How buildings become fit for the future?
Interesting speakers and topics around security and energy efficiency in Zurich
Review: Connected Buildings Zurich
How do buildings become fit for the future?
The participants of the Connected Buildings event in Switzerland couldn’t have gotten much higher: it took place at the top of the 36-floor, 126-meter high Prime Tower, which is Zurich’s tallest building and only surpassed by one other in Switzerland.
The building’s operators also relied on Bosch to ensure topnotch security, so it was possible to give the event’s attendees an exclusive glimpse behind the scenes.
After the tour, fascinating TED talks awaited the roughly 50 participants in the special ambiance of the Sky Lounge on the 35th floor of the Prime Tower, where they enjoyed a mesmerizing view across Zurich and the surrounding region.
Marcus Nadenau, Head of Technology and Engineering at Bosch Energy and Building Solutions, explained the possibilities that connectivity unleashes and how buildings can be made fit for the future. Michael Carl, a futurologist and strategy expert at 2BAhead, took the participants on a voyage into the future and made it clear why it is so important to act now. Michael Mendola, the cross-selling coordinator for Germany at Robert Bosch GmbH, cited practical examples to show that smart city ideas are no longer just visions of the future.
Giray Aybet of Bosch Energy and Building Solutions in Switzerland talked about relaxed shopping and safe air travel. Supported by the clients, he acquainted the participants with projects that Bosch has carried out for the Mall of Switzerland and Bern Airport. The Mall of Switzerland is a highly advanced building complex that, spanning around 90 shops, 18 restaurants, a multiplex cinema with 12 auditoriums, a large indoor play area, and various sporting activities, has quite a bit to offer its guests. It is expected to welcome up to five million visitors a year. For building security, the mall is relying on Bosch’s experience and expertise. Jan Wengeler, the mall’s center manager, explained that “these days, trends and customer needs change faster than in the past. A building has to be able to quickly integrate current trends―which poses new challenges, for instance where security is concerned. But with Bosch as our partner, we’re facing the future with confidence.”
Bern Airport has also relied on Bosch’s expertise. Around 185,000 business travelers and vacationers use this regional airport each year. It’s essential for it to have a good, reliable system in place for quickly and understandably making PA announcements such as boarding calls, missing passengers, emergency warnings and general information.
Bosch’s building experts took care of everything from planning to implementation. “Thanks to the new solution, now we communicate even better with passengers, enjoy enhanced security, and are ready to master future challenges,” according to Mario Glauser, who is responsible for technical infrastructure projects at Bern Airport.