Accessing data from existing building automation systems is critical to any smart building project. We have gone from the challenge of equipment and system connectivity (now a given) to one where it is about data collection and processing and the integration of data from diverse systems and devices. Add to this, the techniques for managing, presenting, analyzing and deriving value from this data.
Building automation architecture is continuing to flatten as more devices directly connect to networks and edge devices are becoming more intelligent. These devices are performing data aggregation, data integration, and routing directly to other operational devices. Today’s devices are equipped with faster processors, more memory, a selection of connectivity and capacity options to support a variety of applications with the ability to go beyond simple connectivity to include configuration, management, data storage and device-level application enablement.