This is how systems integrators can improve their value to end customers by linking building automation systems to security.

The interaction of business leaders and organizations with digital technology is growing exponentially. Its adoption and integration will continue to grow in the security industry and will rapidly evolve around solutions that were impossible to understand only a few years ago.

Having said that, Drew Alexander (Stanley Security) suggests that there are many problems and challenges that arise when this technology is integrated, and perhaps there is no better illustration than the convergence of building automation systems (BAS) and security systems physical.

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The main functionalities of BAS are to keep the indoor climate within a specific range; meet lighting needs according to a schedule or occupation; adjust the monitoring when the devices within the system do not work well; and, provide customized alarm reports.

The control of mechanical, electrical, energy, air conditioning and plumbing management from a dashboard or platform has led to an innovative technology while offering the promise of comfort and personalization.

This is a typical scenario: they are the 6: 00 am Monday morning and the automated building programming activates the HVAC system, turns on the lighting in specific areas, executes several system checks to ensure comfort during business hours.

Then, at the 6: 00 pm, the BAS programming ensures that the building operates efficiently during non-traditional hours. At any given time, the various systems can be audited and routed through the BAS board. The IT department and the budget have slowly absorbed this aspect.

Build a package to manage comfort, increase the return on investment
The physical security space has had its own version of convergence for many years. This is a typical scenario of the security system: they are the 7: 00 am and the front doors of the building are unlocked automatically; the intrusion system is automatically configured in a "disarmed" state; Video surveillance continues to run, providing events recorded in specific alerts, while the fire alarm system continues to monitor the entire building in the background.

At 7: 00 pm, The perimeter of the building is blocked, the intrusion system is put into the "armed" state and the surveillance system becomes more active using video analysis and perimeter detection.

The internal installations department, the security department and the security integrator have been key to address this convergence. Currently, security integrators are successfully linking BAS and physical security systems to project applications.

There is no longer a "wait and see" mentality with respect to these two worlds. The efficient operation of the construction systems, the reduction in energy consumption, the lower operating costs and the improved life cycle of the utilities are now being written into the project specifications.

Some proactive measures will help solve some common integration errors.

Understand the impacts of the budget
When physical devices that allow this solution are implemented, there are new and unique costs, as well as cost savings when integrating the different disparate entities.

The total convergence of the systems is easier when it is designed in new construction projects. The ROI of sensors, switches and analysis based on correctly installed IoT rules can occur in as little as six months.

Additional benefits can also be obtained related to fewer service tickets and truck rolls, sustainability and environmental management, with detailed data to back them up.

The ROI of sensors, switches and analysis based on correctly installed IoT rules can occur in as little as six months.

A second factor for a successful implementation is end-to-end ownership from a usability perspective, as well as ownership of the annual budget. This solution is never "complete" once it is installed; in fact, the ROI is improved with each integration.

Understand interoperability
The biggest challenge in implementing integrated security and BAS is understanding the various existing and / or modern technologies. The transition to a newer technology is never easy, but current solutions are well proven and can significantly simplify the adoption process.

Searching for those that are "open source" in nature helps interoperability. Open standards have allowed the convenience of the end user, efficiencies in services, lower costs of public services, adoption of employees and greater scalability.

In the building automation industry, the two main standard protocols, BACnet and LONWorks, allow remote interface in real time between systems and controls.

The security industry is remarkably slow to adopt an open architecture, but most of the major security equipment manufacturers are developing or have an open architecture design on their short-term roadmap.

How security systems can feed smart building savings, simplify functionality

Develop an effective communication rhythm
With innovative technology and new system implementations, many are resistant to change. A good example is that the IT manager may not be aware of the functionality of the security system and will have legitimate concerns about the placement of data or specific processes on the network.

When there is a critical failure in the HVAC system, it may not be fully understood how that failure affects the security system. Creating a systematic and step-by-step approach to implementation and how each system functions as an independent unit will allow greater knowledge throughout the organization.

With all its benefits, it's easy to see why building automation is the way of the future. And, it can be customized to meet the specific needs of the customers, allowing the efficient operation of a company and property.

Building owners, facility managers, security directors and IT professionals see the value of potentially converging dozens of systems in a network with a single point of control. Security integrators and their customers can capitalize.

Santiago Jaramillo
Author: Santiago Jaramillo
Social communicator and journalist with more than 15 years of experience in specialized digital and print media for Latin America. Currently Editor of the Security Sales, Building Management and Academic Coordinator of the TecnoEdificios Congress.


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