Slowly but surely, smart buildings are becoming more common, and recently, GE and EnOcean of Germany announced that they’d teamed up on the HabiTEQ system for automated energy efficiency in both domestic and commercial buildings.
According to GE, this battery-free, wireless technology can be installed in locations where it is currently impractical to connect with existing devices using wires or batteries. The integrated system runs a building’s functional subsystems — including lighting, heating, ventilation, blinds and security — from a central control unit operated either via a control panel or online.
The company points out that wireless technology makes installation cheaper and simpler and also provides aesthetic and practical benefits (such as the ability to integrate sensors into historic buildings, or into ultra-thin switches suitable for mounting on glass). The system harvests its own energy via ambient light and/or from a manual switch, making it eco-friendly in operation as well as effect.
The HabiTEQintegrated building management system can be programmed via personal computer to operate automatically, or in response to environmental stimulus such as changing heat levels in a room, changes in external temperature, time of day, human presence, etc. Additionally, most HabiTEQ devices are equipped to measure energy usage, which provides users with further informtion on reducing costs.