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When Does Building Automation Make Sense? How to Know If a BMS Is Right for Your Business

June 5, 2023 By Mid-Atlantic Controls 8 minute read

If you’re the manager of a large commercial or residential property, you already know how much rising energy and maintenance costs affect your bottom line. And while the savings promised by increased building automation sound tempting, you might be worried about getting investors, owners, and anchor tenants on board for expensive and disruptive upgrades.

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Benefits of Integrating BMS in Multi-Location Companies

May 4, 2023 By Mid-Atlantic Controls 6 minute read

Facility management can quickly become a logistical nightmare for companies with multiple large retail or office locations. This especially holds true when data isn’t being gathered consistently from location to location. 

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How to Make a Commercial Building More Energy Efficient With a BMS

April 17, 2023 By Mid-Atlantic Controls 6 minute read

If you own or manage a large office or retail space, you already know that energy waste in commercial buildings is a huge challenge for the sector. We take a hard look at how to improve energy efficiency in buildings, including the significant advantages offered by modern building management systems. 

Add Efficiency With a Commercial Building BMS

The Energy Information Administration estimates

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Complete Guide to BMS Upgrades

April 5, 2023 By Mid-Atlantic Controls 18 minute read

Upgrading the building management system (BMS) in your facility can deliver real performance for far less than the cost of completely replacing your existing equipment. MACC is an industry leader in upgrading existing legacy systems using robust, innovative, open-source technologies.

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How Much Does a Building Management System Cost?

December 6, 2022 By Mid-Atlantic Controls 5 minute read

There are a few significant factors that facility managers need to consider when determining the building management system price:

  • Size (total square footage)
  • Type of building(s)
  • Integratable systems like lighting, HVAC systems, fire, security, and access control

One important consideration is understanding that an open, non-proprietary building management system (BMS) platform…

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Can a Trane BMS System Be Upgraded to Tridium?

November 21, 2022 By Mid-Atlantic Controls 4 minute read

A major financial institution wanted to upgrade its existing Trane legacy control system.

 MACC offered them an option to upgrade their Trane system to current technology levels. 

The solution would also provide a clear path toward an open systems framework moving to the future.

MACC used the Tridium JACE product line to upgrade the existing Trane BMS at significant savings well below Trane’s…

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Problems with Building Automation Systems

October 13, 2022 By Mid-Atlantic Controls 5 minute read

Building Automation Systems are prone to aging and will eventually need to be replaced, fixed, or upgraded over time. Like an HVAC or plumbing system, building control equipment has a finite lifespan that varies based on quality, use, and care.

There are three simple tips for avoiding BMS problems:

  • Perform Regular Maintenance
  • Get a Legacy Upgrade
  • Avoid Proprietary BAS Systems

How to…

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Proprietary vs. Non-Proprietary Building Management Systems

October 12, 2022 By Mid-Atlantic Controls 4 minute read

Building Management Systems (BMS) are typically classified as either proprietary (closed) or non-proprietary (open). 

Proprietary systems integrate exclusively with equipment and software produced by the company that manufactured the system.

In contrast, non-proprietary building control systems can integrate with various equipment manufacturers and software platforms. They also offer a wide range…

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Upgrading Johnson Controls BAS to Tridium or J2 Innovations

October 2, 2022 By Mid-Atlantic Controls 6 minute read

It’s entirely possible for JCI BAS system owners or property managers to upgrade their legacy system to a more updated and non-proprietary one like Tridium or J2 Innovations.

This migration can produce a far superior system that’s up to date with current technology and is capable of moving forward as technology improves in the future. Read on to learn more about the value and benefits you’ll get…

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Problems with Access Control Systems

September 18, 2022 By Mid-Atlantic Controls 4 minute read

Access control systems are supposed to create a more efficient way for authorized individuals to enter an otherwise restricted or controlled area—while creating a verifiable paper-trail record of entries and exits.

The vast majority of access control issues stem from:

  • Outdated equipment
  • Keycards falling into the wrong hands
  • Incorrect setup
  • Lack of integration with other building systems
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