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May/June 2015 • SECURITY TECHNOLOGY EXECUTIVE 19 www.SecurityInfoWatch.com a smart watch will emerge. Analytics will continue to evolve, enabling facility staff to gather all the data in a building and combine and sub-divide the information to gather intelligence on the interrelationship of all the building's systems—and all in real time. Analytics add real value to integrated systems by harnessing all the data that is available and applying it in meaningful ways. Analytics can support the BAS by enabling more efficient operation and even allowing the BAS to antici- pate system failures, thereby send- ing alarms before they occur to facilitate a pro-active response. Armed with this knowledge, build- ing owners will rely more heavily on integration and demand even more nuanced control over sys- tems. Analytics enables hardware such as cameras to evolve, for example enabling them to recog- nize specific shapes and actions. When a single camera can see and do more, the size of deployments is reduced and owners save money without sacrificing security. The development of analytics as an important tool for the man- agement of an integrated build- ing illustrates where innovations in facility automation are com- ing. Field devices, such as sensors and access controllers, which have long life spans, will continue to work years into to the future. The changes will be at the enterprise level related to server capacity and functionality. Open protocols can protect the investment in periph- eral parts of the BAS, but build- ing operators must be prepared to invest in new enterprise hard- ware every three to five years. This requires a change in perception for facility staff who have considered the BAS to be part of the HVAC system, with a 30 year lifespan, and now must regard the BAS as part of the IT network. A further development will be a greater willingness to utilize cloud-based solu- tions for the BAS, says Lawrence. While this is a huge shift for facility operators, it offers the advantage of reducing investment in serv- er hardware and memory to support complex integrations and analytics. Currently, there are issues to resolve regarding the return-side of stored BAS data on the cloud as well as concerns about security, but when these are resolved the cloud could become a viable solution for provid- ing enterprise-level building integration and con- trol and a reduced cost. Enterprise level integration is more than con- necting various building systems to each other. It involves connecting all these systems to people who can run them effectively, both onsite and off. It is also about connecting all the data from the building so operators can better understand how all the pieces work together in order to man- age the facility to its upmost efficiency. ■ Made in the U.S.A. - altronix.com - Lifetime Warranty More than just power. ™ 100MBPS FULL DUPLEX IP OVER COAX - EoC adapters are a cost-effective solution to upgrade and expand security/surveillance utilizing coax - indoor or outdoor - Supports PoE, PoE+ and Hi-PoE edge devices - 100Mbps full duplex at 300m without repeaters Ethernet over Coax Solutions Request information: www.SecurityInfoWatch.com/10212790 About the Author: Paul Strohm is President of the InsideIQ Building Automation Alliance (www. insideiq.org), an international alliance of independent building automation contractors representing common automation and security system platforms. An industry veteran, Strohm is also president and COO of C & C Group, a leading facility services provider in the Midwest based in Lenexa, Kan. Analytics will continue to evolve, enabling facility staff to gather all the data in a building and combine and sub-divide the information to gather intelligence on the interrelationship of all the building's systems—and all in real time.

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