Smart Building certification scheme boosts self-powered devices

Smart Building certification scheme boosts self-powered devices
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The Smart Buildings Alliance (SBA) has officially launched its “Ready2Services” initiative for smart buildings in a boost for self-powered wireless sensors and actuators. 
By Nick Flaherty

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The initiative aims to evaluate the ability of buildings for multiple services, awarding buildings with a certain certification level whilst also creating the basis for implementing new service models. Self-powered wireless sensor solutions are a key component of this initiative. These maintenance-free solutions collect reliable data and can be flexibly expanded at any time, therefore further supporting the digitalization of buildings and enabling the implementation of innovative services.

As interoperability and open standards are playing an essential role in the digitalization of buildings, the EnOcean Alliance with its broad ecosystem of interoperable devices using the ISO/IEC 14543-3-1X wireless standard as an essential element of the initiative.

The scheme was developed with Certivéa, a French certification body,  and is based on three layers including equipment and interfaces such as sensors; a network infrastructure such as gateways as well as services and applications such as cloud solutions. Each layer itself should be replaceable, therefore providing multi-vendor interoperability.

The certification process can be carried out in a real estate program during its design, implementation or operation phase. Depending on the rating, the project wins one of four certification levels, ranging from “base” to “three stars”. Twelve buildings have already successfully received this certificate including BNP Paribas Real Estate, Ivanhoé Cambridge and Allianz Real Estate. Additionally, the Bouygues Construction building was successfully awarded certification, including self-powered wireless solutions using the EnOcean wireless standard.

Self-powered wireless switches and sensors for maintenance-free applications optimized for building automation play a key role for supporting the digitalization of buildings and enabling innovative services by providing reliable sensor data. Only maintenance-free and flexible solutions, which can be adjusted or expanded as needed, can provide the basis for implementing various service models. These are based on the sub-1GHz ISO/IEC 14543-3-1X standard that provides a radio range of up to 30 meters.

“The EnOcean Alliance is a pioneer in providing energy-efficient solutions and supporting the transition of smart to cognitive buildings. We offer a proven ecosystem of self-powered wireless sensors and field-proven solutions for every layer of the Ready2Services concept, providing maintenance-free solutions for decades. Therefore, the EnOcean self-powered wireless standard is the perfect fit for the Ready2Services standard for smart buildings”, said Graham Martin, CEO and Chairman, EnOcean Alliance.

This will be presented at the Smart Buildings for Smart Cities Summer Universities (September 5-6, 2018, in Lyon, France) hosted by SBA, EnOcean Alliance and French association for integrators FFD. A number of EnOcean Alliance members will showcase self-powered wireless solutions based on the standard, including ABB, Adeo, AIRRIA, Avidsen/SmartHome, Bouygues, Damalisk, Decelect, Digital Concepts, ENGIE, EnOcean, Nexelec, NodOn, Schneider Electric, Serelec (Eltako), SmartHab, OGGA, Ubiant, Ubiwizz, ViCOS, WIT and WAGO.

www.enocean-alliance.org

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