ACS – Avoiding Information Overload & What To Do Next

If you can’t tell, I’m proud of the software my team has developed for our customers.

Over the previous months, we’ve talked about buildingHEALTH, which allows key dashboards to be shared across your faculty,  buildingCONNECT, our remote access software package, and buildingCONTROL the interface portion of McKenney’s control solution, but today I want to talk data.


Raw numbers.

Today we’re looking at McKenney’s buildingSENSE.

Fun fact:

When we first set out to brand the product, we tested names more on the left-brain side: buildingDATA, buildingSTATS, buildingINFO – things like that.

In the end, our North Star was the concept of “facility intelligence”: rather than stopping short at providing our customers with empty metrics, our aim was to give facility managers the ability to make more informed business and operational decisions.

With this guide established, the buildingSENSE roadmap quickly clarified.

Another important decision made along the way…

Early on, we chose to stick to an open framework design. Because of that early call, buildingSENSE can be applied to a wide variety of buildings and environments. Regardless of the scale or volume of your enterprise, located at one site or spread out across multiple locations, buildingSENSE has five key selling points that add value almost immediately:

  1. Extract and integrate data in real-time from multiple, standalone building systems into a centralized platform for more comprehensive analysis and to identify areas of volatility and inconsistency.
  2. Commission your building after upgrades take place and validate system enhancements along the way.
  3. Inform and notify personnel on specific metrics and results through enhanced alarming and reporting.
  4. Use localized weather data to help determine issues related to fresh air systems and overall building performance.
  5. Access a comprehensive fault detection rule library with any system to focus in on real issues and areas of potential operational improvement.

What’s more, buildingSENSE can either be hosted locally at your facility or remotely in a secure data center.

Information vs. Data

By themselves, values in tables weren’t going to give our customers a sense of what they needed to change (if anything) to streamline facility processes and enhance efficiencies. Anyone can gather data. We’re good at leveraging that data: in this case for more energy-efficient operations.

But you need to know where to look for it—and more importantly, what to do with it.


In the meantime, if you have a question for our team feel free to leave a comment below and explore the rest of for more information.

About Stephen Johnson


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Stephen Johnson is the Vice President of the Automation & Control Solutions group at McKenney’s. This premier team—made up of control engineers and service and project management professionals—designs and implements customized automation solutions for both new and existing buildings.

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