The world’s most advanced buildings have brains – a kind of central nervous system that balances and reconciles competing interests such as energy minimization, occupant comfort, and grid stability.
Siemens has already developed a building automation system that accomplish this. Known as Desigo CC, it’s the first management station that allows all building systems to be integrated into a single platform that can be operated intuitively. “Fire protection, heat, ventilation and climate control, lighting, video surveillance — all of a building’s systems are still usually controlled separately today,” says Naoufel Ayachi from Siemens Building Technologies. “Our management station brings all of these systems together for the first time and also displays the status of each in real time. Staff therefore only have to be trained to use one system, which is just one of the reasons why Desigo CC has already been installed in many office complexes, schools, hospitals, and shopping centers, as well as at several airports.”
Despite this success, the standard features of the new management station are just the beginning, as Desigo already forms the core element of numerous Siemens developments that make buildings “smart” — and will do the same in the future for entire urban districts as well.