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Editor Introduction

Sharing data between security and building management devices can provide a route to maximize building usage and minimize costs. In today’s Internet of Things (IoT) environment, tying together a variety of systems is easier than ever. For an update, we asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: 

What are the benefits of integrating security technology with building management systems (BMS)?

Integrating security technology with building management systems (BMS) brings several advantages. It offers a holistic view of the facility, allowing comprehensive monitoring and real-time response. By combining security systems like access control, video surveillance and video analytics with BMS, operational efficiency is improved as security measures seamlessly coordinate with building systems such as HVAC and lighting. This integration enhances security effectiveness by enabling better identification of threats and immediate response actions. Management and maintenance tasks are simplified through a centralized platform, streamlining administration, and improving system reliability.

The scalability and flexibility of integrated systems allow for easy adaptation to evolving needs, accommodating additions or expansions of security measures. Additionally, integration generates valuable data that can be analyzed for insights, supporting informed decision-making, and optimizing building performance.

In summary, integrating security technology with BMS creates safer and more efficient environments while maximizing the value of building infrastructure.

Editor Summary

With its consequence of more employees working from home, the COVID pandemic has changed how buildings are used forever. Building management systems face a new challenge of analyzing data about building occupancy to enable more thoughtful and cost-effective utilization of real estate assets. Today’s connected security systems also have a role to play, more today than ever and likely increasing in the future.

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