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IPBuilding enables you to fully monitor your energy consumption resulting in a lower energy bill.
You can integrate your heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems and set them up in a very user friendly manner, per room or depending on whether anyone is in the room. By using motion sensors in combination with light and time-based controls, the lighting will only be switched on as long as it is necessary. Use of the sunscreens is optimised, controllable electrical outlets can eliminate standby consumption and the “switch everything off”, “night” or “absent” push buttons will ensure that your house or building does not consume anything more than what is necessary for your comfort.
With a single touch of your touchscreen, smartphone, tablet or PC you can review the current energy consumption and the history per day, month or year (for electricity, gas and water). You can view total consumption as well as individual consumption. This allows for efficient management and enables you to use energy more efficiently.
As a result, you can:
- Calculate your future consumption
- Map your current consumption (major sources of energy consumption, such as a heat pump, ventilation, washing machine, freezer, etc.)
- Monitor and reduce standby consumption
The following items are measured:
- Total consumption of GAS, WATER and ELECTRICITY via pulse counters
- The energy consumption of 4 specific loops, with devices that consume a lot of electricity (max. 20A): hob, washing machine, dryer and microwave
- Theoretical calculation of the energy consumption of all connected outlets
- Energy dashboard displaying:
- Electricity consumption per user in € and kWh
- Water consumption
- Gas consumption (if applicable)
- Graphs showing the consumption (total/per user) for a specific time period
In an intelligent home, the various systems (lighting, heating, electrical devices, etc.) are linked together and communicate with each other. This gives residents a greater sense of comfort. For example, when sitting in your car, with a single action, you can open the garage door using the remote control, turn on a lighting that leads from the garage up to the entrance, switch the heating to comfort mode and switch on the lights in the living room. Or, you can operate the electric blinds and adjust the dimmable ambient light, while at the same time switching off unnecessary devices from the comfort of your couch. Access control allows you to determine who is able to enter and at what times (family, staff, cleaning lady, home help, etc.).
Unlike for many other intelligent systems, IPBuilding believes that comfort includes ensuring that the software is extremely easy to use. Creating an atmosphere or assigning a function to a push button is child’s play. The newly-created atmosphere will also be displayed on the smartphone or tablet app immediately and automatically.
“Extra comfort and especially energy-saving”
IPBuilding ensures comfort and efficient energy management. One example is the integrated zone heating system where smart temperature sensors in the living room, bedroom and bathroom are connected to the UTP Cat 6 bus wiring. These sensors continuously measure the temperature in these rooms. The sensors are incorporated into the standard switches. The easy-to-use weekly program can be used to program the desired comfortable temperature per day and at certain times. The desired temperatures need to be set once per space, but can be changed at any time.
The temperatures are also automatically adjusted depending on whether there is someone in the room, and taking into account day and night times. For example, a “Boost” temperature increase to 22 °C can easily be activated for 60 minutes using the central touchscreen.
The heating can also be operated remotely by the resident. This is useful if you return after a holiday period or come home sooner than expected. Family members and healthcare providers can also change the settings remotely if the resident is no longer able to do so.
ICE Call emergency call system
“Immediately contact healthcare providers in case of emergency”
In a care setting or assisted living home, having an intelligent emergency call system is vital. IPBuilding’s ICE Call emergency call system is the most complete emergency call system on the market.
When pressing the button (integrated on the touch screen or via the wireless wristband or necklace or wireless red button), a digital connection is established, enabling you to speak with and listen to an authorised healthcare provider. This healthcare provider or dispatcher also immediately knows from where in the building the call was placed.
In addition, the smart assisted living home will also:
- Switch on all of the lighting
- Turn off the stove
- Switch off the TV (to ensure optimum communication with the remote person)
- Possibly raise the screens
- Increase the underfloor heating
Users do have need for the alarm feature, but they do not want to have a stigmatising product in the house. Therefore, IPBuilding integrated the red button on the touch screen, thus eliminating the need for an old-fashioned white/red call system on the wall.
Call phones can also be located outside of the homes (common areas, corridors, bathrooms, cellar, etc.) of the building, enabling wireless calls from residents to be routed to the healthcare provider from anywhere in the building.
Speech ánd Image = videophones
If the assisted living home is equipped with the video monitoring package (7.2), with integrated IP cameras, live images are immediately sent to the healthcare provider when a call is placed.
The ICE Call emergency call system can always be added to an existing Smart Living house or apartment. That way, residents have a home they can enjoy for the rest of their lives.
“For a healthy living and working environment”
An unhealthy inside climate can cause breathing problems, a dry throat, headaches, allergies, loss of concentration, lack of energy or sleepiness. Too much moisture in the house can in turn create odors, condensation and mildew. That is why it is extremely important to ventilate your home thoroughly and on a regular basis.
Continuous and controlled ventilation is the only effective way to ensure a healthy indoor climate.
Ventilation systems can be controlled via the corresponding 3-way switch (absent, health and boost) or other built-in intelligent system. However, experience shows that this position switch is hardly ever used.
IPBuilding takes over the purpose of this switch. Controlling the ventilation system’s three settings is fully automated, according to the programs “present”, “absent”, “day” and “night”. Also, when cooking, visiting the bathroom or toilet, the ventilation system will automatically run in boost mode for a given period.
The smart sensors are multifunctional.
In the “present” setting, the sensors are used to:
- turn the lights on and off
- boost the ventilation
- activate the heating
- switch on the audio
- switch controllable outlets on and off
Light and time controls can be linked to sensors. For example, to ensure a sensor is only active if it is dark outside or between certain times.
In the “absent” setting, the sensor is used as an alarm sensor. As soon as someone is detected, the alarm atmosphere will be activated.
Furthermore, the sensor can also be used to map unusual behaviour.
As a standard, 1 sensor is included (bathroom).
You know the feeling. You come home at night and turn on the lights, close the curtains, put the heating up and switch on the television, and so on. A lot of actions that IPBuilding groups into ‘atmospheres’.
For example, you can have a ‘welcome’ atmosphere that is triggered automatically when you enter your home. Or a ‘Watching TV’ atmosphere, which immediately switches off the lights, turns on the TV and provides atmospheric lighting next to the TV. Other popular atmospheres are ‘going to bed’, ‘reading a book’ and of course ‘switch everything off’ for when you leave your home. You can control the atmospheres yourself and IPBuilding’s management platform enables you to easily add a new atmosphere.
“Light and heat from the sun according to your own wishes”
By using climate sensors and timers, all electric sunscreens (blinds, curtains, screens) will independently and automatically be raised or lowered, based on the climate outside and inside, the position of the sun and the time setting.
Using push buttons or the central touch screen, residents can determine the position of the screens at all times. If the weather conditions are bad, the screens are automatically raised, to avoid damage.
One weather station is installed per site. All assisted-living homes are connected to the local weather station. Each assisted-living home is fitted with a central touch screen. The current weather and weather forecasts can be consulted.
Care and services platforms
“Integration with care and service platforms”
The touch screen also enables links to be created with care and/or services platforms. Third-party applications will be shown directly on the touch screen, and residents, healthcare providers or family members can use this software straight away.
Multi room Audio
IPBuilding enables you to listen to your favorite music via Spotify, internet radio or from a hard drive (NAS). The audio input can also be used to connect an external source (e.g. cd player, record player, etc.) or an Apple Airport (or similar device) to each amplifier, to stream music directly from a mobile device.
This system can be operated via touch screens, push buttons, a tablet or smartphone. By default, there are 4 zones with 2 speakers per zone, in stereo and multi-source. There is also the possibility to expand the system to 8, 12 or 16 zones and up to 4 external amplifiers (Bose, Yamaha, B&W, Denon, etc.) can be linked up, via the outputs on the Multimedia server.
Multimedia management is more than just streaming music. Every modern office and living environment has a host of devices such as a projector, TV, etc. You can also integrate and control these devices with IPBuilding. This eliminates the need for remote controls and you can use ‘atmospheres’ to create an ideal meeting environment (screens down, partial lighting, music off, projector on) or create the ideal atmosphere for a relaxing evening of watching TV (e.g.: TV on, music off, correct lighting and the screens down).
“No more remote controls”
You no longer need different remote controls anymore for the TV and digicorder/b-box.
Upon activating the “watching TV” atmosphere, the TV will automatically be switched on to your favourite station, at a pre-determined sound level. If the “going to bed” or “switch everything off” atmosphere is selected, the TV will be switched off automatically.
The touch screen, push buttons, tablet or universal remote control can be used to change the channel and volume.
The TV can also be controlled via pre-set timers. For example: TV is switched on daily at 6 PM and switched off at 10 PM. The TV can also be operated remotely by a family member, healthcare provider or residential care provider.
Certain messages or notifications from the residential care provider or healthcare professional can also be displayed on the TV.
- control 1 television set and 1 decoder (independent of brand)
Get notifications about your home in case smoke, CO² or intruders are detected.
Both fire protection and burglary alarms can be perfectly integrated to provide optimum security. For example, the smoke detectors can be connected to the electric shutters, so that they can be raised in case of a fire, and at the same time a string of lights can be turned on, to show you the way out, while the alarm sounds through the audio speakers; all unnecessary electrical devices can also immediately be shut off and the gas valve can be closed automatically.
In case of a burglary, all the lights inside and outside can be switched on, loud music will start playing, and the burglar will be filmed via the IP cameras.
You can use the videophone to communicate with visitors and decide whether or not to allow them in. When you are on holiday, you can give your home the appearance of being occupied, for example, by lowering and raising the blinds every day and switching the lighting on and off in certain rooms. IPBuilding enables you to customise the safety of your property according to your needs and desires.
“One badge only instead of many keys”
Access control is indispensable, both in individual homes and in a building (care setting, apartment building, office building). IPBuilding links a badge reader to the IPBuilding user platform. This enables you, as an administrator, or resident to determine the rights for each badge (e.g. cleaning service or family members only get access at certain times, etc.). The badge reader can be built into the videophone system or operate as a stand-alone device.
In addition to providing access, the badge can also be used to activate the “person present atmosphere”. This will cause the lights to come on, the heating to be set to comfort, ventilation to Healthy and possibly also activating the audio system and setting it to your favourite station at the appropriate sound level.
The badges can also be used to open the main entrance door, as well as other doors inside the building such as a cafeteria, wellness facilities, car park, shared bicycle shed, etc.
If desired, you can also get notifications when people use their badge. The building management software allows for time schedules to be created, people to be added to or removed from the list, etc. When a badge is lost, it can be deactivated immediately in the user software. You can also consult the history of who gained access when, within specific time intervals.
Door communication & intercom
“Video and speaking and listening link to visitors”
A SIP compatible videophone with call panel is located at the main entrance. A total of 31 push buttons are provided (30 assisted-living homes + reception). When a person rings the doorbell, the touchscreen of the relevant home will start to ring. This screen will then show the video feed from the outside panel. When answering the door, the resident can communicate with the visitor and, if desired, open the main entrance door. The access control badge reader is integrated into the call panel.
Videophone of the outside station with call panel and access control
If certain network requirements are met, the videophone feed (video and audio) can also be sent to the resident’s tablet. This is useful if, for example, the resident is in the cafeteria or visiting neighbours. If a person calls the residential care assistant, this person will have a video, speaking and listening link via the tablet. The touchscreens in the assisted-living housing can also be used as an intercom system. Residents can call the residential care assistant or the reception desk and vice versa. If desired, you can also call other residents.