Light + Building 2016: New ‘Digital Building’ exhibition with future-oriented building-automation technologies
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Frankfurt, Germany – The ‘Digital Building’ exhibition reflects the motto of Light + Building, ‘Where modern spaces come to life: digital – individual – networked’, and illustrates digitalisation in buildings using a variety of future-oriented technologies revolving around the networking of individual components and their systematic interaction. The overall focus of the special show is on functional buildings.

‘Digital Building’ brings a variety of automation technologies to life as a whole. Moreover, the exhibition shows the opportunities and new options offered by digitalisation in the field of building-services technology with a variety of sub-systems being networked to show the interoperability of technologies. A highlight of the exhibition is the standardised Ethernet / BACnet / TCP-IP solutions. The various bus technologies available on the building market should be used as far as possible as a central means of transmission, e.g., Ethernet, after conversion to the BACnet-IP protocol via a physically linked field / automation bus network. This networking and automation technology has the advantage of being extremely flexible. Thus, all elements installed in a building, e.g., fire alarm, lifts, blinds, lighting, video surveillance, etc., can be controlled and integrated as required. Digital networking not only permits components to be used as necessary and linked flexibly; it also means the building automation network can be extended without difficulty, communication and surveillance centralised, and operating costs reduced – all of which represent major benefits for the user.

The exhibition shows visitors a variety of aspects of building services and technical installations and their main functions in live operation in a model office and reception area. The modules of the individual solutions in the background are joined in a building-automation network with a central control system whereby the emphasis is on the various standards, their linkage and the technical opportunities opened up by networking. Thus, the exhibition shows that the use of different bus systems is possible for certain tasks in a building-automation network. A superordinate management level can combine and organise this effectively with suitable software.

Aimed at architects, project developers and engineers, Digital Building shows state-of-the-art technology and offers insights into the coming stages of development in the field of digitally networked building-services technology. Five scenes simulating, for example, a fire, entry into the building or a break-in, will be presented at regular intervals to make the processes easily comprehensible. In this connection, all products involved are integrated and their networking and mapping in the central control system shown. Naturally, the exhibition also represents an excellent opportunity for visitors to look around independently, and to find out more about the latest technology on information boards. Using specific technical aspects of digital networking, it is possible to increase not only the safety and security of a building but also its economic efficiency and comfort.

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