Wireless functionality is a strong growing trend within Building automation, but at the same time there seems to be a mistrust towards wireless solutions. We claim that going forward your biggest enemy will be having cables as an HVAC (non)solution. How to guarantee your future-proof reliable wireless solution? Read below!
Ok, we admit, wired sensors until just a few years ago were the only reliable alternative in a building automation system. Many might still think to have a reliable, flexible and easy system it needs to be wired. Upon taking a closer look at your wired system; do you have disadvantages such as expensive cables, time consuming installation work and limitation in scalability and maintenance?
The wireless technology of today is so intelligent that wireless sensors in a perfectly applied mesh network are even more reliable and easy to maintain than wired solutions. So, what else is in it for you? Below are just a few of the reasons to go wireless, and leave your biggest enemy behind.
1. Easy Installation & Commissioning
Wired systems in commercial buildings often have very high costs for installation and commissioning. The wired legacy systems are not flexible, and recommissioning and rearrangements have always been major cost drivers. The cost for troubleshooting has always been the subject of frustration between the supplier, installer and customer. Going wireless means you could cut those costs; as much as 60%, compared to your wired system.
The large savings stated above, is of course related to a reduction of cabling. However, the biggest contributor to these cost reductions is the time for commissioning. With wireless technology, by communicating with devices using a mobile app, a building wide controls network can be commissioned in days instead of weeks. No more expensive and time-consuming installation procedures!
2. Reduced Energy Consumption
With new environmental requirements and legislations (BREEAM, LEED etc) the need for reducing energy consumption and operating costs are vital. The HVAC industry is forced to create energy efficient and flexible products for sustainability to meet those requirements.
Making your product wireless enables energy efficient and demand-controlled HVAC solutions.
The products and services you sell can provide sustainable green buildings through low energy consumption with the possibility to collect data from sensors and control products.
3. Fast & Flexible Refurbishment
A wireless system offers unparalleled flexibility. With a wired system one needs to decide upon the building’s functionality very early in the building process. More often than not, before you know who the tenants will be. A wireless system gives the flexibility to decide this much later, since there will always be ongoing refurbishment in large office buildings. Therefore, future expensive rearrangements can be forgone. A wireless building automation system enables changes with just the push of a button.
4. Battery Powered Devices
With the right wireless mesh technology you can achieve an intelligent and self-healing network that routes data to its destination in the shortest and most energy-efficient way- no repeaters needed. This means there is no need for external power supplies to keep the routing transmitters on, and it is possible for battery operated devices to have the same battery the whole lifecycle.
5. Enabling of Value Added Services
A wireless system also opens the doors to value-added services which makes it easy to test new service related offers without any major investments. Valuable data from the building can be provided to the real estate owner, which opens up new services such as optimization of cleaning, space utilization, asset management etc. The connected sensors can be used for so much more than just controlling the indoor climate.
Get ahead of the competition
Today we see there is a huge demand for wireless control and sensor products within HVAC. Wireless systems offers reduced installation costs, never seen before flexibility, great energy savings and new groundbreaking services. Another key factor is the new environmental requirements and legislations that force manufacturers to create energy efficient and flexible products for improved sustainability.
So outrun your biggest enemy (yes, the cables) and get ahead of your competition! Do you want to know how LumenRadio can help you? Contact sales!
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