If you have never been to CES, 2019 is definitely the year to go!
CES is an annual trade show organized by the Consumer Technology Association. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 years — the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. In 2018, there were more than 182,000 industry professionals and 4,400 exhibiting companies showing new products and technology. CES will be held Jan. 8-11, 2019, in Las Vegas.
Industry has been using various types of sensors for a long time, but the Internet of Things (IoT) has taken the use of sensors to a whole new level. Today, wireless sensor networks (WSN) are used in a wide range of applications including healthcare vital signs monitoring, manufacturing defect monitoring, traffic monitoring, and more. In fact, some consider WSNs to be the most critical technology advancement of the 21st century.
Determining the right mix of coveted conference room space is a growing challenge for many organizations. Some struggle with a recurring shortage of available space rooms. Others are wasting money due to a chronic problem of vacant seats in meeting rooms. And many organizations wrestle with both – lack of available rooms and underutilized seats.
We have highlighted the benefits of green building standards in previous blogs including The WELL Building Standard: The Future of Modern Design and Going Green with LEED. Now, a report from the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) makes the business case for green buildings that contain health and wellbeing features such as enhanced fresh air ventilation, an increase of daylight penetration and the use of biophilic design elements. Findings cited in the report include reduced employee absenteeism, minimized operating costs and employees that felt more productive and healthier after these features were added.
This blog post is the second of a 2-part introductory series on Lighting Controls in Retrofit Applications. In part 1, we highlighted the importance of controls in any retrofit solution and touched on factors beyond additional energy savings including qualification of rebates and incentives, supporting business needs beyond energy savings, and preparing you for the future of smart building applications and the Internet of Things (IoT). In this post, we focus on choosing a LED retrofit kit or purchasing new LED luminaires.
Osram has teamed up with Rifiniti, a leader in workplace analytics software, to offer smart building IoT solutions to the commercial real estate industry that improve operational efficiencies, occupant comfort and the bottom line. The solutions guide major real estate decisions such as capacity planning and conference room rationalization by combining rich data collected via Osram’s smart lighting technology infrastructure with Rifiniti’s powerful workplace analytics software. As part of the partnership, Osram will offer Rifiniti Optimo software as a solution (SaaS) to Encelium® Extend light management system customers.
IoT is top of mind in every industry today, and healthcare is no exception. The Global IoT Healthcare market is expected to grow from $41.22 billion in 2017 to reach $405.65 billion by 2026 according to ResearchAndMarkets.com. Additionally, the findings of a global IoT survey of over 3,000 business and IT professionals, ‘The Internet of Things: Today and Tomorrow’, indicates 60% of healthcare organizations globally have adopted IoT devices within their organization. It is clear that the healthcare industry is set to leverage the power of IoT.
A building doesn’t have to be new to be energy efficient or to integrate advanced technology. Buildings can be retrofitted to incorporate the latest advancements in lighting and lighting control technology. In fact, energy-efficient LED lighting options that qualify businesses and commercial property owners for government/utility rebates and incentives have stimulated a wave of successful retrofits in commercial buildings.
An intelligent Light Management System (LMS) is an ideal IoT platform. It integrates sensors, control software, cloud connectivity, wireless communications and more to create a flexible infrastructure solution that supports data-driven automated lighting solutions and other smart building-related applications. Lighting is ubiquitous throughout commercial spaces. When sensors are a significant part of the light management system, the solution provides the ideal means of collecting data about the environmental conditions and use of the building.
Each year, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) designates October as National Energy Awareness Month also known as Energy Action Month. This observance promotes smart energy choices and showcases how critical energy is to our national prosperity, security, and environmental well-being. The effort also helps increase recognition of the importance of sustainability in managing the nation’s energy resources.