Light + Building 2024 Preview
12.02.2024 - The Light + Building exhibition from 3 to 8 March in Frankfurt am Main covers everything from intelligent light technology to future-oriented house and building technology. The unique combination provides an international meeting point for manufacturers, planners, architects and investors. GIT SECURITY spoke with Johannes Möller, Head of Light + Building, about the event and the products on offer at the adjacent Intersec Building 2024 in Hall 9.
GIT SECURITY: Networked security is an integral part of smart home and smart building solutions. What does Light + Building offer visitors and what subjects does the exhibition cover?
Johannes Möller: The Intersec Building in Hall 9.0 brings the manufacturers together that offer solutions for networked security in buildings. The range of products includes plug-in devices for private homes as well as professional applications for large commercial projects. There are digital access control systems, locking systems, and door intercoms as well as video surveillance and intruder alarms together with location space administration. This includes innovative control equipment. The sensors necessary for measurement, control and regulation of building automation systems are the lifeblood of every system. The technology enables the control of heating, air conditioning, and ventilation as well as light and movement sensing.
Light + Building was held for the first time under the brand name of Intersec Building in October 2022. What was the feedback from the exhibitors, and are they back again this year?
Johannes Möller: Yes, manufacturers who are specialized in security technology are back at Intersec Building again in 2024. We have learnt in the meantime that networked security technology as part of the building benefits from synergies with house and building automation and electrical technology, so manufacturers of these products are brought together in Hall 9.0. This new configuration was made possible for the coming event by the modern Hall 5, which will be filled by the exhibitors of Light + Building. This all forms a circular tour on the east side of the grounds between Halls 6, 5, the Forum, Halls 3 and 4. The thematic link to building technology exhibitors is provided by Hall 8 where you can find lighting components. On the west of the grounds, visitors can find things that belong together that fall under the category of building technology in a circular tour of Halls 9, 11 and 12.
In which halls can you find the most information and exhibitors of security and fire protection solutions?
Johannes Möller: The emergency and security lighting items share Hall 4.1 with lighting for industry and special applications. Products, technology and trends in electrical tech as well as house and building automation can be found in Halls 9, 11 and 12. Numerous prominent players in these markets have already confirmed their participation, among others ABB, Bosch, Dehn SE, Beckhoff, Phoenix Contact, Rittal, Siemens, Wago, Gira, Schneider Electric and Siedle. As I mentioned before, security technology is placed in Hall 9.0 under the brand name ‘Intersec Building’. Companies such as Abus, BKS, Dom, Gretsch Unitas, Grothe, Lupus-Electronics and Winkhaus are showing their solutions for networked security technology for buildings there. Hall 9.0 is also home to exhibitors showing electrical goods, house and building technology, where exhibitors such as Bacnet, EnOcean, Loytec, Megger, Thermokon and Woertz will welcome you.
There will be no accompanying Intersec Forum during this year’s edition of Light + Building. What were the reasons for this decision, and are there alternative open forums during the event?
Johannes Möller: The Intersec Forum was a bridge to bring the Intersec brand to Frankfurt. The conference helped us to establish the area dedicated to networked security as an integrated part of building technology. We have successfully implemented this now and are concentrating on growing this area. There are of course various accompanying presentations and discussion on the subject of security. We have included them as items in the large meeting point for knowledge transfer because of the synergies. These include the Building Plaza in Hall 9.0 and the ZVEI Technology Forum in Hall 12.1 in the west area. The most important subjects for Light + Building influence the content here. One particular requirement at the moment is the electrification and digitalization of both existing and new buildings. This will be covered under the subject of ‘Connectivity’. Both developments are the basis for successful networking of elements of smart homes and smart buildings, and have as their ‘output’ more convenience and increased security.