5 reasons to go wireless within HVAC and Building Automation

5 Reasons To Go Wireless Within HVAC & Building Automation

Wireless functionality is a strong growing trend within Building automation, but at the same time there seems to be a mistrust towards wireless solutions. We claim that going forward your biggest enemy will be having cables as an HVAC (non)solution. How to guarantee your future-proof reliable wireless solution? Read below!

Ok, we admit, wired sensors until just a few years ago were the only reliable alternative in a building automation system. Many might still think to have a reliable, flexible and easy system it needs to be wired. Upon taking a closer look at your wired system; do you have disadvantages such as expensive cables, time consuming installation work and limitation in scalability and maintenance?

The wireless technology of today is so intelligent that wireless sensors in a perfectly applied mesh network are even more reliable and easy to maintain than wired solutions. So, what else is in it for you?  Below are just a few of the reasons to go wireless, and leave your biggest enemy behind.

 

1. Easy Installation & Commissioning
Wired systems in commercial buildings often have very high costs for installation and commissioning. The wired legacy systems are not flexible, and recommissioning and rearrangements have always been major cost drivers. The cost for troubleshooting has always been the subject of frustration between the supplier, installer and customer. Going wireless means you could cut those costs; as much as 60%, compared to your wired system.

The large savings stated above, is of course related to a reduction of cabling. However, the biggest contributor to these cost reductions is the time for commissioning. With wireless technology, by communicating with devices using a mobile app, a building wide controls network can be commissioned in days instead of weeks. No more expensive and time-consuming installation procedures!

 

2. Reduced Energy Consumption
With new environmental requirements and legislations (BREEAM, LEED etc) the need for reducing energy consumption and operating costs are vital. The HVAC industry is forced to create energy efficient and flexible products for sustainability to meet those requirements.

Making your product wireless enables energy efficient and demand-controlled HVAC solutions.

The products and services you sell can provide sustainable green buildings through low energy consumption with the possibility to collect data from sensors and control products.

 

3. Fast & Flexible Refurbishment
A wireless system offers unparalleled flexibility. With a wired system one needs to decide upon the building’s functionality very early in the building process.  More often than not, before you know who the tenants will be. A wireless system gives the flexibility to decide this much later, since there will always be ongoing refurbishment in large office buildings. Therefore, future expensive rearrangements can be forgone. A wireless building automation system enables changes with just the push of a button.

 

4. Battery Powered Devices
With the right wireless mesh technology you can achieve an intelligent and self-healing network that routes data to its destination in the shortest and most energy-efficient way- no repeaters needed.  This means there is no need for external power supplies to keep the routing transmitters on, and it is possible for battery operated devices to have the same battery the whole lifecycle.

 

5. Enabling of Value Added Services
A wireless system also opens the doors to value-added services which makes it easy to test new service related offers without any major investments. Valuable data from the building can be provided to the real estate owner, which opens up new services such as optimization of cleaning, space utilization, asset management etc. The connected sensors can be used for so much more than just controlling the indoor climate.

 

Get ahead of the competition
Today we see there is a huge demand for wireless control and sensor products within HVAC.  Wireless systems offers reduced installation costs, never seen before flexibility, great energy savings and new groundbreaking services. Another key factor is the new environmental requirements and legislations that force manufacturers to create energy efficient and flexible products for improved sustainability.

So outrun your biggest enemy (yes, the cables) and get ahead of your competition! Do you want to know how LumenRadio can help you? Contact sales!

 

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Produal’s new wireless Proxima mesh solution for building automation, harnesses LumenRadio and u-blox technology

LumenRadio, providers of ultra-reliable wireless mesh solutions and u‑blox, a global leader in wireless and positioning radio modules, have combined their technologies to enable a new building automation solution. Developed by Produal, based in Finland, the new wireless Proxima room solution leverages wireless mesh technology to increase flexibility and ease of installation. Produal Proxima® combines u‑blox NINA‑B1 Bluetooth low energy module and LumenRadio’s embedded operating system, MiraOS™.

With the release of wireless Produal Proxima® solution, Produal has taken the next step of building automation measurement and control and taking the lead into the wireless future.

Produal Proxima® builds on wireless mesh sensors that communicate using LumenRadio’s MiraOS™ – a solution capable of robustly connecting hundreds of wireless nodes – sensors, actuators, gateways. The self-healing network is designed to continue to perform when individual nodes fail, and can easily be adapted when building layouts change. Multi-hop technology ensures that signals are transmitted across the entire network, guaranteeing coverage regardless of a building’s architecture.

LumenRadio’s patented Cognitive Coexistence technology ensures that communication is carried out on the least crowded and most optimal frequencies at any given time, increasing the reliability of the solution. And FOTA (firmware-over-the-air) updates via the u‑blox NINA-B1 module ensure that all nodes in the network always run the latest firmware, future-proofing and securing the entire solution.

The fact that LumenRadio’s flexible MiraOS™can be adapted to any radio hardware on any frequency band gave Produal the flexibility to choose hardware optimized to their application. Produal opted to use the u‑blox NINA module for wireless communication, convinced by its high performance, cost-efficiency, and small footprint. It is a stand-alone Bluetooth low energy module with a powerful Arm® Cortex®-M4 microcontroller unit. Thanks to the module’s state-of-the-art power performance, the wireless nodes have a battery life of over eight years, limiting maintenance to a minimum.

”Building automation is a no-nonsense business – things have to work. And that’s where our ultra-reliable mesh comes into play, efficiently connecting devices in the hundreds and thousands throughout buildings. We give Produal the performance they need today, while future-proofing their offer for whatever tomorrow will bring,” says Peter Lindkvist, Sales Director at LumenRadio.

“Wireless functionality is undoubtedly one of the fastest growing trends everywhere. With the new wireless Proxima platform, Produal creates reliability for wireless building automation thanks to this future-proof and secure solution. Dedicated wireless applications can be built, commissioned and updated easily,” states Francesco Fausti, Director, product management and export sales.

Produal’s offering is a perfect example of how our NINA module family enables size and power-optimized and highly reliable wireless-mesh based solutions with hassle-free firmware-over-the-air updates,” concludes Stefan Berggren, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Short Range Radio Product Center at u-blox.

 

Showcased at ISH

The wireless Produal Proxima® solution is showcased at ISH – the world’s leading trade fair for HVAC + Water in Frankfurt, March 11-15 both by LumenRadio and Produal.

LumenRadio: Hall 10.3, B53

Produal: Hall 10.3, B69

Interested in learning more about wireless Produal Proxima and reading the Case study? Click here.

About LumenRadio

LumenRadio is a wireless connectivity company based in Gothenburg. They develop, market and sell a low-power and ultra-reliable embedded operating system for wireless IoT-applications based on their patented FPCC (Future-Proof Cognitive Coexistence) technologies. From high-profile professional lighting to heavy-duty industrial equipment, LumenRadio has a solution that works in environments where others fail. www.lumenradio.com

About Produal

Produal is your reliable partner for high-quality building automation measurement and control. Our 100 experts work locally and passionately with you to help provide excellent BA projects and services, and to design and manufacture proven BA solutions efficiently. Our 30 years of expertise can be seen in tens of thousands of buildings around the world. www.produal.com

About u-blox

u-blox (SIX:UBXN) is a global provider of leading positioning and wireless communication technologies for the automotive, industrial, and consumer markets. Their solutions let people, vehicles, and machines determine their precise position and communicate wirelessly over cellular and short range networks. www.u-blox.com

For more information, please contact:

LumenRadio

Peter Lindkvist

Sales Director

peter.lindkvist@lumenradio.com

+46 738 39 32 22

 

Produal

Antti Salli

Product manager, transmitters and wireless products

antti.salli@produal.com

+358 10 219 9155

 

u‑blox:

Natacha Seitz

PR Manager

natacha.seitz@u-blox.com

+41 76 436 0788

 

 

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Will we really see the future at ISH 2019?

In a few weeks it is time for ISH – the world’s leading trade fair for HVAC + Water and of course I’m really excited. Partly because LumenRadio is exhibiting for the first time but also because the topic will be about responsible management of energy in buildings and all the exciting trends in new sustainable heating and air-conditioning technologies. I very much look forward to discuss topics like Open API:s, AI Optimized Climate Control, Space Management, PropTech, IEQ, etc. My only reflection is if the industry is ready to make the necessary investments to reinvent themselves and let their products be part of this dynamic future. I mean, will we really see the future at ISH 2019?

 

You have heard it before. To be able to make the cut to reach EU’s goal of reducing our carbon footprint by making all buildings so called nearly Zero Energy Buildings by 2020 (nZEB)  we need to aim for 100% Zero Wires installations by using low energy mesh technology in battery powered nodes. This is all part of The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive that requires that all new buildings to be nearly-zero-energy by the end of 2020. 

A detailed level of control is needed

Of course, working for a company providing ultra reliable meshed connectivity, it is in our own interest to proclaim that wires are dead, long hail the wireless revolution!!! But the thing is that we strongly believe that if we don’t go wireless we will never be able reach the detailed level of control that is needed to be able to reach the high ambitions that comes with the new directives. And also, using wires will be way too expensive to make the effort so much needed, especially in existing buildings.

Where is the sparkling discussion about the future?

Just coming home from AHR EXPO 2019, the largest HVAC trade show in North America, I realized one thing. The future is now…. NOT! Out of +300 industry seminars only 3 covered Wireless technologies. None of the seminars covered topics like AI Optimized Climate Control, Space Management, Asset Management, PropTech, Worker Productivity, Open API:s, Third party app development based on Building Data, AI driven analytics for Predictive Maintenance, Zero Wires for Retrofit. Not even IEQ was discussed as a topic at AHR. All those interesting topics that can be derived from new Data Driven Services based on Sensor Networks in existing HVAC solutions. All those interesting topics that the new Silicon Valley-entrants in PropTech are looking into, raising billions in capital. Topics that are dependent on Zero Wire installations.

The HVAC industry are so focused, for good reasons, on Controls (bi-directional communication for data collection and control) that we tend to forget that just using the sensors for data collection (without controls) actually can be used to turn data into better workplaces and in itself be used to create all those fancy Data Driven Services where new insights are evolving. That’s why we can see the dawn of a new industry – PropTech.

HVAC + PropTech =?

No wonders that there are so many PropTech companies on the startup scene right now, creating cross industry solutions for a new generation of controls and data collection, boosted by huge amount of venture capital. The opportunity in PropTech is huge but the existing industry don’t see it or don’t know which approach they should take.

That´s why we claim that cables are our biggest enemy for sustainable Green Buildings! Because as long as the industry is holding on to the old, the longer it will take to fulfill the promises of the new.

 

Wireless solutions showcased at ISH

But hey! This was our impressions from AHR EXPO 2019 in US. How will it be at ISH this year? I hope and expect the state of the European Union to be somewhat more progressive. And if you don’t know what steps to take or how you should approach the new wireless controls market then head over to our booth for a cup of coffee and a nice chat.

We would be more than happy to listen to and understand your need, or give you some of our insights.   

LumenRadio: Hall 10.3, B53

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Want to read more about how wireless sensors are today the most flexible and cost-efficient solution for building control? Click here. 

 

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Low Energy Mesh – Zero Wires for Zero Energy buildings

EU’s goal of making all buildings so called nearly Zero Energy Buildings (nZEB) by 2020 to reduce our carbon footprint creates a demand for low energy mesh technology in battery powered devices.

 

According to EU, buildings are responsible for approximately 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions. Currently, about 35% of the EU’s buildings are over 50 years old and almost 75% of the building stock is energy inefficient, despite this, only 0.4-1.2% (depending on the country) of the building stock gets renovated each year.

 

Environmental action

On June 19 2018 EU voted for a new revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPDB) where one of the six additions states:

Smart technologies will be further promoted, for instance through requirements on the installation of building automation and control systems and on devices that regulate temperature at room level.

Already by 2020 member states must transpose the revised EDPD into national law. This might sound too ambitious and even aggressive but we cannot wait any longer. We need to act now for our wellbeing of tomorrow and the planet we are living on. We need implement smart building technologies.

 

Retrofit

To be able to meet the revised 2020 binding EDPD legislation, a massive retrofitting and renovation of existing buildings must take place. A improvement of these old buildings energy efficiency will significantly reduce CO2 emissions and help us fight global warming.

At LumenRadio we are already seeing an effect of this ambitious yet necessary directive among our customers. For manufacturers within HVAC and Building Automation there is today a huge demand for retrofit friendly wireless technologies.

 

Zero Wires

With this massive retrofitting, the demand for wireless connectivity for sensors and control gears is exploding! But wiring all sensors and control gears will be very expensive and replacing the data cabling with wireless connectivity will only take us half the way. It has to be Zero Wires.

For instance retrofitting a sensor measuring Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) will be very expensive if you still would need a power cable. The only way of solving this is by choosing an ultra low power connectivity technology that let’s the sensor run on small batteries for years or alternatively utilizing small size low cost energy harvesting technologies.

 

Low energy mesh

With the MiraOS version 2.1 release LumenRadio has taken low energy mesh to a new level. Building wide battery powered meshing connectivity for building automation is now for the first time feasible. In the ultra low energy mode LumenRadio is pushing the envelope of what is possible.

A sensor part of a meshing network can be powered from a standard small size coin cell battery beyond 10 years sending 5 sensor messages once every minute! This is significantly better than any other competing wireless technology and enables battery powered products to run on the same battery through the whole lifecycle.

For us this technology push is a matter of saving the planet.

Do you want to know more about LumenRadio’s ultra low energy mesh technology and help us reducing CO2 emissions? Call us today!

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How to start your IoT initiative – solve your tangible problem!

Starting your IoT journey is as exciting as it is overwhelming. Digitalization is booming, but there is still a big gap in the information to be found and many companies are left irresolute. In all of this confusion, the most important issue is often forgotten; before you start your journey, you need to know where to start it.

 

Start with a tangible problem
Our most important recommendation of all (which is the foundation of every successful IoT solution) is ”Start with a tangible problem!”.

Today a lot of companies are asking “What’s your strategy when it comes to digitalization of your business?” or “What does your future IoT solution look like?”. Our recommendation is to wait with those questions. Instead, start where there are real problems.

If you start with a tangible problem, you will have a solid business case to rely on early in the project, and you will also face less internal resistance with the rest of your team. If your team understands the benefits of the IoT initiative, they will be more eager to start up the development journey. For example, let’s say you have problems with high installation costs; everybody in your organisation understands that this is an issue. If you decide to address this issue in your solution, you will have a solid business case and a motivated team.

The key in every IoT initiative is to not create problems – instead, focus on solving real ones. You can’t always predict what kind of needs your customers will have until you roll out your product in the field, so why spend resources on creating solutions that may not even be useful? Don’t worry, there will be room for improvements later on. Identify your tangible problem and build a business case around it where you clearly can see benefits such as reduced cost, reduced downtime, increased utilization rate, less time spent on support/installation, energy savings, etc.

So we ask again, what’s your problem?

 

New guide released
Now you know where to start, but how do you go from there? Luckily, we have years of experience in reliable connectivity and helping big companies in their IoT development. It is our goal to provide you with the knowledge needed to fully benefit from the possibilities of IoT, and that is why we have created a guide called 7 steps to launching a successful IoT solution.

Download our free guide today to get valuable insight in the process and technology. 

We hope that you, once you have read these 7 steps, feel confident that your IoT journey will be a success story!

 

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Going from smart buildings to intelligent – trend report from SBC2018

Winston Churchill once said “We shape our buildings and afterwards our buildings shape us”. At this year’s Smart Building Conference, SBC, we learned that dramatic changes lie ahead and we need to question that old truth. Smart buildings turn intelligent and we keep on changing them…. to adjust to us. This post will give you an insight in what we discussed at SBC and what inspiring changes lie ahead.  

 

How we plan and build commercial buildings is profoundly changing. The driving forces are people and the focus on enhancing human productivity. The technology of today can improve our wellbeing which naturally leads to an improved productivity, after all we come from nature so why not make the buildings more humancentric?

 

Workspace – as important as the paycheck
Millennials will comprise more than 75 percent of the workforce by 2025, a generation where the Internet revolution and digitalization has been a natural part of life and at SBC we learned that this generation has a different view of the workspace which will have a huge impact on the design of the workplace.

Open workplaces where co-working and creativity come naturally is highly desired by this generation still a personalized workspace is equally important. Studies show that this generation will not have the same loyalty to the employer as previous generations and the workplace environment is as important as the paycheck.

The EDGE building, Amsterdam

A personalized yet open workspace is possible to combine. The EDGE building in Amsterdam is a good example. Their success lies in breaking up the traditional silo thinking that for example light control systems and a HVAC systems only can be used for the original purpose and nothing else.  Thanks to smart use of technology the EDGE building is claimed to be the most sustainable building in the world and probably also the best workplace.

 

Wellbeing leads to increased productivity
The requirements on the modern office is amplified by the increased focus on productivity represented by the $3-$30-$300 rule. That is $3 of the spending in a building is related to energy, $30 to assets and $300 of that spending is related to productivity. One percent increased productivity or one percent savings on assets or energy… what would be most beneficial…? Well you do the math.

Productivity and a good workplace environment goes hand in hand. We come from the nature and bringing in some elements of nature into the commercial building will have a significant impact in the right direction. So how will this effect Light and HVAC controls?

 

The human in focus
The future of humancentric lighting and controlled indoor climate is to break the silo thinking and let the technology serve the humans on a personal level.

Personalized controls is the way forward which means that not only should I as an individual be allowed to adjust the indoor environment up to my preference, it shall also follow me from one work place to another in the building. For example, air temperature, light color temperature and light level should be the same wherever I work in the building. And this must work in the future creative and humancentric open work spaces.

What do we need to require from technology in making smart buildings intelligent? Everything needs to talk standard IP – when things can communicate across the silos, the silos will break!  Edge computing is identified as one of the key technologies for IoT by Gartner and indispensable in an intelligent building.

Thousand and thousands of sensors connected together will resemble the neurons of the human brain….connected with the synapses… making the building intelligent.

Want to know more about these underlying technologies? Keep an eye out for my next blogpost From smart buildings to intelligent – The key technologies.  

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Smart buildings – The gains of adding connectivity to your products

[Smart buildings – part 2 of 2] Right now, there is an opening of exceptional magnitude for you as product manufacturer to revitalize your business and outrun your competitors by adding “smart” to your products and services. The question is no longer when buildings are transitioning from dumb to smart – instead it’s how and with what. This article will guide you through the essentials and help you launch your business into action.

Savings up, costs of entry down

IoT-enhanced solutions that focus on solving real problems for smart buildings is the holy grail for manufacturers wanting to get ahead of the competition. When you digitize your products, you will instantly broaden your present customer focus. Going from selling “just” core-ware to installers, your value-added products and services will instead attract a wider customer base – not just to real estate owners and contractors, but also the end users. To get that first foot in the door you should definitely be able to cut costs for your customers.

The beauty of the IoT and wireless connectivity is that it adds higher flexibility and lower installation costs by, for example, eliminating (or at least lessen) the need for complex cabling.

The business case: increased value for an extended customer-base

To really understand what IoT and wireless connectivity can bring to the table we will take a brief look at the stakeholders in the smart building ecosystem:

  • Construction companies – large-scale multitasking companies that plan and assemble a building. Also responsible for the original sustainability perspective. Overall design together with architects, engineering companies and construction managers
  • Real Estate owners (or entrepreneurs) – the buyers of a property. They invest, repair and improve the property in order to sell it for a profit
  • Installers – license and sell building equipment, material and systems (cables, clamps, connectors, etc.).
  • Building operators and facility managers –  rent out space and are responsible for the day-to-day care of the building
  • Businesses – lease office space
  • Consumers, employees and tenants (surprisingly heavy opinion makers with a strong say-so power)

It’s also important to get an elementary understanding of what the real value of going smart and green is:

  1. Lower operational costs
  2. Energy savings (sustainability)
  3. Increased property value
  4. Building and asset performance (easier maintenance and repairs)
  5. Improved occupant comfort, productivity and health
Lower operational costs

Upgradeable software replaces inflexible, cabled and time-consuming tasks. There will be less need for expensive staff that troubleshoot around the clock.

Energy savings and sustainability

After the installation of an automated building system there is a profound reduction in a building’s energy spend and the carbon footprint of the building literally shrinks with every equipment data sensor.

Increased property value

An improvement in technology and sustainability leads to a higher property value as the building now can be certified on a higher level growing rental rates by up to 24.9% compared to a conventional building.

Building and asset performance (easier maintenance and repairs)

An automated asset management system will pay for itself quickly by measuring different property life-cycles, which in turn will lessen expensive repairs down the road.

Improved occupant comfort, productivity and health

This is a pretty obvious one: when a building can keep its tenants comfortable, healthy, productive and happy, the more likely it is that they’ll thrive – and stay.

Picking the low hanging fruits

The initial steps towards intelligence in buildings are pretty straight-forward; cool the air, turn off the lights, lock the door, alert me when there’s a fire and so on. Upgrades and retrofits of run-of-the-mill systems, like lighting, security, fire detection and HVAC are the true low hanging fruits.

Smart lighting

A smart lighting system retrofitted with very-low-power, short-range wireless technology and non-invasive, low-cost sensors can automatically regulate the energy use by measuring light levels, motion and temperature.

Optimized HVAC Systems

The obvious drawback of older legacy HVAC-systems is that they spend extreme amounts of energy that in many countries come from fossil fuels which, as we know, cause high carbon dioxide emissions.

A retrofitted, demand-controlled HVAC-system will automatically set heating (or cooling) to a minimum when employees aren’t there, for example at night. Consequently, when there are zero people in the building, the energy use is also next-to-zero energy.  With a demand-controlled HVAC-system in place, a real estate owner can save up to 80% in fan electricity and 40% of heating and cooling energy compared to a constant airflow and unfluctuating temperature.

Indoor climate as a service

People is a forceful reason to go green. Occupants’ and company employees comfort, health and productivity is a high priority for most real estate owners. A study by Harvard University says that the indoor environment is affecting cognitive function and that better air quality increases the cognitive function performance of employees, suggesting that the same goes for other tenants.

Building security

Automated intrusion detection systems that are interlinked with other critical building management systems, like fire detection, simplifies security and safety-monitoring of company employees, tenants and building assets.  Another important dimension is that they have the potential to save money by preventing unnecessary energy-waste.

An option-roadmap for smart product manufacturers

Depending on what product business your in – smart commercial- or industrial buildings, healthcare or retail – you may have specific requirements of what your IoT-enabled product should deliver. So, in order not to get lost in the mountain of alternatives to digitize your products, we compiled a handy Q&A available in our final article. It is a checklist that gives you an overview of available options and hopefully an idea where to start.

Learn more by joining our webinar

Adding connectivity to your product offers will definitely give you a competitive edge. As opposed to be “just” an equipment manufacturer you are now a smart buildings supplier and that makes all the difference in the world to your customers. To get more in-depth knowledge, be inspired by the opportunities and learn about the pitfalls, you are welcome to register for our webinar.

This article is part 2 of 2 of our Smart Building series. Read part 1 here.
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Smart buildings to the rescue

[Smart buildings – part 1 of 2] – Smart buildings offer the entire building sector serious appeal, and for good reason. In the midst of the unprecedented growth of smart technologies, there is a unique window of opportunity for product owners to get ahead of the competition and super-charge an existing product business.

This is the first in a series of articles that will shed light on what you as a product manufacturer should know about industry trends and the driving forces behind smart buildings.

Building Internet of Things

The expressions “intelligent buildings” or “smart buildings” are a tad bit overused, suggesting that it has something to do with sensors, monitors, and dashboards.  But the “smart” part is really their ability to reduce energy-waste, cut costs and promote productivity. So, in essence we build smart buildings to address environmental challenges, save money and get the enhanced lifestyles as a bonus. Technology is just the enabler. Having said that, Big Data, high-speed wireless connectivity, the cloud and IoT-enabled automation systems in buildings are somewhat a prerequisite to support all stakeholders bottom line as well as Mother Earth’s.

Point of no return

The world’s cities are already occupied by 4 billion people and by 2030 two thirds of the earth’s population will live in urban areas. Second only to fossil fuels, cities are the real culprits behind the amplified global warming. This development is deeply unsustainable both environmentally and economically. Clean, more habitable and resilient cities start with smart buildings. So, developing a truly networked infrastructure, where smart, green buildings can be fully realized, is undoubtedly an immediate global concern.

Sustainability is no longer a choice

Cities are speeding up the construction of smart buildings and retrofits of the existing building stock by partnering up with the private sector, the academia and innovative tech-startups. A strong motivator for this development is the EU Nearly-Zero Energy Building Directive. This new legislation requires all public buildings to be nearly-zero energy already this year to meet the EU’s targets to bring down CO2 emissions with 20% by 2020. The fast track to curb energy-waste has proven to be the nearly-zero energy building. A nearly-zero energy building is an environmentally friendly giant that produces the same amount of clean energy as it spends – and at that – in its own backyard.

Methods to support sustainable building practices

The BREEAM sustainability assessment method and the energy efficiency benchmarking tool LEED are developed to certify that a building delivers on all strict sustainability requirements from the get-go, from energy use and indoor environment to waste management and of course the overall environmental impacts of the building.

A sustainability certified building will also make a smart building’s performance comparable internationally which gives property owners a clear indication of how environmentally friendly their building is. The more sustainable, the better financial and environmental payoffs for building owners, tenants and facility managers.

Existing buildings will also get smarter

In the UK there is a commitment to halve all greenhouse gas emissions by 2025. But around 80% of the building stock that will exist in 2025 has already been built. This is more or less the case in the rest of the western world. Yet it’s not realistic to replace all outdated infrastructure, especially in older buildings that were not built with automation in mind. This is where retrofitting with IoT comes into play.

To retrofit existing building management systems with low-cost sensors connected to the Internet is an inexpensive way to start crunching the numbers without the need to sign up for a costly whole-system makeover. Standard systems for energy management, HVAC, access control, fire detection and lighting are the nearest shore. This system-by-system upgrade approach is increasingly adopted by building owners and facility managers according to research firm IHS.

So what about future proofing? Well, given that technology innovation is advancing in an unheard-of tempo it’s impossible to predict what lies ahead in just a few years. Just the same, we should be prepared. Even tough today’s smart technologies are state-of-the-art, they will surely be seen as antiquated compared to the technology that will be available in the future. So, to choose a wireless solution that at least can anticipate and adapt to what the future will bring is a clever move to safeguard the intelligent building systems’ lifespan over time.

Cybersecurity by Design

A major drawback on the path towards the promised land of connected buildings is cyberthreats. In a world where a smart lock (or any other connected device in a building) can initiate a cyberattack that cripple a whole building’s critical functions, it becomes mandatory to address cybersecurity risks. It’s important that digital, physical and cyber security is not an afterthought but is built in by design.

Data privacy

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect in May this year. It will impact what type of personal data we store in smart buildings. Making sure that individual tenants or office workers are informed that, and how, their data is used and get their consent stands in stark contrast to the tendency to collect data because it is useful for building operations or just interesting. It’s a no-brainer that all privacy question marks must be cleared up if smart buildings are going to reach their full potential.

The global market

It’s no understatement that there is a snowballing demand for clever networked solutions in the building sector, we see innovations pop up almost daily. Smart buildings are reputedly becoming the number one market for IoT-enabled products and devices according to Deloitte.

As per Navigant Research’s latest report the global smart buildings market is expected to grow from $3.6 billion in 2017 to $10.2 billion by 2026. Based on Market and Research’s recent report the global market for connected services and hardware will grow from $8.8Bn in 2016 to over $18.4Bn by 2021. IHS in turn predicts that the global building automation equipment marketplace will grow by 4 percent this year. Finally, the Memoori complete report on market sizing and opportunities for Smart Commercial buildings 2016-2021 indicates that unconnected BAS-market for energy and control systems will grow 7.2% CAGR with the strongest growth in lighting control.

Final words

Connected products are not just improving value creation, but are also shattering the boundaries of competition itself and creating whole new industries. For many manufacturing companies, smart products will push the underlying enigma to the surface; “What market am I competing in?”. Our next article will provide you with the answers that will make you hit the ground running! And – given that you as a manufacturer embrace the opportunities at hand, we would say – from now on you are in the smart, connected product market.

Read part 2 in our article serie about smart buildings – Click here
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Smart building conference

EVENT | Smart Building Conference

Smart Building Conference (SBC) is an event that explores the latest technologies, business strategies, market research and case studies from more than 30 of the world’s leading smart building experts and thought leaders. We are proud to announce that LumenRadio is participating as both a sponsor and a keynote speaker.

SBC takes place on the 5th February at the RAI Amsterdam, the day before Integrated Systems Europe 2018 and is a must-attend summit for professionals working in smart buildings, smart cities, smart homes and smart offices.

The conference has an omni-disciplinary approach and brings together experts from IT, AV, building, architecture, facilities management and others. This year’s theme is From Smart Building to Smart City with two twin tracks; Residential and Commercial.

LumenRadio’s CTO Niclas Norlén is a keynote speaker talking about Value creation at the networks Edge; “I really look forward to SBC and to share our experience in how you can create competitive advantage with IoT and what values are created at the Edge. Our patents and technology is the motor behind for example Swegon’s new revolutionary IoT enabled HVAC system. The first system of its kind on the market, built on commercially available products” says Niclas Norlén.

“We’re looking forward to the keynote by Niclas Norlén, founder and CTO at LumenRadio,” says Bob Snyder, Content Chairman for the Smart Building Conference. “As wireless connectivity experts, LumenRadio products have been used in everything from big Hollywood movie productions to heavy industry installation. So many companies are talking about IoT solutions, but LumenRadio is one of the few that can discuss real solutions at the networks’ Edge.”

Alexander Hellström, CEO of LumenRadio comments the participation in Smart Buildings Conference; “I would say that SBC is one of the leading European events for smart buildings and as such we are off course delighted that our offer for Future-Proof Connectivity is recognised. He continues; “As the future smart building will be overwhelmed with wireless technologies, it’s very important to be able to adapt. With our technology our customers products are Future-Proof as they will coexist along with other wireless technologies, not being interfered and not causing interference.”

Key note from LumenRadio at SBC on the 5th of February:  

Value creation at the networks Edge

The Edge is much talked about today but what is it? Why are huge enterprises like Microsoft, Intel and Dell intensifying development of technologies for the Edge? We will answer these questions from the viewpoint of what values are created at the Edge and how you can get a competitive advantage in IoT for Smart Buildings.

Benefits:  

  • What is the Edge?
  • Real use case experience of how value is being created at the Edge.
  • Pitfalls to avoid and what to consider for a Future-Proof Edge offer for Smart Buildings

The speakers and panellists for Smart Building Conference 2018 is now revealed. You find can find the programme schedule here

Related: Whitepaper | Become Future-proof with Cognitive Coexistence.

 

 

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IoT Podden

Start with a tangible problem! – Latest episode from IoT-podden

How are the major Swedish manufacturing companies dealing with IoT and digitalisation and how can we strengthen the innovation process in the manufacturing industry? These were important topics at the Elmia Subcontractor tradeshow in november, a tradeshow dedicated to product development and purchasing.

The Swedish magazine Ny Teknik’s podcast IoT-podden was recorded live at the tradeshow and the focus was how small innovative tech companies can kickstart the bigger manufacturers IoT agenda. Three young and promising innovation companies with the aim to revolutionise the manufacturing industry with their IoT solutions were invited to discuss this topic. Alexander Hellström, CEO of LumenRadio was one of the interviewed as well as Carl Elgh from H&D wireless and Olof Samuelsson från Addsecure. All three shared the same view that Swedish manufacturing companies really need to ignite their IoT agenda by starting to evaluate new solutions today since there will be no time to spare regarding digitalisation if you want to stay ahead of the competition.

Listen to the podcast episode here (In Swedish) 

 

 

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“The most important factor in digitalisation and enabling your product for IoT is to focus on solving real tangible problems. What challenges are your company, products and solution facing today and how could you solve this with new technique? Doing this you will early in the project have a solid business case to rely on. Then you can later on focus on the larger opportunity at hand by creating a broader more cross functional digitalisation agenda” – Alexander Hellström, CEO of LumenRadio.

“It is often believed Sweden is at the forefront, but reports shows that digitization is slow, and that Swedish companies are below the European average. This does not apply to all, but many Swedish companies in the manufacturing industry are approaching IoT in a rather slow pace. It needs to go faster – competition is rock hard now, especially from Asia and the United States” – Carl Elgh, R&D Manager at H&D Wireless

 

If you are interested in Wireless Connectivity for your product, apply for an inspiration workshop here

 

 

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