Siemens Building Technologies Division is acquiring Enlighted Inc., a provider of smart IoT (Internet of Things) systems in buildings, headquartered in the Silicon Valley. The company is a successful player in the smart building industry, bringing an advanced digital sensory system to market. Both parties have agreed not to disclose financial details. Closing is expected in the third quarter of 2018. Enlighted will be managed as an independent legal entity and wholly-owned subsidiary of Siemens Industry Inc. “Enlighted has a strong footprint in revolutionising building intelligence by developing a multi-sensor-based IoT platform, using the power of data,” said Matthias Rebellius, CEO of Siemens Building Technologies. “With this move we are demonstrating our commitment to drive digitalisation in the smart building industry.” Enlighted’s technological leadership Enlighted achieved its technological leadership with a world-class IoT platform for commercial real estate. The platform consists of multi-function sensors, distributed computing, its own network, and software applications. The beating heart of Enlighted’s platform are smart sensors, securely streaming data to the cloud. In addition, the platform enables reduced energy use, improved space utilisation, better environmental management and greater asset utilisation. Enlighted platform lowers costs “With Siemens as a global partner, we will both accelerate innovation and market adoption of our smart building technologies on an international scale,” said Joe Costello, Chairman and CEO of Enlighted Inc. In combination with Siemens solutions, the Enlighted platform can optimise the energy efficiency of HVAC systems Enlighted analyses and visualises the collected sensor data to drive down operating costs and improve the inner life of a building. These sensors can be installed in every light fixture with the ability to collect data 65 times per second to detect environmental and occupancy changes and react to lighting and HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) needs in real-time. Based on an advanced smart lighting control application, today, the Enlighted platform can lower lighting costs of a building up to 85 percent when combined with advanced LED fixtures. In addition, the platform is able to locate people and assets within a building and analyse the occupancy of floors and rooms. Finally, in combination with Siemens solutions, the Enlighted platform can optimise the energy efficiency of HVAC systems. Revolutionising building intelligence The interaction between buildings and humans is crucial to increase productivity, energy efficiency and comfort in a building. From its inception, Enlighted has been focused on understanding how buildings can be made more efficient and the people who work in them more productive. Enlighted’s smart IoT platform with a digital sensory system applicable in any light fixture is a core element of revolutionising building intelligence by enhancing the dialogue between humans and buildings.
In March 2018, the Siemens Building Technologies Division joined buildingSMART International (bSI) as a member of the Strategic Advisory Council and several National Chapters. Siemens is the first building technology vendor to become part of this international not-for-profit organisation. buildingSMART International bSI is the creator of the ‘openBIM’ data format which defines open, vendor-neutral international standards for BIM (Building Information Modelling). These standards are essential in order to promote rapid digitalisation in the built asset sector. BIM is a digitally assisted, future-proof, holistic process for planning, constructing and operating buildings BIM is a digitally assisted, future-proof, holistic process for planning, constructing and operating buildings and helps boost productivity in the construction industry. It affects all stakeholders involved in the building process – from building owners, architects and planners to building technology vendors, property operators and facility managers, to demolition and disposal companies. The virtual building process has enormous benefits: the data model generated in the planning phase of a building can be used across all other phases in the building's lifecycle. In the construction phase, it is possible to test construction plans and ideas in virtual space to assess their practical feasibility. Physical construction work does not start until the simulation has been successful. In addition, BIM makes it possible to optimise energy efficiency measures and to factor in future changes in usage right in the planning phase. This results in substantial cost savings in the subsequent operating phase, which accounts for 80 per cent of a building's lifecycle costs. BIM makes it possible to optimise energy efficiency measures and to factor in future changes in usage Siemens Building Technologies Matthias Rebellius, CEO of Siemens Building Technologies explains, "Our membership of bSI underpins our clear commitment to BIM and incorporates our building digitalisation expertise into bSI's groundbreaking standardisation efforts. This will allow us to take the next major step together toward optimising all phases in the building lifecycle." Richard Petrie, CEO at bSI concludes, "Siemens' decision to join buildingSMART as a Strategic Member is a very significant endorsement of the importance of our solutions and standards work, our vision and the strength of our community. Siemens' scale and professionalism will be of huge assistance as buildingSMART gears up to address the growing work programmes demanded by the uptake of openBIM and digital ways of working in the built asset sector." BIM data from Siemens Building Technologies is currently available for more than 1,200 products including field devices, automation and fire safety products. More data is being added, with plans to increase the BIM data pool to encompass more than 2,000 products.
The key components of the "Office of the Future" are integrated with the help of Siemens' Desigo CC management platform The world's first office building produced by a 3D printer has just opened in Dubai. The 250 square metre "Office of the Future" was built using a 3D printer measuring 20 feet high, 120 feet long and 40 feet wide and is erected near the Emirates Towers in Dubai. Pioneering Smart City project The building technology with access control and surveillance systems was provided by Siemens and is integrated into a central building management platform. The technology ensures low operating costs and reduced energy consumption. "We are proud to be participating in this pioneering project and supporting Dubai's Smart City strategy by providing state-of-the-art technology for intelligent, digitalised building automation and controls,” said Matthias Rebellius, CEO of the Siemens Building Technologies Division. The key components of the "Office of the Future" are integrated with the help of Siemens' Desigo CC management platform. The platform enables the control and optimisation of the building's technical infrastructure, surveillance, air conditioning and access control systems from a central location. A customised platform displays the status of the various systems in real time, enabling operators to accurately monitor and control the building's performance. "We are proud to beparticipating in this pioneeringproject and supporting Dubai'sSmart City strategy by providingstate-of-the-art technologyfor intelligent, digitalised buildingautomation and controls" Office of the Future The "Office of the Future" concept uses a Siemens video surveillance system with high-definition cameras and web-enabled access via apps and web clients and an access control system based on biometrics and smart cards. Siemens also supplied fire protection technology for detection, alarms and control, including multi-sensor detectors which can adapt to changing environments, analyse signals for false alarms and protect against hazards such as the presence of carbon monoxide. The system can also be analysed, evaluated and diagnosed remotely for more efficient maintenance. "Integrating key functions into an intelligent building management system has clear safety, cost and efficiency benefits and Siemens is a leading company able to combine the management of all building disciplines in one integrated platform," continued Rebellius. "Desigo CC gives building operators a precise overview of their assets, not only allowing them to be managed more efficiently and transparently, but also ensuring flexible usage and energy conservation." The Desigo CC building management platform is also able to accommodate a wider range of building systems including heating, ventilation and air conditioning, power, lighting and shading, and components can be added when requirements change. Worldwide installations of Desigo CC have led to reductions in building operating costs of up to 20 per cent.