My recent visit to Light & Build Frankfurt, confirmed my assumptions with regards to the direction our industry is moving and more specifically to the direction/evolution of luminaire design and development.
Fuelled by the Internet of Things ( IoT ) and Smart Buildings, luminaires are evolving into efficient, intelligent, adaptable interconnected devices, that have the potential to far exceed their original (primary) role, of providing light to a specified level.
This article identifies the potential, cross-industry partnership has to further innovation within the lighting industry, contributing to smarter buildings and ultimately sustainable environments that respond to an individual occupants preference.
Zumtobel and Bosch are collaborating with Dassault Systèmes, a 3D design software company, and Modcam, a digital image recognition start-up in a pilot project at the Life Cycle Tower Building in Dornbirn, Austria. The building is equipped with a Zumtobel lighting solution which provides real time insights into the building’s status and technical health, including energy usage and savings per luminaire, per floor or for the entire building, visualizations of presence data and use of spaces. A heat map shows occupancy to help optimise usege efficiency. On the maintenance side, it provides luminaire failure notifications and gives insight relating to operating hours and the usage history of the lighting system. Knowledge about preferred lighting scenes helps optimize light settings and, as a result, increase end user satisfaction.