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Smart Home and

Intelligent Building Control
ABB i-bus® KNX

The right investment

Economic Efficiency Flexibility Comfort Reliability Security .

How long does a building remain up-to-date? –––––– State of technology/ without intelligent building control equipment level –––––– with intelligent building control Time in years 0 10 20 30 4 .

This also applies to today’s buildings and those of tomorrow. The trend is clear: seamlessly integrated solutions that are exactly tailored to the building and requirements at hand. Realise this potential with smart home and intelligent building control. economic efficiency and outstanding comfort. This is particularly true of the electrical instal- lation – the heart of every building. The development of innovative technologies greatly affects our daily lives and offers a wealth of new possibilities. security. Intelligent building control – a decisive factor New materials and the use of pioneering technologies for utilising renewable energy are significant innovations in construction and building technology of recent years. This im- portant area in particular holds great potential for designing properties with considerably greater flexibility.Discover the full potential of your building Technological advancement is changing the world at an ever increasing rate. Modern communication and information systems now connect people from all corners of the earth on the world wide web and are transforming the working and living environ- ment. 5 .

Intelligent building control What exactly is intelligent building control? What is currently possible? What are the advantages? What makes this a secure investment for the future? 6 .

What does “smart home and intelligent building control” mean? A single system instead of separate More comfort. tailor-made control of all allows a large number of interactive functions electrical consumers to be realised. right up to operation and administration. are integrated via a bus connection to a single tenants or operators communicating system. an intelligent building control system Q Realisation of a complete solution according offers noticeable advantages. This enables the Q Quick and simple adaptation of the func- optimal. energy efficient interaction of the tions to the individual needs and uses of the sub-systems. more economy. sale or rental. The system Q Energy-saving. All the different to the wishes of your project partners functional subsystems within the building and customers. whether they are buyers. which is almost impossible with premises conventional technology. through the building phase. including: Q The best possible safety and security for Q Lighting control people and property Q Heating/ventilation control Q Climate control A wise investment Q Shutter control Intelligent building control systems mean: Q Alarm monitoring Q The building will be up-to-date and profit- Q Energy management able in the long-term Q Central automation Q A shorter amortisation period Q Cost advantages throughout the entire life- time of the building: from planning and implementation. more control solutions security In comparison with classic electrical installa. 7 . Intelligent building control systems enable: tions.

receive commands. one standard. ACTUATORS (COMMAND RECIPIENTS) Mains Communication SENSORS (CONTROL DEVICES) ABB i-bus® KNX – the standardised bus system ABB i-bus® uses an additional data line The bus system on the other hand consists of: to connect devices and systems. such and lighting. i. execute commands. as light switches If each application were designed individually Actuators which “act”.e.e. segregated functionality. many interconnected functions for maximum flexibility. . to a networked system. i. sensors and actuators to communicate with 8 one another. i. — as is usual — such networking would only be such as switch actuators or dimmers possible with high costs and major technical The bus which “connects”. The intelligent solution: KNX – one system. enables expenditure.e. little flexibility. such as heating Sensors which “feel”. The conventional solution: many separate installations.

installation and wiring and intelligent building control. ventilation and air. Q Increases safety and security for both people and the building. 9 . absence. for example Q Shutter control lighting and heating control during Q Regulation of heating. This saves on energy costs and conditioning makes a significant contribution to Q Security and monitoring environmental protection and our carbon Q Central automation footprint. innovative system. Q Offers a great deal of individual comfort. In this costs. efficient Q Visualisation and operation facility management and optimum building Q Interface to other systems maintenance. This means that all electrical functions are and is therefore a secure investment in connected with one another via the bus the future. Q Energy and load management Q Provides simple operation and monitoring Q Audio/video functions thus forming the long-term basis Q Remote control/remote maintenance for lower running costs. thereby increasing the value of the building for tenants and buyers. entire service life of the installation. thus protecting the investment. both in residential and commercial Q Enables the integration of new functions at buildings: any time. Q Lighting control and regulation Q Realises intelligent automation.What is ABB i-bus® KNX? ABB i-bus® KNX – a universally ABB i-bus® KNX – the most important ad- applicable system vantages ABB i-bus® is the synonym for smart home Q Reduces planning. system. all devices communicate Q Can be expanded virtually without re- with one another via a single bus cable which striction and constantly adapted during the is installed alongside the normal power lines.

Our com. ABB develops. ABB i-bus® conforms to the international pany benefits from over 25 years of experience KNX standards and thus belongs to the leading in intelligent building control systems. produces and sells a com- plete range of innovative products for building installation. ciation. 10 . What links ABB and KNX ? ABB is represented in over 100 countries ABB plays a leading role in the KNX Asso- with more than 100.000 employees. technology worldwide for intelligent building control.

Q Just one common software tool is needed for the planning. Q KNX forms a clearly defined system platform on which the products of all certi- fied manufacturers are compatible with one another. Q Thousands of buildings around the globe are fitted with over 10 million KNX products.What does “KNX” stand for? The “KNX” bus system is the world’s leading smart home and intelligent building control system. 11 . Q KNX is the first globally standardised sys- tem for the intelligent networking of electri- cal installations for home or building automation.org Q Over 120 internationally certified manufac- turers are organised in the KNX Association. Q KNX stands for a widespread system with ever growing acceptance around the world. www. KNX came about from the fusion of some of the world´s most important bus systems.knx. project management and comissioning of all KNX installations. which has enjoyed market success since 1992. Q Comprehensive training courses are available at diverse locations for those new to the technology. among them the well-known EIB (European Installation Bus). comissioning and maintenance any- where in the world. standardised in EN 50090 and ISO/IEC 14543. Q A tightly-knit network of highly qualified specialists guarantees optimum plan- ning. Q The constant enhancement of the system is coordinated in the head office of the KNX Association in Brussels.

The technical infrastructure therefore plays an im- portant role. A motivating working environment The creativity and enthusiasm of the employees are a company’s most important assets. 12 . particularly in commercial buildings: ABB i-bus® installations are the best you can offer to your tenants or buyers for a pleasant and efficient working environment.

letting or operating yourself: The ABB i-bus® KNX technology offers un- beatable advantages. cost during this time. it is only a matter of able to do this thanks to: time until rooms change use. future-proof installations. tenants and operators of your property can expect Irrespective of which target group you are considering for your investment. ventilation and air-conditioning the needs of the user simply and at low Q Optimum lighting tailored to the require. So it’s good Q Energy-saving individual room control for if the building functions can be adapted to heating. Q Transparent visualisation for supporting facility management Reliability ABB i-bus® systems are extremely high-quality. With an ABB i-bus® in- ments at hand stallation. 13 . immediate error messages or possible corrections via remote maintenance – these are all measures which guarantee the reliable operation of the building. whether you are selling. this ‘programmable Q Optimisation of energy consumption via ac. ABB i-bus® is covers several decades. flexibility’ gives you more time in the planning quisition and evaluation of operational data phase to take into account the wishes of your from the building customers.What buyers. these requirements are implemented Q Intelligent shutter control for making use of quickly and easily by reprogramming or daylight and the sun´s energy expansion. What’s more. Economic efficiency Flexibility No other installation system makes it possible In buildings with a lifespan that generally to run the building so efficiently. Central acquisition of the relevant values. The bus system enables considerable simplification of build- ing monitoring and maintenance.

plays an import.2006 Next ant role. Products and solutions from the 14 ABB i-bus® product range combine both of these . Simple interaction between users and buildings is therefore a central aspect of smart TV Dinner Door Report home and intelligent building control systems. too.8°C IN 04. Comfort makes all the difference! Comfort means designing life more conveni. System 19.09. Main Page ently. The design. as intelligent technology also means user-friendly Home Out Bedtime Emergency technology.

Setting the room temperature. Q Technical alarms Q Panic and emergency call functions What’s more. For example.Tailor-made comfort – an attractive argument Technological advancements need to be tangible in order to change people’s environment positively. 15 . Protect your investment against damage and sible to practice the greatest individuality. encompass all relevant security functions: providing the ideal lighting for an important Q Intrusion detection presentation in the conference room and much Q Fire and smoke detection more. Integrated ABB i-bus® solutions to their wishes. With ABB i-bus® it is pos. all at the touch of a button. small but irksome day-to-day Q Presence simulation tasks are rendered unnecessary by the Q Automatic lighting innovative KNX technology. Smart home and intelligent building control systems from ABB enable you to set your project apart from the rest in this field. lights are automatically switched off when there is no one in the room or the shutters are safely raised in the event of strong wind. Now loss of value. and the occupants from risk everyone is able to adapt their environment to life and limb. You can define a level of automation that is virtually unlimited. Pure modern comfort Safety and security for people and property Needs are different.

giving you a number of benefits: • High level of investment security • Fast amortisation of the investment • Major savings potential in running costs • Profitable resale 16 . A worthwhile investment ABB i-bus® pays off.

when you take such as individual room control. This is thanks to: Q A maximum building life cycle. the initial material investment Q Up to 25 % of heating energy and 45 % is greater due to the considerably larger of electric cooling energy through functions functionality of the system. then you’re sure to have significantly cut facility management and main- made the right investment. the cost rela. detection and sun shading tion turns around: in the long term. But that’s not all.Investment and return on investment: see for yourself! Save on and multiply your capital right During operation from the outset The transparent acquisition of important build- Technology and comfort are a big plus – and ing data and processing of fault messages if the figures are right. In the planning and and intelligent shading building phase. Profitability During building is increased through: ABB i-bus® saves time and money compared Q Greater attractiveness and hence a higher to a functionally comparable conventional market value for your property as a result of installation right from the start of investment the infrastructure quality phase. tenance costs. savings of up to 30 % can be made compared to the During sale/letting usual costs. A building equipped with ABB i-bus® gives you clear competitive advantages. which Q More flexible planning extends the return period Q Reduced installation costs Q Verifiable productivity benefits for your Q More efficient commissioning customers 17 . Compared to buildings without intelligent building control At first glance. As an Q Up to 60 % of electric lighting energy through experienced investor. presence into account all the expenses. presence detection entire lifecycle costs. Yet. you naturally look at the constant lighting control. impressive depending on the building: ture for a conventional installation. it appears as though the systems. energy saving figures can be very investment costs are greater than the expendi.

such as in: Q Office buildings Q Bank buildings Q Retail trade/shopping centres Q Flats/apartments Q Private houses/villas Q Hotels/restaurants Q Stadiums/sports venues Q Hospitals/clinics/care homes Q Schools/universities Q Churches/museums/libraries Q Event/leisure buildings Q Industrial/production buildings Q Airports/stations 18 . ABB i-bus® KNX is currently in place in over 60 countries with satisfied customers in thousands of projects of all kinds. KNX technology can be used in any type of building. It offers efficient advantages for all intelligent building control applications and therefore perfectly rounds off your project. ABB i-bus® KNX: the logical decision for your project Due to the great system flexibility and functionality.

not so with ABB i-bus®. Yet comfort and saving energy often contradict Flexibility one other . a night in your hotel becomes a special experience. The special assets for your investment. 19 . For the operator – and for you as the in- vestor – the low-cost overall economic balance Economic efficiency is not the least of the system’s advantages. What’s more. It enables you to meet your guests’ high demands and expectations in terms of modern room comfort.Hotels Hotels are transformed into oases of well-being with ABB i-bus®. It not only makes the intelligent control of the Comfort room environment in accordance with require- ments economically attractive. but also in- Security creases the well-being of your guests. ABB i-bus® makes a significant contribution to efficient processes in daily hotel operation. The “networked” system gives you an up-to-the-minute overview of all rooms and systems and reacts quickly in the event of malfunctions.

This is an essential prerequisite for The special assets for your investment. especially in the planning and implementation phase of such demanding projects. The combination of tried and tested technologies. security and economic efficiency of the electrical infrastructure. Comfort Security 20 . cost Economic efficiency management is a key factor in the health industry. Hospitals Hospitals demand extremely high levels of reliability. Whether in the public or private sector. completing buildings on schedule. ABB i-bus® enables you to design procedures efficiently. permanent transparent monitoring and secure processing of fault messages makes ABB i-bus® the ideal solution for these highly sensitive facilities. ABB i-bus® makes a decisive contribu- Flexibility tion to preventing unnecessary energy con- sumption in day-to-day operation.

the ABB i-bus® enables savings of up to 60 % on normal costs. At the top of the list is employee produc- tivity. Economic efficiency The KNX technology therefore visibly Flexibility increases the efficiency of your office build- ing – a decisive competitive advantage for Comfort tenants or investors. Lighting and climate control make up the largest proportion of electrical energy costs in The special assets for your investment. ABB i-bus® guarantees optimal shading and a comfortable room temperature. 21 . Depending on how the sys- tem is actually employed. Security efficient properties. After all.Office Buildings Office Buildings are classic areas of application for intelligent building control systems. ABB i-bus® is ideal for the requirements of modern offices. it is essential to position yourself on the market with attractive. thus making an effective contribu- tion to a good working atmosphere. office buildings. which is strongly dependent on the working environment.

Schools Schools are dependent on the reliable observation of different processes which vary from day to day in order to ensure the smooth running of the school. The integration of monitoring and security functions into the “networked” system also takes into account the fact that public in- Economic efficiency stitutions have particular needs with regard to personal and operational safety. Schools often run on a tight budget. Flexibility Comfort Security 22 . heating or ventilation leads to significant savings in run- ning costs and protects the environment. The ‘as needed’ control of lighting. shading. The extensive automation op- tions of ABB i-bus® allow the greatest precision in terms of building control. The special assets for your investment.

The special assets for your investment. ABB i-bus® gives luxury a whole new meaning. A decisive factor when purchasing or renting a property. The ability to freely control the living environ- ment according to individual wishes or the integration of modern lifestyle functions. are significant criteria for comfort and quality of life in today´s residences. such as audio/video and internet. For you as an investor. With ABB i-bus® you combine unparalleled functionality with timeless aesthetic design.Apartments and Villas Apartments and Villas become more attractive with ABB i-bus® and increase the residents’ quality of life. Satisfied residents – satisfied operators – satisfied investors! Flexibility Comfort Security 23 . this means attaining Economic efficiency higher rental or sales prices.

Airports Airports operate around the clock. the bus system can monitor the widely branching electrical systems and automates standard processes. The special assets for your investment. ABB i-bus® also stands out thanks to its compatibility. shading and air-conditioning are needed constant- ly and must work without problem. Comfort Security 24 . As an additional function. Lighting. which enables it to be integrated Economic efficiency seamlessly into the IT environment via the lo- cal area network (LAN). such as recording energy consumption and billing of the airport shops. ABB i-bus® ensures that travellers have a pleasant stay and that the ground staff can work pro- fessionally and to full capacity. This gives you a high Flexibility level of transparency and low infrastructure costs.

bus lines can be inte- grated into the local IT network and all status and fault messages for the building can be Economic efficiency incorporated into the visualisation and operat- ing station of the industrial plant. your building too can make its Security contribution to production stability and invest- ment protection. ABB i-bus® is the right investment here. The right lighting at the workplace or fast reporting of operating malfunctions. are all part of securing reliable produc- tion. gest production hall. Comfort In this way. The building must protect this equipment and the associated investments. In order to maintain control of even the big- The special assets for your investment. This is Flexibility a significant step towards simpler facility man- agement. for in- stance.Industrial Buildings Industrial Buildings often house expensive and sensitive pro- duction plants. 25 . ensuring a safe working environment which is reliably monitored and with lower running and maintenance costs.

Pre-programmed lightscenes and auto- matic procedures make operation easy. Security 26 . ABB The special assets for your investment. i-bus® also works reliably in the background. Sports Venues and Stadiums Sports Venues and Stadiums are increasingly turning into multipurpose arenas. Whether bright as day for sports events or atmospherically dimmed for music concerts – the event is always shown in the right light. In addition to the obvious functions. displays current consumption values. Flexibility Thus every event is a pleasure for the visitors Comfort and a success for the operator. Here too. with every type of event posing a different challenge. This makes new demands of the elec- trical installation system. ABB i-bus® is truly multi-talented. however. processes fault messages. issues notifications when Economic efficiency limits are exceeded and thereby helps to run the building safely and efficiently.

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