Articles Tagged: BMS

“Mr. Facility and IT Manager, tear DOWN this wall!”

DCIM and BMS tools can work together to improve management and monitoring It has been nearly 30 years since President Ronald Reagan visited Berlin and gave a speech not far… Read more »

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Get More Out of Your BMS with Analytics

This is a post by Kurt Gokbudak  One of the most important upgrades to a building isn’t found in the addition of new systems. It’s in the implementation of analytics solutions… Read more »

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Schools: Avoid Over- and Under-Conditioned Air

School’s out for summer. That’s been the subject of songs and videos, as well as cooking shows. But for facility managers school is effectively out – and in – year… Read more »

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IoT in the Real World … How Can Mobile Apps Help Us Connect?

Note: This is the first in a series of blogs about the functionality and potential of custom end user apps for nontechnical owners or managers of commercial buildings. With the… Read more »

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A Practical Guide to Building Analytics for Facility Managers

As mentioned in my first blog post in this series, best-in-class data analytics complement your building management system (BMS) dashboards. They take a critical next step by interpreting the data… Read more »

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4 Options to Consider When Incorporating Building Analytics into Your Facility

Facility Managers… I bet that you’re familiar with this old adage: do more with less. Shrinking budgets and demand on limited resources make it difficult to keep up with the… Read more »

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Embedded Power Management in Action

By now, the features of power management – specifically power management that’s embedded in a building management system – are clear. If a refresher is needed, take a look at… Read more »

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Trends in Device Level Control: Valves and Actuators in School

The first post in this series talked about how the passage of time has both hurt and helped sensors. On one hand, sensors age and get out of calibration. On… Read more »

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Save Money and the Planet via Better Power Monitoring

For building owners and panel builders, problems loom as new regulations call for reductions in energy usage. Fortunately, solutions exist. Not only can these save energy, they can also monitor… Read more »

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Meet The Edge, The World’s Most Sustainable Building

To catch a glimpse of the office of the future, check out The Edge in Amsterdam, a sustainable building that is not only a really inviting place to work, but… Read more »

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Wireless technology is changing the playing field for building owners. That’s cool.

Wireless technology drives devices that we use every day – our smart phones, tablets, laptops, GPS, and more. How cool is that for us? Wireless technology can also mean better… Read more »

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Bringing Buildings up to ‘Internet of Things’ Speed

This is the fifth post in the Better Buildings Challenge Blog Series. A mere five years ago, the Internet of Things (IoT) was still just a trendy buzzword associated with a futuristic… Read more »

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BMS and DCIM Integration: Not Just for the Enterprise Market Anymore

The growing trend toward higher density through virtualization and cloud computing requires facilities and IT to be constantly aligned. This means that a comprehensive management solution is essential to the… Read more »

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Finally! A Simple Guide to Understanding Open Protocols in Building Automation

Understanding Communication Protocols Is Like The Tower of Babel You probably know the story of the Tower of Babel. The people tried to build a structure that would reach the… Read more »

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How safe are your building operations from cyber attacks?

Although estimates vary, businesses worldwide lose billions each year to cyber crime, according to a report by McAfee and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The modern building management… Read more »

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Clearing up Confusion around DCIM

I recently had an article published in Data Center Journal about data center infrastructure management (DCIM) that I thought was worth sharing on this blog. In a nutshell, the article… Read more »

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Is it HOT in here, or is it just ME? Building Management Software and Cisco House in London

In my last blog, I discussed my amazing experience at Cisco House in London and Schneider Electric’s small part in making it possible- our Building Management System and Energy Management… Read more »

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Why Buildings are Monumentally Important

Urbanisation is one of the main trends shaping our world today. As cities grow and new buildings appear across the globe, we must look closely at the places where we… Read more »

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How Standardization Helps Interxion Maximize Uptime in its Data Centers

During a presentation he made to an assembled audience of CIOs and data center professionals at Schneider Electric’s Power to the Cloud event, Lex Coors was very clear about the… Read more »

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Better Buildings Challenge: Connecting Disparate Energy Initiatives

This is the first post in the Better Buildings Challenge Blog Series. It may be surprising to learn that nearly a third of energy used in commercial buildings is wasted… Read more »

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Wireless technology is changing the playing field for building owners. That’s cool.

Wireless technology drives devices that we use every day – our smart phones, tablets, laptops, GPS, and more. How cool is that for us? Wireless technology can also mean better… Read more »

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Finally! A Simple Guide to Understanding Open Protocols in Building Automation

Understanding Communication Protocols Is Like The Tower of Babel You probably know the story of the Tower of Babel. The people tried to build a structure that would reach the… Read more »

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Proof! Room controllers make cutting energy waste in office buildings possible and attainable

Office Energy Waste Reduction: Fiction or Reality It isn’t only in the fictional offices of Dunder Mifflin that people waste energy. Research has shown that this costly phenomenon is happening… Read more »

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BMS and DCIM Integration: Not Just for the Enterprise Market Anymore

The growing trend toward higher density through virtualization and cloud computing requires facilities and IT to be constantly aligned. This means that a comprehensive management solution is essential to the… Read more »

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Don’t Underestimate the Impact of Employee Comfort or Employee Productivity in your Office Building

In the first blog of this series, I discussed how integrated room controllers can substantially reduce energy waste and pay for themselves with a fast ROI. In that post, I… Read more »

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Circus tricks and software: 5 reasons to integrate your data center’s systems

Can you juggle? These days, data center managers seem as adept at circus tricks as they are at understanding the technologies inside their four walls. But we’re dealing with Big… Read more »

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Software Vulnerability Best Practices to Protect Your BMS from Security Threats

As building management systems grow more intelligent and increasingly connect to the Internet to share data, they can also be the target of cybersecurity threats. In this fourth and final… Read more »

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Challenges of Data Consolidation Part III: Normalizing the Data

The last installment of this three part series deals with data normalization and the alignment process of taking one piece of data and loading it to a destination. This topic,… Read more »

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What’s Driving Innovation in the HVAC Market?

Like many other markets, digitalization, mobilization and cloud technologies are driving innovation in the HVAC software and applications market. These three trends are impacting both the organization as a whole… Read more »

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Secure Your BMS: Follow These Password Best Practices

In my last post I explained why, as building management systems (BMSs) become more intelligent and connected, it’s incumbent on facilities managers to ensure they are properly secured. Because the… Read more »

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