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IoT driving investment in BMS market

Over eight million building management systems (BMS) will be integrated with some form of Internet of Things (IoT) platform, application, or service by 2020.

Furthermore, according to a report from ABI Research, many suppliers in established markets today, commercial building management system vendors face both opportunities and threats when navigating the emerging IoT ecosystem.

The opportunity is IoT integration transforms the traditional BMS from an unconnected monolithic system to part of a wider and integrated sensing and control network.

Support for open BMS connectivity to third-party applications means BMS operations can receive communications on a range of external events such as changing weather conditions or variable energy pricing.

At the same time, new sensors and actuators within the building environment can control the BMS according to space allocation, building occupancy, and other dynamic factors.

“But the increased flexibility and functionality for BMSs offered by IoT technologies and services is also creating a more complex competitive environment,” said Jonathan Collins, principal analyst at ABI Research.

“In fact, new BMS competitors such as SaaS energy management platforms, M2M AEP platforms, and even PC energy management players are now also potential new partners.”

While BMS players understand they cannot deliver a full range of services on their own they are also wary of losing control over BMS implementations and missing out on new IoT-enabled revenue opportunities.

“Apart from hardware sales, it is applications and services that will drive much of the value from the IoT-integrated BMSs of the future,” said Dan Shey, practice director at ABI Research.

For more information on the Integrating Building Management Systems and the IoT report, click here.

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