What is BMS?
A Building Management System is a computer-based system installed in buildings to manage and monitor equipment such as air-conditioning, heating, ventilation, lighting, power systems, among others.
The hardware and software technologies of the BMS were created in the 60’s. Over the years, the BMS IT infrastructure grew organically and added layers of communication protocols, networks, and controls.
Fast forward to today, the BMS has evolved into a series of incompatible components and impenetrable architectures. Through our platform and services, we intend to break through this chaotic infrastructure and provide access to all software developers.
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HVAC systems have high service requirements. Multiple times a year, they need maintenance checkups. The technicians that provide that service are highly skilled and costly. As a reference, in Western Europe, a senior refrigeration technician earns up to 5000€/month.
Around the world, there are 500.000 HVAC service professionals. Their profitability and productivity are reduced by the time they spend driving their van from point A to point B. When a customer calls because its cold-room does not work, the only option the technician has is to drive there as soon as possible. The unalterable need for the onsite presence of the technician to assess and solve the problem delays the response time. HVAC professionals dream of apps which would help them monitor and control systems remotely.
Facility Management (FM) integrates, within the built environment, people, places, and processes with the objective of improving the quality of life and the productivity of a business. By incorporating FM practices, you can deliver long-term asset sustainability while reducing energy costs and carbon footprints.
Create or implement a software solution that wins the thermostat war, and fixes BMS deficiencies that cause building occupants discomfort and frustration over temperature control. See more ↓
Flexible and affordable BMS software solutions will change the daily lives of millions as well as improve employees and customers satisfaction. Many buildings are confronted with iffy indoor climate regulations, even in modern constructions.
Upgrade the BMS software and save 30% of the building industry energy consumption, 400B€ in bills, by easily and quickly deploying smart building applications. See more ↓
The current state of the BMS industry might seem out-of-date to some: basic PCs costing 5.000€, unsecured networks and software technologies relying solely on an outdated visual programming language. This technological gap has a significant impact on the world energy consumption. We designed an abstraction layer over the legacy BMS infrastructure so that any building can benefit from software upgrades powered by state of the art, digital companies.
Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning (HVAC) systems are the primary source of energy consumption of most infrastructures. The HVAC energy bill weighs heavily on the bottom line of businesses. It is believed that 30% of the building energy is wasted, most of it coming from these systems. One of the roots of this energy overconsumption problem is that the prevalent HVAC and BMS software solutions on the market are formula-based engineered.
DeepMind from Google explains why formula-based software does not meet the requirements of an HVAC system:
- The HVAC equipment, how the equipment is operated, and the building environment interact with each other in complex, nonlinear ways.
- Rules and heuristics cannot be designed for every operating scenario of a dynamic HVAC system with numerous variables.
- Each building has a unique architecture and environment. A custom-tuned model for one system may not be applicable to another.
The first two items affect the software performance while the third item affects the software scalability: the traditional BMS software technology requires extensive engineering for every new building, renovation, and extension. Software companies who can implement building intelligence frameworks are in a position to outperform the legacy BMS solutions with energy efficiency and game-changing scalability.
Develop a demand response software solution that delivers no disruption of operation and offers tremendous value for the power grid. We believe that the deployment cost of demand response in buildings can be cut by ten and we are busy trying to deliver on that claim. See more ↓
Power grid operators must balance electricity demand and supply. The world’s transition to renewable energy sources represents a historical challenge for them. While legacy energy sources (gas, coal, nuclear, etc.) are relatively stable, renewable energies are highly variable creating much greater balance swings.
Demand response is a well-proven solution to reduce the energy demand when the supply cannot keep up. It allows to down-size power grids while maintaining continuity of service during peak demand. Currently, demand response programs cover about 3% of the load side. Used primarily by high-load industries (steel plants, hypermarkets, cement plants, etc.). Increasing the demand response coverage is a strategic topic for countries as each additional percentage point of world coverage saves around 100B€ in power plants construction. The financial and technical challenge of the energy transition pushes states to increase demand response incentives to expand the coverage ratio. Energy utilities and aggregators turn these incentives into increasingly attractive deals for energy consumers.
Two major factors can scale demand response offers:
- Minimal impact on the customer’s operations. To truly scale, there should be no impact at all.
- Shortest return on investment. The ratio of (deployment cost) / (monthly value creation) is crucial.
HVAC systems are the preferred loads for scalable demand response solutions because:
- They have high inertia (building masses, water loops, buffer tanks, cold rooms, among others) and can be operated as an energy battery with virtually no impact on the building occupants and operations.
- They are high energy loads translating in sizeable demand response value creation.
- The cost of the deployment with legacy solutions is very high. As an example, it costs 7.000€ for a 1.000m2 office building already equipped with a BMS or 21.000€ if there is no BMS. As stated by the French energy agency in 2017, this is a major limiting factor for demand response scalability.