Strategic considerations

«Peace of Mind» today and in future – thanks to innovation

Most operators and investors today can more or less live with their building automation technology, but are not really satisfied. Closed, proprietary technology, expensive control engineering, and the high costs and risks of making changes already add up to a rather uneasy feeling.

The operator/investor can still more or less live with the situation. Problems – solutions are almost evenly balanced.

However, the future will bring operators and investors a few additional, inescapable challenges:

1. The CO2 emissions of the industrialized world must be reduced

According to the G20 summit of June 2009 a reduction of 82% is necessary by 2050. By 2020, i.e. in the near future, more than 30% of that must be achieved. This will definitively change building engineering.

2. The age pyramid of the western world is already having a marked effect on the job market

In 10 years’ time, for every experienced professional retiring from the technical workforce in building engineering, there will only be half of one newly trained person coming onto the job market. By this time, all new projects currently being planned will be barely half way through their life cycle.

What you have now, and what you need to renovate in the meantime, must be capable of continuing to run reliably with half the technical staff.

3. Requirements for flexibility, comfort and functionality in buildings are rising

The means to satisfy these higher demands are still hard to find.

In view of these serious and inescapable challenges, the mood of operators and investors is shifting significantly out of its state of equilibrium.

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What to do? Technical innovation is called for
For investors and operators, the question now is what counterweight to place on the scales at least to achieve equilibrium again. Is it just going to be more pressure on existing suppliers, more motivation, more pressure on staff, etc? These methods hold out little promise of success when one considers the severity of the challenges and the fact that, in most companies, pressure on performance is already high.
The only realistic way of looking forward with peace of mind to the future is technical innovation. This has always been the case throughout human history.
But what are the technical innovations that will allow operators and owners of buildings to come to grips with a future that will confront them with both old and new challenges?
There is a combination of three technical innovations which, in total, weigh more than all the new challenges together. One or only two are not enough to return to equilibrium. But if one uses all three, the scales are tipped towards a more positive and happy mood, come what may!

The three separate innovations are:

  • Consistent use of the technical features, values and life cycle of PLC technology also applied to building automation
  • Full integration of web technology across the automation system
  • Full integration of IT technology across all automation devices

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These three innovations do not depend on proprietary or closed technologies. On the contrary: they are widespread all over the world as familiar and accepted standards. The individual achievement of Saia Burgess Controls has been in each case to be the first to bring these technologies to the market in a consistent and fully integrated way. In addition, by the skillful use of these three technical innovations, we can achieve significant added value.
By the mid 1990s, Saia Burgess Controls was already the clear front-runner for the use of PLC technology in building automation. At the automation level, dedicated cheap controllers were dropped and a move was made instead towards open, freely programmable technology in industrial quality.
At the turn of the 21st century, Saia Burgess Controls started with web technology and even then implemented a web server as an integral core element of all new automation devices. Then, from 2005 and once again fully integrated across all device types, diverse IT functions were added in industrial quality.
With the combination of these three innovations we are highly successful, because their customer benefit is very convincing and much greater than with comparable conventional systems. It is a complete paradigm change for users and operators. As a consequence, in 2008 und 2009 Saia Burgess Controls was able to grow in its core infrastructure automation markets by 20% and 10% respectively, and gained massively in market share.