While Home & Building Automation makes the systems of a private dwelling intelligent, Industrial Automation provides coordinated and integrated control of technological systems, IT and communication networks used in business, commercial and industrial premises, the aim being to enhance flexibility and management efficiency, security, energy savings of buildings, thus ensuring greater comfort for individuals inside buildings.
Just think of the complexity of utility systems in a shopping centre, a hospital, a credit institution or a hotel, which must guarantee continuous operation (24/24 hours a day), carrying out multiple operations, such as temperature control, lighting, anti-theft, anti-intrusion and fire protection. Each of these sub-systems are often self-controlled by microprocessors but, in most cases, they do not communicate with each other.
The automation of an infrastructure offers major advantages:
Any industrial company implementing and integrating multiple systems can have a privileged viewing point that allows it to manage the so-called alarm supervision system from above.
Unlike an individual supervision device, a higher-level alarm supervision system allows the monitoring and control of operations of each individual sub-system in real time. At the same time, it provides the identification of any anomalies, failures and alarms of any kind and coming from any area of the industrial facility.
Alarm supervision platforms consist of professional servers and software that allow the operator to easily examine all the information needed to guarantee the safety of a building through graphic maps.
The hierarchical maps are able to view in real time the status of each area of the protected system, access to the premises, the position and the relative status of the internal and external defence sensors.
You can make a detailed planning of the operations to be carried out by the operator when a sensor generates an alarm. Planning is also very useful to detect false alarms and discriminate them.
In the event of an alarm, a detailed and accurate voice message alerts the user. The system records the alarm in progress, storing all the information useful that is relevant and useful for safety (such as the type of alarm, the activated sensor and its position, the time of activation and deactivation of the alarm, etc.).
In addition to the main interface for use by skilled operators, a simplified version is also available with reduced functions but still able to provide information and instructions necessary for the immediate management of the event.