What is a Building Management System?
A building management system (BMS), or building automation system (BAS), is a computerized control system, consisting of both software and hardware, that can monitor and manage a building's lighting, heating and ventilation, fire systems, and security systems. BMS are most often used in large projects with extensive HVAC, electrical, and mechanical systems, and are a vital component to managing energy consumption.
Building management systems connect the functionalities of individual technical systems and services, including temperature sensors, CO2 sensors, and electrical equipment such as ventilation, air conditioning, fans, and boilers so they can serve as one completely integrated system.
Security and access control systems
Several companies in the governmental, commercial, industrial, health, and private sectors use access control security to restrict physical entry to only those with a form of authorization. It could be as simple as entering a PIN, password, or HID card, or as complex as an advanced biometric system utilizing iris or palm scans.
If a fire is detected, a linked BMS could not only alert the proper channels and start a sprinkler system, but could also start smoke evacuation fans, close dampers in the ventilation system to prevent more smoke from spreading, and send every elevator in the building to the ground floor to prevent anyone from using them.
A building’s ecosystem runs on energy, from the security system to the HVAC system. Capitalizing on constant and convenient access to integrated building systems can reduce superfluous energy usage and create a more sustainable and environmentally friendly workplace.
Workplace management systems
The demand for insights-based management is increasing across all sectors. From facilities management outsourcing to strategic space planning, and transaction management to performance monitoring, a BMS can leverage digitization and increase operational efficiency.