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oto “Ruukki Roof Sensor means savings for facility maintenance. The system sends an alert when, for safety reasons, it’s time to re- move snow from the roof; savings arise since snow does not need to be removed from the roof unnecessarily,” says Pekka Roiv- io, Ruukki Vice President, R&D. Apartment living has already changed a great deal in the recent years, mostly as a result of rapid technological advances. Voutilainen points out that in many homes around the world, it is not uncommon to find connected whitegoods that self-diagnose sit- ting alongside smart voice-controlled audio- visual systems that stream content directly from the cloud. “Then there’s the plethora of apps on smartphones and other mobile devices that we use to help us navigate everyday life,” adds Voutilainen. Roof Proof Another company very much involved in the Smart Building revolution is Ruukki which came out with a Smart Roof product a cou- ple of years ago. Among the first realized projects was the Spice Shopping Centre in the Latvian capital of Riga. Spice received a pioneering high-IQ roof that monitors snow weight on the roof and produces information about any changes in real time. Taking in experiences from Riga and elsewhere, in autumn 2018 Ruukki launched the second-generation version called Ruukki Roof Sensor, which is the first member of our future Sensor Network Family. Pekka Roivio, Ruukki Vice President, R&D, says that the newcomer features some significant upgrades: “The first version was all cloud-oper- ated, but this new Smart Roof can be used also locally, making it more convenient for the users,” says Roivio. According to Roivio, Ruukki Roof Sensor means savings for facility mainte- nance. The system sends an alert when, for safety reasons, it’s time to remove snow from the roof; savings arise since snow does not need to be removed from the roof unnecessarily. “Today, in many places snow is often removed unnecessarily, because the weight of the snow is not known. This is a way to optimize the snow removal,” says Roivio, adding that Ruukki Roof Sensor is an espe- cially great fit for areas of highest risk. Enter: Digital Twin At Ruukki, the R&D department is leaning heavily into digitalization to expand the scope of what we thought was possible in the field of real estate. “This can mean, for instance, sensors that can tell you if a struc- ture has been exposed to moisture and for how long – and whether it’s harmful or not,” Roivio offers an example. In real estate, the concept of “digital twin” has been exciting imaginations for a while now – and Roivio believes that we are getting towards better and better function- ing models all the time. “When we have a real-life, physi- cal building and its exact digital twin, we can run simulations, say, 25 years in to the future, to see how a certain occurrence impacts in the long run.” l Sami J. Anteroinen Nordicum 41