Imagine the following scenario. A tenant or employee enters their building after hours by presenting a card to a reader, or entering a code on the keypad, at the main entrance. At that point several things happen. The door unlocks. The HVAC system is notified that the individual’s office on the 5th floor needs to have its temperature setpoints changed to normal occupancy values so the individual is comfortable when they arrive. The lighting system is notified to turn on the appropriate lights for the office area on the 5th floor so the individual feels safe. Property management or the accounting department is notified of the exact time when the individual enters and leaves the building, so they can be billed for after-hours energy usage. Everyone benefits.
IToday’s facility executive wants to purchase systems and components from various manufacturers and have those components work together as one system. They want “open systems” that allow the manufacturers to offer new features and add value without locking the owner into a single vendor’s proprietary protocols. In short, they want Interoperability.
IInteroperability allows disparate systems to work together to deliver application solutions not possible with separate, proprietary offerings.
However, the enterprise has been plagued with “silos of information,” which stand alone. Lots of information resides in separate databases and systems. So, if one is to optimize the enterprise, information needs to be shared. And, we need to share information dynamically.
I Fortunately, technologies are now being embraced that allow information to be shared between different manufacturers’ proprietary application software. These technologies are available to both the application software supplier and to the IT department that provides the information infrastructure to the enterprise. Suppliers who create these technologies to make it easy for their system to interface and interoperate with another’s, add value to the enterprise.
IThese technologies are the API, XML, and web servers.
Please download the Hirsch interoperability pdf for more information.
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