In 2017, the Industry Solution Center of Phoenix Contact Electronics was opened in Bad Pyrmont. Its 18,000 square meters and four floors not only house offices and laboratories, the building also serves as a demonstration object for building automation and intelligent building control. An interior atrium extends across all floors. The glazed roof as well as the fully glazed rooms, balustrades and an exposed staircase offer a lot of transparency and brightness and allow a view over all floors. On the first floor, a large exhibition area shows Phoenix Contact products and solutions in various industries. Surrounding conference rooms, a lounge and a large open space serve as event areas for different formats. The three upper floors house offices, laboratories, meeting rooms and coffee kitchens.
How to translate the already centrally available building control elements (temperature, light, shading, etc.) into an individually usable application for employees, visitors and service teams, in order to enable the highest possible working comfort and efficiency in the daily work routine? And how do you give non-local visitors, new employees or service personnel an easy way to find their way around the building on their own?
The basic prerequisite for employees, visitors and service teams to be able to use the benefits of building automation independently is to recognize the exact position of the respective user within the building and to link it to the functions of the corresponding conference room.
For the location, Favendo has installed a Bluetooth low-energy infrastructure consisting of a good 200 beacons in the building. Based on our white label app, the Phoenix Contact MyEmalytics app was implemented. If the app is on the smartphone of employees or visitors, they can navigate through the building and receive information about specific locations via push messaging. Through various interfaces to the building automation system, the app user can also conveniently adjust the control of heating/air conditioning, lighting, shading, etc. in individual conference rooms to current needs via cell phone.
The highlight of the indoor navigation is an automatic elevator call when navigating across different floors. If the navigation destination is on a different floor, the app automatically calls the elevator and sends it to the corresponding floor on which the person to be navigated is located. In this way, the app not only helps save time and increase convenience, but also makes an important contribution to accessibility.
Thanks to the app, new employees, non-local visitors and service personnel can find their way around the building without the help or accompaniment of Phoenix Contact employees. This saves valuable working time and resources. Mobile access to building controls also ensures that employees can create a work/meeting environment in which they feel comfortable and receive the highest possible level of comfort.