What is a Building Management System (BMS)
A Building Management System is a computerized system for monitoring and controlling various appliances and systems in a large building. Any modern large building uses various appliances like ‘Heating, Ventilator, and Air Conditioning’ System or HVAC in short, backup power generation units like ‘Diesel Generators’ or DGs and ‘Uninterrupted Power Supply‘ or UPSes and also may have solar panels, power meters, gas meters, water meters, Sewage Water Treatment Plants or STPs etc. There may again be several devices like CCTV Cameras, Intrusion Detection Systems, biometric or RFID Access Control and other related devices used to secure such a building. It may also need to employ a large number of sensors like temperature and humidity sensor, light sensor, PIR sensor for motion detection, various gas sensors, pressure sensors, sensors for flow measurement, sensors for level measurement etc. Also it may deploy ‘Indoor Air Quality Management’ system for monitoring the indoor air quality and make a decision about air recirculation. Lighting may form another important dimension of a modern BMS system.
For a seamless control and monitoring of these multitude of devices, it’s important to have a single dashboard that can act as single pane of control through which every devices can be monitored and controlled. Ideally, the BMS should provide an integrated view of all the components and should make it easy to visualize historical data through use of graphs and charts. It should be possible to identify any anomaly or malfunctioning easily through this dashboard. Also suitable alert notifications through SMSes, emails, or phone calls for critical or important alerts may help in taking precautionary steps in a timely fashion. For example, a timely notification about falling fuel level may help ensuring non-interrupted operation of the power generator.
Also a BMS may incorporate a variety of process automation. It should be possible to take defined set of actions based on several input conditions including states of various sensors. The automation should support configurable triggers and actions. Such automation can relieve operators of various mundane activities and can also save energy by ensuring optimum use.
A BMS system has to support connecting to a multitude of devices. These devices for all practical purposes will come from several vendors and will support different connectivity options for the BMS. While some of them may support IP based datalink like Ehternet or WiFi. They can also support other open standards based communication protocols like the Modbus, DeviceNet, BACnet, LonWorks etc. It’s important for a BMS to support a large number of device connection options so that it can connect and manage the devices.
Building Management System From IoTMATE
If your idea of an ideal Building Management System is one that is capable of most of what has been described above, the BMS from IoTMATE ticks all of these. The centralized dashboard of the IoTMATE BMS system integrates all management and monitoring functionalities of a large number of devices into a single pane of control. The dashboard, both accessible locally in the building, as well as remotely over the Internet, provides a unified view for diverse devices present in the building. With support for a large number interfaces for connecting devices, and with the ability to integrate devices that support any of the open standards.
The IoTMATE BMS takes away all device specific complexities from the operator by providing a uniform operator view for managing and monitoring devices from various vendors. Some of the activities that are regularly carried out by IoTMATE BMS are:
- Environmental control like HVAC System management and Indoor Air Quality Management.
- Lighting Management.
- Energy Supply and Load Management.
- UPS Management and monitoring important parameters like battery status, battery temperature, and fault status.
- Power Generator Management.
- Power and Water Metering.
- Customized Water Level Control.
- Water Quality Monitoring.
- CCTV Surveillance including on-demand remote viewing.
- Access Control.
- Automated work cycle for Sewage Water Treatment plant.
Benefits of IoTMATE Building Management System
- With a single pane of control and local as well as remote monitoring, IoTMATE BMS improves both efficiency as well as overall efficacy of the operator.
- With support for very flexible automation of processes and device control, it reduces the required manpower.
- User configurable alerts and notification delivery mechanism helps in timely intervention in taking corrective steps.
- Easy visualization of historical data through the dashboard with support for various data filters.
- Multiple interface options.
- Easy integration of third party devices.