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New advances in building automation systems combined with the latest generation of IoT devices make it possible to acquire data from a wide range of equipment in today’s buildings. Access to this data opens up new possibilities for more efficient facility operation and lower costs.
Accessing the data is just the first key step in the process and can be a major challenge in an environment where many different systems and sensor technologies are used. The next challenge is to manage and derive value from the vast amount of data produced by these devices and turn that data into actionable information that can be used to automate workflow processes to improve energy and overall operational efficiency.
A new generation of open software platforms hosted on edge nodes in close proximity to the building’s IoT devices are enabling access to the building data and advanced analytics deployed on these platforms is providing the technology to create value from this data. Analytics software makes it possible to transform data from building systems into actionable information by finding patterns that represent operational issues and opportunities for savings.
Effective analytics solutions must be able to combine data from multiple sources all of which are likely to have different formats. Open Edge platforms such as IOTech’s Edge Xpert help manage this problem by enabling data to be read/written from a wide a range of sensor/device protocols and then presenting the data to the analytics in a normalized format.
Already a number of important use cases where edge computing and the IoT are being used effectively in buildings automation systems are emerging including:
Access to the vast quantities of data produced by modern building systems opens up new opportunities for the creation of value-added services to help businesses reduce energy consumption and cost, enhance operations through improved operating processes, and to validate investments made in energy savings measures. Open Edge software platform enable multi-protocol connectivity and data normalization to and Advanced analytics technology now allows us to take advantage of this wealth of data.