An Integrated Building Automation System is a single, cohesive building automation system controlling lighting, HVAC, fire, security, and other facilities. Integrated Building Automation Systems bring many benefits when trying to squeeze the best performance from your building.
Within smaller buildings, the ability to monitor and instruct the system from a single workstation, with a single display, means the System Manager's task is more efficient. They spend less time moving between systems with different GUIs and more time improving the building operation. Imagine checking the temperature, lighting levels and fire-detector status of a building, and comparing total energy usage with occupancy - all from a single screen.
When several engineers are managing larger sites, displays can be optimised for management function (energy saving, maintenance, help-desk) rather than for system function (lighting, HVAC, etc). Maintenance staff can check plant operation across all control fields, management can check energy usage, security staff can deal with access control, CCTV, and intruder alerts.
Integrated Building Automation Systems allow a level of control optimisation to take place which is unavailable to stand-alone Building Automation Systems. Security and access systems can instruct HVAC and lighting systems when the building is occupied; fire systems can control lifts; CCTV systems can be used to check fire alarms; heating systems can interact with cooling systems - the list goes on.
Occupants feel better, because the system is responding to them more. At the end of the day, the system responds by changing it's operation as the staff leave - late workers don't get colder. Real intelligent control is now possible. Better control not only brings happier occupants; energy-savings increase, because energy is used only when needed.
North's Compass product-range can be used with existing automation systems, as well as systems based on standard protocols such as BACNet, Echelon and EIB. The ObSys software system (stand-alone or client/server) provides a simple, engineerable display to keep you better informed, and allow you more control over your automation systems.
Open an illustrated example of an integrated building automation system.
OCDEM - Churchill Hospital, Oxford. Values from a Staefa Nico system and from a Zip IO network are put on to the IP network via a Commander. Monitoring and control can now be achieved across the hospital from several ObSys displays. read case study..
North provide interfaces to hundreds of compatible building automation systems see interface list..