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What are the most intriguing innovations in the world of BAS that facility managers should have on their radar?One of the interesting innovations in the world of BAS is the ability of integrating multiple systems. Whether it is partial or full-integration, facility managers should always consider this feature when specifying their BAS. Although there are benefits derived from the partial integration approach based on applying open standards to proprietary control subsystems, the full-integration concept is superior to all because it applies open standards whenever possible and/or practical.
There is less hardware with the full-integration approach because integrating building control sub-systems at the control network level reduces the number of drives required. In addition, the full integration approach reduces the number of devices, due to shared information throughout the system. The full integration approach to building automation gives the owner the ability to receive competitive bids for each building which may not be possible with the proprietary based control systems.
Answers by Raed Salem, director of MEP Engineering, Larson & Darby Group.
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