Think back to the last time you bought a new cell phone. Imagine if you will, purchasing one of the latest, technology-laden phones such as the new Apple X. But after you turn on your new phone, the only features you have access to are those of a circa 1990 Motorola flip phone. No apps. No texting (Nokia phones first offered this feature in 1993). No interactive maps to help you get to where you need to be. Just the basic communication functions. Sounds ridiculous, but many owners of advanced Building Automation Systems (BAS) are settling for something very similar. Worse yet, they may not even realize it.
You should demand more from your building automation system and vendor.
I recently had the privilege of presenting at the Ohio Association of School Business Officials (OASBO) conference in Columbus. The organization asked me to present on Building Automation: Its History and Basic Operation.
As I was preparing for the session I wondered how many people would be interested in attending a session on the basic operation of building automation. I expected an almost empty room. To my surprise, as I spoke to an almost full room of attendees, it was clear by the questions and engagement from the attendees that the presentation should have been titled, Building Automation: Demand More.
What I presented was very basic – but very well received. The solutions that CCG has been delivering for years as standard features on our projects, were being seen for the first time by many long-time users of building automation systems. Yet, just as with the cell-phone analogy, their current systems could be doing so much more to help them with their comfort and energy consumption – but the systems aren’t being utilized to their potential.
Every day the team at CCG searches for things we can do to improve our projects and thus, our clients’ buildings and the industry. We’re not satisfied with just being the best. We continue to demand more of ourselves and the solutions we provide. Building Automation is so much more than controlling a boiler. It is Data Visualization, the Internet of Things, Analytics, Energy, Comfort, Productivity and much more.
Chances are that you are not getting the most out of your building automation system. Don’t be stuck with 90’s era results given the technology you have available today. We can show you how. Start demanding more by working with CCG.