The Difference Between Unified and Integrated?
The nuance between unified and integrated can become confusing when describing the connection between systems. The two industry terms are often used synonymously when referring to the interrelatedness of facility systems. In actuality, the two terms have their own meanings and refer to two different types of relationships between systems.
Integrated describes the relationship between systems that were originally designed to operate independently. By integrating the systems together, it generates a connection to where information can be exchanged. It is simply a link between systems to allow the flow of data. It is less comprehensive than unifying as the systems can still remain independent.
The term “unified” generally refers to several systems that are combined to operate as one. The systems are uniquely designed to work together and seamlessly share data. This complex system streamlines the information into one single dashboard. The consolidated systems work interdependently to deliver the information to the shared interface.
Streamlined Building Systems
Streamlining key building systems can significantly improve security and efficiency. Whether it is a hospital or a university, technology systems are absolutely essential for everyday operations. This can include access control, intrusion detection, video surveillance, lighting control and much more. Ensuring facility systems are working properly is crucial, by consolidating the systems together it can streamline this process and significantly ease the role for building managers.