Luminaires are becoming smart nodes on powerful data networks. How is this happening and what are the benefits of a sensor-rich network?
There has been a lot of talk about cloud computing and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) models these days but both are relatively new to the lighting industry. Let’s take a look at what they are as well as their roles in commercial lighting.
Lighting controls range from simple switches to networked light management systems that leverage the latest technologies. Commercial real estate including offices, hospitals, retail establishments, schools and universities have all adopted smart lighting systems. The initial benefits that drew early adopters to smart lighting were the dramatic reductions in energy usage and the related costs. Today’s systems, however, are more technologically advanced and offer so much more.
Driving in a 24-hour car race surely tests a driver’s fortitude. These day and night racing events are grueling. Weather is unpredictable and the pace of the cars can exceed over 200 mph. When darkness comes, the drivers don’t slow down—they continue to rocket through the track.
Energy efficiency is top-of-mind for all businesses today. Facility managers are constantly seeking ways to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy costs. In order to support these efforts, government agencies have implemented programs to help finance technologies that save energy, cut pollution and help enable sustainability.
Building and fire codes including the National Fire Protection Agency, International Fire Code, National Electrical Fire Code, and OSHA require emergency lighting in every commercial building. Emergency lighting ensures that egress paths are lit when there is a power outage so that occupants can safely exit a building in the event of an emergency. The emergency lighting must go on automatically and immediately.
The commercial workplace is on the cusp of further transformation. And it’s all about the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT). We have seen a host of home IoT applications deployed, and now our offices are set to be revolutionized. Lighting is playing a vital role in this upheaval. Since lighting is pervasive throughout most buildings and IoT sensors can be integrated into every luminaire, each light can become a data node on the network, opening the possibility to a whole new world of IoT applications for the workspace.
Massachusetts has one of the largest concentrations of entrepreneurs, emerging and leading tech companies, top-tier academic institutions and students, world-class venture capitalists, incubators, and an eco-system of supporting service providers in the world. Boston TechJam is a showcase and accelerator for new ideas and world-class innovations coming out of the Boston, MA region. The annual event kicks off the summer and brings everyone in the tech ecosystem together to exchange ideas and celebrate the region’s technology, entrepreneurship and culture. Music, food trucks, local brews and ciders, and cool technology were center stage on June 14th on Boston’s City Hall Plaza.
This was OSRAM’s first time participating at Boston TechJam.
There is a revolution happening in commercial lighting. Networked light management systems are now considered essential for realizing maximum energy savings. Due to energy code requirements, they are increasingly becoming a requirement of standard lighting applications. As the popularity increases and code requirements tighten, the software that runs these systems becomes more important.
The WELL Building StandardTM (WELLTM) is aimed at advancing building concepts that help people work, live, perform and feel their best. It is an evidence-based, science-backed rating system that puts people at the center of design decisions by measuring, certifying and monitoring aspects of the built environment as they impact occupants. WELL is considered the future of modern design.