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Tomorrow's urban spaces to have a better connectivity with safety & security

More people these days are getting into cities. And the growing shortage of space and resources is a big challenge for municipalities. The smart city – a connected and intelligent conurbation – is really a solution to these complaints. Using digital technologies makes cities safer, more effective and increasingly sustainable. Light + Building 2022, the world's leading trade fair for that sector in Frankfurt, presents products for the smart city and offers a platform for smart building automation, intelligent energy management and connected safety and security.

Technological developments and innovations play a key role within the concepts of tomorrow's cities. The primary prerequisite for the smart town of the future is the safe, secure and efficient connection of people, places and their infrastructure. Today, the intensive linkage and assortment of data from building devices are already reality.

Smart buildings – nucleus of the smart city

The procedure for urbanisation means the amount of ground available is declining – and buildings are becoming ever bigger, higher and more complex. Collecting and evaluating a sizable amount of data can help enhance the safety, security, energy efficiency and environmental friendliness of buildings and cities. By completely networking numerous sensors, the information amassed will be available to all services and therefore ensure, inter alia, lower energy consumption. According to the Association from the German Electrical Industry (ZVEI), intelligent building automation can generate savings of Twenty to thirty percent in terms of energy demand and CO2 emissions. In this connection, self-learning systems can promote intensive user involvement through, for instance, needs-based control of light, ac and heating, or with the display of individual escape routes on cellular devices.

Smart Lighting – an important contribution to energy saving

According towards the Working Group on Energy Balances some 13 percent of electricity consumption in Germany continues lighting. With energy savings of up to 80 percent, LED luminaires provide a huge potential when compared with conventional lighting systems. Moreover, their light temperature and colour can be adjusted to suit individual requirements.

In this way, smart LED luminaires can be used to increase well-being and productivity (human centric lighting). In intelligent cities, LED streetlights fitted with WLAN, charging facilities for planet, an emergency-call button and other sensors are a fundamental part of the web of products (IoT).

Electric charging infrastructure – the core element for smart Mobility

Smart cities are just possible with new mobility concepts and the intensive expansion of electromobility is among the keys to this.

Consequently, it will be necessary to provide charging points for electrical vehicles as well as an intelligent charge-management system within an intelligent electricity network (smart grid). Normally indicate, particular attention should be paid to the integration of charging points within the electrical infrastructure of the building, which must be adapted accordingly.

Light + Building: market overview and discussion platform

Tomorrow's challenges, for example urbanisation and global warming, are only able to be met with innovative ideas and approaches. An intensive exchange of knowledge between everybody involved is important as to get beyond individual measures and pilot projects. Light +Building, the world's leading trade fair for that sector in Frankfurt am Main from 8 to 13 March 2022, is the ideal platform for discussing concepts relating to building automation, the smart city, intelligent neighbourhood and management, progressive e-charging infrastructure and connected safety and security.