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How Does Smart Building Data Generate Actionable Insights for Your Business?

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Every building is capable of being smart – but what does being smart mean for your business? The popularity of smart buildings has exploded in recent years within all verticals such as retail, small to larger commercial, industrial, health care and all government levels, and yet most sites in North America are not equipped with a smart base building network (BBN) and an effective long-term strategy to use it. Without these, smart building systems merely generate data that will go unused unless it’s properly harnessed and analyzed.

RYCOM does that and more with our HIVE™ Smart Platform. Never happy to leave a job half done, RYCOM does not leave the data at your door and ask you to make sense of it – we provide you with an innovative platform that takes data from all your interacting building systems and provides easy-to-understand actionable insights.

How do RYCOM’s HIVE™ Smart Platform and BBN generate actionable insights for your business? Read more to find out.

A Base Building Network lies at the core of every smart building

Every smart building must start by converging all building systems onto one network – a single, unified information highway, if you will. We call this a Base Building Network, which we tailor-design to seamlessly integrate into a building, no matter the size or class. A Base Building Network provides managers with:

  • A more secure network that is continuously monitored by RYCOM’s 24/7 security operations centre
  • Full control over building system vendors and the ability to build upon current systems when necessary
  • Reduced capital costs for future building system installations through the utilization of one common shared network infrastructure
  • Performance management and optimization for effective OPEX over the life of the asset

Before we design a BBN, we work with the building owner to determine how and where “smart” fits into the site and how it will impact the site and tenants. It is crucial to work closely with building stakeholders to ensure that everyone’s requirements are considered when designing a smart strategy and BBN. With this feedback, a detailed blueprint can be developed that will map out the building’s unique BBN to ensure it will allow a building to realize the many benefits of smart technology.

A common mistake with BBN implementations is they are either over-designed and not fully utilized or under-designed and never allow for a smart building to evolve. That is why before your business undergoes any investment of time and money, it is important to partner with an experienced team that understands the entire ecosystem of structured cabling, networking, vendor systems, system integration and property/portfolio strategies.

HIVE™ Smart Platform generates actionable insights from your building system data

Once a BBN has been installed, your property has the secure foundation that allows the HIVE™ Smart Platform to turn your building system data into insights that allow for informed action that can make a real difference in the short- and long-term success of your business and your bottom line. Powered by BUENO (link), the HIVE™ Smart Platform is an easy-to-use SAAS platform that is managed and monitored by RYCOM 24/7. Through analyzing KPIs and other data that form the framework of your network, the HIVE™ Smart Platform:

  • Liberates building systems data onto a common operating platform, which enables ‘cross-platform’ analysis and provides easy to understand real-time data about your building
  • Allows for command and control functionality of building systems such as security, building automation systems, people counting, car parks and much more
  • Runs diagnostics of your building that utilize experiences of similar properties from around the world to detect building issues and find the root cause so that they can be diagnosed and solved
  • Consistently monitors every maintenance point of a building and provides automated diagnostics to avoid the potential goose chase of locating a small problem within a major building system
  • Uncovers a range of equipment faults, mechanical failures and degradation of performance over time. This allows for the implementation of a directed maintenance approach as opposed to the standard and costlier, preventative maintenance approach
  • With the full triage insight and fault knowledge, more efficient repair and maintenance practices and strategies can be deployed. This approach provides for a comprehensive directed maintenance strategy to be implemented, materially lowering PEX costs and improving building system functions

Add all of this up, and our platform provides continuous optimization and support structure to deliver the targeted performance necessary in today’s marketplace.

No matter which smart building partner you choose, always remember that the smartest thing about smart buildings is the people who use them. It is important to ensure that you have the right partner with the right experience to work with you on your strategy, technology solutions, systems integrations and operations. Even if your building is not yet ready for a full-scale smart building deployment, it’s never too early to develop a strategy to get smart.

Interested in learning more about RYCOM HIVE™ Services and Solutions? Contact one of our Sales Specialists today at hivehelp@rycom.com or 1-877-927-9266 and let us show you why we are the right smart building partner for your business.

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