Articles Tagged: BMS

Building Hardware and the IoT

In my first post I gave an overview of the impact the IoT (or Internet of Things) in buildings. Spoiler alert: it’s more efficient and comfortable buildings that are easier… Read more »

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16 Best Practices for Inspecting Your Building’s Valves and Actuators

We’ve talked before about the importance of valves to your building’s HVAC system. We’ve also highlighted six energy-wasting valve problems. I think the next logical step in this series is to… Read more »

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Buildings and the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is getting a lot of attention these days. There are some eye popping reasons for that – billions and trillions of them. The first is… Read more »

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Solved: 6 Energy-Wasting Building Control Valve and Actuator Problems

In my previous post, I talked about how many facility managers do not perform a detailed review of their building control valves and actuators, despite the critical role these devices… Read more »

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Cyber Security risks to buildings: What should you really be worried about

The threat of cyber attacks against Building Management Systems (BMS) is a growing concern both inside and outside of the buildings industry. One recent event, the much publicized attack against… Read more »

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The Internet of Things and Device Level Control

The Internet of Things, or IoT, has been getting a lot of attention. That’s understandable since forecasts call for there soon to be tens of billions of connected devices. The… Read more »

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Don’t Let Your Data Center Appendix Burst

As Annie and I pulled out of our driveway to head up to New Hampshire to join her extended family for vacation, I was overcome with stomach pain and a… Read more »

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Do You Know the Obvious Weakness Hiding in Your Building Management System?

An effective building management system (BMS) requires vigilance, since the BMS is only as healthy as the equipment and sensors that compose them. If these devices fail, so does your… Read more »

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IoT DIY: Putting Mobile App Design into Hands of Building Experts

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

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5 Interview Questions for Your Next Building Software Vendor

I concluded my last blog post by detailing the benefits a managed software as a service (MSaaS) solution delivers to facility managers. To quickly reiterate, MSaaS combines software as a service… 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Do You Know the Obvious Weakness Hiding in Your Building Management System?

An effective building management system (BMS) requires vigilance, since the BMS is only as healthy as the equipment and sensors that compose them. If these devices fail, so does your… 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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CO2 Sensors, Goldilocks, and Creating a Building Management System that Works Just Right

Goldilocks was on to something. Her trick for finding the happy medium between extremes is a principle that applies to a lot of different areas – including building ventilation. Getting… Read more »

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Eight steps to maximize the ROI of a hotel guestroom management system

Everybody wants to save money and improve the bottom line, right? This is the way of business. This is a given. However, saving energy as a way to achieve this… 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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