Flexibility, User-friendliness, and Freedom of Choice
Planners and architects, contractors, and installers benefit in equal measure – as do tradesmen – from the advantages of the interoperable, open IP500® platform for equipping smart buildings with networked wireless technology. They no longer need to fall back on proprietary solutions that tie them to a given manufacturer – solutions that to this day make it very difficult to merge different disciplines into a secure, interdisciplinary wireless communication system.
That is an enormous advantage because lack of compatibility has to this day been a fundamental vulnerability of building automation. Until now established standards such as the IP500® solution have practically never been of end-to-end use in all disciplines because they either failed to provide full interoperability, or were not sufficiently secure, or were dominated by one manufacturer. That is the main reason why proprietary systems with their inadequate interoperability have until now held sway in the market. But the new IP500® will change all that.
Free Choice of Manufacturer, Flexible Upgrades
The IP500® technology enables planners and architects in particular to position terminal devices flexibly during planning and simulation. It also facilitates easy and inexpensive extensions to buildings along with a free choice of manufacturer. Contractors, installers, and refurbishers can also undertake specific configurations and upgrades very much faster and more flexibly. Finally, with the IP500® standard networks and terminal devices can be installed and taken into service quickly and without specific specialized expertise.
Lower Costs and Fewer Impairments
If the use of wireless technology in a smart building is borne in mind at the planning stage, the cost of installation is reduced significantly. But even when upgraded at a later date, its use can prevent impairments to serviceability in building services and reduce costs considerably. Costs savings of up to 50 percent are realistic, subject to individual circumstances and requirements. At the same time the technology changeover from wired to wireless solutions saves energy. First-time installation savings can amount to up to 30 percent.