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Cost-effective and easy-to-install smart building automation solutions are now possible with the latest Hager systems introduced locally by leading supplier ElectroMechanica (EM). The Hager domovea solution has been showcased at Swarovski Lighting’s new-build showroom in Green Point, Cape Town. This is a flagship application for building automation, which is gaining in popularity in South Africa, due to a growing requirement for energy efficiency, convenience, and sustainability.
The Hager solution forms part of EM’s extensive product range of high-quality industrial electrical goods, motor control switchgear, and electronic automation products for a range of clients and market segments. End users include wholesalers, consultants, building contractors, system integrators, switchboard and panel builders, and also engineering procurement companies.
The Swarovski Green Point project commenced towards the end of 2017, and was completed in Q1 2018. “Our brief was to supply a centralised control of all of the light fittings on display,” Ryan Whitelaw, EM product manager for building automation, explains.
Not only was this for control of the premises, with the activation of various themes such as for morning and for night, but the aim was also for the salespeople to be able to demonstrate the products to customers via tablets. “The specification of the lighting products is quite technical, which is why we proposed the advanced Hager solution,” Whitelaw explains.
For Swarovski specifically, EM specified high-quality Hager B7 switch frames, which feature a clean design, vega D enclosures featuring a ready-to-mount configuration, and the domovea automation dashboard, which is controllable from a smartphone or tablet, as well as the wall-mounted keypad.
The domovea dashboard provides for intuitive control of a range of devices, from lights to shutters, heating, air-conditioning, and other systems, from single rooms to entire floors. The main advantage is that it allows for easy control from a single point, including remote control via an app available for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. The dashboard even allows for energy consumption data to be stored for comparison against various timeframes, from days to months.
Another Hager building automation system, coviva, is ideal for the burgeoning South African market as it does not require extensive construction work in order to be installed, or even additional cable routing, as it is an entirely retrofittable wireless solution.
The coviva system is ideal for retrofitting, modernising, or upgrading, and also dovetails with the higher-end Hager domovea KNX system. “The latest launch means EM can now comfortably supply either spectrum of the market demand, and can therefore cater for a broader range of clients, from home owners to commercial, retail, hospitality, and industrial.”
The secret to the cost-effectiveness of the coviva system lies in its micromodules, which are easy to install, monitor, and control. Once installed behind existing switches or connection boxes, the micromodules communicate wirelessly in order to automate multiple functions.
Once connected, the micromodules can instantly control dimming systems, on/off switches, raising/lowering blinds and more. Each micromodule has a colour-coded function indicator for quick programming.
The micromodules have been designed specifically to deliver exceptional wireless reach. This means they can penetrate two concrete slabs, and still transmit up to 30 m indoors, while outdoors their reach can extend up to 100 m in an open area.
With coviva, individual functions can not only be controlled, but also combined, which means that entire scenarios can be created and retrieved upon demand, such as “morning” or “evening”. Called “covigrams”, these scenarios can be created simply in the app by means of an intuitive menu with understandable if-then functions.