The solution used was specially adapted to the specific needs of the site, combining office and residential-display functions. The universal nature of the site satisfied the needs of both investors with traditional tastes and lovers of innovative arrangements, which significantly increased the prestige of the designed showhouse.
Wolf System is a manufacturer of green modular houses. In order to show the potential customers the possibilities of smart construction and to encourage them to use the offer of the company, we equipped one of the sites of our partner with the complex Vision BMS system, which allowed control of the main and the decorative lighting of the building, of roller blinds, of media, viedo and video-intercom monitoring. The model site was built close to Ikea in Katowice and allowed everyone to check out the advantages of smart solutions in practice.
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The internal and the external lighting of the site was divided into individual control circuits, which can be operated independently (a total of over 50 lighting circuits), using:
- a touch panel (installed in the living room),
- a tablet,
- a mobile phone,
- a WWW service (website),
- locally, using wall-mounted switches,
- using motion sensors (partially).
The external lighting is managed by an astronomical clock integrated with the VisionBMS system. Several light circuits include white LED or RGB lighting. DMX controlled used in the installation ensured full control over the lighting, its intensity and color.
Roller blind control
The VisionBMS system may control individual roller blinds within a building – separately or as a group. It is possible to open and close all roller blinds simultaneously, e.g. when the alarm system becomes armed. Roller blinds may also be controlled using signals from a daily or an astronomical clock (it is possible to set a time at which the roller blinds should be lowered or raised). Cooperation with a weather station was also used, which allows the roller blinds to be lowered automatically during strong wind, protecting windows of the showhouse. The site uses control of 20 roller blind motors. A new roller blind controller made by APA was implemented in the installation
Site heating control
A temperature sensor made by APA is installed in each of the premises. The system provides the option of temperature visualization and management in each zone (e.g. the temperature inside the premises may be automatically decreased during the weekend). This allows heating parameters to be set precisely. Temperature in individual premises may also be visualized on system graphs. Floor heating valves were connected to APA controllers (digital neurons) in order to enable such solutions
Air conditioning control
Wall-mounted air conditioners located in the living room were connected to the Vision system. Potential-free contacts switch the air conditioner on and off. Additional LED backlighting signals operation of the air conditioning system
An access control solution made by APA was used in the showhouse. It includes card readers combined with controllers installed at the following locations:
- main entrance to the building,
- office located next to the living room,
- office rooms.
A total of six access points were provided.
Staff members place their individually programmed cards on the reader, thus being able to open individual doors (if they have the appropriate rights to do so).
Additionally, the system provides the option of setting time ranges during which people may be present in the rooms. This solution allows working time management as it informs about people, locations and times at which the people were present at the site.
A Socomec energy meter was installed in the main switchgear of the building. The system reads data from this meter, which records the values of energy consumption at the entire site. The obtained data may be presented on graphs and archived. This solution allows costs to be optimized by providing information about the time when the energy demand is the highest. Energy readouts from the Socomec meter to the Vision system takes place via a Modbus bus system
230V socket control
A 230V socket control solution was also used in the showhouse.
It shows that it is possible to switch off 230V sockets remotely (all sockets or sockets to which radio, TV or an iron is connected), at any time (e.g. during an absence of residents, fire or storm)
The alarm system
A Satel alarm system with an INTEGRA 64 central station was used. Thanks to the connection of the Vision system to the alarm system it is possible to use motion sensors controlled by the central alarm station, e.g. to control the lighting. The system also uses a GSM module and an e-mail module, which allow management of the alarm system. When an alarm occurs, the system sends a message, in the form of an SMS message or via e-mail.
The Vision system may also call the indicated telephone numbers in order to notify about a burglary.
The alarm system also uses additional smoke sensors and a flood sensor.
ACTI indoor cameras are used at the site. The cameras have been installed in the living room and in the main corridor, next to the office entrance. Images from the cameras are sent to the server, where the current situation on the site may be viewed from any location in the world. If motion is detected, the image is automatically recorded on the hard disk of the server, making use of additional recorders unnecessary
A video-intercom made by Helios was installed on the site. This model has a camera installed, allowing verification of individuals present at the entrance. A videotelephone is additionally installed inside the building, where image recorded by the intercom camera is displayed. Image from the intercom camera may also be recorded on a hard disk, as is the case with any other camera.
The external weather station allows the current weather conditions to be presented:
- air temperature,
- wind intensity,
- lighting measurements,
Communication with the system uses a Modbus protocol
Sound and multimedia
Ivona speech synthesizer module was implemented in the Vision system, which allows playback of voice messages and favorite music.
The Vision installed in the showhouse has been made as a wired system. The newest VisionBMS 1.82 version of the system operates on the site. Input/output controllers made by APA, of a 4in/4out type are used as a control measure (digital neuron 4 -4TH). Each of the controllers is provided with emergency logic elements ensuring correct operation of the installation in the case of a bus damage. The site also uses a Bus Controller. It is an independent control unit provided with its own emergency logic and autonomous software.
The bus controller communicates with all buses to which executing controllers are connected. The central unit is provided as a rack-installed server. Emergency power supply is provided as UPS units (also for installation within the rack system).