There is a wide range of applications in this sector. Security technology includes access and monitoring systems as well as extinguishing and fire and lightning protection systems. Building technology ranges from individual heating, ventilation and shading systems to highly complex inter-building air-conditioning systems. Other applications include state-of-the-art multimedia and sound systems and of smart presence and occupancy detection. Common to both are a high number of mostly smart sensors as well as a large number of buses with most diverse protocols.
Essential features for embedded systems are highest availability and reliability, as well as energy efficiency, good networking capabilities and small physical sizes. Nevertheless, the ergonomics of interactive control systems must not suffer. This is because highest requirements are placed on user-friendliness, regardless of the actual device size.