Education: Use This Smart Solution to Sync Your Building Management Systems
Heating, fire alarms, and other critical building management systems play a key role in ensuring colleges and other educational facilities function as expected – allowing students and staff to get on with their daily tasks whilst on campus.
But, if you’re left finding yourself in a situation where your Building Management Systems are failing without the benefit of real-time updates, you risk bringing productivity to a halt – or in a worst-case scenario, impact the safety of students and staff.
Today, we continue our Education Pain Point series and introduce a smart solution, known as Extended Alarm Management. This solution can be used to sync your computer-aided Building Management Systems to a fleet of two-way radios to benefit from real-time updates when systems go down or a fault is present.
The smart way of syncing
Extended Alarm Management is a smart solution that is designed to connect systems together to create an automated way of sending prompts and alerts to end users.
In this example, Extended Alarm Management is used to connect computer aided Building Management Systems to a fleet of two-way radios and/or a dispatch system.
Once connected, critical alarms can be activated and delivered to dispatch systems and radios to alert end users to potential issues or faults with heating, air conditioning systems, or fire systems.
Updates are sent in real-time and give your maintenance and facilities teams a greater chance of keeping everything running smoothly even when things outside of your control cause unwanted headaches.
You can even use Extended Alarm Management to automate daily tasks and trigger geofencing alerts. In fact, it can be integrated with almost any enterprise management system that can send text messages and alerts over Internet Protocol Suite (TCP/IP).
Blowing hot and cold
Building space is impacted by internal and external factors. Inside you have people coming and going, and outside you have both people and the elements to contend with – as fluctuating temperatures, unpredictable weather conditions and incidents you can’t control disrupt your day-to-day operation.
Let’s take a closer look at what can have a profound impact on your Building Management Systems when it comes to their purpose and performance within your facility.
Feeling the heat
One of the most common Building Management Systems in the modern day is air conditioning. As temperature intensifies, cold air is distributed via strategically placed units to help maintain comfortable temperatures that don’t surpass or fall short of regulations for indoor workplaces.
If your air conditioning systems aren’t in working order, and you don’t know about it until you receive your tenth complaint of the day, then time can be lost for not only your maintenance staff, but students and teachers too, who need to focus on studying and not overheating.
A cold snap
Integrated heating systems are vital in any educational facility. They maintain and regulate temperatures within indoor facilities and ensure everyone is comfortable in their surroundings, especially when there’s prolonged spells of cold weather.
Not only can cold weather impact people whilst they teach, study, or carry out daily tasks, but it can effect heating systems that rely on pipes (that can freeze over) to function properly.
Statistics show that in 2021, the country experienced its coldest January since 2010, and in February a chilling -23 °C was recorded in Braemar, Scotland.
Knowing in real-time that your heating system needs urgent attention can help you keep a cool head whilst ensuring everyone stays warm during the day.
Weathering the storm
The UK experienced three storms in 2021, each creating disruption for people, businesses, and educational facilities.
Christoph, Darcy, and Evert brought strong winds and continuous downpours to regions across the country. Their impact caused physical damage and power outages, with the latter something that can have a knock-on effect for educational facilities.
If parts of your building (controlled by Building Management Systems) aren’t in working order in the aftermath of storm conditions, then it’s important that your staff can stay on top of any issues as quickly as possible – by introducing a smart solution that will keep you well connected.
The risk of fire
Fire systems are key in any of your buildings. Not only are they vital for safety but ensuring fire alarm systems are in working order is also important for productivity. Delays to fire drills or real-life evacuations can be costly.
According to reading material from various fire safety sources, a fire risk assessment should consider five key elements:
• Identifying hazards
• Identifying people at risk
• Evaluating and removing risk
• Planning and providing training
• Undertaking constant review of the process
Having a solution in place like Extended Alarm Management can aid you in creating a fire risk assessment that meets regulatory standards and creates an even safer, more productive learning environment for everyone in your building.
Book a FREE Demonstration
Want to find out more about Extended Alarm Management and how it can help your educational facility? Book a FREE demonstration of our award-winning TRBOCALL system and we’ll show you how Extended Alarm Management works in real-life scenarios.
Complete our online enquiry form via our contact us page and we’ll arrange a demonstration at a time that suits you.
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