Building Management Systems (BMS) benefits from nanoFIBER armored cables

By Steven J Stark April 22, 2021

nanoFIBER is the perfect fiber cable solution for Building Management Systems.

nanoFIBER is perfect for in-ground and in-concrete installations.

nanoFIBER is a time and cost-saving solution for BMS.

nanoFIBER protects the cable from vermin, crush, and harsh environments.

 

A building management system (BMS), otherwise known as a building automation system (BAS), is a computer-based control system installed in buildings that control and monitors the building’s mechanical and electrical equipment such as ventilation, lighting, power systems, fire systems, and security systems.

A BMS consists of software and hardware; the software program, usually configured in a hierarchical manner, can be proprietary, using such protocols as C-Bus, Profibus, and so on. Vendors are also producing a BMS that integrates the use of Internet protocols and open standards such as DeviceNet, SOAP, XML, BACnet, LonWorks and Modbus.

“Commercial Building Automation Systems,” published by Navigant Research points to Building Automation Systems as a mature industry with moderate, consistent growth. The BAS market was $67.1 billion in 2016. Navigant predicts growth of 4.8% annually, for a value of $102 billion in 2026.

nanoFIBER stainless-steel armored Fiber cables  are the choice for the building’s backbone, connecting the data center/main distribution facility to the telecommunications rooms. That fiber backbone ensures that the pipe is big enough to support whatever systems are there today and those that are added in the future. OM4 fiber optic cable is the best choice, as it meets today’s needs and provides a safety net for the future.

QUICK FACTS

  • Corning Fiber Glass is fragile, and the coiled stainless-steel nanoFIBER™ armor protects the fiber from cracking, crimping, and kinking during the installation and beyond.
  • nanoFIBER™ is the smallest Outer Diameter (OD) armored fiber optic cable in the market.
  • nanoFIBER outer diameter is almost the same as the conventional non armor with all the benefits.
  • nanoFIBER protects the bend radius of the fiber, keeping the data flow at its maximum.
  • nanoFIBER protects your cable from Vermin attacks and is much more difficult to cut.
  • nanoFIBER protects you cable against harsh environment, heavy usage, and poor installation.
  • nanoFIBER can be used in all environments from indoor, outdoor, aerial, underwater, burial etc.
  • nanoFIBER™ reclaims space in pathways and conduits that are overloaded with old cables.
  • nanoFIBER armor acts as a metal conduit avoiding costly pipes when possible.
  • nanoFIBER provides the latest connectors that are easily spliced on in the field.
  • nanoFIBER can be used as a replacement for conventional cable where size and strength matters.
  • nanoFIBER™ is the best cable for novice installers…Keeps from breaking the fragile glass fiber when pulling or bending during installation.

The nanoFIBER stainless-steel armored cable is impervious to harsh weather and ideal for indoor and outdoor environments at or around buildings. When pulling the nanoFIBER™ throughout a building management system, the cable takes up minimal space and simplifies installation.

 

Fiber versus copper wire. nanoFIBER armored fiber optics dramatically increases data density. One 12-fiber cable can carry as much data as 160 individual cat6 (twisted pair) cables. This results in easier systems integration (fewer connections), as well as weight and bulk savings. 40 pounds for fiber cabling versus 1,000 pounds for equivalent twisted pair cabling and or analog audio, the ratio is even further in fiber’s favor. Often, overall cost savings versus copper wire.

Fiber is a green solution versus copper wire. Fiber optic cabling made from 60 pounds of sand can transmit as much data as traditional cabling requiring 1,000 tons (2 million pounds) of copper. As resources grow scarcer and the desire to protect the earth increases, fiber optics are a clear leader.

nanoFIBER™ is a leading cable manufacturer of the best stainless steel armored fiber cable with highest level LSZH EU certifications for permanent building structures, aircrafts, cruise ships or any structures that houses dense populations from our outer jacket. nanoFIBER™ has passed the stringent EU testing for fire and awarded the high level B2. EuroClass rating nanofiber: B2ca-s1,d1,al. Fiber Cables incorporated as a permanent part of the building construction need to be constructed and tested in accordance with CPR and based on smoke production, flaming droplets, and acidity. Europe has set the highest standard for installation of fiber and nanoFIBER™ can be specified in any project with this certification as best in class cabling.

Building management systems are most implemented in large projects with extensive mechanical, HVAC, and electrical systems. Systems linked to a BMS typically represent 40% of a building’s energy usage; if lighting is included, this number approaches to 70%. BMS systems are a critical component to managing energy demand. Improperly configured BMS systems are believed to account for 20% of building energy usage, or approximately 8% of total energy usage in the United States.

The demand for secure infrastructure is at an all-time high. From school campuses to office high-rises to warehouses and factories, security systems protect people, property and assets. 70% of distributed building services connections are security devices. The installed base of security cameras in North America totaled 82 million by the end of 2018, with more than 9 million added in 2018 alone.

In addition to controlling the building’s internal environment, BMS systems are sometimes linked to access control (turnstiles and access doors controlling who is allowed access and egress to the building) or other security systems such as closed-circuit television (CCTV) and motion detectors. Fire alarm systems and elevators are also sometimes linked to a BMS for monitoring. In case a fire is detected then only the fire alarm panel could close dampers in the ventilation system to stop smoke spreading, shut down air handlers, start smoke evacuation fans, and send all the elevators to the ground floor and park them to prevent people from using them.

The modern building needs a variety of smart devices and systems to meet the needs of the business. Video cameras, lighting and environmental sensors, wireless access points, security devices, and LED lighting are all connected to an IP network infrastructure using a backbone of Category structured cabling. To power and control these devices, that same Category cabling delivers Power over Ethernet (PoE) from a PoE-enabled IP switch. When you add in control systems, applications, and analytics, the result is a digital building.

As the systems have changed, so have the names. Is there a difference between a BMS and a Building Automation System (BAS), Building Information Management System (BIMS), Building Automation and Control System (BACS), or a Building Energy Management System (BEMS)?

Point 2 Point nanoFIBER™ is 65% smaller in size and 75% lighter than standard Aluminum Interlock Armor (AIA) and easy to install as a one-man project. A standard 1000-foot 12 strand spool of AIA can weigh 395lbs and has a 13.9mm outer diameter versus nanoFIBER™ that weighs 99lbs and has only a 5.5mm outer diameter. The added toughness and strength of the nanoFIBER makes pushing and or pulling the nanoFIBER through conduits, aerials or even under the ground a time saving and user-friendly solution.

The nanoFIBER stainless-steel armored fiber cables can be housed as a single strand for digital signage to building management systems (BMS) as well as multiple strands of up to 144 strands or more to support all building needs and projects.