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BMS Controls Glossary



Building Management Systems (BMS) are defined as “a system that controls and monitors the building’s mechanical and electrical equipment such as heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lighting and security systems.”

A BMS typically consists of software and hardware that is used to collect data from various sensors and devices within a building, then analyze and present that data in a way that is meaningful to building operators and occupants. The goal of a BMS is to optimize the performance of a building’s systems in order to achieve energy savings, improved comfort levels, and increased safety.

There are many different types of BMS on the market today, but most share common features including:

A control panel or display for monitoring purposes

– One or more input devices for collecting data from sensors

– A database for storing collected data

– Analysis software for turning raw data into actionable information

The hardware components of a BMS are typically installed in a central location within the building, such as a server room or network closet. The software component is typically hosted on one or more computers in this same location.