Expert: Digitalisation of HVAC has opened-up business opportunities
Digitalisation in the HVAC sector has opened-up new business opportunities, says Levent Taşkın, president of Danfoss Turkey, Middle East and Africa
Digitalisation in the HVAC sector has opened-up new business opportunities, says Levent Taşkın, president of Danfoss Turkey, Middle East and Africa.
Talking exclusively to MEP Middle East, Taşkın said: "The transition towards more connected and smarter products is a catalyst for driving increased customer value."
He added: "With the construction sector being a key driver for the HVAC market, the market for energy-efficient commercial HVAC systems in the Middle East is expected to grow based on insights from analysts at BMI Research.
"The region’s construction market is expected to grow at a faster pace than any other region in the world this year, with buoyant markets in the UAE, Oman and Egypt powering 6% overall growth in the Middle East in 2017. This is up from 5.3% last year and poses a great opportunity for companies within the HVAC sector."
When it comes to some of the innovations in energy-efficient HVAC systems, Taşkın said that wireless connectivity will play a very large role in the future of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). He said: "There’s a large existing foundation of wired interconnectivity that can be built upon to move today’s systems toward a true IIoT experience."
Taşkın remarked that there are however several challenges with wireless connectivity. He said: "While the consumer wireless world keeps expanding, major challenges await the expansion of wireless connectivity in the industrial world. Right now, there are two primary standards that are well positioned for expansion: Bluetooth and 802.11 Wi-Fi.
Both use similar frequencies in the 2.4 GHz band plus some versions of Wi-Fi can also use the 5 GHz band. Unfortunately, for both standards, signals at these frequencies are strongly attenuated by objects in the signal path. Metal objects, which are very common in industrial settings, are particularly troublesome in this respect.
The results are short transmission distances and poor signal stability, which are two important factors in the current lack of uptake of wireless systems.
"Another challenge is that in many of the components that are crucial for the wider adoption of IIoT, there is a need for reliable ultra-low power wireless connectivity. Further, as the number of wireless transmitting devices increases, the wireless environment becomes increasingly congested."
Taşkın's views will appear in the 1208 issue of MEP Middle East's special report on energy-efficient HVAC systems, which will be out on the first week of August 2017.