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Siemens shows new digital solutions for the transition to sustainable infrastructure

At this year’s Light + Building trade fair in Frankfurt, Germany, Siemens showcased its vision of digitalization as a key pillar of the infrastructure transition required to tackle climate change and global sustainability challenges. The company’s motto at the show was “Smart infrastructure is sustainable infrastructure”, and Siemens demonstrated products, solutions and services to make the transition of buildings and grids possible. 

“Digitalization is a key enabler of sustainability, and if we are to build resilient, adaptive, efficient and livable infrastructure, intelligently applying technology to create smarter buildings and grids will be essential,” said Matthias Rebellius, member of the managing board of Siemens AG and CEO of Smart Infrastructure. “If digitalization is the brain, sustainability is the heart. By enabling our customers to meet their individual ambitions, together we can drive forward a transition to sustainable infrastructure.” 

The transformation is urgent; almost 10 billion people will live on our planet by 2050, the majority in urban areas.​ Around 40 percent of all energy used globally is consumed in buildings, and another one third by industries. Together, digitalized buildings and electrification systems can support a more sustainable future.

Adaptable solutions to future-proof buildings 

Building X is the recently launched smart building suite for net-zero buildings, and a highlight at the Siemens Light + Building booth, with its AI-enabled applications, secure connectivity, and open platform. Building X is the first offering built on the principles of Siemens Xcelerator; an open digital business platform and marketplace to accelerate the digital transformation across industries, buildings, grids and transportation. 

Siemens will also be showcasing a broad range of Building Services which combine technology with the expertise of its digital building professionals to reduce costs, drive revenue and growth, meet sustainability and regulatory requirements and optimize building performance. As part of a range of offerings based on an X-as-a-Service (XaaS) business model, Siemens will be demonstrating Energy Flexibility Services. This enables clients to combine different energy sources, optimizing between alternative sources as well as fluctuating energy prices in the market, to help meet customers’ decarbonization goals, reduce energy costs and – in some cases – both.

The latest version of Desigo CC, Siemens’ integrated building management system, has also been upgraded with several new software features, which were on display at Light + Building 2022. Desigo CC sites can now be monitored from the Building X Operations Manager cloud application, covering different customer needs in managing their buildings, whether on-premise or off-premise, in the cloud as well as in hybrid setups.

Optimizing performance for all buildings

Siemens’ building automation exhibits in Frankfurt focused on productive and efficient rooms, as well as building performance. On display was the recently released PXC7 controller, which completes the new generation of Desigo automation and showcases the ability to deploy BACnet Secure Connect to strengthen cybersecurity.

Focusing on indoor air quality (IAQ), Siemens showed the new IAQ multi-sensor and the recently upgraded RDG200 thermostat with built-in CO2 sensor for balancing energy efficiency and IAQ. For the dynamic hydronic balancing for heating and cooling systems, Siemens showed the new 6-port PICV (pressure independent control valve); KNX for smart building control, with the complete DIN-rail mounted device portfolio and the TC5 touch room unit, which supports multi-discipline applications such as coloured light control or logic operation. 

Enlighted, a Siemens-owned company for smart and sustainable buildings, launched new solutions including Space Intelligence and Location Intelligence, to elevate use of IoT building data for operational productivity and sustainability. With Space Intelligence, new data APIs for building occupancy, efficiency and location will help enterprise companies understand activities within their spaces, gain access to deeper analytics, provide accurate ESG reporting and use visualizations for better space decisions. Location Intelligence, a Real Time Location Service (RTLS), improves workflows and asset management, especially in healthcare and warehouse settings.

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