Integrated Automation System for ambitious health care provider

SCRIPPS HEALTH

Project state: September, 2019

Completion date: Partnership ongoing

Location: San Diego, California

Goals: Operational efficiency, open protocols, cybersecurity

Technologies: Niagara 4, BACnet IP

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How standardization and a multi-system integration approach is helping this large health system find efficiencies through construction and operations. 

After years spent developing the framework and standards for its Integrated Automation Systems (IAS), including a requirement for open, BACnet IP-based controllers across their network of buildings, Scripps Health hired Buildings IOT as its IAS Network Integrator to deploy the standards across their portfolio. Buildings IOT is responsible for bringing system data into the Niagara 4 Supervisor securely and in a manner that makes it available for command and control via a Niagara 4 graphical interface across the enterprise.

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As IAS NI, Buildings IOT is coordinating efforts between the Information Systems teams and the Facilities Design and Construction teams to ensure that all network-connected devices are vetted and approved by networking and cybersecurity experts in a manner compatible with construction timelines. Buildings IOT is also working closely with Building System Contractors, particularly controls contractors but also with electrical and other trades to ensure all sub-systems are provided with network connectivity in the most efficient way possible.

Buildings IOT has evaluated the existing conditions at the three main Scripps hospitals as well as medical office buildings and corporate office buildings in order to prioritize integrations based on the condition of the system, the cost of maintaining it as a proprietary network and the future plans for the site, among other variables.

Proprietary and outdated systems found across the portfolio include Siemens P2, Alerton BACnet, Johnson Controls N2 and Staefa. After working with the Scripps stakeholders to determine the integration priority, Buildings IOT is now working through each of these systems in order to pull their data into the Niagara 4 Supervisor and unified user interface built with N4 graphics.

Challenges

  • Scripps has an extensive portfolio of properties that range from hospitals to medical office buildings, clinics and corporate office space. Each has different integration needs.
  • When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in Spring of 2020, hospital resources were shifted from master plan design and construction initiatives to real-time crisis management.
  • Proprietary and outdated systems are found throughout the portfolio, ranging from Siemens P2 and Alerton BACnet to Johnson Controls N2 and Staefa.

Successes

  • Close coordination with Building System Contractors, particularly controls contractors but also with electrical and other trades to ensure all sub-systems are provided with network connectivity, efficiently.
  • Working closely with facility directors and managers across the organization, Buildings IOT developed a comprehensive existing condition and integration prioritization document.
  • Standards were developed and approved for integration and graphics and are now being implemented across the system.

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