When individual systems are not integrated, facilities staff has to learn how to operate each element separately. These systems can consist of: fire alarm system, HVAC system, access control system, elevator system, lighting system, and even utility metering. Many of the elements associated with these separate systems have to be manually adjusted at different times and through different front-ends. When it comes to better facilities management and truly efficient methods, system integration needs to be established. The following benefits of system integration can make facilities management more efficient:
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.
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.
Lower Labor Costs and Improve Operations
Reduced energy consumption isn’t the only benefit, companies see reduced labor costs through streamlined operations.
Improve Response Time
When integration is done properly, real-time alerts (Alarms) will be sent and can potential generate work orders (if the proper systems are in place). Many software companies now offer mobile capabilities, so management can get alerts through their mobile phone or other device.
Integrated systems perform well and should be easy to use. A good partnership with your system integrator is crucial to maintain and keep your system in tune with the dynamic changes of your facility.
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 underperforming facilities.
Software and Device Compatibility
Most modern vendors make software products that are compatible with each other. Communication protocols also aid in integration of systems and products (ie. BACnet, LON, MODbus).
Integration can include multiple buildings on multiple sites, and is not limited to one individual building.
Work with your system integrators on a plan to help bring your building systems together. ECT Services can help!