With the advent of BREAAM and the growing concern over long-term global warming, organisations are looking for ways to reduce their energy consumption without introducing onerous processes on building users.
When integrated with other building systems, security systems can be programmed to assist with reducing energy consumption.
Access Control and Building Management
Imagine a situation where an organisation has an office building that remote workers can access and work from when required.
The building has multiple floors and each workspace area can be booked or reserved for use.
As the building is for use by remote workers, rather than conventional office based workers, it’s much harder to determine building usage at any particular time.
By integrating the workspace booking system with access control, we have some control over the building.
In this configuration, once a person books a workspace, their access permissions are added into he access control system so that the person can gain access to the building.
Until all the desks on the ground floor are occupied, heating, lighting and non-essential power on the first floor is all switched off.
When the first person to book a desk on the first floor arrives, the access control system sends a command to the Building Management System, or control system managing the heating, lighting and power and tells it to switch on.
Once the employee gets to their workspace, everything is up and running, yet five minutes earlier, everything was powered off.
Car Park Space Guidance
Another area closely related to security is management of car parks.
With most large car parks, we drive around and around to find an available space, contributing to increased fuel consumption and more carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere.
By investing in guidance technologies, such as combining space detection systems with digital signage, a smartphone app, or indeed having the capability for an in-car navigation system to direct cars quickly and easily to an available space not only reduces energy and pollution, it also increases the experience of the visitor.
Battery Powered Security
The other downside is in the event of an extended power failure, once the power (or backup battery) runs flat, the door will unlock.
Compare this to a battery operated wireless lock, and which can do everything that a conventionally wired system can do, but will only use power to engage and disengage the bolt.
Once the door is mechanically locked, it will remain locked without requiring constant power draw.
These locks are not only more power efficient, but they are also more secure and cost less, they do however have more limited use cases, so are not a solution for every door.