System integration is a hot topic these days due to the increasing advances in building automation technology. Software such as BAS (Building Automation Systems), CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management Systems), security software, and building performance visualization software can now be integrated into one seamless system. An integrated system promotes efficiency and reduces costs, but without integration, facilities management can be very cumbersome.
When individual systems are not integrated, facilities staff has to learn how to operate each element separately. For example, the fire alarm system triggers the HVAC system to control smoke and ventilation, the access control system provides an exit for evacuation, and the elevator system brings the cabs to the floor. These separate elements have to be manually adjusted at different times, and does not promote efficiency. When it comes to better facilities management and truly efficient methods, system integration needs to be established. Read about the following 8 benefits of system integration to see how it makes facilities management more efficient:
Benefit #1: Single Work Station
System integration allows facilities managers to work from a single work station. Problems can be solved and changes can be made with a few clicks rather than visiting multiple computer systems. It simplifies the process and makes it easy to manage.
Benefit #2: Energy Savings
Integration can reduce energy consumption and bring significant energy savings. Tying together and monitoring temperature fluctuations as well as making necessary adjustments or repairs to equipment can produce energy savings almost immediately.
Benefit #3: Lower Labor Costs and Improve Operations
Reduced energy consumption isn’t the only benefit, companies see reduced labor costs through streamlined operations.
Benefit #4: Improve Response Time
When integration is done properly, real-time alerts will be sent via work orders or alarm systems. Many software companies now offer mobile capabilities, so management can get alerts through their mobile phone or other devices.
Benefit #5: Performance
Integrated systems perform well. Most users of integrated systems are satisfied with how the technology operates, which demonstrates that in general, system integration meets expectations and is easy to use.
Benefit #6: Data Collection
The wealth of data that is collected by systems integration will lead to better decision making. Data ranges from the temperature fluctuation, routine maintenance, to power outages and under-performing facilities.
Benefit #7: Software and Device Compatibility
Most modern vendors make software products that are compatible with each other. For example Eagle Technology’s Proteus CMMS software integrates with several BAS systems such as Honeywell, Johnson Controls and Tridium. In fact, increasingly more compatible devices and software are available on the market today.
Benefit #8: Multiple Sites
Integration can include multiple buildings on multiple sites, and is not limited to one individual building.
After reading through the benefits of systems integration, are you compelled to make your management system more efficient? There is a lot of information out there on the web, but we at Eagle Technology would be glad to explain how integration can help your facility. Please feel free to contact us at any time.