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Integrate Weather Data into Building Automation

May 27, 2009

With sensors to detect humidity and outside air temperature, most building-automation systems (BASs) are already making informed – albeit limited – decisions about mechanical-system operations based on outdoor conditions. Momentum is growing, however, for BASs to use more extensive weather data to optimize building systems.

"Imagine having, at your fingertips, the ability to track such factors as temperature, humidity, rain levels, wind speed, Doppler radar forecast, severe-weather alerts, heat index, and barometer/pressure," says Ronald Greaves, product manager, Siemens Building Technologies Inc., Buffalo Grove, IL.

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