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Smart glass specialist comes to the UK

The company’s digital façade product allows for a high level of IoT connectivity and integration

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G-SMATT's media-active glass in action
G-SMATT's media-active glass in action

Smart glass solutions company, G-SMATT, has announced the formation of a European company in the UK. Based in Oxford, the company will be known as G-SMATT Europe and led by Dr Orhan Ertughrul.

 

The Korean company’s digital façade product enables architects and developers to provide a new way for people to experience and enjoy their buildings and the surrounding urban spaces without compromising on the aesthetic beauty of their original design. It also allows for an extremely high level of Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity and integration.

 

The Oxford office will contain two walls of the media-active glass, giving visitors the chance to see its capabilities for themselves. The small LEDs that provide the media capability are placed at regular intervals, 20mm on the monochromatic product up to 90mm on the colour and even the colour product will go down to about 40mm, depending on the specification.

 

When viewed from the inside there is less than 1 per cent reduction in visibility through the glass. This is considerably less than other current alternatives such as an overlay or frame structure which can give the impression of being in a cage or prison cell when viewed by the building’s occupants.

 

Even when illuminated at night people within the building are not dazzled by reflection as less than 10 per cent of the light emitted by the LEDs is reflected into the building’s interior.

 

"We firmly believe that the digital media façade, coupled to the Internet of Things and the current ubiquity of glass façade architecture, is fundamentally changing the way we interact with the city scape,” said Dr Ertughrul, executive vice president Europe.

 

He added: “The buildings of the future will be connected and able to share information including, for example, local traffic updates, advice from emergency services and news from local councils. This connectivity will also allow building owners to project the purpose of their buildings into the community, change the way their buildings are perceived, create new business models and interact with people on a personal level.”

 

G-SMATT Glass has already been successfully installed at several locations in Asia including the Shanghai Stock Exchange and one example can be viewed here vimeo.com/channels/1175317

 

 

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