Building energy management systems (BEMSs) are among the hottest trends in construction and improving retail environments in modernity by creating what are known as “Smart Buildings”. Traditional lighting and HVAC systems are major drains on energy resources, and these legacy systems tend to cost more than implementing the smart, automated systems of the modern Internet of Things (IoT). A recent white paper, published by Navigant Research, explores building automation in greater detail and defines why companies are outsourcing energy management systems. Some of the highlights from this document include these key points.
Download our whitepaper "The Evolution of Intelligent Buildings in Retail” here to discover results from a recent survey we conducted in conjunction with Navigant Research’s Principal Analysts, Casey Talon, on how IoT-enabled intelligent buildings are transforming retail.
Outsourced Smart Buildings Controls Give Companies Access to More Resources.
Partnering, also known as outsourcing, with an energy management solutions provider who offers smart buildings controls does not eliminate your company’s responsibility in reducing your carbon footprint. However, outsourced controls add to the resources available for your organization.
For example, around-the-clock customer service and real-person communications can help you manage your facility more efficiently. Meanwhile, the third-party nature of these systems means you can view your company’s activities objectively and change operations to maximize your energy efficiency without inflating your overhead costs.
Integration of Retail Facilities Management Is Seamless.
A key benefit of partnering with a third-party smart energy and facilities management company to create smart buildings is simple integration. A technician can install IoT-enabled sensors, review energy efficiency of existing equipment and ensure devices have access to the bandwidth necessary to relay information to the partnering provider. Thus, the integration process does not detract from the responsibilities and day-to-day demands of your company.
Around-The-Clock Customer Services Enhances Security and Reduces Risk.
Automated systems reduce the risks to your retail establishment. Considering the benefits of IoT-enabled sensors for security purposes, the potential investment is recouped if a negative event, such as a break in, was to occur.
Similarly, new technology always seems to come with some hiccups along the way, but partnering with a provider of energy facilities management services gives you access to a live person for any possible concerns. Of course, the connected nature of these devices means you are more likely to be contacted by customer service in response to a change in sensor data. Essentially, you gain added peace of mind when you have a team of experts to back your technology 24/7.
Automated Analytics Produce Consistent, Reliable, and Updated Insights.
The imagination is the only limitation to the possible insights gleaned from automated, IoT-enabled smart buildings systems. Visualization tools, such as heat mapping and interactive dashboards, give upper-level managers the opportunity to see where energy expenditures are highest. Meanwhile, fault detection reduces unnecessary energy consumption, and preventative maintenance protocols will help to reduce equipment downtime. Thus, the process of creating and utilizing an intelligent energy and facilities management system is enhanced, but it can be further optimized through automated controls and renewable, connected energy resources, such as photovoltaic panels, “solar-powered panels.”
Partnerships With Third-Party Providers of BEMS Solutions Are Appealing.
In a November 2016 survey, 44 percent of retail respondents indicated being “very interested” in pursuing smart facilities management objects with a partnering provider of BEMS solutions. While the connection to the internet in retail might still be out of understanding among consumers, it can encourage strong cost savings and improve employee satisfaction rates in your company. Furthermore, fewer than 15 percent of respondents did not understand what the IoT means for applications in energy management. In other words, most companies understand how the smart buildings technology will lead to cost savings and better operational and energy efficiency.
Take Action to Improve Your BEMS Now.
Today is the time to take advantage of the IoT and partnerships with BEMS providers. Download this whitepaper here to find out more about why more companies are turning to BEMS providers to make the switch to digital, automated energy management, and share your thoughts below.