seele researches safe building control systems

04/08/2024 The façade construction specialist is involved in the German research project "SHIQ" that adresses secure heterogeneous IoT systems in real estate and districts. seele is focusing on the integration of façades into building automation as part of a secure and digital ecosystem. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research is funding the project.

Gersthofen (Germany), April 08, 2024. To further improve façade technologies, seele has already been working on various interdisciplinary research projects. On 15 November 2023, the go-ahead was given for a new research programme in which the façade construction specialist is involved: Under the title "SHIQ", the project partners are working on a secure open source platform for building control.

Façades provide a valuable basis for building technology as well as energy and resource consumption. This is because building envelopes regulate solar radiation as well as solar energy gains and losses during heating periods. They also influence comfort through the natural light incidence.

Networking the building infrastructures
Until now, the various building control components have not been linked to each other and the façade has not been integrated into a secure and intelligent system architecture. Networked cloud cluster infrastructures are required to utilise potential savings and share data and services across buildings. This is where SHIQ begins.

Funded with 3.5 million euros by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the research project is dedicated to creating an open platform for various Internet of Things (IoT) components in building technology by the end of 2026. The focus lies on IT security and protecting the privacy of residents.

ISOshade® from seele becomes a player
Thanks to its many years of expertise in the field of IoT systems in the construction industry, seele is a predestined partner for SHIQ. In addition, the company's product range already includes ISOshade®, a proven and smart façade element. The research results from SHIQ will later be tested using the sensors and actuators in ISOshade®. In addition to safety, aspects of longevity and sustainability also play an important role. For example, data on the façade can be used for predictive maintenance or AI-based control of the sun shading system can influence the heat input into the building as required.

Interdisciplinary research team
Other project partners are Drees & Sommer SE as consortium partner as well as BSH Hausgeräte GmbH, BMK professional electronics GmbH, Ingenics Digital GmbH, the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied and Integrated Security, the Institute for Innovative Safety and Security at Augsburg Technical University of Applied Sciences and the Faculty of Architecture and Civil Engineering at Augsburg Technical University of Applied Sciences.

seele researches safe building control systems - SHIQ

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