The Insider: Olav Beruto
Buildings and Homes are becoming more and more automated, reaching new frontiers in communication and interactions with men. To have some insights we asked few questions to Olav Beruto, one of the industry’s most prominent figures.
Olav Beruto is the new Director of VDA Asia Pacific, a leading company in the development of Home and Building Automation solutions, Smart Switches for the Residential and Hospitality Industry and cloud-based innovative IPTV.
After graduated with Honors in Economics, he started his career in Corporate Finance working for leading international Investment Banks and moving afterwards in the Real Estate Development and Fund Management industry. Lately his interest and passion for the technology and research pushed him to join the VDA Group.
During his career, he has developed a Luxury Boutique Resort in the charming area of Barolo, the most iconic food & wine region in the world, selecting the best products, technologies and innovative building materials to meet the increasingly demanding requests of the Resort guest while accomplishing the target of creating the first Italian truly eco and self-sustaining Resort.
Mr. Beruto, in the recent years, Home and Building automation has experienced a rapid growth while increasing their sophistication. How these new technologies affect the real estate development industry and the end user experience?
“Real Estate Developers now can effectively reach two key objectives at the same time: create significant additional value for their assets while enhancing the owner and end user experience.” In addition, it increases the perceived quality of their final product and therefore results in a better market and price positioning while differentiating their product in respect to traditional development present in the market.
From a Real Estate Developer perspective what are the key benefits of implementing these technologies?
It improves their time to market, enhance the overall value proposition of their project delivering a better product both in terms of energy efficiency and security while providing advanced monitoring and remote control features to their units and embedded appliances.
These results can be reached both with wired or wireless system architectures. There is not a golden rule to apply while choosing which system to implement and every decision has to be addressed analyzing each single project and its intimate objectives.
The VDA Group can provide the market with both system architectures and in particular, ModBus and KNX for the wired solutions while Z-Wave for the wireless.
Many readers may be not familiar with the Z-Wave wireless protocol and its benefits. Can you expand on this matter?
VDA has been one of the early adopter of the Z-Wave technology as we saw from the very beginning its great potentials. In addition, we are already upgrading all our products to the newly released and more powerful Z-Wave Plus standard.
Z-Wave Plus is a low power energy efficient wireless protocol for embedded systems and it can be deployed in a wide array of smart building solutions. It supports a full and solid mesh networks without the need for a coordinator node and operates in the sub-1GHz band hence not suffering from any interference from Wi-Fi and other wireless technologies in the 2.4-GHz range like Bluetooth and ZigBee.
Z-Wave has been extremely successful so far simply because it works smoothly, it is easy to set up, grants full backwards compatibility and, most of all, it maintains a strong standard and certification program across an extremely wide product range across all categories of smart building solutions.
Is Z-Wave a future proof platform?
Z-Wave most of all means interoperability and this is the key word for future expansion. Recently it has been announced that it will be soon launched a standardized solutions to join in directly with Apple’s HomeKit environment and with NEST’s development partnerships. This will further broaden the product range, features and scope of Z-Wave technology across the major and leading platforms giving the protocol a solid and future proof global growth.