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Advantages of IoT-based Building Management System (BMS)

More and more organizations are choosing to implement IoT-based building management systems and here are the top reasons why!

Geethanjali Manoj Kumar
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IoT-based Building Management Systems(BMS) are taking the facility management industry by storm. The new generation of problems and standards to meet for organizational infrastructure are evolving and facility management teams have to catch up quickly!

Building Management System(BMS)s in the conventional sense have been around as early as the 1950s and have always made notable contributions to effective building management. As the times and technologies have changed traditional BMSs are often seen struggling to keep up with the new requirements, the pace of operations, and the speed of infrastructural expansion within organizations.

An IoT-based BMS is a win-win for both the facility team and organizational administrators. In all transparency, the benefits expand to the occupants to the general environment too! 

Why Is IoT-Based BMS So Sought After?

1. Great for cost-cutting

With an IoT-based BMS, the capex costs can be vastly pulled down. In fact with the recent advancements in related technology, the prices are decreasing even more. As per reports, an IoT-based BMS can reduce deployment costs by around 30%! 

Additionally, post-deployment, an IoT-based BMS continues to save you money and improve operational efficiency. With great importance placed on energy utilization one can see significant reduction in energy consumption. Data-driven decision-making for maintenance, preventive maintenance, and occupancy-based utilization of assets can improve asset health and lifetime ensuring optimized performance. This is vital when it comes to ROI for existing assets and infrastructure. 

In a more extrapolated situation, well-managed office space also means a more efficient workforce within the workplace and an obvious improvement in productivity.

2. Occupants and admins are going to love the convenience

An IoT-based BMS comes with a plethora of features everyone will love. Occupants and facility teams in particular will benefit from being able to raise real-time work orders. These tasks can then be immediately delegated to facility team members and taken care of at the earliest. Data is readily available and can be used to make calculated decisions such as requirements to replace assets, maintenance scheduling, safety alerts, and more.

WIth the development of cloud-based SaaS platforms, the most un-missable feature is the ability to access and control building operations remotely and automate all functions in the building.

3. Helps you reach your sustainability goals

Energy utilization, asset health and performance tracking can help make informed decisions on where maintenance is required and where the energy sinks are. This is helpful to avoid unnecessary energy utilization and unnecessary breakdowns that can prove to use up an unrequited amount of energy.

Energy usage data can identify malfunctioning assets and can help schedule preventive maintenance tasks that can prevent unprecedented failures. 

All in all, an IoT-based BMS can cater to your various sustainability needs and aid your sustainability initiatives. This can be both appealing to your stakeholders and also help you reach the current and future sustainability requirements for buildings.

4. Facilitates data-driven decision-making

One major area where IoT-based BMS scores over conventional systems is the availability of real-time data. Unlike traditional systems that rely on manual readings or periodic checks, IoT-based BMS continuously collects and transmits data from various sensors and devices throughout the building. This real-time data provides facility managers with up-to-the-minute insights into building performance, energy usage, equipment status, and occupant behavior. Such timely information enables proactive decision-making, prompt issue detection, and effective resource optimization. With real-time data at their fingertips, facility managers can make informed decisions to improve efficiency, reduce costs, and enhance occupant comfort.

5. Scalable and flexible for both new and retrofit needs

An IoT layer can be implemented over your existing infrastructure and building devices. There is no requirement for removing or replacing any of these. The ease with which you can upgrade your facility with IoT is completely unmatched!

Like every growing facility, it is bound to have the need to expand and accommodate more devices. Having an IoT-based BMS enables you to seamlessly integrate new devices and assets into your existing building as and when required and the same can be scaled to all the buildings in the portfolio effortlessly. 

6. Safety and security before anything.

Safety and security are paramount considerations in any BMS, and IoT-based Building Management Systems excel in this regard. With the integration of IoT devices and sensors, these systems offer enhanced safety measures, protecting both the building occupants and the infrastructure itself.

IoT-based BMS empowers facility managers with comprehensive security features. By integrating with smart surveillance cameras, access control systems, and motion sensors, it enables centralized monitoring and management of the entire security infrastructure. This level of integration allows for efficient control, monitoring, and response to security breaches or unauthorized access attempts.

IoT-based BMS’ are revolutionizing the facility management industry, offering a multitude of advantages that go beyond conventional systems. With real-time data availability, these systems provide facility managers with unprecedented insights into building performance, enabling proactive decision-making and resource optimization.By embracing IoT technology, facility managers can achieve higher efficiency, reduced costs, improved occupant comfort, and a safer environment. As the facility management industry continues to evolve, embracing IoT-based BMS becomes essential for staying ahead and unlocking the full potential of intelligent and interconnected buildings. Connect with us to know how your building can benefit from IoT.

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