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The Benefits of Building Automation Networks for Facilities Management

In an ever-changing business landscape, buildings require increasingly complex systems to keep them functioning optimally. Building automation networks (BANs) are a tool that facilities managers use to maintain operational efficiency and increase energy savings. By automating the management of building systems, BANs make it easier for facilities managers to monitor and control their buildings.

What is a Building Automation Network?

A BAN is a type of computer network that facilitates communication between different building systems, such as heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), lighting, and access control. These networks can be used to monitor and control various systems within a building. The data collected by the BAN can be used to identify issues, monitor performance, and adjust settings to maximize energy efficiency.

How Does a Building Automation Network Work?

A BAN is composed of several components, including controllers, sensors, and actuators. The controllers act as the “brain” of the system, connecting the sensors with the actuators to send commands to the various systems. Sensors collect information from the environment, such as temperature and humidity, while the actuators control the building systems, such as air conditioners and lights.

The data collected by the BAN is sent to a computer network, where it can be monitored and analyzed. This enables the system to adjust settings to maximize energy efficiency and maintain optimal environmental conditions.

Benefits of a Building Automation Network

BANs offer several benefits for facilities managers, including:


Building automation networks offer numerous benefits for facilities managers. By automating the management of building systems, BANs can lead to improved energy efficiency, cost savings, improved comfort and safety, and enhanced performance. For these reasons, BANs are becoming increasingly popular in the facilities management industry.