Comfort and Safety Combined IoT Wireless Platform for Commercial Buildings

The future of Smart Building with a common wireless IoT platform

If you now look at the trends in the planning and installation world and the opportunities for end-users to have comfort and security applications supported by one IoT wireless platform in their building, planners, system integrators and construction companies have realized the opportunity and have started to integrated the IP500 infrastructure with IP500 OEM products in large commercial building projects around the world (see one example in figure 6 below) – reference to specific projects are available on request, contact IP500 Alliance.

Due to the high robustness of the IP500 dual frequency and mesh technology, the IP500 wireless network can cover large areas in commercial buildings safely and robustly. As already mentioned, the latency time, data rate, security and scalability play a critical role in the decision of such applications. Switching on processes of large-area lighting systems, such as in a larger office room or parking garage, a low latency time of less than approximately 200 ms is very important because the switch-on process is visible to the human eye after a delay of approximately <200 ms. So, a »light organ« effect, which is caused by interference-prone, with high latency, wireless networks, will quickly lead to dissatisfaction with the user.

The following system drawing shows an installation of a lighting system, in combination with the traditional DALI protocol, a Wi-Fi connection to the GUI and control unit –laptop, smartphone or PC – and the connection of comfort and security OEM products to the IP500 gateway.

Since the IP500 network supports the IPv6 protocol and therefore the IP500 gateway is directly connected to the IT network of the commercial building, all data from and to IP500 connected sensors and actors are available via the IT infrastructure. This allows the provision of additional valuable sensing data from IP500 sensors to already wired IT installed building automation systems – e.g. HVAC, access control or elevators.
That allows owners to lower operations cost (heating or lighting) or to improve the security level of their entire existing buildings, without huge installation cost.

Planners and system integrators of large commercial buildings have realized this advantage and opportunity to combine lighting systems with security applications. This also enables leading providers (OEM’s) of lighting and sensing solution to integrate the IP500 CNX200 wireless module into their products.

One of the target projects the »World Trade Center« in New Delhi, India, is one of the largest commercial building worldwide, where an IP500 infrastructure will be the IoT back-bone for all the IoT applications, incl. lighting, access control (incl. elevators), HAVC and many more.

In this case, the planner and system integrator has called for the tender of all the related applications connected to the IP500 infrastructure across the entire building. The lighting solution has implemented the IP500 CNX200 module in each lighting luminary and added security-relevant applications to provide higher value to the user.

One important part of this building is the large underground parking garages for more than 7000 cars. In this garage all lighting and parking of each car will be part of the IP500 wireless platform. The combination of lighting (comfort) and security applications improves the safety-critical measurement of air, CO2 and status of the car movements in this large garage.

This data will be then sent via the IP500 infrastructure to the control unit or BMS (Building Management System). Such a large installation requires a very robust, high performance (data rate and latency time) and secure and certified wireless IoT network. Therefore the IP500 wireless IoT standard and its members and partners were selected to supply the related IP500 connected products and systems.

The combination of comfort and security related applications in a parking garage improves the security level.


The Authors


Patrick Knödler

is CFO of the IP500 Alliance. He studied Genetics and Biology at the Technical University of Munich and the Albert-Ludwigs-University, Freiburg. After successfully completing his degree in biology, he founded Movie Plus Medien GmbH in 1995, which he managed until 2007. Afterwards he was managing director of e-group Services GmbH until 2009.

Since 2011 he has been working as a consultant on projects in Germany and abroad. In 2019 he took over the position of CFO at the IP500 Alliance.


Frank Konrad

studied automation engineering in Düsseldorf and worked as managing director for various manufacturers of communication and network technology as well as building services engineering. As sales director he was responsible for export at a manufacturer of lighting technology. Konrad holds a patent for an IP-based communication system.