Metasys: A Comprehensive Building Automation Solution

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A building management system (BMS) also known as a building automation system (BAS) is a computer-based control system installed on buildings. BMS controls and monitors the building’s mechanical and electrical equipment such as ventilation, lighting, power systems, fire systems, and security systems. It is an intelligent system that consists of both hardware and software that connects heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (HVAC), lighting, security, and other systems to communicate on a single platform. BMS is the automatic centralized control of a building’s HVAC, access control, and security systems, lifts, elevators, closed-circuit television, control panel, engineering systems, alarm monitor, and other interrelated systems. 


Johnson Controls is a diversified technology and multi-industrial company, serving a wide range of customers in more than 150 countries globally through its unmatched network of branches and distribution channels. The company delivers intelligent buildings, efficient energy solutions, integrated infrastructure, and next-generation transportation systems for smart cities and communities. Johnson Controls Building Technologies and Solutions helps building owners, operators, engineers, and contractors to increase the full lifecycle of any facility. Its portfolio includes every aspect of a building, including security systems, energy management, fire protection, or HVACR. 

Johnson Controls Metasys® Building Automation System is an intelligent, world-class technology system that connects commercial HVAC, lighting, security, and protection systems on a single platform, enabling them to communicate the information that is needed to take practical decisions while saving energy, providing comfort and safety to the building occupants and increase productivity. Metasys® Building Automation System provides an excellent mobile experience. BAS mobile display is intuitive and easy to learn. Building owners and contractors can control their BAS from anywhere they are and whichever tool they use.

Metasys has an elegant graphical interface, full mobile access, and better BACnet support and enables building operators to make the most use of their BAS investments. Its Building Efficiency segment designs, manufactures, markets, and installs BMS, integrated HVAC systems, controls, and security and mechanical equipment. It provides real-time monitoring and control for building and system infrastructure. 

Metasys® software operates as a complete family of systems and servers that work together as one cohesive unit to provide coordinated control over a building’s systems. You can select their options like Application and Data Server or Extended Application and Data Server (ADS/ADX), Open Data Server (ODS), and Advanced Reporting System (ARS). 

Metasys BMS delivers crucial statistics on building efficiency to facility managers and offers additional details in only a few clicks or swipes. Metasys offers space-based navigation and equipment-serving partnerships that allow facility owners to find and repair problems easily and make it easy to troubleshoot machinery. The Metasys Single Experience provides a complete set of machine functionality for every computer, smartphones, notebooks, and tablets. 

In July 2008, Johnson Controls integrated with the data center energy management capabilities provided by the IBM Tivoli Monitoring for Energy Management software. The integrated software helps data center managers more easily address both energy and facility management challenges and become more energy-efficient and sustainable. Together with Tivoli software, Metasys provides customers one comprehensive solution to help them improve energy efficiency. 

Metasys has invented an Ethernet ring topology support that allows controllers to be configured in a ring network and avoid the risk of a single point of failure by improving system reliability and resiliency. Metasys is the only building automation system in the market that offers Ethernet ring topology support. Metasys building automation offers consistent results to meet even the most complex building management needs. Metasys benefits users through operational and energy savings, IT and platform security, greater occupant comfort, and faster troubleshooting and response through advanced diagnostics.  Request Metasys Pricing to get more information.

Recent Developments in METASYS® BMS 

In August 2019, Johnson Controls introduced Enterprise Management 2.0 platform. Together with the companion app, it offers new functionalities such as predictive management and space optimization using AI and machine learning technologies and Microsoft Azure cloud-based analytics. It streamlines the use of building data for better comfort, productivity, and sustainability. 

December 2018, Johnson Controls introduced Metasys 10.0—the latest version of building automation system—designed to deliver more unified building management. The latest release delivers facility mangers with safer and smarter building automation operations, faster responses to critical alarms, and new integrations with fire detection, security, and lighting systems, all with visibility from a single common interface. 

In November 2017, Johnson Controls introduced an enhanced version of smart building automation system, BCPro, designed for conventional commercial buildings to improve the efficiency of facility operations. BCPro helps reduce system configuration time by 50% and workload of UI configuration by 90%, releasing the full ability and efficiency of BAS operations. 

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