How do wireless networks impact FM operations?

Pre-construction designs, construction materials, and IFM operator awareness have an effect on how a building's wireless BMS, BAS, MEP, and security systems perform

Wireless networks could impact the performance of a building's BMS, BAS, MEP, and security systems. [Representational image]
Wireless networks could impact the performance of a building's BMS, BAS, MEP, and security systems. [Representational image]

As the regional IFM sector expands its reach with technological programmes and initiatives, the significance and functionality of wireless networks cannot be overlooked. 

Wireless connectivity is beginning to assume even greater importance as BMS and BAS manufacturers implement it to improve product efficiency.

Business operations that rely on wireless networks include not only building automation, MEP monitoring, and security and surveillance monitoring. 

According to Gislene D. Weig, senior consultant at PlanNet Consulting, construction materials play a key role in determining the operations of wireless networks. 

"The type of construction has a direct impact on wireless coverage and the reliability of the wireless link, and therefore needs to be accounted for," she said, according to

"For example, metals (steel and lead) and concrete can block WiFi, or at least cause multipath interference where radio signals are unintentionally split into multiple paths.

"In buildings with those materials, be sure to plan ahead to ensure adequate coverage by accounting for the number of wireless access points, plus the locations and spacing between them.

"Radio frequency (RF) propagation map software can help with initial coverage prediction and device locations," she added.  


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