The consumer technology revolution which many have dubbed the Internet of Things (IoT) is gathering momentum quickly – more of us than ever before are controlling internet enabled things to switch the heating on before we get home or record our favourite television, for example.
Building automation represents a serious growth opportunity for panel builders. New technology makes upgrading switchgear a smart move.
Home automation systems are becoming smarter and more connected with the launch of every new product and platform.
New European regulations mandate that within 5-7 years new buildings will be near zero emission. Lighting is a major energy user in commercial and domestic buildings alike, and these regulations have the effect of moving automatic light systems from a ‘nice to have’ feature to a requirement. Sensors to detect occupancy and switches to control lighting in response to their output are essential elements of such systems, and considerable strides have been made in their design.
Fiscal metering, energy management and building automation have become commonplace features of the everyday panel, driven by the growth in residential apartments and multi-occupancy, multi-use, commercial buildings.