Report: IoT integration driving new business into $34B building management systems market

More than eight million building management systems (BMS) will be integrated with some form of Internet of Things (IoT) platform, application or service by 2020, forecasts a new report from ABI Research.

Smart city IoT pioneers seen leveraging standards, open source, and AI elements
Smart city IoT pioneers seen leveraging standards, open source, and AI elements

More than eight million building management systems (BMS) will be integrated with some form of Internet of Things (IoT) platform, application or service by 2020, according to a recent report from ABI Research. However, the analyst warns that, like many suppliers in established markets today, commercial building management system vendors face both opportunities and threats when navigating the emerging IoT ecosystem.

According to ABI, the market opportunity for these systems is that IoT integration transforms the traditional BMS from an unconnected monolithic system, into part of a wider and integrated sensing and control network. Support for open BMS connectivity to third-party applications means BMS operation can be informed by a range of external events, such as changing weather conditions or variable energy pricing. At the same time, new sensors and actuators within the building environment can control the BMS according to space allocation, building occupancy and other dynamic factors.

“But the increased flexibility and functionality for BMS's offered by IoT technologies and services is also creating a more complex competitive environment,” adds Jonathan Collins, principal analyst at ABI Research. “In fact, new BMS competitors such as SaaS energy management platforms, M2M AEP platforms, and even PC energy management players are now also potential new partners.”

While BMS players understand they cannot deliver a full range of services on their own, they are also wary of losing control over BMS implementations and missing out on new IoT-enabled revenue opportunities “Apart from hardware sales, it is applications and services that will drive much of the value from the IoT-integrated BMS's of the future,” adds Dan Shey, practice director at ABI Research.

ABI's "Integrating Building Management Systems into the IoT" report examines the various approaches to selling software and services that integrate the BMS into the IoT, including analysis of companies such as BuildingIQ, Cisco Systems, CliMetrics, EnerNOC, Honeywell Building Control Systems, Johnson Controls Inc., Schneider Electric, Siemens Building Technologies, SkyFoundry, and Viridity Energy. The findings are part of ABI Research’s Smart Home Market Research.

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