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Minol and the Internet of Things

Smart network for the housing sector: Minol Connect, the integrated IoT solution, connects sensor-equipped devices with the Internet and makes the data usable for property managers, owners and tenants.

June 2017 – While the industrial and logistic sectors have been automating their processes for a longer period of time using connected objects, the "Internet of Things" (IoT) has now also arrived in the real estate sector. Energy service provider Minol now makes the technology of the future ready for use by housing companies, property managers, owners and tenants. Headquartered in Leinfelden-Echterdingen near Stuttgart, Germany, the company has developed "Minol Connect", an integrated IoT solution allowing the housing sector to efficiently realise the great digital visions such as smart metering, smart energy, smart living and smart care. The new system will be launched in the fourth quarter of 2017. It is based on a low power wide area network (LPWAN) with a high reach, to which a very large number of terminals – such as consumption meters, fire detectors, temperature and humidity sensors, smart home solutions and other sensor-equipped devices – may be connected at low power consumption. The data recorded are transmitted within a building or across several buildings to a central gateway and from there to a secure locally-operated cloud, where they are available for further use and several mobile applications. "Minol Connect is based on an open transmission standard and may be expanded at will, which makes it absolutely fit for the future," says Alexander Lehmann, CEO of Minol. "It allows housing companies and property managers to operate more efficiently and offer additional services to their tenants such as online portals showing current consumption figures. This makes Minol Connect the ideal basis for more energy-efficient, secure and comfortable living."

Caption: A forward-looking solution: Minol Connect allows readers and sensors to send their data via a gateway to a secure cloud server. This enables numerous smart services for property managers and residents. Source: Minol
Caption: A forward-looking solution: Minol Connect allows readers and sensors to send their data via a gateway to a secure cloud server. This enables numerous smart services for property managers and residents. Source: Minol

Much more than conventional wireless meter reading

A first application of Minol Connect is one of the core tasks of real estate management: the billing of heating and operating costs. The new IoT solution offers the usual advantage of wireless meter reading: No need to make appointments, no visits from meter reading staff as well as a punctual, error-free and legally secure cost statement. Unlike former wireless systems, however, Minol Connect does not have to be set up for each property individually. It is an open network with a reach of up to 15 kilometres. Meters, sensors and devices installed in cellars can be reached much better than with the usual systems, which means that all consumption readings are available within a very short time. Moreover, the new IoT solution works bidirectionally. This means that the terminals not only pass on information but can actively be called, e.g. to change the reading day, check the status of the device or change the factor for the billing. In addition, Minol Connect enables smart services such as e-monitoring. This online service in the Minol customer portal shows property managers changes in the consumption figures of buildings and individual flats over the course of a year and in comparison with the previous years. This allows property managers to detect unusual developments immediately and gives them the facts they need to inform house owners and tenants of such developments and answer their questions. Moreover, Minol Connect also gives end users access to digital billing – going forward, owners and tenants can monitor and control their consumption and their homes using online portals and apps. "This way, upcoming statutory requirements such as regular informative billing for the tenants can be met," says Alexander Lehmann.

Minol pushes ahead with digitisation

To assist customers in the digital transformation and offer new services, Minol and its sister company, ZENNER, launched a digitisation campaign at the beginning of the year and invested in three young IoT companies: TrackNet, SmartMakers and ZENNER IoT Solutions. Between them, the partners now offer IoT solutions complete with sensors, networks and gateways, a data cloud including big data management, advice on setting up IoT networks and software platforms as well as applications for data use.

About Minol

Minol Messtechnik W. Lehmann GmbH & Co. KG is a world-leading service provider to the housing sector. It is a member of the family-run Minol ZENNER Group. Headquartered in Leinfelden-Echterdingen/Stuttgart, Germany, Minol maintains a nationwide presence through 20 branches. In addition to meter reading and energy cost billing, Minol offers a range of services to assist property owners in lowering their operating costs and ensuring compliance with statutory obligations such as legionella sampling of domestic water and the installation and maintenance of smoke detectors. The Minol Energy subsidiary specialises in natural gas for the housing sector. ZENNER International GmbH & Co. KG, another member of the Group, produces and markets measuring equipment for global markets. Between them, Minol and ZENNER have a combined workforce of more than 2,000 and maintain a local presence through subsidiaries and sales partners in more than 60 countries. For more information please visit minol.de and zenner.de

Press contact:

Vianney de La Houplière
Minol Messtechnik
W. Lehmann GmbH & Co. KG
Nikolaus-Otto-Straße 25
70771 Leinfelden-Echterdingen
Phone +49 711 94 91-1198
E-mail: Vianney.deLaHoupliere@minol.com

Lea Himmelsbach
Communication Consultants GmbH
Engel & Heinz
Breitwiesenstr. 17
70565 Stuttgart
Phone +49 711 9 78 93-41
Fax (0711) 9 78 93-44
E-Mail: himmelsbach@cc-stuttgart.de

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