Siemens and Telefónica enable smart buildings in Spain

  • May 24, 2021
  • Steve Rogerson

Siemens and Telefónica Tech are offering a package in Spain that provides services for smart buildings.

This collaboration should let both companies present a joint value proposition that includes ways to increase physical security, monitoring, and operational and energy efficiency, as well as user experience and the digitalisation of services, where connectivity plays a role.

Similarly, they will offer an infrastructure that facilitates data collection and analysis to turn data into useful information for making better decisions.

The experience and knowledge of both companies will also enable them to include other joint offerings related to optimisation such as smart lighting, environmental monitoring, predictive maintenance, de-escalation monitoring, smart parking, and occupancy and capacity management such as audio-visual and space reservation systems.

Additionally, Siemens and Telefónica Tech will offer ways to protect buildings from fires and monitor entry points and potential intrusions with CCTV, including the possibility of analysing videos.

The companies are making a complete portfolio for buildings where technology helps companies achieve their sustainability goals through different technologies that optimise resources or reduce their environmental impact.

Buildings are responsible for 36% of world energy consumption and 39% of greenhouse gas emissions during their life cycle. Companies are now more conscious than ever of the importance of sustainability and the economic benefits it brings, and Siemens and Telefónica Tech are confident of the competitive advantages this collaboration will bring to their clients.

Smart buildings interact with the people, systems and external elements surrounding them. They learn from past experiences and real-time inputs. They adapt to the needs of the people and the businesses within them by increasing comfort, efficiency, resilience and security.

For more than 170 years, Siemens has provided technology that has improved the infrastructure of cities to make them more sustainable. The combination of the communication, physical security and connectivity capabilities of Telefónica and Siemens could make all types of buildings smarter, from hospitals to corporate offices, as well as shopping centres and industrial facilities.

Telefónica Tech offers specific smart city technology that, through the implementation of IoT, big data and other methods, enables it to obtain fundamental information for protecting the environment and detecting anomalies, for example in water consumption, street lighting and HVAC systems.

“The potential of uniting two portfolios with a clear focus on achieving communication, security and energy efficiency creates major opportunities for improving buildings and preparing them for the future,” said Fernando Silva, director of Siemens smart infrastructure for Spain and Portugal. “We are combining Telefónica’s expertise in communications with Siemens’ expertise in smart electric networks and building automation to enable us to implement a comprehensive solution for the buildings of any private or public body.”

Elena Gil, global director of IoT and big data at Telefónica Tech, added: “This agreement with Siemens demonstrates Telefónica Tech’s potential as an integrator of solutions based on connectivity – in this agreement we offer our specialist knowledge in connectivity, physical security, IoT and big data – and provider of digital transformation for companies in their plans to become more sustainable organisations. Together we will make smart buildings even more advanced in order to promote, at the same time, energy efficiency and contribute to improving people’s lives.”