Now with STE Advantages capabilities to provide such a solution customers have the ability to deploy a singular front end for all its needs.
This ability to deliver a result like this provides for the following;
- Ease of training of staff
- Common interface for all requirements
- Ease of supporting staff using the system
- Effective control in emergencies
- Less downtime in hand over of control
- True integration – systems working together to provide a common result
Building control covers many areas, and in this document we will be covering the most common site requirements.
One of the most commonly deployed automation technologies in today’s market is lighting control. To date this has been achieved through very complicated and costly systems. What has been missing is an easy to use interface, and one that give the customer the control.
STE Advantage has successfully provided lighting control systems for larger commercial buildings through the Protégé system.
One of the key advantages is the shared use of common technologies – like Passive Infra-Red (PIR) Motion detectors. By using the same device as automation device and security device customers can save thousands of dollars and achieve far more from their system easily.
An example of current designs is to place Lighting PIR detectors throughout a building floor, in every room. This way when the rooms used the lights turn on, and when it is not they turn off. Then there will be a deployment of a small number of security detectors on critical entry and exit points. This limits both systems.
STE Advantage recommend that they were on the same system – firstly you would have the same lighting control – but now you would have total floor security coverage after hours. This included into the total STE Advantage integration model would also mean that where there are CCTV cameras, lights could come on in support of the camera to provide better imagery.
One component that STE Advantage is very keen on promoting is that with this integrated model, which includes a deployment as described above can be used as part of the emergency management system.
In an emergency the building or site may be evacuated. Currently this uses mustering technologies and the wardens are reliant of the correct use of the sites technologies and paperwork systems.
If the entire site was automated with motion detectors, this could support wardens in determining that the site has in fact been evacuated, and provide live updates on the sites evacuation status. This is invaluable information for large sites that have public access like Hospitals and Schools.
Further to this there would now be information available about areas and how they are used. Area there still people on site, and where they are? From an OH&S perspective this information provides another avenue of protection for staff and property.
In today’s market, one of the main drivers for control equipment is energy saving. Having a separate energy management system can be very expensive, and can also be very complicated to train people on its use.
There may always be a need for components of the Air-conditioning controls existing separate from the System Management System (SMS) for the Air-conditioning technicians – but customers only need basic interfacing that they can understand and use.
This includes turning on and off plant, determining temperatures and planning systems use after hours through scheduling and getting reports on faults.
With the STE Advantage integrated model, Air-conditioning can also have additional smarts such as determining the load of an area by knowing how many people are in an area, or knowing that only certain areas need to come on as the system will know where people work.
One of the solutions that STE Advantage now offers is the ability to control previously un-controllable components such as back to back split systems. These units can be one of the most costly components for organisations.
By controlling these Air Conditioning systems correctly, the money saved can sometimes be more than the deployment of the technology in the first place.
STE Advantages integrated model also allows for energy management tracking and addition of “smarts” to be integrated to the systems to provide better use of the building plant technologies on site.
An example of these smarts may include determining ideal working temperature ranges, and in summer getting down to the upper threshold of this range rather than the bottom, or in winter getting the temperature up to the lower threshold. The System Management System (SMS) is also capable of showing live energy use information for on the fly assessment and alarm control.
One of the main investments for large multi-story buildings is the Lifts. Lift integration and control is very important for the effective control of the security of the facility, and with the STE Advantage integrated model also can now be used to allow for automation of areas prior to the staff or visitors getting to an area.
One of the advantages of controlling the lifts and lights on a site is having the lights turn on at the lifts destination, providing advantages in OH&S risk mitigation.
Lifts can also be prioritised to users under certain event conditions – for example at a Hospital if there is an emergency – the emergent team could get priority drop off to the area where they are required.
STE Advantage has been working closely with our building controls partners and can now offer smart Fire Exit Lighting solutions that increase compliance on sites as well as provide energy savings and labour savings.
One of the most difficult components to maintain and remain compliant with is Fire Exit Lighting and can be a very large cost to organisations, in electricity and labour.
STE Advantages solution is an energy efficient fitting, that includes built in communications infrastructure that communicates with the System management System (SMS).
These fittings will self-test, report failures and other required information directly to the System Management System, which will then notify the appropriate parties to seek resolution.
By using the System Management System (SMS) all users can quickly and easily determine issues and organise rectification as well as fulfil compliance requirements quickly and easily through the reporting features.
The System Management System (SMS) that STE Advantage has used as part of the integration model supports integration to larger fire systems via High Level Interfacing, which can provide for easy to use controls of the Fire Systems deployed on site.
Integration of the Fire Systems is a very important component for automated emergency response from the integrated systems –for example going it evacuation and muster mode.