Systems Integration

As is the case with so many things, when it comes to building systems, each piece is a part of something bigger. System integration is the function of pulling each integral building subsystem into one overall management system. By doing this, each subsystem can utilize the strengths of all the others to create a coordinated environment that performs as a whole. System integration will provide building owners with functionality and value they never thought possible.

What does complete integration look like?

Consider these questions:

  • Is your building new?
  • Does your existing building have multiple smart subsystems that function separately?
  • Do you have multiple buildings either locally, nationally or internationally?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then a complete system integration is optimal for you.

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Consider this example

Assume a given building has a lighting control system, a centralized HVAC system with a computer terminal and a security system with keycard access. If these subsystems are integrated, open protocols can be used to poll all of them from a centralized building management controller.

  • Building operators can then use a web-based interface to schedule building system occurrences at a moment’s notice.
  • Control sequences can set heating and cooling systems back where there is no occupancy.
  • Security cameras can be seen on the same building automation interface that an operator looks at for heating and cooling issues.
  • Security alarms, HVAC alarms, fire alarms, etc. can all notify a user via the same email or text message interface.

And all of this can happen from anywhere!

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IMPROVED BUILDING PERFORMANCE

Unified systems effectively create smart buildings. Such buildings easily exceed their original performance expectations, which were based upon measurements of systems that functioned independently.

INCREASED BUILDING OPERATOR EFFICIENCY

Issues can be investigated and resolved at any given time and from any location, as long as there is an Internet connection. Such flexibility reduces the costly overhead associated with sending technicians on-site to diagnose issues; resources can therefore be spent more wisely and repairs can be performed more quickly.

USE OF OPEN PROTOCOLS ELIMINATES VENDOR LOCK-IN

Dynamix Energy Services uses the BACnet open protocol standard, which has been approved by ASHRAE and adopted by ANSI. as well as non-proprietary controls. This ensures that you are not locked into a single line of controllers, user interface or single service provider.

ELIMINATION OF MULTIPLE LOGINS AND DIFFERING INTERFACE GRAPHICS

Most proprietary protocols have their own login, whether it be from a workstation or from a website. Integrating systems together will provide you with one login portal for all systems. The graphics will all be designed with the same touch and feel so navigation is more intuitive and easy.