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What are the benefits of a wireless building management system to Multiplexes?

Garima Bharadwaj
Garima Bharadwaj

27th February 2023


Building management systems have been used to automate processes in buildings for approximately 20 years. In this industrial revolution, multiplexes are not an exception. Prior to then, driving constant manual behaviour in conventional building structures was difficult and resulted in issues like high energy costs, compliance issues, and asset damage. Unfortunately, these systems continue to work in pretty much the same manner today. Such outdated systems are expensive to implement, maintain, and upgrade due to their massive wiring. Most importantly, they fall short in some essential qualities like energy efficiency, scalability, cost-effectiveness, and remote asset management. 

In recent years, building automation has advanced significantly in places like shopping malls and multiplexes. The “Internet of Things,” or IoT, is the most important technological advancement driving this shift. In this blog, we’ll understand the benefits of a wireless building management system in a Multiplex. 

Features of BMS in a Multiplex

For the actual structure that the multiplex resides in, a building management system serves as “mission control.” Modern, more advanced building management systems can be operated from a computer dashboard, while basic systems have controls on an interface that resembles a more complex version of your home security system. Since the graphics and navigation are superior to a standalone device, a computer-based interface is typically more user-friendly. Whether the controls are located on your computer or another device, the interface has security features like password protection and the capacity to set daily or seasonal routines for the associated utilities or systems.

As was previously said, a BMS connects to numerous systems and sensors located throughout your building, and one major benefit is that you can operate all of these systems from a single interface. Typical features include:

Lighting: Building management systems include lighting control capabilities that allow for automated control of lighting systems based on occupancy, time of day, and energy efficiency goals. This can result in energy savings and improved comfort for building occupants.

HVAC: The BMS can be used to control heating, conditioning systems, and air handling systems. You can keep track of usage and receive notifications when HVAC systems require maintenance.

Fire Safety Systems: Sprinkler and fire safety systems can also be connected to the BMS, but exclusively for monitoring functions. The ideal location to manage emergency use of lifts, fire doors, and ventilation systems is still the fire alarm panel in the majority of buildings.

Benefits of using Wireless Building Management Systems in Multiplexes

Owners of commercial infrastructure, like multiplexes, are aware of how crucial it is to have viable facilities. In multiplexes, where there are multiple screens and a range of systems, including lighting, HVAC, and security, a wireless BMS can offer significant benefits. This section will discuss some of the benefits of using wireless BMS in multiplexes.

Increases the Overall Value

Nowadays, building management is vital as an increasing number of people value comfort above all else. Installing building management systems in multiplexes can significantly increase the overall value of the property by optimising energy efficiency, enhancing comfort for visitors, and improving safety and security. BMS technology allows for centralised control and monitoring of various building systems, such as HVAC, lighting, and security systems. 

This centralised control enables building operators to optimise energy consumption by adjusting HVAC and lighting settings according to occupancy levels and weather conditions. Therefore, by improving overall energy efficiency, comfort, safety, and security aspects, BMS  in multiplexes can enhance the overall visitor experience and increase the property’s market value.

Efficient Energy Usage

The biggest advantage that a multiplex owner gets from implementing a BMS for their structure is lower energy expenditures. The electrical and HVAC systems can be easily controlled and monitored by the building automation system, which makes it possible for these systems to function effectively and without interruption. As a result, it will cut down on energy use and increase energy bill savings. In other words, the lighting in the multiplex building uses a lot of energy, and much of it is squandered on unused spaces. When you use an automated lighting system, your business might save up to 30% annually on lighting expenses. The BMS uses a sophisticated network of sensors, scheduling tools, and occupancy controls to detect when a space is empty and automatically turn off the lighting. Scheduling can take into account both day and night time hours as well as locations outside your building, like ramps, walkways, car parks, garages, loading docks, etc.

One-stop Control Point

Furthermore, data from a range of linked devices and sensors can be continuously collected and analysed due to an integrated network of building management and analytics solutions. These consist of: air quality monitors,  HVAC management, and luminaire controls. When sensors and devices are combined with a building analytics platform, a fully controlled, efficient system is produced that can: Prioritise the alarms, find and fix issues that could otherwise go unnoticed, take action before repairs are necessary or systems fail avert upcoming inefficiencies to avoid operational bottlenecks, failures, and dysfunctions.

HVAC Optimization

Air conditioning and smoke control are essential when multiplexes and stores are connected. Many business buildings depend on mechanical and electrical systems to ensure comfort and maintain operations. This comprises your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system as well as fire suppression, security, lighting, and other systems. Each of these systems must be managed separately, which adds unnecessary complexity to the building’s overall management. 

Building management systems (BMS) do, however, aid in streamlining the procedure. IoT is opening a new era of possibilities, making it easier to collaborate with sensors and strategies for the operational workflows of buildings. With IoT, especially with smart devices like fans, pumps, valves, and actuators, the configuration can be enhanced. IoT devices provide monitoring from anywhere and real-time alarms. You can observe and gather data if you have an internet connection. Real-time data enables rapid problem detection, and corrective measures can be carried out anywhere and without being present at the building. 

Ensures High Security

When facility automation systems are deployed in multiplexes, it offers cutting-edge technologies and methods that improve the security system in your building. It enables improved security of your assets, including real estate, company assets, and IT data. Additionally, building occupants will feel much safer than before. The system will aid in preventing theft and tampering by employees, as well as criminal activity and damage to your property. The access control feature in BMS will prevent access to any floors or areas that have been designated as restricted by the management personnel. Additionally, the system gives you control over visitor traffic inside your structure and guards against security breaches. Additionally, access control software records and retains information about every activity occurring both inside and outside of your building.

Reduces Downtime

For most businesses, including multiplexes, downtime is intolerable because it has a direct influence on sales, and they cannot afford to have building equipment fail. Being able to spot problems before they cause downtime is perhaps one of the most notable advantages of BMS. A BMS will automatically do a check on the systems it is integrated with. These checks can spot issues that require your attention and notify you of them. This provides you with plenty of time to address the problems before your equipment malfunctions. Additionally, it can track component life cycles, giving you the ability to schedule preventive maintenance appointments.

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Nowadays, building management systems are a priceless tool for multiplexes and other similar structures. Our world is changing as a result of the Internet of Things, which connects many gadgets to improve the comfort, safety, and convenience of our daily lives. Building Management Systems may produce value across a variety of dimensions when integrated into an organisation's strategy and operations. Information technology architecture is a continuous entity. A number of benefits result from this ideal arrangement, including: lower management and infrastructure equipment costs; critical building system information is readily available across the entire facility; efficient energy savings and much more. A business should look beyond the current setup before making a BMS technology investment. The benefits of integrating the building automation system with the IT infrastructure must be understood by decision-makers who need to cast a wider net.

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