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Frost & Sullivan White Paper: Convergence Of It And Building Systems In The Building Automation Space Key To Improved Operations And Performance

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Aug. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Conventional buildings suffer from the ability to communicate and intelligently manage the large amount of data that they possess and generate. Facilities data integration strategies and emerging technologies must embody the necessary efficiency, cost effectiveness, and high-performance qualities that are impeded by incumbent solutions. Legacy system incompatibility, outdated information, a lack of historical data, proprietary system architectures, and dysfunctional operating processes are hurdles facing building owners today.

For these reasons, many building owners have expressed a heightened interest in converging day-to-day business activities with building operations. Though building owners are interested in modernizing their information and control systems, they are concerned about making the right choice for the solution they deploy. In making this choice, they must reconcile constantly evolving technology with a rapidly shifting operational environment.

Frost & Sullivan recently completed a whitepaper, A New Facelift for Existing Buildings, which provides a high-level overview of the real-life challenges faced by existing building owners and a road map for defining the next generation of information and control networking.

By using an integrated IT enterprise platform approach to enhance connectivity between building systems and users, building owners can optimize existing buildings to obtain a high level of connectivity for existing products from multiple manufacturers. For existing building owners, this integrated solution enables them to utilize their existing infrastructure and employ all of their assets already contained within a building. In addition, building owners can monitor and optimize workspace utilization.

"The goal is to create an infrastructure that supports real-time control systems and IT enterprise applications for information flow," explains Jorge Moreno, Senior Industry Analyst, Environment and Building Technologies practice at Frost & Sullivan. "Using a bridge that can move everything to an IP network enterprise allows building owners to integrate their various systems and protocols into one common platform."

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