As a Facility Manager are you getting the information you require from your assets to manage your facilities effectively?

Have you considered how “real-time” information will allow you to reduce operating, maintenance and energy costs?

Do you have the tools to manage growing expectations of your customers, tenants and employees to deliver the space, environment and services they demand?

Through the Gridlogix platform (EnNET) connectivity between Concept™ and many open control protocols can easily be established, including the more common standards such as BACnet, LonWorks, Modbus, OPC, DALI, Zigbee and SNMP to name a few.

Through this single interface of Concept™ you can ensure that whatever building control systems you select (that conform to industry open standards) real-time asset information can be utilised, now and in the future.

Let’s consider where value from such information would be generated. 

Utilising Concept™ Workflow in-conjunction with this real-time data, work orders can automatically be generated based on runtime hours from HVAC plant. Emails or SMS messages can be sent to maintenance engineers to advise on faults or alarms.

Energy metering data can be used to bill tenants on actual energy consumed. Service Level Agreements (SLA’s) can be managed through real-time reporting and KPI’s, controlling your outsourced contracts more effectively.
Whether you monitor the runtime of your chillers to schedule effective service visits or monitor the business critical generator sets in the datacentre, one thing is for sure, by linking this with Concept™ Workflow you are sure to reduce your operation costs, and maximise the efficiency and uptime of your facility. There really are many ways to get added value from this solution, it is only limited by your imagination.

Once the EnNET platform is deployed with Concept™, other 3rd party business and enterprise applications can also take advantage of the real-time information from the control systems connected by making simple Web Services calls for specific data, without the need to go through yet another integration project. This maximises the value of your installation in reducing energy and maintenance operating costs while unlocking real-time data to the rest of the enterprise.

What is involved to implement such integration with my Building Systems?

That really depends upon the infrastructure that you have in your facilities today. Let’s take an example; let’s assume that you have three buildings all running a Trend BMS system. If the Trend Systems in each of the buildings are connected then a single interface between the Trend System and Concept™ is required.  This could be hosted on a single PC platform, or even directly on the Concept™ server.

The EnNET software would interface directly with Concept™ on one side and the Trend system on the other. This is typically achieved via a TCP/IP connection at the physical level, and depending upon the Trend system deployed in your facility would determine which protocol would be configured in the EnNET Server. In summary one connection to the BMS system would then open up as few (tens) or as many (thousands) of data points from the BMS as required.

Key benefits:
  • Reduce operational costs (energy and maintenance) through real-time visibility of your facilities.
  • Automate Workflow with real-time data from assets.
  • Energy reporting from meters through Concept™ dashboards.
  • Make informed, fact-based decisions about your facilities.
  • Increase customer, tenant and employee satisfaction through early analysis of problems.
  • Make information available to who needs it, when they need it, in the format they need it.