart building ecosystem can be tailored to specific users and unique goals, but there are some key components all successful smart buildings share. Understanding the role of these components and the benefits they provide can help you choose the right technologies for your building.
An integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) uses a set of automated tools to integrate software deployed across diverse environments. While iPaaS benefits many industries, it has particular value for commercial real estate.