BMS and BAS Systems: Basic Concepts and Facts

31 January 2020

In our homes, we can easily monitor our mechanical and electrical equipment without the need for a single system. We can check our power and ventilation systems just by going to them manually. We can also check our fire and security systems by inspecting them in person.

The manual checking of mechanical and electrical equipment may apply to huge buildings. However, it will surely consume a lot of time and resources. It is also not convenient for the building owner or the one who is in charge of maintaining the whole system since some critical issues may come as urgent. Fortunately, a system is created to help address this problem.

What is a Building Management System?

A building management system (BMS), otherwise known as a building automation system (BAS), is a computer-based control system that helps monitor and control the mechanical and electrical equipment of a building. It has a series of interconnected software and hardware that is configured to determine any defects and issues found on the essential equipment found on the building.

The mechanical and electrical equipment that the BMS or BAS cover includes ventilation, lighting, power systems, fire systems, and security systems. This system can also access lifts, elevators, plumbing, and other engineering systems. With BMS, all of these essential elements are linked under one system, which can provide great accessibility and convenience to building owners.

How does Building Management System Works?

BMS may look complicated, but its composition is pretty straightforward. It consists of software and hardware that help the system function effectively in a uniform passion. BMS’s software uses protocols such as C-Bus, Profibus, and many more. Internet protocols have also been incorporated with BMS to keep up with the changing times.

All mechanical and electrical equipment is connected to the BMS through a server and a database. A series of sensors are also installed to track data being sent to the server. BMS is also equipped with alarms to ensure quick reaction times whenever there is a need to modify or even shut down certain equipment. The database is very critical to the BMS since it stores all the data being received and sent to the server.

Why is Building Management System Important?

BMS or BAS has provided a lot of benefits to huge buildings. Since all data is now consolidated into a single system, the manner of reporting, information management, and decision-making are all improved by a huge margin. Managing all the equipment under one system enhances the control and security of the building.

Moreover, the operational costs for security and utilities are all minimised since the building administrator can now allocate the optimal amount of supply needed in each area of the building. False alarms are also prevented significantly, a common problem that can cost valuable time and resources. 

Another benefit of installing BMS or BAS is the improvement of risk management. Since BMS is equipped with necessary sensors and alarms, you can now respond to any equipment and security mishaps and issues without the need to personally go to the concerned area.  BMS or BAS can certainly equip your building with the most advanced yet helpful tool that can enhance security, boost productivity, and save resources. If you want to know more about these systems, you can contact us now at Protector Air Care.

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