What is a Building Operating System?

    What is a BOS ?

    The OS of the Smart Building

    No matter what brand of smartphone you have, if it's equipped with Android, you know that you'll have easy access to all the phone's features and be able to enjoy your favorite applications. This level of confidence is something you should also demand for your smart building. All you have to do is to choose a good Building Operating System (BOS).

    Today, flexibility and future-proofing of investments are at the heart of the concerns of real estate developers and owners. All are looking for efficient solutions that will meet the needs of tenants without multiplying costs. The building operating system plays a key role in this regard.

    Just as Android can do with a smartphone, the BOS will also be able to control all hardware devices, interconnect them and make their functionality available to the user. To achieve this complete interoperability in a building, the building operating system must be able to break down the logic of technical silos and communicate in the same way with ventilation, lighting, elevators, access controls, televisions or presence detectors.

    Regardless of brands and technical protocols, owners and occupants no longer have to worry about compatibility issues, they can focus on their needs and enjoy a smooth smart building experience. A dream out of reach? No, this level of interoperability is already achievable in all professional buildings with a true building operating system.

    The trap of pseudo BOS

    The problem with some companies that market BOS is that they offer pseudo universal platforms that in fact only talk to one or two technical silos. They will then guarantee that it is possible to extend this compatibility to other technologies. This is true, but at what cost?

    At the cost of custom integrations! Beyond their costs, which can quickly escalate, these multiple developments quickly create a spaghetti effect. Everything gets mixed up, and these integrations must be maintained over time. The result: loss of time, loss of money and, above all, loss of flexibility.

    Let's look at the official definition of a Building Operating System. According to the Smart Building Alliance, the aim of a BOS is to streamline and mutualise the flow of information between the field hardware devices on the one hand and the service applications on the other. The BOS should ensure long-term flexibility for any use case in the building.

    Why you should consider Trigrr

    A building operating system that has developed a universal metalanguage, there is currently only one on the market, it is Trigrr.

    This innovation makes it possible to install this BOS in any building, regardless of the technical equipment installed. The metalanguage even offers the possibility to connect to older systems, which is very useful to limit costs. And when a device is not yet in the library, it can be added quickly, without ever falling into the trap of custom integrations.

    Trigrr brings flexibility to create powerful multi-technical scenarios to tackle business challenges, improve building efficiency and occupant satisfaction.

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