How does the BOS has revolutionized the world of BMS ?

Since the 2000s, our buildings have been equipped with traditional building management systems or more commonly known as BMS for Building Management Systems. With management interfaces that are often inadequate and obsolete, these systems are criticised for making managers' operations more complex. At the same time, advanced knowledge of their technologies, programming or computing is sometimes required for their use. It is clear that these systems, although based on open communication protocols, tend to be reminiscent of so-called "proprietary" protocols. The supplier and the manager then become "inseparable" and the autonomy of the latter thus seems threatened.

The question of setting up new management and control systems then becomes relevant. And it is often the BOS, or Building Operating System, that is called into the battlefield as a direct competitor to the BMS.

So how can the BOS transform these systems? Is it intended to replace BMS?

For buildings with building management systems, no. Despite the fact that traditional building management systems are lagging behind on interoperability issues (especially with new IoT technologies), the Building OS will interface with them.

The BOS thus fully plays its interoperability role.

Of course, the BMS has certain constraints, but it is operational to automate the management of all technical installations and equipment such as heating, air conditioning, electricity, lifts, access controls, etc. 

But where BMS will allow the collection of data from building management, the BOS as an open, scalable platform will go further. It will break down the different silos to collect data from both BMS/BMS, IoT sensors or other systems, on a central instance. It will be able to process them, structure them and enhance them to expose them to any application that needs them.

Furthermore, where with BMS it is difficult and expensive to integrate new equipment, the BOS will be able to integrate it easily, regardless of the supplier or protocol.

BMSs have therefore proved their worth in the technical management of traditional equipment, but it is becoming imperative to set up a central body, a BOS, capable of collecting and exposing all the building's data.

Why increase costs with two intermediaries between the services and the building infrastructure? Why not just have one intermediary?

Today, it is still necessary to add an intermediary between the equipment and the BOS because it is this same intermediary (BMS, PLC, actuator, IoT controller, etc.) that will enable the connection with the BOS. 

In our conception of the BOS, adding an intermediary between the building equipment and the services does not incur additional costs because the connection with a BOS, in particular the Sensinov BOS, does not require the reprogramming of the BMS or any other technical system thanks to interoperability.

On the contrary, the BOS encourages interactions between systems because interoperability provides the ability for existing systems to work with other existing or future systems without limitations. An installed BMS is able to work with new, freshly installed IoT sensors without impacting the rest of the infrastructure. For example, an IoT presence sensor can now trigger a command to the air conditioning system controlled by the BMS.

The Building Operating System will therefore run on top of the BMS and other equipment in the field to give them new life. The BMS that are enriched with the BOS will finally be able to interface with the IoT equipment, facilitate the work of the managers and improve the daily life and comfort of the occupants. 

Sensinov offers you to apply your own strategy to your buildings. Our solutions meet the challenges of openness, interoperability and are 100% in line with the new standards (R2S label, BACS decree, tertiary decree). BOS Sensinov supports building professionals in their daily work on several subjects, particularly in the areas of Hypervision and building supervision, equipment control and energy consumption optimisation.

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