MERICON – Controlling and monitoring of heating systems with the technologies of digitization 4.0
by Andreas Wandenälis (comments: 0)
Within the period from February 8, 2017 until February 28, 2019, ProSign develops the project MERICON in collaboration with the company SE-TEC GmbH. The project is supported by the state of Saxony-Anhalt with means from the European Regional Development Fund. The objective is the developing of an extended solution for the controlling and monitoring of heating systems in residential buildings, based on the graphical programming system iCon-L. This project is particularly interesting for housing associations with large real estate portfolios allowing them to better assess the condition and efficiency of their heating systems. Thereby, technologies shall be applied, which result from the ongoing development of the Internet of Things (IoT).
The motive of the project is the Act on the Digitisation of the Energy Transition, which was decided in 2015 by the German government. As a consequence, the acquisition of consumption data of heat energy becomes increasingly important. Because of the fact that the heating systems of a housing association are frequently widely distributed, the development of a suitable infrastructure for an efficient remote maintenance via web based networks is gaining more and more in importance. ProSign develops within the scope of the project MERICON a platform as an embedded solution that incorporates the required hardware and software. Thereby, a self-organizing communication of the devices with a cloud instance should be achieved. A crucial innovation of this project will be the connection between the real estate master data and real time energy data. The housing associations hereby obtain a better overview of their property portfolio and can use much easier the obtained information for their investment planning.