Smart Living for thousands of residents where paper used to be made

April 2023

Where paper was manufactured for 300 years, 1,200 smart, sustainable flats and office buildings are being built in Cham on Lake Zug. "Smart Living", a standard of the future, refers to the use of digital technology, networking of intelligent devices and functions to provide a variety of applications and services for residents. Smart Living is more than Smart Home.

Modern, attractive homes today are intelligent. “Smart Living” is the buzzword, which means “dealing with digital technology that uses the networking of smart devices and functions to provide multiple applications and services. Smart living is more than a smart home.” The investor believes that smart living will be standard in the future.

User-friendliness and real-time energy display as an important requirement for residents
Among the requirements were end-user needs such as simple, centralised operation of lighting, shading, indoor climate and access systems. In the case of energy, it should be possible to record consumption in real time and visualise it for residents.

More efficiency in building maintenance and management
Requirements on the part of property management include the classic exchange of information and data with tenants and condominium owners. The provision of operating instructions and central access to consumption data for energy billing also lead to greater efficiency and cost savings in maintenance.

Cross-area energy and building management
Cross-area requirements include the integration of the energy and building management system. It is not a question of individual flats, but of realising a development as a “smart city”, with continuous connectivity across all systems.

Central control of building functions with touchscreen or smartphone app
With the building automation system from eSMART, building functions such as the video intercom, room climate, lighting or shading can be controlled centrally and in a user-friendly way via an operating panel/touchscreen or the smartphone app. The property manager can access consumption data and communicate with the residents via the touchscreen. In addition, the touchscreen displays the consumption of electricity, heating and water in real time, which positively influences the consumption habits of the residents and helps them to save energy and costs.

Communication via existing power line, without additional wiring
Communication is via the existing power line and can therefore be integrated easily as well as cost-effectively and sustainably, both in new and existing buildings. Micro-modules are mounted directly behind the light switch, for example, and communicate via the existing power grid (powerline communication technology).
Smart Living is a challenging, future-oriented task for all parties involved in the project.

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