1. Enterprise Visibility for decision makers
a) Live Monitoring of Energy consuming equipment
b) Occupant comfort across the enterprise
c) Dashboards, Graphs and Charts highlighting performance, trends etc
2. Control Capabilities
a) Allowing remote adjustment of local environmental settings.
b) Manage entire facilities landscape as single structure
c) Global scheduling for any number of buildings across the enterprise
3. BMS data for analytics
a) Discover trends in energy use, identify faults, perform RCA and prioritize
b) Understand why a building is operating efficiently (or not) for corrections
c) Convert intelligence into “actionable information”
d) Enable facility managers to proactively optimize building operations
Cloud-based BMS with a simple and intuitive interface facilitates a wide range of monitoring, reporting and diagnostic tools thus putting the FM in complete control. Let us look at the key capabilities of the system:
1. Improved Operational Controls – Dashboards on employees’ / customers’ requests / complaints management, compliance in SLA & Statutory requirements, effectively utilizations of shared facilities like conference room / guest house & FM resources.
2. Proactive maintenance -Problems can be identified before they become serious – for example, declining performance in a chiller can indicate failing equipment, and maintenance can be dispatched before a crisis occurs.
3. Occupant comfort -Local conditions & life safety standards can be continuously monitored to ensure the comfort of workers and/or customers at all times, in all facilities.
4. Energy Management System: Monitoring, Analyzing, Corrective actions, Trainings, Design change implementations, Compliances, Saving Trends & Audits are key expectations which can be implemented.
5. Real-time alerts -Unexpected events and out-of-spec conditions can trigger automatic alerts, enabling swift action and problem resolution.
6. Crowd sourcing -The Cloud makes it easy for people to share information, Idea’s, enabling an enterprise to take advantage of crowd sourcing, or “bottom-up” solutions. Reusable assets data can be stored in the Cloud and accessed anywhere.
7. Continuous improvement – Facilities managers can see into individual or overall building operations, evaluate energy use and costs, and compare performance across sites to drive continuous improvement.
The system once implemented can also manage property lease, tenant agreement and terms, alerts on expiring leases, payment confirmations on lease rental amount and this can help further in space inventory, utilization & availability.
[box type=”shadow” ]Cloud Services
1.Software as a Service (SaaS), uses the web to deliver applications that are managed by a third-party vendor and whose interface is accessed on the clients’ side. Most SaaS applications can be run directly from a web browser without any downloads or installations required, although some require plugins.
Example: Google Apps, Salesforce, Workday, Concur, Citrix GoToMeeting
2.Platform as a Service (PaaS), is used for applications, and other development, while providing cloud components to software. What developers gain with PaaS is a framework they can build upon to develop or customize applications.
3. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is self-service model for accessing, monitoring, and managing remote datacenter infrastructures, such as compute (virtualized or bare metal), storage, networking, and networking services (e.g. firewalls). Instead of having to purchase hardware outright, users can purchase IaaS based on consumption , similar to electricity or other utility billing.
4.Example : Amazon Web Services (AWS), Cisco Metapod, Microsoft Azure