AI at the service of energy saving, the common thread of the IBS show

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AI at the service of energy saving, the common thread of the IBS show

The Paris fair dedicated to the intelligence and performance of buildings has regained popularity, with many visitors looking for plug & play solutions to their short-term energy problems.

Energy sobriety was the keyword for this 12e edition of the IBS show, organized on November 8 and 9 in Paris. But more specifically, how the artificial intelligence embedded in the sensors improves energy efficiency. A question that has been repeated at several roundtable discussions. “The sensor reporting data is no longer enough. AI needs to be as close as possible to the sensors to be able to process as quickly as possible. This is what adds value,” hammered Stéphane Gervais, executive VP innovation strategy & smart data from the French equipment. manufacturer Lacroix, during a conference on the contribution of IoT and AI to buildings. A little later, on the valorization of smart building data, Nicolas le Borgne, CEO of the start-up Thermosphr, which develops SaaS solutions for the optimization of heating and air conditioning, recalled that “the multiplicity of measurement points and the analysis of quality data by AI that make it possible to make a BMS profitable” (Technical Building Management).

The short-term interest of visitors was in energy management solutions. According to the players, monitoring alone can yield 15% energy savings. “We have a lot of questions about temperature sensors. The government has called on the French to heat an average of 19 degrees, but in many places the temperature is not measured. We need to have the data before we act,” explains Frédéric Knittel, product manager environment at Lacroix . The context of the energy crisis – with a double-digit price increase announced in 2023 – made the fair all the more relevant as the 170 exhibitors highlighted their concrete solutions for energy savings, such as from connected home accessories manufacturer NodOn, who showed its window detection sensor, intended to shut off the heating to reduce unnecessary energy consumption. There were regular crowds in the aisles before the demonstrations.

A credit to the organisers. “From day one, we have reached our level of 2019, with more than 6,500 people”, welcomes Guillaume Courcelle, exhibition director. On the second day, the flow of visitors did not stop and the interactions were particularly active. At the Sido Paris fair, which took place simultaneously in the Palais des Congrès, the JDN was able to observe attending both events.

The need for interoperability

The topics discussed in the long term focused on intelligence in buildings. “By detecting presence and learning our habits, the goal would be to adapt the building to our habits. For example, the boiler would no longer be activated daily, but only at times when the resident was used to showering,” he said. Stephane Gervais. The difficulty that stands in the way of this scenario: to centrally harmonize the interoperability of systems and protocols. A second theme reverberates from one round table to another. “We need open and interoperable solutions. However, few players use standards to unify data,” laments Nicolas le Borgne. Finally, with each intervention, the third message, the place of man, was repeated. “The algorithm identifies the energy savings to be made, but it is up to humans to take action, technology alone is not enough,” emphasizes Michel Guchard, director of operations at Datanumia, a subsidiary of EDF specializing in data valorization.

A space dedicated to e-mobility has been created for this 12th edition. © Pierre Metivier

Note that for this 12th edition, IBS has proposed a space dedicated to e-mobility. “We see a convergence between electric mobility and construction, managers want to know how to bring electricity to their car parks,” explains Guillaume Courcelle. Second novelty: the organization of professional meetings for project-supporting visitors with the right exhibitors. “Of the 276 projects indicated on the site during registration, 75 agreements were made”, says Guillaume Courcelle, delighted with the results of this “promising initiative”.

Visitors can already plan the next dates, IBS is scheduled for October 17 and 18, 2023. assures Thomas Gauthier, CEO of NodOn. The main themes will then focus on renewable energy, storage and cybersecurity in buildings.

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