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Siemens will showcase its vision for transforming passive buildings into learning and adaptive environments that intelligently interact with people at this year’s Light+Building trade fair, from 8-13 March in Frankfurt, Germany
The company’s focus at this year’s show is “Building the future today,” outlining the innovations that will make this possible. These include cloud-based technologies, digital planning, occupant-centric building automation and services.
New solutions for smart electrical infrastructure that seamlessly connects to the internet of things (IoT) are also at the core of this transformation.
“Around 99 per cent of today’s buildings are not smart. Digitalisation has the power to transform buildings from silent and passive structures into living organisms that interact, learn from and adapt to the changing needs of occupants. This is a significant leap in the evolution of buildings where our technology plays a vital role,” said Cedrik Neike, member of the managing board of Siemens AG and CEO of Siemens Smart Infrastructure.
Digital solutions for the entire building lifecycle
Globalisation, urbanisation, climate change and demographics are changing the way people live and work. At the same time, digitalisation is ubiquitous. With around 10 billion building devices connected to the IoT, buildings are ready to leverage the potential of digitalisation.
Siemens will showcase the smart building's suite of IoT enabled devices, applications and services. At the core of the suite is the “Building Twin” application, which will be on display at the booth. It provides a fully digital representation of a physical building, merging static as well as dynamic data from multiple sources into a 3D virtual model.
With a real-time understanding of how a building is performing, operators can immediately make adjustments to boost efficiency as well as extract data to improve the design of future buildings. One of the new IoT-enabled applications is “Building Operator,” which allows remote monitoring, operation and maintenance of buildings. Available as Software as a Service (SaaS), it provides real-time building data as the basis for predictive and corrective maintenance.
Smart electrical infrastructure
Given that buildings account for more than 40 per cent of electricity consumption in cities, building efficiency is crucial in the battle towards decarbonisation. Electrical infrastructure lays the foundation for safe, reliable and efficient building operations while delivering essential data for holistic, cloud-based building management.
This is made possible by communication-capable low-voltage products, power distribution boards and busbar trunking systems that enable the measurement and wireless transmission of energy and status data.
To illustrate this, Siemens will exhibit a unique end-to-end solution for cloud-based power monitoring in buildings. Electrical installations can be supplemented with digital metering without additional space requirements or wiring outlay. This makes it easy for electrical installers to start using digitalisation to their benefit.
With “Powermanager,” a power monitoring software, all building and energy data can be managed, monitored and analysed from one single platform.