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The first building in the world that interacts with people

The first building in the world that interacts with people

The project implemented the concept of Carlo Ratti Associati architects for the landmark site of the Agnelli Foundation: creating optimal working conditions in the building in real time through geo-localization of people moving inside the complex. This means more efficient management of the building systems as well as greater comfort for people in terms of heating, cooling, shading, lighting, access, and space availability.
"Intelligent devices generate huge amounts of data every day, every hour and every second. With the right digital tools it is possible to leverage the data and interact with the environment as never before. The concept of Carlo Ratti Associati for Agnelli Foundation is an ideal concept for us," says Federico Golla, President and CEO of Siemens Italia.
Hundreds of sensors monitor all kinds of building data, including the location of the occupants but without identifying them. Sensors constantly check temperatures, CO2 concentration, and availability of meeting rooms. A three-axis indoor positioning system based on smartphones and custom tags was installed. It detects and communicates the presence of occupants and positioning data, automatically triggering the appropriate response of the building's facilities. The indoor positioning system is integrated with Desigo CC, the building management system from Siemens which monitors climate, lighting, access control, CCTV and alarms and can be used to book meeting rooms. All these features can be adapted in real time depending on the number of people in different environments.
The easy to use system has a gaming-style interface and is available through an app for people who are in the building. The app lets occupants access the building, interact with coworkers and book meeting rooms as well as personalize their preferred environmental settings.

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