Smarter Buildings projectLotte Effing
The world is becoming increasingly interconnected. By 2020, 25 billion devices will be connected (wireless) to each other and the possibilities offered by this connection are endless. Smart Systems and Internet of Things (IoT) will be economic drivers with great social value in the upcoming years. IoT applications already have the potential to reduce the total energy consumption in modern office buildings by 50%. It is expected that the next generation IoT applications will further combine and integrate autonomous building functions and user tasks. Equipment that supports and facilitates our daily life by providing the daily processes and actions with information on which people and devices can take action.
The Smarter Buildings project (consisting of VTEC Lasers & Sensors and Simaxx software) has as objective: ‘The realization of a Smart Building solution for new and existing (groups of) buildings in which building management and building function are fully integrated, where energy consumption is further reduced and residents are offered maximum comfort and support’.
Smarter Buildings, in collaboration with KRAGT Stroom BV and the Smart Homes foundation, will test its innovations in two pilot projects. The first pilot is a multi-company building in Eindhoven in which the impact of Smart Buildings on the comfort and energy consumption is measured. The second pilot will take place in the smart house in Eindhoven and will see whether the data from Smarter Buildings can be used to develop applications that help single elderly people to live longer and safer independently at home.
The Smarter Buildings project receives co-funding from the OP Zuid program (Development Program South Netherlands). OP Zuid is a European subsidy program for the Southern Netherlands and uses funds from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The spearheads of this program are innovation promotion – by promoting cross-overs with and between top clusters – and the transition to a low-carbon economy.