Smart Home / Smart Building: How system houses make buildings and apartments “smart”

Smart home is naturally a consumer issue, so there is often little to do for IT system houses, because hardly any end user relies on the help of professionals when networking their own home – with the exception of notable exceptions. On the other hand, the situation is completely different in the “Smart Building” area: This is about the professional networking of buildings and the IP integration of lighting, climate control and access control systems. The know-how of the IT system houses is in great demand here – especially in view of climate change, which is bringing new cooling concepts into play.

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But how do the electrical installers and network technicians divide up the work here? For Günther Ohland, CEO of the Smart Home Initiative Deutschland eV, the division of tasks is very clear: The electrical tradesman only takes care of the hardware infrastructure, i.e. the cabling (cables, sockets, bridges, hubs and switches) as well as the physical devices (doors, blinds, lamps , etc.) attached sensors and actuators. “The configuration and integration of these systems in the IP-based IT world, including the entire interface issue, is therefore a matter for IT specialists. The system house plays a particularly important role in securing the entire IoT infrastructure against attacks by the Cyber ​​criminals.