IPBuilding introduces its Smart Living portfolio

IPBuilding is specialised in the development of applications for Smart Homes & Apartments, Smart workspaces en Smart Care. IPBuilding has over 10 years experience in the research, development and production of the hardware and associated software (based on the IP-protocol) for fitting homes and buildings with intelligent systems.

In the meantime, this experience resulted in over 1500 delivered smart home-, smart living- and smart care projects. Through this IPBuilding proves it is a reliable partner to assist project developers, contractors and installers with equipping smart building.

IPBuilding collected a number of references from the domain of smart living (future-proof apartments) in a comprehensive document. The end result is an attractive overview of about 1000 smart apartments equipped with the IPBuilding technology.

Are you also interested in our projects? Feel free to make an appointment with one of our smart building specialists through sales@ipbuilding.com or through +32 (09) 279 89 69.



FOCUS ARCHI, the reference magazine for architects, focuses on Smart Living

FocusArchi is the reference magazine for architects. Editor Pascal Dewulf spoke with Kris Pensaert (Managing Partner IPBuilding) about future-proof building and the super fast evolution of smart living.

You cannot miss it: houses, apartments, company buildings, … only get smarter and more interactive thanks to open source (home automation)systems compatible with a variety of techniques and applliances. The future is smart living: smart houses in combination with the Internet Of Things and home automation systems with open, IPbased communication standards.

Super fast evolution
We are experiencing a superfast evolution in open home automation systems, that much is clear. Kris Pensaert, Managing Partner of IPBuilding, foresees a golden future for this kind of open systems. Kris Pensaert: «Let’s consider a simple example such as a light bulb. Two decades ago a light bulb of 100Watt was commonplace. Then followed the halogen lighting and 50Watt became customary. Next came the energy saving lamp of 25Watt, superseded by LED lighting of 10Watt. Now we have powerLEDs of 1Watt. To use this 1Watt powerLED, you do not need copper cabling as is still the standard for electrical installations in about 80% of new constructions. A 230Volt connection which is still the standard today, will be less essential in future as we are increasingly evolving towards low voltage of 12 and 24Volt. Just check which appliances are low voltage and connected to a power outlet via an adapter: tablet, smart phone, laptop, digital recorder, lighting, … »

«In the future an electrician will have to work closely together with a computer specialist to install the cabling of a house.» Kris Pensaert, Managing Partner lPBuilding

Light versie

A light version of the contemporary, heavy cabled electrical cabinets is therefore an obvious option. Kris Pensaert: «Philips launched a series of lighting elements that can be cabled through UTP. This UTP lighting does not rely on a traditional electricity network, but works via Power-over-Ethernet (PoE). This is the same cable that controls the computer data of for example a smart lamp, and on top of that also controls the power.
It is evident that smart elements are no longer controlled via a light button, but via an app on a tablet, smart phone or laptop. We can therefore observe a systematic move from electrical installations to ICT installations. This brings us to the home automation system with an open platform. Why wouldn’t your home automation system not communicate directly with all automated “connected” appliances or techniques in your house? The architects have an important informative role towards the construction managers to inform them of this kind of open home automation systems for which the total cost of ownership will be considerably lower than closed one-brand home automation systems.»

 



More security thanks to an intelligent housing automation

Did you invest in elegant and charming garden lighting, but struggle a few times a year with the correct settings? Daytime is getting longer or shorter and the lighting does not adapt accordingly? Or were your lights switched on in the evening even if it was still light, just after the switch of the daylight saving time? … This could harm your safety and attract the attention of burglars.

Extra security

Experts all agree, we are rapidly evolving to an automated living environment in which appliances and systems can communicate with each other. On top of the exterior front wall lighting, our contemporary homes are increasingly illuminated next to the drive way, in the garden, patio or at the gates. This does not only enhance the right ambiance, look and feel but also provides you with extra comfort upon arriving or leaving your home in the dark. In addition, it contributes to your security and could protect you from a possible burglary.

Inferior lighting settings could lead to higher energy costs, and could also give the impression that the inhabitant is not at home or absent for a longer period. Next to lighting we encounter more and more installations of camera’s, movement sensors and automated fences around the house. All these functionalities and appliances can be installed, consulted and managed separately. Generally this is rather complex, and comprises a security risk – hacking of your security cameras comes to mind – and often an inhabitant is hardly able to modify the system himself.

Kris Pensaert (Managing Partner IPBuilding): “Via a user-friendly platform the owner can determine when to illuminate the exterior lighting at night time. This is no longer depending on the actual time, but on the remaining sunlight. This is comparable to the automated illumination in a car when the dusk sets in. This allows for a constantly perfect performance of all  functionalities, even when you are on holiday or when daylight saving time changes.”

If you integrate such functions and appliances in a modern smart home, you can enjoy all these advantages. IPBuilding is an innovative Belgian company specialized in the research and development of technology for Smart Homes, Smart Buildings and Smart Care. IPBuilding enables all functionalities to communicate with each other. For instance, the meteorological station on the roof can communicate with the sun screens (all up if too much wind, screens at the south side go down if too much sunshine during summer …), and can equally exchange information with the lighting.

The platform (IPBGeneral) is based on the Internet Protocol (IP), the world-wide norm for sound, video and data transfer. This provides the owners of an IPBuilding Smart Home with a living environment that is future-proof. It allows them to manage athmospheres and scripts  (for example: all-off, holiday regulation, off to work,…) and all functionalities (lighting, heating, screens, video surveillance, sensors, ventilation…) can be controlled remotely and/or from their residence. In brief, the ideal solution that provides the inhabitant with more comfort, security and a solid saving on energy!



Plenus Vitae: Artenys develops a new living concept with Smart Living technology of IPBuilding

The project developer Artenys from Ghent focuses on the development of residential estates in the suburbs. The inhabitants and their living quality is at the heart of their research along with the execution. The residential estate Bergbos is a nice example, which is in full progress in Merelbeke.

Paul Van Audenhove (Artenys): “At the residential estate Bergbos we chose for different living units, with a mixture of spacious “urban villa” apartments, apartments for starter homes, etc. On top of that we also established a care concept with distinct solutions called “Plenus Vitae’.

Plenus Vitae, or ‘full of life’ , is an intentionally chosen concept that will foresee a permanently present park manager or concierge at the estate on top of accessible and modern technology. It goes without saying that all apartments are organised for life-long living to offer not only services but also appropriate care whenever required.

Life-long living

Artenys scouted for an innovative partner to comply with the technological aspect of this unique story and also found this at IPBuilding. IPBuilding conceived several smart buildings at the site, together with the integrator Nextel, with smart apartments that can adapt technologically according to the needs and requirements of each individual inhabitant. Obviously this is available at the care center, but also in the other units to ensure that the inhabitants can rely on a real life-long residence, which could be linked digitally to the care center and its accompanying services now or in the future.

Inhabitants of the smart apartments can make use of a central touchscreen on which all techniques in the apartment can be managed. It allows the inhabitant to control lighting, heating, sun screens… Additionally they have an innovative emergency call system that functions in the whole building, wherever they are. Access to the site and the individual apartment does not have to mean you need your (standard) doorkeys. Inhabitants can instead use a badge, user-friendly and extremely secure.

The assistance by the on-site park manager is supplemented by a digital service pack. Artenys relies on the Digitale Woonassistent for this. The software of Digitale Woonassistent is also accessible via the touchscreens at hand in the apartments. This guarantees a constant attainable assistance. This new approach ensures that excellent living conditions and services go hand in hand. This innovative concept with care/services on demand and a park manager allows us to answer the real needs of inhabitants at a significantly lower price (up to 60%) in comparison to the classically certified service residences.

Together with integrator Nextel, IPBuilding created smart living units at the residential estate Bergbos in which inhabitants can manage all techniques at the apartment via one integrated touch screen. Techniques such as lighting, video, atmospheres, scenario’s, ALL OFF function, heating, steered sun screens, etc. IPBuilding also integrated an extremely secure badge access system to replace the classical doorkeys.

“The apartments at the care center will of course be equipped with our innovative emergency call system. Important to know: the living units that are not located within the care center can nevertheless also be equipped now or in the future with the same system. So, we can conclude that this is a real life-long living concept.”

Would you like to know more about our smart care solutions? Feel free to contact us via sales@ipbuilding.com or 09/279 89 69.



AVS broadcasts project Wings (Fenixco)

Projectontwikkelaar Fenixco developed 2 buildings with environmental respect, that were constructed according to the existing building of the Poolse-Wing avenue in Sint-Denijs-Westrem. The building on the left has 16 apartments and 2 penthouses. The other consists of 8 apartments and 1 penthouse.

Together with Fenixco, IPBuilding made a smart living model apartment at the ground floor. Techniques and functionalities are fully linked in this apartment. Atmospheres, scenarios, screens, lighting, heating and multi-room audio are seamlessly integrated via 1 touch screen. It is also very easy to manage these functions via a tablet and/or smartphone.

Additionally IPBuilding also conceivd an apartment that can comply with the future occupant’s needs and desires on a technological level. This smart living apartment evolves  into a real smart assisted living environment with the innovative ICECALL-system.

On 28th August, the East-Flemish regional TV channel AVS will broadcast a new episode of its series ‘zomergrillen’ (summer quirks). In this part they highlight a visit to the residence Wings and you can get to know Fenixco and IPBuilding.

Would you like a discretionary visit to this model apartment? Just contact us via sales@ipbuilding.com or via 09 279 89 69.



Smart Second Homes. Manage a second home smartly, locally and remotely

The purchase of a second home remains attractive for many Belgians. Primarily to enjoy it themselves during a good part of the year, perhaps also to rent it out, and eventually occupy it permanently. Smart Living technology has found its way to second homes and offers a substantial surplus.  Because second homes are usually not occupied permanently, local and remote management of your second home, such as managing heating, ventilation, security, energy reduction and access control, is an absolute must.

Comfort

Owners of a second home are looking for comfort. A second home should therefore also provide carefree living, or a getaway from hectic life. If, for example, you arrive at your apartment at the Belgian seaside, you would of course like to immediately start your (long) weekend without having to waste time to ready the apartment. In a smart living concept you can remotely set the apartment ‘active’. Sunscreens, ventilation, heating, lighting and even multimedia can be activated in advance to obtain a fitting ‘welcome sphere’. Upon arrival, all techniques can also be managed via your own smartphone, tablet or via the touchscreen installed at the apartment.

All of this is realized by IPBuilding, an innovative Flemish entrepreneur for Smart Living technology. IPBuilding produced a user-friendly IP based platform in which all techniques and devices are combined and allow easy exchange of information.

Jo Coenen (IPBuilding): “Smart living technology is a real surplus for second homes. To be able to manage all techniques locally and remotely is indispensable. By opting for the internet protocol (IP) as a project developer, you also succeed in making future proof apartments.”

Security

Security is crucial for temporary housing. Through a combination of window contacts, badge readers, intelligent smoke detectors and an innovative integrated access control system, IPBuilding offers solid follow up of inhabitants, renters and cleaning staff / suppliers.  Video surveillance can also be part of this mix. With push-notifications the apartment could also keep you informed, whether you are the owner or the building manager.

 

Forgot your keys? No problem, with the IPBuilding solution the owner of the apartment can give access and open the door(s) remotely. A cleaning service that is planned on each Thursday morning for a few hours? Likewise, they can enter the apartment with a unique badge, programmed to only access during that time. This gives the owners and/or managers a perfect overview of who enters and leaves the second home.
The smart building technology of IPBuilding can be extended with an ICECALL-emergency call system. This system can supply an emergency call button in the bathroom, on the touchscreen and via a wrist/neck transmitter . This can be linked to a care service, a care center in the area, a professional or informal health care provider or a family member. IPBuilding provides you with a real life-long housing apartment. Owners can keep on enjoying their second home during the autumn of their life, in which they might be living permanently at this time.

Would you like to create a smart second home?

To benefit from the unlimited possibilities of the Internet Protocol (IP), modern (UTP)  cabling is crucial. Our specialists gladly assist you during the concept phase with the project developer and/or client. Contact us via : j.coenen@ipbuilding.com or +32 (0)9 279 89 69.