In June 2018, the Ready2Services label was officially launched by the Smart Buildings Alliance in Paris. It aims to further advance the realization of intelligent buildings for smart cities, including new innovative service models. Self-powered wireless sensor solutions and the interoperable EnOcean ecosystem play a key role in this process of digitalization.

The Ready2Services concept intends to evaluate the ability of buildings for multiple services, for example for energy flat rates or space utilization optimization. Its approach is based on three layers including equipment and interfaces such as sensors; a network infrastructure such as gateways as well as services and applications e.g. cloud solutions. Each layer itself should be replaceable, therefore providing multi-vendor interoperability.

Reliable sensor data

Self-powered wireless switches and sensors for maintenance-free applications optimized for building automation play a key role for supporting the targeted digitalization of buildings and enabling innovative services by providing reliable sensor data. In conjunction with intelligent IoT systems, self-powered sensor solutions help optimize the utilization of buildings, create new service models and make buildings more flexible, more energy-efficient and altogether more cost-effective.

Interoperable ecosystem

In addition, the EnOcean Alliance with its broad ecosystem of interoperable devices using the EnOcean wireless standard (ISO/IEC 14543-3-1X) on the sub 1 GHz band is the perfect fit for the Ready2Services standard for smart buildings. It has proven to be a resounding success in building automation and smart homes, due to its high reliability and a radio range of up to 30 meters. Besides the technical advantages, the established EnOcean Alliance ecosystem gives users the most flexible freedom of choice to build intelligent networks and services dedicated to their specific needs.

Twelve smart building pioneers

The Ready2Services certification process can be carried out in a real estate program during its design, implementation or operation phase. Depending on the rating, the project wins one of four certification levels, ranging from “base” to “three stars”.

Twelve buildings have already successfully received this certificate such as buildings of BNP Paribas Real Estate, Ivanhoé Cambridge and Allianz Real Estate. Additionally, a building of Bouygues Construction was successfully awarded, including self-powered wireless solutions using the EnOcean wireless standard, proving that maintenance-free solutions on the EnOcean wireless standard are a perfect fit for the Ready2Services concept.

About The Author

Graham Martin is Chairman and CEO of the EnOcean Alliance. He is a veteran of the electronics industry with over 30 years of experience in RF solutions, engineering and marketing. Being an expert for sustainable buildings, he also looks at the future role of standardized wireless automation systems including the Internet of Things. His personal enthusiasm for the EnOcean world is the fact that batteryless sensors will play an ever increasing role in smart buildings and in the Internet of Things, and that the EnOcean standard working together with other standards creates an end-to-end solution for improved comfort, security and energy efficiency.

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