Building owners and operators know full-well how essential it is to keep their sites running smoothly and securely. However, with multiple systems in need of supervision and various employees who need access to those systems, it can be difficult for a single building manager to delegate specific tasks to the right people efficiently.
Thanks to the rise of BACnet controls and cloud technologies, managers can now operate all of their building’s various systems under one centralized umbrella. SecurityInfoWatch.com says it like this: “Cloud technologies are driving the next round of evolution in access control, creating the opportunity for new work experiences that can be accessed through people’s mobile phones and other devices, while also making buildings much smarter and more data-driven places.”
As buildings continue to expand their technological horizons with smart technology and cloud capabilities, the way those buildings are managed and maintained has to grow and change as well. While it may still be possible for a single person to manage a building, they can’t be the only person with the ability to operate every individual system on their own.
This is where cloud access management comes in.
Plugging Into the Cloud
As defined by Gartner, “Identity and access management (IAM) is the security discipline that enables the right individuals to access the right resources at the right time for the right reasons.”
Traditionally, buildings had to use on-premise software “to manage identity and access policies, but nowadays, as companies add more cloud services to their environments, the process of managing identities is getting more complex.” With systems becoming increasingly dimensional and complicated, exclusively having an on-site operating system is no longer a sustainable option.
With a BACnet certified BAS, however, not only can building owners and operators take advantage of sophisticated cloud computing technologies, but they can use those technologies to wirelessly and remotely regulate all of the BACnet objects connected to their BAS. These web-based, cloud-compatible management systems allow you to control your HVAC system from an always-live environment that’s accessible from anywhere with an internet connection.
Cloud access management capabilities are destined to be a pillar for the future of building management. They make it possible for access control systems to “ to deliver real-time data to the cloud—a key requirement for enabling remote diagnostics and a more predictive approach to functions like system maintenance and risk mitigation.”
Unlock the Key to the Future
A cloud-based, BACnet certified app like ODIN will also automatically update itself, so you never have to worry about working with an outdated interface. Instead, ODIN can scale itself to any past, present, and future systems in your building and make it easier than ever to make whatever changes you need whenever you need to make them.
To put this into perspective, consider what Gerry Cellucci says in a report by Optigo Networks, where he describes how leveraging the cloud “‘allows building operators to manage multiple buildings quite effectively, without having dedicated on-site support people to actually manage that building. So one individual might be able to actually handle five to 10 buildings as opposed to having eight guys manage 10–15.”’