Tuesday, 29 September 2020 10:58

BSA, Software AG partner to develop IoT building management solution


Australian asset management and technical services provider BSA is partnering with Germany’s Software AG to provide an Internet of Things (IoT) building management solution aimed at catering for the needs of Australia’s building management industry.

Software AG and BSA have been collaborating on the development of the solution - known as the Cumulocity Building management solution - since early 2019, with the solution developed in Autralia and now available globally.

The building management solution is built using Software AG’s IoT cloud services, with the first phase of the core development completed in August when Software AG launched the global building management platform.

Software AG says the Cumulocity building management solution allows BSA’s customers such as facility owners and operators to connect, monitor, analyse and control the systems in their buildings, saving money and time while increasing operational efficiency and energy saving, and provides greater visibility and control of building assets to customers that would not typically have building management systems (BMS) installed due to prohibitive costs.

“We saw the need in the market for visualisation and control of assets in sites where traditional BMS would typically be cost prohibitive,” said Neil Glozier, Head of Client Solutions, APS at BSA.

“Using IoT technology enables us to offer a new group of customers from small to medium facilities, access to these capabilities, or in some cases to expand on already integrated systems.

“Through partnering with Software AG, BSA is able to bring a solution to market that adds to our suite of control and automation offerings and enhances our overall services to existing and future clients.”

According to Tony Drewitt, Software AG IoT and AI Leader, the Cumulocity building management solution will give greater visibility and control of assets to small-to-medium sized facilities and provide better support and smarter maintenance activities while eliminating the necessity for on-site integration and IT infrastructure at customer sites.

“We are excited to be working with BSA on this new BMS solution which will empower facility operators and owners with valuable data that can help them reduce energy and maintenance costs while making informed operational decisions,” Drewitt said.

“BSA’s industry know-how and expertise coupled with Software AG’s IoT and analytics software and development capabilities, offer the building and asset management industry, an exciting solution and paves the way for Australia’s future with smart buildings.”

Software AG notes that with the global smart building market size projected to reach A$150.22 billion (US$109.48 billion) by 2026, IoT-enabled building management systems which offer real-time access to data that is coordinated, managed and controlled for specific purposes “can help to significantly optimise energy efficiency costs and drive real operational savings”.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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