Improving Environmental Sensing in BAS Systems – Creating Productive and Comfortable Work Environments Without Additional Costs.

Published on: November 12, 2014

Filled Under: Taking Control

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In these lean times productivity and efficiency are hot topics. Companies look to make their work environment as “friendly” as possible at the most basic of levels. Controlling variables such as CO2 levels for alertness, temperature for comfort and humidity for health, have topped priority lists.

Studies indicate that we can be our most productive at roughly 69-73 Degrees Fahrenheit, 70% Humidity and Below 800 PPM for CO2 levels. With people constantly moving back and forth between space and numerous variables affecting the climate inside and outside, having the “Eyes and Ears” communicating in “real-time”, to those on-demand ventilation controls that provide the right mix of air is invaluable and mandatory in today’s workspaces. Without knowing the optimal adjustments ventilation systems waste energy and blindly set inefficient levels.

We have the responsibility to create comfortable work environments and that is achieved by monitoring and controlling the environment. Focusing specifically on monitoring, let’s look at how we get those “Eyes and Ears” on the ground and communicating with the BAS controller in the most economical and simplest way.

Just Wire It

The obvious and more traditional answer of hard wiring sensors seems to be the go to “in the box” solution. However hard wiring sensors and communication superhighways to BAS controllers has its own set of obstacles. Aside from the obvious physical barriers in existing buildings, there are other complications that can be far more consequential. Formidable cost associated with cabling an existing building extends beyond the wire and labor to pull it. Demolition and repair including punching holes, running conduits and reconfiguring assemblies can be costly as well as well as disruptive to production.

You can just hear the dollar signs “Cha-ching-ing” away and the “groans and moans” of the occupants in the background.

What if those software engineers and account executives could move freely about their office spaces without interruption of plastic construction sheeting. What if building owners could sit back and contemplate putting in a rooftop garden with the additional money they just saved. What if if low cost solutions that eliminate costly variables could be specified?

Cut the Cord

Wireless use is as common as cell phones these days. Connecting to a hot spot to check out viral videos, send an email or to video chat with a client without having to plug-in has become an expectation of our society. The idea of wireless devices infiltrating our work and living space is not a new concept, however, how it is being used can be.

Take the CWX, TWX and HWX Series wireless CO2, Temperature and Humidity Sensors by Veris. Wirelessly putting your “Eyes and Ears” in the work place environments removes unnecessary installation and integration costs associated with hard wiring sensors including demolition/repairs, pulling wires, electrician labor and loss of time.

Simple Wireless Network Set up - CWX-TWX-HWX Sensors

Simple Wireless Network Set up – CWX-TWX-HWX Sensors

No Wires, No Conduit Required

CWX / TWXHWX are wireless Wi-Fi Co2 / Temperature / Humidity sensors. TWX & HWXcan be powered by either 2 x AA batteries or externally powered by 12-30VDC/24VAC . The CWX is only offered in the externally powered version.

Simple Wireless Sensor Network Floor Plan

Simple Wireless Sensor Network Floor Plan

 No License Fee or Gateways Required

The sensor data is sent over a standard Wi-Fi router/network.

Sensor data is received by any JACE controller once the Veris driver

(.jar file) is installed providing direct integration.

 

Utilize an Existing Corporate Wi-Fi Network

Or establish your own Wi-Fi network with standard Wi-Fi routers / Access points. The Wi-Fi network can be configured to stand alone from any other Intranets or the Internet. The Veris wireless sensors use the Wi-Fi signal provided from the routers/access points to send data packets. The routers/access points do not need to be connected to any intranets or internet to communicate.

So how do you Improve Sensing in BAS Systems – Creating Productive and Comfortable Work Environments Without Additional Costs.

The Answer Seems Simple – Wireless Sensors.

* Eliminate the cost/labor of wire from sensor to BAS controller

* Eliminate the labor for terminations on both ends

* Frees up input points on the BAS controllers

* Individual CO2, Temperature, RH Sensors or get the space savings of the 3 in 1 ( CO2/T/RH Sensor)

Interested in learning more about Wireless Sensor Solutions? Contact a wireless specialist today: 800.354.8556 or at sales@veris.com.

For more information on Wireless Protocols, check out Wi-Fi vs Zigbee.

Stay tuned for more articles on Improving BAS systems and Controllers by Veris. Please feel free to leave a comment or question for discussion.

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