05/31/2013

New Developments in Building Automation

Wireless device networks dropping in cost

 

The “internet of things” is growing – and continually dropping costs mean it may become a viable option for more facilities.

The term refers to facilitating communication between devices wirelessly – a vital component of intelligent building automation networks. These devices offer more plug-and-play functionality than ever, and they’re poised to facilitate easier demand response partnerships between utilities and individual facilities.

Partially driving this change is the growth of devices using the building’s existing IP network – the same thing your VOIP phone uses. This option is growing in popularity, according to Tobin Richardson, chairman and CEO of the ZigBee Alliance, and Varun Nagaraj, senior vice president of Echelon, developer of an open standard networking platform for energy management.

“You have the ability now to create these seamless networks and move, add, and change very quickly,” Nagaraj says. “It makes the provisioning of networks easier and reduces cost. That’s the advantage of adopting an IP to the end device concept.”

As IP sensors and controls for lighting, temperature, and other systems become available, the need for separate networks dedicated specifically to building management devices will drop, streamlining ongoing network management. At the same time, Richardson and Nagaraj say, the cost of creating IP sensors and controls will come down, ultimately enabling both wider and faster deployment.

“Different devices in very specific market segments are being intelligently managed together instead of requiring different networks,” Richardson says. “By extension, what you’ll see is ease of use for the end customer. Call it the ‘internet of things’ or call it the connected world, but we’re starting to see that as a reality.”

 


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Visit our website today to learn about the design flexibility of a Morton building and the endless possibilities of partnering with our designBUILD team.


Wood construction is both cost and energy efficient. Check out Morton Buildings and our designBUILD team online today to discover all the benefits of post-frame construction.


When choosing a metal-clad building for your next construction project, consider Morton Buildings, Inc., and their designBUILD team, we’ll make your dream a reality.

We Can Help You Reduce Energy by 30%

Our mission is to help our customers manage their buildings' energy costs, improve reliability, and enhance performance while having a positive impact on the environment.
CLICK HERE to find out how.

Bluebeam® Revu® simplifies digital facilities document management from design review to leveraging as-builts, maintenance manuals and O&Ms submittals.


 
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