Building retrofits can be ideal applications for wireless devices but only
when implemented effectively
The Internet of Things (Io T) has opened
a gateway to connectivity that facility
managers are only beginning to harness.
With the ability to add a wireless sensor or control
to virtually every type of system, existing buildings
are ripe for retrofits. The key is to start with a clearly
defined strategy and then begin to deploy your mesh
BUILDINGS sat down with four industry experts
to tease out the best ways to migrate to Io T. The panel
consisted of Thomas Grimard, Associate Partner at
Syska Hennessy Group; Troy Davis, Sales Director,
EnOcean; Victor Berrios, Vice President of Technology,
Zigbee Alliance; and Mark Quintana, Senior Associate
of Information and Communication Technology at
Syska Hennessy Group.
How can existing buildings benefit
from wireless devices?
Grimard: Nothing needs to be siloed anymore.
Everything is converged–systems know what the other
systems are doing and can send bi-directional commands. This gives facility managers the ability to continuously retro-commission their systems.
Davis: Cable-bound systems are not suitable when maxi-
mizing sensors and switches because it is too difficult and
inflexible to provide each device with its own line. Without
the constraints of cable, sensors for smoke detection, occu-
pancy, temperature, air quality and lights can be installed
exactly where they are needed. This also provides the flex-
ibility to retrofit a system with new products and additional
sensors without having to break walls.
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The Do’s and Don’ts
of Wireless Retrofits
BY JENNIE MORTON