The building management system market was valued at USD 6.65 billion in 2016 and is expected to reach USD 19.25 billion by 2023. That alone just goes to show what a growth market this is looking to be and just how big it is at the moment too. There is a growing market in software tools that provide an analysis of the monitored data and present it in a format that is easy and quick to understand. This too is where and how Building Monitoring Systems are becoming so effective now in the marketplace. |
Building management systems help building managers understand how buildings are operating and allow them to control and adjust systems to optimise their performance. As well as collating data and allowing ease of control, BMS can help; visualise data, automatically generate reports and create alarms and alerts when parameters are exceeded, failures occur, or with prognostic systems, when failures are likely to occur. They can also allow comparison between spaces, buildings and benchmark data. Intelligent building management systems bring together information and controls relating to a number of different systems operating using a range of different software applications and allow them to be controlled form single interface. This makes monitoring and analysis more straightforward and comprehensive and allows information from one system to influence the controls for another.
Historically, BMS has been associated with large commercial buildings, however as equipment has become easier to control, monitoring and detection has become less expensive, and wireless technology has become available, buildings of all sizes are having increasingly complex control systems installed. This can for example allow home owners to connect to their home and switch on devices such as lights and heating before they arrive. See internet of things and smart buildings for more information. After all, IOT is very much yet another area which ties into all of this too.
Building monitoring systems may now be integrated with building information models (BIM) to allow performance in use to be compared with design criteria and design simulations. This can help identify potential problems in operation or design and can help validate modelling techniques. Building information models might also include information about the operation and maintenance of building components. Air conditioning is another area too that can all very much tie into this in terms of the way in which it works.
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