LONDON — The building automation market is forecast to experience steady but incremental growth over the next five years, generating $45 billion in 2021, according to a report from ABI Research. Europe will be the biggest market in terms of revenue followed by North America and Asia Pacific in 2021. The big four building automation OEMs, namely Honeywell, Johnson Controls, Schneider Electric, and Siemens, have more than 60 percent market share and a strong influence in the market. Holding back adoption is the slow return on investment for building owners due to the high costs of installing building automation systems.

Office buildings are projected to be the biggest verticals in the forecast period followed by retail and public assembly buildings. Among the other verticals, hospitality and health care are expected to witness rapid growth from 2016 to 2021. In hospitality, the short refurbishment cycles in hotels are becoming a lucrative market for solution providers to upgrade or replace existing systems with more intelligent systems to improve the overall customer experience. In health care, increasing regulatory and compliance requirements are driving the use of connected medical devices to improve auditability in the use of high value moveable assets and to control environments to improve patient comfort.

“The Internet of Things and its adoption in consumer markets has a noticeable impact in the traditionally conservative industry with distributed intelligence and cloud-based analytics gaining acceptance,” said Adarsh Krishnan, senior analyst at ABI Research.

As the market continues to witness a gradual shift towards more integrated solutions, there is wider acceptance for interoperable systems that foster innovative applications to optimize building environment. This further allows for potential integration of building automation systems with utility deployed smart meters to gain greater insight into energy and water consumption in buildings in order to efficiently manage resources.

Wired field equipment accounts for the majority of commercial building connections in 2015, but wireless is gaining traction for connecting wireless field devices. Wired connectivity solutions adhere to the high quality of service (QoS) requirements for applications, such as security, fire, and life safety applications that are critical requirements mandated by regulatory compliance. Applications such as lighting and HVAC are increasing their use of wireless technologies accounting for 19 percent and 21 percent of the annual field equipment shipped in 2021.

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Publication date: 11/16/2015

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