Smart building systems are now used in a wide variety of building types. Since each application has individual demands on the technology, there is also a whole range of providers of software and hardware for building automation. In order to be able to access as many solutions as possible, a Smart Building System can be developed with open interfaces so that further applications can be integrated.
Because the technology is always expandable, building operators can easily try out and integrate new solutions, but also simplify conversion and manage different types of buildings. But what components does a smart building ecosystem need and what must be considered during implementation?
Smart building – Features and Properties
There is no uniform definition of this. Usually, a building is called a smart building when there are operational processes that are automated and centrally controllable. It is important to distinguish smart building from smart home. While the latter describes the automation of processes in one's own home or flat, the former refers to the more efficient design of processes in the entire building, regardless of use.
Efficiency through building automation
Especially in buildings where many administrative processes are related to user management, digital building solutions can save time and money. A major cost item for building operators is often key management. For example, user data can be recorded, stored and processed in a user management software in compliance with the GDPR, eliminating the typical "paperwork". With an interface for digital access control, most processes related to user onboarding and offboarding as well as access management can be automated.
Increase user satisfaction through enhanced comfort
Of course, digital building solutions not only offer advantages to the operators of the premises, but are also very practical for the users or residents. In addition to time savings through automated processes, increased comfort is one of the main arguments for choosing a space equipped with smart technology. Many tenants are willing to pay more money for their flat if it is equipped with smart home technology. This can also be adapted at will to the wishes of the residents. But also in offices and coworking spaces, many users attach importance to modern equipment in order to underline a progressive image of their own company. Digitally controllable lights and shutters, but also heating and ventilation are popular applications for this.
Benefits for the environment!
If the smart building solution also includes digital HVAC, then in addition to the savings for manual configuration, an increase in efficiency can also be achieved. This is easy on the wallet and the environment! In buildings with multiple users, such as large office buildings or residential complexes, smart metering solutions can be integrated that measure water, electricity and heat consumption and automatically send out bills. Tenants can be shown their resource consumption live via app so that they can optimise their behaviour for the benefit of the environment.
Extensions & integrations
The great advantage of expandable building technology is that you can easily digitise an initial use case in the building and, if successful, integrate new technologies step by step. This saves a lot of money during the initial installation and gives operators the opportunity to always look for better solutions. It is important to ensure that the solutions are compatible with each other – it is even better if they can all be integrated into one platform so that all processes can be centrally monitored and controlled. In addition, operators can also use the latest technologies that are not yet on the market in the system in the future. If a solution cannot be integrated into the existing platform from the outset, it can usually be integrated cost-effectively by the operator himself, as many smart building providers provide open interfaces for expanding the ecosystem.
The ecosystem for every type of building
Sensorberg relies on cooperation with other providers of digital building technology - in this way, an ecosystem of solutions can be created that can simplify the right processes for every type of building. Access control is chosen as the starting point for digitalisation, as major savings can be made there in almost every building. Starting from there, any number of solutions can be integrated so that every building type can be controlled with all IoT components from a central platform.
With our partners spaceOS and estateOS for administration, SKS for intercom, BeyondBuild for planning & implementation and Unicorn.Workspaces as long-term customers with many locations, we will be appearing at EXPO Real 2021 under the motto "Rethink Real Estate". You can find out more about the stand and book a meeting here. We look forward to seeing you!