My office is located in a very large office building. We are right on the outskirts of town, but the building is still seven floors tall. There are approximately 200 offices in the building. There are at least 100 different business represented in our offices, from realtors to investment brokers to business offices. Last month, the owner of the office building decided to make some renovations. In order to save money, he installed a new automated HVAC system. It took a few weeks to install the hardware. The new automated HVAC system is hooked up to individual sensors that are located throughout the building. There are about fifty sensors on each floor of the building. These sensors relay information to a central computer, which controls the settings for the HVAC unit. The command center controls the heat, air conditioning, humidity levels, and overall functionality. There are a few different temperature settings for our new automated building system. In the morning, our HVAC unit is set up in wake up mode. Each special mode has different temperature and humidity settings. There is another mode for night time, which shuts down the system completely, saving money, energy, and resources. The new building automation system also controls the security and lighting settings in our office. I think it’s an interesting idea, because everything is automated. Unfortunately, relying on technology can lead to some other problems. If the software for this extraordinary building system needs updating, will we still be able to use our alarms, air conditioner, and dehumidifier? Things could get interesting in the event of an emergency.