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IoT-based Lighting Gains Traction in Offices

March 09, 2016

In the last month of 2015 and the first few months of 2016, a lot has happened in the LED lighting industry related to the Internet of Things. The biggest news is from Current, powered by GE. Current powered by GE will be installing LED lighting at 500 branch locations of J.P. Morgan Chase. (Ref: article). The LED lighting and control solution is expected to reduce the company’s energy usage for lighting by 50 percent. According to Current, this is equivalent to taking 27,000 cars off the road. Current also reported an intended agreement with Capgemini to unleash more than 200 developers on its Predix software, which opened for general availability.

The developers plan to create software solutions that help Current’s commercial and industrial customers use networked systems and sensors in buildings and cities to reduce power consumption, generate power onsite, and drive new revenue streams. Current will use Intel® IoT Platform with its intelligent streetlamps. Intel’s IoT Platform is an edge to cloud reference architecture with hardware and software building blocks from Intel. The Intel products enable quick processing of large and evolving data loads with the reliability and flexibility that cities need.

AT&T and ShotSpotter and other companies have also been partnering with Current in the intelligent cities market.

In a unique project, Simon property group reported that it is working with Acuity Brands on a pilot program that will use sensor data from outdoor LED lighting systems to monitor parking lot vehicle counts and occupancy data. (Ref: article). Property management company, Simon, intends to use the data to help efficiently manage traffic and parking at Lenox Square in Atlanta, Georgia and Florida Mall in Orlando, Florida.

Parking lot density will be monitored via existing Acuity Brands lighting fixtures installed throughout the two malls. Existing Acuity Brands LED lighting fixtures in the mall parking lots will be equipped with sensors. The sensors will transmit occupancy data via WiFi to an online dashboard. A specially-created software will produce color-coded maps for visualizing the density of cars in parking lots and highlighting locations where there are parking spaces available.

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