UTC Climate Controls and Security,
Farmington, Conn., helped install the
park’s advanced building automation
system (BAS). In a statement about the
implementation of the system, UTC
described its new configuration of integrated technology as being “just like the
team manager,” saying that it enables
building engineers to fully understand
the overall stadium operation.
Such technology is not only helping
the Braves but also many other companies in a variety of industries. The market
for BASs is ripe for growth with an optimistic future.
According to Research and Markets,
the BAS market is expected to grow from
$53.66 billion in 2016 to $99.11 billion in
2022. The research firm forecasts the
growth rate of this market to be approximately 11 percent per year between
2017 and 2022. The impetus behind the
growth include factors such as increased
demand for energy-efficient systems,
growing need for the automation of
security systems, and advancement of
the internet of things (Io T).
BASs are benefitting from the excitement surrounding smart solutions that
are in an obvious growth mode.
“As we see more technology coming
out today, there are a lot smarter devices,
internet-ready or internet-reliant devices
especially on the electrical distribution
side,” said Mohamed Shishani, EcoStrux-
ure power deployment leader, Schneider
Electric. “Research has shown, by 2020,
we’ll have approximately 50 billion con-
nected devices. We’re at 11–12 billion
today. That’s exponential growth in
this field. Internet-connected devices
will be injected into the commercial
industrial space and will impact electri-
cal contractors in several ways because
they are expected to be involved in the
conversation beyond just installing and
commissioning these systems. They will
need to articulate the value of connected
devices to customers.
“Electrical contractors can also benefit from this trend. One way is through
services. They can commission and
install these devices then use the connectivity to monitor and service these
systems by offering preventative maintenance, for example,” he said.
In managing BAS installation and
implementation, coordination and organization are key.
“From the beginning of the project,
understand the end-user requirements,”
said Gina Elliott, U.S. strategic marketing
manager, Schneider Electric. “Ask if this
is an open system and what interopera-
bility is needed. Throughout the project,
collaborate with IT and mechanical.
Most systems will require access to the
IT network, so provide IT with your
design requirements so that they may
provide the infrastructure for the appro-
priate bandwidth and security needs.”
It is necessary to have a well-defined
sequence of operations for multisys-
tem integration and interoperability.
Ultimately, this results in a successful
installation and a happy customer.
ECs and facility managers need
to look at these systems holistically,
Shishani said, and be aware of the stakeholder needs and how to solve them.
“This means you must go beyond a
simple checklist,” Shishani said. “A best
practice is to triage critical assets based
on how important they are to a specific
building and to its stakeholders, like the
financial risk and/or human risk. From
there, you can create building controls
that address each of those critical assets.
For example, patient control rooms in
hospitals have many critical assets that
are directly tied to human risk. When
triaged correctly, those assets can be
tied back into the system for complete
visibility. It’s only when electrical
contractors can marry both the opera-
tions and financial side will they be
able to get the best differentiation in
The Io T is more prevalent than ever.
Automated technologies are probably
smarter than ever. Like at Suntrust Park,
building systems are being integrated
more than ever.
This complexity means that ECs
need to think outside of their day-to-day
work. They are quickly facing the opportunity for new and complex automation
technology that offers much value to
There is a strong uptrend in using
connected systems and devices in all of
their work—particularly with BASs. It
means they must be collaborative with
other trades and owners.
“These worlds that have traditionally been separated are now starting to
merge, producing a new world of electrical distribution and a new world of
unprecedented value,” Shishani said.
Hitting It out of the Park
Implementing building automation systems
SUNTRUST PARK IS HOME TO MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL’S ATLANTA BRAVES.
With more than 1,350 Wi-Fi access points, 30 LED displays and a 64-by-121-foot
centerfield video board, the owners tout it as one of the most technologically
advanced in the league.
ROMEO is a freelance writer based in Chesapeake, Va. He focuses on business and
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