NEWS: Connected IoT tools to help optimise next generation buildings

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Smart buildings of the future showcase a new home for Dassault Systèmes technology

A landmark smart office building project is set to introduce Dassault Systèmes’ aims to introduce more sustainable management of homes, commercial buildings and factories to smart cities of the future.

Designed in cooperation with Rhomberg Group, Zumtobel Group, Bosch Software Innovations, and Modcam AB, the pilot project at the LifeCycle Tower (LCT) ONE building in Dornbirn, Austria was presented during the 2016 Bosch ConnectedWorld event in Berlin, Germany.

The modern building, owned by Rhomberg Group and equipped with a state-of-the-art Zumtobel lighting solution and smart controls system, is already an ideal site to turn into an innovative connected building targeting the highest standards of sustainability and user comfort.

In this context, Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform aims to offer a “unified virtual environment for design, simulation and seamless exchange of information between electronics, mechatronics and sensors of each system in smart objects, buildings or vehicles”.

The real-time monitoring and analysis of Internet of Things (IoT) components and systems operations is in this sense expected to help optimise the next generation of design.

In the LCT ONE project, Dassault’s platform provides real-time insights into the building’s usage and technical health to optimise energy efficiency and occupancy, including energy usage and savings per luminaire, per floor or for the entire building.


3D visualisations of presence data and a heat map that shows occupancy to help track space usage, while maintenance insights include luminaire failure notifications, operating hours and the usage history of the lighting system.

Added extras to such a system, like saved knowledge of preferred lighting scenarios, help increase end-user satisfaction.

“The IoT is evolving into the ‘Internet of Experiences,’ where devices are digitally connected to the physical world around them to become part of a living experience shaped by interactions among people, places and objects,” said Monica Menghini, executive VP and chief strategy officer, Dassault Systèmes.

“By cooperating with Bosch Software Innovations and other innovators in their respective industries, we can demonstrate how sensor information can be easily harnessed from any big data repository in real time and linked to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform’s realistic representation of a virtual environment. “Sustainable cities can become a reality sooner than we think.”

Dassault Systèmes will present this and other 3DEXPERIENCity projects during its ‘Design in the Age of Experience’ conference in Milan, Italy on 12-13 April.

The event, as part of the greater Milan design week is a first-of-its-kind Dassault Systèmes Global User Conference, presenting the opportunity to discover and exchange ideas around a global, human-centric approach of Design across Mechanical Engineering, System Engineering, Industrial and Creative Design, Styling and Program Management.

All these disciplines will be represented by Dassault Systèmes’ brands, with keynote presentations from the likes of consumer electronics designers Innodesign; the Delft Hyperloop Team, and Genta Kondo, CEO of EXIII, a Japanese company developing robotic prosthetic arms.

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