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Delivering

value beyond
illumination

In the Internet of Things (IoT), it’s all about the data. Connected devices are connected expressly for the purpose of gathering and sharing information about themselves, about the environment in which they’re used, and about the people who use them.

Smart systems
lighting the way

The quantity and quality of data that flows through an IoT network determines how “intelligent” that network can be. A network rich with high-quality data can immediately respond to changes in operations or environment, and can even anticipate the needs and preferences of individuals.

In a connected lighting system, luminaires and other lighting system devices merge with IT networks to allow for the collection, distribution, and storage of large amounts of data. Organizations can in turn analyze, mine, and aggregate this data with data from other sources to gain new insights into systems operations and the activities of people in illuminated spaces.

5 ways connected lighting
uses data to deliver value

1. Connected lighting:
Intelligence through
insights

Connected luminaires are designed to make information about themselves available in standard or published data formats. Such information might include dimming level, energy consumption, time on and off, and internal temperature measurements, which can have an important effect on the performance and longevity of LED light sources.

The more that managers know about how and when illuminated spaces are being used, the more energy efficient their lighting operations can become.

2. Connected spaces:
optimized environments

Sensor networks are getting a lot of play in the technosphere these days, and for good reason. Sensors can collect data about human activity—the flow of foot traffic, usage patterns, preferences; the environment—daylight levels, temperature, humidity, the presence of chemicals or other dangers; and things—the locations of items in a warehouse, traffic patterns.

 

Connected lighting systems are uniquely positioned to serve as platforms for sensor networks. Lighting is already installed everywhere that people go, indoors and—at least in urban and residential environments—outdoors as well. Power is already available everywhere that lighting is installed. And connected luminaires already have the ability to send data “upstream” to IT networks. By integrating sensors into the lighting system, you have a readymade, distributed grid.

3. Connected people:
data for personalized
experiences

Just as connected lighting systems can serve as a platform for distributed sensor networks, they can also be sued to create an indoor positioning network that works like an “indoor GPS,” offering wayfinding and other services that can have a considerable effect on visitor experience in professional, retail, and hospitality environments.

Imagine a large food store with indoor positioning. A shopper can use a specially designed mobile app to register with the system, which precisely locates him in the store. The app maps out his best route through the store based on his shopping list, makes suggestions for related products not on the list, and even offers special coupons on selected items.

Personalized couponing can also have a profound impact in high-end retail stores. Shoppers regularly use smartphones to price-compare in store, sometimes purchasing an item on display for less money with a competitor. Retailers can combat this revenue drain by offering coupons at the point of sale—a proven in-store conversion method.

4. Connected software:
data for real-time monitoring
and historical reporting

Connected lighting is all about two-way data communications. One of the biggest advantages that this bidirectional data flow supports is the ability to monitor, manage, and maintain lighting systems in real time.

 

In standard lighting systems, little or no data is available on the current state of the luminaires and other devices. Often, a system administrator must take the lighting system offline to troubleshoot, to change luminaire configurations, or to display new light show content.

With lighting management software running in the IT network or the cloud, connected lighting systems offer a much richer environment for system administrators to oversee and optimize operations.

When combined with a database, lighting management software can let organizations store historical data on operations, along with any data streams aggregated from sensor networks and indoor positioning systems. It’s hard to underestimate the value of the data-driven insights that can result from analyzing and reporting on this data, especially when combined with valuable data from additional sources.

5. Connected landscape:
data for the new
digital ecology

Connected lighting systems can integrate with other systems in a building or city, creating new synergies and efficiencies, and making lighting an integral part of the new digital ecology. In the Internet of Things, this is called the system of systems. Given that lighting accounts for a significant percentage of energy usage worldwide, the ability to manage lighting resources along with other critical resources promises to ensure the effectiveness of green initiatives and sustainability programs.

For organizations that want to realize the true, game-changing value of the Internet of Things must partner with global technology experts, leaders in connected devices, and leasing software vendors and systems integrators.

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