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The Importance of Smart Building Data

Deploying a building automation or energy management system involves a lot of parts and smarts. Managing the resulting alarms requires time and patience. One aspect that feels underserved in terms of attention is what to do with all the resulting data.

We talk about smart buildings a lot. It’s kind of our love language. From integration of disparate systems to custom IoT applications and smart controls, we cover it all. 

Deploying a building automation or energy management system involves a lot of parts and smarts. Managing the resulting alarms requires time and patience. One aspect that feels underserved in terms of attention is what to do with all the resulting data.

Most systems are designed according to spec but, in hindsight, tend to fall more in the MVP (minimum viable product) range. Sometimes you just don’t know what you don’t know. The data derived from your system will help inform you of necessary evolutions to your systems whether that be more attention paid to specific rooms and zones or additional equipment needs. 

Make no mistake, when investing in any kind of building system- energy management, automation, controls or otherwise- what you are actually buying is access to data. After all, what good is putting a sensor on a piece of equipment if the end result is anything other than greater insight and understanding of how that piece of equipment is performing? 

Data is a lot like Legos. Without any input from you, your Legos are just random, unassembled pieces in a box. However, with a little thought and creativity, those blocks can be made into something basic like this:

Or something incredible like this:


Aggregation and management of building data for facility management purposes can be made easy with advanced analytics and visualization tools like the kind found in our own Chariot platform.

Often we hear about “big data” being the new “big oil”. It’s not. Data is not commoditized in the same way oil is. In fact, it is more likely that the data your building produces is useless to anyone outside your organization. That does not, however, diminish its value within your organization. The data produced by your building systems is intrinsic and vital to understanding how to optimize processes and usage patterns. Something as simple as motion and occupancy sensors can go as far as to tell you whether an employee is at their desk on time regardless of what the time clock says. You can also uncover an HVAC system failing in cooling stage 2 that you may not have noticed by just sitting in an, otherwise, comfortable room. 

Data empowers the user to remove all doubt by providing evidence designed to inform decision making and give you proof points to test against. If you have any questions about why data is a big deal or how best to manage it, please contact us today and we will be happy to help.

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