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

Managing energy demand, maximizing space utilization, minimizing environmental impact

August 13, 2009

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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 Legacy system incompatibility, outdated information, a lack of historical data, proprietary system architectures, and dysfunctional operating processes are hurdles facing building owners today.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."One such platform is CePORT, which has created an information platform that integrates applications such as building automation, space utilization, energy management, and vertical-specific applications through an end-product that can communicate using IP networks and provide information-rich user-interfaces. Such platforms provide tremendous value to end users who are able to incorporate new systems and devices into their existing infrastructure, utilizing every asset they already own to its optimum capability.

"Building owners are unlikely to retrofit unless the project has a clearly defined, low-risk ROI," adds Moreno.

If you are interested in receiving a copy of New Facelift for Existing Buildings, please send an e-mail to Jake Wengroff, Global Director, Corporate Communications, at [email protected] with the following information: your full name, company name, title, company telephone number, company e-mail address, city, state, and country.
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