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New Indoor Positioning and Proximity Applications Use Bluetooth Beacons

The latest beacon technology is enabling new applications in healthcare, higher-ed, and commercial real estate.

3 Top Commercial Lighting Trends for 2020

A broadening of the role of luminaires and a continued focus on people and energy efficiency are three top commercial lighting trends projected for 2020.

Where are we at with Smart Building Adoption?

Initially, energy savings was the central driver for smart building technology adoption. Substantiating that investment was straightforward and easily backed up.  Fast forward a decade, and many building owners and managers now realize the additional benefits of a connected, sensor-laden technology infrastructure that supports building efficiencies, predictive maintenance, physical security, and increased occupant safety, comfort and productivity. Energy savings remain part of the conversation, but it is not the only motivation.

What is the Connection between Smart Lighting and IoT?

Editor’s note: This popular post was originally published in February 2018 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

The term ‘Internet of Things’ is a growing topic of conversation. What exactly is the Internet of Things (IoT) and what does smart lighting have to do with it?

Countermeasures for Smart Lighting Security Attacks and Threats

In this article, we focus on cyber-attacks and insider threats to the smart lighting system and the countermeasures an organization can take to help minimize these incidents.

5 Lighting Design Strategy Trends in Healthcare Facilities

When you think of a healthcare facility, do you think of a large sprawling hospital campus?  Today, that is just one of the many types of medical facilities. There are a variety of other facilities that provide healthcare services including medical offices, urgent care, ambulatory surgical centers and more. In fact, the future of healthcare is looking a lot like retail that targets the consumer--distributed settings that are smaller, less expensive, conveniently located and with an eye to the experience.

Why Every Smart Building Needs a Sensor in Every Luminaire

Today, most facility managers are looking to increase building efficiencies while also preparing for the Internet of Things (IoT). Maintaining or increasing building efficiencies is no small task in its own right. When you add the impending explosion of IoT and smart building applications that ‘every facility manager should be prepared for’, the knowledge level and number of decisions required by facility management increases exponentially. What IoT applications should you launch and what infrastructure will need to be in place to support them?

How to Get Precision Tunable White Lighting

Human centric lighting puts people at the center of lighting design. It considers both the visual and non-visual effects of light from a physiological and psychological perspective and extends the scope of lighting beyond the traditional architectural design approach, which focuses on aesthetics, visibility and safety. Tunable white (TW) is the enabling technology for human centric lighting applications.

How Does Your State Rank in ACEEE’s 2019 Energy Efficiency Scorecard?

While the White House works to roll back national energy savings efforts, many state legislatures and governors are establishing the transition to clean energy and reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as their top priority. According to the 2019 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard published by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), U.S. states are taking the lead in clean energy initiatives and adopting ambitious goals and energy-saving rules for buildings, appliances, and vehicles.

3 Ways Smart Lighting Addresses Higher Education Facilities Challenges

Higher education is undergoing profound changes.  Declining enrollments, changing student demographics, and waning retention rates have institutions sharpening their competitive edges. In the fight to recruit and retain a larger share of the dwindling pool of potential students, many schools are looking to build new or retrofit their aging buildings. However, universities are finding limited capital funding is forcing them to do more with less.