Five key success factors for your connected building strategy   

In the first of a series of insight blogs, Trend’s business unit director for Europe, Stefano D’Agostino, shares the five key elements to consider when developing a connected building strategy.


Connected building technology is creating environments that are more secure, comfortable and energy efficient than ever before.  Building services are now integrated via a Building Energy Management System (BEMS), which uses advanced software for controlling and monitoring, and is ready to be connected to the cloud for advance analytics and advisory services.


‘Building services design has traditionally been based on the deployment of standalone on-premises systems, each with their own database, endpoints and Supervisors,’ explains Stefano D’Agostino.


‘Conversely, a single ‘cloud connected’ BEMS-based infrastructure creates a connected building that opens the door to reducing environmental footprint, ongoing optimisation of comfort conditions, improved occupant experience, lower maintenance costs and enhanced performance. It provides a scalable, future-proofed platform that is able to adapt and evolve quickly in support of new operational requirements and, by unlocking silos of information and enabling advanced analytics, makes it possible to create a truly intelligent building.’


Here, Stefano shares the five things you need to consider when developing a connected building strategy:


1. Meet the need


Every connected building has its own unique requirements. Therefore, it is wise to partner with a service provider that has experience of working within a wide variety of vertical sectors – whether a hospital, data centre, factory or commercial premises. Likewise, managing individual and organisational change through the Prosci ADKAR Model will outline the goals and outcomes of the move towards a connected environment.


2. Think long-term


We are only at the beginning of what’s possible with connected buildings, so a BEMS needs to be future proof and grow, adapt and expand as needs dictate. Make sure that your system supplier has a clear upgrade strategy and can enable ease of integration via open protocols. This will ensure that you harvest the value of your investment for the entire lifecycle of the building.


3.  Think data first


Software based analytics provide granular detail about how a building is operating, and can be accessed off-site via the cloud. Honing in on high-value, 'target-rich' data that is easy to access and available in real time will lead to meaningful decisions through appropriate analysis and follow-up action. Cutting edge analytical software collates, deciphers and presents this type of information in an easy to understand format, such as a dashboard or graphical user interface, and can notify operators when remedial action is actually required, rather than simply relying on scheduled maintenance.


4. Stay ‘cyber-safe’


The complexity and sophistication of cyber attacks mean that unsecure networks are vulnerable. Working with a service provider that understands this will result in a connected building that is protected, secure, complies with a corporate cyber security policy and is able to determine the applications that can be supported.


5. Form a partnership


A connected building is a long-term investment, so build a relationship with a technology provider that has strong service capabilities, and can maximise the effectiveness of its technology through extensive engineering and application expertise.


This type of partnership-based approach will ensure that you have a successful journey towards a connected building.


Trend Control Systems is one of the world’s leading BEMS manufacturers. To find out how the Trend team can help you, please contact:



Published  on  18/03/2019  by  Jenny Morris
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