With ODIN’s remote monitoring, building operators and maintenance engineers can connect to the buildings they manage and instantly find out the status of operating systems. ODIN has a “Trends” feature that helps managers and building engineers understand their buildings from an overall perspective. The Trends show what floors/areas of the building have the most activity and when they are used. The system displays real-time information about how much heating and cooling is used each day and the comfort level of the building occupants.
Installation of ODIN Building Management System Software
The ODIN install process is streamlined. ODIN remotely detects all BACnet devices in a building, connects to them, and starts monitoring their data output. BACnet is the global standard for building automation and systems control. The data flow is organized and presented to building engineers using a user-friendly smartphone app.
ODIN upgrades a building automation system to allow authorized access from anywhere using a fully secured web-based application. This is especially helpful when working with legacy systems that were designed before remote monitoring and access became desirable.
If a legacy system normally requires a building engineer or manager to be on-site to access the system for monitoring and device control, the ODIN cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) allows the same access and control from anywhere. With the ODIN solution, you can access multiple building systems using a smartphone with the ODIN app installed.
The BACnet standard is a network protocol that enables communications between various equipment and control devices that support building automation systems (BAS). A BAS may include monitoring and controlling heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. It may include monitoring and control of lighting systems, elevators, irrigation systems, fire/smoke/gas leak detection equipment, security systems, authorized access controls, and many other devices connected using the Internet of Things (IoT).
BACnet devices and intelligent building management systems like ODIN are the functional foundations of “smart” buildings. The ODIN system makes it possible to manage a portfolio of disparate commercial properties controlled through a cloud-based system, which is accessible anywhere, at any time, and from any device. These BACnet devices and the related secure network communication BACnet protocols are key components of creating sustainable cities filled with “smart” buildings.
Advantages of Remote Building Management
For an efficient and effective building management system (BMS), remote monitoring is a vital process of the ODIN system. Building engineers, property managers, and maintenance technicians do not need to be on-site to diagnose a problem. There is no need to log in to the building’s computer locally to manage the BMS.
A fully remote building system with ODIN installed allows building engineers to access, view, and adjust all setpoints/parameters/ranges, device statuses, energy use metrics, and system controls from anywhere using a simple smartphone or tablet app. The ODIN building automation system can also monitor itself, perform self-diagnosis, and make automatic adjustments before problems arise that warrant the attention of a human technician. The ODIN alarms feature creates an automatic alert for any violation of customized pre-set parameters for critical BACnet devices.
Building Management System Remote Monitoring of HVAC
An example of the advantages of remote monitoring is how ODIN improves HVAC performance.
A landmark study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) found that installing smart thermostats and managing climate zones within a building saves 5 to 10% of the energy costs for HVAC systems. Low-cost sensors, controls, and building automation systems with remote monitoring can reduce energy consumption by 30 to 50%.
Pre-set parameters and operating ranges can be set when installing the ODIN system. When a monitored system experiences an incident that is outside of the pre-set tolerances, building engineers receive a push notification on their smartphones. They can log in to the cloud-based BMS and access the monitoring data from anywhere.
System adjustments can be made to fix problems remotely. For example, load balancing can be used to manage an HVAC motor dysfunction. A working motor can be adjusted to operate temporarily at a higher level to compensate for a problem with another motor.
The system can identify failed parts to determine when on-site repairs are needed. Arriving at the job site with the required replacement parts in hand is an enormous time saver for maintenance/repair crews and comes with a significant cost reduction benefit.