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12. 27. 2017

How to Streamline Smart Building System Implementation

Understanding the distinct types of analytics is key to streamlining smart building system implementation.

More multi-site business owners are embracing smart building solutions to drive value and reduce overhead costs. While there are hundreds, if not thousands, of do-it-yourself solutions available, you can streamline the processes by understanding a few principles that revolve around analytics.

Descriptive Analytics Tell a Story About What Is Happening

Before you can implement a smart building solution, you need to know more about your existing facility and the condition of equipment. This is the definition of using descriptive analytics. These analytics tell a story about what is currently happening within a facility, and as a result, this information can be used to identify areas in greatest need of technologies, sensors or automated controls to make the remainder of the implementation process more manageable.

Make Descriptive Analytics Flow Into What Is Likely to Happen With Predictive Analytics

The use of descriptive analytics should flow seamlessly into the realm of predictive analytics. During smart building system implementation, sensors and software must be deployed in a fashion that uses information gathered from descriptive analytics to make fact-based determinations about the likelihood of an event coming to fruition in the future. In other words, how likely is a given event going to happen, and if existing operations continue the path identified by descriptive analytics, what will or may occur in the future?

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Use Prescriptive Analytics to Find Your Next Best Action

Understanding where your facility is headed through predictive analytics also lends itself to the next step in the implementation process, determining what should be done to reach your goals. Prescriptive analytics prescribe a series of steps or actions today that are necessary alter existing operations and achieve a given outcome. In an implementation, facility managers should consider the moving and static parts of the facility that require the installation of sensors, connection to wired or wireless networks and integration with existing facilities management systems, such as a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS).

Leveraging Real-Time Data Is Essential to Building the User-Centered Single Pane of Glass

After moving from prescriptive analytics, facilities managers must begin to use the system. However, implementation can take much longer than initial installation. So, facility managers should leverage real-time data and bring all existing facilities management systems together during implementation. This prevents the creation of data siloes and feeds back into the go-to solution in facilities management, controlling everything via a single pane of glass.

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Follow These Steps to Streamline Smart Building System Implementation in Your Organization

Implementing smart building solutions in your facility can reduce reliance on limited resources and improve profit margins. However, the process can be complicated and overwhelming if you do not know what steps to take. Think of implementation of the analytics pathway. As you move forward, make special considerations as needed and bring everything into the circle. If you need help implementing smart building solutions in your facility, ENTOUCH can help. Visit ENTOUCH online today.

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