We are in an era where Internet is everywhere and almost every technology is available in an option that allows you to connect to the internet.
Building controls are vital in the efficient running of facilities, any sizeable commercial building will at least have a HVAC control system, elevators that are managed via a software and a lighting control system. Additionally, many large businesses will also have security systems in place such as access control systems and a solution for monitoring operations.
In a lot of cases, these systems are not integrated due to the costs and complexities of doing so, also external contractor are likely to be needed for this to be completed successfully.
Additionally, a lot of buildings control technology is not modern, in the past a lot of software systems were sold with hardware, this means that building owners tend to update their software when they are updating their hardware.
Most of the hardware systems built into buildings have long lifespans, however the software that operates them quickly becomes outdated and is often eventually discontinued. Also, most of these software’s will not be cloud based but run on-premise which were built before the internet age, meaning they will be lacking in functionality and flexibility.
A lot of technology vendors see an opportunity in separating the hardware from the software as it enables a more robust technology product to control the hardware pre-existing in buildings. However, this raises a key question, where is best to place the control system? Should it be separate from hardware systems so it can act as a universal platform?
Look out for part 2 “Service driven or self-service?”