A new housing culture is coming into fashion – Successful projects of the company ABB Serbia

If we had to single out one word that would mark the technological progress of the 21st century, a safe choice would be the adjective smart. We wear smart watches, use smart phones and watch programs on smart TVs. Even objects such as chairs, lamps and glasses have become “smart” in modern society. It seems that the wide use of this designation has made the initial idea somewhat meaningless, so today one can rightly ask the question about its true meaning.

In the technological world, we would say that a device is “smart” if it possesses some kind of “intelligence”, that is, if it is able to “think” in some way. The same applies to smart homes, which do not only allow remote control of devices. These intelligent systems provide comfort and safety at all times.

The way to comfortable and safe housing

In the West, the concept of smart houses is well known, while in Serbia only a small number of people are familiar with the advantages of the new way of living. As our interlocutor Vladimir Šijačić, director of the company Pametan stan and distributor and system integrator of the company ABB, explains, smart objects “think” according to predetermined rules set by the system installer or the users themselves. So, this is not about artificial intelligence that makes decisions autonomously, so rest assured that smart homes will not take control of your lives.

A smart object, whether it is a house, apartment or business premises, is designed to make life easier for the user and make it more economical. Automated management of electrical installations such as lighting, blinds, motorized awnings, heating and cooling, as well as management of home appliances, will ensure their optimal use, and comfortable living for us without the need to think about numerous details. Also, in smart buildings, all devices will be properly turned off, which increases the safety of housing, and this knowledge gives us a peaceful sleep.

Whether we are at work or at home, our day often consists of performing routine actions that do not vary much from day to day. Going to work at a certain time means locking the house, adjusting the heating or cooling temperature and turning on the alarm system, and all these actions can be automated to save time and make sure that we actually did them.

Šijačić explains that for each of these situations, we can have a “scenario” that will trigger a series of actions on the electrical installations and devices in the home and thereby harmonize the environment with our needs in a short period of time.

“If, for example, you want to watch a movie, you can start the ‘watching a movie’ scenario, which will automatically darken the room, turn on the TV, offer you a list of movies and perform other actions in order to have an ideal environment for watching a movie,” explains Šijačić and adds that the same applies to other scenarios such as “going to sleep”, “going on a trip” and others. The purpose of the smart home system is to unify a series of actions so that we don’t have to walk from switch to switch and press them or so that we don’t keep a dozen remote controls on the table, which is certainly not the most practical solution.

To save every kilowatt

The rise in energy and electricity prices in the last few months has led us to check more often whether all the lights and household appliances that are not actively used are turned off in our home. With smart houses, we don’t have to worry about that. Moreover, we can be sure that the devices were only turned on when the power consumption was the lowest.

Let’s say that during the heating season we want to turn on the heating at four in the morning because electricity is the cheapest then, but no one really likes the idea of ​​getting out of a warm bed that early. In the smart house there is a solution for that too. The heating will be programmed to turn on at the crack of dawn, providing us with comfort and maximum savings.

According to Vladimir Šijačić, the energy saving is greatest in heating and cooling the building, and the least in lighting, since the market has been dominated by LED lamps, which in themselves do not consume much. However, when it comes to outdoor lighting, we don’t have to worry about the time when the lights should be turned on, because the smart house is equipped with a timer that “knows” exactly when the sun sets and when additional lighting is needed. When everything is taken into account, you should know that a smart building can save us up to 40 percent of heat and electricity, points out Šijačić.


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