Smart buildings: connected and efficient

Smart buildings have great significance for future sustainable cities. Residential, public and office buildings are one of the biggest contributors to global energy demand. In the EU alone, buildings are responsible for 40 percent of energy consumption and 36 percent of CO2 emissions. Beside power saving solutions, sensor systems play a crucial role for the efficient energy use in buildings. With the help of intelligent and connected sensors, smart buildings can reduce their energy consumption by around 30 percent.

Whether it’s offices, shopping malls, concert halls or train stations, smart buildings are defined in essence as intelligently connected and digitalized buildings. Thus, they rely on software and communication networks as well as on secure data and dynamic interface management. They help to cut operating cost, improve security and increase comfort for building users. However, to play out their full value, the efficient use of energy is the key. That’s why for the planning of new buildings, for example, the early consideration of innovative technologies such as ‘digital twins’ and smart sensors are crucial.

Self-aware, intelligent and green

Smart sensors make it possible to monitor, measure and even predict the energy performance of buildings in real time. Using smart sensors, a smart building’s digital twin maps all functions and processes in a computer model to save and use energy efficiently through intelligent automation. Smartification of buildings uses sensor-based data insights and over-the-air trainable machine learning algorithms. This supports to allocate dynamic energy demand based on an event detection and leads to an efficient use of building infrastructure.

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Smart buildings help reduce energy consumption and support the sustainable use of resources. Intelligently placed sensor systems build the foundation and allow sensor input to trigger actuators and automate decisions; Power management ICs, microcontrollers and security ICs also act as the crucial link between the real and the digital world.

Sensor systems enable predictive maintenance, reduced down-time and enhanced information. They enable building owners and users to reduce costs and thus support lifetime enhancement of devices as well as of installed equipment.

A great variety of innovative solutions support energy saving in modern buildings and turn them into self-aware, green and intelligent buildings – helping to meet the challenges of urbanization and climate change. Power semiconductors, microcontrollers and different types of sensors are able to significantly cut energy consumption and improve convenience and well-being of a building’s occupants.

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