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Intelligently networked – for increased comfort and security

Design challenges are on the rise with increasingly complex conditions for planning and construction. Properties need to be designed efficiently and have to be as flexible as possible, while scarce resources need to be used as sustainably as possible. Building envelopes need to respond to external environmental influences and user requirements for the interior, so as to attain a balance between energy consumption and user comfort. Digitalisation is speeding up development. Future-oriented, sustainable building is now only possible with smart building automation. Everything is networked and interconnected. Everyone ultimately benefits from this, for example through ease of operation or long-term added value for owners and residents.

User needs are complex. Changing living requirements demand unrestricted ease of access and maximum user-friendliness. With building automation, intelligent devices and applications are networked with each other and function without the active involvement of the user. The switch on the wall can control much more than just blinds and lighting. Intelligent control can network basic functions of a façade with one another.

Today's office, administration and industrial buildings are already fitted with intelligent building system technology. The efficiency and security benefits are quite clear here. Smart technology is also seeing increased use in residential construction. 80% of Germans are aware of the term "smart home", while 60% have at least one smart device in their homes. By the end of 2020, there are expected to be around 1.45 million smart homes in Germany alone. Consequently, intelligent building technology has become a basic requirement in today's construction – much like compatibility with the networked environment will become a requirement for the components themselves.

Indeed, it's not just the connection of technology to the home automation system which is flexible. There are also a number of options for operation: by means of an operating switch on the window vent, a wall switch, an app or simply via voice command. Comprehensive security functions such as integrated software protection, sensor strips and the option of using security sensors ensure secure operation in all installation scenarios. In order for the building and its functions to offer maximum comfort and convenience to the user, the processes and technical standards used need to be future-proof, i.e. they are durable and state-of-the-art in terms of networking and data security.

Technology forms the basis of planning. Instead of having individual stand-alone solutions, product solutions from Schüco use a connection via KNX and BACnet. A connection to smart home systems like Amazon Alexa is also possible. The IP gateway is used for this by establishing the connection between the unit and the Schüco Cloud. KNX is the world's only transnational standard and meets the requirements of international standard DIN ISO/IEC 14543-3 as well as the two European standards CEN 50090 and CEN 13321-1. The BACnet/IP network protocol offers communication options between devices and complies with international standard ISO 16484-5, "Building automation and control systems".

Schüco Building Skin Control (BSC) was developed as a comprehensive platform for the integration and control of different devices. The interface visualisation makes it easy to monitor the individual mechatronic units.

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