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Building Automation

The solution for greater comfort, efficiency and sustainability

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Digital technology, networks and intelligent systems and devices are making ever-greater inroads into our everyday lives.

The next logical step is for these trends to enhance the buildings in which we work, shop or go for appointments or services.

The owners and operators of commercial buildings are naturally also devoting thought to topics such as resource conservation, urbanization and the steadily growing wish for better safety and security. It’s therefore good news that our building automation experts are so skillful at inventing and implementing clever solutions to meet all of these needs.

How can I benefit from building automation?

Modern building automation systems ensure that buildings think in a networked way. Optimally designed, users and operators profit from these advantages:

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You optimize operation of your building and benefit from cost savings.

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You conserve resources and make your building greener.

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You’re enabled to offer users a modern, attractive, and pleasant environment.

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Security and safety

You can protect your building better from intruders, fire, theft, damage and many other risks and hazards.

A smart approach

Surveillance, control, regulation and optimization bundled in a single all-embracing system. Digitization and the Internet of Things are opening up exciting new prospects.

State-of-the-art technologies are now letting operators and users directly interact with buildings. This is paving the way for novel technological solutions to meet our needs.

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Building automation facts

What exactly is meant by building automation?

Building automation involves installing automated systems for controlling, regulating, monitoring and optimizing conditions and facilities. A key component of facility management, its goals are to save costs for energy and operation, automatically control functions according to predefined parameters while also making it simpler to operate and monitor of all of these functions. All of a building’s sensors, actuators, controls and other technical systems and units are networked with one another. Processes can be grouped in scenarios to enable intelligent, optimized interplay of the various components involved.

What does building automation control?

Not only the seasons of the year, but also the number of persons present, how a given building is used, and many other factors can make it necessary to constantly make a vast number of adjustments. All this would exceed human capabilities. But luckily it’s a simple matter for automated systems. Scenarios are defined to intelligently automate any or all of the following for an entire building and/or in even greater detail for each individual room:

  • Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), air quality
  • Lighting
  • Sun blinds
  • Occupancy sensing
  • Equipment for controlling electric power and other systems
  • Capture of consumption data (heat, natural gas, electric power, water)
  • Automatic control of multimedia systems and equipment
  • Integration of safety and security systems: access control, fire protection, video monitoring, robbery detection, doors and windows
  • Remote monitoring and control

For which industries does building automation work best?

All commercial and public buildings can benefit from the advantages of a building automation solution. Many of them are today hardly imaginable without automation as the technological heart of the building. Office and administrative buildings, shopping centers, event venues or sports arenas, airports, hospitals and clinics, schools and universities, industrial and commercial premises - whenever efficiency, security and comfort need to be increased, a building automation system helps. Today, new buildings are planned right away with intelligent automation solutions, but it is also possible to convert previously "dumb" existing buildings into intelligent smart buildings.

How does building automation work?

In a nutshell, all of a building’s technical systems and components are tightly controlled. They are integrated in a single, unified system with the processes that are desired or needed at any given time being bundled in scenarios.

Building automation systems comprise four levels.

The field level is the foundation of every such system. Its sensors capture data from all components and subsystems that need to be regulated and controlled.

The captured information is appropriately converted and then sent via a bus network or conventional cables to controllers in the automation level. This level controls, regulates and monitors the building’s systems and equipment based on parameters prescribed by the management level. Here software has the job of implementing higher-level control and optimization algorithms, in addition to running, visualizing and monitoring processes. Going further, as networking of multiple buildings becomes more common, the role of the cloud is increasing in importance.

Setting new standards

It is still a fairly young field, but building automation has a fascinating history. Its evolution has been strongly shaped by new technologies and rapid adaptations. Here you’ll find a retrospect, lessons learned by doing, and exciting prospects for the years ahead.

Professort Uwe Rotermund about the future of building automation

“Without automation, truly sustainable buildings are an impossibility.”

Prof. Uwe Rotermund teaches courses on real estate lifecycle and facility management while moonlighting as an engineer and consultant. He strives to find new ways of automating buildings to help improve living conditions and make the best possible use of these technologies.

Back to the future: important milestones in the roughly 100-year history of building automation

Visionary ideas become reality: The history of intelligent buildings

Back to the future: important milestones in the roughly 100-year history of building automation

People sitting in open space office. The volume of data is constantly growing. The key issue with Smart Buildings is to analyze this data and generate further added value from it.

How intelligent buildings will support us in the future

The volume of data is constantly growing. The key issue with Smart Buildings is to analyze this data and generate further added value from it. Which solutions show the most sustainable effects?

Building automation in practice

Olympic Hall: Munich’s best-known event venue gets a technical overall

Olympic Stadion in Munich - a customer of Bosch Energy and Building Solutions | Bosch Sicherheitssysteme GmbH
Maximum energy efficiency with state-of-the-art building automation for the Munich Olympic Hall

Since it was built for the 1972 Olympic Games, Munich’s largest indoor venue has hosted some 3,000 events attended by a total of around 30 million spectators. These days, however, concerts, business events, and athletic competitions require technical systems that are lightyears beyond what was standard half a century ago. So it was high time to modernize this unique building with new automation systems to support the hall’s diverse uses.

The new building automation solution has thoroughly improved operation of the Olympic Hall. Its safety and security have improved while its cost-effectiveness and efficiency have soared. To accomplish this, its technology was brought up to the level of current standards. The systems for security, energy supply, fire detection and response, and air conditioning, among others, were modernized with intelligent control strategies and integrated automation. This has made it possible for much of the original equipment to continue operating. It was even possible to continue using the hall during the project, which was cleverly planned and implemented to avoid interruptions.

Further references

BABOR GmbH & Co. KG has its new headquarters, known as “The Curve” equipped with a fully connected overall solution from Bosch.

BABOR GmbH & Co. KG, Germany


Babor has high standards. For its new headquarters "The Curve", the company trusts in a connected and integrated overall solution from Bosch

Climatec, a subsidiary of Bosch, implemented a comprehensive building automation solution for the new stadium that interconnects many individual components and the unique heating, ventilation, and air conditioning ( HVAC) system.

Globe Life Field Stadium, USA


The Texas Rangers Globe Life Field Stadium is being converted into an entertainment center with a comprehensive building automation solution by our subsidiary Climatec.

The building automation of the Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall was provided by GFR Gesellschaft für Regelungstechnik und Energieeinsparung mbH, a subsidiary of Bosch Energy and Building Solutions

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Germany

Theaters and concert halls

The building automation solutions of our recently acquired subsidiary GFR ensure comfort and energy efficiency in the entire building complex.

As one of the most popular airports in the world, Changi Airport in Singapore regularly tops passenger surveys. Bosch has helped the airport maintain its excellent reputation; this is where its team in Singapore implemented its biggest public address system to date.

Changi Airport, Singapore


Our expert team in Singapore has combined security technology and public address systems in a way that disasters such as fires can be detected quickly and people can be evacuated promptly.

The operators of the Hazeldonk-Meer logistics park in the Netherlands have been relying on a networked video solution from Bosch to enhance security and reduce crime.

Hazeldonk-Meer Logistics Association, Netherlands

Industrial and logistics

The operators of the Hazeldonk-Meer logistics park in the Netherlands have been relying on a networked video solution from Bosch to enhance security and reduce crime.

Design Offices München Nove - a customer of Bosch Building Technologies.

Nove München, Germany

Office buildings

Video surveillance, access control and intrusion alarm systems, fire protection, visitor management: We planned and implemented a completely integrated solution that harmonized with NOVE’s character and personality.

Learn more about how we partner with our customers

In collaboration with our subsidiaries, GFR and Climatec, we develop, supply and install integrated, state-of-the-art building automation solutions from A to Z in Europe and the USA.

You too can benefit from our comprehensive competence and experience, 360° approach to every project, and strong partners. We’ve proven our capabilities with a long roster of successfully implemented projects.

You can find many other reference projects here:
> Go to Climatec website
> Go to GFR website