Interoperability and Sustainability

Customers’ expectations of the performance and availability of smart products and systems for use in building automation are increasing constantly in view of what is now feasible with the Internet of Things. More and more solutions are developed and more and more uses are identified. Many of them are technically feasible or economically viable only with the aid of wireless solutions.

Integration capability and interoperability are indispensable. Customers expect reliable, sustainable, energy-efficient, and low-cost solutions, and the IP500® standard makes them possible. Implemented as an open-platform solution, a high-security groundwork is laid for cross-manufacturer interplay of products and solutions. A single, common communication protocol is used with the result that, much like the long-established Wi-Fi standard, the platform facilitates uniform, standardized, and interoperable communication between disciplines. Manufacturers are thus able to concentrate on their core competences and do not need to invest unnecessary resources in the implementation of proprietary wireless solutions of their own.

Maximum Security, High Energy Savings

Another two telling arguments are the proven energy savings compared with wired solutions and the lower installation costs. In a first-time installation of a typical office, energy savings of around 30 percent can be achieved compared with conventional cabling. Installation costs are reduced by roughly the same amount. That applies especially to subsequent modifications and new installations. Furthermore, security is a special focus of the IP500® platform. All units connected via the platform communicate securely from the outset, with AES128 wireless and IPsec wired encryption. That is prescribed by the IP500® standard and checked in the course of certification.

The open IP500® platform is modular in design and backwards compatible. Products, systems and technologies of different manufacturers can be connected accordingly whenever required so that expansions function without problems even when years have passed.

Low Implementation Expenditure, Lower Development Costs

Manufacturers from the widest range of disciplines benefit especially from the enormous flexibility and adaptability of the microchip-based IP500® solution. Nearly every product and system can be equipped with an IP500® chip and integrated without difficulty into a wireless IP500® network. Manufacturers can thus concentrate on product development and strengthen their innovation capability while benefiting from new technologies and generally accepted standards.

By using innovative software to plan and simulate cross-disciplinary functional processes the wireless-based IP500® units (sensors, actuators, controls, and consumer units) can be optimized in dimension and placement.