Management Network Definition
A management network is the backbone that provides remote connectivity to the control interfaces of individual building systems through an Intranet LAN (Local Area Network). Essentially, that means that HVAC controls, surveillance camera feeds and other communications data from across the property all share the same set of wires and are therefore connected on the same data network. Management can then access data on this network from any connected computer.
This management network is a single, property-wide communications network that can accommodate the simultaneous transfer of many different signals throughout the property. The system is based on a non-proprietary standard communication protocol (TCP/IP), the same protocols as the Internet. Additional IP enabled devices can be added to the network at any time, allowing for the expansion of this system to accommodate the changing requirements of building management, and the addition of data services should it become necessary.
This management network is designed to allow the property owner to monitor and manage individual electronic system components from one or more locations, improve maintenance and security response times, simplify heating and cooling adjustments, and provide management with real-time information to enable a proactive approach to property management.
The major functions of a typical premises-wide network are surveillance and mechanical monitoring, however, many other functions and services can be layered on this multi-protocol, multi-service network in the future.