Siemens Smart Infrastructure (SI) has launched its new RDG200 thermostat range to improve room automation, which the company said is key for protecting and enhancing the occupants’ health as well as increasing productivity at the same time, for a safe return to work.
The new range includes two digital thermostat variants for temperature and humidity control as well as advanced KNX communication between sensors and actuators to Siemens’ building management systems such as Desigo and Synco.
Designed for most commercial buildings, including hotels, offices and educational buildings, Siemens said the new RDG200 thermostats support “all conceivable energy-saving strategies” in rooms for more cost-efficiency, including occupancy-based savings via presence detection, key-card reader or system time program as well as different setpoint limitations.
“The RDG200 thermostat range offers a wide selection of preloaded applications and flexible control outputs to cover applications for many industries through built-in sensors and a flexible power supply. From fan-coils to heat pumps and heated or chilled ceilings, the new thermostat also has a wide range of usage. Combined with the large choice of outputs (on/off, PWM, DC 0…10 V, 3-position), it serves as a universal solution for room control,” Siemens said.
The company added that installation and commissioning can be done within minutes, based on the wire mounting plate and several commissioning options such as system tools, DIP switches and the smartphone ‘PCT Go’ app. Based on near-field communication technology (NFC), the “PCT Go” app provides copy-paste functions from several devices, import and export settings via email or messaging apps, and setting-up the unpowered devices while they are still in their packaging, according to Siemens.
Siemens Smart Infrastructure recently launched Enlighted Safe, a new workplace digital contact tracing app, which it said will help employees return safely to the workplace.
Siemens said that the Enlighted Safe app provides greater transparency into the contact history of employees who are known to have tested positive for COVID-19. This is designed to support organizations in reducing the exposure of infection, keep healthy employees safe and productive, and eliminate the inefficient, expensive and error-prone manual contact tracing process for employers.
Built upon Enlighted’s real-time location services capability, employees are assigned Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) identification badges while in the workplace. The app continuously records location, movement and proximity of the employees relative to each other during the period they are in the building. The solution prioritizes data privacy, without the need to store personal information.
When an employee is known to have tested positive, authorized administrators can query the Safe app, identify other IDs the badge has come in contact with and disclose the list of anonymized IDs as part of their contact tracing process, Siemens said.