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Research and development of a low cost digital network for the automation of buildings

Grant number: 00/07507-3
Support type:Research Grants - Innovative Research in Small Business - PIPE
Duration: February 01, 2001 - February 29, 2004
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Electrical Engineering - Industrial Electronics, Electronic Systems and Controls
Principal Investigator:Luiz André Melara de Campos Bicudo
Grantee:Luiz André Melara de Campos Bicudo
Company:Sensis São Carlos Indústria Comércio Equipamentos Eletrônicos Ltda. - ME
City: São Carlos


Sensis aims in this first phase of the project to carry out research to define the features necessary for the design of a network control system for building automation. This network should integrate in an efficient, simple form, and at the lowest possible cost, the various sub-systems used in private or public buildings, such as: security, lighting, air conditioning, audio and video security, irrigation, telephone and Internet. Building automation or “intelligent building” is a question that has been widely discussed over the last few years. The need for the rationing of energy spent on lighting, air conditioning, among other sub-systems of a building’s installations, has led to the adoption of automation as means of reducing costs. Sensis has been developing digital systems for industrial automation and, based on these developments, has turned its attention to the market of building automation. The current research will define the level of the transmission of data necessary for the transmission of commands and sensoring, as well as the group of commands for accessing all of the applicable functions available in the controlled sub-systems. From this data it will be possible to define a digital network structure of communication and protocol communication to be implemented. The network structure to be defined should be modular and of low cost. (AU)