What is a BMS System?
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What is BMS

What is a BMS System

What is a BMS system?

You would think it’s in the name ‘Building Management System’. However, a BMS is more than the sum of its parts. A BMS is a collection of ideas and strategies designed to optimise a building’s performance, keep the building occupants healthy and energised, and reduce a facility’s utilities and operational costs.

I would like to take a few moments to highlight this fact: A BMS isn’t a range of controllers, sensors, and field devices; these items are merely the tools to get us to our end goal. Our approach to BMS should be end-goal focused. That is, what positive building outcomes can be achieved with a well-planned and implemented BMS strategy?

Within a building, you have multiple ‘smart’ devices like security platforms, VMS, backup power, HVAC, etc. A BMS takes information from all these products, creates a complete building picture, and runs analytics to make your site more intelligent. Think of the BMS as the brains and central nervous system of your building. It makes all the ‘smart’ devices work together and gives the operators a better picture of their facility while running high-level analytics.

Key ideas and strategies all buildings should implement:




  • Air composition and quality. (TVOC, C02, CO, etc.)
  • Air filters and cleaning strategies.
  • Air quality vs staff performance.
  • Pressure and zoning (airflow).
  • Lighting controls, atmosphere, and mood.
  • Temperature and humidity monitoring.
  • CCTV integrations for contractor monitoring/tracking, as well as people counting, vehicle tracking, and quicker response to equipment issues – therefore less downtime.
  • Asset management.
  • Remote connectivity and monitoring of high-value assets.
  • Back-up power optimisation and control.
  • Flexible buildings/change of building use. Around 80% of buildings that exist today will still be around in 2050.
  • Capacity planning.
  • Life safety system monitoring.
  • Water and electrical meter monitoring.
  • Renewable energies integration.
  • Carbon emissions strategies.
  • Energy/per person analytics.
  • Chiller optimisation.
  • Energy analytics and dashboarding.

Whether you are a property developer, owner, or renter, acquiring a better understanding of how your building behaves will have a direct impact on your bottom line. These savings can also be much higher if you consider the advantages for your staff and their health, and the relative financial implications of looking after them.


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