With the advent of BREAAM and the growing concern over global warming, organisations are looking for ways to reduce their energy consumption.
Intelligent buildings where systems are integrated contribute to this goal, but can security systems help to save energy?
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, 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 passed to the access control system to enable the person to gain access.
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 someone enters the building with a booking on the first floor, access control sends a command to the Building Management System to switch on the lighting and heating.
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 the management of car parks.
With most large car parks, we drive around and around to find an available space, increasing fuel consumption and releasing more carbon dioxide.
By investing in guidance technologies, such as space detection systems and digital signage, we can reduce carbon emissions.
The driver can use a smartphone app, follow digital signs, or even use the in-car navigation system to find an available space.
Not only does this reduce fuel consumption and emissions, it also improves the visitor experience.
Battery Powered Security
In the event of an extended power failure, once the power (or backup battery) runs flat, the door will unlock.
Compare this to a wireless lock, which can do everything a wired system can, 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, they are secure and cost less,.
They do have some limitations, so are not a silver bullet solution for every door.