When it comes to developing a solution for managing your energy consumption, you have two things to think about: data collection and building controls. Meters collect your data and can send it to the cloud so you can take action on it. Building Management Systems (BMS) enable you to take action on your data by operating the controls of your building.
Integrating data collection and controls would be ideal, so you could manage everything in one place, but the option is not always feasible.
“BMS Integration” is a loosely defined term that can be understood in two different ways. The first method, where you send existing BMS meter data to the cloud, may be a good option for large building portfolios. The second method, sending real-time data to the BMS, could take more than a year to implement and would not be a practical solution in most cases.
There are two primary ways of accomplishing BMS integration:
1. Extract Existing Data From a BMS
This method allows BMS meter data to be transferred to the cloud and be treated as real-time data. If you have a large facility with numerous BMS meters already installed, this solution may be for you. This can be implemented within a couple months and will cost about $5000-$6000, depending on the solution provider.
2. Send Real-Time Energy Data to a BMS
With this method, you can install new meters that transfer real-time data to the BMS for reporting purposes. Because of the amount of integration work that would need to be done to implement this solution, it could take up to a year to fully integrate and cost $10,000-$20,000. This solution is expensive and generally not scalable, especially across an entire portfolio. Instead, it would be more feasible to consider cloud-based real-time meter data separate from a BMS.
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