Airport Upgrades to Wireless BAS

By Chris Matt, Managing Editor - Print & E-Media  
OTHER PARTS OF THIS ARTICLEPt. 1: Airport Looks for Ways to Cut CostsPt. 2: Building-Automation System Upgrade Meets Energy-Efficiency DemandsPt. 3: This PagePt. 4: BAS Improves HVAC Control, Energy EfficiencyPt. 5: BAS Promotes Trending and Preventive Maintenance PracticesPt. 6: Building-Automation System: Technician Training Key to Performance

The primary objective for upgrading the BAS was creating a centralized operations hub for maintenance and engineering activities. The more than 1.6-million-square-foot airport remodeled its emergency-operations center to accommodate the upgraded BAS, Long says. Wires connected the old BAS, while the new system is network-based. The BAS vendor had to extend network equipment up to the operations area to capture the stations into the system and onto the servers.

Supervisors and technicians inside the revamped operations center now can control key building systems and components, such as HVAC and lighting, from one location, and fire and police officials also can field their calls from the same area.

The upgrade was no easy task. The airport had about 20,000 points of data coming into the system, and the active fire-alarm system was tied into the old BAS, which meant downtime was not an option during the upgrade.

"The biggest impact on us was not having anything shut down while we were operating, keeping the airport open 24-7," Boehm says. "Every time (the vendor) would do the upgrades, we would have a different station that we would have to operate out of. We have multiple stations we can operate from here while they are doing other work on the (system)."

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