Building Automation

What is building automation

A building automation system (BAS) offers a revolution in the way building operators and owners manage their buildings. This one-stop system allows users to have real-time access, control, and monitoring of HVAC, lighting, power, and access control systems with just a few clicks. This technology requires minimal manual involvement and drastically reduces costs. It also provides extensive visibility over operating costs for improved future decision-making as well as faster problem resolution due to integrated troubleshooting that can easily identify an issue’s cause and solution. With a BAS, streamlining becomes simple: all systems are accessible from a central point, allowing numerous tasks to be completed in less time than was possible before this advancement arose.

Building automation offers a truly revolutionary way to optimize comfort and efficiency at the same time. Through painstaking data collection and analysis, it is now possible to make decisions quickly that reduce energy waste while still catering to occupant comfort. Automated controls allow for lights and HVAC to be turned down or off when no one is present, meaning fewer resources are expended in these rooms. But when people return to those rooms, they regain control over their environment with quick access through app-based room controls, meaning the temperature is back to their desired level before they even have time to notice any difference. All in all, building automation offers a win-win situation where neither occupants nor businesses have to make a painful choice between comfort and efficiency.

How does building automation work?

Automation systems can help provide efficiency, comfort, security, and convenience to a commercial or residential building. To achieve this, all automation systems will have some common elements. This includes software that serves as the basic platform for the entire system, field controllers, a communication bus to connect peripheral devices and controllers, network controllers that manage the other components of the system, and end-devices like room temperature sensors or thermostats so occupants can make comfortable adjustments. All of these elements together allow a building to implement an automated system tailored to its specific needs.

Types of Building Automation Systems

  • HVAC (Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning)
  • Fire Alarms and Fire Suppression
  • Lighting
  • Electrical systems
  • Chillers and cold storage
  • Security system and Alarms
  • Plumbing and Water usage
  • CCTV
  • Occupancy sensors

System Components

Central Server – The central server keeps tabs on every aspect of the system, from the controllers, processes reports, and enables remote control of the connected devices.

Controllers – The controllers collect data from the sensors and make decisions based on the input.

Sensors – These can be be as simple as a motion detector or thermostat. The sensor’s purpose is to monitor and feed information to the controllers.

Connected Devices – With intelligent building automation systems, connected devices and IoT gadgets can be used to control a variety of features in a modern facility – from lighting levels and HVAC temperature settings to door access – creating an efficient environment where all components work together as one.


Smart buildings offer a range of advantages, from operational cost savings to improved efficiencies. This intelligent use of technology helps create more efficient spaces that maximize available resources and provide an optimized working environment for end users.

Reduce Energy Costs

Automation is a powerful money-saving tool, allowing large buildings to take advantage of energy efficiency and lower their operating costs. From climate control systems to indoor lighting management – every system can be intelligently automated for optimal performance and reduced electricity usage during peak times.

Remote Monitoring and Control

Gain ultimate control over your systems with remote monitoring capabilities. Remote adjustments mean access from anywhere, enabling LED-style responses to changing conditions and reports reflecting usage data for informed decisions on maintenance or operational changes.

Smart Control

With the help of innovative AI functions, facilities can optimize their lighting and climate systems to cut costs without requiring manual input. Smart adaptations create almost seamless changes throughout hours for maximum efficiency and cost savings in even large buildings.

Reduce Maintenance Costs

Automation provides a major advantage to buildings beyond increased efficiency: maintenance cost reduction! By carefully regulating system activity through automation, wear and tear is minimized while providing added insight on scheduled downtime.
ECT Services provides the latest technology and services to deliver building automation systems to best serve your needs as a building owner or operator.