People and applications in a smart building

Building automation The intelligent interaction of people and buildings

Digitalization must serve people’s needs. Especially right where they live and work. That’s why we network buildings and trades directly with their individual requirements. How is this possible? Data. Data. Data. It is the foundation for this interaction. Using data, we automate progress and unleash the potential of smart buildings, where we live more comfortably and work more efficiently.

Digital transformation requires adaptable buildings that already consider future needs. The key to this is smart networking and comprehensive building automation.

Bernhard Tillmans - Phoenix Contact, Global Industry Manager
Bernhard Tillmanns – Phoenix Contact
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Intelligent networking of all trades thanks to comprehensive building automation

Building Intelligence

Smart buildings are becoming more and more connected. So it is all the more important that you have a partner with a holistic approach – from field level and building automation to building management and operation.
Whether you’re an electrician, system integrator, planner, architect, or real estate developer, it is only through the cooperation of all those involved that it is possible to construct and operate efficient, intelligent, and sustainable buildings. That’s why we bring together what belongs together: comprehensive building automation and a smart BIoT framework where everything comes together. Automation, energy monitoring, data acquisition, and secure connectivity of systems, plants, and components. What do you get out of it? Basically, lower operating costs and higher user comfort.

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Integral building planning as the foundation of a smart building

The foundation of every smart building: Integral building planning

For anyone who wants to build smart buildings, integral planning is essential from the outset. After all, greater building efficiency is only ultimately achieved through comprehensive networking of the entire infrastructure. To do this, a clear focus must be placed on the smooth interaction of all trades even before the planning stage. The result: sustainable and energy-efficient building operation as well as individual and demand-oriented user concepts. Good for you – and the environment.

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Intelligent networking of technical building utilities

Intelligent automation for today, tomorrow, and beyond

Technology should follow you, not the other way around. That’s why our BIoT framework enables the smooth integration of the entire technical building utilities – including third-party systems on this platform. Because if the future is open, all interfaces must be too. Our platform is therefore not only efficient and secure, but also supports flexible modular expansion. This results in buildings that evolve together with you.

Your advantages at a glance

  • Comprehensive automation made easy:
    An open and flexible platform for all applications and processes

  • Save costs and unlock potential:
    Control, evaluate, and process all the data for the individual subtrades where this is needed

  • Protect long-term investments:
    Can be updated and upgraded at any time during operation and easily extended through modular expansion

  • Increase energy efficiency:
    Reducing CO2 emissions with the aim of CO2 neutrality

  • Increase market appeal:
    Higher user comfort, lower operating costs

Shaping digital transformation together
Smart, digital, and future-oriented
For buildings to be operated in an efficient and future-proof way, comprehensive and intelligent networking is required. In our e-paper, we show you how to do just that through the digitalization of building automation.
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Everything for your smart building from a single source

You want a smart building? Then you need a partner with a holistic approach – from field level to communication and overall management. Designed once and always up to date. With over 60,000 products, that’s exactly what we offer – just get in touch with us.

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Experience building IoT solutions virtually now! Experience our smart building

Discover the Phoenix Contact Industry Solution Center in Bad Pyrmont in a 360° panoramic tour. Move virtually through the building and get an impression of the possibilities of our IoT-based building management.

Building automation with Phoenix Contact

The term building automation, BA for short, includes all equipment that is used for the control, closed-loop control, and monitoring of complex building technology systems as well as the acquisition of operating data.

We are your partner for this. Our objective: Everything is networked together. However, this is only possible if we move away from the classic structures of building automation. We are no longer just talking about field, automation, and management levels, but about the integration of all trades. And all this over the entire lifecycle of a building. These days building automation means integrally networked buildings, sustainable and efficient building operation, and a high feel-good factor for the people who live and work in these buildings. Our products, solutions, and experts are here to help you achieve this.

White papers and case studies

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Building redundancy from edge to enterprise energy management with ILC 2050 BI controllers

A large data center company got better access to critical data, thanks to an integration featuring Phoenix Contact ILC 2050 BI controllers.

Niagara ILC 2050 BI for smart buildings of the future
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Niagara ILC 2050 BI for smart buildings of the future

Smart devices make the IoT work, and these connected components are the foundation for smart buildings, smart campuses, smart communities, and smart cities. The Niagara ILC 2050 BI controller is one of these devices, and in this video, we explore the various applications of this smart solution, and how it can serve as a building block for the smart world of tomorrow.

How to integrate an inline Modbus I/O into Niagara using an ILC 2050 BI
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How to integrate an inline Modbus I/O into Niagara using an ILC 2050 BI

This tutorial will demonstrate how to integrate an inline Modbus remote I/O station from Phoenix Contact into Niagara using an ILC 2050 BI as a master.

ILC 2050 BI Niagara Controller from Phoenix Contact
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ILC 2050 BI Niagara Controller from Phoenix Contact

Have you ever needed to use the Niagara framework in critical applications where having more robust hardware is important, while also keeping the size of your cabinet at a minimum? In this video, Jordyn Dahlke discusses the ILC 2050 BI, Phoenix Contact’s Niagara-based controller, and how it fills all the extra requirements for an optimized Niagara framework.

Import I/O into Phoenix Contact Niagara Controller
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Import I/O into Phoenix Contact Niagara Controller

Learn how to use the Niagara Controller from Phoenix Contact. In this short video, a step-by-step tutorial will help you to import locally connected I/O using the ILC2050 BI controller.

Commissioning the ILC 2050 BI for use in factory default or out-of-the-box mode
Commissioning the ILC 2050 BI for use in factory default or out-of-the-box mode YouTube

Commissioning the ILC 2050 BI for use in factory default or out-of-the-box mode

This tutorial will demonstrate how to set up and commission an ILC 2050 BI controller for use in Niagara Workbench in factory default mode or out-of-the-box mode.

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Diagnostics of Phoenix Contact Niagara Controller YouTube

Diagnostics of Phoenix Contact Niagara Controller

Learn how to use the Niagara controller from Phoenix Contact. In this short video, a step-by-step tutorial will help you quickly access diagnostic information from the ILC2050 BI controller.

Resetting the ILC 2050 BI to factory default
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Resetting the ILC 2050 BI to factory default

This tutorial will demonstrate how to install a clean distribution file on an ILC 2050 BI to reset it to factory default. The purpose of a clean distribution file is to return the controller to a factory default configuration, like it’s brand new, right out-of-the-box.

Setting up the Phoenix Contact Ethernet Modbus remote I/O bus coupler
Setting up the Phoenix Contact Ethernet Modbus remote I/O bus coupler YouTube

Setting up the Phoenix Contact Ethernet Modbus remote I/O bus coupler

This tutorial will demonstrate how to configure our Modbus inline bus coupler and our remote I/O station so that it can be used with a Modbus master device.