Why use an independent monitoring system, in addition to a Building Management System?
Building Management Systems (BMS) are used for managing all installations present within a building.
Monitoring Systems are used for the control, registration and alerts of the parameters that are important for operational management and processes. The Health Care Inspectorate requires monitoring by an independent system that is managed and set up by OR staff members.
The BMS sensors are used for managing the installations and, therefore, cannot also be used as a basis of independent monitoring. After all, otherwise the data on everything detected by the sensors (including any malfunctioning sensors) would be assumed to represent the actual situation, which would result in both the BMS and the monitoring system using the same (possibly incorrect) data. Sensors (air-technical, door movements, particles, pathogens) within a monitoring system must measure independent data which are registered and communicated to the staff members involved, including any alerts. Reports and analyses of this information are made available to all users and departments involved.
The physical locations of a monitoring system’s sensors vary depending on type of HVAC system, and sensors also must be recalibrated annually within the system to ensure the validity of all values. Furthermore, a monitoring system is equipped with several other types of measurements, such as those related to particles, pathogens, door movements, temperature and humidity for refrigerators and freezers, and all other important hospital equipment that needs to be monitored.