- Phoenix Contact integrates Lemonbeat IoT technology into their own building management system
- Lemonbeat reduces costs for hardware, installation and engineering of building control
Essen, 8 February 2017. Phoenix Contact, one of the leading manufacturers of electrotechnology and automation, located in the Blomberg, Westphalia, and the Lemonbeat GmbH, Dortmund, developer of the Lemonbeat IoT infrastructure technology cooperate in the field of building automation, as the companies announced during the “E-world energy & water 2017″, Europe’s most successful specialist energy trade fair.
Automation of commercial and communal real estate, be it housing estates, office or industrial buildings is a cost-intensive business. The technical investment, required in order to automatically monitor and adjust buildings in terms of water- and energy consumption, heating or air-conditioning according to the actual environmental situation, is often immense.
The cooperation targets an easy entry into a sustainable IoT world. Through balanced systems, smart devices can be integrated into the overlying management platform. This solution will minimize operating costs and engineering-effort during change in use. It also offers significant protection of investment through a communicative “openness”, as opposed to being tied to a particular protocol, which is currently the status quo in the IT industry.
Therefore, Phoenix Contact is connecting its building technology with the IoT technology of Lemonbeat, a subsidiary of Innogy SE, to lower the technical complexity within building automation and potentially realize capital cost reductions of up to 30%.
With the Lemonbeat smart Device Language (LsDL) Lemonbeat has developed a universal communication protocol for the Internet of Things that enables devices to communicate directly and independently from a central unit. Instead of putting the intelligence into a controller, a gateway or into the cloud, LsDL enables its devices within a network to communicate and act autonomously. The communication takes place either via the incumbent LAN-Infrastructure or via the energy efficient Lemonbeat Radio technology within the Sub-GHz range.
In the field of building automation, the Lemonbeat-Technology can assist in reducing amounts of control hardware necessary and therefore enable reduction of engineering- and installation efforts.
In the area of building automation, Phoenix Contact is developing the IoT-based ecosystem Emalytics which combines the building services management system with energy management and business intelligence services in one solution. For this system, the automation specialist is utilizing the Lemonbeat technology. Modern IP-based smart devices as well as devices, sensors and actuators found within conventional building controls can be directly integrated into the IoT management level. All data, regardless of its source, is available as an information object, and thus can optimize processes within building services. Phoenix Contact offers a one-stop portfolio, starting with a multiprotocol-able IoT controller up to a whole ecosystem.
In the first step of the cooperation, both parties enabled the communication between the product components, creating a joint solution for IoT-based building infrastructure customers.
“We are glad to have found a partner in Phoenix Contact, who counts as a market leader for sustainable solutions in the field of building automation. With our solution, it is possible to gain previously unattainable flexibility and at the same time reduce expenditures and costs. This makes it especially interesting for new as well as already existing real estate”, said Lemonbeats CEO Oliver van der Mond.
“With this cooperation, we become a moving power in the area of digitization of building automation” said Roland Bent, CTO of Phoenix Contact. “Established technology will be combined with modern IoT technology. Together with Lemonbeat we offer solutions that enable building operators, to make their projects future-proof.”
Phoenix Contact and RWE have cultivated a longstanding partnership. The first clamp-development originated in 1923 and was part of the partnership. With the cooperation with the subsidiary of Innogy, Lemonbeat, both companies again walk a common path.
Lemonbeat GmbH is the creator of an innovative and universal communication language, Lemonbeat smart Device Language (LsDL), for the Internet of Things. The language enables the direct, independent interaction between different devices, thus reducing the reliance on costly „translation“ which usually takes place in cloud services or gateways. The language, currently in discussion as the basis for an internet standard within W3C, can be used in combination with common cable or wireless IP-based communication protocols. The company, based in Dortmund, Germany, was established in November 2015, and is a 100% subsidiary of Innogy SE (innogy), an established European energy company.
About Phoenix Contact
Phoenix Contact is the worldwide market leader of components, systems and solutions in the area of electrical engineering, electronics and automation. Today, the family-owned company employs 15,000 people worldwide and had a turnover of 1.96 billion euros in 2016. The corporate headquarters is located in Blomberg in Germany. The Phoenix Contact Group has twelve companies in Germany as well as more than 50 sales subsidiaries. Phoenix Contact produces with a high vertical range of manufacture in ten countries all over the world. The product range comprises components and system solutions for energy supply including wind and solar, device and machine building as well as control cabinet engineering.
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