Systems integration, smart installations and energy management: the process of building automation is moving to network connection and smart control of all components of the building, surpassing the nature of every single installation. In a changing Italian market, combining technological prospects that up to just a few years ago were very widely spread apart, the trends of the 41st Mostra-Convegno Expocomfort (Milan, 13-16 March) cannot leave AV integration professionals uninterested. At the center of the well-known biannual appointment dedicated to the industry of installations and comfort we found technological innovation to be understood as the digitalization of products and processes, the integration of the electric, electronic and thermal worlds, between traditional and renewable energy sources. An automation proposal that, within the concept of the Internet of Things, encompasses the management of comfort, AV systems, security, air quality, energy savings and resource maximization in residential contexts as its trade front.
Of particular interest, inside the pavilions in the “That’s Smart” area, was the focus on the new frontiers of digital energy dedicated to the topic of the auto-consumption of energy and the corresponding spread of systems that integrate solar power, storage, charge optimization, charging columns for electric vehicles and connection with other smart home technologies. All of this, inserted into the global setting of decarbonization and users’ growing attention towards efficient, sustainable solutions.
New paradigms of “total” integration thus emerge from MCE 2018, oriented towards the environment and the satisfaction of the end user, which launch equally unprecedented challenges to the main players of automation. Indeed, in order to not miss the professional opportunities of this digital revolution, technicians, systems integrators and designers are called to hone their own abilities in terms of smart building, facing a professional and “cultural” transition that is not simple, but certainly the author of a rosy future for the Italian market.
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