The Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO) is a statewide association, devoted to providing members with education, training, professional development and timely access to legislative and policy news.
The S4 Group sees the value in partnering with PASBO because school districts are ideal candidates for S4 integration projects. We know that school budgets are often limited, and facilities personnel are often unsung heroes who make the most out of what they have to work with. The S4 integration is a great option for school systems, and the flexibility of the product means that there are many ways schools can benefit from using our technology. The BACnet (or OPC) N2 Router can be installed to act as an onsite agent to collect data on energy usage, which can then be used to make better informed decisions on building upgrades, as one example. The S4 router has the unique ability to coexist with the legacy Metasys® head end, which can be very useful for upgrades taking place during the school year, so as not to disturb students and faculty during the integration. And finally, and perhaps most obviously, the S4 integration products allow schools to retain their existing HVAC investment while upgrading to BACnet on the head end. Multiple buildings within a campus system can be brought into a unified system for ease of use and management. Energy savings can be realized with modern scheduling capabilities. School systems can get all the benefits of a BAS upgrade, without all of the upfront costs. The rest of the upgrades can be done over a period of years, as time and budgets allow.
The S4 Group is looking forward to meeting with PASBO members and conference attendees to spread the word on how our integrations products can help meet the growing needs of facilities managers in the Pennsylvania school system, and beyond. If you are planning on attending the show, come and see us at table 51 where we will be joined by Roger Stalvey, President of Just Controls.