Internet of Things
Discover the potential of connected buildings
The Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming our world, connecting multiple devices to make our lives easier, safer and more comfortable. Discover what IoT means for the future of HVAC, from cloud connectivity and all-in-one simplicity, to fast, easy commissioning and remote monitoring.
Exploring Internet of Things
An article by Gert Brettlecker.
For 11 years, the Swiss company Belimo has been active as a pioneer in the Internet of Things. Gert Brettlecker, long-serving project manager and software engineer at development partner Ergon Informatik AG, looks back and summarises some key insights.
The future of HVAC systems is connected
To help you meet the future needs of connected buildings, Belimo has developed intelligent devices for HVAC systems that improve efficiency and provide greater comfort. With intelligent cloud connectivity, you can now more easily optimise, service, and maintain your buildings. For more than 40 years, Belimo has provided high quality HVAC components. Empowering customers in a connected world to do their jobs better, faster, and easier further solidifies Belimo as the industry’s solution leader.
Enter the IoT era together with confidence
The Internet of Things is opening up a new era of possibilities, making it easier than ever to collaborate with partners to offer new products. But it also presents a number of operational concerns and adoption barriers. These include everything from security and privacy to data sharing and data overload. Find out more on the Belimo Cloud Ecosystem, interfaces to partners and how Belimo can help to overcome the challenges.
Belimo Cloud Ecosystem
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You can now more easily optimise, service, and maintain your buildings because with the Belimo Cloud you have access to all of your devices connected to the internet.
Security / privacy
Cloud connectivity may make your HVAC systems smarter, but critical performance data needs to be safe and secure. That’s why the Belimo Cloud Ecosystem protects cloud data, ensures device communication via secure connections and proper integration of user-management access rights.
Another key IoT challenge is data privacy – namely who controls the data and who sees it. Belimo stores all system data in a secure cloud in which only the authorised user has access to their data. This account also provides access to a user-friendly and customisable web application interface.
The Belimo Cloud Ecosystem guarantees maximum reliability and efficiency for connected Belimo components, performance devices, HVAC solutions and their applications in the internet. Secured connections enable data transfer and accessibility to and from the core cloud, the device data and account management. Every produced device is known in the cloud. This fact combined with https secured connections make communication safe. Through client API, so called Cloud Business Applications (CBA's) connect to core cloud and use the offered services and diagnosis possibilities. Belimo knows different cloud connectivity types on its products. Permanent ethernet or temporary smartphone NFC connection are currently in use.
Cloud business applications
A powerful client Application Programming Interface (API) on the Belimo core cloud allows 3rd parties to develop their own services called CBAs (Cloud Business Applications). The client API provides cloud account management and read / write access to the owned devices as well as their state and historical data. The API documentation and access tokens are available for Belimo approved developers. For more information, please contact your Belimo representative.
Components, performance devices and HVAC solutions from Belimo have several connection possibilities to the Belimo Cloud. Permanent ethernet connection enables the device to have permanent data exchange and instant remote access from and to the cloud through device API. NFC and APP technology enable short-term data synchronisation and temporary remote access via smartphone to the NFC equipped devices to and from the cloud.