St. Joseph-Stift hospital in Dresden relies on networked solution that secures the building envelope, but also much more

Dresden. In its efforts to provide more security against unauthorized access and improved monitoring and control, the technical services department of the St. Joseph-Stift hospital in Dresden relies on the proven technology of the BMS manufacturer PcVue and the door and window specialist GEZE. Over time the originally isolated PcVue solution becomes an all-purpose tool.

In the 2019 major hospital rating of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Frankfurt general newspaper, FAZ), the St. Joseph-Stift in Dresden came top six in the category “150 to under 300 beds”: The patients surveyed were not only above average satisfied with the medical and nursing care, but the hospital also received top marks for the organization of procedures and service. The hospital, which currently has 250 beds, treats around 35,000 patients a year. In order that the nursing and medical staff can concentrate fully on the patients, the hospital operator also regularly invests in the technical infrastructure. The new comprehensive control technology solution from PcVue and GEZE is an example.

In the origin the visualization and control function of an existing intercom system was used for the building’s door and lock automation. Due to further requirements, especially with regard to scheduling and standardization of the data exchange with a heterogeneous field layer, the need for a comprehensive monitoring and control solution became apparent.

This solution exists in the form of PcVue 12.0, which connects doors and locks from different manufacturers via the OPC, ICX and BACnet communication protocols. That generates a powerful abstraction layer, at instant. A particularly elegant solution is the connection of GEZE door systems via BACnet/IP, as the PcVue software includes a dedicated library with symbols and function blocks for various GEZE module types. Thanks to this simple integration, the connection can be carried out independently by the technicians on site.

PcVue enables the implementation of complex, building-specific logics, which are necessary due to the existing building topology. Sequential control and flexible networking options are of fundamental importance in such scenarios. The same applies to the special purpose emergency switch in the emergency room. In the event of structural changes, it must be possible to convert escape routes at any time. Thanks to the use of a PcVue developer license, as well as the intuitive configuration interface of the PcVue software and the intensive on-site training, it is possible for technical staff to reconfigure the system at any time.

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