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insights on operational inefficiencies such as occupant behav-
ior driving the inefficiency.”
He said that the IIo T could improve safety and operational
efficiency in a warehouse. For example, tracking forklift move-
ment patterns can lead to optimal inventory placement and
warehouse layout designs. Translating data into understand-
ing and response starts with questions. During a schedule shift,
why is somebody walking to a certain area when they should
be monitoring machinery? Why is a forklift always driving a
certain route when there’s a more efficient path available?
Space utilization, occupancy, traffic patterns, safety/security,
air quality monitoring, heat mapping, gunshot detection—these
and many other opportunities are available by integrating sensing into new luminaires.
Implementing an IIo T strategy is driven by business questions
that are answered by incorporating a given set of sensors into
the fixture. The basic elements include an LED luminaire,
sensors and appropriate intelligent lighting control solution.
Devices must then be connected to each other and to a central
server for data collection and retrieval.
“Deployment will involve luminaires with embedded sen-
sors or intelligence where they are networked back to a central
manager,” Piccirillo said. “Devices will be software-driven to
increase visibility into their performance and the environment
in which they reside.”
Otherwise, there is currently no typical way of doing it.
Contractors should evaluate the lighting and control solution
the way they normally would, ensuring good light levels, color
quality, features, ease of use, etc. At that point, they can look
for IIo T capabilities.
Lighting and control manufacturers are currently developing these capabilities organically and through collaborative
partnerships with tech companies. This involves which sensors are available, integration and networking technologies,
data processing and storage, and software. Manufacturers are
partnering with companies such as Cisco to offer complete
Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) systems to provide wiring solutions
that deliver low-voltage power to the luminaires and sensors
and also enable digital communication. Some may explore the
possibility of offering light as a service, a capability afforded by
the monitoring capability of advanced control systems.
An open question remains: Who will “own” the data side?
The result of large-scale IIo T implementation is a vast amount
of data continuously streaming from a high density of data points.
Organizations will need help translating that data into meaningful
action, which involves software, consulting and other services.
“Manufacturers certainly won’t create all of the solutions,”
Brown said. “Apple and the iPhone is a great example of this—if
we can show what’s possible, we can inspire others to invent
their own applications. Partnerships between manufacturers
and tech companies are key to making intelligent lighting envi-
ronments an open platform for innovation.”
While the market develops, electrical contractors may ben-
efit from becoming more informed about what’s being offered
and what’s required for installation and commissioning.
“The installation of the luminaires is not directly affected by
IIo T implementation,” said Joe Bokelman, marketing manager,
Eaton’s Lighting Division. “With a factory-prewired system,
there is only a single connection to make. The additional effort
comes in coordination of the commissioning of the systems,
and obtaining and executing the control intent of the system
as a whole. Interaction with the owner’s IT managers may also
be required to complete IIo T deployment. All of these activi-
ties will require new skill sets for electricians, foremen, project
managers and estimators.”
This data may alter the way contractors do business.
“Connected devices mean there will be more information avail-
able at every stage of the process from initial spec to installation to
post-occupancy,” Donlon said. “Electrical contractors will need to
be more aware of the manufacturer’s tools that make it easier to
accurately bid the job and estimate installation and programming
time, allowing them to be more competitive on a project.”
“What contractors need to know is that customers are
beginning to view lighting and energy as a service, not a product sale, and those who can visualize better outcomes will
quickly separate themselves from the competition,” Brown
said. “Dream big. The new energy landscape will favor bold
solutions. Explore your ideas and accept risk. Partner with
others who share your commitment to learning, and understand anything is possible if you can imagine it—that the world
changes one light bulb at a time.”
DILOUIE, L.C., a lighting industry journalist, analyst and
marketing consultant, is principal of ZING Communications. He can
be reached at www.zinginc.com. I M
“Partnerships between manufacturers
and tech companies are key to making
intelligent lighting environments an
open platform for innovation.”
—Jason Brown, Current, powered by GE
In this warehouse, sensors embedded in LED luminaires could
monitor forklift and occupancy patterns to optimize work
efficiency and safety.