Data communications are not only confined to voice or video applications. Data transmission along a copper fibre or wireless pathway can be used for a myriad number of useful purposes. Some of these other uses are gathered in a loosely defined “control” category. Building automation services (BAS) is gaining in popularity as commercial real estate owners wrestle with the rising costs of energy. BAS techniques allow personnel to manage the use of energy to light rooms and to heat and cool spaces. Sensors on a communications network can reduce energy costs by turning down lights and heating if rooms are unoccupied. Integrated with highly efficient LED lighting utility costs can be substantially reduced. SCADA systems, (System Control and Data Acquisition) can manage complex mechanical and electrical systems to improve overall efficiency, reduce labour costs and enhance human safety. QA/QC and ROI metrics can also be measured with the use of appropriately designed applications, all of which ride on a well-designed IT network infrastructure.
There are a number of disciplines required to construct all buildings. Perhaps not surprisingly there are a number of elements that need to come together to implement an efficient, scalable and purpose specific IT infrastructure for most buildings. At the beginning of a construction project Fancom could assist in preparing an RFI (Request for Information) or an RFP (Request for Proposal) to articulate a client’s vision. Fancom offers a range of services such as CAD drawings for use by contractors who install security systems, AV systems and phone systems to name a few. Fancom will oversee the installation of systems we design to ensure they are installed according to industry best practices. Fancom can manage the entire construction project, coordinating activities from other disciplines such as Architecture and Mechanical or Electrical Engineering. Towards the end of a construction project Fancom can prepare and execute appropriate test procedures to ensure the systems deployed are in good operating condition.