Building automation - can you see the light?

August 2012 News & Events

A new report from IMS Research forecasts the increasing integration of building automation and lighting control systems.

The IMS Research report titled The EMEA and Americas Markets for Integrating Smart Building Systems – A Quantitative Market Analysis – 2012 Edition, found an average of 25% of the installed building automation systems in the Americas and EMEA were integrated with lighting control systems. The report forecasts this will increase to an average of 35% by 2016.

Regarding building automation installations, solutions almost always start with environmental or HVAC-R (heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration) control as the first priority. For many buildings, HVAC-R is one of the largest consumers of energy and is often seen as one of the simplest systems to control and automate.

William Rhodes, senior market analyst at IMS Research comments, “Lighting control and building automation use similar control logic and have similar control system architectures. Both systems can use the same sensors to measure room or building occupancy. The combination of the two systems can lead to increased energy efficiencies and the benefits of integrating the two systems can be easily explained.”

However, not all installers have the knowledge and expertise to install these more complex integrated solutions. Despite the benefits from integrating building automation and lighting control systems, traditionally, integrating more complex systems has only been the remit of super integrators. These integrators have a robust understanding of multiple system types and strong IT networking knowledge. Traditional integrators often have a good understanding of one building system but may lack wider IT knowledge.

Rhodes continues, “As more complex systems gain mainstream appreciation, some observers argue traditional integrators are starting to lose business to super integrators when a company wants to integrate across building systems.

For more information contact IMS Research, +44 1933 402255, [email protected], www.imsresearch.com





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