3 Tips for Managing Campuses With Different Communication Protocols

Posted by Connect with ODIN on Apr 29, 2021 3:13:11 PM

The modern universal BACnet protocol is the current gold standard in building automation, keeping things simple and streamlined for facilities managers and technicians. However, if your campus features a legacy system composed of older protocols like Modbus and Lonworks, you may be juggling multiple systems, log-ins, and headaches throughout the day.

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Topics: BAS, BACnet, Remote Building Controls

How BACnet Portability is Making Building Managers' Lives Easier

Posted by Connect with ODIN on Apr 29, 2021 3:04:36 PM

The original objective of the BACnet protocol was to revolutionize device interconnectivity by providing one standard set of communication rules. No matter the manufacturer, all devices using the BACnet protocol would work with your building’s BAS. This goal was promptly realized as the use of BACnet spread to building monitoring systems far and wide.

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Topics: BACnet, Remote Building Controls

COVID Relief Plan: Next Steps for School Facility Managers

Posted by Connect with ODIN on Apr 29, 2021 2:46:42 PM

When President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan on March 11, 2021, it launched a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus, including $130 billion in stimulus money for schools in the pre-K through 12th grade age group.  The intention of this new school stimulus money—called the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund—is to help schools safely reopen within 100 days and take actions to help protect students, staff, and families from COVID-19.

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Topics: BAS, HVAC

5 Tips for Facilities Managers as Schools Reopen

Posted by Connect with ODIN on Apr 29, 2021 2:43:19 PM

The American Rescue Plan, which was signed into law by President Biden in March 2021, has set a priority of reopening as many K-12 schools as possible within its 100 days. As of the writing of this article, we’re a little more than a third of the way through that timeline. Facilities managers are ramping into high gear getting many buildings that have been shut down for a year or more ready for people to resume daily occupancy. Here are a few quick tips to guide your planning process as you start laying out your school building safety and school facilities management strategies.

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Topics: BAS, Remote Building Controls, HVAC

4 Must-Have HVAC Upgrades for K-12 Schools

Posted by Connect with ODIN on Apr 28, 2021 5:56:22 PM

There’s nothing more important to a K-12 facilities manager than the safety and health of the building’s occupants.  The COVID-19 pandemic brought this into even sharper relief and now is the time to act. The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that 54% of public school districts need to improve or replace multiple school building systems—especially HVAC upgrades. Their report estimates that 41% of districts need an update or even replacement of antiquated or inadequate HVAC systems. That adds up to 36,000 schools across the nation.

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Topics: HVAC

3 Things K-12 Facilities Managers Should Know About the $54B Stimulus

Posted by Connect with ODIN on Apr 28, 2021 5:51:43 PM

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act  (CRRSA) went into effect on December 27, 2020. This 5,600-page, $900B bill included $82B specifically set aside for education. Of that money, $52B will go straight to K-12 schools (about four times as much as the $13.5B allocated by the CARES Act in March of 2020). 

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Topics: BAS, HVAC

Guest Article: Interoperability Update: ODIN Building Automation System

Posted by The S4 Group on Feb 23, 2021 10:44:00 AM

Originally published on TheS4Group.com

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Topics: BACnet

How to Get Remote BAS Access Without Being on Your Building's Network

Posted by Connect with ODIN on Feb 9, 2021 10:23:29 AM

Building management software (BMS) and building automation systems (BAS) will sometimes come packaged with an optional, limited style of mobile access through a building management app. However, when these applications require you to be connected to the building network to access the system, this is not really “remote” access so much as the option to use a phone or tablet while on site.

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Topics: BAS, Remote Building Controls

4 Ways ODIN Enhances Your Current Building Automation Software

Posted by Connect with ODIN on Feb 9, 2021 10:19:15 AM

Building Automation Software (BAS) can be remarkably complex. Depending on the size of the facility, you may have tens or even hundreds of unique lighting, electrical, heat, cooling, ventilation, IAQ sensor, and other devices to monitor and control. 

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Topics: BAS, Remote Building Controls

Maximize Your Facility’s Productivity with a Remote Management System

Posted by Connect with ODIN on Jan 27, 2021 7:53:48 PM

A comfortable, healthy, happy environment helps people stay productive. And yet, according to a study by HBR, the number one environmental factor employees cite as important to their workplace wellness is better air quality—not access to a gym or other company office perks like snacks or tech-based health tools. Only a third of survey respondents “characterized their office temperature as ideal.”

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Topics: Remote Building Controls

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