c u s t o m e r m a g a z i n e o f s c h r a c k s e c o n e t mobile staff room app: be in contact with the station everywhere modernisation update for proven fire alarm systems internet of things interview: the decisive fourth step september 2017 pa g e 0 3 pa g e 0 8 pa g e 1 6
s ta r t // pa g e 0 2 editorial dear customers and business partners, we have accomplished a great deal: the expansion and mod- ernisation of our headquarters in vienna is almost complete. we are very pleased that our new facility will provide us with sufficient ca- pacity for our continued growth. and we will need it! forty people joined us in 2016 alone, meaning that we now have over 570 em- ployees working toward innovative solutions in our business areas of firealarm, healthcare and securi- ty. by the way, in 2016 our products generated revenues of over € 100 million for the first time, with near- ly half of that coming from customer projects abroad. exciting projects for the last two years, we have been outfitting the senior citizen resi- dences of the italian holding sereni orizzonti with our fire alarm sys- tems and visocall ip commu- nication systems. there are also interesting projects in austria to re- port: at caritas socialis in vienna, we have updated existing fire alarm systems to the current state of tech- nology and provide security with our securwatch ip system for per- sons suffering from disorientation. you can read more about this start- ing on page 4. investment ﬁt for the future particularly when it comes to mod- ernising existing fire alarm systems, the backwards and forwards com- patibility of our systems is a central asset. in our title story on page 8, you can learn how the newest gen- eration of components can be in- tegrated into existing technologies step-by-step because the hardware is already capable of what the soft- ware will demand in the future. expert view i would also like to especially point you towards articles written by two external specialists who enrich our magazine: beginning on page 16, nikolaus kawka from zühlke engineering describes how future technologies such as data glasses are revolutionising safety systems, while in his commentary on page 18, the report editor-in-chief bernd affenzeller looks at the revolutions brought about in the construction industry by digitisation. enjoy your read! yours faithfully, wolfgang kern imprint owner and publisher: schrack seconet ag security and communication systems, eibesbrunnergasse 18, 1120 wien responsible for content: rosa maria seilerbeck / schrack seconet ag project manager: brigitte sator / schrack seconet ag editor: alexandra kropf / kropf kommunikation creative design / art direction: jo santos / nea design services cover photo: thomas topf production: schwechater druckerei-seyss gmbh person of contact: brigitte sator / schrack seconet ag, phone +43 1 81157-1202, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.schrack-seconet.com publication frequency: 3 times per year f p o t s a m o h t : o t o h p n j a l o k m i / k c o t s i : o t o h p content pag e 0 4 cs caritas socialis protection and comfort at three locations pag e 1 3 real-time information interview: the new integral mobile app pag e 1 8 building information modelling commentary: digitisation in the construction industry
n e w s // pa g e 0 3 medica 2017. schrack seconet looks forward to be- ing able to welcome you once again to the world’s leading trade fair for the medical industry in düsseldorf. we will be present in hall 15 at stand 15a55 with an innovative trade fair stand wholly dedicated to the communication platform visocall ip and the associated options for the state-of-the-art hospital room. new: the mobile staff room h ospital communication has also long since be- come part of the service economy: sophisticated features supplement the communication platform visocall ip with new applications that offer patients, doc- tors and care personnel even greater safety and convenience. alongside the classic call system, rfid-based special calls are possible so that, for example, the patient could order a newspaper from the kiosk, fresh tea or an additional cushion from the care personnel directly via the pa- tient terminal. doctors could also insert their “service id” into an rfid-based patient terminal and call specialised colleagues or request general assistance in emergencies. fully informed on the go a real highlight is the mobile staff room: this new app, which will be presented for the first time from 13 to 16 november 2017 at medica in düsseldorf, offers a full overview of everything happening on the ward, even while on the go. all the hos- pital personnel need is an android mobile phone or tablet. the mobile staff room displays everything that is displayed on the staff terminal at the nursing station. calls can be re- the same wlan as the staff termi- nal or ward. this avoids overlaps between different departments - the calls displayed for the respec- tive recipient are always current and relevant. the mobile staff room will be launched on the market in spring 2018 as part of the visocall ip 6.1 software release. highlights at the trade fair stand interested visitors can try out the new app live during medica at the schrack seconet stand which, like last year, features a state-of-the- art hospital room complete with nursing station. this allows the various features and innovations of visocall ip to be experienced in an authentic environment. for hospital operators, it will become clear upon first glance how the mo- bile staff room, rfid special call system and other products can con- tribute to efficient organisation and increased customer satisfaction. the stand’s new plexiglas wall is es- pecially interesting for technicians because it reveals the system’s tidy lan cabling behind it. mobile staff terminal smart app while on their rounds, the hospital personnel always have the full range of functions of the staff terminal with them, thanks to the mobile staff room. calls can be respond- ed to on the go via mobile phone or tab- let and the patients can be communi- cated with. efﬁcient communica- tion solutions provide more convenience, satisfaction and safe- ty in the hospital. z e r a v l a / k c o t s i : o t o h p ceived and staff can react while on the go, if necessary. a mobile voice connection with the affected pa- tients is also possible. the new app functions on a ward-by-ward basis. this means that calls are displayed when the mobile phone or tablet is located in
b e s t p r a c t i c e // pa g e 0 4 support and guidance in the cs caritas socialis care facil- ities modern ﬁre alarm and commu- nication solutions from schrack sec- onet provide pro- tection and security. quality of life. the securwatch ip disorientation system offers comfort with maximum safety. necessary security into account. to ensure this, the cs caritas socialis facilities use state-of-the-art tech- nology, amongst other resources. fire alarm systems as well as com- munication solutions from schrack seconet ensure safety and comfort for inhabitants and caregivers. at the cs rennweg location on oberzellergasse, which features res- idential areas for people suffering from dementia and daily care fa- cilities, the cs hospice rennweg is currently being modernised and expanded. over the course of this, schrack seconet has upgraded the fire alarm system to the newest gen- eration while retaining the exist- ing infrastructure. in addition, the new fire alarm system has a back- wards-compatible interface which can be integrated into the existing old alarm server with no problems. t he community of nurs- es caritas socialis was founded in 1919 in vien- na by hildegard burja with the goal of helping those in need. today, cs caritas socialis operates multiple facilities and supports people at the beginning of their lives, for example, with facilities for children and single parents, as well as those approach- ing the end of their lives. one of the best-known facilities of cs cari- tas socialis is the cs hospice ren- nweg. for elderly persons suffering from dementia, there are also three cs centres at pramergasse, renn- weg/oberzellergasse and kalksburg as well as the specialised residen- tial communities for those suffer- ing from dementia, in addition to the daycare facilities. technical safety network people suffering from dementia are in particular need of an environ- ment that allows them the greatest possible freedom while taking the i s l a c o s i i s a t r a c : s o t o h p well-being through technology. flexible interfaces enable the efﬁcient collaboration between hospital communication and ﬁre protection. flexible interfaces in the event of a fire alarm, it will be displayed directly via the termi- nals of the newly installed commu- nication platform visocall ip. the programming of the nurse call solution is carried out by the man- agement centre in the basement and can be expanded at any time via seri- al interfaces. this means that it will be possible in the future to integrate the existing system for disorientated persons, securwatch ip, into vi- socall ip as schrack seconet has already done at cs pramergasse. schrack seconet has also imple- mented securwatch ip for the protection of disorientated persons collaboration cs caritas socialis comfort. the goal of the col- laboration between cs caritas socialis and schrack seconet is to make daily business comfortable and safe for the inhabitants and care personnel at cs locations. visocall ip also ensures a comfortable at- mosphere for those confined to bed by allowing them to control the lights via a patient terminal as well as request assistance at any time. securwatch ip makes it possible for disorient- ed people to satisfy their urge to move without endangering themselves.
protected in the green. at the cs caritas socialis site in kalksburg, the resi- dents enjoy the stay in the garden. schrack seconet provides securwatch ip for their safety.
b e s t p r a c t i c e // pa g e 0 6 at the cs location in kalksburg. the great advantage of this system is that it uses existing infrastruc- ture and can run over the existing home network with vlan (virtual local area network). in kalksburg, securwatch ip is controlled via a central, redundantly designed com- puter centre. if one computer suffers an outage, the second automatical- ly takes over. there are also inter- faces to the in-house alarm server. if an inhabitant with a disorientation bracelet on their wrist leaves the protected area, a personalised noti- fication including the location is au- tomatically sent to the staff terminal at a centrally staffed area as well as to the mobile phones of the care personnel. protected external area a special feature in kalksburg is the large outdoor terrace, which is very popular amongst the res- idents. to make their time in the green outdoors as safe as it is pleas- ant, schrack seconet has devel- oped a special solution for this area: approximately 50 induction loops measuring one metre in length have been laid 30 centimetres deep in the ground surrounding the ter- race and generate an electrical field to a height of up to two metres. if a resident suffering from dementia and equipped with a disorientation bracelet passes through this field, the care personnel are notified as usual. i s l a c o s i i s a t r a c : o t o h p i t n o z z r o i i n e r e s : o t o h p quality at mature age s urrounded by the green of nature, appealing architecture and a high standard of quality: sereni oriz- international exposanità exhibition in bo- logna, schrack seconet has been the exclu- sive outfitter of the residences with regards to fire alarm and hospital communication systems. for two years now, all newly built houses have been standardised with com- pact integral ip cx fire alarm control panels and four loops, as well as the visocall ip hospital communication system. five pro- jects have already been completed, two are currently under construction, and a further nine establishments are planned for 2018. networking possible above all, sereni orizzonti has been convinced by the quality and the high flex- ibility of schrack seconet systems. for ex- ample, where local disorientation systems are already installed, they can easily be in- tegrated into visocall ip. although the networking of all local structures equipped zonti’s residences, spread throughout italy, offer a safe and comfortable environment for elderly people. the udine-based com- pany operates almost 70 private care cen- tres and nursing homes, with a total of more than 4,300 beds for senior care specialised for people with alzheimer’s, rehabilitation or disabled people. as a result of the grow- ing demand, the company is continuously expanding and investing hundreds of mil- lions of euros in new residences. in october, a new 120-bed complex will open in pasian di prato near udine. state of the art technology sereni orizzonti also places great impor- tance on communication and safety solu- tions: since the initial contact at the
with schrack seconet systems is already feasible at any time, for now sereni orizzonti has decided to keep the current registration reports, which are handled individually at each site. prospects are that technical staff can react, for example, to an alarm from sar- dinia immediately and with no problems. the technical foundations are laid with the products of schrack seconet. even more comfort for residents — interview with sereni orizzonti’s ceo dr. valentino bortolussi ﬁre&care — why did you choose schrack seconet? valentino bortolussi — we have looked at which products best correspond to our needs of technical quality, system reliabili- ty and usability. our expectations have been fully met, in terms of both product features and technical assistance provided before, during, and after installation. our installers, even though they were not familiar with the new products, did not encounter problems or difficulties with implementation as they were always given any necessary informa- tion by schrack seconet staff. ﬁre&care — how do you rate the coopera- tion with schrack seconet? valentino bortolussi — the working at- mosphere is excellent. the company always strives to meet our economic and technical needs in a satisfactory manner. in addition, we also appreciate the direct meeting on several occasions with business leaders of schrack seconet in vienna. ﬁre&care — what are the next joint milestones? valentino bortolussi — certainly, our cooperation with schrack seconet will have a follow up. it is also likely that the applications currently used in nursing homes, especially with regard to nurse call systems, will be expanded in the future to ensure even higher standards of comfort for all guests. b e s t p r a c t i c e // pa g e 0 7 the kinef reﬁnery near st. petersburg is one of the largest oil companies in russia. a total of 45 ﬁre alarm systems and approximately 20,000 smoke detectors provide reliable ﬁreﬁghting support across the entire premises. fire protection x-large a ll of north-western russia and further regions receive petroleum products from the kinef refinery. the facility was constructed in the 1960s and is now part of the oil and gas company sur- gutneftegaz. proven ﬁre protection schrack seconet developed a long- term concept to ensure maximum scalability and protection against out- ages. the first project was realised in 2005: a total of 25 integral fire alarm systems were networked and are cen- trally managed with a secolog alarm management system. in addition, larissa kirsch: “for kinef, a system with high reliability, ﬂexible structure as well as forward and backward compati- bility was crucial.” 13 additional separate systems were also installed in various individual buildings. this basic infrastructure was sig- nificantly expanded a few years lat- er: a new oil processing facility was upgraded with fire alarm technolo- gy from schrack seconet. “for kinef, a system with a higher degree of re- liability, a flexible structure and forwards as well as backwards com- patibility was critical. our systems had already proven their ability to provide this, which was why kinef de- cided to realise the new project with our fire alarm technology as well,” said larissa kirsch, area sales manager for russia at schrack seconet. efﬁcient control today, a total of 45 fully redundant fire alarm systems protect all systems used for processing and storing the petroleum products. these systems are combined into six integral lans. due to the size of the project, it also made sense to realise a higher-level seconet network. this integrates all components as well as the secolog alarm management system. m _ h c a n h k a m / k c o t s i : i n o t a r t s u l l i
product manager christoph karl on the roof of the headquarters of schrack seconet on wienerberg. where the heart of technical pro- gress is striking in vienna, schrack seconet is developing safety tech- nology for the requirements of today and tomorrow.
f o c u s // pa g e 0 9 step-by-step modernisation f i r e a l a r m syst e m s a r e ac q u i s i t i o n s i n t e n d e d to l ast fo r d eca d es , y e t p r o g r ess m ov es m u c h fast e r . w i t h a st e p - by- st e p m o d e r n i sat i o n o f c o n t r o l pa n e ls o r s m o k e d e t ecto r s , i t i s p o ss i b l e to d e p loy stat e - o f -t h e -a rt t ec h n o lo gy a n d t h u s g e n e r at e n u m e r o u s a dva n tag es . the ﬁre alarm systems of schrack seconet undergo continu- ous further devel- opment. the ﬂexi- ble modernisation concept makes it possible to incre- mentally upgrade to the latest state of technology and thus achieve both a sustainable usage of the systems as well as a high de- gree of cost efﬁ- ciency. patterns and improved algorithms. by switching to a state-of-the-art smoke detector, certain requirements can often be fulfilled more effectively without having to replace the control panels,” says christoph karl, director of product management for fire alarm systems. replacing smoke detectors is not complicated: in an ideal situa- tion, the old smoke detector simply needs to be unscrewed from its sock- et and replaced by the new one. the socket remains the same, no cabling needs to be laid – the smoke detector can simply be replaced during ongo- ing operation. flexible modernisation concept the individual modernisation con- cept by schrack seconet makes it possible to update technology in a targeted manner wherever nec- essary – because, for example, a certain electrical component has be- come outdated or replacement parts are no longer available for a com- ponent. with proactive upgrading, problems or possible outages can be avoided, thus ensuring a high de- gree of availability for the fire alarm system. in addition, devices which are state-of-the-art are significant- ly more user-friendly in terms of handling, simplify a wide range of procedures and thus enable signifi- cant savings on labour. for example, while it used to be possible to assign only one alarm to an entire detector group, today an individual display is feasible – allowing to see imme- diately which room the alarm was triggered in. backwards and forwards compatibility the principle of backwards compat- ibility allows the flexible commu- nication of components at schrack seconet: new technologies are de- veloped at schrack seconet in a manner where they can be incorpo- rated with the components of the past generation. this means that older maxima systems can be con- nected to integral control panels via an interface. the older model, of course, does not have the same scope of service as the current one, but it can forward the most impor- tant notifications such as alarm, fault, deactivation, etc. to the new control panel. f ire alarm systems have un- dergone enormous fur- ther development in recent years. remote control via apps, up- stream networks, new detection technology and much more provide a higher safety standard and save time and costs thanks to more effi- cient processes. the acquisition of a wholly new system is not necessary in order to benefit from the newest functions. depending on the budget and requirements, an existing fire alarm system can be upgraded incre- mentally with a suitable modernisa- tion concept from schrack seconet. replacing control panels or smoke detectors for example, the control panels are updated to the latest generation, while the smoke detectors and ca- bling remain in use. this significant- ly reduces expenses, since laying new cabling would incur high costs. “modernisation can also be conduct- ed with the smoke detectors. new models work with different detection f p o t s a m o h t : s o t o f
extensive testing before the maturity phase – as the central module of a new ﬁre alarm control panel here.
head of development heinz kohlenberger knows the fire alarm technology from schrack seconet since the very beginning. right from the start the principle was „digital instead of analogue“.
s o l u t i o n s // s e i t e 1 2 christoph karl in front of ﬁre alarm control panels – a wide range of products address a variety of needs. sary action. simple problems can be solved quickly via the remote sup- port and the service deployments can be planned more efficiently - the technician can bring all replace- ment parts required with them for the service visit. we will continue to expand upon the resulting pos- sibilities,” says heinz kohlenberg- er. “there are good arguments for upgrading fire alarm systems,” says product manager christoph karl. “there are various options for com- bining old and new. components of earlier generations can be used si- multaneously with state-of-the-art components. the critical factor is what the customer needs!” a high degree of investment security the flexible modernisation concept provides a high degree of investment security for schrack seconet sys- tems. fire alarm systems are sus- tainable acquisitions: once installed, they reliably perform alarm func- tions for many years when there is a threat caused by fires and they can be flexibly adapted to the respective requirements - with new technical options as well as to changed needs of the customers. schrack seconet ensures a high de- gree of investment security thanks to backwards and for- wards compatibility. an app, they can view all system con- ditions in exactly the same form as on the operator panel of the control panel. and, as long as they are on- site in the building or on the premis- es, they can even operate the system via their mobile end device. remote access to fire alarm sys- tems is also an essential topic for service. “today, with correspond- ing approval from the customer, our technicians can view the con- dition of an individual smoke de- tector from any location via our service tool and take any neces- championing innovation for three decades three generations of ﬁre alarm systems the first fire alarm control panel developed by schrack seconet, the bmz 85, made its debut on the market in 1980, having taken two years to devel- op. it was the first microproces- sor-controlled fire alarm system and a true innovation within the industry. with maxima, schrack seconet presented the first fully redundant fire alarm system, which also featured a new display. the third fire alarm system, integral, brought with it the topic of networking: multiple sub-control panels were locally networked which, amongst other benefits, signif- icantly reduced the amount of cabling work necessary. since first appearing on the market, the integral has been contin- uously further developed - the third generation has now been launched - and networking is now possible worldwide thanks to the internet. backwards compatibility sup- ports forwards compatibility as a second principle. “we are already using technology today that will be necessary in the future. for exam- ple, highly integrated multimedia application processors run in our control panels. our hardware can already use what the software will not be able to use for some time. we develop proactively, giving our sys- tems a great deal of planning secu- rity,” says director of development heinz kohlenberger. he has worked at schrack seconet from the begin- ning and is thus intimately famil- iar with all systems. “digital instead of analogue” was the principle at schrack seconet from the very be- ginning. this means that the key- word “digitisation” is nothing new for kohlenberger, even if the options have changed significantly. beneﬁts of remote access the associated options of remote access represent an especially sig- nificant benefit of modernisation. the fire safety officer at a company can, for example, have the relevant notifications of the fire alarm system sent to their mobile telephone. using
s o l u t i o n s // pa g e 1 3 even more beneﬁts for users integral mobile app: intuitive operation and an efﬁcient information yield. product manager rené türk: the schrack seconet master- mind behind the new mobile app. forward are the new options for searching for or analysing data. the event log can be exported to a pc and anyone managing multiple con- trol panels in the app can find specif- ic ones easily with a live search. ﬁre&care — which innovations did the feedback from users flow into? rené türk — a specific request from the users concerned the acoustics. in response, we developed a new sound design. our notification tones can now be defined differently per event and the volume can be set in- dividually. ﬁre&care — how can users of the previous app start using the new integral mobile? rené türk — anyone who has pre- viously worked with iacmobile should now download the new inte- gral mobile in the app store for ap- ple or android and delete the pre- vious app. users can retain their entire stock of data and history; the contract is also retained in its exist- ing form. my best advice is to change right now - iacmobile will only be available until the end of the year. integral mobile now informs better and faster about the activities of the fire alarm systems - product manager rené türk talks about the new app. “our main goal was to achieve an even greater overview and information in real time.“ ﬁre&care — schrack seconet has offered mobile access to the fire alarm system via smartphone or tablet for quite some time al- ready. so why is the mobile app being relaunched now? rené türk — we were a trailblaz- er in the industry with our iacmo- bile app. since then, there have been some developments in the technical possibilities and we have also col- lected experience about how the ap- plication is used. all of this has been incorporated into the development of the new integral mobile app and we have optimised many areas: the menu navigation is completely new, there f p o t s a m o h t : s o t o h p are numerous additional functions and users can log in quickly via fin- gerprint or gesture. the look has also been completely reworked. all in all, usability and the benefits for users have taken a big step forward. ﬁre&care — what was the specif- ic focus for the topics of usability and benefits? rené türk — our main goal was to achieve an even greater overview and information in real time. a no- tification counter right by the icon now shows the number of new noti- fications. in the app itself, users can open a list of all notifications from the last 31 days - with each event be- ing assigned a specific colour. push notifications and automatic emails can be sent to different recipients based on the topic, meaning that all relevant persons are always in- formed. another important step
s h o r t c u t s // pa g e 1 4 zgonc / schrack seconet a real sign of trust for sixty years, the private austrian company zgonc has stood for the largest selection of high-quality tools, machines, construction and gardening equipment. bulk purchases directly from the most important producers in the world guarantee low prices and the best quality, with all tools, machines and devices having a ﬁve-year warranty. the current total of 17 generously appointed stores and an additional ten zgonc shops provide competent advice and the best possible customer support. long-term partner when quality and service hold true, the company abides by all agree- ments made. this means that not only have many employees been working at the company for decades but schrack seconet has also been equipping locations with ﬁre alarm and security systems since the 1980s. technical ﬁre protection is very important to zgonc, which is why ﬁre alarm systems are always kept state-of-the-art and gently upgraded during ongoing operations. thanks to forward and backward compatibili- ty, the necessary refurbishments have been and remain an investment ﬁt for the future. trusted team at zgonc, the collaboration with partners is based on trust. with schrack seconet, “austria’s true specialist retailer” has a well-established cooperation. working with a constant team of contacts ensures zgonc a comprehensive carefree package with the best availability, up-to-date service and reliable support. s u o m e e r v / k c o t s i : i n o t a r t s u l l i decades of collaboration 60 years of zgonc. founded as a small retailer for machines and used tools in vienna in 1957, the family- owned company has developed over 60 years into a successful firm with “offers for non- whiners”. schrack seconet has been responsible for fire protection and security systems in the zgonc stores since the 1980s. we warmly congratulate the company on its anniversary and look forward to many more successful years together. c n o g z : o t o h p
s h o r t c u t s // pa g e 1 5 newsflash facts & figures care convention in the austria center the largest austrian convention in the ﬁeld of healthcare and nursing will be held for the 15th time from 30 november to 1 december 2017 at the austria center vienna. the com- prehensive programme of science, research and practical experience will be organised under the slogan “self:aware care” this year. as in previous years, schrack seconet will participate as an exhibitor. visitors to the stand can learn about innovations to the communication platform visocall ip and about the disorientation system securwatch ip. medical fair thailand schrack seconet was present at the medical fair in bangkok again in sep- tember 2017. the specialist audience from east asia was very interested in the innovations featured in visocall ip. the new rfid terminals, which the care personnel can easily use to register their presence, were met with a great deal of interest. the exhibition also received a visit from the thai minister of science and technology, atchaka sibunruang, whom we provided with detailed information about visocall ip. medical fair in bangkok: the thai minis- ter of science and technology, atchaka sibunruang, in conversation with area sales manager jürgen tichy. n j a l o k m i / k c o t s i : o t o h p 2018 football world cup: stadium in moscow preparations for the 2018 football world cup in rus- sia are proceeding at full speed. the most important match venue is the olympic stadium in moscow, where schrack seconet is respon- sible for the ﬁre alarm sys- tems - and this prestigious project has already been completed. the stadium has already been completely ﬁnished and is ready for the big event next year with 81,000 seats. eight games will be played in the olympic stadium, including the opening game and the ﬁnal. the stadium opened in 1956 and is loca- ted in moscow’s luzhniki district. it was ﬁrst remodel- led for the 1980 summer olympic games and has now been comprehensively modernised. leading companies austria firex international 2017 in london schrack seconet has once again been certiﬁed as a leading austrian company. distinguished as leading companies are those which demonstrate sustainable corporate success, strength in innovation and social responsibility over the course of a screening. “the leading companies form the backbone of the austrian eco- nomy,” said monica rintersbacher, mana- ging director of leitbetriebe austria. this year’s firex in london brought a welcome and excellent response to the schrack seconet booth - visitor interest was signiﬁcantly greater than last year. as in 2016, schrack seconet not only presented solutions for ﬁre alarm systems at the se- curity trade fair but also the communication system visocall ip. a photo wall ensured plenty of fun. attendance at firex internati- onal 2018 has already been conﬁrmed!
j o u r n a l // pa g e 1 6 zühlke engineering is a pioneer for applications with the new microsoft hololens.
j o u r n a l // pa g e 1 7 tents instead of palaces i n this interview, nikolaus kaw- ka from zühlke engineering aus- tria speaks about the decisive last mile of the internet of things (iot), ap- plications of data glasses in the busi- ness-to-business environment and scenarios for security technology. ﬁre&care — the idea of the internet of things sounds very promising. what matters most when companies begin getting involved with it? nikolaus kawka — internet-of-things projects always follow a sequence: first of all, data is generated. second, data is net- worked. third, data is analysed. fourth, an added value is generated from the data. generally, however, iot projects often only involved steps 1 to 3. the true add- ed value from the data is missing because the benefits promised to the customers are not questioned enough during plan- ning and implementation. at the same time, we often recommend building tents instead of palaces. instead of developing long-term plans, a stronger focus on ac- tion is required: starting off quickly and on a small scale, getting spontaneous cus- tomer feedback, achieving short-term progress. the mentality of the team must be different from that in conventional de- velopment projects. it is entirely possible that you come to understand the require- ments of your customer better over the course of the project and you have to be able to make adjustments quickly. ﬁre&care — a critical topic surrounding the internet of things is security and protection against unauthorised ac- cess. how can this criterion be ensured? nikolaus kawka — the topic is complex because iot systems have many possible attack vectors. we recommend that our customers integrate security considera- about the person dr. nikolaus kawka was born in 1969 in vienna and studied technical physics at the vienna univer- sity of technology. he has worked with innovative technolo- gies and methods for many years as well as with the commercial utilisation of research results. following a series of management jobs, kawka became the managing director of zühlke engineering austria in 2011. “we recommend building tents in- stead of palaces. instead of devel- oping long-term plans, a stronger focus on action is required.” tions directly into the overall architecture of the system. a range of best practices now exists. ultimately, however, the ques- tion must always be posed as to which risks are acceptable and which are not. ﬁre&care — data glasses such as ho- lolens from microsoft allow an inter- connection of the virtual world and real environments. where do you see perspectives for practical application in this area? nikolaus kawka — in austria, we already have customers who use hololens tech- nology to monitor and maintain machines and systems. for these applications, the current limitation of battery life to a few hours does not play a large role. welding robots, for example, are controlled with data glasses and the engineer receives a display of the perfect maintenance in- structions. we also expect many projects in the area of further education - in the fu- ture, training sessions can be virtualised with data glasses. ﬁre&care — how will new digital tech- nologies such as data glasses change security technology? for example, will they become standard practice in de- tector testing in the future? nikolaus kawka — yes, absolutely. we can position information about certain compo- nents perfectly within the field of vision of the wearer. this makes the physical move- ment of the wearer in the building much more effective because they can process much more information. conversely, ho- lolens also measures the rooms through which their wearer moves. this provides you with 3d data about the building in which your security technology is installed and with it the exact position of detectors and other components. could that be of in- terest? i certainly think so. the hololens data glasses smart wearables data glasses are miniature computers that can be operated with the eyes and hands. they combine virtual and real experi- ences and also open up interesting application options in the busi- ness-to-business environ- ment. microsoft presented the hololens data glasses in 2015 which combine a digital display and a real environment (“mixed reality”). the innovations service provider zühlke engineering is the ﬁrst certiﬁed development partner for hololens in austria, germany and switzerland. i i a r t s u a g n r e e n g n e e k l h ü z i : s o t o f
c o m m e n t // pa g e 1 8 the digital twin “today, building information modelling is deployed primarily at the interface between planning and execution, but the detailed data model can be used over the entire life-cycle.” rily through the deployment of digital solutions. austria has ex- perienced similar results. revolution through bim the greatest potential for the construction industry rests in so-called building information modelling. this is understood as being the digital depiction of the architectural, technical, physi- cal and functional properties of a building in a central data mod- el before construction commenc- es. expressed in simpler terms, the goal is to create a digital twin for a real project. with bim, the architect creates an intelligent, digital model of the building to- gether with the other participants which supplements the physi- cal dimensions with the factors of time and money. the special thing about bim is that all pro- ject participants work with the same model and always have the latest data thanks to a synchro- nisable database. a project by the strabag subsidiary züblin in denmark shows how much bim can increase productivity. during the construction of a multifunc- tional building in copenhagen, 30,000 potential problems were identified before the beginning of the actual construction process through the collision test alone, of which the majority were solved while still working with the virtu- al model. on this project, strabag was able to demonstrate that one euro invested in bim resulted in six euros in savings. predictive maintenance today, building information mod- elling is deployed primarily at the interface between planning and execution, but the digital twin also has its strengths in operations be- cause the detailed data model can be used over the entire life-cycle. this results in enormous oppor- tunities for facility management or safety technology. in the fu- ture, bim models could be used to virtually control systems on-site. the bim model can also be used to simulate safety-relevant sce- narios, such as the evacuation of a building. this means that poten- tial dangers can be detected and remedied early on. ultimately, the building technology can be moni- tored fully automatically with the help of the bim model in combi- nation with sensors and actua- tors. services and maintenance work are only conducted when they are actually needed. an ex- ample: the toilets are no longer cleaned three times per day, but instead after a predetermined number of uses. with this “predic- tive maintenance”, both tradition- al procedures and legal framework conditions become obsolete. reg- ulations such as the elevator act, with its predetermined period- ic activities, are no longer neces- sary if the system itself triggers the maintenance in a timely manner. for a building operator, this means savings of up to 50 percent are possible. bernd affenzeller is the chief editor of bau & immobilien report. n othing is changing our society and economy more than digitisa- tion. in the construction industry “building information modelling (bim)” is currently a hot topic. the “digital twin” should be noth- ing less than a revolution for the planning, construction and oper- ation of buildings. a need to catch up in the construction industry while the megatrend of digiti- sation has been present in other industries for years, the construc- tion industry is still somewhat behind. at the end of last year, according to a survey conduct- ed by bau & immobilien report, digitalisation still played only a “small” or “very small” role at nearly half of the companies. this hesitant behaviour is particularly surprising in terms of the devel- opment of productivity. the study “digitisation of civil engineering” conducted by the consulting com- pany roland berger comes to the conclusion that the productivity of the german construction in- dustry has grown by only a mod- est four percent over the last ten years. in comparison: the german economy as a whole improved its productivity by eleven percent over this period, processing indus- tries by 34 percent and producing industries by 27 percent – prima- g a l r e v t r o p e r / h t a b o r k a n e l m i : o t o h p
n e w s // s e i t e 0 1 9 fifty percent fewer fire fatalities the number of fire fatalities in austria has fallen by more than half in the l ast 15 years. the most frequent cause of death is smoke. fire al arms warn punctually and around the clock. i i a t a h d r s / k c o t s i : i n o t a r t s u l l i
how we realize e-health? visit us at the medica! 13–16 november 2017 düsseldorf the world’s largest medical trade fair focuses entirely on digitisation this year. schrack seconet will present exciting innovations for an optimised digital ﬂow of information with rfid terminals and a new app. www.schrack-seconet.com schrack seconet: hall 15, stand 15a55 here’s how to get a free ticket: send an email to: email@example.com we will send you an online code for your entry voucher.