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Siemens With ZigBee Deploys First Wireless Building Automation System
Commercial building owners have a list of issues to deal with daily. They want to provide potential tenants with the latest in technology. Building owners of historically signi cant structures want to o er the same capabilities as new buildings but without destroying historical architecture. And lately, more and more building owners and tenants alike want to “go green” and use energy more e ciently. Siemens Building Technologies was the rst to answer the call of forward thinking building owners. In 2005, it introduced the industry’s rst wireless building automation system (BAS) using ZigBee® technology. The solution, APOGEE® Wireless, employs a self-forming, self-healing ZigBee network enabling Siemens to deliver cost-saving energy e ciency while optimizing comfort. APOGEE wireless can be found in o ce buildings, schools, universities, industrial facilities and hospitals across North America. Its success is based on the fact that ZigBee wireless networks can o er signi cant labor and installation cost savings over wired networks. They are easily retro tted, or phased in, to accommodate schedules, budgets and future building additions. These advantages enable many facilities to overcome barriers to technology upgrades and realize the lifecycle cost savings and enhanced comfort the latest BAS technologies o er.

Wireless enables facilities that might not otherwise be able to install or upgrade their BAS to overcome these hurdles and reap the bene ts of a state-of-the-art BAS.

Siemens wireless BAS with ZigBee provides the way to overcome the challenges with traditional hard-wired BAS and realize the bene ts a wireless BAS a ords over the life of a facility. The APOGEE Wireless solution with ZigBee o ers a comprehensive, customized solution that enables companies to build upon past investments, meet today’s needs, and take advantage of the latest in technology.

ZigBee: The Best Solution
ZigBee, which communicates in a mesh network with low power radios, is reliable even in the sometimes very challenging RF-environments in which APOGEE Wireless is installed. The nature of the mesh network allows data to navigate around physical barriers, such as metal and concrete, to communicate sensor and control data between the eld devices and the automation system. "The only solution that is going to work in these types of physical environments is an 802.15.4 mesh network," said Jay Hendrix, business line manager. "Other wireless technologies are not a good t or are just too expensive."

wireless connectivity can eliminate wiring and conduit runs and a ord a level of exibility that does not exist with a wired BAS. Buildings with APOGEE Wireless with ZigBee are more marketable and better positioned to capitalize on future upgrades Simplify design while increasing exibility. and budget cycles. The self-con guring and self-healing nature of the network makes deployment simple and ensures reliable communications no matter how the environment . Whether for retro t or new construction.zigbee. industrial facilities that run 24 hours a day seven days a week cannot always stop production to run conduit and wire required for traditional wired BAS networks so they are frequently limited in the amount of automation they can implement. Installations go faster and can more easily work around schedules and operations. With Siemens’ wireless solution with ZigBee. BENEFITS A wireless BAS o ers many bene ts. wireless environments easily adapt to changing needs Install or retro t building automation systems faster. disruption to a facility’s tenants and daily operations. if needed. removed. ZigBee Eases Retro ts Barriers to a traditional wired BAS installation include the installation cost. easier and with less disruption to occupants. operationally e cient facilities. For healthcare facilities wanting to update their BAS. Many schools have building automation systems that are over 20 years old and need to be upgraded but face the challenges of running new network cabling through cinderblock. the bene ts and savings can be great. All rights reserved. operations and facility structure Eliminate costs and constraints associated with re-wiring and maintenance every time you recon gure space Upgrade or expand legacy systems seamlessly and cost e ectively. depending on the facility. switch to another path if the original path is disrupted. or relocated without the need for traditional network cabling work. Wireless enables facilities that might not otherwise be able to install or upgrade their BAS to overcome these hurdles and reap the bene ts of a state-of-the-art BAS. ZigBee radio chips are embedded directly into sensor platforms. plaster. www. Future changes such as moving walls and o ce cubicles are simpli ed. Vintage and architecturally signi cant surfaces are left unharmed. builders. Devices can be placed in an optimal location not simply where there is wiring. the risk of airborne contamination and excessive downtime for operating rooms or other critical areas of the facility looms. While the cost of the additional RF electronics is relatively small. debris plus potential safety and health hazards of opening up walls and ceilings to run new network cabling. and brick walls while minimizing the disruption to teachers and students. those facilities are now able to reap the numerous bene ts of a modern BAS. if necessary.By using an APOGEE Wireless Field Level Network. It also provides exibility. APOGEE Wireless Field Level Networks are comprised of radio nodes that automatically transmit and receive both their own and their neighbor’s data. Wireless devices can be strategically located for better control and increased sensitivity to changing conditions ©2009 ZigBee Alliance. migrations can be staged to accommodate budgets and schedules Provide occupants with a more comfortable indoor environment. creating multiple redundant paths for communications. For example. owners and managers can increase occupant comfort while gaining greater exibility and more e cient control of HVAC systems. allowing radio nodes and their associated controllers to be added. The networks have the intelligence to determine the optimal routing path and. di culty. BENEFITS Protects and increases building value by constructing state-of-the-art.