When smart buildings reach out beyond their own walls and connect to other buildings located in a campus or throughout the world, new dynamics or advantages take place for the entire organization or enterprise; coordination, shared information, standardization, and a common decision enabling dashboard.

Monitor and Protect an Entire Campus

Smart buildings work together. In a campus environment, security and safety systems can share information to protect people and reduce risk. For example: in a university setting, if an active shooter is detected in one building, a lockdown command can be initiated for every building in the campus. Further, mass notification systems can alert both building occupants and people who are outside the buildings to seek shelter. Lastly, surveillance cameras on several buildings can be coordinated to find or follow an active shooter and display the video information to the authorities in an emergency command center.

  • Other examples of coordination might include:
  • Managing parking and occupant flows in a crowded campus environment
  • Tracking electrical usage, sub-metering or backup power distribution
  • Centralized heating and cooling, load sheading and utility tariffs
  • Data storage and distribution among common data centers and networks
Smart buildings share information from one building to another. There are many uses for sharing information to include:

  • Security information or tracking of occupants on a campus
  • Tracking of special assets such as maintenance equipment, emergency equipment, etc.
  • The performance of HVAC systems, which can be compared or benchmarked to see if one or many units are out of tolerance
  • Alarm events or emergency events that effect adjacent or all the buildings in an area