The new generation of building automation - PR from 29.01.2018

The new generation of building automation with the Smart Building Cloud from GFR and the IoT controller DIGICONTROL ems5

Using the motto “create comfort. control energy“, GFR-Gesellschaft für Regelungstechnik und Energieeinsparung mbH presents “trendsetting technologies for comfortable and sustainable buildings” and an outlook on cloud and IoT services for the building automation of tomorrow.


Innovative technologies like IoT (Internet of Things) and BIM (Building Information Modelling) and their resulting versatile possibilities have been significantly changing the world of building automation. Therefore, state-of-the-art and future-proof buildings have to meet the latest safety requirements of building automation systems as it relates to functionality, network, data and handling. DIGICONTROL ems5 is the answer to the question for a technical solution. The new automation system provides unique on-board solutions for connecting building automation to cloud and IoT services, e.g. to the “DIGIVISION Smart Building Service Cloud” and also comprises trend-setting automation and control strategies, BACnet, a graphical web server,
WiFi, HTTPS and an SD card. Furthermore, the new programming tool iBASuite generates significant additional benefit for the user.

The DIGIVISION Smart Building Cloud

This year’s trade fair light + building offers initial insights into Smart Building Cloud Services by GFR and the creation of more efficient and sustainable buildings. GFR will also present an interactive online documentation service, which provides the user with information on a building automation component by means of a QR code whose linking entails the complete project documentation from the circuit diagram via technical details down to asset management. Further online services, which can be booked via the cloud, are shading services, thermal radiation services and the optimisation of ventilation and heating. Analysis tools evaluate data and provide benchmarking reports and dashboards.

40 Years of GFR 

40 years of GFR stand for 40 years of continuous progress. This advancement bases on state-of-the-art technologies and solutions, which GFR develops in-house. Another secret of success for the mid-sized company and its 280 employees in Germany and Europe is the reliability of products and solutions offered by the building automation specialist GFR. Since its foundation in 1978, GFR’s focus has been on the further improvement of building automation systems to ensure their sustainability and value stability and leading them into new technological worlds.
Also in the age of digitalisation, this can be experienced at the trade fair light + building 2018 where GFR presents cutting-edge solutions which will transfer classical building automation into the digital world of IoT and cloud solutions. GFR looks back on four decades of successful work with lasting growth. “We are particularly proud of our corporate culture which is characterised by our innovative spirit and the passion for man, environment and technology, “says Volker Westerheide, the Managing Director of GFR. “This empowers us to be successful in the market and to constantly further develop. We would like to say thank you to all of our employees and companions for that“.

GFR is expanding in Switzerland this year. With the founding of DIGICONTROL Switzerland, there will be another subsidiary in addition to DIGICONTOL Benelux, GFR Austria and GFR Prague.

GFR at the trade fair light and building: hall 11.0 booth C12

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