Lighting : Lighting June 2016 - Vol 36 Issue 3
42 LIGHTING MAGAZINE | June/July 2016 June/July 2016 | LIGHTING MAGAZINE 43 THE MAKING OF THE 4TH ANNUAL AUSTRALIAN SMART LIGHTING SUMMIT AGENDA In launching this year’s program, Expotrade has once-again teamed up with Ironbark Sustainability as the Knowledge Partner for the event to deliver top-notch insights for lighting industry professionals down under. The event is proudly supported by Lighting Council Australia & IESANZ. Alexi Lynch of Ironbark Sustainability sees this year’s Summit benefiting participants with opportunities to look at experiences from other international cities involved in smart lighting projects. The international projects are of great interest and a major focus for this year’s agenda along with connected outdoor lighting. During the course of developing the program, there were intriguing discussions Ironbark Sustainability had sparked which contributed to shaping the 4th Annual Australian Smart Lighting Summit agenda such as: z The growing influence of I.o.T, the advancement of smart technology and convergence of wireless technology along with internet-enabled devices will see massive changes to our cities, these are areas of great interests which we all need to know about in the coming wave of street light replacements. z Street lighting now is about scale up and roll-out, this requires relationships working effectively among different stakeholders with councils being drivers of the program. The Summit provides such opportunities for key players coming together to discuss meaningful collaboration and explore possibilities. z In every project there is innovation and learning. Smart controls and cities are the flavour of the month/year/decade, but what would be really interesting to see the reality behind the hype and see the innovation in projects. Every year it’s different. The Summit offers a platform to hear about the latest approaches and the realities of what can be delivered now. z So we all know the potential for smart technology, but question is; what is relevant, practical and ready to roll? Panel Sessions gives opportunity to help clear things up. To be held on the 6-7 September in Melbourne, the Summit is the premier platform for councils and industry stakeholders coming together to discuss all aspects impacting the public/urban/street lighting sector and exploring opportunities and challenges together. The Summit also has strong representations of lighting suppliers, manufacturers, authorities, regulators, designers, architects, engineers, planers, projects managers, consultants and lighting solution providers. This year marks the inaugural ‘Delegates Choice Awards’, the winners are voted by the delegates at the Summit. This is the perfect opportunity to showcase your lighting products and designs to key industry delegates. For more information on the Awards and the Summit please visit: http://www.lightingconference.com.au or email firstname.lastname@example.org PHILIPS CONFIRMS LIGHTING IPO PLAN Philips has confirmed plans to sell off a chunk of its lighting division via an initial public offering (IPO) of stock. Philips intends to offer at least 25 per cent of the Philips Lighting shares in the sale on the Euronext exchange in Amsterdam. Philips added: “After the IPO, Royal Philips will retain a majority holding with the aim to fully sell down over the next several years as Royal Philips will focus on its HealthTech businesses.” In its last earnings statement, Philips reported that LED-related products now accounted for half of the lighting division’s sales for the first time, and had grown 27 per cent year-on-year in the opening quarter. Over the same period conventional lighting sales continued to decline rapidly, and were down 20 per cent on last year’s figure. An example of a new business model emerging in the lighting sector is Philips’ installation of a “pay-as-you-go” system at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport: Schiphol pays for the light it uses, while Philips remains the owner of all luminaires and installations. Philips reiterated its belief that the transition to solid-state technology and new business models would drive the global lighting market to a value of around €80 billion by 2020. Philips said it expected the new “digital lighting” markets created by cloud computing and advanced networking to be worth some €7 billion by the end of the decade, growing at an average rate of 14 per cent over the next four years. NSW CHAPTER IES TECHNICAL MEETING MARCH 2016 Emeritus Professor Warren Julian, University Sydney, formally introduced Dr Brad Tucker an astrophysicist and cosmologist from the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra, who spoke on Mount Stromlo Observatory – Past, Present, Future and Beyond. Brad was a charismatic speaker and gave a fascinating presentation that illustrated just how out of adversity and hardship, this Australian public asset has developed and grown to become a world-leading observatory. Mount Stromlo Observatory was established in 1911 in the very early days of Canberra developed. During WWII, it was decided that its expertise in optics should contribute to the war effort so they produced optical sights for various weapons. Following WWII, the observatory went back to business but the first fire ravaged the site occurred in 1952. Meanwhile, Canberra was growing, complete with street lighting and other outdoor lighting. By the late 1970s Canberra’s growth and outdoor lighting (light pollution) started to impact the effectiveness of the Observatory’s work. In 2003 Mt Stromlo Observatory was destroyed in the bush fire storm that swept the area. Following each fire, the observatory reassessed its needs and established new buildings and telescopes. The insurance allowed diversification and today Mount Stromlo builds and tests satellites, a highly specialised business. Mount Stromlo is also in the business of destroying space “junk” by redirecting that junk, using a powerful laser, so that the junk either leaves Earth’s orbit or falls out of orbit and burns up in atmosphere. Mount Stromlo Observatory is run by ANU and has significant assets at Siding Spring Observatory and can conduct its traditional business of astronomy without the extent of light pollution that now restricts Mount Stromlo’s observations. ANU it is developing assets in Chile, Reg Wilson and Warren Julian chatting before the meeting. in the mountains where the drier atmosphere and remoteness provides advantages for optical astronomy. Other interesting topics touched on by Brad included dark energy and dark matter, sailing on solar winds and utilising the Kepler telescope, plus announcing ANU’s involvement in confirming the existence of gravitation waves. (That announcement appeared officially in the media some days later.) – Tim Shotbolt RHODOPSIN MIMIC ADVANCES LIGHT- SENSITIVE ARTIFICIAL CELL DESIGN An artificial mimic of a key light- sensitive molecule has been made by scientists at the University of Bristol. The work, published in Science, could lead to new ways of building light- sensitive artificial cells. Professor Jonathan Clayden and colleagues in the School of Chemistry, along with collaborators at the universities of Manchester and Hull, created an artificial mimic of rhodopsin, a protein that resides in cell membranes in the retina. The absorption of light by rhodopsin is the first step in the biochemistry of vision. Using molecular design features taken from some antibiotic molecules that also bind to membranes, the researchers were able to design and build a molecule that finds its way into a membrane and switches between different shapes in response to light of specific wavelengths. The work revealed that unlike many natural molecules, these artificial structures have similar properties in solution and in membranes, making the prediction of their behaviour more reliable. Clayden said this is the first time an artificial mimic of rhodopsin has been created, and that the discovery could enable light-sensitive artificial cells and allow scientists to bypass the usual communication mechanisms used by cells. PHILIPS LIGHTING WELCOMES IGUZZINI AS LICENSEE TO ENABLED LICENSING PROGRAM Philips Lighting announced on 12th April that it entered into a patent license agreement with the Italian company iGuzzini. The license, based on the terms and conditions of the EnabLED Licensing Program, provides iGuzzini with full, worldwide access to a wide range of basic LED control and system- level technologies. Both companies have also agreed to dismiss all outstanding litigation related to patents offered under Philips’ EnabLED Licensing Program for LED luminaires and retrofit lamps. Frank Bistervels, Senior Director for Intellectual Property Licensing at Philips said “We believe having licensees like iGuzzini in our open and accessible license program is greatly assisting in accelerating the adoption of LED lighting and fostering the growth of the LED industry”. The license agreement with iGuzzini follows earlier agreements between Philips and more than 600 lighting companies including, amongst others, Acuity Brands, Cooper Lighting, Dialight, Trilux, Osram, Cree, Zumtobel, Paulmann, Disano and Performance in Lighting. Philips aims to accelerate market adoption and growth of LED-based products by making available to the lighting industry its leading patented LED luminaire and retrofit lamp technologies. Additional information is available at www.ip.philips. com/licensing/enabled.
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