Siemens provides surveillance, access control and fire protection for ‘Office of the Future’

The world’s first office building produced by a 3D printer has now opened. The 250 square metre ‘Office of the Future’ was built using a 3D printer measuring 20 feet high, 120 feet long and 40 feet wide and stands near the Emirates Towers in Dubai. Access control, surveillance and fire protection systems have been provided by Siemens Building Technologies and integrated into a central building management platform. The technology deployed ensures both low operating costs and reduced energy consumption.

“We’re proud to be participating in this pioneering project and supporting Dubai’s Smart City strategy by providing state-of-the-art technology for intelligent, digitised building automation and controls,” enthused Matthias Rebellius, CEO of the Siemens Building Technologies Division.

Key components within the ‘Office of the Future’ are integrated with the help of Siemens’ Desigo CC management platform. The platform enables the control and optimisation of the building’s technical infrastructure, surveillance, air conditioning and access control systems from a central location. A customised platform displays the status of the various systems in real-time, enabling operators to accurately monitor and control the building’s performance.

The ‘Office of the Future’ concept uses a Siemens video surveillance system with HD cameras and web-enabled access via apps and web clients as well as an access control system based on biometrics and smart cards.

Siemens has also supplied fire protection technology for detection, alarms and control, including multi-sensor detectors which can adapt to changing environments, analyse signals for false alarms and protect against hazards such as the presence of carbon monoxide.

The system may also be analysed, evaluated and diagnosed remotely for more efficient maintenance procedures.

“Integrating key functions within an intelligent building management system has clear safety, cost and efficiency benefits,” continued Rebellius. “The Desigo CC affords building operators a precise overview of their assets, not only allowing those assets to be managed more efficiently and transparently, but also ensuring flexible usage and energy conservation for the longer term.”

The Desigo CC building management platform is also able to accommodate a wider range of building systems including heating, ventilation and air conditioning, power and lighting. Components may be added as and when end user requirements change within the host organisation.

Worldwide installations of Desigo CC have led to reductions in building operating costs of up to 20%.

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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