Lighting : LIGHTING-April-2017
22 LIGHTING MAGAZINE | April/May 2017 Can you give me some examples? Many of our customers need to measure different kinds of environmental variables across their facilities. Temperature and humidity, for example, are critical variables in the food processing industry. Many companies are still manually collecting this data, walking around large facilities with a pen and paper then entering it into an Excel spreadsheet. We automate that process using wirelessly connected sensors that communicate via our lighting platform’s network, to create a seamless connected environmental sensing platform. Beyond that, we are deploying applications around security with machine learning algorithms that detect abnormal occupancy patterns; HVAC optimisation based on integration of our highly granular occupancy data with Building Management Systems; area optimisation with advanced analytics on occupancy patterns; energy load control and monitoring with connected sensors and load control devices; and location-based services such as asset tracking wayfinding that is enabled with beaconing technologies embedded in our lights. A facility manager once told me he spent 45 minutes looking for a ladder – although not an expensive piece of equipment a complete waste of time and money and, thankfully, avoidable with asset tracking software. These are just some of the applications that are emerging in our market and all of them are an embodiment of the IoT (Internet of Things). It sounds like there’s some amazing opportunities out there, but what about the risks? The biggest risks are scalability and security. In terms of scalability you need a system that can scale both in terms of processing power, data storage and data aggregation. This requires a scalable and extensible architecture, where the processing is distributed across nodes and storage with backend processing can reside in a secure cloud infrastructure such as Amazon Web Services. In terms of security, we take our systems through security audits by third-party companies to ensure that, number one, our architecture is sound and, number two, we follow industry accepted security best practices that we can pass on to our customers. There is a definite risk of hacking, but most of the security breaches that have happened in the IoT world have mainly taken advantage of a lack of good security practices. Things as simple as a username/password security that can be avoided by following security best practices. Intelligent lighting system installed by Digital Lumens in Leverone Field House at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, US. Melbourne 03 8415 027 7 Sydney 02 9699 7255 Brisbane 07 3216 9039 Perth 08 9444 9653 Adelaide 08 8374 0553 COMMERCIAL Orion We have one of Australia’s largest ranges of lights, fans and LEDs sourced from the world’s best suppliers. As lighting specialists, we’re leading the way when it comes to state-of-the-art technology and energy efficiency. Raleigh LEDlux Action AUSTRALIA’S LARGEST RANGE OF LIGHTS AND FANS Get a quote at www.beaconlightingcommercial.com.au LEDlux Bridge MFL Accent Carolina Leon Aksel 7533B Commercial Lighting FP Mag AD FA.indd 1 21/03/2017 2:35 pm Credit:RossEdmond.