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 threat 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.

  • 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 shedding 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 affect adjacent or all the buildings in an area