Energy conservation projects have always had benefits beyond energy reduction and financial savings. Fairbanks Energy Services has continually incorporated new sensors and technology into projects to enable greater knowledge of, and control over, the environment of large commercial and industrial buildings. These new technologies are part of the greater trend of the Internet of Things.
The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to a network of physical objects that feature an address for internet connectivity, and the communication that occurs between these objects and other Internet-enabled devices and systems. Embedding more advanced sensors into a buildingâ€™s environment, and the interconnection of energy systems, allows for benefits not previously possible when the data from these devices are collected in a Building Management System (BMS).
Where systems that control building functions such as heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), security, controls and lighting were historically operated as standalone entities, IoT presents a way to monitor a buildingâ€™s overall energy consumption and occupancy and implement very granular control strategies.
An example of this in a commercial office environment would be using the temperature and occupancy information collected from an appropriately sensored networked lighting system to optimize air conditioning and heating systems with setback strategies not only for unoccupied hours but for low occupancy hours. The data from these same sensors could also be utilized for security and safety needs, as well as better understanding the occupancy of buildings for space planning purposes.
In the data center environment, traditional Data Center Infrastructure Monitoring (DCiM) systems can be combined with base Building BMS systems to create a wealth of information and control, allowing for real time understanding of Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of the environment and dynamic control of HVAC systems using information from temperature, humidity and power sensors.
Contact us to learn more about integrating IoT into your building systems.