Ability to access needed spaces securely, conveniently and seamlessly is not just a matter of security. It is also a building block for smart spaces to grow into smart buildings, smart blocks and smart cities. Smart Buildings are already here. Good examples of buildings where access is both secure and convenient are Kiasma and LAMK (Lahti University of Applied Sciences). For Kiasma, a contemporary museum of art in Helsinki, it is important to be able to guide the flows of peo
One of the key challenges universities face today is how to keep up with the ever-growing connectivity demands of staff and students. Students expect to receive all their data and services wirelessly, and professors and researchers expect to be able to collaborate easily over the network. Having pervasive wireless is no longer a nice to have, it’s a staple and in order to remain competitive, it’s something that universities desperately need to get right. However, this challen
A Lock. A dumb (yet cleverly designed) piece of metal that we use every day to keep unwanted persons out and ourselves safe. It protects our premises and loved ones even we're away from them. This is the conventional meaning of a lock, but can smart cities and digital world work with conventional solutions? A simple answer is no.
As the world gets more digital and complicated, locks and locking systems need to adapt. This doesn't mean that their basic function disappears or
The world is changing and nearing are the end of days for combustion engines. Car manufacturers are shifting focus to electric vehicles, aiming to someday soon get rid of combustion engines altogether. Some brands, like Volvo, claim they will have a fully electric lineup of cars by the year 2020. As a business owner, electric cars offer a whole new business opportunity… but many of you may have already started looking for more information only to notice that trying to deciphe
The city of Helsinki has very ambitious sustainability goals, therefore they are always looking for ways to make the city and the buildings even greener. The increasing share of renewable energy in the power grid will result in challenges in load management due to the natural variations of that energy production, due to weather, wind etc. At the same time, the actual demand and supply of electricity always need to be constant in the grid. So, sometimes during a cold winter, a
Demystifying the most effective EV charging practices While Ensto is already a seasoned veteran in the EV industry, it’s easy to forget how the landscape of electric vehicles can still be a wild frontier to many. Stepping into the unknown can feel confusing to newcomers, particularly if you are a business provider thinking of implementing EV charging as part of your revenue flow. In this blog post, I’ll discuss some of the best methods to consider in building an effective and
If you are making an EV charger installation, or if you are working as a subcontractor or EV charging point installer, getting your charging points up and running can be a daunting task. It's important to know what questions to ask, and who is responsible. What do EV charging point installers do? Of course, your usage case, EV charging business model, and choice of EV charging station manufacturer, have a big impact on these practical considerations. The regulations in your l