Sensors for air quality and comfort are quickly gaining ground in today’s heating and ventilation systems. Control of humidity and temperature no longer suffice to guarantee a healthy and comfortable indoor climate. Measurement of CO2 and VOC levels, as well as motion, all provide critical information to control indoor heating and ventilation systems. Airios offers a wide range of -wired and wireless- sensors that can be used in the unit, on the wall or built in the wall.
Wall-mounted user interfaces for ventilation
The User Interface module for our VMN is a device to control ventilation systems in a residential environment but could be used for other applications also. The typical application is to turn on the ventilation system to extract/refresh a certain amount of air in a closed space. Each button represents certain air volume refreshment or a timer functionality.
Our VMS module is a device to measure air quality in a residential environment. The typical application is to measure indoor air quality (IAQ) and send this via RF to a ventilation unit. The ventilation unit can react on the information from the sensor accordingly. With the capacitive button manual control functions can be selected.
Built-in user interfaces (with display)
For our VMC, the Input / Output module is a device to transform RF signals to a wired output signal or transform digital inputs signals to RF. The output of the platform is an analogue 0-10 VDC signal, normally used to control a ventilation box. You can bind e.g. a wireless sensor to this product which converts the wireless sensor information into a 0-10 VDC wired signal. On the inputs you can connect e.g. an error relay out and a filter dirty relay output. Then this signal will be transformed in a wireless RF signal.
Our VMN products can also be used as built-in devices.
The VMI-02VCW01 is a user control and CO2 sensor for ventilation systems in homes and buildings. Next to that we have the VMI-02WSJ44 which is a display that is a user and installation interface to monitor and set the connected heat recovery unit. This unit enables you to control the indoor climate by varying the ventilator speed. The device uses wireless communication (RF) to communicate with the HRU. Capacitive touch buttons on the device allow for changes in settings of the recovery unit. The liquid crystal display (LCD) of the device shows the actual working state the unit is in. When a malfunction of, or a problem with the heat recovery unit occurs, the LCD shows the fault of the system.
The servicemenu can be used for HRU settings during and after installation. This display is supported by all our VMD products.
App and cloud-based interfaces
Our app's user interface is everything that the user can see and interact with. Our reference app can easily be used to see CO2, RH and Temperature data.
Research has shown that the trend of big data continues to rise, as well as the internet of things (I4.0). For the future of the HVAC market, it is of crucial importance to allow these trends to extend the digital competences of the systems provided by this market. Continuous innovation practices have also proven to be an accelerator for ecosystem efficiency and amelioration. Including Cloud computing in HVAC systems does not only follow up on research-based recommendations, it also allows for more – industry specific - research to be done by the company, based on data retrieved from the Cloud. Data analyses hereby open doors for internal research, focusing on HVAC system improvement.
The HVAC market is increasingly exploring opportunities in developing Cloud-connected HVAC systems, in order to maximize the potential system output. The industry aims to have integrated Cloud solutions by 2025 and is already taking actions to realize this goal. Globally, Cloud2Cloud technology is also catching attention across multiple industries, including the HVAC industry. Marketwise, coupling HVAC systems to a Cloud may be the most efficient way to exploit and translate your system’s data into innovation attitudes. Apart from this, not transforming into a Cloud-approach may eliminate your competitive advantage in the market. Finally, end-users of (all) markets are more and more expecting to receive high-tech accessories for every technological purchase they have. This includes the possibility to store and oversee data, but also the availability of an application to use as a user interface.
Alignment with mission
Airios aims to build for comfort. The design, production, and development of our electronics are done with comfort in mind. This includes comfort for the end-users, but also our direct and indirect customers. We believe that offering added value for any stakeholder of the value chain will benefit the value chain (comfort) as a whole. Not only comfort, but also customer satisfaction is being focused on by the Cloud provision. In our opinion, we observe the Cloud as an accelerating factor to optimize and exploit the potential of our customers’ systems. Additionally, we aim to provide our customers with state-of-the-art electronics, partly customized to our customers’ needs and expectations. The Cloud can extend this aim, by offering levels of customization to the application of the Cloud.
The Cloud solution extends the portfolio that we currently carry, mainly consisting of products. The technology does so by embedding all the offered electronics into one interconnected, overarching system. This allows for more controllability and traceability of the systems and the data retrieved from these systems. Besides this, the solution offers additional and innovative resources to the company, namely: newly gained data; information; knowledge; points of improvement; and insights into system functionalities based on data analyses.