Building Automation

The Urgency of Upgrading Aging Building Automation Systems

Embracing Niagara 4.8 for Enhanced Security and Energy Efficiency

Building Automation Systems (BAS) are the backbone of modern commercial building management, optimizing energy consumption and enhancing occupant comfort. However, as technology evolves, it is imperative for building managers and owners to keep their BAS up to date to ensure optimal performance, security, and energy efficiency. Unfortunately, many customers are still using outdated versions of BAS, such as AX JACEs or R2 JACEs, which are no longer supported by the manufacturer. This article will explore why commercial building managers and owners should update their aging BAS and the remarkable benefits that come with embracing the latest version of the Niagara framework, specifically Niagara 4.13.

The Evolution of Niagara Framework

The Niagara framework has been at the forefront of building automation for years, consistently improving to meet the industry's growing demands. Niagara 4.13 represents the latest iteration, incorporating advancements in security protocols, energy management, cloud integration, and user interface enhancements, among others.

End-of-Life Risks of an Outdated BAS

Commercial building owners and managers who cling to outdated BAS versions, like AX JACEs and R2 JACEs, face significant risks due to their end-of-life status. When a system reaches the end of its life, the manufacturer discontinues support, security updates, and bug fixes. Consequently, several alarming risks emerge:

  1. Security vulnerabilities: unsupported systems become susceptible to cyberattacks and security breaches, potentially compromising sensitive building data and operations
  2. Operational inefficiencies: older systems lack the latest energy-saving algorithms and optimizations available in newer versions, leading to increased energy consumption and higher operational costs
  3. Compliance issues: with rapid changes in building regulations and standards, outdated BAS may fail to meet current compliance requirements, exposing building owners to legal and regulatory challenges

The Costly Consequences of BAS Failure

The consequences of a failure in an aging BAS can be financially burdensome and potentially catastrophic. In a scenario where an outdated system malfunctions:

  1. Downtime and loss of productivity: building operations may come to a halt, leading to downtime, reduced productivity, and tenant dissatisfaction
  2. Escalating maintenance expenses: locating and repairing obsolete components can be a daunting task, often requiring custom solutions or replacements from secondary markets at inflated prices
  3. Occupant safety at risk: an outdated BAS may not effectively manage critical building systems, such as fire alarms and security measures, jeopardizing the safety of occupants

Unveiling the Advantages of Niagara 4.13

Upgrading to Niagara 4.13 presents numerous advantages that transform commercial building management:

  1. Robust security: Niagara 4.13 incorporates the latest security protocols, safeguarding buildings against cyber threats and unauthorized access
  2. Enhanced energy efficiency: the updated framework offers advanced energy management tools, empowering building managers to optimize energy consumption and reduce utility costs
  3. Improved user experience: Niagara 4.13introduces a user-friendly interface, simplifying system navigation and improving overall user experience
  4. Long-term support: by embracing Niagara 4.13, commercial building owners gain access to ongoing support, updates, and compatibility with modern building technologies

In conclusion, updating aging building automation systems to the latest version of the Niagara framework (Niagara 4.13) is an imperative step for commercial building managers and owners. By discarding outdated systems, you can mitigate security risks, optimize energy usage, and ensure compliance with evolving industry standards. Embracing Niagara 4.13 not only future-proofs buildings but also enhances their overall efficiency, safety, and performance, ensuring a seamless and cost-effective building management experience for years to come.

If your commercial building is still running on outdated systems, LONG can help you upgrade them. Reach out to us to see what BAS is right for your building and get started today.

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Scott Papay

Scott is responsible for leading all sales efforts for the controls business unit at LONG headquarters. He has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado and served in the United States Navy as an Engineering Watch Supervisor before moving on to management positions at Bailco Service Corporation, Johnson Controls, Tiernam & Patrylo and Trane. He has been with LONG since 2009 and is LEED AP-NC, FE and Six Sigma Black Belt certified. In his free time, Scott enjoys CrossFit, spending time with his family and outdoor activities including hiking, camping, hunting and golfing.